Morristown, NJ -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema (NASDAQ: CIDM) and B&B Theatres Operating Company, Inc. announced today that UniqueScreen Media, Inc. (the cinema advertising subsidiary of Cinedigm) will be B&B Theatres' exclusive agent for in-theatre and web-based advertising services. Terms of the long-term agreement are not being disclosed.

Celebrating its 87th year in business, B&B Theatres operates 30 movie theatres with over 200 auditoriums throughout Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Florida. Last October B&B opened a state-of-the-art, all-digital theatre in Wildwood, Missouri, complete with two Marquee Suites auditoriums catering exclusively to the over-21 movie patron.

Unique Screen Media performs cinema and web-based advertising services for over 50 independent movie exhibition partners, representing more than 2,500 theatre auditoriums in over 280 theatres throughout 35 states.

"B&B Theatres' progressive approach to theatre operations, coupled with our commitment to maintaining a patron-friendly cinema experience through PreFlix®, provides tremendous opportunities for our respective Companies," commented John B. Brownson, President of UniqueScreen Media.

Bob Bagby, President of B&B Theatres added, "We are proud to extend our long-term relationship with UniqueScreen Media. For 10 years they have been a true partner in exhibition in the markets in which we operate and we are thrilled that the partnership will continue for many, many more years."

In 2010, Cinedigm and B&B Theatres announced entering into a CBG Phase 2 digital deployment agreement through which B&B Theatres would convert its theatres to digital cinema, with Cinedigm administering and managing the systems under its Virtual Print Fee agreements with all the major studios for up to a ten-year term.

In related activities, UniqueScreen Media also announced the expansion of its cinema advertising network to include agreements with Gateway Film Center, Wheelersburg Cinema, 360 Entertainment LLC, Canaltown Cinema LLC, H2H, Inc., and Virginia Motion Pictures, and the addition of seven locations through expansion by its existing exhibitor partners since October of 2010. In aggregate, these activities represent an additional growth in excess of 100 screens under contract.

 

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London -- Robert Redford, the non-profit Sundance Institute and AEG Europe today announced Sundance London, a four-day multi-disciplinary arts festival that will include film screenings, live music performances, discussions, panels and other public cultural programming to be held 26th - 29th April, 2012 at the world's most popular music and entertainment venue, The O2.

AEG Europe, owner and operator of The O2, Robert Redford, and his non-profit Sundance Institute will join together to present films from American filmmakers as well as current American music. Sundance Institute, which annually presents the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A, will act as curator of the film component , while AEG Europe will use its industry-leading venue and marketing teams to stage and promote music and other related events at The O2.

Speaking to press at The 02, Robert Redford said, "We are excited to partner with AEG Europe to bring a particular slice of American culture to life in the inspired setting of The O2, and in this city of such rich cultural history." Redford continued, "It is our mutual goal to bring to the UK, the very best in current American independent cinema, to introduce the artists responsible for it, and in essence help build a picture of our country that is broadly reflective of the diversity of voices not always seen in our cultural exports."

Alex Hill, Senior Executive Director at AEG Europe said: "The O2 is famous for its exciting and diverse events schedule, but we're particularly proud to be hosting Sundance London next year. Mr. Redford's passion for the arts, the depth of his many businesses and the curatorial reputation of Sundance Institute are world renowned and we see this as a natural extension of the music and sporting events presented at The O2 since we opened in 2007. We look forward to extending a warm welcome to the best of the film industry in 2012."

From Los Angeles, Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute added: "We look forward to bringing to UK audiences some of the most exciting independent American films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The environment provided by AEG and The O2, coupled with London's reputation as a global cultural destination, should make for a rich and rewarding festival experience and provide the artists with a unique and memorable opportunity."

Information regarding ticketing and programming may be found at www.sundance-london.com

 

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WASHINGTON -- Victoria Espinel, the U.S. Intellectual Property and Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), today released a White Paper outlining a number of key legislative proposals designed to improve intellectual property enforcement. The following is a statement by Bob Pisano, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA).

"We thank Victoria Espinel for recognizing the danger posed to our workforce by theft, both in the online and physical marketplace, and by making the protection of the creative workers and their craft a top priority. These legislative recommendations address the evolving marketplace and new ways that criminals are stealing, trafficking, and profiting off the creative work of the millions of men and women who work in our industry. Among the proposals is a recommendation to classify streaming, now a common method of illicitly distributing television and motion pictures, a felony under appropriate circumstances. Closing the legal gap between two methods of equally destructive illegal behavior - unauthorized downloading and streaming - adds more clarity to intellectual property law and, frankly, makes good common sense. Both the House and Senate are examining this issue and we look closely to working with them and the Administration to combat this escalating threat.

Additionally, the White Paper recommends authorizing the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection to cooperate with rightsholders. This is a similarly practical proposal that will help law enforcement officials work efficiently to help ensure only legitimate content is entering the U.S. marketplace."

To find a copy of Victoria Espinel's statement and the Administration's White Paper on Intellectual Property Enforcement Legislative Recommendations, please click here.

 

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CYPRESS, Calif. -- Christie®, the world leader in digital cinema projection, is lighting up the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York City. The award-winning Christie CP2000 Series digital cinema projector, featuring the Christie Xenolite® lamp, was selected because of its exceptionally bright light output, outstanding reliability, and ease of service.

The 210-seat Academy Theater is located within the facility of Lighthouse International. Featuring 3D capability and other state-of-the-art film and video technology, the recently renovated theater is home to the Academy's screenings and special events that include their monthly Monday Nights with Oscar® public film series, as well as Lighthouse-related activities such as first run movies and previews for their donors, VIP events, staff meetings and briefings.

Best known for its Oscar® telecast, the Academy is involved in a wide range of educational, outreach, preservation, and research activities. Lighthouse International, a leading nonprofit organization, is dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research, and advocacy. The Academy and Lighthouse International recently signed a ten-year contract that extends the relationship they have had since 2002.

"Our partnership with the Academy has certainly improved our facility and created a state-of-the-art theater that benefits both organizations," said Mark G.. Ackermann, president and CEO of Lighthouse International.

The Christie CP2000 Series DLP Cinema® projection system was specified and installed by Digital Media Systems, Inc. The company specializes in providing complete equipment and engineering support for world premiere screenings, preview screenings, multiplex and screening room installation service and maintenance.

"I've personally worked with Christie projectors since 1996. Six years ago, my company partnered with Christie because we believed they had the best cinema equipment available, and over the years they have proven me right time and time again," said Gregg Paliotta, president and owner of Digital Media Systems. "The Academy, which relies on professional consultants like Digital Media Systems, agreed with our decision, since they recognized the strength of Christie's reputation and the support it has in the cinema industry."

In addition to powering the theater with a Christie DLP Cinema® projector, Digital Media Systems selected the Christie IPMTM 2K to process a variety of alternative content such as computer graphics, standard definition video and HDTV.

Paliotta added, "All of our clients, who include major studios and post-production houses, are also most comfortable with Christie products."

Founded in 1927 by 36 of the most influential men and women in the motion picture industry at the time, the Academy is an honorary membership organization whose ranks now include more than 6,000 artists and professionals, dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures.

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Source: Deadline.com

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, a new documentary about the comedian's tour that took place after he left NBC, has landed an unconventional distribution deal. AT&T will handle P&A expenses, Abramorama will take on the theatrical release and Magnolia holds VOD and home entertainment rights.

 

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