Fox Introduces CtrlMovie Tech With Eye On ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Pic – CinemaCon

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20th Century Fox distribution boss Chris Aronson during the studio’s CinemaCon presentation unveiled a licensing pact with Kino Industries’ CtrlMovie technology, which will allow in-theater audiences to control characters’ actions throughout a fi…

Aviron Capital Backs Interactive Movie App Developer Kino Industries

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Asset management company Aviron Capital, private company led by a consortium of financiers with funding primarily provided by BlackRock, has acquired a substantial equity stake in Kino Industries.
Kino is the developer of CtrlMovie, an interactive movi…

SAG-AFTRA “Fighting Back” Against Dangers Posed By Face-Swapping Technology

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SAG-AFTRA says it’s “fighting back” against the dangers posed by new face-swapping technologies that have been used to digitally superimpose the faces of its members onto the bodies of porn stars. In recent months, the technology – known as “deepfaking” – has hijacked the likenesses of several famous actresses and singers to make it appear that they were performing in pornographic films.
“We are closely watching the development of so-called deepfakes,” SAG-AFTRA president…

Mignon Clyburn, Fierce Critic Of Net Neutrality Rollback, Quitting FCC Post

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Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat who has served for eight years as one of five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission, said she will resign from the regulatory body before its next open meeting in May.
She made the announcement during an FCC meeting today. “I’ve done all I know to do. And it’s time for me to serve in another way,” she said, according to multiple press accounts of the meeting.
Clyburn’s departure leaves an empty seat on the commission, which is…

Netflix’s Reed Hastings See Plenty More Runway; Ted Sarandos Says Day-And-Date Movies “Will Be More And More Accepted”

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As an old Wall Street saying goes, the market climbs a wall of worry. In the case of Netflix, the more people worry about the company exhausting its potential (or cash reserves), the higher it seems to climb.
Founder and CEO Reed Hastings said during today’s earnings video conference that he sees plenty more upside. “Whether our share grows or shrinks is really down to, do we make great content, market it well, serve it up beautifully?” he said. If they don’t, he…

MoviePass Parent Helios And Matheson’s Shares Spike On Verizon Stake News

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Shares of Helios and Matheson Analytics, which owns MoviePass, have risen 4% in morning trading after surging 6% on Friday on the news that Verizon has a 9% stake in the company.
The data firm’s stock is in the $3.30 range, which is well off the $20 level it hit last October amid a surge of interest in the monthly subscription movie ticket plan offered by MoviePass. The service has stirred up controversy in the exhibition sector. Major circuit AMC for a time had banned…