Geneva Convention Recap

Add Comment on October 02, 2014

Hollywood and the heartland met again at the annual Geneva Convention September 9-11, 2014, at the beautiful Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

"Once again attendance was strong for our annual gathering," said Co-chairman John Scaletta. "We are very pleased with the ongoing support we receive from exhibition, distribution, and industry vendors through their attendance, participation, and sponsorships of Geneva Convention. This year the tradeshow was sold out again with nearly 100 booth spaces."

Attendees were treated to a diverse event schedule that included convention standards such as screenings/studio presentations, panels on topics such as tax credits, hospitality, and the general state of our industry, the NATO issues briefing, and plenty of opportunities for networking. Then there was something more unconventional: a speech from Captain D. Michael Abrashoff, former commander, USS Benfold, about management techniques.

"Although we saw many familiar faces, it is exciting to see the momentum build as new attendees took advantage of the unique programming developed for Geneva Convention," said George Rouman, co-chairman.

Several industry leaders-both on the national level and the local level-received recognition at the event. On the studio side, Lionsgate received the BoxOffice Blue Ribbon Award for having the highest-grossing domestic release of 2013 with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and 20th Century Fox received Studio of the Year. The Ben Marcus Award went to Screenvision's Travis Reid, Cinema Buying Group's Bill Campbell received the Larry Hansen Award, and Sonic Equipment's Eric Olsen accepted the Vendor of the Year Award on behalf of his employer. Joe Delgado of Moving Image Technologies accepted the Friend of Exhibition Award on behalf of industry vet and former-NEC employee Peter Nicholas, who was unable to attend due to sickness. On the local side, three members of the local film community were added to the Midwest Exhibition Hall of Fame: Gene Grengs, Grengs Theatres, Wisconsin; Paul Ayotte, National Screen Service/MTS (posthumously), Minnesota; and Frederick E. Heise, Melody Drive-In, Indiana. Ayotte's son accepted the award on his behalf.

This year's event also raised money for two charities that are highly valued by the film industry. "Since its inception, proceeds of Geneva Convention have benefited two very important industry charities, Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and Variety Club. To date contributions have exceeded $500,000 to Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and $100,000 to Variety Club," said co-chairmen Rouman and Scaletta.

Next year's Geneva Convention is scheduled for September 29-October 1, 2015.


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By Shawn Robbins

Sony reports that The Equalizer tacked on another $2.6 million on Wednesday, off 29 percent from the day prior. Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua's latest hit has tallied $43.3 million in its first 6 days--22 percent more than 2 Guns at the same point in release, and 1 percent ahead of The Book of Eli.

Focus Features' and Laika Animation's The Boxtrolls added $637,338 yesterday for a 26 percent day-to-day drop. The claymation film has grossed $19.5 million in its first six days, topping the studios' Coraline by 0.6 percent and ParaNorman by 5.5 percent.

Fox's The Maze Runner slid 48.5 percent from last Wednesday to $0.91 million yesterday. That gives the young adult hit a $61.1 million domestic take, 30 percent ahead of the 13-day pace of Ender's Game.

This Is Where I Leave You eased 32 percent from last Wednesday to $637,155 yesterday. With $24.5 million in the bank, the ensemble dramedy is running 3 percent behind Trouble with the Curve.

Rounding out the top five, A Walk Among the Tombstones earned $0.41 million on Wednesday for a 55 percent week-to-week drop. The film's total stands at $22.2 million after 13 days. Unfortunately, the noirish thriller starring Liam Neeson is pacing well behind some of his recent flicks.


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mpaa.pngFilm Opens Nationwide Friday, October 3
Directed by David Fincher
Produced by Leslie Dixon, Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon and Ceán Chaffin
Written by Gillian Flynn and based on her bestselling novel "Gone Girl"

WASHINGTON, DC - The production of Twentieth Century Fox's GONE GIRL in Cape Girardeau, Missouri spanned close to two months and contributed over $7 million dollars to the Missouri economy, according to new data released today by the studio. The production hired 116 Missourians, including over 30 off-duty law enforcement officials, and the cast and crew stayed over 7,000 hotel room nights. The movie also utilized over 1,400 extras. The movie opens nationwide tomorrow and local residents of Cape Girardeau will celebrate the production tonight with an advanced screening at the local Wehrenberg Cape West 14 Theater.

Beyond the immediate economic benefit from production, the film has also already begun to spark a boost in tourism. Cape Girardeau has already created a driving tour of GONE GIRL's most notable spots.

The latest state economic profile also reports that beyond just GONE GIRL, the film and television industry in Missouri supports over 8,700 direct jobs and $325 million in wages in the state.

Missouri State Representative Kathryn Swan said, "The filming of GONE GIRL, by 20th Century Fox, was an overwhelmingly positive economic experience for Cape Girardeau, both in the short-term and long-term. Not only was over $7 million dollars spent in our local community during the filming, but our area will benefit from tourism in the years to come. Yet, the benefits were not only monetary, as the city became fully-engaged in hosting the friendly cast and crew. Property improvements were made, university students benefited, extras experienced once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and the air was electrified as celebrities were sighted on a regular basis. Cape Girardeau is a most congenial host and we look forward to the next opportunity!"

"The production of GONE GIRL is a great example of the enduring impact that the production of movies and television have on local communities throughout the nation." said Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. "Movie and television productions provide a tremendous boost to the economy of hosting communities, first with the significant investments made during production and then often through increased tourism for years to come."

Key economic impact figures from the production of GONE GIRL in Missouri:

Contributed over $7 million dollars to the Missouri economy
Hired 116 Missourians and utilized 1,400 extras
Cast and crew stayed 7,000 hotel room nights
About the MPAA

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"Gone Girl" currently tops the list of the films trending now as published on homepage. According to, domestic box office advance ticket sales for the film account for 38% of all tickets sold by the company in the last 24 hours. "Annabelle" is next up at 11% of all tickets sold in the last 24 hours followed by "Interstellar," which does not come out until November, with 10%. Tickets for the Christopher Nolan film just went on sale and are already selling well.

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showeast.pngAnti-Piracy Latin American Government Leadership Award

NEW YORK, NY - Mexico's Attorney General's Office's Specialized Investigations Unit Against Copyright and Industrial Property Crimes (UEIDDAPI), will be honored with the Anti-Piracy Latin American Government Leadership Award at ShowEast 2014 during the International Awards Program on Monday, October 27th at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. The award will be accepted by Dr. Arturo Ancona, head of the unit.

"ShowEast is very pleased to honor Mexico's UEIDDAPI with this year's Anti-Piracy Latin American Government Award," stated Andrew Sunshine, Co-Managing Director of the annual convention. "Their tireless efforts to defend copyright and industrial property rights with their enforcement and punishment of offenders, continues to thwart piracy in Mexico."

Accepting this award on behalf of UEIDDAPI, is Dr. Arturo Ancona, the head of the unit; a position he has held since 2013.

In public service, Ancona has served as a Senior Consultant proposed by the United Nations (UN) for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. In this capacity, he participated in the design of public international policies aimed to assist in the development, strengthening, regulation, and distribution of intellectual property content, technological development, and cultural industries development programs. He also did the same for the national legal frameworks of the Member states of WIPO, as well as incorporating the WIPO Internet treaties (WCT and WPPT) into their national laws.

In Mexico he has served public office in the federal government as Director of the Public Registry of Copyright for the National Institute of Copyright (INDAUTOR), where he contributed to the implementation of the quality system ISO/9000 for the public registry of literary and artistic works.

In the private sector, Ancona has been a partner in various law firms, serving as a consultant and legal adviser on industrial property, copyright, and telecommunications contents of various non-governmental organizations including business, industrial cameras, and both domestic and foreign individuals.

In academia, he was the coordinator of the Intellectual Property Committee of the National Association of Doctors of Law. He has also participated in multiple forums specializing in intellectual property, including the III International Forum on Combating Illegal Market Health Products, and the Compliance Forum of Copyright in the Digital Environment, both organized by the Embassy of the United States in Mexico, and participation in the First International Seminar on Copyright, organized by the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In 2014 he also participated in various forums such as the Specialized Training and Border Measures Forum, organized by the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition; Seminary, Superior Court of Fiscal and Administrative Justice; and the International Forum on Fighting the Notorious Markets, organized by the U.S. Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce. Finally, he participated in the Binational Exchange Attorneys General of the United States-Mexico, organized by the Conference of Western Attorneys General.

He is author of the book El Derecho de Autor en la Obra Audiovisual (The Copyright in Audiovisual Work), published by Editorial Porrúa, and has participated as a columnist and writer in various specialized journals in industrial property, piracy, technology development, telecommunications content, and innovation issues, among others.

Award of Commendation

Manoel Rangel, CEO of Agência Nacional do Cinema (ANCINE), will be awarded the ShowEast 2014 Award of Commendation during the International Day Awards Program on Monday morning, October 27, 2014 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.

"It is with great honor that we bestow upon Manoel Rangel the Award of Commendation at this year's ShowEast," stated Andrew Sunshine, Co-Managing Director of the annual event. "Manoel has made great strides with ANCINE in the regulation and promotion of Brazilian films to ensure that all films shot and produced in Brazil are of the highest quality, resulting in tremendous financial and artistic success."

Since 2006, Rangel has been the president of the Brasil Film Agency, ANCINE. The agency's main attributions are the regulation, support, and monitoring of the national film. From 2001-2002, he was the head of São Paulo's State Commission for Cinema; and from 2004-2005, Special Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil. As president of ANCINE, he was in charge of the formulation of Law 11.437/2006, which created the Audiovisual Sector Fund and other initiatives for this sector in Brasil. In 2011, he was elected Executive Secretary for the Conference of Ibero-American Cinematographic Authorities (CACI), being reelected in 2013 and holding this post until 2015.


Founded in 2001 by Provisional Measure 2228-1, Agência Nacional do Cinema (ANCINE), is a regulatory agency whose responsibilities include promoting, regulating and supervising the cinema and audiovisual market in Brazil. Since 2003, it has been a special autarchy with the Ministry of Culture, with headquarters in the Federal District and Central Office in Rio de Janeiro.

ShowEast 2014 will take place October 27-30 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. It will feature screenings of major upcoming films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars and the ShowEast Trade Show. An estimated 1,300 members of the motion picture industry are expected to attend. ShowEast, now in its 29th year, is produced by Prometheus Global Media, owner of leading entertainment publications and events including Film Journal International, Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Backstage, Adweek, Dick Clark Productions, the CLIO Awards, CineEurope, and CineAsia.

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