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July 2, 2020— MGM Television is cementing its move into premium factual programming with a new partnership with IMAX/giant screen documentary producer and distributor K2 Studios. The Hollywood studio will co-produce eight premium documentary TV series with K2, which specializes in producing nature, wildlife, science and adventure programming.
July 1, 2020—BIG & Digital, LLC, is launching the Cinema Learning Challenge Virtual Field Trip Experience in July 2020 as a no-contact, educational alternative to traditional field trips and outreach programs. Tina Ratterman, the founder of CLC, said, “I want to help museums and theaters succeed, especially during this difficult time. If schools and groups aren’t able to take field trips, we can bring the field trips to them! Museums can support their mission of education while enjoying a new revenue source through Virtual Field Trips."
June 23, 2020—Lea Silver at
IMAX Victoria goes behind the scenes of Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker with Director Amelia McCarten. The new film is a
K2 Studios release of a Definition Films Production.
June 19, 2020—SK Films, Dorsey Pictures, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation and Archipelago Films announced today that Wings Over Water
, narrated by award-winning actor Michael Keaton, will release in IMAX and giant screen theaters in the spring of 2021.
June 18, 2020—Today, IMAX Corporation
announced that several titles from its celebrated catalog of critically
acclaimed, eye-opening documentary films will be available to stream
exclusively on Hulu in the U.S. beginning this summer, kicking off with A Beautiful Planet
and more. In total, at least 16 IMAX® documentaries will roll out on
Hulu over the next several weeks and months, with over four decades of
the most powerful and daring explorations humankind has ever embarked
upon becoming available for subscribers and their families.
June 12, 2020—The director's cut of MacGilivray Freeman's documentary Everest
will be released in 2021. The original film is the highest-grossing giant screen documentary of all time, earning more than $152 million in worldwide ticket sales. The director’s cut will feature exclusive new footage and will be digitally remastered in 16k for an 8k digital release. MacGillivray Freeman is using the same film scanner that was custom-made for the filmmakers of Apollo 1
1 to digitize NASA’s 70mm archival footage from its mission to the moon.
June 2, 2020—As of the last week in May, 87% of the world's giant screen and IMAX theaters were still closed. LF Examiner examines the status of theaters worldwide and the preparations they're making for reopening. Read the full article by James Hyder here: Museums and Theaters Prepare to Reopen
May 27, 2020—Based on input gathered in GSCA's recent survey, conversations with
industry stakeholders, and the likelihood that large gatherings may not
be permitted yet in September, the GSCA Board has voted to cancel the
in-person conference this year, previously scheduled for September 21-24
in Chicago. We do not make this decision lightly, but the safety of our
members is our top priority. Instead, we are planning a virtual event
for fall 2020 (spring for our members in the Southern Hemisphere). Dates
and other details will be announced as they are confirmed.
May 26, 2020—IMAX invites you to join in cheering on the launch of
the Crew Dragon and docking with the International Space Station.
Celebrate the return to human spaceflight with Astronaut Terry Virts (A
Beautiful Planet) and Producer/Director Todd Douglas Miller (Apollo 11)
along with David Keighley, IMAX friends and filmmakers on May 27 and 28.
May 20, 2020—Thom Benson has been named vice president and chief communications and marketing officer at the Tennessee Aquarium
. Benson, formerly communications manager at the aquarium, had been selected to fill the role on an interim basis in January when Cindy Todd announced her decision to leave the Aquarium to pursue a
role as a marketing consultant for regional nonprofits. Benson's position was made
permanent this week.