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Kinopolis Adding D-Box Screens

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 09:53 -- Nick Dager

D-Box has signed a contract to install its motion seats in four auditoriums and one large format screen at Kinopolis’s Mathäser Filmpalast’s flagship cinema complex in Munich. This brings the total number of D-Box screens 4 auditoriums including one large format screen. This brings the total number of D-Box screens at Kinopolis to 31.

Donna Speciale Appointed to NCM Board of Directors

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 11:46 -- Nick Dager

National CineMedia, the largest cinema advertising network in the U.S., today announced that Donna Speciale has been appointed to its board of directors. A trailblazing advertising executive with extensive experience on both the advertising agency and media network side, Speciale was most recently the president of advertising sales at WarnerMedia where she oversaw advertising revenue for the company’s domestic entertainment, news and kids’ television and digital brands since 2012.

Screenvision Adds Megaplex to its Network; Renews Epic Theatres Deal

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 11:06 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision Media today announced the addition of Megaplex Theatres and a new deal with Epic Theatres, strengthening its robust network. Rounding out a strong 2019, Screenvision Media has signed 11 exhibitor partnership deals to date, including with Emagine Entertainment, increasing the company’s total screen count to more than 15,000 nationwide with eight of the top ten exhibitors in the country.

Muvi Cinemas Installs Saudi Arabia’s First Onyx

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 10:36 -- Nick Dager

Muvi Cinemas in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has installed the first Samsung Onyx Cinema LED screen in the kingdom. “Muvi Cinemas is proud to partner with Samsung Electronics to launch the new Onyx Cinema LED screen, bringing the latest innovation in cinemas to our upcoming developments at U-Walk Riyadh, Nakheel Mall Riyadh and Mall of Dhahran,” said Adon Quinn, general manager Muvi Cinemas.

Axle AI Releases Ascribe.ai

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 10:15 -- Nick Dager

Axle AI has launched Ascribe.ai, which the company is calling a breakthrough in affordability for the artificial intelligence driven transcription of videos. Ascribe.ai is available directly from the Adobe Exchange Application Marketplace at no charge, and includes one hour of free transcription of video content on registration.

Support Group Formed for Women in Exhibition

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:32 -- Nick Dager

A new organization was formed in recent weeks designed by women in exhibition for women in exhibition. Heather Blair, the founder of the new trade group Women in Exhibition, says the idea had its beginnings one day at a conference when, for the latest in more times than she can remember, she was the lone woman taking part in a panel discussion with a group of all white men. She says she knows many talented and intelligent women who have as much to offer the industry as men do and she set her mind to changing things. I recently spoke with Blair about her plans and goals for the new organization. Here is our conversation.

Warner Bros Makes Multi-Film Deal with Locksmith Animation

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 10:25 -- Nick Dager

Warner Bros Pictures has landed a multi-film deal with Locksmith Animation, the UK computer graphics feature studio, to co-develop and distribute its slate of pictures, it was announced today by Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; Courtenay Valenti, president production and development, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart, co-CEOs of Locksmith.

Production Starts in Pittsburgh on I’m Your Woman

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 10:32 -- Nick Dager

Amazon Studios and Original Headquarters started principal photography on director Julia Hart’s I’m Your Woman this week in Pittsburgh. “I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to make this movie with this genuinely wonderful cast and crew, and couldn’t be more excited to be doing it with Amazon Studios. Amazon has a proven track-record for telling bold, diverse and singular stories, and we’re thrilled to be included amongst them,” said Hart.

RIT Upgrades with Christie Technology

Thu, 10/31/2019 - 10:29 -- Nick Dager

The Rochester Institute of Technology, a leading university in Western New York, has upgraded its facilities to include a world-class creative technology and design hub at Magic Spell Studios. The 52,000-square-foot space brings together RIT’s academic strengths in game design and development, film and animation, new media design and more.

QSC Names Chan Senior Director, North Asia; Promotes Two Others

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 11:28 -- Nick Dager

William Chan has joined QSC as senior director, North Asia, reporting to Markus Winkler, senior vice president Asia and EMEA. In this newly created role, Chan is responsible for sales and business operations in the North Asia region, including a focus on driving new revenue growth in Greater China and Japan for QSC’s live sound, cinema, and systems portfolios.

MENA Cinema Forum Ends with Awards Ceremony

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 11:45 -- Nick Dager

The Middle East and North Africa Cinema Forum, the region’s only cinema convention, held last week in Dubai, concluded with an awards ceremony, recognizing industry leaders in the MENA region. Executives from cinema chains, major studios, film distributors and their global partners attended the red-carpet affair. The awards were quantified by ComScore and presented in partnership with Dubai Studio City.

Movio Examines Movie Audience Diversity

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 12:22 -- Nick Dager

With both an increasingly diverse movie going audience and an increasingly diverse U.S. population, understanding how to attract diverse audiences will soon be paramount to the success of filmmakers and marketers, and to the sustainability of the exhibition sector. Movio’s recently released white paper, The Diversity Demand: Securing the Future of Movie Going, examines how theatrical audience composition correlates to increased representation on screen, and if this suggests an opportunity to drive box office by producing content representative of audiences that have historically been underrepresented in film.

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Jackson WWl Documentary Wins HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 12:15 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association awards committee will honor Peter Jackson’s documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old with the organization’s Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. The award, whose recipient is selected by a jury of industry luminaries, was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow, process or project to support creative storytelling, or in technical innovation. The award will be bestowed on November 21 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

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