BMZ Review: Wild Africa

May 23, 2016 – 3:51 pm | Permalink

Virtual Safari
Wild Africa
By Ross Anthony

Clouds billow across that huge IMAX bed sheet as the sunrise time lapses into sunset. What a sweet way to float into this water woven African safari. In the clearing, Mt. Kenya pokes its snowy summit. The camera slides across the icy caps until they trickle down into the jungle canopies and melt into waterfalls and rivers that draw continental creatures to their banks.

Intimate, close, glassy-eyed shots of gorillas will warm your heart. Raspberry-red-eyed pink flamingos, like cotton candy overflowing the machine, overtake a sleepy lake. They drift and dance, wonderfully captured on film. I, myself, have had the privilege of witnessing this migration in Africa many years back. I can attest, that the filmmakers have captured it almost beyond my own breathtaking experience.

The soundtrack is strong, and the narration used sparingly — Wild Africa respects the mighty visual medium — and just let’s you revel in the watching.

Submarining crocs vs. thirsty wildebeest, Lions vs. marching elephants, Lizards vs. beetles, from sand-shifting snakes to underwater reefs to the thunderous Victoria Falls – what a wonderful way to take a virtual African Safari.

Absolutely A+, save for a bit of elephant lumbering that begged for some editing. Still a strong A. I loved it! And would see it again in a snap.

Wild Africa. Copyright © 2016.
Directed By: Mike Slee, Patrick Morris. A BBC Earth Production.

Grade……………………..A (3.5/4)

Copyright © 1998-2012 Ross Anthony, Author – Speaker – Solo World Circumnavigator

IMAX UNVEILS COMPREHENSIVE VIRTUAL REALITY STRATEGY; LAUNCHES LOCATION-BASED INITIATIVE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH STARBREEZE

May 20, 2016 – 1:15 pm | Permalink

IMAX to Create Fully Integrated Premium Out-of-Home VR Offering Encompassing Camera Capture, Content Distribution and Delivery

NEW YORK, May 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced its strategy to develop a premium location-based virtual reality offering that will deliver immersive, multi-dimensional experiences, including entertainment content and games, to multiplexes, malls and other commercial destinations. Following yesterday’s IMAX Google VR camera announcement, IMAX has expanded its initiative to include a joint venture agreement with Starbreeze AB, a Swedish-based independent creator, publisher and distributor of high-quality VR entertainment content and hardware.

Under the agreement, IMAX will create a premium VR experience that will leverage Starbreeze’s unique StarVR® headset technology, which provides a 210-degree full peripheral field of view – double that of any other VR headset currently available – to offer a truly immersive VR experience that is worthy of the IMAX® brand. As part of the partnership, Starbreeze’s existing library of VR entertainment content and games will be made available to consumers as well as the premium content resulting from the IMAX Google VR camera. IMAX will also look to establish new VR content partnerships through its existing Hollywood filmmaker and studio relationships. Meanwhile, Starbreeze will bring new interactive content through its publishing and partnerships in the gaming industry, which includes its relationship with leading Hollywood studio Lionsgate, with whom Starbreeze is developing its John Wick VR game as well as others.

IMAX sees a unique opportunity to combine premium equipment, more robust computing power, and expansive spaces to create a highly differentiated, destination-based VR experience that will draw audiences out of their homes, similar to the strategy IMAX has successfully employed in the cinema space.

“As technology and entertainment options evolve, we continue to innovate and find new platforms to extend The IMAX Experience,” said IMAX Corp. CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We believe VR is an area that holds tremendous promise and is a natural progression for IMAX given our established worldwide brand presence, our immersive entertainment technology know-how, and strong industry relationships with filmmakers, studios and exhibitors. Just as IMAX provides the best cinematic experience, Starbreeze is a pioneer in the burgeoning VR market and its headsets will deliver a wider, ‘IMAX-like’ field of view to allow consumers to see, feel, move and play in new worlds in a powerfully immersive and realistic way. While our partnership with Google puts IMAX in the VR capture business, Starbreeze brings the capabilities in content distribution and delivery that, when combined, help us to establish a complete offering across the VR ecosystem.”

The new VR experience will be made available within select multiplexes as well as commercial locations such as shopping centers and tourist destinations. The parties will launch up to six sites this year in both domestic and international markets. A test site for the first IMAX VR location has been selected. If successful, the intent is to roll out the concept globally.

“We believe one of the best ways to experience VR is communally and in the highest possible quality,” said Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint. “We want everyone to have an accessible and exciting premium VR experience in cinema complexes and commercial locations all around the world. This open content platform will entertain and excite millions of people globally. The StarVR HMD – manufactured by our partner, leading Taiwanese electronics company Acer – together with the IMAX brand and its global reach through its many venues, is a great combination for our audiences.”

The joint venture will carry the IMAX brand, with IMAX providing product design, management and installation services as well as sales, marketing and communications support and Starbreeze delivering the software platform, hardware, technical and product support. IMAX also plans to tap into its vast network of filmmakers and exhibitor relationships while Starbreeze will also leverage its relationships in developing and publishing interactive entertainment experiences.

“I’ve always been a big believer in IMAX, which has been a great longtime partner,” said leading Hollywood director Michael Bay. “As a filmmaker, IMAX’s location-based VR offering presents an exciting opportunity to transport audiences even further into the worlds we create. We are in advanced discussions with IMAX now on some fun VR concepts and I look forward to test-driving their new technology.”

Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures commented, “Audiences worldwide are looking to engage with their favorite films and franchises more than ever before. IMAX’s VR strategy provides the ability to immerse consumers in a whole new world that expands on the movie itself and opens up a lot of exciting creative possibilities for our properties.”

“Starbreeze has played an integral role in the growth of our interactive storytelling and virtual reality business and we are happy to broaden that relationship to include our longtime friends at IMAX,” said Peter Levin, President of Interactive Ventures and Games for Lionsgate. “We are big believers in location-based entertainment VR and this is a great opportunity to expand the reach of our VR portfolio, including our John Wick episodic VR game and the other forthcoming titles we are working on with Starbreeze.”

Paul Donovan, CEO of Odeon UCI Cinemas Group, added: “We are committed to providing moviegoers with the best possible experiences to get them off their couches and into the multiplex. Our longstanding partnership with IMAX has been instrumental to this effort and we believe their relationships with studios, filmmakers and exhibitors as well as their leading brand and technology put them in an ideal position to capitalize on the growing VR movement. We think VR has a big future in cinemas and we are very interested in partnering with IMAX on this front as their efforts continue to develop.”

About Starbreeze AB

Starbreeze is an independent creator, publisher and distributor of high quality entertainment products. With studios in Stockholm, Paris and Los Angeles, the company creates games and other virtual reality entertainment products, based on proprietary design and licensed content. Starbreeze’s most recent games include PAYDAY 2, the adrenaline fueled bank robbing co-op game and the upcoming John Wick VR shooter and survival co-op FPS OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead.

Starbreeze has set out to develop truly immersive virtual reality experiences, by integrating software and hardware in its StarVR head mounted display, to be produced together with leading electronics company Acer, displaying a unique field of vision and a mission to bring top-end VR to large audiences. Starbreeze launched StarVR with a VR-experience at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June 2015, gained by teaming up with French Infinite Eye. In January 2016, Starbreeze unveiled the StarCade initiative; centers that invites people to immerse themselves into premium VR experiences. The first cinematic VR experience “Cockatoo Spritz” directed by Stephane Barbato, premiered at the 69th Cannes Film Festival 2016.

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Starbreeze’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm First North Premier under the tickers STAR A and STAR B with the ISIN-codes SE0007158928 (A-share) and SE0005992831 (B-share). Remium Nordic is the company’s Certified Adviser. For more information, please visit http://www.starbreeze.com, http://www.starvr.com, http://www.overkillsoftware.com

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Mar. 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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GOOGLE AND IMAX PARTNER TO DEVELOP GROUNDBREAKING VIRTUAL REALITY CAMERA

May 20, 2016 – 1:11 pm | Permalink

Technology Innovators Join Forces to Raise VR Capture Quality to the Next Level through IMAX Camera and Google’s Jump Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced at Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, that the companies are working to develop a cinema-grade virtual reality (VR) camera – the IMAX® VR camera – to enable today’s leading filmmakers and content creators to deliver the highest-quality 3D 360-degree content experiences to audiences worldwide.

IMAX’s team of engineers and camera specialists will work with Google to design the new high-resolution cameras from the ground up, leveraging IMAX’s best-in-class capture technology that has become an integral tool for today’s biggest and most visionary filmmakers including Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Zack Snyder, among others. The camera, which will be built to utilize Jump, a platform for creating and viewing 3D 360 video, will deliver the highest-quality, most-immersive virtual reality content to consumers.

“For nearly 50 years, IMAX has pioneered moving image capture to allow filmmakers to produce the highest resolution images across 2D, 3D, film and digital formats, said IMAX Corp. CEO, Richard L. Gelfond. “Today’s partnership with Google takes us into the next frontier of immersive experiences – virtual reality – and we look forward to working with them to provide our filmmaker partners and other content creators with a level of VR capture quality not yet seen in this space. VR marks an exciting area of opportunity for IMAX and we believe this agreement, which enables us to participate in image capture and content creation, is an important first step in our broader VR strategy.”

IMAX developed its first 2D 15perf / 65mm film camera in 1976. To this day, it remains the highest-resolution camera in the world – providing approximately 10x more resolution than 35mm film. IMAX has built out a suite of high-end capture devices – including recent developments of a lightweight 3D digital camera as well as a new cutting-edge 2D digital camera developed in partnership with ARRI.

“IMAX is known everywhere for their incredible immersive cinematography and sound, and we’re delighted to have them contribute their decades of experience in cameras and content to the Jump platform,” said Clay Bavor, VP, Virtual Reality at Google.

IMAX will also provide Google with exclusive access to pre-existing IMAX documentary content for conversion and use with Google’s VR technology.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

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This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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IMAX CORPORATION TO PRESENT AT THE 17TH ANNUAL B. RILEY & CO. INVESTOR CONFERENCE

May 20, 2016 – 1:07 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK – May 13, 2016 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) today announced that Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment, will present at the 17th Annual B. Riley & Co. Investor Conference on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, at 8:30AM PT (11:30 AM ET).

The conference is being held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

The conference will be webcast live and can be accessed by visiting the ‘Investor Relations’ section of the Company’s website, www.imax.com. The presentation will be archived for 30 days.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

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This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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IMAX CORPORATION TO PRESENT AT THE 44TH ANNUAL J.P. MORGAN GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND TELECOM CONFERENCE

May 20, 2016 – 1:04 pm | Permalink

NEW YORK, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that CEO Richard L. Gelfond will present at the 44th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016, at 3:00 PM ET.

The conference is being held at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.

The conference will be webcast live and can be accessed by visiting the ‘Investor Relations’ section of the Company’s website, www.imax.com. The presentation will be archived for 30 days.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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IMAX SIGNS 40-THEATRE FULL REVENUE SHARE AGREEMENT WITH GUANGZHOU JINYI MEDIA CORPORATION IN CHINA

May 20, 2016 – 1:00 pm | Permalink

Deal Marks New Full Joint Venture Arrangement in China with One of the Country’s Largest Exhibitors

SHANGHAI, May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX), IMAX China Holding Inc. (HKSE: 1970) and Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation (JinYi), one of the largest exhibitors in China, announced a full revenue share agreement for 40 new IMAX® theatres. The theatres will be added to new projects as well as existing JinYi Cinemas across China and brings the exhibitor’s total IMAX footprint to 60. The theatres will be added to a combination of Tier One to Tier Four cities throughout China and are expected to be installed at the end of this year through 2020 with a majority to be installed by 2018. The deal represents one of the largest IMAX signings in China.

JinYi Media Corporation is one of the largest exhibition companies in China, with 1,731 screens in 325 subsidiary and affiliated theaters across 21 provinces and four municipalities. The parties first signed an agreement in 2009 for four IMAX theatres and with today’s deal, JinYi Media Corporation is now the third-largest IMAX partner in China and internationally. Under today’s agreement, the exhibitor will bring IMAX to several new, untapped markets, such as the city of Huaihua, which is located in Hunan province and has a population of approximately 5 million as well as the city of Deyang with a population of approximately 4 million, which is located in the province of Sichuan. Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation is the second full joint venture IMAX partner in China.

“We are delighted to further expand our partnership with JinYi, one of the largest exhibitors in China. Their sizeable commitment and continued confidence in IMAX to play such an integral part of their complexes is yet another testament to the strength and value of IMAX in China. Together, we will help meet the strong consumer demand for cinema-going in China where IMAX remains an affordable, yet differentiated luxury,” said IMAX Corp. CEO, Richard L. Gelfond. “We have set a target of 1,000 theatres in China. With over 300 theatres open and – including this deal and a 10-theatre deal announced earlier this year – an additional 270 in backlog, we are just beginning to tap China’s full potential, which is on track to overtake the US as the largest film market in the world by 2017.”

“Driven by the dramatic growth in the Chinese exhibition market, we are embarking on an aggressive expansion of our circuit. Mall developers recognize the power of the IMAX brand to attract consumers and with IMAX as an anchor entertainment attraction, we were able to secure locations in our desired complexes,” said Mr. Leo Li, CEO Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation. “The IMAX slate of Hollywood and Chinese blockbuster titles coupled with its powerfully immersive format is beloved by moviegoers in China. IMAX is a key differentiator that we believe will not only strengthen the customer experience but also our business results.”

About Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation
Established in 2004, Guangzhou JinYi Media Corporation (‘JinYi’), is a famous enterprise dedicated to cinema distribution and film exhibition. The company’s main products include film screenings, film distribution in theaters, merchandizing and advertising services. Its subsidiary JinYi Cinema is one of the top five cinema franchises in China. Nowadays, JinYi manages at least 1,731 screens across 325 subsidiary and affiliated cinemas with more than 262,271 seats across 21 provinces and four municipalities.

About IMAX China
IMAX China is a subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and is incorporated under the laws of Cayman Islands. IMAX China was established by IMAX Corporation specifically to oversee the expansion of IMAX’s business throughout Greater China. IMAX China trades on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Mar. 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR BLASTS INTO IMAX® THEATRES WORLDWIDE WITH RECORD-SETTING $31.3 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

May 20, 2016 – 12:56 pm | Permalink

Film Scores Best-Ever Global IMAX Opening in May

LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opened with a record-setting $31.3 million on 955 IMAX screens globally, making it the largest opening ever for an IMAX release in May, as well as the third-best IMAX opening for a day-and-date release, including China. Overall, Captain America: Civil War scored the fourth-largest global opening weekend ever in IMAX. To date, Captain America: Civil War has grossed $45 million in IMAX globally.

Domestically, Captain America: Civil War delivered $16 million on 380 IMAX screens. The film’s North American debut kicked off with particularly strong presales and continued with sell-outs throughout the weekend.

International IMAX weekend results for Captain America: Civil War reached $15.3 million on 575 IMAX screens. In China, specifically, the film grossed an astonishing $10 million in three days. A few other new markets that saw notable results this weekend include: United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Trinidad, Argentina and Turkey.

“With Captain America: Civil War, Marvel has once again nailed it and, thanks to huge support from our great friends, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Kevin Feige and team Disney, audiences around the world have embraced the IMAX presentation in this record-setting way,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “From the very beginning, the Russos and Marvel have been at the forefront of combining the cutting-edge technology of the ALEXA IMAX 65mm camera with epic storytelling, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of Captain America: Civil War‘s release throughout the coming weeks.”

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo captured the film’s key battle sequence using the new ALEXA IMAX® 65mm cameras, marking the first film to use the new 2D digital cameras developed in partnership between IMAX and ARRI. As a result, only in IMAX® theatres do sequences filmed with these cameras expand vertically to fill more of the IMAX screen, delivering IMAX audiences greater scope and breathtaking image quality. As previously announced, the Russo brothers will shoot the entirety of Marvel’s two-part finale — Avengers: Infinity War – Parts 1 & 2 — using a joint customized version of ARRI’s new large-format 65mm camera, the Alexa 65.

The IMAX® release of Captain America: Civil War was shown in its digitally re-mastered format, which includes the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR LAUNCHES IN IMAX® THEATRES WITH BENCHMARK $10 MILLION AT THE CHINESE BOX OFFICE

May 20, 2016 – 12:49 pm | Permalink

Film in Dead-Heat Race for Record Three-Day Opening Weekend in IMAX in China

SHANGHAI, May 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, released by The Walt Disney Studios, blasted into the Chinese market with a record-level debut gross of $10 million on 283 IMAX screens. This puts it in a dead-heat race to overtake the current best IMAX three-day opening weekend of all time in China held by Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Globally, Captain America: Civil War has accumulated more than $31.3 million from 955 IMAX theatres, of which $16 million comes from 380 North American IMAX sites and $15.3 million from 575 international locations (including China).

In addition to the film’s record-pace three-day opening weekend, Captain America: Civil War grossed $3.3 million (¥21.7 million) on Friday in China, setting a new mainland record for that day in IMAX in local currency. The film beats the previous Friday record holder, Transformers: Age of Extinction, with ¥21.0 million.

“The unparalleled opening success of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War in IMAX in China is a true testament to the film’s incredibly talented and hard-working filmmakers, led by our friends Joe and Anthony Russo, as well as the spot-on marketing and distribution efforts of the entire Disney team and IMAX in China,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “Chinese audiences have demonstrated their excitement for the stories, characters and action within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, particularly when seen in the best possible format — in IMAX.”

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo captured the film’s key battle sequence using the new ALEXA IMAX® 65mm cameras, marking the first film to use the new 2D digital cameras developed in partnership between IMAX and ARRI. As a result, only in IMAX® theatres do sequences filmed with these cameras expand vertically to fill more of the IMAX screen, delivering IMAX audiences greater scope and breathtaking image quality.

The IMAX® release of Captain America: Civil War was digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

About IMAX China
IMAX China is a subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and is incorporated under the laws of Cayman Islands. IMAX China was established by IMAX Corporation specifically to oversee the expansion of IMAX’s business throughout Greater China. IMAX China trades on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK1970.”

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices inLondon, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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nWave Pictures Announces Co-Production and Distribution Agreement for “FULL CHARGE – The Power of Innovation” (WT)

May 20, 2016 – 12:31 pm | Permalink

Brussels (Belgium), Paris (France) and Burbank (California), May 17, 2016 – nWave Pictures is pleased to announce an agreement with Paris-based N3D LAND Films for the co-production and distribution of the giant screen documentary film “FULL CHARGE – The Power of Innovation” (formerly “Icarus’ Revenge”). Set against the backdrop of the record-breaking Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world flight, the 40-minute film will explore how breakthrough technologies can be developed and applied to solve our planet’s increasing need for clean, efficient, economic and renewable sources of energy.

Written and directed by award-winning filmmakers Pascal Vuong and Ronan Chapalain, (SeaRex 3D and D-Day: Normandy 1944), the film features a captivating mix of astounding landscapes, sweeping aerial shots and hyper realistic CGI. By combining live-action and animated sequences, the filmmakers have created an immersive world in which they explore the science, innovation and adventure behind the world’s quest for sustainable energy solutions.

“I am now convinced that an IMAX 3D film is an innovative and very entertaining way of storytelling, and I am sure it is the medium that best matches the importance and greatness of what we are trying to accomplish,” stated Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and President of the Solar Impulse project.

FULL CHARGE – The Power of Innovation” will be released in Spring 2017 in both 38-minute and 20-minute versions to IMAX® theaters, DCI-compliant digital cinemas and dome theaters. Available formats include: 3D and 2D – 4K/2K digital, IMAX® digital, IMAX® laser and 15-perf./70mm 2D film.

“nWave Pictures is excited to partner with one of our industry’s most respected filmmakers to bring “FULL CHARGE – The Power of Innovation” to the giant screen”, said Eric Dillens, Chairman of nWave Pictures. “With this new film, Pascal’s team at N3D LAND Films builds on their record of award-winning giant screen films that both entertain and inspire audiences worldwide. At nWave Pictures Distribution we have a dedicated sales and marketing team who are committed to bringing films of the highest standard to our giant screen audiences, while providing exceptional educational support and promotional tools for our theater partners.”

Catherine Vuong, N3D LAND CEO and producer, says “We are thrilled to have signed with nWave Pictures Distribution, a company that shares not only our love of the big screen but also our ambition to reach, entertain and educate audiences of all generations.”

“While the human adventure is enthralling and captivating, it’s not that simple to make environmental issues – and, in particular, renewable energies – exciting and thrilling for an all-age audience,” says director Pascal Vuong. “With this film, Ronan Chapalain and I are exploring new and immersive ways to educate family audiences on energy issues. Above all, we aim to inspire them to action by examining some of the truly innovative technological solutions being developed throughout the world in the race to reduce global warming and to preserve our future on earth. ‘To both teach and entertain’ was Jules Verne’s motto. It is definitely ours now at N3D LAND.”

The film’s official website is http://www.fullcharge-thefilm.com

About nWave Studios
nWave Pictures Distribution is the sales and marketing arm of nWave Studios, a company founded in 1995 by filmmaker Ben Stassen and media entrepreneur Eric Dillens. nWave is a market leader in the distribution of high quality and innovative 4D/3D attraction films, 3D/2D ride simulation films and 3D/2D educational documentaries for giant-screen theaters and digital 3D cinemas. The company specializes in producing and distributing compelling content for location-based entertainment sites and institutional venues, including the recent Colossus Productions giant screen hit “Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland”. nWave’s award-winning digital animation studio launched its first feature-length film, “Fly Me to the Moon” in 2008, and in 2016 released its fifth feature, “Robinson Crusoe” (The Wild Life). nWave Studios is headquartered in Brussels (Belgium) with North American sales offices in Burbank (California) and Port Orange (Florida). More information at http://www.nWave.com or http://www.twitter.com/nWave or http://www.facebook.com/nWavePicturesDistribution

About N3D LAND Films
N3D LAND Films is a production company founded in 2005 by Pascal Vuong, Catherine Vuong and Ronan Chapalain. Known for their expertise in the stereoscopic computer-generated imagery (CGI) field, the company’s goal is to restore the link between science and entertainment, as originally established by visionary author Jules Verne. Through a symbiotic partnership with top scientists, engineers and talented artists, the team combines creativity and significant experience in 3D CGI filmmaking to transmit knowledge about various scientific and technological fields to the general public in an entertaining way. For more information about our company, please visit http://www.N3DLand.com

For additional information, please contact: info@nWave.com

nWave is a registered trademark of nWave Pictures SA/NV.
Source: nWave Pictures Distribution

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IMAX SIGNS 10-THEATRE AGREEMENT WITH SHANGHAI BESTAR CINEMAS MANAGEMENT CO. LTD. IN CHINA

May 4, 2016 – 2:45 pm | Permalink

Top Chinese Property Developer Future Land Holdings Launches Exhibition Business;
IMAX to Serve as Anchor Attraction for Shanghai Bestar Cinemas Management Co. Ltd.

SHANGHAI – May 2, 2016 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX), IMAX China Holding Inc. (HKSE:1970) and Shanghai Bestar Cinemas Management Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Future Land Holdings Co. Ltd. (HKSE: 1030), (SSE: 601155) a leading property developer in China, today announced an agreement at the Shanghai headquarters of Future Land Holdings Co. Ltd. for 10 new IMAX® theatres to be located throughout the P.R.C. The theatres will be added to multiplexes located within Injoy Plazas – Future Land’s commercial shopping center brand, and are expected to be installed in 2016 and 2017.

“Shanghai Bestar Cinemas was established in response to the growing Chinese film and exhibition industry and the vital role that entertainment plays in the success of our commercial property developments,” said Mr. Wang Zheng, Chief Executive Officer, Shanghai Bestar Cinemas Management Co., Ltd. “In China, IMAX is synonymous with the best moviegoing experience, which is why we are delighted to launch our exhibition business with IMAX. As we strongly build our circuit’s presence nationwide, we plan to open over 50 cinemas in three years and over 100 cinemas in five years, half of which will be installed with IMAX theatres. We look forward to expanding our partnership with IMAX.”

“We are delighted to partner with Future Land, one of the top developers in China, and are honored to be a part of its new exhibition business – Shanghai Bestar Cinemas,” said IMAX Corp. CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “We have relationships with virtually every major exhibitor and studio in China and continue to see increased interest among property developers in the country that have IMAX in mind at the inception of their projects – further solidifying our position in the Chinese entertainment ecosystem.”

Shanghai Bestar Cinemas Management Co. Ltd.
Shanghai Bestar Cinemas Management Co. Ltd. is a subsidiary of Future Land Holdings Co. Ltd., (HK Code: 01030.HK), giving full play to abundant capital and project management capability. Relying on a sophisticated theater management team, the world’s most cutting-edge film equipment, and working with the best theater design team in Asia, it will construct and operate more than 50 high-end, innovative studios within three years. With an investment of 3 billion RMB within five years, it will construct and operate 100 high-end, innovative cinemas. More than half of its cinemas will be installed with IMAX theaters, building a cinema culture kingdom combining film projection, interactive entertainment and leisure experience. In this way, it leads customers into the world of fantasy.

About IMAX China
IMAX China is a subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, and is incorporated under the laws of Cayman Islands. IMAX China was established by IMAX Corporation specifically to oversee the expansion of IMAX’s business throughout Greater China. IMAX China trades on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of Mar. 31, 2016, there were 1,066 IMAX theatres (952 commercial multiplexes, 17 commercial destinations and 97 institutions) in 68 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAX nXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at www.imax.com. You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (www.facebook.com/imax), Twitter (www.twitter.com/imax) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/imaxmovies).

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This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on IMAX management’s assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in IMAX’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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