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Bloodshot: The Illusion of Choice

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 11:29 -- Nick Dager

In a cinematic universe expanding with superheroes, the creative challenge for filmmakers is to set newcomers apart from the crowd. The task was doubly important for Bloodshot, the first installment of a new franchise that Sony Pictures plans for characters of comic-book publisher Valiant Entertainment. The studio assigned responsibility to Dave Wilson, an established video game cinematic and trailer director for Blur Studio but first-time feature director, who in turn worked alongside cinematographer Jacques Jouffret, whose credits as a camera operator include Deepwater Horizon and Transformers: The Last Knight, and as a DP include The Purge and Mile 22.

Cielo QR Sanitation and Disinfection Management Tool Now Free

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 10:12 -- Nick Dager

To help with the coronavirus outbreak, Cielo is offering free access to its recently launched Cieloe QR product for sanitation and disinfection management during the COVID-19 outbreak. The offer will be extended to its current customers as well as any other businesses seeking to proactively manage the cleanliness of their establishments.

CTC on Closing, Reopening Theatres

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 09:47 -- Nick Dager

The current pandemic has placed critical pressure on the global cinema community with the exhibition sector in most major markets being forced to shut down as governments seek to prevent the spread of the virus by limiting mass gatherings and social interactions. The London-based trade group Cinema Technology Community has offered steps to take to safely close movie theatres and what measures should be taken when reopening once the COVID-19 crisis passes.

Goldcrest Post Adjusts to the Coronavirus Outbreak

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 09:41 -- Nick Dager

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Goldcrest Post has established the capability to conduct most picture and sound post-production work remotely. Colorists, conform editors and other staff are now able to work from home or a remote site and connect to the facility’s central storage and technical resources via remote collaboration software. Clients can monitor work through similar secure, fast and reliable desktop connections.

NATO Asks Congress for Aid; Pledge $1 Million to Movie Theatre Employees

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 10:23 -- Nick Dager

The business model of the movie theatre industry is uniquely vulnerable in the present crisis. On behalf of the movie theatre industry and its employees, the National Association of Theatres Owners is asking for Congress and the Administration to urgently consider the following immediate relief measures, which we hope will allow the industry and its 150,000 employees, who live and work in practically every Congressional District, to weather the present COVID-19 pandemic crisis

Strike Media Proposes Free Newsletter for Film Distributors During Crisis

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 10:18 -- Nick Dager

Wez Merchant, the founder and managing director of the public relations company Strike Media has a plan to support motion picture distributors during the COVID-19 crisis. He is launching a free newsletter that would include all the home entertainment, video on demand and premium video on demand movies being released each week.

In Response to Pandemic, DejaSoft Offers 50% Off Licenses

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:58 -- Nick Dager

To help assist with the COVID-19 outbreak measures, DejaSoft is offering editors 50 percent off all their DejaEdit licenses over March and April. “As editors adapt to the current world-wide virus precautions, we are offering assistance to the post-production community by providing half-price licenses,” said DejaSoft’s CEO Clas Hakeröd. “As of Thursday March 19 through to the end of April, we will provide DejaEdit licenses for Avid editors at half the usual cost.”

Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition Now Paying Rebates

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 09:52 -- Nick Dager

For the first time in its seven-year history, the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition has begun to pay all its customers rebates. After recently paying back its founding investors – AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. – initial investments in full, DCDC is now fulfilling the promise it made to all of its customers when it was formed to pay them rebates pursuant to the same mathematical formula in each of their agreements.

Netflix Dramatically Out Produced Amazon in 2019, Study Says

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 11:01 -- Nick Dager

Netflix in 2019 launched about nine times as much original programming as its chief video-streaming rival Amazon, reflecting the divergent business models of the two companies, a new study shows. Last year, Netflix released 2,701 hours’ worth of original programming, compared to just 314 hours for Amazon Prime Video, according to the Omdia Original Online Production Report – 2020.

DTLA Film Festival Postponed Indefinitely Due to Pandemic

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 13:23 -- Nick Dager

The 12th edition of DTLA Film Festival, a leading annual showcase for indie films in Los Angeles, has announced that it will postpone its 12th edition until further notice. Citing the worsening Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies for all citizens to avoid public events, festival organizers said the time had come to pull the plug on this year’s festival.

CinemaCon 2020 Cancelled

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 11:41 -- Nick Dager

John Fithian, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners and Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of the trade show CinemaCon issued a joint memo to the industry today to announce that, “It is with great regret we are announcing the cancellation of CinemaCon 2020.”

Industry Veteran Launches Media Entertainment Network

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 11:59 -- Nick Dager

Vowing to complete the digital revolution that began nearly two decades ago when cinemas around the world converted from analog film projectors to digital cinema, former Imax president and Walt Disney Studios executive Jason Brenek has launched MetaMedia, an entertainment technology company that he says creates next-generation content delivery and new revenue-generating opportunities for content producers and cinemas.

AAM Introduces Customer Support Portal

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 10:31 -- Nick Dager

Arts Alliance Media has launched the company’s first online customer support portal. Offering a centralized approach to raising tickets while browsing an extensive knowledge base, the support portal provides a simple, self-serve solution that connects the customer directly to the AAM Service Desk, removing the need to call or send emails.

Goldcrest Announces Death of Production Head Jay Tilin

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 14:57 -- Nick Dager

With profound sadness, New York's Goldcrest Post announces the passing of post-production industry pioneer Jay Tilin on February 12 after a long illness. Head of production at Goldcrest Post since 2017, Tilin worked in the industry as an editor, visual effects artist and executive for 40 years. His many notable credits include the Netflix series Marco Polo, and the series Treme and True Detective for HBO.

A VFX Rising Star

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:25 -- Nick Dager

As head of business development and a member of the executive management team at Rising Sun Pictures, Jennie Zeiher leads the team responsible for the visual effects studio’s forward slate of high-quality film and series projects. Zeiher considers staying abreast of the development schedule and saying yes to opportunities as they arise to be key to her company’s success, which is not an easy feat being half a world away from Hollywood. “Over the past several years RSP’s relationships have broadened and through consistent high quality delivery we’re developing new ones,” she says. “It's a virtuous cycle.”

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