Los Angeles, CA -- The International 3D Society announced today that Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC) will assume Co-chair of its Worldwide Education committee and become its official technology partner. In this capacity, Panasonic will provide 3D technology at instructional events produced by the International 3D Society in the USA, Europe, and Asia

The purpose of the program is to establish a curriculum of technical and creative coursework for video industry professionals in key production markets around the globe, as 3D technology is rapidly advancing. The International 3D Society's 3D University series has attracted over 700 professional participants in Los Angeles in its first nine weeks of the program.

The next 3D University class is Blu-ray Day on Saturday, November 6. The following month, on December 4, the 3D University will meet in Los Angeles for a program presented in association with the Producers Guild of America.

"Our primary mission is to provide education to 3D professionals. We thank Panasonic for their partnership which allows us to fulfill that commitment globally," remarked Jim Chabin, President of the International 3D Society. Panasonic will provide technical support, demonstrations, and expertise in developing learning programs worldwide.

Professionals seeking to develop their 3D expertise will benefit not only from the presentations, but also from the opportunities to network with their peers and share the latest developments in the 3D ecosystem.

"As an innovator and leader in bringing 3D TV technologies to consumers and to the video production industry, Panasonic understands the value of education in cultivating a new generation of 3D professionals around the world," said Yoshiyuki Miyabe, Executive Officer of Panasonic Corporation. "With this goal in mind, we welcome this opportunity to work with the International 3D Society as they provide educational seminars and demonstrations that will enable 3D professionals globally to gain new skills."

Panasonic Corporation recently received the organization's first Charles Wheatstone Award honoring its advocacy, technology and consumer engagement in the development of the stereoscopic 3D products.

 

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, announces grand opening details for the new Edwards Theatres in Nampa, Idaho. Nampa Gateway Stadium 12 will host preview events with $2 movies for three full days to benefit local charities. The cinema's official grand opening will be Friday, November 12 with first-run features including Skyline, Unstoppable and Morning Glory.Moviegoers will enjoy free popcorn and free soft drinks with each paid admission November 12 - 14. Advance tickets are on sale now for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opening Friday, November 19.

"Edwards Nampa Gateway Stadium 12 is a state-of-the-art facility, with the latest theatre amenities including all digital projection, RealD 3D and digital surround sound. Our moviegoers throughout the area know and appreciate the quality of Edwards Theatres and the new Nampa Gateway will truly impress our loyal patrons. We are excited to be part of the new retail hub for the community at Nampa Gateway Center," stated Dick Westerling, Regal Entertainment Group Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising.

The new theatre is modern in every way, equipped with RealD(R) 3D to provide true-to-life 3D. RealD is a new generation of digital 3D, giving moviegoers a stunningly realistic movie experience that engages the imagination, activates the senses and invites the audience not only to watch a film, but also step inside the story. Upcoming Digital 3D movies include: Tangled (11/24), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (12/10), Yogi Bear (12/17), Tron Legacy (12/17),and Gulliver's Travels (12/22).

The 12-screen theatre covers approximately 52,000 square feet and includes more than 2,200 seats. Moviegoers will enjoy digital projection in every auditorium, stadium seating, with each row elevated for an unobstructed view, and high-back rocking chairs featuring cupholder armrests which move out of the way to form seats for two.

Everyone is invited to enjoy this new entertainment destination on Monday, November 8; Tuesday, November 9; and Wednesday, November 10. These preview events will feature $2 movies, $2 popcorn and $2 soft drinks with proceeds benefiting local charities. Details are available at http://www.REGmovies.com/grand-openings.

 

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Leonardo DiCaprio will play a serial killer in an adaptation of Erik Larson's best-selling novel, Devil in the White City. The story follows a doctor who murdered anywhere between 27-200 people while Chicago was hosting the World's Fair in 1893.

DiCaprio is coming off the massive success of Inception, which has raked in more than $800 million worldwide. That gives him more than enough clout to tackle a role that is bound to be controversial and daring.

The Oscar-nominated actor also recently committed to starring in Hoover--a biopic about famed FBI director J. Edgar Hoover--for Clint Eastwood.

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OMAHA, Neb. -- Ballantyne Strong, Inc. (NYSE Amex: BTN), a provider of digital cinema projection equipment and services, cinema screens and other cinema products, announced today the appointment of Gary L. Cavey, 61, effective today, as its President and CEO. Mr. Cavey has also joined the Ballantyne Board of Directors concurrent with his appointment as President and CEO. Mr. Cavey's appointment is the culmination of an extensive, yearlong search to find a successor to John Wilmers, 66, who has retired as President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors. In September 2009 Ballantyne and Mr. Wilmers initiated a CEO transition process, providing approximately two years to identify and confirm a new CEO prior to Mr. Wilmers' planned retirement by year-end 2011. Mr. Wilmers will remain with Ballantyne over the next 14 months to work through the CEO transition and will be primarily involved in expanding Ballantyne's growing Asian business efforts.

Mr. Cavey brings 31 years of management experience and substantial accomplishments to Ballantyne. Since 2009 he has served as COO of Midland Radio Corporation, an international industry leader in the manufacture and sale of two-way wireless communications systems for consumer and industrial applications, where he has led a successful turnaround.

William F. Welsh II, Chairman of the Board, stated: "Over the past 14 years, John Wilmers successfully navigated Ballantyne through a period of substantial industry change. He has played an instrumental role in transforming the Company into a leading provider of digital cinema products and services, achieving record revenues in the second quarter of this year. We believe Gary Cavey possesses the requisite management talent, international experience and leadership skills to build upon Ballantyne's strong industry position. We are confident in his ability to leverage our seasoned senior management team, long-term industry reputation, global footprint and substantial financial resources to drive continued growth and bottom line performance at Ballantyne."

From 1999 to 2008, Mr. Cavey was President/CEO & Chairman of MAC Equipment, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of pneumatic conveying and air filtration systems serving numerous industries. Under Mr. Cavey's leadership, sales at MAC doubled to $95 million with significant growth in profitability, paving the way for MAC's sale on very favorable terms. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Cavey was President and COO of the Industrial Products Group of Valmont Industries, a NYSE-listed producer of commercial and industrial products for a variety of applications and end markets including utilities, government, communications, etc. Mr. Cavey played an instrumental role in driving operating income growth of 15% per year at this Valmont unit with annual revenue of $350 - $400 million. From 1981 to 1994, Mr. Cavey held marketing and sales positions of increasing responsibility with Valmont.

Mr. Cavey has a BS in Marketing/Management from the University of Nebraska and a Senior Management Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also completed graduate studies at the University of Georgia and University of Michigan business schools. He is currently a Director at McCain, Inc., a manufacturer of parking, traffic and transportation solutions.

John Wilmers commented, "My 29-year tenure at Ballantyne has been an enormously rewarding personal and professional experience for which I am very thankful. It would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the amazing team at Ballantyne, as well as the ongoing confidence, trust and support of our customers and partners. I look forward to assisting Gary in the transition and introducing him to customers, partners and the investment community over the coming months as well as focusing on the significant opportunities we see in Asia."

 

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