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By Shawn Robbins, BoxOffice Staff

Sony wrapped up Wednesday's round of studio presentations with an impressive look at their 2015 slate, as some teases for 2016 and beyond.

Their next release on the calendar is Cameron Crowe's Aloha, set to release on May 29. Featuring an all-star ensemble that includes Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, Jon Krasinski, and more, our previously conservative expectations for its box office potential are definitely moving upward. In a summer crowded with big blockbusters and action flicks, this dramedy is looking like just like the kind of fare adults will be looking for -- something Crowe has made a career of specializing in.

The studio's confidence in Pixels couldn't be higher right now. In fact, the presentation setup was largely themed after the film with old school arcade machines lined up outside the auditorium. Director Chris Columbus came out to present the newest trailer for the film, highlighting the scale of a summer blockbuster coupled with family-accessible comedy that Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and co. are known for. If the pic's momentum keeps heading in this kind of northward direction, Pixels will undoubtedly pan out to be one of the summer's biggest hits.

Next up, the first look at Ricki and the Flash premiered for the crowd. Meryl Streep takes the lead as a rock star mom who wasn't around for her daughter's childhood. Her fan base will be pleased to see the venerable actress taking on yet another role that only Meryl could bring to the screen in such a way. With an August 7 release, the film will hope to pull adult crowds as summer begins winding down.

Also debuting first trailers tonight were The Perfect Guy and Hotel Transylvania 2. The former takes a page from the book of recent films like No Good Deed and The Boy Next Door, so a box office performance somewhere between them seems reasonable. As for the animated sequel, Hotel Transylvania 2 looks to offer up more of the family-driven hijinks of the first film.

Moving into the final quarter of 2015, Robert Zemeckis was on hand to present the newest trailer for The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The true story, World Trade Center high-wire act looks like yet another winner in the director's long and successful career, and could even be an awards contender. With a mix of dramatic flair and lighter character-driven moments, the flick is a sure fire box office success in wait.

Also scheduled for this fall, October 16's Goosebumps adaptation showed off first footage this evening. Jack Black will be a draw among family crowds, as will the nostalgia factor (noting a theme?), but the early preview featured unfinished footage and doesn't give a clear indication of how well it will compete in a fairly tough autumn market.

The Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt Christmas comedy now has a title: Xmas. Fans of the two leads have a lot to be excited about as the first trailer falls right in line with the tone of This Is the End, Neighbors, and other comedy hits audiences have embraced recently. The first title card of the trailer summed that up all its own: "from the guys who almost brought you The Interview". Timed perfectly for the season with its November 25 release, Rogen may have another $100 million+ hit on his hands.

The first clip from Concussion made its debut, featuring a dramatic monologue by Will Smith as gives a convincing reason why he could be contending for leading man awards later this year. Unfortunately, there wasn't anything more than the standalone scene, but it does set an interesting tone for the narrative centered around controversial true-to-life deaths caused by football head injuries. We'll wait for a more concise trailer before speculating too much about box office prospects.

The first look at The 5th Wave provided a glimpse at the next young adult property aiming for success. Boasting star Chloe Grace Moretz, the film isn't set to release until January 15, 2016, but the end-of-the-world/alien invasion premise could go either way as audiences become introduced to more and more of these young adult adaptations.

In addition to an early trailer for Money Monsters, starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, the studio announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (the Jump Street and LEGO series) will take on a fully animated Spider-Man movie, set for release on July 20, 2018. The film is not expected to tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Sony's 2017 live action Spider-Man flick will.

Last but not least, a special preview for Spectre closed out the evening with a brief intro from director Sam Mendes. Without delving into the minor spoiler revealed in the clip featuring Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris' Moneypenny, the 24th Bond flick certainly carries over Skyfall's atmospheric and dramatic tone. It's becoming more and more clear that Spectre, at least partially, is designed to continue a sense of continuity throughout Craig's tenure in the role so far. That bodes very well for box office prospects, although realistically, it's going to be very difficult to capture the kind of synergy enjoyed by the last film thanks to the 50th anniversary of the franchise in 2012. Still, Spectre is already well-poised to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the franchise and of the holiday season.

Check BoxOffice on Thursday as CinemaCon wraps up with Fox and Universal taking the stage.

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By Daniel Garris

Universal's Furious 7 took in $2.29 million on Tuesday to remain in first place at the daily box office for a 19th consecutive day. The seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise featuring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and the late Paul Walker increased 14 percent over Monday and was down 47 percent from last Tuesday. Furious 7 has grossed a massive $298.83 million in 19 days and will surpass the $300 million domestic mark today. The film is running an extremely impressive 44 percent ahead of the $207.03 million 19-day take of 2013's Fast & Furious 6.

Sony's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 held steady in second place with $1.48 million. The modestly budgeted Kevin James led comedy was up a solid 18 percent over Monday's performance. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 has grossed $26.50 million in five days. The film is performing in line with expectations and is off to a very solid start with its price tag in mind. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is running 4 percent ahead of the $25.53 million five-day take of 2011's Zookeeper.

Unfriended grossed $0.959 million to continue to claim third place. The ultra low-budget horror film from Universal and Blumhouse Productions increased 17 percent from Monday. Unfriended has grossed $17.63 million in five days. While the film has been unable to break out to the degree its pre-release online buzz suggested, it is still performing well given its low cost. Unfriended is running 21 percent behind the $22.25 million five-day start of last year's Ouija.

Fox's The Longest Ride was up one spot and a healthy 41 percent over Monday to move into fourth on Tuesday with $0.748 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood was down 38 percent from last Tuesday. The Longest Ride has grossed $24.96 million in twelve days. That places the film 36 percent ahead of the $18.40 million twelve-day take of last year's The Best of Me.

Fellow Fox release Home was down one spot from Monday to round out Tuesday's top five with $0.738 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from DreamWorks Animation was up a slim 8 percent over Monday and down just 29.5 percent from last Tuesday. Home continues to exceed expectations in a big way with a 26-day gross of $144.34 million.

Monkey Kingdom remained in eighth place with $0.498 million. The latest nature documentary from Disney's Disneynature label was up 23 percent over Monday. Monkey Kingdom has grossed $5.48 million in five days. That is on the low end of the film's modest expectations and is 14 percent softer than the $6.36 million five-day start of last year's Bears. With help from Earth Day; Monkey Kingdom is likely to hold up very well today.

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Rancho Cordova, Calif. USA – 22 April 2015 – Barco, the worldwide market share leader in digital cinema, announces today a deal with Texas-based ShowBiz Cinemas to create and manage new multi-faceted, interactive lobby experiences for the theater chain. Under the partnership, Barco will implement its turnkey Lobby Domination solutions for content creation, distribution and display to turn Showbiz’s lobbies into revenue generating entertainment centers. This includes animated box office and concession boards, movie posters, and dynamic trailer presentations that drive engagement from the moment customers enter the theater.

“Barco has been a trusted partner of ShowBiz Cinemas for many years, and expanding our relationship to have them manage our digital signage needs was an easy decision,” states Kevin Mitchell, CEO. “We are excited to evolve our lobbies into immersive and engaging experiences that help build customer intimacy and repeat business for ShowBiz Cinemas.”

“Barco is excited to partner with ShowBiz Cinemas and eager to bring their lobby to life at the new Baytown, Texas flagship location,” comments Jim Molony, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Barco. “ShowBiz Cinemas is committed to providing a first-class movie going experience and they are passionate about exceeding the expectations of customers. Our solutions will not only bring an entertaining and aesthetically diverse component to ShowBiz’s pre-show experience but also provide additional ticket sales opportunities to drive revenues.”

A total solution approach
Barco, which will manage the content for ShowBiz Theaters’ digital movie posters and video walls, also built the original digital signage concepts, design templates and large-scale movie trailer executions.

Barco’s Lobby Domination solutions are created around the company’s X2O technology platform, which has powered television coverage and analysis of major sports and political events around the world since 2006. X20 enables the creation and distribution of dynamic content for animated digital signage applications. 

By leveraging its strong relationships with movie studios and third-party hardware providers, Barco is the only digital lobby signage provider to offer a complete solution designed specifically for the cinema, including:

• Hardware including LCD displays of all sizes, projectors, LED panels, and lighting solutions
• Digital Media players and video distribution hardware
• X2O software designed to make it easy to manage lobby specific content
• Full integration services for POS and other existing corporate platforms
• Movie assets provided directly by studios
• Content creation and management services to fully customize each lobby

“Barco Lobby Domination solutions offer an innovative form of entertainment that encourages visitors to come early and stay longer, making the cinema a true destination that pays off in concession sales and brand loyalty,” comments Todd Hoddick, VP Global Entertainment for Barco. “We offer a range of content packages to fit a variety of needs and budgets, enabling theaters of all sizes to embrace this new customer engagement phenomenon.”

 

About ShowBiz Cinemas
ShowBiz Cinemas currently owns and operates 42 screens in Texas. Our mission is to provide a first class movie-going experience for every customer that enters our theatre.  We are passionate about exceeding the expectations of our customer, investors and the overall movie-going experience.  We are your home for movies!

About Barco
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops networked visualization products for the Entertainment, Enterprise and Healthcare markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and APAC. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,250 employees worldwide. Barco posted sales of 1.051 billion euro in 2014.

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Earth Day Announcement Underscores the Motion Picture and TV Industry’s Commitment to Eco-Conscious Practices  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in celebration of Earth Day, the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) announced that its member studios collectively prevented more than 19,000 tons of their studio sets and other solid waste from entering landfills in 2014. That figure accounts for a 75.5% diversion rate of the studios’ total solid waste from landfills.

Each year, the Solid Waste Task Force, a program forged between the MPAA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), compiles these figures as an important signifier of the industry’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices. This year's diversion rate of 75.5% is the highest rate since the Solid Waste Task Force began recording the data more than 20 years ago. However, the total diversion rate only captures one part of the picture, as all of the MPAA’s member studios individually and voluntarily take on a wide-variety of green initiatives throughout the entire year.

MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd emphasized the studios’ dedication to environmentally friendly practices, stating: “Our member studios are on the vanguard of practicing, promoting, and exploring new and innovative ways to better the environment through their own smart and thoughtful business practices. I am especially proud that our industry also utilizes its platform as a global leader in storytelling to produce impactful movies and TV shows, raising awareness and inspiring action around the world for this critical issue.”

See below or click on this INFOGRAPHIC for highlights from the studios’ environmentally friendly initiatives during 2014:

Disney

  • Disney’s commitment to environmental stewardship focuses on using resources wisely and protecting the planet as the company operates and grows. In 2014, the Company decreased net emissions 31% from 2012 levels and disclosed its companywide water usage for the first time. The Disney Studio Lots in Glendale and Burbank achieved a 75% waste diversion rate, up from 68% in 2013, through improved and enhanced recycling, composting and waste reduction efforts.
     
  • Key efficiency projects in 2014 included technology and operational process improvements. Disney is currently installing a fuel cell at its Burbank Studio Lot campus. The fuel cell will help supplement electricity use throughout the campus. This provides clean, quiet, efficient and reliable on-site power generation with minimal environmental impact.
     
  • Disney ABC Studios has established an innovative set recycling and rental program. This program has helped divert waste from the landfill while generating revenue by renting set materials to others in the entertainment industry.
     
  • Disneynature's latest True Life Adventure, Monkey Kingdom, arrived in theaters on April 17, 2015, to celebrate Earth Day. For every ticket sold during the opening week of Monkey KingdomApril 17-23, Disneynature will make a donation to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Through donations tied to last year’s film, Bears, Disneynature worked with respected nonprofits to restore or conduct research on more than 400,000 acres of national park service land in the United States.
     
  • To continue inspiring a passion for conservation and the environment, last year Disney connected more than 13 million kids and families with nature experiences, meeting its 2015 target ahead of schedule.
     
  • In April 2014, Disney signed the Ceres Climate Declaration. The declaration urges policymakers and business leaders to seize the economic opportunity in tackling climate change. More information on Disney’s environmental stewardship efforts and targets can be found at www.thewaltdisneycompany.com/citizenship/reporting

Twentieth Century Fox

  • 24 was the first ever television production to go completely carbon neutral and, with the show’s return as 24: Live Another Day, the team at Twentieth Century Fox Television took the opportunity to continue the groundbreaking green production work they had begun five years before.  Sets were constructed using 100% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber and were either recycled or sold to other productions after filming wrapped. In addition, the team was able to divert 98% of the production's waste from landfill by donating all leftover food and drinks to local charities, recycling or donating leftover props and costumes, and replacing plastic water bottles with refillable bottles.  Efforts to minimize air travel and replace generators with grid power tie-ins also helped decrease the production's carbon footprint.
  • In 2010, Fox Studios partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy through their Commercial Buildings Partnership program to design, construct, and deploy new energy efficient technologies for cooling their office buildings and film stages.  The efforts are saving the Studio an estimated 2.6 million kWh in energy a year – a cost savings of more than $1,000 a day. 
     
  • Water conservation is a key component of Fox’s sustainability program, and the Studio is continually working to reduce its water use.  Most recently, Fox has installed cloud connected irrigation systems across the entire campus.  These systems constantly monitor the weather and automatically adjust watering times based on weather, plant type and soil conditions.  This system will save more than 1 million gallons of water a year.  In addition, grass and lawns are being replaced across the entire campus. The current artificial turf installations have reduced water use by more than 500,000 gallons a year.
     
  • 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and Rio 2 teamed up with Conservation International and the World Wildlife Find (WWF) to help raise awareness about the real life Blu and Jewel -- the critically endangered Spix’s Macaw -- and other native species in the Amazon rainforest.  The Spix’s macaw is thought to be extinct in the wild and there are currently only 79 known Spix’s on Earth. In addition to developing videos and PSAs, which are featured on all Rio 2 DVDs and Blu-Rays, Fox donated $100,000 to WWF to support the organization's Amazon conservation efforts. 
  • For the tenth consecutive year, FOX Broadcasting celebrated the start of the new television season with the Fall Eco-Casino Party. Over the course of the evening, FOX raised $25,000 to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Heal the Bay, The Nature Conservancy, and the Environmental Media Association.  As in past years, FOX worked to minimize the event's carbon footprint by using bio-diesel-powered trucks to transport equipment, choosing LED lights over traditional incandescent bulbs, distributing invitations digitally, using casino chips made from recycled materials, purchasing local, organic, and sustainable food products, printing reusable signage, renting furniture and decor, composting all food and beverage waste, and recycling all cans, bottles, cardboard and paper used by staff and guests.

NBCUniversal

  • In March 2014, NBCUniversal implemented a “Zero Waste" recycling program on the Universal Studios lot, helping to significantly reduce the amount of material sent to landfill from corporate and production offices, facility operations and production stages. Developed with the participation of NBCUniversal employees, the program provides compost, recycling and landfill receptacles, making it easy to separate food and food-related materials out of the waste stream and keep recyclables clean and dry. In 2014 this program resulted in about 1150 tons of materials recycled and 750 tons composted, an increase of 66% over the previous year.
  • The Universal Studios “Jules Stein” Building 50,000 square foot third floor renovation prioritized sustainable building practices that exemplified NBCUniversal’s commitment to environmental protection.  A new HVAC system was installed, along with LED lighting with occupancy sensors for energy conservation.  Furniture in the building was sourced within 50 miles of the studio and low flow sinks and toilets were installed to save water.  The project used locally harvested materials and recycled building materials in construction, and nearly all waste from the project was recycled. These practices earned the renovation a LEED-CI certification.
  • Leading the industry, Universal Pictures and the NBCU Television Production Group, partnered with entertainment payroll companies to develop new, entirely digital onboarding systems. These business units produce roughly 85 shows annually, onboarding approximately 50,000 freelance hires per year.  The new paperless system will be available throughout the industry, reduce fuel emissions from transportation needs and reduce paper consumption by more than 1,000,000 sheets per year at NBCUniversal alone.
  • In 2014, NBCUniversal feature film and television productions continued to implement sustainable production practices around the world. Best practices include recycling and composting, the utilization of LED set lighting, purchasing of Forest Stewardship Council certified lumber where available, and food and material donations to the local community where production takes place. To learn more go to: http://www.greenisuniversal.com/
  • The production of Jurassic World, releasing worldwide on June 12, is just one example of how NBCUniversal is committed to green practices in local communities.  The production donated various plants and trees used throughout the sets to the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans. In addition they spearheaded the first comprehensive production food donation program in New Orleans.
  • NBCUniversal’s robust food donations program expanded through new partnerships with charitable organizations.  The commitment to reducing food waste on productions starts with careful planning, however inevitably some food will be leftover.  In 2014, more than 28,000 meals, representing more than 36,000 pounds of food, were donated by 28 NBCUniversal television and film productions in five different cities. 

Paramount

  • Additional EVC charging stations added to satellite parking lots: In an effort to drive into a future of green living and meet employee demand, Paramount Pictures added new electric vehicle charging stations in its parking structures.  The charging stations are open to all employees.
  • Paramount reduced paper paychecks and pay stubs: Reducing Paramount’s environmental footprint is a company priority. As part of this commitment, Paramount reduced the printing of paper paychecks.  Pay Stubs are available electronically and can be accessed online at kiosks across the lot or through a web browser on office computers or mobile devices. 
  • Green Shorts contest: Employees worldwide competed in a Green Shorts Contest to create short videos to encourage colleagues to be green in their daily life – work, home or play. Winners’ videos were showcased at Paramount’s companywide day of service.
  • Vegetarian options in the café and cooking demonstration: In honor of World Vegetarian Day, Paramount’s Café introduced an array of vegetarian and vegan dishes to its lunch menu. The Paramount Green Team later hosted a live meatless cooking demonstration led by Paramount’s Executive Chef.
  • Clothes for a Cause Drive: In conjunction with America Recycles Day, Paramount hosted a clothing drive for employees to donate clothing, shoes and linens. Instead of becoming trash, one ton of items was collected for re-use in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Los Angeles Zoo Bioswale Project: More than 50 Paramount employees volunteered to install upgraded watershed areas within the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot. These bioswales capture and clean storm water runoff and divert it to local drought tolerant plants and watersheds.
  • Electronic Waste Drive: Paramount hosted an electronic waste drive for employees to properly dispose of household electronic waste. The event collected more than two tons of electronic waste, which was safely diverted from a landfill and properly recycled.

Sony Pictures Entertainment

  • Sony Pictures is celebrating a decade of environmental innovation at its Screen Gems film label. This commitment began in 2006 when the label built a semi-permanent set superstructure on Stage 23 of the Sony Pictures Studio Lot. This structure was used on seven feature films, and eliminated the need to build a new frame for each feature’s set. As a result, each production used fewer materials and spent less on set building costs. Screen Gems continues to pioneer new ways to film more sustainably and with less impact on the environment. During the filming of the hit film Think Like a Man, Screen Gems became the first production to use only LED and energy efficient light-bulbs on set. While shooting About Last Night, Screen Gems continued its focus on reducing the energy consumption of its productions by not using set generators. Thanks to the use of LED lighting and the Sony F65 digital motion picture camera, which captures high quality picture in low light, the production was able to use the existing power grid in place of set generators.  As Screen Gems enters its second decade of eco-friendly moviemaking, it continues to drive innovations that both lower environment impact and contribute to the cost efficiency of production budgets.
     
  • As part of its ongoing effort to empower its employees to be sustainable both at work and at home, Sony Pictures recently installed 60 220V electric vehicle charging stations around its Culver City lot and offices, the largest installation project of any workplace in Southern California. This benefit complements the financial incentives the studio has offered since 2008 to employees who choose to purchase a qualifying hybrid, plug-in hybrid electric or electric vehicle.
  • Sony Pictures’ Columbia and Screen Gems film labels require each of their features to complete a legacy project, typically planting one tree for every day of shooting. For example, Columbia’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was filmed on location in East River Park in New York City. The studio helped restore benches and plant trees that had been devastated by Superstorm Sandy and also donated an additional 50 trees to East River Park after the film wrapped.
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment Studio Lot is certified under ISO-14000, which is the environmental management standard defined by the International Organization for Standardization. The ISO 14000 help organizations (a) minimize how their operations (processes, etc.) negatively affect the environment; (b) comply with applicable laws, regulations, and other environmentally oriented requirements, and (c) have system for continuous improvement. Sony Pictures Entertainment is expanding the Environmental Management System to global corporate facilities and regional offices with four certified sites worldwide. The scope will cover all activities associated with SPE’s operations, facility structure, property, products, and their potential impact on the environment

 Warner Bros. Entertainment

  • Warner Bros. has been installing interior LED lighting for several years and utilizes this innovative technology for set lighting on soundstages. In 2014, Warner Bros. also installed energy-efficient LED lighting on some of its most iconic exterior fixtures around the lot. The water tower, a historic landmark in Burbank since 1926, features the most prominent display of this efficient technology and is equipped with color-changing capabilities – the studio will debut the water tower’s “green” look the week of April 20 in recognition of Earth Week. Additionally, the lights illuminating the Warner Bros. shield displayed on Stage 16 (the lot’s largest soundstage) and the spotlights highlighting featured film and television titles on billboards facing Olive Avenue have all been newly fitted with LED lighting. These combined upgrades are projected to conserve more than 148,000 kilowatt hours annually, equivalent to what 22 average California homes use in a year.
     
  • While filming in Michigan last fall, the cast and crew of the upcoming movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” partnered with the locally based Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC) to support its Save the Bats campaign. Lumber was reclaimed from the film’s sets and the Construction Department built 150 bat houses that were later decorated by cast and crew and ultimately installed outdoors to create new bat habitat.  Director Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck and Amy Adams were among those who visited the “Bat Zone” and participated in a Save the Bats PSA in an effort to drive heightened awareness concerning the crucial role of bats in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. 
     
  • Since 1995, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities (WBSF) has donated surplus materials to Burbank schools and nonprofits through the Warner Bros. Encore program. Last year, nine WBSF departments donated tons of materials (literally) to 21 local community partners around Los Angeles alone. Highlights include the cafeteria donating 2,400 leftover meals to the New Way Foundation; the costume department donating 200 bags of clothing, including 200 pairs of scrubs, to Children’s Hospital LA; and the drapery shop giving 20 bags of bedding to AMVETS, a nonprofit group that furnishes veterans’ apartments. The office services team also held the studio’s first onsite donation event, where 17 Burbank schools and nonprofit partners picked up 375 pieces of office furniture.
     
  • Warner Bros. also donated food and materials to community partners across the nation through Encore on Location. For example, during its time filming in Michigan, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” provided 8,200 meals to the local HOPE Warming Shelter, while the New Line Cinema comedy “Vacation” donated 150 bags of clothing and bedding and more than 50 home furnishings to 10 different nonprofit partners in Atlanta.  All in all, Warner Bros. made more than 100 material donations (including 51,820 pounds of food) to 50 nonprofit partners nationwide in 2014.
  • Warner Bros. has been vigilantly implementing water conservation measures for several years and taken many measures to conserve water used for plumbing and irrigation.  Initial steps included the installation of low-flow toilets and water efficient faucets equipped with motion sensors and aerators.  For landscape irrigation, an EPA Water Sense certified auditor is on staff, and centralized and web accessible systems are in place to maximize controls.  Drought-tolerant landscaping has been integrated into landscape designs, and sprinklers were retrofitted with water efficient heads, such as MP Rotators. In 2013, recycled water was first introduced to the lot for use in irrigation, including the Studio’s historic jungle set on the back lot. This infrastructure was significantly expanded last year and additional conservation projects are planned throughout the coming year.
  • This year, the hit series “The Mentalist” wrapped its seventh and final season. The popular crime-solving drama led the way in being green behind the scenes. The production helped to establish best practices in green production by pioneering initiatives such as biodiesel fueling, LED set lighting, food donations, and compost collection.  Over the course of one season, it even field-tested a mobile solar power unit at base camp on locations. Many shows have followed their lead, with 24 Warner Bros. Television productions in the 2014-15 season continuing in this spirit of innovation.
  • Employees are more involved than ever with sustainable practices around the Warner Bros. lot. Last fall, the studio invited its Burbank staff to participate in the “Lights! Camera! Conserve!” campaign by installing 1,400 LED light bulbs on the lot’s Steven J. Ross Theater marquee. Hundreds of employees attended the event to help replace the old incandescent lights with the new bulbs, which are 90% more efficient than conventional lights, create less heat, and reduce the need for frequent bulb replacement (the LED bulbs have a life expectancy of nearly 50 years). Additionally, 80 employees from the Warner Bros Clean Air Club and Fit Nation groups participated in the 14th annual L.A. River Ride, put on by Warner Bros.’ local non-profit partner, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

About the Solid Waste Task Force
The Solid Waste Task Force (SWTF), comprised of the major studios and television networks, was formed in the early 1990s, following the passage of Assembly Bill 939 in 1989, to address resource conservation and reduce solid waste being sent to landfills. The SWTF member companies voluntarily implement waste diversion programs to reduce the environmental impact of solid waste, as well as assist local government in meeting the mandates of AB 939. Today, SWTF members meet regularly to collaborate on creating additional progressive environmental programs.

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

About the AMPTP
Since 1982, The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) has been the primary trade association with respect to labor issues in the motion picture and television industry. The AMPTP negotiates 80 industry-wide collective bargaining agreements on behalf of over 350 motion picture and television producers (member companies include studios, broadcast networks, certain cable networks and independent producers).

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CINEMACON, Las Vegas (April 22, 2015 GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, unveils an innovative Library Management System (LMS) at CinemaCon 2015, being held at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, from April 21stto 23rd. GDC showcases the new solution, which uses GDCs CLA-2000 Content Library Adapter (CLA-2000), its Enterprise Storage Plus as library storage, and the GDC TMS-2000 Theatre Management System (TMS).

Compared with other LMS solutions on the market, this robust system offers a simplified configuration with more powerful features: 

  • The new LMS concept offers simplicity, with a simple configuration of three main hardware components  a basic Windows® rack mount computer, GDC CLA-2000 Content Library Adapter and the GDC Enterprise Storage Plus. 
  • The simple configuration allows for easier LMS installation and more efficient troubleshooting/maintenance. 
  • The Enterprise Storage Plus is an industrial-grade storage device offers exceptional reliability, providing 24x7 operation in digital cinemas, which minimizes theatre down time  a huge benefit in the theatre business. 
  • The Enterprise Storage Plus also offers various storage capacity options. Depending on the size of the theatre, 4TB, 6TB, 8TB or 16TB are available.
  • The GDC CLA-2000 provides a network interface between the storage/content drive and a Windows® computer, while the Enterprise Storage Plus provides a built-in CRU bay with 5 redundant hot swappable units of enterprise grade 3.5 HDDs. This combination allows for seamless content ingestion from a CRU drive.
  • Over 14,000 cinema screens worldwide currently use GDC TMS. Users recognize GDC TMS as a tremendously user-friendly and practical software tool for theatres. The updated and redesigned TMS-2000 adds more useful features such as live play from library storage to auditoriums mediablock, TmsRemote a new Apple iPad app, and the SmartRestore feature. These features further enhance the TMS systems usability.

Darryl Leversuch, Vice President, Technology Group at iPic Theaters, said: GDCs new concept for LMS and TMS-2000 is currently operating at iPics new Pike and Rose Theatre.  Compared with other LMS systems, the solution from GDC Technology is more streamlined and training for our managers is much simpler, which is extremely beneficial for newly built theatres. GDCs concept absolutely fulfills our technological needs and our budgetary expectations as well.

Jim Patterson, Managing Director, Embassy Diplomat Screens, said: We used GDC products exclusively at Embassy as we needed to be confident we had a complete, reliable system. I have used many suppliers over the years and there are many good products to be considered. What set GDC apart for us was not only the reliability of their products, but GDC creating the appropriate system to meet whatever our goals and needs are.

Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder, chairman and CEO of GDC Technology, said: We are honored to have such a rich history with iPic Theaters and iPics adoption of our new LMS system is a perfect example. GDC Technology devotes substantial resources to provide its customers with quality products that empower customers to grow their businesses.

 

About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com

 

GDC Technology Limited (GDC Technology) is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theater management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. GDC Technology also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC Technologys subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.

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