Goldwater keynotes confab

Digital cinema maven heads IBC meet

AMSTERDAM — Chuck Goldwater, CEO of the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI), the joint effort by major studio members of the Motion Picture Assn. of America to create a uniform set of d-cinema standards, will give a keynote address on d-cinema at the 27th edition of the Intl. Broadcasting Convention (IBC) set for Sept. 11-16.

“The DCI are making every effort to involve all key consituent groups in the discussion of the future of digital cinema,” Goldwater told conference organizers. The convention attracts some 40,000 delegates to the Amsterdam RAI convention center in the south of this city each year.

Goldwater is expected to address key issues surrounding d-cinema standards, including promised specifications for a technical standard that he recently said would be finalized by early next year, as well as DCI’s testing efforts on a 4K resolution delivery system, which the DCI believes will answer recurring concerns about quality standards.

Once a convention for the technical broadcasting side of the business, the IBC has increasingly been pulling in producers, directors and other industry execs eager to understand how to use digital and new media to enhance the creative side of their business.

IBC this year will hold close to two dozen conference sessions or panels aimed specifically at those execs, including a day-long series of conferences and panels targeted to the production community, notes conference manager Gina Sherman. Among those conferences are “Has Europe Missed the HD Boat?” presented by Andy Quested, a member of the BBC’s production modernization unit, and “ITV, Just Press the Red Button,” presented by the British government’s director of online culture Jonathan Drori.

“The boundaries have changed at IBC in the past two to three years,” IBC corporate affairs director Michael Crimp told Variety. “With the advent of being able to deliver entertainment content through a lot of different media, we consider ourselves to be an event for professionals across the industry, and that includes a broad number of professionals whose business is affected by the changes d-cinema will bring about.”

It is the second year that IBC has thrown the spotlight on d-cinema. This year it will again offer a 1,700-seat auditorium transformed into a full-size digital cinema where special screenings will be held.

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