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This year, The Geneva Convention honors one of its closest and dearest by honoring Paul J. Rogers with the Ben Marcus Award. Paul is Chairman of the Board of Rogers Cinema Inc., a Marshfield, Wisconsin based company. He continues to serve as President and National Director of the National Association of Theatre Owners of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and has done so for the last 15 years.

Starting in 1964 as an usher for the Adler Theatre Company, he has always worked and been involved with motion pictures his entire life except for the three years he spent in the service in the American Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, for which he was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal.

In 1970 he became general manager for the Adler Theatres. In 1972 he purchased the company's Marshfield operations, a single indoor and drive in theatre. He was 24 years old and always thought it as a "great accomplishment" to borrow a Quarter Million Dollars from the bank with his limited resources! He was elected to the NATO of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan board in 1973 to start the Youth Movement.

Today, Rogers Cinemas are located in eight cities with 53 screens throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Widowed in 2003 and no children, Paul resides in Marshfield, Wisconsin but he spends a great deal of time at his Tomahawk, Wisconsin lake home or his Florida homes in the Fort Meyers area. Mr. Rogers spends a great deal of time and effort on civic and philanthropic work.

timwarner.pngLarry D. Hanson Award: Tim Warner

Mr. Warner was born and raised in Butte, Montana and began his exhibition career there in 1956 at Fox-Intermountain Theatres. Following a two year stint as theatre manager and city manager for National General, Warner in 1969 joined Theatre Operators, Inc. of which he was part owner. He progressed to President of the organization. In 1973, he started a second company, Warner Marketing Film Buying which bought film for independently owned theatres. Theatre Operators, Inc. was acquired in 1988 by Chicago-based Excellence Theatres, which employed Warner as a senior executive until he left for Los Angeles to become CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners of California and General Chairman of NATO/ShoWest. Warner's 1989-1995 reign saw NATO/ShoWest evolve from a regional confab to a convention routinely converged upon by motion picture professionals from all over the world.

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is the second largest motion picture exhibitor in the world in terms of both attendance and the number of screens in operation. Mr. Warner currently serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. Prior to his current position, he was President of Cinemark International for over 10 years where he was responsible for leading Cinemark's international growth efforts, primarily in Mexico, Central & South America, where it currently operates 1,069 screens in 131 theatres.

Mr. Warner resides in Dallas, Texas and is married to Windy. He has two children, Kristina and Tim Jr. and three grandchildren.

Congratulations Tim Warner on receiving the Larry D. Hanson Award for 2010.

 

 

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Jamie Bell will play alongside Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton in The Retreat, a British thriller from director Carl Tibbets and executive producer David Frost.

Bell has built a solid career for himself since breaking into films with Billy Elliot. The young actor will next be seen in The Eagle with Channing Tatum. He's also working on The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn for Steven Spielberg.

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New York, NY -- Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, and California Sports Company K•Swiss have entered into an exclusive partnership to bring the California Sports brand's "Have an Awesome Day" campaign to moviegoers across the country. Marking the company's first foray into cinema advertising, the partnership features a 30-second spot airing in the Screenvision preshow‘s best-in-industry Premium PodTM positioning. The campaign will run in-cinema beginning August 13th through August 26th and will be complemented by an exclusive screening at the Muvico theatre located in Thousand Oaks, California.

The K•Swiss campaign will run across the vast Screenvision Programming Network of more than 15,300 screens across 2,400 theatre locations, with penetration in all 50 states and 93% of DMAs nationwide. Screenvision currently represents 17 of the top 25 movie exhibitors.

"We are thrilled that K•Swiss has chosen Screenvision to launch its first in-cinema advertising campaign," said Mike Chico, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Research, Screenvision. "K-Swiss' commitment to team with us further showcases how in-cinema advertising, due to its effectiveness, is becoming a bigger part of yet another major national marketing campaign."

David Nichols, Executive Vice President of K•Swiss added, "Screenvision allows K•Swiss to reach moviegoers nationwide during the peak summer season. Our ‘Have an Awesome Day' spot will be a natural, feel-good addition to the movie experience and help us reach a uniquely captive audience."

The exclusive in-cinema spot is a component of the company's "Have an Awesome Day" campaign, which celebrates the brand's ‘California cool' heritage and joy of sport. Set in California, the spot tells visual stories of idyllic California days set through a combination of playful characters and world-class K•Swiss athletes.

 

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Director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is developing a biopic about comedic actor John Belushi from a script by Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness). Warner Bros. holds the rights to the late actor's story.

Let the casting speculation begin. Zach Galifianakis could emerge as an early candidate due to his established relationship with Phillips.

Phillips has Due Date set to open in November.

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Morristown, NJ & Los Angeles, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (Cinedigm) (NASDAQ; CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema, announced today that the Telluride Film Festival has named Cinedigm as its official Digital Cinema Advisor. The Telluride Film Festival is an annual gathering of cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers, critics and industry insiders. It ranks among the world's most prestigious film festivals. This year's Festival will take place from September 3-6 in Telluride, Colorado.

In its role as Digital Cinema Advisor, Cinedigm will help the Telluride Film Festival implement digital cinema systems for its theaters, including the Palm Theater, the Chuck Jones Cinema and the Galaxy Theater. Cinedigm will contribute strategic and technical advice relative to digital cinema, and will help the Festival identify the appropriate vendors necessary to transform the Festival into a digital venue.

"We are thrilled to have Cinedigm join us in our commitment to excellence in film presentation," said Julie Huntsinger, Tom Luddy and Gary Meyer, co-directors of the Telluride Film Festival. "We strive to provide an environment that showcases the most creative minds in film. Digital Cinema is a growing aspect of the industry's future and Cinedigm's unparalleled expertise in Digital Cinema is a huge asset for the Festival."

There are more than ten thousand digital cinema screens in the United States today, representing approximately 27 percent of all U.S. screens. Cinedigm estimates that by the end of 2012 at least 70 percent of U.S. screens will be digital. Digital cinema conversion has been underway for several years, but the past 12 months witnessed a spike that outpaced the previous five years combined. In part, this was driven by the success of digital filmmaking and the wave of successful 3D movies; James Cameron's Avatar set multiple world records, and helped to show how seamlessly and beautifully digital technology could be incorporated into movies.

The year saw other global firsts that demonstrated the versatility of digital cinema. These include the distribution by Cinedigm of the NCAA Final Four®, as well as the FIFA World CupTM Finals in live 3D to theatres. Numerous concerts were filmed and released theatrically in 3D, including Phish and The Dave Matthews Band, giving fans a vivid front-row seat and an unparalleled "you are there" experience. Cinedigm enabled James Cameron to appear in live 3D to an Earth Day summit in Seoul, Korea. The stars of the independent film Opa! conducted a live Q&A and virtual red carpet premiere with audiences nationwide; fans texted questions to the movie's stars, who answered them live. Digital cinema enables a real-time interplay between entertainers and fans at a level that was previously impossible.

Digital conversion now gives producers and directors a direct avenue into theaters that was otherwise closed to them, affording them a guaranteed way to reach their audience. Cinedigm serves as a marketer and distributor as well as a technology integrator and consultant. Cinedigm delivers content directly onto thousands of theatrical screens nationwide in economic alignment with producers and directors. In this sense, digital cinema is driving a paradigm shift in content creation and distribution. Cinedigm is central to that process.

"2010 has been a watershed year in the evolution of digital cinema," said Adam M. Mizel, Interim co-CEO of Cinedigm. "Cinedigm has been one of digital cinema's primary architects and as such, we've developed a network of theatres across the country that can bring new and exciting options to theatre audiences, independent producers and movie exhibitors alike. The Telluride Film Festival is a leading independent film event and one of the most respected gatherings of film visionaries each year. We are excited to support the Festival and introduce digital cinema and its opportunities to its attendees."

 

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