43 Cinemas Get Covid Funding, ‘Joker’ Tops New UK Digital Rental Chart – Deadline

The British government is donating money to 43 cinemas

The UK government has allocated £ 650,000 to 43 cinemas as part of its Cultural Recreation Fund’s first awards for independent cinemas, which were set up to help venues cope with the effects of the pandemic. Cinemas can apply for “Safety Grants” to help independent venues meet the additional costs of creating a safe and COVID-safe environment for employees and audiences, and “Corporate Sustainability” grants of up to £ 200,000 to help stabilize Support venues open again. Applications to the fund are open until October 30th. In the meantime, applications for the film and television productions restart program can be made on Friday October 2 from 9:00 a.m., although the program still requires state aid approval. The full list of selected cinemas can be found below:

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  • Bellingham Film Palace, London £ 3,842

  • Hailsham Pavilion, Hailsham, East Sussex £ 5,760

  • Hollywood Plaza, Scarborough, North Yorkshire £ 5,450

  • Boleyn Cinema, East Ham, London £ 8,325

  • Lexi Cinema, North West London £ 8,439

  • Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay, Northumberland £ 5,914

  • Keswick Alhambra, Keswick, Cumbria £ 4,884

  • Saffron Walden, Essex £ 6,921

  • Royston Picture Palace, Hertfordshire £ 6,921

  • Showroom, Sheffield, Yorkshire and the Humber £ 10,000

  • Cinema, Hawkhurst, Kent £ 8,469

  • Cinema, Rye, East Sussex £ 8,469

  • Cinema, Bermondsey, South East London £ 8,469

  • Royal Cinema, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire £ 8,375

  • Red Carpet Cinema, Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire £ 9,973

  • Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire £ 4,002

  • Totnes Cinema, Devon £ 4,602

  • Savoy Cabbage, Heaton Moor, Greater Manchester £ 4,983

  • Orion Cinema, Burgess Hill, West Sussex £ 5,254

  • Hollywood East, Dereham, Norfolk £ 5,318

  • The Clifton Community Arts Center in West Midlands £ 3,662

  • Rex Cinema, Wilmslow, Cheshire £ 5,365

  • The Northern Lights Cinema, Derbyshire £ 8,050

  • The Regent, Christchurch, Dorset £ 5,292

  • Backyard Cinema, South West London £ 8,207

  • Sherborne Cinema, Gloucester £ 8,940

  • Ritz Cinema, Derbyshire £ 10,000

  • Role Cinema £ 139,951

Borehamwood (Hertfordshire), Chippenham (Wiltshire), Chorley (Lancashire), Dudley (West Midlands), Kidderminster (Worcestershire), Kingston Upon Hull (Yorkshire and Humber), Loughborough (Leicestershire), Morecambe (Lancashire), Plymouth (Devon), Rochdale (Greater Manchester), Wakefield (West Yorkshire), Widnes (Lancashire), Hollywood Park (Burnley, Lancashire), Market Quay (Portsmouth, Hampshire)

  • Saffron Walden Community Cinema, Cambridgeshire £ 85,271 *

  • Catford Mews, South East London £ 252,697 *

* Saffron Walden Community Cinema and Catford Mews will receive funding for health and safety equipment and corporate sustainability planning.

UK launches digital rental card amid increased VOD demand

Jumanji: The next level
Sony

The UK Official Charts Company introduces a new digital rental map and data service. Digital retailers providing data for the new chart include Amazon, Apple, Rakuten, Sky Store, and Talk Talk TV. The launch follows a period of rapid growth in VoD activity during the COVID-19 lockdown. The data for the first half of 2020 shows an average of 600,000 rents per week before the lockout and increases to more than 1 million rents per week after the lockdown. In the six months ended June 30, more than 21 million rental transactions were made. With more than 600,000 rental transactions up to June, Joker was the title with the highest number of leases, closely followed by Jumanji: The Next Level with an impressive 450,000 rental contracts up to June with Rian Johnson’s Knives Out occupies number three in the half-year charts. Contagion was a surprise participant in the top ten during the pandemic.

The VFX company Pixomondo is building “virtual production studios” in Toronto

The Mandalorian and Greenlandic VFX outfit Pixomondo (PXO) has started construction of one of the first Canadian “virtual production studios” in Toronto. The facility, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020, is being monitored by Mahmoud Rahnama, head of the PXO Toronto / Montreal studio. The company designed a modular Smart Stage that spans multiple layouts in Toronto. The stages will be available for filming and will be equipped with PXO staff on set for productions using the company’s 3D environment creation services. Virtual production includes virtual scouting, remote collaboration and the use of LED technology for in-camera visual effects. The structure allows for adequate social distancing of the crews, less travel and virtual collaboration between a number of production departments. PXO already aroused the interest of a number of US and Canadian productions for booking the stage at the beginning of January 2021.