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Kaufman Named IFTA Chairman for Second Term

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Independent Film & Television Alliance chairman Lloyd Kaufman president Troma Entertainment has been reelected to a second two-year term leading the 150-member organization. IFTA president and CEO Jean Prewitt made the announcement.

 An outspoken advocate of net neutrality Kaufman enters a second term just as the FCC is poised to consider expanded protection for new services and applications on the Internet.  I am honored to have a second term as chairman of IFTA which has become the leading voice for independents worldwide says Kaufman.

NCM Signs Ad Agreement with Starplex ShowBiz and Picture Show

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

National CineMedia has entered into a network affiliate advertising agreement with Starplex Cinemas ShowBiz Cinemas and Picture Show Theatres for the presentation of pre-show advertising.  Under the terms of the new exclusive multi-year agreement the three exhibition circuits will exclusively present NCM’s pre-feature cinema advertising program.  Details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Screenvision Announces New Long-Term Deal with Malco Theatres

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision has announced a new long-term agreement with Malco Theatres. The partnership drives Screenvision’s overall screen count to 15 366 increasing its digital screen count to over 7 700.  The companies did not disclose the details of the agreement.

 Screenvision and Malco’s partnership clearly shows that exhibitors continue to choose Screenvision for the strength and entertainment value that comes with our digital preshow ” says Darryl Schaffer executive vice president exhibitor relations Screenvision.

Pixar’s Whitehill to Keynote 21st SD&A Conference in January

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The keynote speaker for the 21st Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference is Bob Whitehill stereoscopic supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios who will speak about Three-Dimensional Storytelling. Registration is now open SD&A runs January 18-20 2010 as part of the SPIE/IS&T Electronic Imaging Symposium in San Jose California.   The conference program includes a range of exciting and useful special sessions as well as research-based oral and poster presentations.

Sony Digital Cinema Enters Uncharted Territory

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Sony joined forces with movie theatres across the country to create a series of multi-player gaming tournaments that highlighted their potential as an additional revenue source for exhibitors during non-peak times.           To support the October 13 release of the Playstation3 title Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Sony Computer Entertainment of America and Sony Digital Cinema Solutions and Services produced four exclusive sneak peek events. Attendees had the chance to play Uncharted 2 on the big screen with Sony 4K digital cinema technology.

Sony Introduces High Frame Rate Single Lens 3D Camera Technology

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Sony Corporation has announced the development of a single lens 3D camera technology that the company says is capable of recording natural and smooth 3D images of even fast-moving subject matter such as sports at 240fps. According to the company the technology combines a newly developed optical system for single lens 3D camera which captures the left and right images simultaneously together with existing high frame rate recording technology to realize 240fps 3D filming.

DFT and Cinevation Form Strategic Partnership

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Digital Film Technology and Cinevation have announced that they have formed a strategic partnership. Initially the companies say this co-operation will focus on sales and marketing but may be further expanded to include other parts of the companies’ operations in the future.   The partnership positions both companies to deliver complementary technology and products as well as end-to-end workflow solutions to the post-production marketplace.  The combined solutions will enhance the quality of deliverables for post-production facilities worldwide.

Technicolor Offers Digital Cinema Image Detection Watermarking Solutions


Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Technicolor is now offering both of the Civolution digital cinema image detection watermarking solutions available on the market: Cinefence and Nexguard.
 
 “By providing our customers with the only two digital cinema watermarking detection services available on the market we enable them with full flexibility when it comes to protection and analysis of digital cinema pirated material ” says Curt Behlmer head of Technicolor’s digital cinema business.
 
 Digital watermarking solutions make video content easily and precisely identifiable by embedding specific data such as the rights hol

Zacuto USA Releases New Version of DSLR Optical Viewfinder

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Embracing the wave of the growing popularity of DSLR cameras Zacuto has introduced the Z-Finder V2 an optical viewfinder that allows DSLR cameras to have the correct form factor for video. Additional features of the Z-Finder includes: 3x focusable magnification Schneider optics a 40mm diameter lens an adjustable (left or right) eye-cup preventing extraneous light leakage and most importantly a field of view perfectly matched to LCD screen sizes of many DSLR cameras such as: Canon 5DMKII Canon 7D Panasonic GH1 Nikon D300 Nikon D5000 and Pentex 7D.   This Z-finder is awesome.

D-Box Systems Now Compatible with GDC Digital Cinema Servers

Mon, 10/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Theatre systems from D-Box Technologies are now compatible with the digital cinema servers manufactured by GDC Technology. According to the company this latest announcement provides D-Box an opportunity to further expand its business together with GDC Technology whose software-based digital cinema solution has garnered nearly 400 installations in North America and 2 000 internationally.

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