Raleigh, NC, and Los Angeles -- Microspace Communications Corporation (Microspace), the leading distributor of digital cinema via satellite, announced today that its leadership position in satellite movie delivery is providing great growth for alternative and live content in 2011, with 19 events already slated to run in 2011. To date, Microspace has delivered more than 70 total films to 3,500 screens across the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Microspace continued to deliver a constant stream of first run feature movies via satellite in 2010 for four different major studios. Additionally, Microspace delivered nine live events from alternative content distributors to its rapidly growing LiveCinema network.

"Carmike's decision to incorporate satellite delivery is because of the combined benefits of reliability and ease of use," said David Passman, president and CEO, Carmike Cinema. "Microspace satellite delivery also provides us with the ability to take advantage of offering live alternative content which increases our overall revenue while providing theatergoers with exciting content to choose."

Since 2005, the company has delivered 72 major motion pictures from nine studios, including the first 3-D movie and the first 4K movie via satellite using its VELOCITY® system. Microspace now services 260 theaters within the United States, Mexico and Canada including Allen Theaters, AMC, Carmike Cinemas, Celebration! Cinema, Cineplex Entertainment, Mann Theaters, Marquee Cinemas, Megaplex and Ultrastar Cinemas.

"As digital cinema continues to mature, Microspace's satellite services continue to provide both studios and exhibitors with the most secure and reliable delivery of digital content to the big screen, said Joe Amor, vice president and general manager, Microspace. "Combined with the cost savings and reduced theatre workload, electronic delivery of theatrical content via satellite is rapidly becoming the preferred method of distribution for content owners."

"Our customers recognize Microspace's leadership in digital cinema satellite delivery and appreciate our 20 years of experience, dedicated satellites and in-house technical service teams that ensure complete network reliability, saving delivery costs for studios and hard-drive costs for exhibitors," said Curt Tilly, manager of digital cinema distribution, Microspace. "To date we have saved our combined exhibitor partners literally hundreds of thousands of dollars compared to the costs of hard-drive deliveries."

Satellite distribution offers movie studios live event and alternative content providers a less labor-intense process that is scalable, secure and cost-effective. For exhibitors, satellite distribution provides ease of use and rapid deployment of live/ alternative content through the existing satellite equipment.

 

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Los Angeles, CA -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX) and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the family-friendly documentary adventure Born to be Wild 3D will be released exclusively to IMAX® theatres on Friday, April 8th. The film follows these young orphaned elephants and orangutans on the trip of a lifetime, from birth to their rebirth into the wild. This miraculous journey of second chances will transport moviegoers around the world to the far reaches of Kenya and Borneo and will inspire them to take action and save Earth's precious creatures.

The film will open on 207 IMAX screens domestically and on at least 18 IMAX screens internationally, with six screens releasing day-and-date. Additional international playdates are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

Born to be Wild 3D was stunningly captured using IMAX 3D cameras and has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D and 2D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

 

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LOS ANGELES - The nation's leading movie studios today filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement against the operators of the unlicensed movie-streaming service Zediva (www.zediva.com), the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) announced on behalf of its members. Zediva illegally streams movies to its customers without obtaining required licenses from the movie studios, in violation of the studios' right to "publicly perform" their works.

Zediva claims it is like a brick-and-mortar DVD "rental" store and therefore not obligated to pay licensing fees to copyright holders. But the DVD "rental" label is a sham. In reality, Zediva is a video-on-demand service that transmits movies over the Internet using streaming technologies in violation of the studios' copyrights.

"Zediva's mischaracterization of itself is a gimmick it hopes will enable it to evade the law and stream movies in violation of the studios' exclusive rights," said Dan Robbins, Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel for the MPAA. "Courts have repeatedly seen through the façade of this type of copyright-avoidance scheme, and we are confident they will in this case too."

The studios and law-abiding streaming services are making significant investments in new technologies to offer consumers a variety of authorized online distribution services. Zediva's model undermines these and future investments, as well as the interests of legitimate distribution businesses.

"When legitimate companies stream movies to their customers, they pay license fees to the copyright owners, enabling content providers to invest in new products and services that pay writers, set builders, wardrobe designers, and countless others who contribute to a movie production. Companies like Zediva profit off creators without paying them what is required by the law," said Robbins.

The studios' complaint alleges a single count of copyright infringement against WTV Systems, the parent company of Zediva, and Venkatesh Srinivasan, Zediva's founder and CEO. Specifically, the complaint, filed in federal district court in Los Angeles, alleges that the defendants violate the plaintiffs' exclusive right to "publicly perform" their movies under Section 106(4) of the Copyright Act. The studios seek an injunction and damages.

 

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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Jaden Smith is set to star opposite his father, Will Smith, for director M. Night Shyamalan in an untitled sci-fi adventure, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. Shyamalan and Will Smith will produce with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ken Stovitz, Smith's partners at Overbrook Entertainment. The screenplay is by M. Night Shyamalan and Gary Whitta.

Set 1,000 years into the future, a young boy navigates an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself and his estranged father after their ship crashes.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, "Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story and we couldn't be more excited to be working again with Jaden after our experiences on The Pursuit of Happyness and The Karate Kid. We're thrilled to have the two of them together on this project."

Shyamalan added, "The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project."

 

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