Exhibs conference honors 'Dragon Tattoo' shingle
The producers of two of Europe’s biggest film franchises are to be honored at European exhibs’ confab CineEurope, which runs June 26-30 in Amsterdam.The event, formerly known as CinemaExpo, is to crown British producer David Heyman, who nurtured the “Harry Potter” franchise, as producer of the decade. The event’s European box-office achievement kudo will be awarded to Yellow Bird, the Swedish shingle behind the “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” film trilogy. Producer Soren Staermose will accept the award on behalf of Yellow Bird. As previously announced, Cinema City Intl.’s CEO Moshe Greidinger will be named international exhibitor of the year. The loop runs theaters in Israel, Central Europe and Eastern Europe. Guests at CineEurope are expected to include James Cameron, DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg and MPAA chairman-CEO Chris Dodd. Ad Weststrate, prexy of exhibs body the Intl. Union of Cinemas, which is partnering with the trade show for the first time this year, will deliver a keynote speech. Among films screening will be “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Among panel discussions at the event will be Cinema Exhibition — The View From Outside, which will look at how the industry is viewed by non-pros. Panelists will include John Woodward, the former CEO of the U.K. Film Council, who recently became chairman of digital cinema specialist Arts Alliance Media. Another seminar, VIP Cinemas — Lessons Learned, will look at the experience of theater owners who offer a “gold class” service to cinemagoers. Panelists include George Gratzios, operations manager at Village Cinemas in Greece, and Nico Simon, CEO of Utopia, which has screens in the Benelux and France. Discussion, Challenges Facing the Industry, will look at new platforms and biz models. Panelists will include Tim Richards, CEO of U.K. exhib chain Vue Entertainment, and Simon Morris, marketing director of home-entertainment company Lovefilm.