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LG Talks Cinema and Future Plans

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 10:15 -- Nick Dager

Last month LG Electronics officially confirmed that it has entered the cinema market with its LG LED Cinema Display technology. The company further announced that Showtime Cinemas in Taiwan had installed the first LG LED Cinema screen. The screen is 14 meters wide and seven meters high and has been certified by the Digital Cinema Initiatives. LG and Dolby Laboratories closely collaborated to integrate Dolby’s IMS3000 Integrated Media Server and Dolby Atmos sound into the new cinema system. I recently spoke via email with Jin An, product manager for LG LED Cinema products, to learn more about the technology and LG’s plans for the cinema market.

Can Thematic Streaming Thrive in a Crowded OTT Marketplace?

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:10 -- Nick Dager

As Netflix, Disney, Amazon, and Apple battle for the estimated global $1 billion over-the-top subscription market, one company – Magine Pro, an OTT platform for mid-tier market video-on-demand and TV content – is asking the question: Will the VOD market be The Battle of the Global Giants or is there room for thematic streaming services that all together could create a wider diversity in the market? Put another way, is there enough consumer demand for specialist services for sports, kids programs, genre-specific series and movies, food and cooking services etc to make it a sustainable business?

Platinum Equity Acquires Deluxe Distribution Business

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 09:12 -- Nick Dager

Platinum Equity today announced the acquisition of Deluxe Entertainment Services’ distribution business. Financial terms were not disclosed. Deluxe Entertainment's creative businesses are not included in the acquisition. Former Deluxe CEO Cyril Drabinsky, who left the company in 2016 to found CineVizion, is returning to lead the business as CEO under Platinum Equity's ownership. As part of the transition, CineVizion's assets will be integrated into Deluxe.

CineLife Bringing Stones Documentary to Drive-Ins

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 09:24 -- Nick Dager

CineLife Entertainment, a division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, has announced the drive-in theatre rollout of The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon, a concert filmed in Havana, Cuba in 2016. The company will partner with UK content provider Eagle Rock to bring this film to drive-in theatres across the U.S. and Canada for an exclusive summer concert experience beginning July 1, while observing specific state reopening guidelines.

Nagra Expands NexGuard Watermarking Capabilities

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 09:04 -- Nick Dager

Nagra, part of the Kudelski Group, has announced the application programming integration of NexGuard forensic watermarking technologies into Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video transcoding service from Amazon Web Services. The API provides content owners, and any third-party working on premium content, with an added layer of security and traceability for their pre-release and early release content workflows, and simplifies the watermarking process for file transcoding and streaming content preparation.

Shooting Halifax: Retribution Full Frame

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:15 -- Nick Dager

When cinematographer Geoffrey Hall, ACS (Chopper, Red Dog: Escape from Pretoria) was asked to shoot Halifax: Retribution, a reboot of the popular Australian TV crime drama series, Halifax f.p. that ran from 1994-2001 on Channel Nine, he saw it as a challenge. “The original series always had exceptionally high production values – it was a quality show that enjoyed a good budget and featured the best actors,” said Hall. “For the new show, I wanted to carry on that feeling of quality and give it a big, glossy look. I was after a look that would put the series in a class of its own.”

CEN Installing Ultraleap Touchless Signage in Ten Cinemas

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:07 -- Nick Dager

CEN Media Group and Ultraleap have signed a deal that will see touchless technology signage installed into as many as ten theatres as cinemas reopen and respond to life post-COVID-19. this technology will allow brands to continue to engage with consumers in a safe and responsible way. The companies did not disclose what theatres or locations are involved in the effort.

The White Wall Workflow

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 10:45 -- Nick Dager

The White Wall has been called one of the most exciting scripted television series to come out of Scandinavia in recent years with its unique storyline, high production value and superb cast. It was primarily shot in a remote village in northern Finland and set in the present time with science fiction elements. The story was based on an unusual white wall discovered deep underground at a mining site of one of the world’s largest nuclear waste depositories.

Tribeca, National Cinemedia Partner on HQ Movie Trivia Night

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:02 -- Nick Dager

Last night the popular app HQ Trivia unveiled HQ Movie Trivia Night, a game show for passionate film buffs and families bringing you questions on your favorite motion pictures. Presented by Tribeca in partnership with National CineMedia HQ Movie Trivia night will air live every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Players compete for a $5,000 prize.

Green is More Than a Color

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 10:56 -- Nick Dager

Cédric Lejeune is vice president of technology for ÉclairColor, part of the Ymagis Group. He is also the founder of Workflowers, a recently formed consulting company that offers training services to media companies including quality management, color management, human resources and environmental topics. I wanted to learn about his new dual role and, in particular, hear his thoughts on how the motion picture industry can be more environmentally responsible.

The Luminaries Comes to the Screen

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:38 -- Nick Dager

When it came time start work on the long-anticipated TV adaptation of Eleanor Catton's Man Booker prize-winning novel, The Luminaries, the filmmakers knew that one of their biggest challenges was to recreate the universe portrayed in the book. Produced by the BBC, Working Title Television and Southern Light Films and adapted for the screen by Catton herself, the six-part mini-series tells an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women travelled across the world to make their fortunes on New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush.

Fandango Launches Comprehensive Program to Reassure Returning Movie Patrons

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 12:54 -- Nick Dager

To support the reopening of movie theatres across the country, Fandango announced today the launch of a multi-dimensional program to help moviegoers go back to theatres with confidence and peace of mind. Starting today, Fandango.com and Fandango mobile apps will begin rolling out new resources and product functionality, including social distance seating maps, a one-stop guide to safety policies provided by more than one hundred theatre chains, a special search filter to find reopened theatres by location, instructional videos and more.

MTI Film Releases Cortex v5.3 Workflow Management Software

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 12:51 -- Nick Dager

MTI Film today announces the release of Cortex v5.3, the latest version of its family of products for managing workflows on set and in post. This latest release includes a host of new features that make managing and processing data during production and post-production easier and more efficient. It also adds support for the latest sound and picture formats and delivery requirements of leading distributors, including Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Quibi.

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