Real Image Media Technologies and Barco Further Strengthen Partnership in India Real Image Media Technologies has recently entered into a strategic partnership with Barco in India. The first 700 units are scheduled for installation during the first year, with deliveries started in May 2013. Over the next three years, 3,000 DCIcompliant Barco projectors are expected to be deployed in theatres across India. Established in 1986, RIMT is a pioneer in digital cinema technology globally, with its Qube suite of end to end digital cinema solutions. RIMT is one of the leading digital cinema deployment entities and led the transition from analogue to digital in India. RIMT chose to partner with Barco on account of its market leadership in digital cinema projection. The new understanding further strengthens that partnership. Through the agreement, Barco's range of 2K digital cinema projectors (the ultra bright DP2K) for any screen size becomes available for the Indian market. Equipped with a Qube integrated media block and featuring Barco's unique modular design, these projectors are set to bring the digital revolution to cinemas all over India. "Together with RIMT, we're very excited to continue playing a leading role in bringing Digital Cinema to India, a market with such a rich cinema history and tradition," comments Tim Sinnaeve, Market Director Digital Cinema at Barco. "We have been using Barco projectors for the last few years and we are very happy with the quality of their products and the support provided by Barco India. On top of that, most of our service team is Barco-certified for installation and maintenance. So it seemed only logical to reaffirm our trust in them," said Mr. Arvind Ranganathan, CEO of RIMT. Wim Buyens, Senior Vice President of Entertainment at Barco is happy with the next phase in our partnership:
"We're very proud to have a strong partner like RIMT at our side in the ever promising Indian entertainment market. I'm convinced that both companies will reap a lot of benefits from this enhanced collaboration." Mr. Arvind Ranganathan believes that the close collaboration between both industry heavyweights will serve his
company's long-term goals: "At Real Image, we have always been determined to bring only the best and the latest media technology to the Indian market. Through this partnership with Barco, we are all set to continue on that successful path for the coming years." Mr. Abel Garamhegyi, Managing Director of Barco India, is enthusiastic as well, "For Barco, which is already the leading digital projector brand in India, the partnership is an ideal opportunity to further strengthen its foothold in India's booming digital cinema market".
Harkness Screens Opens its India Manufacturing Harkness Screens formally inaugurated its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bangalore, on the 13th May 2013. This plant is the first Harkness plant in India and the second in Asia. The function was graced by the senior management team from Harkness International and by Harkness customers, consultants, engineers and other trade personalities. This is the fifth Harkness manufacturing facility in the world. According to Sriram Sistla, Sales Director, "This facility will help customers in India get a Harkness Screen of International quality quickly. This will also allow Harkness to regularly and quickly disseminate technical information on screen technology and allied issues for the benefit of customers."
(L-R) Sriram Sistla of Harkness Screens India, Sanjay Agarwal of Cinerama, Allen Xing of Harkness Screens China, Sandeep Mittal of TheatreWorld and Andrew Robinson of Harkness Screens Intl at the inauguration
Harman India Launches its Service Network in Eastern India Harman Professional in India continues to strengthen its focus on servicing capabilities with an extension of service support in Eastern India. In order to support this endeavour, the company has recently launched an Authorised Harman Service Centre (AHSC), operating from Kolkata, from March 2013. This launch follows the first launch at Mumbai in October 2012, followed by New Delhi in December 2012. With this rapid new launch in Kolkata, Harman's professional division has underscored a persistent commitment to grow in India, especially in terms of service support to the growing network of channel partners. The new centre will function with the key rationale of being closer to the customers in the region (East & North East) with added advantages of reduced turn around and maximum support on the entire Harman professional range of JBL, BSS, Crown, dbx, JBL, Lexicon, Soundcraft and Studer. Commenting on a successful launch, David McKinney, Senior Director India Operations, Harman Professional said, "West Bengal, the surrounding states - Orissa, Bihar and the vast expanse of the seven states in North Eastern region have been identified as key high potential markets for professional sound applications installed sound, broadcast and tour sound. This service centre in Kolkata would serve as an excellent hub and is an example of Harman's assurance to provide the best-in-class service and customer support network, delivering higher levels of service while adhering to Harman's global benchmarks. A rapid expansion and set-up of Authorised Centres, led by Ganesh Kumar, Service Manger, Harman Professional has been an integral part of our expansion strategy in India and this launch only strengthens our commitment to serve regional customers, in-time, on-time."
An experienced and reputed player City Service has been appointed as the Authorised Harman Service centre for the Eastern region. The centre is ideally located in Aurobindo Sarani with easy access to the customer establishments. Since inception, City Service has been associated in servicing and after sales support for consumer electronics and other audio equipments for reputed brands with an advantage of a strong team of experienced technical staff. "The centre will function as comprehensive service provider for better customer experience during after sales support of Harman Professional products for both walkin and on-site customers. In addition to this, the service personnel of City Service will be constantly trained by technical staff and specialists of Harman, in order to familiarize with all the latest updates and technological advancements in the range." continued Ganesh Kumar, Service Manager, Harman Professional India. Harman India, since in its inception year of 2010, has been successfully operating a full fledged company owned Service Centre in Bangalore. This centre will continue its
operations of providing service and customer support for the Southern region. This centre would also offer technical repair support for all the AHSCs in terms of trouble shooting, component level repair, spare part supplies to ensure higher customer satisfaction. "The association with Harman Professional range in India as the AHSC for the growing region of Eastern India, further adds to our offerings and contribution to this dynamic industry of professional audio. Our expertise, location advantage and technical capabilities of the service personnel will go a long way in delivering delightful customer experience for Harman's customers in the region."We are proud to be associated with Harman, the leader in audio solutions and look forward to a successful partnership, achieving several milestones." said B.K.Mitra Proprietor, City Service. Harman Professional is making huge strides into India and while expanding servicing capabilities, the company is creating a platform for sustained growth and higher levels of customer satisfaction.
Latest Barco Solutions Showcased During ProAV & Events Technology Summit 2013 On 25 and 26 April, visualization expert Barco was the projection partner and Gold Sponsor of the ProAV & Events Technology Summit in Hyderabad, India. At its booth, the company showcased some of its latest offerings, including its new range of projectors from the recently acquired projection design company and the revolutionary ClickShare collaboration tool. The goal of the two-day ProAV & Events Technology Summit, an organization of ProAV Society, was to educate and raise technological awareness among India's professionals from the live event, entertainment management, professional conference and rental & staging industries. The event offered hands-on demonstrations of the latest AV-technology and exhibited tons of exciting new products and services, encompassing the cream of the crop of upcoming technology. Key note speakers provided visitors with inspiring and informative sessions, including insights on new developments and best practices. As one of the largest developers and manufacturers of visual solutions in the world, Barco exhibited and demonstrated its latest solutions at the event.
The latest in projection and presentation technology Highlights at the Barco stand included the RLM-W6 and RLM-W8 range of 3-chip DLP projectors with saturated colors and enhanced contrast. Super silent and energy efficient, the products feature blending technology to create seamless images across canvasses of any size. Also featured were the topof-the-line F82 series of projectors with APOC optical color processing from projectiondesign, the company that Barco has acquired just recently. Last but not least, Barco offered visitors a hands-on demonstration of its latest revolution in wireless
collaboration technology: ClickShare. This innovative system enhances productivity and collaboration in meeting rooms and is sure to take the Indian market by storm.
glad to be able to count on the professional support of Barco to make it a fantastic and memorable experience for all involved."
Projection partner and Gold Sponsor
Micromax Smartphone Mobiles with MasterImage's Cell-Matrix 3D
This year, Barco was the Gold Sponsor as well as the projection partner of the event. Abel Garamhegyi, Managing Director (India) was enthusiastic about the collaboration and determined to provide visitors with a lasting impression of the latest innovations in AV technology: "It is an immense honor for Barco to be able to cooperate with ProAV for this event." Sidharth Balda, General Secretary ProAV & Events Technology Summit concurs: "The ProAV & Events and Technology Summit organized by ProAV Society, hosted at Hyderabad Convention Center 25and 26 April 2013 is one of the most important conventions in India for AV professionals, event organizers and staging service providers. We are very
Micromax announced the launch of their first, glasses-free 3D Smartphone, Canvas 3D A115 featuring MasterImage's Cell-Matrix 3D display technology. Micromax is a trend-setter in the India market. Their 3D smartphone
rounds out their Canvas series, which has received a tremendous reception for its unique combination of screen size, performance, resolution and competitive price. Supplying the 3D cinema systems throughout India, we know first-hand, the India market is one of the biggest consumers of 3D content. Bollywood loves 3D. The enhanced 3D functionality comes with the premium glasses-free 3D quality of our Cell-Matrix 3D. Plus, it ships with a 5.0MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera which will facilitate video chatting. Users can also convert the regular pictures into the 3D picture format. The 3D enabled A115 will help users in faster browsing, downloading attachments and watching streaming videos with excellent 3D quality. The "Micromax 3D Space" portal gives users access to Stereo 3D videos and preloaded games. Additionally, you can watch other 3D videos on 3D YouTube , embedded on the device.
GDC Tech Opens New Office in India GDC Tech has opened a new office in India, Mumbai headed by Sachin Shetty, who has over ten years of experience in the field of cinema exhibition across the entire gamut of exhibition. He was actively involved in the core management team of Big Cinemas (previously known as
Adlabs) in various roles catapulting its growth from its first multiplex in Mumbai to becoming one of the leading cinema chains in India. Currently as Country Head he is spearheading the digital cinema implementation plan for GDC Tech in India. He is ably supported by a team of ten technical professionals who collectively have more than 25 years of experience between them, in the field of cinema exhibition. The team operates strategically across various cities in India, to ensure that necessary support and training are provided to clients, keeping downtime at bare minimum. In 2012, GDC Tech successfully deployed over 250 digital cinema servers with IMB and the Barco projection systems for Inox Leisure Ltd. In addition, GDC Tech also installed Espedeo 3D systems across various Inox screens in India. GDC Tech is confident of providing the best service and products to its customers, which in turn will help cinema exhibitors enthrall their audiences with great cinema viewing experiences. Indian customers are smart, have kept themselves abreast of newer changes in digital cinema and want the best technology for their screens. GDC Tech ensures that its digital cinema solutions are tailored to meet customer requirements without compromise in quality, and in compliance industry standards.
Dr. Kamal Haasan joins NAB show India's legendary film actor, screenwriter, producer and director Dr. Kamal Haasan appeared at 2013 NAB Show on April 9, as part of a panel exploring the topic of the international appeal of Bollywood cinema.
"Bollywood Beyond Borders" took place on April 9, from 4:15 pm 5:15 pm. This landmark session
commemorated 100 years of Indian cinema, and offered a look behind the scenes of "Vishwaroopam," a Tamil spy thriller written, directed, starring and co-produced by Dr. Haasan. "Vishwaroopam" is the first Indian film to utilize the new Auro 3D sound technology. It won the National Film Award for Best Art Direction and Best Choreography in the 2012 National Film Awards. Joining Dr. Haasan in the session were Jeff Kleiser, Board Director of the Visual Effects Society, the actress Pooja Kumar, Visual Effects Supervisor Tim McGovern, Visual Effects Supervisor Madhu Sudhanan N., and Ravi Velhal Global Content Policy Strategist from Intel Corporation. This session was a part of the partnership between the 2013 NAB Show and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry to organize events honoring the 100 year anniversary of Indian cinema. Dr. Haasan has received wide acclaim for his versatility as an actor and has won several Indian Film awards, including four National film awards and nineteen Filmfare awards. He is known for having starred in the largest number of films submitted by India in consideration for the Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards. Also on April 9, Dr. Haasan received an award on behalf of the Indian cinema presented by Chris Brown, Executive Vice President, Conventions & Business Operations for the National Association of Broadcasters. The ceremony is part of the New York Festivals International Film & TV awards.
Scrabble Launches Affordable Digital Conversion Leasing Supported by individual major Hollywood studios, program offers flexible path to digital conversion. Scrabble Entertainment, an international deployment entity, announced the immediate roll-out of its affordable lease-to-own digital conversion program. The program to deploy DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment is supported by major Hollywood studios in the form of certain financial contributions pursuant to the terms of each agreement separately reached with each studio. The program does not require any financial pre-qualifications or credit check of any kind. The lease term, with an option to buy the equipment at the end of the lease at no residual value, will be of immense value to all potential exhibitors. Among the Hollywood studios that have signed up so far to separate, non-exclusive agreements are Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Motion Pictures, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. Scrabble is also in advanced negotiations with Sony Pictures Releasing Corporation. "Scrabble Entertainment has enjoyed exceptional success in helping exhibitors convert to digital cinema in several countries, where we are responsible for 100% conversion of multiplexes covered by our programs," noted Ranjit Thakur, founder and CEO of Scrabble Entertainment, which also recently expanded into South America. "We recognized the extraordinary financial pressures faced by many thousands of independent exhibitors, drive-in theatres, and art house theatres throughout the United States and Canada, which operate under tight budgets and could not easily, afford the move to digital cinema technology. Working with preferred equipment suppliers
and technical service providers, and with the financial support to be provided by the Hollywood studios under their respective agreements, we developed this flexible, lease-toown program specifically tailored to accommodate the conversion of such screens to digital projection." Scrabble Entertainment has partnered with Christie Digital Systems, USA Inc, not only to supply equipment to the program, but also to include Christie Managed Services, which will provide remote monitoring and comprehensive maintenance, with round-the-clock support through Christie's Network Operations Center (NOC), along with preventative servicing and on-site emergency response. "Local theatres are often important cultural and social hubs in their communities, and it is vital that they continue to provide quality entertainment to moviegoers," said George Scheckel, Director of Business Development for Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "We are very pleased to be selected by Scrabble Entertainment as a preferred supplier of DCI-compliant digital cinema projectors, as well as a provider of technical support through Christie Managed Services. With more than 80 years of experience working with exhibitors of all sizes, we are ready to ensure a seamless move to digital by providing the highest quality equipment and service expertise, throughout the conversion process and for years to come."
Multiplex Stubbornness Affects Movie Collections The current trend when it comes to film distribution highly favours multiplexes across the country in terms of releasing smaller films. The recent cases that have brought this
issue to the forefront are David Dhawan's Chasme Baddoor, and YashRaj Films' Mere Dad Ki Maruti. However, the latest to bear the brunt of the Cineplex stubbornness is the recently release Rohan Sippy film Nautanki Saala. A couple of days ago, just prior to the film's release, the industry was abuzz with talk of the dispute between the makers of Nautanki Saala and leading multiplex chain PVR. The reason behind the dispute was the profit sharing ratio that was being demanded by the Cineplex chain, which severely put a strain on the filmmakers and audiences. However, it is learnt that the dispute has since been resolved, though Sippy's film did suffer a setback in terms of first day collections. Speaking to Taran Adarsh, who elaborates on the dilemma saying, "If you see Nautanki Saala managed to generate about Rs 3.25 crores on Friday, now the reason for this was the lack of listing in the newspapers or anywhere else for that matter. From a layman's point of view, whenever a film is releasing there are some listings and advertisements that appear, however due to this dispute the makers of Nautanki Saala suffered a setback since the matter was resolved unfortunately after the publication timings."
Jalpari Wins Awards at Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival 30th April marks the birth of the "Father of Indian Cinema", the man who gave us brilliantly impressive movies, like Raja Harishchandra, Satyavan and Savitri, Lanka Dahanand many more films, each of which is still a masterpiece in itself. As a mark of respect and remembrance the cinema association has named many awards and film festivals after him which are the most respected and prestigious awards in the film industry. Many maverick filmmakers, actors, actresses, films, have received Dadasaheb Phalke award. The list is endless and to add to it, critically acclaimed director Nila Madhab Panda's second directorial film Jalpari-The Desert Mermaid has won three awards at Dadasaheb Film Festival 2013 on his birth anniversary. After his first ovation to I Am Kalam, Nila came with a film Jalpari-The Desert Mermaid, which dealt with various predicaments that a girl child encounters in rural India. He dared to be different alike Dadasaheb Phalke and his work has been praised and honored on an auspicious day. The film has won against hundreds of nominations from across the world. Jalpari-The Desert Mermaid won 3 Awards including Best Film in Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival 2013
which was held in Noida. The film has won in 3 Categories: Best Film Producer Sushilkumar Agrawal, Best Screenplay - Deepak Venkateshan & Best Child Actress - Leher Khan. With immense joy and happiness producer Mr. Sushilkumar Agarwal adds, "It's an honor to receive awards in three different categories for our film - Best Film, Screenplay and Child Artist. These awards are a score of appreciation and an encouragement for us to continue making and supporting content oriented cinema. I always believed in its blazing subject, powerful performance and treatment to film which has the potential to compete and also win. It's celebration time for us." "After receiving critical acclamation and admiration at international festivals; I am super ecstatic on receiving triple triumph at India's most Honorable Film Festival Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival 2013 for my second film. His work, his history has been a source of inspiration and encourages me to make such movies. It's a mark of distinction to get awarded on an auspicious day for Indian cinema," adds Nila Madhab Panda on receiving the awards.
Kher Awarded Highest Asian Honour in UK
Anupam Kher was honoured at third edition of The Asian Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel last night in London along with Sir Ben Kingsley, Nicole Scherzinger and late Hollywood legend Bruce Lee. Kher was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema. Kher has famously crossed over into western cinema, most recently Silver Linings with Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper, and is a proud ambassador for Asians in world cinema. The coveted Fellowship Award went to Kingsley who collected the award for his outstanding five decade career. Global icon, Bruce Lee was honoured with the prestigious Founders Award, for his impact and influence on western cinema, and also to mark the 40th anniversary of his death. The award ceremony was hosted by Lord Sebastian Coe, the man billed as one of the masterminds behind the London 2012 Olympics. Kher says, "I am truly humbled and honoured for being awarded The Asian Award for my work as an actor. As an actor, all we do and want to do is make people laugh, cry, and persuade many other emotions by our craft. Our achievement at the end of the day is when the audience really does understand what we are doing. And the best part is when the spectrum is not India but Asia and the awards are not only for the category of cinema but other fields too. It is also an honour to be given this award the same year as Sir Ben Kingsley. Makes me feel very proud!" May-June 2013
Cannes Celebrates 100 Years of Indian Cinema Ghosla (2006) and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008). His story in Bombay Talkies is about a failed actor struggling to make a living
It's the big India night at Cannes, celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema with the screening of Bombay Talkies and a gala dinner.
after his father's death.
The four segments are directed by four of India's most exciting talents - Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar - and will have a special screening on Promenade de la
The director and fashion icon Karan Johar has expressed his desire to dress his Bombay Talkies co-directors for the Cannes red carpet. His segment, starring Rani Mukerji and Saqib Saleem, deals with the relationship of an urban wife whose life changes when she meets a new colleague at her
Croisette, the most prominent road in Cannes, stretching along the city's coastline. The real king of Cannes this year is director and producer Anurag Kashyap. As well as directing a segment in Bombay Talkies, Kashyap has a new film, Ugly, which will be screened during Directors' Fortnight, the section that last year unspooled both parts of his crime epic Gangs of Wasseypur. Kashyap also had a
office. hand in producing two other films launching at Cannes: Dabba (The Lunch Box) and Monsoon Shootout. Kashyap's collaborators on Bombay Talkies demonstrate the wide and varied talent working in Indian film today. Banerjee, 43, won National Film Awards for his films Khosla Ka
The lone female director in the group is Zoya Akhtar. In her first film since the 2011's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, she tells a story about a 12-year-old boy from a middle class family who is inspired by a movie star to follow his dream.
Vidya Balan on Cannes Jury The upcomi ng Cannes Film Festival which will be focusing on Indian cinema' s centena ry year seems to be gaining high popular ity among Bollywo od persona lities. Post Anurag Kashyap , Amitab h Bachcha n, Rajinika nth and others heading for the gala, we hear that Vidya Balan and Life of Pi director Ang Lee will be part of the
by Hollywo od director Steven Spielbe rg.
prestigi ous 66th Cannes Film Festival 's nine membe r jury, headed
Other big names joining Spielbe rg and Vidya are Oscarwinning actress Nicole Kidman , Oscar-w inner Christop h Waltz, Japanese director Naomi Kawase, Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, French actor-d irector Daniel Auteuil and Romani an director Cristian Mungiu .
Barfi Goes to Taiwan, China and Hong Kong Barfi, which saw tremendous critical acclaim and phenomenal box office success in India, is now released in Taiwan. The film has also been invited for a special screening in the out of competition section at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June. This will be the
first screening of Barfi in Mainland China. Barfi is also scheduled to release in Hong Kong in September 2013. Directed by Anurag Basu, the film has award winning performances by Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz and music composed by Pritam.
Scholarship Named After Big B in Melbourne Over the years, legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan has received numerous accolades for his performance in films. Now we hear that the La Trobe University in Australia will be naming a scholarship after the actor, calling it the 'Shri Amitabh Bachchan Scholarship'. The announcement of the said scholarship will come post the culmination of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM)
which features Bachchan as the special guest. At the festival,
Bachchan will also be honored with IFFM's 'International Screen Icon' award, by the Victorian Government, and the 'Ambassador of Goodwill' award from the Vice Chancellor of La Trobe University during his stay in Melbourne. The festival will also host a retrospective of Amitabh Bachchan's films at the city's prestigious Federation Square in his honour.
Shilpa Shukla's B.A. Pass at 13th NY Indian Film Festival World film festival 2012, New Jersey Independent South Asian film fest 2012, St. Petersburg International Festival, Russia, 2012, Jeonju International film Festival, South Korea, 2013, Imagine India
Chak De girl Shilpa Shukla's next erotic human drama B.A. Pass is nominated at the 13th New York Indian Film Festival. Apart from B.A. Pass, Shahid, Dekh Indian Circus and Miss Lovely will also be
Film Festival, Madrid, Spain 2013.
screened at the festival which aims at celebrating independent, art house, and alternate films from and about the Indian
Ajay Bahl, the debutant directorcinematographer-producer, is proud to have another feather added in his cap. "Our film had been nominated in the not just
subcont inent. The film which is an adaptation of Mohan Sikka's 'The Railway Aunty' has won awards and accolades at various prestigious National and International film festivals. It won the best film and the best actor award at OSIAN film
festival 2012 and the audience' choice award at South Asian Alternative film festival, Paris 2013. It is also an official entry to Montreal
one but four categories-best director, best film, best actor and best screenplay at the New York Festival. It is indeed a great moment for us," he beams.
Saif's Cocktail in Russian Cocktail, his biggest solo success of Saif till date that had released last year, has now managed to explore a Russian market for itself. In fact the film has been playing there for close to 50 days now and raking in good moolah. A romcom music drama that starred Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty in principle roles, the film has been
after its mainstream release, the film is being pitched in the CIS markets as a global film coming out of India which is language indepen dent.
released on as huge as 19 screens in Kazakhstan and still drawing packed houses. Despite releasing 9 months
Incidentally, even though the film's dialogues have been dubbed in the local languages, the chartbuster score by Pritam and Irshad Kamil has been retained in Hindi.
â€˘ INSTALLS â€˘ Wave Cinemas
A Whole New Experience
Wave Cinemas enters Chandigarh giving the best multiplex experience to the residents of Chandigarh. All the four screenings of the recently started Wave Cinemas are digitally enabled, making the movie projection a far better experience for cine buffs. Its operation started on 21st December 2012 at the newly opened City Emporium Mall located in Industrial in phase 1. Wave cinemas spokesperson said, two of our four screenings are 3D enabled and ensures a quality movie experience. The placement of screens is one of the special features here. Unlike flat screens in other cinemas halls, our screens are tilted inwards so that people sitting in the corner seats can watch the movie at ease.
Adequate space between the seats is another feature here. One of the auditoriums has just 104 seats, specially created to have extra leg
space for the movie goers. The space has been given the paramount importance in other auditoriums too. Our aim is to set new standards in the multiplex industry in the region. The multilevel parking of mall can accommodate 300 four wheelers & 450 two wheelers.
Published on Jun 10, 2013