Cineworld is extending its lead in 3D digital. About half of the UK exhibitor’s screens will be 3D within three years. At present 33% of its 790 screens are digital. Cineworld has just announced a £30 million ($44 million) initiative with technology company Arts Alliance Media, rolling out across all of its 77 cinemas. AAM will collect virtual print fees from distributors, helping to repay Cineworld’s £40 million total investment.
AAM has virtual print-fee agreements in place with five of the Hollywood majors. It services VPF arrangements with 7,500 screens in Europe. The company operates the UK Film Council Digital Screen Network, so it has installed and maintains screens for nearly every UK exhibitor – multiplexes and independents alike. The technology company also has a deal with UK operator Reel Cinemas to digitise all 60 of its screens.
Cineworld posted a £40 million profit for 2009, boasting how it has led the way in 3D. There were grumbles that most of its digital 3D lead has come from the public purse, upgrading its 73 DSN screens to 3D and playing Hollywood blockbusters on them.
A little background: At the beginning of the year, ESPN and Discovery Communications announced plans to launch the first 3D television networks. ESPN’s net, ESPN 3D, will be introduced … Read More »
How ironic to be writing about NBC, ABC, & Fox trending overwhelmingly single-camera in their comedy series orders on a day when the syndication sale of a multi-camera sitcom, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, broke the record for off-network coin held by … Read More »
I’ve confirmed that Bob Lambert, SVP of Disney corporate new technology, no longer has his job there. “He’s leaving as part of a general restructuring plan,” an insider tells me.
The island has announced that it is going to stage a film and entertainment technology market in June next year. ScreenSingapore aims to become the market and launch platform for international film releases in Asia. Hollywood will also be able to showcase its summer product in what is the world’s … Read More »
Here’s the context in his commencement speech at Hampton U today:
“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t rank all
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I’ve been reading the Boy Genius Report for some time because it’s such a go-to website for mobile and gadget news scoops. So, apparently, does my boss. Jay Penske’s digital media and publishing network now has acquired the BGR.com website. As tonight’s news release states, “The impact of the expansion cannot be underestimated. RIM’s stock price increased by over 30% immediately after BGR.com broke the news of their new devices. Testament to the fact that the immediacy with which new media sites like BGR.com and Deadline.com break news and report on major events first, does move the needle in the financial sector.”
Penske, the founder, chairman and CEO of MMC, stated: “We’re thrilled to announce our acquisition of BGR, and partnership with Jonathan. Very much in the mold of Nikki Finke of Deadline.com, Jonathan has singlehandedly built an influential site with original content that appeals to an extremely engaged and loyal following in one of the largest and most exciting categories online. And he’s done it all before his 23rd birthday.” Here’s the complete news release: Read More »
CNBC says Apple has surpassed Microsoft as of yesterday’s close in terms of market cap and shares available for the public. (Microsoft 88%, Apple 99%.)
It was billed as the “can’t miss episode of Glee” this season, but the conclusion of the much-hyped Madonna episode went MIA for DVR owners. Because of an American Idol overrun Tuesday night, many viewers watching Glee on DVR saw the show cut off before the climax, the cast’s performance … Read More »
UPDATES iPad May Have Sold 700,000 Units Already
Apple today announced that it sold over 300,000 iPads in the U.S. as of midnight Saturday, April 3 — nowhere near the 700,000 … Read More »
Sherlock Holmes was just released this past Tuesday in Blu-Ray and DVD. So a Warner Bros press statement asks: “Why not download it from iTunes for your iPad? Why not also play the game designed for the device? Sherlock Holmes: Mysteries … Read More »
UPDATES Disney Supports Biggest Shareholder Steve Jobs’ iPad
Disney announced today that Marvel Comics is on iPad:
Marvel Comics App includes over 500 of Marvel’s greatest comic books, from classic stories to modern tales, featuring Iron Man,
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UPDATED: Marvel Comics App To Debut On iPad
BURBANK, Calif., April 1, 2010 – As part of its ongoing strategy to provide
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Sony Corp has officially announced its entry in the 3D television game, launching its first line of Bravia flatscreen TVs for sale in Japan beginning in June. Other announcements will follow as Sony joins electronics giants like Panasonic and Samsung in … Read More »
Apple’s Steve Jobs unveiled its iPad tablet device. First, the stats: 9.7-inch screen and weighing 1.5 pounds, with 1 GHZ processor, starting at 16GB, 10 hours of battery life, prices ranging from $499 to $829, an unlimited data plan of $30 a month, and some with 3G by AT&T, plus … Read More »
There’s no announcement by SAG, but Ken Howard in his capacity as the new Screen Actors Guild president is scheduled to speak at the 2010 International CES, the world’s largest consumer tech tradeshow which promotes and interacts with the … Read More »