IMAX Corporation’s IMAX China Files Post-Hearing Information Pack In Connection With Initial Public Offering

September 15, 2015 – 11:40 am | Permalink

HONG KONG, Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced that IMAX China Holding, Inc., a Cayman Islands company and a subsidiary of IMAX, filed a post-hearing information pack (“PHIP”) with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in connection with its initial public offering. Included in the PHIP is a disclosure document with updated financials as of June 30, 2015.

The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or any state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration under the Securities Act or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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.

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 June 30, 2015, there were 977 IMAX theatres (853 commercial multiplexes, 20 commercial destinations and 104 institutions) in 65 countries.

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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Winners of the GSCA 2015 Achievement Awards and IMAX Maximum Image Awards Announced at GSCA Conference

September 10, 2015 – 12:00 pm | Permalink

September 10, 2015—The Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Achievement Awards, which recognize excellence in giant screen filmmaking, marketing, and lifelong learning. The awards were announced the evening of September 9 at the opening reception of the GSCA 2015 International Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco. IMAX Corporation, sponsor of the opening reception, presented the IMAX Maximum Image Awards during the ceremony as well.

The following film awards were presented by GSCA:

Best Film-Short Subject, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, Best Cinematography
Humpback Whales
Produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. Produced by Shaun MacGillivray. Directed by Greg MacGillivray. Cinematography by Greg MacGillivray, Brad Ohlund, Howard Hall, and Ron Goodman.

Best Sound Design
Tiny Giants
Produced by BBC Earth. Distributed by BBC Earth and Giant Screen Films. Sound design by Kate Hopkins and Tim Owens.

Best Visual Effects
Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet
Produced by BBC Earth in Association with Evergreen Studios. Distributed by BBC Earth, Reliance Entertainment, and Giant Screen Films. Visual effects by Will Reichelt, Marco Marenghi, and Emmanuel Blasset.

Best Original Score
Living in the Age of Airplanes
Produced by Terwilliger Productions. Distributed by National Geographic Studios. James Horner composer.

Best Film-Feature Length
Interstellar: The IMAX Experience
Produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan, and Lynda Obst. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Distributed by Paramount Pictures.

GSCA also presented the following marketing and education awards:

Best Film Launch by a Theater
TELUS World of Science-Edmonton IMAX Theatre for its launch of Journey to the South Pacific 3D

Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor
Humpback Whales
Produced and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films

Best Education Program
Omniversum, The Netherlands, for its D-Day: Normandy 1944 education program

Big Idea (tie)
Given for the most original and effective idea of a single marketing campaign.

  • Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee for its #WhereAreTheWhales Social Media Campaign
  • National Geographic Studios for its outreach to the aviation community to promote Living in the Age of Airplanes

Big Shoe
Selected by GSCA staff to recognize exemplary volunteers.

  • Christian Fry, Pretend Entertainment
  • Mary Nucci, Rutgers University

IMAX Corporation also presented the following Maximum Image Awards at the GSCA Achievement Awards ceremony.

Best IMAX Booth, Film
Science Museum London

Best IMAX Booth Digital/Laser
Sanya Zose Cinema & IMAX, Sanya, China

Hall of Fame (tie)
Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey
Destiny in Space

CQO Award
Toby Winsett, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The GSCA International Conference and Trade Show is the largest gathering of educational giant screen and immersive cinema professionals. The 2015 event is being held on September 9-11 at the AMC Metreon IMAX Theater in San Francisco, California, and will feature new films, films in production, projects in development, professional development sessions, a technical session, trade show, and the GSCA Achievement Awards, which honor excellence in giant screen filmmaking, marketing, and education. In addition to the digital screenings, the conference will also include film presentations on the IMAX 15-perf/70mm system. On September 12, delegates travel to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, for screenings and sessions in the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. Conference registration and other event details are available at www.giantscreencinema.com.

About GSCA

The core purpose of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA®) is to advance the business of producing and presenting educational giant screen and immersive cinema experiences globally. GSCA’s membership includes more than 250 organizations in nearly 30 countries. Member organizations include giant screen filmmakers, distributors, theaters, suppliers, manufacturers, and students from around the world. Visit www.giantscreencinema.com for further information. Connect with GSCA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/giantscreencinema) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/gsca). Questions about the GSCA or the conference should be directed to Tammy Seldon at tammy@giantscreencinema.com.

Filmmaker Sean Casey talks upcoming Giant Screen film Extreme Weather 3D

September 9, 2015 – 12:03 pm | Permalink

KGTV San Diego talks to filmmaker, Sean Casey, about his upcoming Giant Screen film, Extreme Weather 3D:

To complete his IMAX film, “Extreme Weather 3D,” he needed a third force of nature to document. That led him to Southeastern Alaska – home to the impressive Dawes Glacier.

“This is one of the most incredible things I’ve seen in my life,” said Casey.

Casey and his team just returned from a scouting trip, where the crew got exactly what they wanted. They filmed a 300- foot tall piece of ice collapsing right in front of them. The crew filmed the action from an armored boat built in San Diego. That boat kept them safe from flying chunks of ice.

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New Orleans Entergy IMAX to get $1.2M renovation

September 8, 2015 – 4:27 pm | Permalink

The Times-Picayune reports:

Depending on how you look at it, Tuesday morning (Sept. 8) marked either the end of an era for New Orleans moviegoers or the beginning of another one. The Audubon of the Americas’ Entergy IMAX Theatre — for years the only 70mm IMAX screen operating in the region — has gone dark while crews prepare it for its next incarnation.

The theater will reopen in October after undergoing a previously announced $1.2 million overhaul, including installation of a digital projection system, according to Aquarium officials. It will also get a new name, being redubbed the Entergy Giant Screen Theater.

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Images from Wild Africa

September 8, 2015 – 3:58 pm | Permalink

Check out these images from upcoming Giant Screen film, Wild Africa.

The film takes audiences on a spectacular ride across, over, and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on earth.

Wild Africa opens in IMAX, Giant Screen, and other specialty venues December 2015.



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Wild Africa to Launch in Giant Screen Theaters December 2015

September 8, 2015 – 3:10 pm | Permalink

Key Art and Trailer Available Now

Giant Screen Films and BBC Earth are pleased to reveal the key art and theatrical trailer for Wild Africa, releasing worldwide this December.

Making its North American giant screen premiere this week at GSCA in San Francisco, Wild Africa takes audiences on a spectacular ride across, over, and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on earth. Water, the interconnecting force of this enchanted kingdom, serves as a guide, crafting wild Africa and conjuring up life wherever it journeys… travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities. Audiences will be plunged into fantastic places and meet amazing creatures, discovering the fascinating secrets of this incredible world. It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.

Co-director and producer Neil Nightingale says “Our aim with Wild Africa was the most ambitious ever 3D wildlife photography for the giant screen, to transport audiences on a thrilling journey through Africa to discover how water shapes all life. To achieve this we had to design and build bespoke 3D rigs for almost every situation, and assemble a unique mix of talent, so we could film in the toughest wild locations, using a whole range of photographic techniques to put giant screen audiences right in the heart of some of the most awesome landscapes and dramatic wildlife on earth.”

“The museum theater community has shown a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for Wild Africa,” said Don Kempf, President of Giant Screen Films. “Wild Africa was a massive hit at our theater event this past July and everyone was abuzz with the enormous potential this film has. It combines all of the elements of our most successful films into a single, compelling storyline, giving it broad commercial and educational appeal. I believe it will be an industry favorite for years to come.”

ABOUT GIANT SCREEN FILMS
Since 1997, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaborations and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.

ABOUT BBC EARTH
BBC Earth is a global factual brand which seeks to inspire audiences in the UK and worldwide with the most incredible sights, stories and characters from the natural world. Commercially and internationally the brand is managed by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Since launch the brand has grown across multiple platforms including branded blocks on television, live events, social media, visitor attractions, theatric releases for cinema and giant screen films and online on BBC.com. From 2015 the BBC Earth brand will launch new channels internationally that will be dedicated to bringing audiences premium factual content.

GSF Announces Ocean Giants: A Prehistory of Whales

September 4, 2015 – 2:35 pm | Permalink

Giant Screen Films Announces Third Film in its Prehistoric Giants Series – Ocean Giants: A Prehistory of Whales

Giant Screen Films is excited to announce that its newest film project, Ocean Giants: A Prehistory of Whales, is moving forward and set to commence with pre-production in the coming months. The immersive large-format film is a globe-spanning, time-traveling adventure, from ancient oceans to modern deserts, exploring the genesis of whales – an evolutionary odyssey that traces modest four-legged land mammals into tail-powered marine leviathans. Ocean Giants is slated for release in Spring 2017.

Audiences will journey through the early Cenozoic, the Age of Mammals, to explore how early, proto-whales ventured first into the margins of the sea… and ultimately into its depths as the largest animals ever to exist on the planet. Documentary live-action footage of researchers and contemporary whales will be intercut with stunning, photorealistic computer graphic imagery (CGI) bringing ancient whale ancestors back to life, revealing how intermediate species evolved over a 40 million year land-to-sea transition. The film will illustrate the synergy and confluence of paleontology and cutting-edge genomic research, allowing scientists to use both fossil and molecular data to fine tune the phylogenetic tree of life.

Ocean Giants presently sits as the highest ranking film ever market-tested by our company,” said Don Kempf, President of Giant Screen Films. “It has all the ingredients for a blockbuster museum cinema and giant screen success – an underwater film, a centerpiece animal that happens to be the largest on earth, prehistoric monsters brought to life, exotic film locations, a captivating science mystery that reads like a good book, new research, and perhaps one of the most illustrative examples to help audiences really grasp the process of evolution. While not a dinosaur film, it feels like one … but fresh, featuring new science and a new cast of characters every bit as cool.”

Ocean Giants will be the third giant screen release in GSF’s marquee Prehistoric Giants series, following Dinosaurs Alive (2007) and Titans of the Ice Age (2013). The film will be coproduced and directed by Dave Clark, who helmed the other films in the series as well as the 1999 large-format film, Whales. Collectively these three relevant titles in GSF’s catalog have so far generated over $100M in box office within the museum cinema network.

Ocean Giants is being produced in association with the Smithsonian, San Diego Natural History Museum, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and a host of theater and aquarium advisory teams.


Basilosaurus
Illustration © Mark Heine

ABOUT GIANT SCREEN FILMS
Since 1997, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaborations and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.

Acclaimed Actor Simon Helberg to Narrate SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE

September 4, 2015 – 1:03 pm | Permalink

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — In the latest hi-tech 3D giant screen film, SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE (click here to visit the film website), Helberg’s narration will take audiences on a mind-boggling journey to the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, where CERN scientists are exploring the very origins of our universe – from the Big Bang, to some of the greatest potential breakthrough discoveries of our time regarding the universe in which we live and experiments that could result in turning science fiction into science fact. This is a topic that he is very familiar with and where his comedic genius has long inspired significant public interest.

How did it all begin? Where is our world and universe heading? Why do we see less than 10% of the universe? Are their extra dimensions? Directed and produced by legendary Canadian Imax filmmaker Stephen Low, SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE will tackle these questions, and more, in a way that is fresh, engaging and accessible to the average viewer. Consider it an adventure to uncover some of the greatest mysteries in the cosmos.

According to Helberg, “When K2 approached me to narrate the film, I was thrilled at the opportunity to engage audiences and hopefully educate children on such an important area of science. I can only imagine how tall I’d look on a giant Imax screen in 3D, but just hearing my booming, masculine voice will have to suffice.”

The film will be executive produced and distributed by K2 Communications, a leading independent documentary film studio and distributor of films for Imax® and other giant screen theaters. According to K2 President Mark Kresser, “We are thrilled to have Simon narrate our film. He is the perfect fit for our project and has the ability to make a challenging discipline of science understandable, and even fun, for a broad audience.”

SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE is slated to premiere in early 2017. The film will show in some of the most prestigious science centers and museums as it rolls out on a staggered basis to markets across the U.S. and around the world. Along with theatrical distribution, the film will be released on TV, home video and all other ancillary formats. In all, more than 300 million viewers are expected to see the film over its lifetime.

Find out more by following Secrets of the Universe on Twitter and liking them on Facebook.

SOURCE Stephen Low Productions

Wild Cats trailer and interview with expedition leader, Kevin Richardson

September 4, 2015 – 12:19 pm | Permalink

nWave Pictures Distribution has released the trailer for their upcoming film Wild Cats, as well as an interview with teal expedition leader, Kevin Richardson. Watch them here:



Wild Cats 3D takes us closer than we ever dreamed possible to the magnificent lions, cheetahs and leopards of southern Africa. On a trek through the desert dunes of Namibia, and the spectacular landscapes of the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls, Kevin Richardson shares his love of big cats and their extraordinary world.

The film will premiere at the Giant Screen Cinema Association 2015 conference on September 11.

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IMAX Corporation to Participate in September Investor Conferences in Los Angeles and New York

September 4, 2015 – 11:52 am | Permalink

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced its participation in the following investor conferences in September:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 3:15 PM PDT / 6:15 PM EDT
Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA

B. Riley & Co & Great American Group Consumer Conference
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM EDT
New York Athletic Club, NY, NY

Goldman Sachs 24th Annual Communacopia Conference
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Conrad Hotel, NY, NY
(small group meetings only)

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch and B. Riley conferences will be webcast live and can be accessed by visiting the ‘Investor Relations’ section of the Company’s website, www.imax.com. The presentations 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 June 30, 2015, there were 976 IMAX theatres (852 commercial multiplexes, 20 commercial destinations and 104 institutions) in 65 countries.

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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