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Hooray for Hollywood! Exhibitors head to Florida for 29th annual ShowEast

Oct 16, 2013

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Harrison Ford in ShowEast highlight, 'Ender's Game'

As the ShowEast edition of Film Journal International went to press, the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney 3D spectacular Gravity had just set an October box-office record, which bodes well for the fall and holiday season ahead, already filled with much buzzed-about awards contenders. So the mood should be very upbeat as exhibitors gather at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida, Oct. 21-24, for the 29th annual ShowEast Convention.

The ShowEast screening lineup will include several of those awards hopefuls: Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Disney’s account of the creative tug of war between Walt Disney and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, Saving Mr. Banks; Bruce Dern in his Cannes award-winning performance in Alexander Payne’s road movie for Paramount, Nebraska; and Judi Dench tugging the heart as a woman searching for the child she was forced to give away as a teenager in The Weinstein Company’s Philomena.

The event will also showcase three potential box-office hits: Lionsgate and Summit’s eagerly awaited sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game, starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld; Disney’s new animated adventure Frozen; and Warner Bros.’ Grudge Match between legendary movie boxers Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro.

Here are some other select highlights from this year’s show:

Monday, Oct. 21
International Day Awards Luncheon:
Convention honors go to Giovanni Gentili of Andes Films as International Distributor of the Year; Mexico’s Cinemex as International Exhibitor of the Year; and Deputy Guilherme Campos for his efforts to combat piracy in Brazil.

The Evolution of the Cinema Industry:
Executives from Ballantyne Strong, Barco, Harkness Screens, QSC Audio, TK Architects and Universal Cinema Services discuss the challenges facing the cinema business from a technological viewpoint.

Tuesday, Oct. 22
The Do’s and Don’ts of Mixing Movies and Mixology:
Attorneys Ted Craig, Robert Lewis and Marbet Mier Lewis join Florida Deputy Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages Renee Alsobrook, AMC’s George Patterson, Cinemark’s Matt Dunn and Regal’s Rob Del Moro for a discussion of the laws and regulations impacting the introduction of alcoholic beverage service in theatres. (See our preview on page XX).

A Belgian-Inspired Dining Experience:
Barco and Lionsgate, in association with Mobiquity Networks, host a special celebration following the screening of Ender’s Game.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Charity Golf Outing:
Rise and shine! The first bus leaves for the Diplomat golf course at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds from the outing benefit Variety International.

ShowEast Hall of Fame Luncheon:
The convention salutes Elmer Bills of B&B Theatres; Steve Horton of National Amusements; Rex Norris of Norris Booking; Bruce Olson, formerly of Marcus Theatres; and the late Daniel Benitez of Bardan International. Mike Archer of Doremi and Clark Woods of iPic Theatres will also be honored for their service to the industry.

Margaritaville Themed Dinner Reception:

A Hawaiian short and flip-flops are the ideal attire for this party on the Westin Infinity Pool Deck, co-sponsored by Moving iMage Technologies and Fandango and featuring the latest from the studios’ Exhibitor Relations departments.

Thursday, Oct. 23
Luncheon & Studio Product Presentations:
Fox Searchlight, Liberty Studios, Roadside Attractions and The Weinstein Company preview their upcoming features at a luncheon that also salutes Moving iMage Technologies chairman Phil Rafnson for his service to the industry.

Final Night Banquet and Awards Ceremony:

The final dinner event, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, features award presentations to Cineplex Entertainment’s Ellis Jacob, Lionsgate’s Mike Polydoros, Relativity Media’s Kyle Davies, RealD’s Michael Lewis, and Abramorama’s Richard Abramowitz.

Attendees who arrive early can also take part in ShowEast’s Monday International Day activities, including sessions on 3D’s penetration of the market, the DCDC Initiative and large-screen formats, plus international distribution and marketing presentations from the major studios. Other Monday highlights include a panel on concessions moderated by NAC executive director Daniel Borschke, and a session on cinema marketing initiatives moderated by Mark de Quervain of Action Marketing Works.

And don’t forget to stop by the ShowEast trade show, where you’ll find the latest products and technologies to make the cinema experience more efficient for the operator and more entertaining for your customers.


Hooray for Hollywood! Exhibitors head to Florida for 29th annual ShowEast

Oct 16, 2013

filmjournal/photos/stylus/1387528-ShowEast_Preview_Md.jpg

As the ShowEast edition of Film Journal International went to press, the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney 3D spectacular Gravity had just set an October box-office record, which bodes well for the fall and holiday season ahead, already filled with much buzzed-about awards contenders. So the mood should be very upbeat as exhibitors gather at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida, Oct. 21-24, for the 29th annual ShowEast Convention.

The ShowEast screening lineup will include several of those awards hopefuls: Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Disney’s account of the creative tug of war between Walt Disney and Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, Saving Mr. Banks; Bruce Dern in his Cannes award-winning performance in Alexander Payne’s road movie for Paramount, Nebraska; and Judi Dench tugging the heart as a woman searching for the child she was forced to give away as a teenager in The Weinstein Company’s Philomena.

The event will also showcase three potential box-office hits: Lionsgate and Summit’s eagerly awaited sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game, starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin and Hailee Steinfeld; Disney’s new animated adventure Frozen; and Warner Bros.’ Grudge Match between legendary movie boxers Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro.

Here are some other select highlights from this year’s show:

Monday, Oct. 21
International Day Awards Luncheon:
Convention honors go to Giovanni Gentili of Andes Films as International Distributor of the Year; Mexico’s Cinemex as International Exhibitor of the Year; and Deputy Guilherme Campos for his efforts to combat piracy in Brazil.

The Evolution of the Cinema Industry:
Executives from Ballantyne Strong, Barco, Harkness Screens, QSC Audio, TK Architects and Universal Cinema Services discuss the challenges facing the cinema business from a technological viewpoint.

Tuesday, Oct. 22
The Do’s and Don’ts of Mixing Movies and Mixology:
Attorneys Ted Craig, Robert Lewis and Marbet Mier Lewis join Florida Deputy Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages Renee Alsobrook, AMC’s George Patterson, Cinemark’s Matt Dunn and Regal’s Rob Del Moro for a discussion of the laws and regulations impacting the introduction of alcoholic beverage service in theatres. (See our preview on page XX).

A Belgian-Inspired Dining Experience:
Barco and Lionsgate, in association with Mobiquity Networks, host a special celebration following the screening of Ender’s Game.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Charity Golf Outing:
Rise and shine! The first bus leaves for the Diplomat golf course at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds from the outing benefit Variety International.

ShowEast Hall of Fame Luncheon:
The convention salutes Elmer Bills of B&B Theatres; Steve Horton of National Amusements; Rex Norris of Norris Booking; Bruce Olson, formerly of Marcus Theatres; and the late Daniel Benitez of Bardan International. Mike Archer of Doremi and Clark Woods of iPic Theatres will also be honored for their service to the industry.

Margaritaville Themed Dinner Reception:

A Hawaiian short and flip-flops are the ideal attire for this party on the Westin Infinity Pool Deck, co-sponsored by Moving iMage Technologies and Fandango and featuring the latest from the studios’ Exhibitor Relations departments.

Thursday, Oct. 23
Luncheon & Studio Product Presentations:
Fox Searchlight, Liberty Studios, Roadside Attractions and The Weinstein Company preview their upcoming features at a luncheon that also salutes Moving iMage Technologies chairman Phil Rafnson for his service to the industry.

Final Night Banquet and Awards Ceremony:

The final dinner event, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, features award presentations to Cineplex Entertainment’s Ellis Jacob, Lionsgate’s Mike Polydoros, Relativity Media’s Kyle Davies, RealD’s Michael Lewis, and Abramorama’s Richard Abramowitz.

Attendees who arrive early can also take part in ShowEast’s Monday International Day activities, including sessions on 3D’s penetration of the market, the DCDC Initiative and large-screen formats, plus international distribution and marketing presentations from the major studios. Other Monday highlights include a panel on concessions moderated by NAC executive director Daniel Borschke, and a session on cinema marketing initiatives moderated by Mark de Quervain of Action Marketing Works.

And don’t forget to stop by the ShowEast trade show, where you’ll find the latest products and technologies to make the cinema experience more efficient for the operator and more entertaining for your customers.
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