South Korea's Megabox chain of movie theatres has selected Meyer Sound's cinema loudspeaker system for its newly enha¬nced "M 2" premium screen concept. At the Megabox COEX, the largest multiplex in Korea with 16 screens, powerful, low-distortion sound now accompanies upgrades to projection and patron amenities.

The "M 2" screen is now operating in 5.1 and 7.1 surround modes, and when the renovation is complete, this room is set to become Asia's first Atmos-compliant cinema to be equipped with a Meyer Sound cinema system. All "B chain" elements are in place, including the extensive complement of side, rear, and overhead loudspeakers.

"There has been a lot of competition among the new 3D immersive sound formats," observes Youlgoo Lee, the chief technical manager for Megabox. "But Meyer Sound convinced us that any new format requires high-quality speakers to present clear and powerful sound to the audience. We have already experienced the difference Meyer Sound makes at our other installation, so we decided to install Meyer Sound systems whenever we get the chance."

The new system at Megabox COEX includes Acheron® 80 and Acheron LF screen channel loudspeakers, X-800C cinema subwoofers, HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers, MPS-488HP remote power supplies, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system.

"Even though the full Atmos experience has yet to arrive, we're already having a very good response from the audiences," reports Lee. "They say they feel the difference compared to regular cinema sound, so we're excited about what we will experience with the completion of the system."

The new Meyer Sound system was provided by Kinoton Korea, the company that installed Asia's first Meyer Sound cinema system at Megabox KINTEX near Seoul in 2011. Kinoton Korea provides conventional and digital cinema projection systems, as well as advanced sound solutions, to commercial cinemas, broadcasters and film/video production facilities, both within Korea and elsewhere in Asia.

Meyer Sound cinema systems are installed at leading-edge cinemas in the United States and Europe, including Cinetopia in Oregon, CinemaxX in Germany and Denmark, and the Solaris Centre in Estonia. A notable roster of film post-production facilities alsorely on Meyer Sound cinema loudspeakers for monitoring, including Lucasfilm's Skywalker Ranch in California, De Lane Lea in London, and Piste Rouge in Paris.

 

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Los Angeles, CA -- Cinedigm Entertainment Group ("CEG"), a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), and Alloy Digital, LLC ("Alloy Digital"), a leading next generation media company, have entered into a strategic content distribution partnership. Cinedigm will offer packaged content from Alloy Digital's immensely popular SMOSH and Clevver Media YouTube channel brands on ancillary transactional sales platforms, digital store fronts, VOD, SVOD, and home entertainment platforms. The two companies are also exploring a pilot program using Cinedigm's digital distribution capabilities into movie theatres to bring Alloy Digital's highly engaging content brands to audiences across the United States. Additionally, the companies plan to develop recurring alternative content channels for theatres, as well as other independent film ventures.

"Given our digital footprint in theatres and our dominance across all digital distribution platforms, partnering with Alloy Digital, a prolific, successful and forward-looking media company, is a match made in heaven," said Chris McGurk, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm. "Together, we are rewriting the rules of distribution for a wide variety of content which audiences are clearly hungry to see."

In the first phase of the partnership, the SMOSH and Clevver Media brands of Alloy Digital will produce a series of specials tailored to its core 12-34 year-old audience, which Cinedigm will distribute to transactional sales platforms.

Alloy Digital CEO Matt Diamond said, "Cinedigm's strong ancillary transactional sales platforms will allow us to further monetize these proven properties against a young audience with a strong appetite for our high-quality,professionally produced content. SMOSH and Clevver Media have entered YouTube's exclusive one billion-plus view club, and partnering with Cinedigm will provide new and innovative platforms for further growth."

Both Cinedigm and Alloy Digital have been in rapid growth mode this year. In April, Cinedigm acquired entertainment distributor New Video, the largest worldwide digital aggregator of independent content and leading distributor of quality entertainment. This deal enables Cinedigm to acquire and distribute independent films and specialty content both theatrically and through digital, mobile and home media platforms.

Alloy Digital's owned-and-operated properties now include three of YouTube's top-25 funded original premium 100 channels (and five overall). Alloy Digital has acquired and further developed four strong content providers since July 2011, starting with SMOSH, an online leader in teen and young adult comedy content and the third most subscribed YouTube channel overall; Generate, a next generation studio and talent management company, in January 2012; B5 Media, the fastest-growing women's lifestyle digital publishing and media network, in April 2012, and Clevver Media, YouTube's top entertainment news provider, in June 2012.

Additionally, SMOSH has launched two hugely successful spin-off YouTube channels this year with Shut Up! Cartoons, now top ranked in subscribers among all of YouTube's funded original content channels, and SMOSHGames, which became the No. 1 gainer among all YouTube channels in its recent phenomenal first week debut.

 

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Announcing its sixth Dolby Atmos title for 2012, Dolby is excited to confirm the upcoming DreamWorks Animation feature Rise of the Guardians will be released by Paramount Pictures on November 21st, 2012 in Dolby® Atmos. In addition, beyond the announced Warner Bros. title The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14, 2012), two additional Warner Bros. releases - Gravity and Pacific Rim - have also been confirmed to mix and release in Dolby Atmos in 2013..

These three films join the growing list of Dolby Atmos Hollywood titles including Brave (Disney/Pixar), Taken 2, Chasing Mavericks and Life of Pi (Twentieth Century Fox) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Warner Bros.).

Rise of the Guardians becomes the latest film to implement this new cinema sound technology demonstrating the tremendous momentum Dolby's innovation is gaining in Hollywood. With Rise of the Guardians, DreamWorks Animation becomes the fourth Hollywood studio to adopt Dolby Atmos to date. Acclaimed re-recording mixer Jim Bolt along with Academy Award® winning re-recording mixer Andy Nelson and Academy Award® winning supervising sound editor, Richard King, will be designing the Dolby Atmos mix that will bring the Rise of the Guardians soundtrack to a new level of realism for audiences.

Rise of the Guardians will be mixed in Dolby Atmos for languages including: French, Norwegian, Danish, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese Mandarin.

"We have seen tremendous support for Dolby Atmos and we are excited to have DreamWorks Animation become the fourth Hollywood studio to adopt the format with Rise of the Guardians, our sixth Dolby Atmos title scheduled for 2012," said Stuart Bowling, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. "The Dolby Atmos slate for 2013 is also growing with two blockbuster titles from Warner Bros. including Gravity and Pacific Rim confirmed. We look to grow the Dolby Atmos content pipeline for exhibitors as our goal is to reach over 15 titles in 2013."

Currently scheduled to conduct the Dolby Atmos mix for Gravity (release date TBD, 2013) is multiple Academy Award® nominated re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay in collaboration with re-recording mixer Niv Adiri. Academy Award® nominated Glenn Freemantle will be the supervising sound editor and sound designer on the Dolby Atmos mix.

At the helm of the Pacific Rim Dolby Atmos mix (scheduled release date: July 12, 2013) will be Academy Award® winning re-recording mixers John T. Reitz and Greg Rudloff who will be accompanied by Tim LeBlanc. Scott Gershin will be the supervising sound editor.

Dolby Atmos locations for these features will be announced closer to the release dates.

Dolby's goal is to have 80-100 screens available for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Dolby aims to install an additional 30-50 screen in Q1 of 2013, and expects to have as many as 1,000 Dolby Atmos screens in place by the end of next year.

About Rise of the Guardians
Rise of the Guardians is an epic and magical adventure that tells the story of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Jack Frost - legendary characters with previously unknown extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere.

About Gravity
Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone-tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth...and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

About Pacific Rim
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes-a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)-who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

 

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CYPRESS, Calif. -- The Big Green Screen Theater located in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) at Presque Isle State Park has made the move to digital cinema technology. The announcement was made by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Richard J. Allan at the Sunset Celebration held on October 26. This event, hosted by the Friends of The Tom Ridge Environmental Center, also included the presentation of the 2012 John C. Oliver Environmental Leadership Awards. This special recognition was presented to the award recipients by Governor Tom Ridge.

The Big Green Screen Theater is owned and operated by DCNR and offers various educational films for school groups, families and other users of the park. It is the only large format theater in northwest Pennsylvania with its 4-story high, 45-foot wide screen. R&R Technical Services, a full service cinema supply company and Christie partner, installed the Christie Solaria® Series CP2230 projector. It will replace an 8/70.5/70, 4/35 Kinoton Projector, which will, however, remain in operation, for occasional use to show film when a movie title is not yet available in a digital format.

"Presque Isle, with its beautiful coastline and many recreational opportunities, is one of the most-visited state parks in our system, however a lot of that visitation occurs during the warm months," Allan said. "The Big Screen Theater plays a big role in creating a destination during the off-season at the Tom Ridge Center. That's why we did not want to skip a beat as the industry transitions from film to a digital format."

"The Christie CP2230 was chosen because of its superior image quality and reliability, and the full backup services provided by Christie's Network Operation Center and service team," said Bob Ray of R & R Technical Services. "With our colleagues at TREC and Poggi Designs, we developed a design and layout of the digital system that accommodates both the Christie 4500 watt Xenon lamp-based projector and the Kinoton. We could see that Christie would produce the best image quality for this large format screen, compared to other brands.

"It was challenging to keep the Kinoton projector fully operational and in the same place, alongside the digital projector, since the front wall of the projection booth was double 8-inch cement block with reinforcement. But after a short closure for upgrades and the installation of a new port opening, we are now able to switch between the film projector and Christie's in a matter of minutes," said Mr. Ray.

The agreement with Christie also includes Service Plus, a warranty program that offers next-day parts delivery and complete remote monitoring to minimize down time from Christie's Network Operations Center (NOC), ensuring fast and reliable technical support and maintenance for the environmental center. Through remote monitoring, Christie technicians make sure that tens of thousands of displays across the U.S. and Canada are running smoothly, getting timely maintenance and receiving software upgrades.

Sean James, vice president of Christie Managed Services, noted that the Tom Ridge Environment Center chose Christie's Service Plus plan, selecting from a menu of services that provides 24/7 remote monitoring of the Christie projectors and connected devices. Through this service, the Center gained access to a local network of technicians for rapid response to technical issues, software upgrades and troubleshooting, as well as repair and replacement of parts for the next 10 years.

 

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