Los Angeles, CA -- Prime Focus, the global visual entertainment services group, today announced a significant capital investment and expansion of its global Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) pipeline.

Finishing touches are underway at the company's new 65,000 square foot world headquarters in Mumbai, which will house seven S3D theaters and over 600 artist seats, along with a complete slate of visual effects, post and production services.

At its Hollywood studio, efforts will be re-focused exclusively on delivering S3D creative services including 2D-to-3D conversions and S3D editorial & visual effects for entertainment clients in film, television, advertising, and mobile content. To support this expansion, Prime Focus is building out 200 new artist seats, and has upgraded much of its pre-existing post infrastructure (DI suites, Telecine Bays, and Theatres) into S3D-enabled spaces supporting both RealD and Dolby stereo projection. In addition, plans are in progress to build a new 45-seat stereo-enabled screening room.

The Hollywood studio has also hired notable stereoscopic supervisor Jeremy Nicolaides, whose credits include "Alice in Wonderland," "Arabia 3D," "G-Force 3D," "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D," "U2 3D" and more. Additionally, Prime Focus producer Bridgitte Krupke has been appointed Executive Producer, and Chris Del Conte as Senior Producer, both overseeing 2D-to-3D conversion projects.

At Prime Focus London, a 2D-to-3D conversion pipeline has recently been installed, and the company plans to expand into a new space to accommodate an additional 200 visual effects artists.

All of Prime Focus' 16 international locations are connected over its Global Digital PipelineTM. At its heart is CLEARTM, the company's proprietary Content Lifecycle Management platform that acts as a collaborative digital workspace where media assets can be archived, accessed, managed and ultimately distributed.

"All of these efforts are in response to the growing demand from our clients who are clamoring for high-quality S3D content," said Namit Malhotra, Global CEO and Founder, Prime Focus. "Our global expansion will give us the capacity to support many more projects simultaneously."


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cannesrobinhood.pngUniversal is reporting that Robin Hood's international gross on its first day of release is $6 million. That comes from openings in France, Belgium and Switzerland and previews in 10 other markets including UK, Germany, Italy and Russia. The period pic is already playing at approximately 3,800 locations. On Friday, the film opens in 56 territories for a location count of 6,930. Only China, Japan and few other smaller markets have to wait until June to see Russell Crowe take on the iconic role. 

BoxOffice.com is currently predicting a $36 million domestic opening weekend.

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After finding enormous success with Avatar, James Cameron continues to predict a bright future for 3D.

Speaking at a technology forum in Seoul, South Korea on Thursday, Cameron says that 3D will become the standard for film, television and online content in less than 25 years.

The director also dropped an interesting tidbit about a planned sequel to Avatar, saying that he estimates it will take three years to shoot. An official release date will be announced in the next couple of months.

Read the rest of what Cameron has to say here.

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Brussels - The Hamburg District Court has ordered an injunction against CB3Rob Ltd & Co KG (Cyberbunker) and its operator, Mr. Sven Olaf Kamphuis, restraining them from connecting The Pirate Bay site to the Internet. The injunction application was brought by the Motion Picture Association's member companies.

If the defendants fail to comply with the order, they will be subject to a fine of up to € 250,000 for each instance of infringement or, if this cannot be enforced, up to two years imprisonment for the operators of Cyberbunker.

This landmark decision is the first time a German court has confirmed that a provider of Internet routing services can be held responsible for copyright infringement. The court ruled that Cyberbunker could reasonably be expected, following warning notices from the MPA, to prevent access to The Pirate Bay.

The court further ruled that provisions of the E-Commerce Directive on which Cyberbunker sought to rely (the ‘mere conduit' defense) were not available in the circumstances.

This injunction against Cyberbunker usefully supplements the criminal conviction last year of The Pirate Bay operators for copyright infringement in their home territory of Sweden. Litigation is continuing against other facilitators in Sweden who are hosting trackers.

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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 that it has been selected to provide 200 NEC digital cinema projectors for China Film Group Corp. in theatres throughout The People's Republic of China (PRC). Ballantyne expects to make initial shipments of 50 projectors in the second quarter of 2010, with the balance of the order to be shipped later this year. The new agreement follows a 100-projector order completed in Q2 ‘09 and a 160-projector order completed in Q1 ‘10.

John P. Wilmers, President and CEO of Ballantyne, commented, "We are gratified that China Film Group has expanded its commitment to Ballantyne and our NEC projector line with this, their largest order to date. As we have previously stated, China is a very attractive market opportunity for Ballantyne and our partner, NEC. With approximately 6,000 cinema screens currently, the PRC is focused on rapidly growing its theatre and screen footprint to as many as 12,000 or more screens in the next three-five years. We look forward to supporting China Film Group in bringing digital cinema to a growing number of Chinese consumers. We are also working on plans to bring our cinema screen products, including specialty ‘silver screens' required for most 3D cinema methods, to serve the needs of this growing market and hope to initiate that effort in early 2011."

Ballantyne has a sales and full-service office in Beijing, China and plans to open an additional office in Shanghai later this year.


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