AUGUST 8TH 2018

Gary Bourgeois joins South Lake Audio Services

South Lake Audio Services is extremely pleased to welcome Emmy award winning, re-recording mixer Gary C. Bourgeois. Gary's list of credits covers the gamut of content including music videos and documentaries early in his career, to Pretty in Pink, Back to School, 

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Ghostbusters II, Sunshine Cleaning and a host of other major film credits from the 1980’s to present day. Bourgeois has mixed a variety of television productions, from series to made-for TV movies the most recent being S.W.A.T on CBS and the highly anticipated Sorry For Your Loss coming soon on Facebook Watch.

In October of last year industry veterans Kim Jimenez and Steve Bartkowicz were brought on board to run South Lake, which is located adjacent to the well established Roundabout Entertainment. The two joined with the ambition to solidify both the name and excellence of South Lake which included securing creatives with superb credits and talent, Gary Bourgeois is the epitome of both.

"We are very excited to have Gary join us here he’s a tremendous talent. We couldn't ask for a better addition to the team” said Jimenez VP of Audio Services and Business Development.  With five mix stages in Burbank and one in Santa Monica a key component to the company's success is having fantastic creatives like Gary to offer to filmmakers, head of operations Bartkowicz added “he has vast experience and accomplishments as one of the best film and television mixers in town, he’s a phenomenal asset to our studio.”


APRIL 27TH 2018

Roundabout West is proud to announce, in collaboration with Sony Pictures, that the 4K digital restoration of None Shall Escape (d. Andre De Toth, 1944) will have its world premiere at the TCM Classic Film Festival.  None Shall Escape, released during World War II, is a compelling commentary on the dangers of not recognizing the rise of fascism in Poland and Germany in the 1920's.  
The recently completed 4k restoration Fail Safe (d. Sidney Lumet, 1964), which made its restoration world premiere at The Berlin International Film Festival in February 2018 is also making it's U.S. premiere on the opening night of the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood.  
 
Color correction of these features was completed by Sheri Eisenberg using a FilmLight Baselight and a 4k Christie projector.  Roundabout offers a state of the art facility to bring new or classic features from the original negative to the screen, be it digital cinema, HDR our new Samsung display. 


APRIL 24TH 2018

Article released in THE VERGE:

Samsung today announced that its line of 4K LED theatrical screens are now called Onyx, which is meant to evoke the picture quality of its pure black capabilities. The screens, six of which exist now around the world, stand at 34-feet and 4096 x 2160 resolution, providing a richer, crisper picture than standard 2K projection. They’re capable of displaying 2K, 4K, 3D, and HDR images. Last week, Samsung officially unveiled its first US location for Onyx at Pacific Theatres Winnetka in Chatsworth, California, just north of Los Angeles.

While the screen is smaller than the standard 45- to 65-foot projection screens at most movie theaters, the Onyx LED monitor takes advantage of the fact that it’s not relying on projection technology. It is essentially a giant 4K TV screen built into a movie theater wall. Samsung says it works with theaters to design the seating arrangement and the custom JBL sound system to maximize the viewing and audio quality experience. And unlike projection, the screen also works well in partial light, which Samsung hopes will make it a viable option for dine-in theatrical experiences and even e-sports and other live gaming events, as viewers won’t need to sit in complete darkness.

Samsung’s LED cinema screens have been rebranded as Onyx

In a live demo of the screen at the Pacific Theaters Winnetka last Friday, in which we saw Ready Player One on the Onyx screen, it was admittedly hard without a side-by-side comparison to tell the difference between the LED cinema screen and a standard projection one. It was much easier to discern the quality when standing closer to a smaller, half-sized Onyx screen Samsung provided to post-production studio Roundabout. The studio is now making use of the screen in its color correction, HDR grading, and other film editing work now increasingly focused on helping studios put out higher-quality digital images.

 

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APRIL 24TH 2018

Samsung U.S.A. Press Release:

Samsung Redefines the Movie Theater Experience with new Onyx Cinema LED Screen

Industry’s First DCI-Certified Cinema Display Amplifies Audience Immersion through True Black Color and Detail-Rich Picture Quality

LAS VEGAS April 24, 2018 At CinemaCon 2018, Samsung Electronics will premiere its branded Samsung Onyx Cinema LED display, giving a new identity to a technology that already has generated significant interest and praise among theater operators and attendees. Additionally, all venues featuring Samsung’s enhanced screen will operate under the Samsung Onyx Theatername moving forward.

Inspired by the gemstone of the same name, the Samsung Onyx brand alludes to the display’s ability to showcase cinema content with true, deep and realistic black colors. When combined with an infinite contrast ratio and specialized low-tone grayscale settings, this pinpoint representation produces brighter and more detail-rich content that further makes viewers feel a part of every scene.

The Next Generation of Cinema

Available in variations extending between 16.4ft in height and 33.8ft in width, the Samsung Onyx display accommodates any venue configuration while delivering visual quality, technical performance and reliability beyond that of traditional projector-based operations. With the 4K model earning validation as the world’s first Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)-certified theater display, the Samsung Onyx translates the combination of advanced LED and High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture quality to lifelike big screen content.

“By aligning brilliant, uniform color presentation with LED picture quality and crystal-clear audio, the Samsung Onyx screen invites movie enthusiasts into the most immersive and memorable viewing arena available and repositions the theater as an entertainment haven,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics. “We are thrilled to deliver a new and exciting theater experience to operators, managers and consumers around the world, and we look forward to working further with leading movie industry decision-makers to usher in the next generation of cinema.”

CinemaCon 2018 attendees also will be among the first to experience the Samsung Onyx’s powerful multi-sensory viewing environment. Each Samsung Onyx screen features state-of-the-art JBL Sculpted Surround TM sound from HARMAN’s JBL Professional brand, bringing scenes to life through clear and consistent audio. This integration enhances the listener experience while expanding the audio “sweet spot” within Onyx theaters, and ensures that all attendees can enjoy the same exceptional audio presentation regardless of seat location.

“JBL Professional’s legacy dates back to the infancy of talking motion pictures and has been at the forefront of the industry’s sound recording and amplification innovation for the past nine decades, twice

earning Scientific and Technical Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, making it the preferred brand for cinemas all over the world,” said Mohit Parasher, Executive Vice President of HARMAN and President of HARMAN Professional Solutions. “Bringing the ground-breaking technology of the Samsung Onyx Cinema LED screen together with HARMAN’s innovation of the JBL Sculpted Surround system delivers the ultimate and unmatched audio visual audience experience.”

Samsung also will preview the Onyx’s 3D screen capability at CinemaCon 2018. The 3D Onyx Cinema LED screen accomplishes the uncanny feat of making 3D movie content even more realistic through enhanced brightness and consistent color amplification. Glass-wearing viewers now can enjoy subtitle text, images and even minor visual details with unprecedented clarity and without the dark, blurry shadowing and potential dizziness that can occur in traditional 3D movie theaters.

A Worldwide Blockbuster

The Onyx’s debut at CinemaCon 2018 comes as Samsung continues to expand its presence among global cinema operators and audiences. Last week, Samsung and partner Moving Image Tech (MIT) opened the doors to America’s first U.S. Onyx Theater in Los Angeles at Pacific Theatres Winnetka w/XD.

“As the heart of the American film industry, Los Angeles is an appropriate and symbolic location to introduce a game-changing technology for movie producers and consumers in the Samsung Onyx,” said Ron Gazzola, SVP, Sales and Marketing, IT B2B Division at Samsung Electronics America. “We are excited to revolutionize the cinema experience and look forward to sharing the Samsung Onyx with wider audiences both in the U.S. and throughout the world.”

“As a technology integrator for the cinema industry, we are proud and excited to be a part of the first installation of the Samsung Onyx Theater in America. To have it located in the heart of the movie business makes it that much more special,” said Joe Delgado, EVP Sales and Marketing for Moving Image Technologies. He goes on to state, “Working and learning with the HARMAN and Samsung teams has been a pleasure! To finally see this incredible image and hear the corresponding sound in Pacific’s amazing theater is a benchmark moment for all of us at MIT.

As more theaters upgrade to the Onyx screen, Samsung is working with cinema content developers to ensure that the display can optimize upcoming films. Notably, Samsung will collaborate with leading cinema technology services provider Ymagis Group and its Eclair content development business unit to deliver EclairColor® HDR-compliant pictures that shine on the Onyx screen. CinemaCon 2018 attendees will get a sneak peek at the benefits of this alliance, as Samsung will unveil EclairColor-enhanced visuals on its next-generation display.

“Today’s movies feature the most sophisticated production and advanced graphics ever, and producers and directors need powerful theater technology to showcase their works as intended and at optimal quality,” said Jean Mizrahi, President and Co-founder of Ymagis Group. “We anticipate dynamic and powerful cinema displays like the Onyx becoming the accepted industry standard in the coming years. We are honored to partner with Samsung to drive change throughout the industry and ultimately improve the content experience for cinema-goers everywhere.”

World’s First 2K Screen for Post Production

Samsung additionally has forged a partnership with Hollywood-based post-production company Roundabout to develop specialized Onyx-ready HDR content. “We’re passionate about helping our clients create extraordinary images at Roundabout and we believe this emissive display technology will help

redefine the cinema experience,” said Jerome Dewhurst, Senior Color Scientist at Roundabout. “Our color-grading service for the Samsung Onyx screen allows DPs, Directors and colorists to craft images with incredible tonal detail that has previously been practically impossible using projection. For example, it will be possible to create scenes with extremely dark, yet still very detailed shadows, un-polluted by a theater’s exit lights. It will also be possible to create shots with a luminance range that can look much more life-like, allowing for a more immersive effect in the theater. Ultimately, we have a much larger gamut in which we can work, and it will be entirely down to the creatives as to how much of that they wish to utilize when they master their film with us.”

The evolution of the Samsung Onyx screen has also inspired production equipment businesses to refine their equipment to welcome a more advanced picture for filmmakers. At CinemaCon, Samsung additionally will highlight its partnerships with production equipment businesses, such as the new research and development initiative performed in conjunction with Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI), a Munich-based designer and manufacturer of specialized motion picture camera and lighting systems, to create Onyx-optimized content. Samsung also is collaborating with GDC Technology, a leading global provider of end-to-end digital cinema solutions, to develop Onyx-compatible cinema servers.

Samsung also recently announced partnerships with Golden Screen Cinemas the largest cinema company in Malaysia, with 35 venues and 328 screens throughout the nation and Cineplexx Cinemas the largest cinema company in Austria, with 171 screens nationwide - to bring the Onyx screen to movie- goers in each country. The first locally revamped Samsung Onyx theaters are expected to open in Kuala Lumpur and Vienna, respectively, later this year.

Taking place April 23-26, 2018 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, CinemaCon is the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners. The annual event gathers theater operators and leaders from across the worldwide motion picture industry to discuss significant trends and share innovative ideas, with participants from more than 80 countries expected to attend.

For more information about Samsung Onyx, visit https://displaysolutions.samsung.com/led-signage/onyx

To learn more about CinemaCon 2018, visit cinemacon.com. For more information about Samsung’s latest visual display innovations, as well as related Samsung Newsroom articles, photos and videos, visit news.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

About HARMAN

HARMAN  designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

About YMAGIS GROUP

Ymagis is a European leader in advanced digital technology services for the cinema industry. Founded in 2007, the Group is headquartered in Paris and has offices in 26 countries with 800 employees. Our core business is structured around three main units: CinemaNext (exhibitor services: sales and field services, software solutions, customer service/NOC and consulting), Eclair (content services: post-production, theatrical delivery, digital distribution, versioning and accessibility, restoration and preservation) and Virtual Print Fee (VPF) for finance solutions. For more information, please connect to http://www.ymagis.com https://www.cinemanext.com or https://www.eclair.digital Ymagis is listed on Euronext Paris and is part of the CAC Small, CAC Mid and Small and CAC All-Tradable indices.

About Moving Image Technologies (MiT)

Moving Image Technologies (MiT) is a manufacturer and integrator of purpose built technology and equipment to support a wide variety of entertainment applications with a focus on motion picture exhibition. MiT offers a wide range of products and services such as custom engineering, systems design, integration and installation, enterprise software solution, digital cinema, A/V integration as well as customized solutions for emerging entertainment technology. MIT’s Rydt Entertainment Systems Division provides turnkey FFE solutions for new construction and remodels to include procurement, design, consulting, installation and project management. Based in Fountain Valley California, our 28,000 sq ft facility is home to our corporate offices, engineering, manufacturing, distribution, integration as well as service and support divisions. Our primary manufacturing and warehouse location is augmented by a global network of service partners & OEM manufacturers. Please contact sales@movingimagetech.com

About Roundabout Entertainment

Established in 1992, Roundabout Entertainment is an independent post-production facility providing creative and technical services for motion pictures, television shows, documentaries and other types of entertainment content. We work with studios, production companies, broadcasters, cable companies, streaming services and others to create content that engages, enlightens, entertains and inspires. We employ a team of artists, producers, technicians, account managers and support staff who share a genuine commitment to meeting deadlines and exceeding expectations. They are imaginative creative collaborators, adept problem solvers, and obsessive about getting the details right. Further information about Roundabout can be found at: http://www.roundabout.com

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APRIL 24TH 2018

Samsung Press Release regarding the Onyx Cinema Screen:

Just one year after offering CinemaCon attendees a first look at its initial Cinema LED screen, Samsung Electronics will officially launch its new Onyx brand at this year’s event. All venues featuring Samsung’s enhanced screen will operate under the “Samsung Onyx Theater” name moving forward.

Inspired by the gemstone of the same name, the Samsung Onyx brand alludes to the display’s ability to showcase cinema content with true, deep and realistic black colors. Combining an infinite contrast ratio and specialized low-tone grayscale settings, this pinpoint representation produces brighter and more detail-rich content.

“By aligning brilliant, uniform color presentation with LED picture quality and crystal-clear audio, the Samsung Onyx screen invites movie enthusiasts into the most immersive and memorable viewing arena available and repositions the theater as an entertainment haven,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are thrilled to deliver a new and exciting theater experience to operators, managers and consumers around the world, and we look forward to working further with leading decision-makers in the movie industry to usher in the next generation of cinema.”

 

The Next Generation of Cinema

Available in variations extending between 5 and 10.3 meters (16.4-33.8 ft.) in width, the Samsung Onyx display accommodates any venue configuration while delivering visual quality, technical performance and reliability beyond that of traditional projector-based operations. With the 4K model earning validation as the world’s first Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI)-certified theater display, the Samsung Onyx translates the combination of advanced LED and High Dynamic Range (HDR) picture quality to lifelike big screen content.

CinemaCon 2018 attendees also will be among the first to experience the Samsung Onyx’s powerful multi-sensory viewing environment. Each Samsung Onyx screen features state-of-the-art surround sound from HARMAN International, bringing scenes to life through clear and consistent audio. This integration eliminates rearward bias by expanding the audio “sweet spot” within Onyx theaters, and ensures that all attendees can enjoy the same presentation regardless of seat location.

Samsung will also preview the Onyx’s ready-made sequel at CinemaCon 2018. The 3D Onyx Cinema LED screen makes 3D movie content more realistic through enhanced brightness and consistent color amplification. Glass-wearing viewers can now enjoy subtitle text, images and even minor visual details with unprecedented clarity, and without the dark, blurry shadowing and potential dizziness that can occur in traditional 3D movie theaters.

 

Expanding Presence through Worldwide Partnerships

The Onyx’s debut at CinemaCon 2018 comes as Samsung continues to expand its presence among global cinema operators and audiences. Last week, Samsung and partner Moving Image Tech (MIT) opened the first U.S. Onyx theater at Hollywood’s Pacific Theatres Winnetka w/XD. Samsung also recently announced partnerships with Golden Screen Cinemas – the largest cinema company in Malaysia, with 35 venues and 328 screens throughout the nation – and Cineplexx Cinemas – the largest cinema company in Austria, with 171 screens nationwide – to bring the Onyx screen to movie-goers in each country. The first locally revamped Samsung Onyx theaters are expected to open in Kuala Lumpur and Vienna, respectively, later this year.

“As the heart of the American film industry, Hollywood is an appropriate and symbolic location to introduce a game-changing technology in the Samsung Onyx for movie producers and consumers,” said Ron Gazzola, SVP, Sales and Marketing, IT B2B Division at Samsung Electronics America. “We are excited to revolutionize the cinema experience, and look forward to sharing the Samsung Onyx with even wider audiences both in the U.S. and throughout the world.”

As more theaters upgrade to the Onyx screen, Samsung is working with cinema content developers to ensure that the display can optimize upcoming films. Samsung will collaborate with leading cinema technology services provider Ymagis Group and its Eclair content development business unit to deliver EclairColor® HDR-compliant pictures that shine on the Onyx screen. CinemaCon 2018 attendees will get a sneak peek at the benefits of this alliance, as Samsung will unveil EclairColor-enhanced visuals on its next-generation display. Samsung additionally has forged a partnership with Hollywood-based post-production company Roundabout to develop specialized Onyx-ready HDR content.

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APRIL 24TH 2018

Article in Display Daily reviewing Roundabout's new Onyx Cinema Screen made by Samsung:

I had a chance to visit the first U.S.-based post production facility and commercial theaters in Los Angeles just prior to CinemaCon – both featuring Samsung’s LED technology. These are important milestones for Samsung and the visit highlighted the potential for the technology.

It also highlighted the need to develop an HDR cinema solution acceptable to filmmakers, Hollywood studios and production facilities, exhibitors and manufacturers.

The post production house is Roundabout with the new 2K LED screen located in its Santa Monica facility (they also have a much larger facility in Burbank).

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