iva-mason.pngHADDON HEIGHTS, NJ. - January, 2015 - Internet Video Archive (IVA), the world's largest online movie trailer service, has announced that it has named Rhodes Mason as President of the company. Mason formerly held the position of Sr. Vice President of Business Development at IVA. Jed Horovitz, the company founder, will retain the title of CEO, and will be stepping back from day-to-day activities with the company.

"Rhodes has the relationships in the industry plus the experience to take over as IVA's President", said Horovitz. "I think the company is well positioned to thrive under his management."

Mason has been with IVA for nearly ten years. He started out doing sales and promotion; over time his portfolio of responsibilities grew to include content acquisitions, client retention and business development. IVA sales have grown steadily under Mason as he has opened up a variety of new verticals for IVA, including mobile, movie theaters, online publishers, and now cable companies. His experience prior to joining IVA included stints at major ad agencies as well as experience in the music industry where he held the title of President of Nuclear Blast Records America. Mason is a Philadelphia native, with a BA in Communications from Temple University.

"I am committed to continuing to grow our affiliate network so that we can reach the largest possible number of consumers for our content partners," said Mason. "IVA has a great team of people in place and we have shown that we can both innovate and dependably deliver for clients that want trailers."

About Internet Video Archive
Internet Video Archive is the world's largest distributor of online movie and TV trailers, game previews and music videos. It boasts nearly a million unique video assets from over 1000 content providers as well as world-class systems that are secure, scalable, customizable and cost-effective. Hundreds of clients have chosen IVA for all their trailer and preview needs. Additional company information is available at www.internetvideoarchive.com.

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By Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in $1.93 million on Tuesday to continue to claim first place at the daily box office. The third and final installment of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was up 9 percent over Monday and down 76 percent from last Tuesday. The Battle of the Five Armies has grossed $224.31 million through three weeks of release. That places the film 5 percent ahead of the $213.38 million 21-day take of 2013's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 9 percent behind the $246.29 million 21-day gross of 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Unbroken held steady in second place with $1.66 million. The Angelina Jolie directed war drama from Universal was up 17 percent over Monday and down 69 percent from last Tuesday. Unbroken surpassed the $90 million mark on Tuesday and has grosses a stronger than expected $90.73 million in thirteen days. The film is running 10 percent ahead of the $82.23 million thirteen-day take of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 15 percent behind the $106.28 million thirteen-day gross of 2012's Django Unchained.

Disney's Into the Woods grossed $1.31 million to remain in third. The Rob Marshall directed musical featuring Meryl Streep was down 1 percent from Monday and down 80 percent from last Tuesday. It should be noted that films aimed at family audiences held up significantly weaker than films aimed at adults on Tuesday. Into the Woods has grossed a strong $93.49 million in thirteen days. The film is running 7 percent ahead of the $87.33 million thirteen-day take of 2008's Bedtime Stories and 10 percent behind the $103.50 million thirteen-day gross of 2012's Les Misérables.

Fox's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb placed in fourth with $0.81 million. The third installment of the Ben Stiller led franchise was down a significant 13 percent from Monday and down 85 percent from last Tuesday. Secret of the Tomb has grossed $91.59 million in 19 days. That gives the film a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 5.36 to 1.

The Imitation Game was up two spots and a strong 25 percent over Monday to round out Tuesday's top five with $0.79 million. The awards season hopeful from The Weinstein Company continues to impress in moderate release, as it averaged $1,052 from 754 locations on Tuesday. The Imitation Game has grossed $31.89 million to date and will continue to expand into more locations this coming weekend.

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death was down one spot and 7 percent from Monday to land in sixth with $0.72 million. The PG-13 rated horror sequel from Relativity has grossed a stronger than expected $16.53 million in its first five days, but is also displaying signs of being extremely front-loaded thus far. The Woman in Black 2 is running 29 percent behind the $23.32 million five-day start of 2012's The Woman in Black.

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LAS VEGAS/CES -- Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas the launch of a new, premier discovery venue on Hulu. The channel will begin streaming on Hulu during the first quarter of 2015.

Fandango's channel on Hulu represents Fandango's first subscription video-on-demand partnership, as the company expands its video syndication across multiple distribution platforms. At launch, the channel will include Fandango original series for new movies debuting on the big screen.

Hulu subscribers will have access to Fandango's premier movie-related video series, including the awards-themed interview show, "FrontRunners," hosted by Fandango's Chief Correspondent Dave Karger and featuring Golden Globe nominees Michael Keaton, Steve Carell, Emma Stone, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Aniston, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and many others; "Weekend Ticket," a weekly movie recommendation series hosted by Karger; "Reel Kids," an open forum where kids offer their hilarious opinions about the movies; and "Mom's Movie Minute," a parent-to-parent advice show that helps families decide which movies are right for their children.

"We are excited to deliver our original video programming to Hulu subscribers," said Fandango President Paul Yanover. "Our Hulu partnership helps us extend Fandango video content onto new platforms, meeting a growing demand for premium movie-related content among moviegoers and Hulu fans alike."

Fandango's online and mobile network is visited by 30 million unique guests per month, including Fandango's recently acquired MovieClips, the number one movie content and trailers network on YouTube. MovieClips boasts 9 million subscribers on YouTube, averaging 230 million video views per month.

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CYPRESS, Calif. - (January 6, 2015) - Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, announced today that it has acquired Cologne-based coolux GmbH (‘coolux'), a world-renowned developer and supplier of 3D compositing and rendering systems, best known for its Pandoras Box product family. coolux will be integrated into Christie's Global Market Solutions team, maintaining its office in Cologne, Germany.

Jennifer Smith, executive vice president, Global Market Solutions, said, "Christie is committed to deepen its marketplace lead in supplying a total solution for advanced applications such as projection mapping, broadcast delivery and all manner of large-scale digital canvas creation, so the fit between our products and services and those of coolux is a natural one."

Continuing, Smith said, "Pre-visualization capability when creating stunning, experiential events - including real-time rendering of same - is increasingly important in the creative plans of entertainment designer and creative visionaries. The acquisition is a boon to those who need multiple display technologies to come together to create both continuous and non-continuous digital canvases, but most importantly, to be able to create and manage the content that flows onto these canvases," added Smith.

coolux CEO Jan Huewel, who will report to Jennifer Smith in his new position of senior director, Processing Solutions, commented that "In a world where visual and audio experiences are assuming new importance in inspiring and moving audiences, content orchestration and synchronized content delivery is paramount and with today's news, Christie, with its already impressive presence in this arena, has gained another leading-edge product line and development team to ensure it keeps its lead."

More detail on the announcement will be provided at the biennial coolux Connect Conference, to be held January 8-9, 2015 at Vulkanhalle, Building E, Lichtstr. 43, 50825 in Cologne, Germany.

Initial reactions to the news of the acquisition was positive among global leaders in augmented reality and experiential-marketing projects, exemplified by award-winning projection designer Bart Kresa of BARTKRESA design Inc., who said "I've used coolux and Christie products in a number of my productions and value both for their feature-rich gamut and reliability, so I'm excited about what Christie will come up with in future, leveraging its expertise and that of the coolux team."

coolux has become a welcome feature at various industry shows, including ISE, NAB, LDI and InfoComm, and this presence will continue in the Christie experiential marketing booths at said shows, beginning with the NAB 2015 show in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 13-16, 2015.

coolux, on its own and in combination with Christie products, has earned an enviable track record in delivering impactful 3D visualisation and composting solutions and driving many notable events (details available upon request).

About Christie
Christie is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

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