New York, N.Y. -- Screenvision, a leading innovator in cinema advertising today announced the appointment of Kevin J. Neary to serve as the company's Chief Financial Officer.

"We are very excited to have Kevin join the Screenvision Executive Team as our new CFO," said Travis Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Screenvision. "Kevin brings with him the industry experience and knowledge to help position Screenvision for future growth"

Prior to joining Screenvision, Mr. Neary was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with Ziff Davis Enterprise, Inc., a leading digital media company specializing in the technology market.

Before joining Ziff Davis Enterprise, Inc., Mr. Neary served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Primedia, Inc.(NYSE:PRM), a leading targeted media company in the United Sates with properties including over 100 brands such as Motor Trend, Automobile, Hot Rod and Soap Opera Digest.

Mr. Neary earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Montclair State University and his CPA from State of New Jersey.


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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company headquartered in Kansas City, and the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee proudly announce a partnership to honor independent filmmaking at the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest from April 6-10.

"The partnership with AMC Theatres is a big step in expanding the visibility of the Kansas City FilmFest as well as the importance of independent film and the local and regional film community," said Fred Andrews, president and founder of the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee. "We appreciate AMC's willingness to share its historical gem of a theatre downtown and its expertise in marketing and programming to obtain films that might otherwise not be available to us."

AMC will host the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest at the AMC Mainstreet 6 theatre, located at 14th and Main Streets in the heart of downtown Kansas City. The theatre will be the primary screening venue for short and feature dramas, comedies, documentaries, animated and experimental works and foreign films from April 6-10.
"AMC has long supported independent filmmaking and regularly provides guests with the best independent films through AMC independentTM, our renewed commitment to providing quality content to our increasingly diverse audience," said Rodi Vehr, general manager of AMC Mainstreet 6. "Participating in film festivals such as this one in our hometown of Kansas City is just one way we bring great films to our guests through direct partnerships with independent filmmakers."

The AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest will be a feast of films for five days, starting on opening night, Wednesday, April 6 and culminating with an awards gala that will honor filmmakers for their art and craft on Sunday, April 10. This year, the Award for Outstanding Service to the Kansas City Film Community will be renamed in honor of the late Karen McCarthy, a former U.S. Representative of Congress from Missouri who loved film and was a champion for community service. McCarthy served on the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee board and received the award in 2005.

The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee will also celebrate 15 years as Kansas City's premiere showcase of independent films at the AMC Theatres Kansas City FilmFest.


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Chris Columbus is set to start work on a remake of the Korean film Hello Ghost. The film, which follows a young man enlisted to help four ghosts after he tries to kill himself, was a commercial hit in its native Korea, and Columbus responded to its combination of different ideas and especially emotional tones. Columbus said in a statement, "After watching Hello Ghost I was immediately struck by the film's ability to mix comedy, drama and complex emotional themes. Its strong universal storyline translates to any culture."

Columbus' previous film was an adaptation of the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Hello Ghost is being developed in conjunction with Nex Entertainment World, a Korean company that distributes and finances film projects. There's not word on who might star in the film, or whether its title may be changed to better suit an international market.


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Kissimmee, FL. - "The drive-in theatre not only remains a time honored American icon, but in a down economy still offers the best value available for family entertainment" said John Vincent, Jr., president of the United Drive-in Theatre Owners Association (UDITOA).
Drive-in theatre owners and operators from across the United States traveled to Florida to learn the latest developments in theatre technology, hospitality and operations and to share their perspective on issues facing the industry.

Attendees were addressed by National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Executive Director Kathy Conroy and senior NATO staff who updated the group on industry issues as well as federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives. NATO solicited the support of UDITOA members in working with decision makers to pursue a legislative and regulatory agenda fair and favorable to motion picture exhibitors.

Ongoing industry conversion to Digital Projection was a major topic of interest. UDITOA wants to make sure drive-in theatres are able to convert to the new technology to ensure the ongoing success of this unique entertainment option. Technical and financial challenges were reviewed. Several Digital Projection manufacturers were present, some providing hands on demonstrations.

Discussions included vigilance in preventing movie theft, supporting the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) voluntary rating system and ways in which UDITOA members can play an even larger role in contributing to the Will Rogers Institute.
Vincent was also pleased to report the emergence of UDITOA as a valued participant in the prestigious Intersociety for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. Intersociety members are the driving forces molding the direction of the industry and UDITOA is honored to join these distinguished organizations.

UDITOA members have delivered valuable insights and unique, creative solutions to the challenges inherent to the drive-in theatre industry. "From concession improvements to picking the right novelties to training our workers, our members are fully invested in doing everything they can to enhance our patrons' experience when they visit our theatres," said Vincent.


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Can you say Oscar bait?

Director Paul Greengrass (Green Zone, The Bourne Ultimatum) and producer Scott Rudin (True Grit, The Social Network) are teaming up with Universal to film Memphis, a project focusing on the assassination of Martin Luther King. Production is set to begin in June.

Greengrass is obviously not afraid of sensitive topics. Green Zone is an unflinching look at the Iraq war, and United 93 gave viewers an unflinching look at the 9-11 hijackings.

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