NBCUniversal Cleared To Move Forward On Expansion
The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has given the OK for NBCUniversal to move to the next step in the approval process for a long-planned expansion at its San Fernando Valley site. The recommendation Thursday came after the company agreed to commit $3.3 million for a bike path along the LA River, a key demand by environmentalists and others opposed to the company’s original expansion plan, the LA Times reports. In July, NBCUniversal, facing strong neighborhood opposition, dropped a $3 billion plan for a 3,000-unit combination residential/retail complex on the studio’s backlot. The plan must get final approval from the LA City Council and LA County Board of Supervisors.
Dutch Cinemas Now Completely Digital
The nationwide rollout of digital cinema in the Netherlands is now complete with all 789 screens in the country now digital. More than 500 of those were converted by Arts Alliance Media as part of the Cinema Digitaal project. Seventy percent of the €39 million project was paid for by the film distribution companies that are active in the Netherlands, 20 independents and 6 major American studios. The first installation took place on July 20, 2011, and the transition was completed in 14 months.