Who's who in event cinema: A guide to major alternative-content suppliers
Film Journal International presents a guide to significant players in the field of alternative content (aka event cinema) programming for cinemas.
ARTS ALLIANCE MEDIA
9-11 North End Road
London W14 8ST, U.K.
+44 (0)20 7751 7500
Sales Contact: Caspar Nadaud, firstname.lastname@example.org
Specializing in cultural and contemporary programming and live events at cinemas worldwide.
Recent Cinema Events:
Royal Opera House Cinema Season 2013/14; Globe on Screen 2013-2014; “Goldfrapp: Tales of Us,” “Springsteen & I,” “The Class of ’92”
Royal Opera House Cinema Season 2014/15 (from October 2014)
A series of 11 titles broadcast live from the world-renowned stage at Covent Garden to cinemas around the world.
Globe on Screen 2014 (from summer 2014)
Globe on Screen returns to cinemas with three fantastic titles: The Tempest, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Hermitage Revealed (from September 2014)
A documentary film celebrates the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg by vividly bringing to life the human stories behind one of the world’s greatest art collections.
Exhibition on Screen (from October 2014)
Bringing blockbuster art exhibitions from major global galleries to a cinema near you, Exhibition on Screen returns with eight titles produced by the award-winning Phil Grabsky.
In Search Of… (from late 2014)
The internationally renowned “In Search Of…” classical music series reintroduces beloved composers to audiences around the world. The cinema series includes catalogue titles Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, and the new release “In Search Of Chopin.”
Third Floor, 6 Market Place
London, W1W 8AF, United Kingdom
+44 20 7100 3333
Sales Contact: Helen Jones, email@example.com
Specializing in music concerts, theatre, musicals, opera and comedy for worldwide cinemas
Recent Cinema Events:
“Elton John—The Million Dollar Piano,” André Rieu’s Maastricht Concert, West End Theatre Series (Private Lives, Merrily We Roll Along), HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour
West End Theatre Series—Ghosts (June, U.K. & Ireland only)
Nominated for five Olivier Awards, the London production of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts has garnered rave reviews: “A masterpiece. Richard Eyre's new version has glories too many to list.”—The Times. “Lesley Manville gives the performance of her life.”—Sunday Telegraph. “A spellbinding production"—The Independent. “Superbly acted and powerfully staged”—The Sunday Times.
Andre Rieu’s 2014 Maastricht Concert (July, via satellite, world)
Rieu's 10th Anniversary 2014 Maastricht Concert will be delivered to cinemas via satellite, across the U.K., Ireland and Europe on July 19 and Australia and New Zealand on July 26 and 27, with other territories to follow in late 2014. Rieu’s traditional summer evening concerts are staged on the most romantic city square in The Netherlands: the Vrijthof in Maastricht.
CINEPLEX FRONT ROW CENTRE EVENTS
1303 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario M4T 2Y9
Contact: Brad LaDouceur, VP, Alternative Programming
National Theatre Live: King Lear (May 1)
Simon Russell Beale stars in one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles, under the direction of Oscar winner Sam Mendes.
WWE Extreme Rules 2014 (May 4)
John Cena tops the bill at the latest World Wrestling event.
Irreplaceable (May 7)
Focus on the Family presents this Pine Creek Entertainment documentary, which asks the important question, “What is family?”
Met Opera Live: La Cenerentola (May 10)
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and tenor Juan Diego Flórez star in the Rossini opera.
EVAN SAXON PRODUCTIONS
22668 Macfarlane Drive
Woodland Hills, CA 90028
Sales Contact: Evan@EvanSaxonProductions.com
PlantPure Nation (July)
Documentary from the writer and producer of Forks over Knives, with a Q&A
Jesus Christ Superstar (summer)
The popular musical, with a Q&A with the lead actor
Hunting Elephants (summer)
Film nominated for seven Israel Academy Awards, starring Patrick Stewart
250 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Bolshoi Ballet: Marco Spada (April 27 & 29)
The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana (May 3)
Met Opera Live: La Cenerentola (May 10)
Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Moulin Rouge (May 20)
Caesar and Cleopatra (May 22)
Driving Miss Daisy (June 4, 7, 8 & 10)
EVENT CINEMA ASSOCIATION
223 Regent Street
London W1B 2QD
+44 (0) 203 478 9612
www.eventcinemaassociation.org and www.livecinemaevents.com
Contact: Melissa Keeping (founder and chair), firstname.lastname@example.org
Trade association with 50 members from 15 territories. The Assocatiion will be present at CineEurope, June 16-19, Barcelona; IBC, Sept. 12-13, Amsterdam; and the ECA Conference, Oct. 16, London.
417 Exmouth House
3-11 Pine Street
London EC1R 0JH
+44 20 7806 6218/6219
Sales Contact: Christine Costello, Managing Director,
Specializes in world-class opera and ballet, theatre productions and museum exhibitions, plus concert films from the biggest music venues worldwide.
Worldwide network of over 50 territories from the U.K. to China.
Recent Cinema Events: Broadway’s Romeo and Juliet, Pompeii from the British Museum, Mariinsky Theatre’s Nutcracker 3D
Peter Gabriel: Back to Front
Outstanding concert film shot in 4K at London’s O2 arena
Vikings from the British Museum
Cinema event recorded live at the “Vikings: Life and Legend” exhibition at the British Museum in London
NCM FATHOM EVENTS
9110 East Nichols Avenue, Suite 200
Centennial, CO 80112
Sales Contact: Dan Diamond, Senior VP, Dan.Diamond@ncm.com
Specializes in Broadway, concerts, opera, ballet, sports, comedy and original programming. Serving the United States.
Recent Cinema Events: “Elton John: Million Dollar Piano,” Nfinity Champions League (cheerleading), The Met: Live in HD: La Bohème, Royal Opera House’s Sleeping Beauty
Peter Gabriel: Back to Front (April 23)
Captured live in October 2013 at London’s famed O2 arena, Peter Gabriel: Back to Front celebrates the 25th anniversary of the singer’s landmark album So. This spectacular performance reunites Gabriel with his original touring band from 1986 to cover his hits including “Solsbury Hill,” “Digging in the Dirt,” “Sledgehammer” and “Mercy Street.”
Shatner’s World, brought to you by Priceline.com (April 24)
This acclaimed one-man show takes audiences on a behind-the-scenes voyage through William Shatner’s storied life and career. With an energetic mix of personal anecdotes, laugh-out-loud humor and poignant moments, Shatner shares his phenomenal journey from classically trained Shakespearean actor to cultural icon, all while illuminating the unique persona of his most important character: himself.
The Met: Live in HD: Così Fan Tutte (April 26; encore April 30)
Music director James Levine conducts Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips and Isabel Leonard are the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov are their lovers, with Danielle de Niese as the scheming Despina.
The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana Live (May 3)
Floyd Mayweather, a ten-time world champion in five weight divisions, is the undisputed pound-for-pound king of boxing and the highest paid athlete in the world. The 30-year-old Marcos Maidana is a technical knockout artist who brings a tough and aggressive style into the ring. This 12-round world championship bout may prove to be Mayweather’s toughest fight ever.
Focus on the Family Presents: Irreplaceable (May 6)
Join host Tim Sisarich (former executive director of Focus on the Family™ New Zealand) as he seeks to find out whether the adage “If family fails, society fails” is true. He meets with experts around the globe to determine whether the concept of the traditional family is meaningful, or in fact outmoded. And if it is meaningful, is family worth preserving, even fighting for?
The Met: Live in HD: La Cenerentola (May 10; encore May 14)
A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos joins forces in La Cenerentola—a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performances of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score.
Rifftrax Live: Sharknado (July 10 and 15)
Join Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett of RiffTrax.com for an uproarious riff on the most outrageous flick of 2013. This two-night event will be your only chance to see the guys fire their wisecracking commentary at Sharknado on the big screen.
Tsvetnoy 30" Business Center
Bldg.1, Office 307
30 Tsvetnoy Blvd.
127051, Moscow, Russia
007 495 694 2615, ext. 826
Sales Contact: Maria Bezenkova, Head of Distribution, Maria.Bezenkova@nevafilm.ru
Specializes in opera, ballet, concerts, film festivals and documentaries. Serving Russia and CIS.
Recent Cinema Events: Muse: Live in Rome; Mylene Farmer: Timeless The Movie, Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2013-2014
English National Opera Live Cinema Season 2014-2015 (September 2014-June 2015)
Well-known directors offer their theatrical interpretations of classics.
British Museum: Vikings (September 2014)
Inventive film interpretation of a great museum exhibition.
Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2014-2015 (October 2014-July 2015)
Best classical operas and ballets from the famed theatre.
Duran Duran: Unstaged (October 2014)
The popular British rock band in concert, under the direction of acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch.
Green Planet (November 2014)
Monumental documentary about Earth and ecological problems of the forests.
10 South Molton Streeet
London W1K 5QJ
+44 207 499 0088
Sales Contact: Morgan Calton, email@example.com
Specializes in concerts, theatre productions, ballets, operas and sports programming. Servicing 68 territories worldwide.
Recent Cinema Events: Swan Lake Live from the Mariinsky, Anna Netrebko Live from Red Square, Robbie Williams “Take The Crown” Tour Live, Muse Live At Rome Olympic Stadium
Driving Miss Daisy with Live Angela Lansbury Q&A (May 25)
The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama stars two of the world’s greatest living actors—five-time Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee Angela Lansbury and two-time Tony Award winner James Earl Jones, alongside four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines. The event will be broadcast live with the Q&A coming from London's BFI Southbank.
From Here to Eternity (July)
From lyricist Sir Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and The Lion King) comes this epic new musical production, adapted from one of the greatest novels of the 20th century, a gripping tale of illicit love and army life.
Salome and Wilde Salome with Live Al Pacino Q&A (Sept. 21)
Starring Al Pacino and Academy Award nominee, Jessica Chastain, the Oscar Wilde play tells the story of a young princess, Salomé (Chastain), in the time of Jesus as she demands that her stepfather, King Herod (Pacino), bring her the head of John the Baptist. The production is accompanied by Pacino's documentary Wilde Salome, which tells the story of his obsession with Wilde's work having seen the play performed in London. There will also be a live Q&A with Pacino from London.
1 rue Meyerbeer
75009 Paris, France
+33 1 40 07 01 32
Sales Contacts: Worldwide—Raphaël Lemée, firstname.lastname@example.org; for the Bolshoi in the U.S.—Julie Borchard Young, email@example.com
Specializes in live and recorded events: ballet and opera (both live), concerts, musicals, exhibitions, standup comedy.
Sales in more than 50 different territories (on all continents), with over 1,000 screens.
Recent Cinema Events: Seasonal events such as live ballet (Bolshoi Theatre since 2010) and opera (Met Opera since 2008). Exceptional event: Mylène Farmer: Timeless 2013: 101,107 admissions in France, Belgium and Switzerland for a one-off screening on March 27, 2014. Event to be shown in Canada, Russia, and Latvia in April.
Bolshoi Season 2014-2015 (worldwide, starting October 2014)
For its fifth season, the world’s most famous ballet house comes back with an impressive program of seven titles including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake with a new generation of Bolshoi dancers, directed by Russian master Yuri Grigorovich.
USA tel.: 718-360-5589
U.S. Contact: Sarah Means, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rising Alternative provides cinemas with complete series of programs from the world's most prestigious performing-arts institutions including Opera de Paris, The Salzburg Festival, the San Francisco Opera, La Scala, the Arena of Verona, the Vienna State Opera, Madrid' s Teatro Real, and the ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, Sicily. The shows feature top stars including Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Juan Diego Florez and many more.
They release, on average, 22 new titles per year (12 live via satellite and 10 to 12 on DCP and other digital-cinema formats each year). Rising Alternative’s exhibition partner network includes more than 1,200 screens in 43 countries. The company maintains offices in New York, Berlin, Barcelona and Milan, as well as local area agents in Denmark and Israel. Rising Alternative management has been involved in the distribution of alternative content internationally since 2006. To date, they have presented over 110 events to more than a million viewers.
Current Season Events: Opera de Paris Live (7 shows), Salzburg Festival Live (4 shows), San Francisco Opera (2 shows), Vienna State Opera (2 shows), opening night of La Scala, Antonio Gades' Flamenco Trilogy from Madrid's Teatro Real, digital-cinema remastering of classic performance of Swan Lake with Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn.
Renee Fleming in Lucrezia Borgia from the San Francisco Opera and in Capriccio from the Vienna State Opera. Then, live from the spectacular setting of the Teatro Antico di Taormina in Sicily, the operas Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, and the highlight of the Salzburg Festival with Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko in Il Trovatore. New musicals from New York will be added to the slate for the new 2014-2015 season.
1411 Broadway, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
Sales Contact: Katy Loria, Senior VP, National Advertising Sales, email@example.com
Recent Cinema Events: Royal Opera House Live, Romeo and Juliet from Broadway, One Life BBC documentary, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
Royal Opera House 2014 Live: La Boheme, La Traviata, Don Giovanni
Driving Miss Daisy, starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones (early June)
My Little Pony: Rainbow Rocks (September)
Barbie: The Pearl Princess
SONY DIGITAL CINEMA
Jays Close, The Viables
RG22 4SB United Kingdom
+44 7795 011 282
Sales Contact: John Bullen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Specializing in 4K production. Serves Europe, wiith links into U.S. and Japan
Recent Cinema Events: War Horse 4K Live Premiere; Peter Gabriel—Back to Front Tour 4K Premiere at Berlinale 2014; The Comedy Store: Raw and Uncut; Dave Grohl’s Sound City.
210 West Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sales Contacts: U.S.—Mark Rupp, email@example.com; EuropeFrank Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent Cinema Events: Lamb of God’s As the Palaces Burn, Private Lives from London’s West End, Moulin Rouge ballet, Stratford Festival’s The Tempest, My French Film Festival, Pompeii from the British Museum and Pompeii for Schools, “The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun—Hyde Park Live,” “Aerosmith: Rock for the Rising Sun”
Super Duper Alice Cooper (April 22, U.K.; April 30, U.S.)
SpectiCast, in association with Banger Films and Eagle Rock Entertainment, presents the story of Vincent Furnier, preacher's son, who struck fear into the hearts of parents everywhere as Alice Cooper, the ultimate rock star of the bizarre. The film moves from the advent of Alice as front man for a group of Phoenix freaks in the’ 60s to the hazy decadence of celebrity in the ’70s to the winking comeback as glam-metal godfather in the ’80s. The story is told in the form of a "doc opera," a dizzying blend of documentary and rock opera that combines audio interviews with a bounty of Cooper archive footage.
The 2014 LOL Short Film Fest (April 22, worldwide)
A competition of short comedies, representing up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world. A unique experience for movie fans, with audience voting to determine which filmmaker wins a cash prize and the coveted "Audience Choice Award." Get in on the fun, but be forewarned…it's not for the easily offended. It's unrated. Uncut. And unapologetic!
Caesar and Cleopatra (May 22 worldwide)
Starring Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer and Tony Award winner Nikki James, George Bernard Shaw’s witty and seductive comedy is about the relationship between a veteran Roman political strategist and an enchanting Egyptian teenage queen. The Stratford Festival's production was hailed by The New York Times as "the climactic event in the company's impressive current season."