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Kinepolis Accelerates Move to Laser Projection

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:04 -- Nick Dager

Global exhibitor Kinepolis Group, which operates more than a thousand screens across nine countries including the US, Belgium, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Canada, is accelerating its transition to laser projection. In 2018, Kinepolis announced an exclusive partnership with Cinionic to power 300 screens with new laser projectors.

SMPTE 2020 Goes Online; eSports and Gaming take Center Stage

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:00 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the organization that is defining the future of storytelling, will host its annual technical conference and exhibition on November 10-12 as an interactive and immersive remote experience with a rich array of learning and networking opportunities. Within this highly customizable online format, SMPTE 2020 will provide what it says will be unparalleled opportunities for attendees to explore the variety of new technologies and business models shaping the future of media and entertainment. The theme for this year's event is Game On, with one full day focused on the convergence of esports/gaming and media technology and the unique requirements of the thriving eSports industry.

Sohonet, Moxion Partner on Synchronous, Asynchronous Remote Review

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 07:59 -- Nick Dager

Sohonet has partnered with Moxion to broaden the range of remote collaboration solutions it can now offer the production, post and visual effects communities. The companies say the partnership will provide the production, post and visual effects communities with a distinct set of tools designed to enable both synchronous and asynchronous remote review to suit every use case.

Deluxe Launches One VZN Platform

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 09:52 -- Nick Dager

Deluxe Entertainment Services has launched One VZN (pronounced “vision”), a new cloud-based IP delivery option for distributing major studio and independent content to movie theatres and exhibitors worldwide quickly and securely. Developed in collaboration with Amazon Web Services, One VZN is an enhancement to the Deluxe One platform, the company’s flagship cloud-based solution that unifies the media supply chain. One VZN leverages Deluxe’s 100-plus years of experience providing high-quality, reliable theatrical services to the media and entertainment industry and represents a continued investment in theatrical content delivery and support for the resurgence of theatrical viewing by consumers.

UK Cinema Association Publishes Guidelines for Drive-Ins

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 09:54 -- Nick Dager

The UK Cinema Association has published safety guidelines for the re-opening of drive-in cinemas—the first step in the recovery of the U.K. cinema sector from the COVID-19 lockdown. Drive-in cinemas, which were allowed to open in England on June 15, have seen a resurgence in recent weeks, particularly in the United States and Germany.

Cinionic Expands Relationship with Saudi Arabia’s Muvi Cinemas

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:04 -- Nick Dager

Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, has expanded its relationship with Muvi to extend laser-powered cinema to more audiences across Saudi Arabia. Muvi, the country’s first homegrown theater chain, launched in 2019 as part of the introduction of the cinema experience in the region. Cinionic, a partner since Muvi’s inception, and as part of the ongoing expansion of cinema in the Kingdom, will equip more than 400 new screens with technology from its award-winning laser portfolio, including Barco Smart Laser and Series 4 projectors.

SubtitleNext V5.6 with Smart Text Assist Available Now

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 11:21 -- Nick Dager

PBTEU of Sofia, Bulgaria has released SubtitleNext Version 5.6, which offers a new centralized Smart Text Assist feature that the company says significantly speeds up and simplifies the entire text-altering process. It combines all of the text-altering tools in one place so that they can be easily accessed. This provides a reliable and consistent framework for busy subtitlers to achieve fast results.

Streamlining DCP, KDM Workflows

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 09:30 -- Nick Dager

MetaMedia, Velocity and Pixelogic have formed MVP, a partnership between the three companies to deliver streamlined workflows and reduced cost in relation to the creation and delivery of content direct to theatres around the world. Harnessing the combined capabilities of each partner, MVP aims to improve how digital cinema packages, key delivery messages and cinema advertising are produced and distributed over managed internet connections directly to exhibitors’ screens and dynamic digital lobby displays.

Lighting Lush Life

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 09:23 -- Nick Dager

When Timur Civan was called upon to shoot a music video for the title track of Lush Life by the New York City-based band, Orion, he took his cue from the pop rock tune and decided to have fun with it. Dubbed “bouncy music for bouncy people,” its reggae vibe brings to mind lilting palm trees, rainbows, warm sunny colors, and sweet, simpler times. It’s no surprise TikTok fans are having a ball with it.

Marcus Announces Movie STAR Approach

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 10:22 -- Nick Dager

Marcus Theatres today announced its plan to begin re-opening theatres, which will begin June 19. As part of the initial reopening experience, Marcus Theatres is introducing its Movie STAR approach, which incorporates new health and safety measures and is in alignment with Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Everyone can be a Movie STAR and play a role in creating a safe environment with social distancing (S); Thorough cleaning (T); App and website ordering of tickets, food and concessions for no-to-low contact interactions (A); and respecting each other by following these new protocols (R). Policies and guidelines will continue to evolve with time and will be assessed and updated on an ongoing basis.

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