Frozen hit a major box office milestone after crossing the $1 billion mark at the global box office. Frozen is the biggest non-sequel animated film of all time and the second biggest animated of all time globally.
Frozen hit the $1 billion mark after grossing $388.7 million in North America and $611.5 million overseas. The film is the seventh release from The Walt Disney Studios to reach $1 billion, joining Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man 3, the second and fourth Pirates of the Caribbean films, Alice in Wonderland, and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3.
Frozen is the third highest grossing animated release in North America and the fourth highest overseas. It is the top grosses in both categories among original IPs.
Los Angeles, CA - 28 February 2014 - The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. (The Inter-Society) is pleased to announce that Jack Kline, Chairman, President and CEO of Christie's operating companies, will receive the ‘2014 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award'.
The ‘2014 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award' will be presented to Jack by Susie Beiersdorf, the Inter-Society's president and Vice President of Sales at Sony Electronics, on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 in conjunction with CinemaCon 2014. "I am honored to present Jack with this well- deserved award for his ongoing support of our industry, both personally and professionally" said Susie Beiersdorf. "Under Jack's leadership, Christie has become a major innovator in the entertainment industry including the first commercial deployment of digital cinema." The annual award honors an individual who has made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience. Previous recipients include: Ken Mason, Barry Reardon, Al Shapiro, Bud Stone, Ioan Allen, Mark Christiansen, Sid Ganis, and Jack Cashin.
As President & COO of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc., Jack is responsible for leading Christie's global sales and marketing. During his tenure at Christie, Jack has strengthened and expanded Christie's worldwide distribution of high performance projection displays and visualization solutions across the company's five major product portfolios: Cinema/Digital Cinema, Fixed Installation, Rental/Staging, Control Rooms, and Advanced Visualization & Simulation. "Having known Jack for over 20 years, I can think of very few individuals more deserving of this award" said Dan Huerta, Vice President of Sight & Sound, AMC Theatres. "Jack has helped grow Christie into one of the most recognized technology and service companies in the cinema and digital signage industries. His strategic vision and commitment to succeed have benefitted many, including cinema operators and moviegoers."
"Jack Klein is a true pioneer in theatrical technologies" said last year's Ken Mason award recipient, Jerry Pierce. "Jack made the leap to aggressively move Christie to digital projection taking a business risk and leading the way. His efforts pushed Christie to be on the leading edge of digital projection."
Furthermore, Jack was instrumental in developing Christie's new acquisition strategies that helped rapidly establish Christie as a major force in the digital arena; the acquisition of Electrohome Projection Systems in 1999 set the stage for Christie's increasingly dynamic leadership role in the global conversion to digital technology. "I commend the Inter-Society in its selection of Jack Kline as this year's recipient of the Ken Mason award" said Jeffery S. Miller, President, Studio Operations, Walt Disney Studios. "Jack's contribution to the development and deployment of digital cinema technology has vastly improved the movie-going experience. His long-term commitment to the motion picture industry, along with his insight and leadership in the projection and digital cinema arenas, deserve gratitude and recognition."
"Jack is one of the most well-respected and trusted individuals I know in this business," said Chuck Goldwater, Executive Vice President, Digiplex Cinemas. "For more than 30 years I have enjoyed working with Jack and watching him help lead the industry through significant technological advances, most recently into the digital cinema era. At Cinedigm Jack's role as our partner in the pioneering Christie/AIX deployment program was vital in making that such a successful venture. I applaud Inter-Society for selecting Jack to receive this honor, for which he is so richly and uniquely deserving."
Jack joined Christie in 1979 as a National Sales Representative; was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 1988; was named Executive Vice President & COO in 1997; and was appointed as President & COO in 1999. As of 1 April 2014, Jack will be Chairman, President and CEO of Christie's operating companies worldwide.
"It's great when someone you've known and respected for many years gets acknowledged by their peers" said Ioan Allen, SVP, Dolby Laboratories. "Jack is a gentleman of the industry -- well deserved."
Jack is a member of several industry organizations, including the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers, and the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA). And he is actively involved with numerous charities, including the Lollipop Theater Network, the National Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) Society, Stop Hunger Now, and Variety - The Children's Charity of the United States.
The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. promotes interactive dialogue and information exchange between cinema-related entities with the goal of resolving issues affecting the overall cinema presentation. Founded in 1978 by Eastman Kodak VP Ken Mason, membership is composed of its four charter trade organizations - International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) - along with over 40 member companies, made up of trade organizations, motion picture studios, exhibition companies, manufacturers, technical consultants and other industry stakeholders.
Christie, a global visual technologies company, offers diverse solutions for business, entertainment, and industry. With expertise in film projection since 1929 and professional projection systems since 1979, we've established a reputation as the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions for cinema, large audience environments, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and virtual reality, simulation, education, media and government. As a market leader, Christie has installed over 100,000 projection solutions worldwide.
CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest and most important gathering of movie theater owners from around the world. CinemaCon 2014 will be held at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV on 24 - 27 March 2014.
AMC Selected for Independent Film Programming Initiatives
Leawood, Kan. (Feb. 28, 2014) - Fast Company's annual Most Innovative Companies issue honors leading businesses that exhibit positive growth, progressive business models and an ethos for creativity. This year, Fast Company lists AMC Theatres® (NYSE: AMC) in The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Hollywood for bringing diversity to its screens through its independent film program, AMC IndependentTM (AMCi).
AMCi is a commitment to advancing independent films throughout the year at more than 65 theatre locations across the country. The initiative offers a diverse array of films that excite, encourage and engage guests beyond the traditional box office hits. The program also allows independent filmmakers the resources and expertise to advance in a challenging industry.
"At AMC, we challenge ourselves to be the initiators and not the followers," said Gerry Lopez, president and CEO of AMC Theatres. "The recognition by Fast Company is an honor and lets us know we are on the right track."
The Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company's most significant, high-profile editorial effort of the year. Fast Company spends months of gathering and sifting data to identify the enterprises that exemplify the best in business from across the economy and around the world.
Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies issue (March 2014) is on newsstands now. For more information, please visit: http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2014/industry/hollywood.
USL, Inc. announces the product launch of the innovative CMS-2200 Cinema Media Server with solid state storage for the digital cinema industry. The new server features cross platform Android, xOS (MAC), iOS (Apple), Linux and Windows based Screen Management System (SMS) and built-in automation with an optional CMSA-100 expansion unit. The CMS-2200 received rave reviews in January when it was used to demonstrate USL's implementation of immersive sound technology at the International Cinema Technology Association seminar series, in Los Angeles.
The CMS-2200 supports decoding of 4K, High Frame Rate 2K images, and is HDMI 2D & 3D compliant. Two USB 3.0 ports allow accelerated ingest of content and enable live streaming.
CMS-2200 is a compact, projector-mounted unit and comes with a clear, concise operation manual, and online videos, for smooth, efficient installations. Also supported in the CMS-2200 is MPEG 2 for alternative content.
Solid state drives (instead of standard mechanical hard drives) provide years of maintenance free operation.
The CMS-2200 includes the USL patent pending implementation of immersive sound, and pre-renders object-based sound within the media block, eliminating the need for an expensive external rendering system. The CMS-2200 features multi-screen support and the ability to transfer keys and content from a library server or manager's station.
Founder, President and Chief Technical Designer, Jack Cashin, and his engineering team at USL, Inc. recognized the need for a full featured, economical "stand-alone" cinema media server. This culminated in the creation of the visionary and inventive CMS-2200. "Our cinema media server gives digital cinema operators the capability of storing and presenting 2K, 2D & 3D movies in HFR, up to 60 frames per second," stated Jack Cashin. 4K 2D movies can be shown at rates up to 30 fps. "USL has already demonstrated the advantages of rendering immersive sound within the media block. We are active in the SMPTE standards committees on immersive sound to ensure the CMS-2200 will play DCPs with standardized immersive sound," added Cashin.
The CMS-2200 bolsters USL, Inc.'s extensive collection of digital cinema products, which includes advanced digital audio processors, monitors, crossovers, accessibility equipment and test equipment.
USL will provide demonstrations of the CMS-2200 at the 2014 CinemaCon in Las Vegas, March 24-27. Visit the USL booth #313F for more information.
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