PARIS, France & BURBANK, CA - Thomson - the worldwide leader in video solutions for the Communication, Media & Entertainment (CME) industries - today announced that its Technicolor Services division has provided a full array of industry-leading laboratory and digital services to the top 10 films driving the record-smashing North American box office for the weekend of July 18 - 20.

Technicolor provided key services to every film in the top 10 of the record-breaking session. The unprecedented results, for a three-day non-holiday weekend, were led by Warner Bros.’ The Dark Knight, which broke all records over a non-holiday, three-day weekend grossing an official $158.3 million. Other new opening films Technicolor served include Mamma Mia!, and Space Chimps. Mamma Mia! rewrote the records books and became the top opener in film history for a musical. The domestic box office racked up an unprecedented $250 million or more in ticket sales making July 18 - 20 the biggest three-day weekend ever in terms of total grosses.

Technicolor provided a combination of best-in-class creative and technical services in both the film and digital arena - including front-end negative processing and dailies; digital intermediates; theatrical release printing; and digital cinema services. Technicolor provided digital intermediates and digital cinema services to half of the 10 highest grossing films; and it provided theatrical release printing to over three-quarters of the top 10 films - through a combination of domestic and international theatrical release prints.

“We are honored to have contributed to the films that produced the remarkable results from last weekend’s North American and International theatrical box office,” stated Lanny Raimondo, head of Thomson’s Services Division. “These results once again establish the power of filmed entertainment to capture the attention of moviegoers everywhere, supported by our best-in-class service offerings.”

Technicolor provided a near record volume of theatrical release prints for The Dark Knight from the company’s worldwide locations.

Digital intermediates were produced by Technicolor’s Los Angeles and New York facilities, for Mamma Mia!, Hancock, Space Chimps, and Kung Fu Panda. Technicolor’s Rome laboratory provided digital intermediate film-out services for Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. Technicolor also provided worldwide film prints for Mamma Mia!, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army and Kung Fu Panda.

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Canadian exhibitor Cineplex Entertainment has signed a long-term agreement to install a minimum of 175 3D systems from LA-based technology company RealD.

Cineplex currently has 41 such systems in operation; however, the expansion is contingent on Cineplex’s entering a digital deployment agreement with Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (DCIP), the technology acquisition joint venture set-up by US cinema circuits Regal, AMC, and Cinemark.

Earlier this month, Cinemark signed a much larger similar deal with RealD that will add 1,500 3D screens to its circuit. That deal too is contingent on definitive agreements between DCIP and the major US distributors over such issues as digital print costs. If said agreements are finalized, RealD will be on track to surpass the 5000-system milestone.

The moves anticipate an unprecedented release slate of more than a dozen 3D titles over the next 18 months including DreamWorks Animation’s Monsters vs. Aliens, 20th Century Fox’s Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and James Cameron’s Avatar. The majority of the Cineplex installations will be completed in 2009.

In a joint release, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and other studio chiefs as well as Cineplex president and CEO Ellis Jacob and RealD chairman and CEO Michael Lewis enthused on the potential renaissance in exhibition. RealD compared the impact of 3D with the advent of colour film.

The technology company claims to be the “global leader in 3D”, with 90 per cent of the worldwide digital 3D market and 97 per cent of the North American market. Its systems operate in 27 countries.

 

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Holbrook, NY — IDS Menus®, a leading supplier of indoor, outdoor and digital menu boards, recently entered into a strategic partnership with Stein Industries Inc. to offer its client base a complete selection of restaurant equipment products. Founded in 1932, Stein Industries is a leading global manufacturer serving the concession, movie theatre and retail industries. They provide their customers top-notch experience in metal fabrication, engineering, and woodwork. Some of the products produced by Stein include counter and concession stands, food warmers, candy display cases and merchandise displays.

Headquartered in Amityville, New York in conjunction with their 60,000 square foot engineering, metal fabrication and manufacturing facility, Stein Industries Inc. will provide a wealth of manufacturing capabilities to IDS’ customer base. By partnering with Stein, IDS can truly be considered a "one-stop-shop" for food service establishments and a variety of other venues. The two companies' combined offerings now include digital signage, a range of display products, large format graphics, design services, custom casework, and more.

Andrew Stein, Vice President of Stein Industries Inc., describes how his company will benefit from working with IDS Menus. “Stein Industries partnered with IDS Menus so that our products would have a clearer path into the foodservice and restaurant industry. Both Stein Industries and IDS have many years experience in movie theatre concessions, as well as quick-service establishments. The synergy between Stein and IDS is strong, since we serve common market segments and are both focused on the décor of our customer’s establishments. Stein Industries is very excited to work with IDS Menus and feel this partnership gives our customers a “one stop shop” for all their interior, fixture, and menu board needs.”

Rick Kranz, CEO of IDS Menus, further explains why IDS selected Stein Industries as a strategic partner, “For years our clients have been asking us for more display products. Partnering with Stein Industries was the logical next step to grow our product offerings. We will now offer our clients custom display cases, counters, and food equipment, as well as menu signage - completing our client’s décor. At Stein Industries’ 60,000 square foot facility, we actually design, fabricate, and test assemble entire restaurants before we break them down for shipping. We are very excited to be partnered with Stein Industries. Their reputation for high quality and attention to detail fits in well with the IDS culture.”

 

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IMAX Corporation and Hoyts Cinemas Ltd., one of the largest exhibitors in Australia, today announced a joint venture agreement to install four IMAX® theatres in the cities of Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. The deal marks the Company’s first international joint venture deal featuring the Company’s new IMAX® Digital theatre system and doubles IMAX’s footprint in Australia. To date, IMAX has signed contracts for more than 180 IMAX® Digital theatre systems, with approximately 50 scheduled to be installed by the end of 2008.

Under the terms of the joint venture agreement, IMAX and Hoyts Cinemas will share in the cost and profitability of the new theatres. The first three theatres will be installed at the Entertainment Quarter 12 in Sydney, the Highpoint 17 in Melbourne and the Carousel 16 in Perth. These openings are scheduled to coincide with the Australian launch of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in December of this year. The fourth theatre will be installed in Melbourne in 2009.

“IMAX is a widely recognized and very successful brand in Australia, and we are excited to open these locations in partnership with IMAX to offer our customers the world’s most immersive cinema experience,” said Delfin Fernandez, CEO of Hoyts Cinemas. “IMAX theatres offer a cinematic experience that people can’t get at home or in a conventional theatre, and this unique offering has proven to drive incremental attendance at the multiplex. Additionally, the IMAX Digital projection system eliminates the need for film prints, which significantly lowers operating costs and enables us to offer our customers a wider range of IMAX content.”

“Entering into a partnership with one of the largest exhibitors in Australia is a fantastic way to initiate our international JV business, and it adds to the momentum of our overall digital growth strategy,” said IMAX’s Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs, Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. “Hoyts is a top-notch exhibitor with a commitment to innovation and expansion, and we believe this partnership will strengthen our presence in the region.”

The highly anticipated IMAX Digital projection system further enhances The IMAX Experience® and helps drive profitability for studios, exhibitors and IMAX theatres by eliminating the need for film prints, increasing program flexibility and ultimately increasing the number of movies shown on IMAX screens.

IMAX’s film slate for the remainder of 2008, 2009 and 2010 includes:

The Dark Knight - Warner Bros. Pictures - July 18, 2008
Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa - DreamWorks Animation - November 7, 2008
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - Warner Bros. Pictures - November 21, 2008
Under the Sea 3D - Warner Bros. Pictures - February, 2009
Monsters vs. Aliens 3D - DreamWorks Animation - March, 2009
Hubble 3D (working title) - Warner Bros. Pictures - February, 2010
How to Train Your Dragon 3D - DreamWorks Animation - March, 2010
Shrek Goes Fourth 3D - DreamWorks Animation - May, 2010

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Screenvision has partnered with Journeyfilm to present the national premiere of the feature documentary UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days. The movie chronicles the amazing feats of running legend Dean Karnazes and The North Face Endurance 50, in which he ran 50 marathons in 50 different states in 50 consecutive days.

Screenvision’s alternative programming division will make the documentary available to its exhibitor partners beginning July 31st for limited on-screen engagements at more than 170 theatres across the country. UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days will be distributed through Screenvision’s hi-definition digital network, providing a high quality and cost-effective way to reach each exhibitor’s desired locations.

“We are committed to offering our exhibitor partners compelling alternative content that provides them with additional revenue streams,” said Darryl Shaffer, executive vice president, exhibitor relations for Screenvision. “UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons • 50 States • 50 Days is the type of documentary we feel could have widespread appeal on a national basis and we look forward to working with our partners to promote it.”

The alternative programming division was launched in 2007 to enable exhibitors to attract additional audiences during off-peak movie timeframes. Screenvision’s presentation of the La Scala opera series and its partnership with the New York Mets for “Mets at the Movies” are examples of previous successes.

"Inspiration is a two-way street, and I've been so touched by the many people who joined me along the way during this incredible expedition," said Karnazes. "Running is often an individual sport, but it has brought us all together. I’m thrilled that this documentary is here to continue to inspire—it’s a true symbol of what people can achieve if they aspire to explore their personal limits.”

UltraMarathon Man is directed by JB Benna (The Runner) and produced by both JB and Jennifer Benna of Journeyfilm. The documentary is aligned with The North Face, the world's premier supplier of authentic, innovative, and technically advanced outdoor apparel, equipment, and footwear.

 

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