Global 3D and VFX company RealD and Shanghai Redstar Macalline Pictures Development Co. have signed a deal to add 11 ultra premium auditoriums to its Redstar Macalline Cinemas. This means Redstar will be building a total of 15 “LUXE: A RealD Experience” auditoriums over the next three years across China, following the announcement in December 2015, which saw the two companies agree to build four premium cinemas across the territory, two of which have opened already – one in Beijing and the other in Chongking. As of November 25, there were 11 LUXE auditoriums in operation in 10 major cities in mainland China. This number is expected to reach 17 by the end of the year and 33 by the end of 2017. Redstar Macalline will also install 100 RealD 3D systems across the Middle Kingdom over the next three years.
Former Warner Bros exec Wendy Aylsworth has joined the board of digital cinema technology manufactuer Qube Cinema. As a specialist in emerging technologies, joint ventures, global facilities management and digital content production and distribution, Aylsworth most recently served as Senior Vice President of Technology for Warner Bros, where she oversaw the establishment of new technologies and assessed the impact of emerging technologies on content creation and distribution. She’ll play a critical role in supporting Qube Cinema’s growth strategy and strengthening its position as a leading international manufacturer of digital cinema technology and mastering solutions.
Erik Van Looy’s English and Flemish-language action feature The Prime Minister has closed a number of international territory deals following its theatrical success at the Belgium box office, where it’s taken €2.6M ($2.7M) through Kinepolis Film Distribution after five weeks on release. Deals include: France (Trade Media); China (DDDream); Japan (Aya Pro); Former Yugoslavia (Discovery); and India (Viswas Films). Deals for Turkey, the Middle East and Italy are in advanced negotiations. Film, which stars Koen de Bouw, Dirk Roofthooft and Saskia Reeves has already sold to Germany (Square One); Spain (Filns Y Piniculas) and Holland (Dutch Film Works). Deals were brokered by The Works International head of sales Clare Crean together with sales and marketing exec Edrianne Wenger.