Woodland Hills, CA/Morristown NJ -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp (NASDAQ: CIDM) announced today that they are producing and distributing the FIRST EVER, LIVE 3D, WIDELY RELEASED MUSIC PERFORMANCE when Foo Fighters perform their entire new album "Wasting Light" in a LIVE 3D BROADCAST to over 80 theatres nationwide on April 5th, following the theatrical debut of their documentary, FOO FIGHTERS: Back and Forth.

Cinedigm, along with Exclusive Media Group, RCA Records and Spitfire Pictures, will bring the music documentary "FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH," followed by a live 3D performance broadcast, directly into theatres. The live 3D performance will feature Foo Fighters playing their upcoming album front to back, a week in advance of the album's street date of April 12th.

"This is a collaboration of world class, innovative and experienced 3D partners in the business," said Jonathan Dern, President of Cinedigm's Entertainment Group and Executive Producer of the 3D event. "We look forward to providing a fantastic evening to fans around the country."

The live 3D production involves Cinedigm, Sweetwater/NEP, Hi-Ground Media, and Element Technica. In addition to producing the event, Cinedigm will be providing their proprietary 3D distribution technology and satellite connection to the networked theatres; Sweetwater/NEP will be using "Cobalt," their "state of the art" mobile truck in a complete 3D configuration. Element Technica will be providing 3D rig technology and Hi-Ground Media will be creating 3D graphics.

Wayne Miller, in association with Action 3D, has been tapped as the 3D producer and director for the LIVE 3D performance broadcast. A veteran in the 3D production world, Miller has captured more than 50 artists in 3D and is considered one of the most proficient producers in 3D, including the 3D theatrical releases for Phish and Dave Matthews Band.

Following the theatrical broadcast, the documentary (not the live performance piece) will air as a VH1 Rock Doc on VH1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia on April 8th at 10PM ET/PT.

"FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH" is produced by Nigel Sinclair ("No Direction Home: Bob Dylan", "Amazing Journey the Story of the Who", "The Last Play at Shea") of Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures. The documentary chronicles the entire history of the Foo Fighters, from the cassette demos Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana's drummer through their ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Sinclair is also the CEO and co-chairman of Exclusive Media Group. Executive Producers are Jeanne Elfant Festa, Glen Zipper, Michele Farinola, John Silva, Gaby Skolnek, John Cutcliffe, Alex Brunner and Chris Miller.

Oscar® and Emmy® winner James Moll produced and directed the documentary film which culminates with the making of the new album: a process in which the band pushed itself forward by going fully back to basics and recording in Grohl's garage completely on analog tape. No computers, no software - just a band recording an album to tape in a garage. The new record also marks the Foos' first full-length effort with legendary producer Butch Vig, with whom Grohl worked on Nirvana's classic album Nevermind. Former Nirvana member Krist Novoselic will also return along with other surprise guest artists.

The music documentary is co-financed by Exclusive Media Group and RCA Records and produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Allentown Productions. VH1 and Sony Music Entertainment acquired domestic and international television rights respectively.

 

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Santa Monica, CA -- Spotlight Cinema Networks, the leader in targeted cinema advertising, announced the formation of a dedicated exhibitor relations department.

"The cinema advertising market has been very receptive to Spotlight since its launch last year. Given this success, we felt that this was the right time to launch an Exhibitor Relations Department and bring aboard Ronnie Ycong as vice president,' said Jerry Rakfeldt, President, Spotlight. "Ronnie is one of the most experienced exhibitor relations executives in the U.S. and will lead the development of key niches to drive our growth."

Prior to joining Spotlight, Mr. Ycong was Director of Exhibitor Relations at Screenvision where he was charged with maintaining and growing its exhibitor network. "I am excited about the opportunity with Spotlight and to work with a team focused on bringing a new approach to the cinema space," said Mr. Ycong.

Mr. Ycong has been in the theatrical business for 19 years and has held positions at Fandango, National Cinema Network, and Mann Theatres and will join Spotlight from mid-March.

 

 

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ATLANTA -- Allure Global Solutions, Inc. announces the completion of a full circuit roll out of its dynamic digital signage products for all SAMfilm locations. SAMfilm is the leading theater circuit in Iceland and is based in Reykjavik. The most recent SAMfilm location, a newly constructed site, is Sambíóin Egilshöll located in Reykjavik. It has four over-sized auditoriums and includes a full suite of Allure Global digital signage products including Allure Global's Digital Box Office, Digital Movie Posters, Digital Menu Boards and Digital Auditorium Signage. The SAMfilm installation at Sambíóin includes 45 total screens operated by five Allure Global players (computers).

Through consumer research specifically tailored to digital menu boards, Allure Global has seen its Digital Menu Board technology help customers increase concession sales, reduce merchandising costs and increase guest awareness. Allure Global's new generation of digital menu board solutions provides flexible components that allow theater owners to have engaging and impactful motion-graphic marketing messages all managed through a central server.

Allure Global's Digital Movie Poster solution allows for the delivery of full color, digitally animated, high resolution posters that draw attention and entertain. By showing new releases and coming attractions with high visual appeal and moving images, SAMfilm can promote current and upcoming films easily and efficiently.

Allure Global's Digital Box Office solution allows SAMfilm to display digital movie posters with movie times and ratings in full color and motion at the box office. Integrating DBO to the theater's POS solution provides real-time data for show-times and feature information including titles, ratings, run-time, sold-out and cancelled notifications.

Allure Global's Digital Auditorium Signage transforms traditional auditorium signage into a dynamic digital signage solution that displays digital movie posters with movie name, show time, rating and auditorium status. By integrating with the existing POS system, digital auditorium signage dynamically changes auditorium locations as the POS system upgrades. This engaging signage directs customers to the correct auditorium and informs them of the status of the auditorium more efficiently. The signs can communicate important messages including "NOW SEATING," "CLEANING" and "CLOSED" instantly.

"We have been an Allure Global client for several years now," states Bjorn Arnasson, Managing Director of SAMfilm. "We could not be happier with their products and service. The technology is state-of-the-art for theaters and our newest location is our absolute showcase."

"SAMfilm has certainly embraced our technology," states Rodrick Glass, EVP of Sales and Business Development for Allure Global. "The new Sambíóin location is a great example of how all our products can become a totally integrated solution. Our expertise is using the existing POS system, integrated with our software, to drive data and content to all the various screens real time. Each application is specifically developed for theater applications. Together they make a comprehensive theater digital signage offering that provides the owner a very efficient operation, maximizing sales and reducing operating costs."

 

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LAS VEGAS -- As the worldwide motion picture theatre industry convenes in Las Vegas for the inaugural CinemaCon convention, Harkness Screens (Booth 904A), the world's leading manufacturer of cinema screens, will be showcased at the gathering's premier presentation venue, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

With a seating capacity of 4,082, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will feature a 71 ft. by 30 ft. Harkness SpectralTM 240 3D screen. Harkness' SpectralTM 240 3D screen is considered by cinema exhibitors and special venue operators worldwide to be the optimum 3D projection surface for systems using polarised light.

"Harkness Screens is thrilled to be working with CinemaCon, the largest motion picture industry show worldwide, as the official provider of 3D silver screens," says Andrew Robinson, managing director of Harkness Screens. "With Hollywood's heavy hitters in attendance, we are excited that our screens will be showcased in the event's presentation venue at The Colosseum."

The SpectralTM 240 features a high extinction ratio and provides spectacular 3D images. The surface also supports 2D images and can be used successfully in auditoria where 2D and 3D are both shown. The intrinsically high gain (2.4) overcomes light losses in 3D systems.

As the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), CinemaCon will be the largest and most important annual gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world. Cinema exhibition professionals come to CinemaCon for exciting film screenings of major studio and independent feature films slated for summer release as well as product reel presentations, exciting special events with Hollywood's hottest stars, educational seminars and to find the latest products, services and technologies available to the market.

CinemaCon is the largest annual convention for the motion picture industry. It is the only international gathering devoted exclusively to the movie business and the single largest international gathering of motion picture professionals and theatre owners in the world.

The inaugural CinemaCon will be held March 28 - March 31, 2011 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and is expected to draw more than 6,000 industry professionals.

 

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