You Can Now See Unlimited Movies in Theaters for $10 a Month, Thanks to an Ex-Netflix Exec

By Liz Nord

Yes, it’s true: You can now go to the movies every single day for less than the cost of a Netflix subscription.

In a move sure to please everyone who loves seeing movies on the big screen, theatrical subscription service MoviePass announced that it’s dropping its monthly fee to $9.95 for all users. That low rate gets subscribers entry to any movie (excluding IMAX and 3-D) at any theater in the system for any screening—even opening night. The absence of blackout dates and times is what the company refers to by calling its deal “unlimited”; your viewing is, in fact, limited to one movie per day.

Originally, the subscription prices were scaled according to various factors such as geographic location, but with the addition of former Netflix executive Mitch Lowe to the CEO role at MoviePass, this standardized rate was enacted. Lowe believes that what’s keeping movie lovers away from theaters is not an addiction to offerings from his former company, but simply economic barriers.

“People really do want to go [to the movies] more often,” Lowe told Bloomberg. “They just don’t like the transaction.”

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Carl Bass Joins Formlabs Board of Directors

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, announced the appointment of technology veteran and former Autodesk executive Carl Bass as an independent director of the company. He has held a series of executive positions during his 24 year tenure at Autodesk, including 11 years as CEO.

“We’re honored to have Carl join the board,” said Max Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs. “Under his leadership, Carl transformed Autodesk from a 2D design company into a global leader of 3D design and engineering software. I’m also personally thrilled to have another board member who is a passionate creator and uses CAD, 3D printers, and other tools himself. His experience and expertise will be invaluable for Formlabs as we continue charting new territories in professional 3D printing.”

“In just a few years, Formlabs has become the leader in professional 3D printing,” said Carl Bass. “Formlabs is poised to continue upending the industry, and I’m excited to join its journey in improving digital design and manufacturing for product designers everywhere.”

Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Bass also serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, HP, and Zendesk; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Art Center College of Design, and California College of the Arts; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information, and UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

Formlabs designs and manufactures powerful and accessible 3D printing systems. Headquartered in Boston with offices in Germany, Japan, and China, the company was founded in 2011 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms. Formlabs is establishing the industry benchmark for professional 3D printing for engineers, designers, and manufacturers around the globe, and accelerating innovation → continue…

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Pluralsight Names Lindsey Kneuven Head of Social Impact

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Pluralsight, the enterprise technology learning platform, announced the newest member of the Pluralsight team and head of social impact, Lindsey Kneuven. In this newly created position, Kneuven will lead the company’s philanthropic initiatives, implementing strategies that align Pluralsight’s product, culture, community, people and brand to make a meaningful impact on the way the world learns.

“We are excited to have someone of Lindsey’s caliber join our team,” said Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. “Her expertise and experience leading some of the strongest social impact programs in Silicon Valley will be invaluable as we create our future and lift the human condition through technology in communities around the world.”

Kneuven has demonstrated success leading teams within a variety of organizations. Most recently, she was chief impact officer at Cotopaxi, where she developed and led the organization’s philanthropic strategy while also building and sustaining various nonprofit partner relationships. Under her leadership, Cotopaxi developed and implemented a computer science education program for refugee youth, later adopted by the International Rescue Committee.

“I am honored to be joining Pluralsight and to be opening a new chapter of the company’s history,” said Kneuven. “The company –the people, the culture and the mission– already embrace a vision and commitment for making a positive impact around the world. I’m looking forward to building on that momentum and developing innovative strategies to achieve lasting social change while establishing Pluralsight as a global leader in integrated philanthropy.”

Kneuven previously held a senior management position at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the world, with $7.3 billion in assets under management during her tenure. Prior to Silicon Valley Community Foundation, she held a number of philanthropic positions across the nonprofit and private sectors at Nuru International and Salesforce Foundation. Under Lindsey’s leadership, Salesforce Foundation’s grant program → continue…

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DI4D Unveils Highest Fidelity Facial Performance Capture at SIGGRAPH 2017

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

DI4D unveils its highest fidelity facial performance capture so far at SIGGRAPH held this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center, August 1 to August 3. DI4D’s proprietary “motion scanning” technology captures 4D data comprising video rate 3D surface scans tracked with a dense fixed topology mesh. The DI4D solution, which does not require any markers, make-up or structured light, provides much higher fidelity facial motion capture data than alternative solutions and ensures that every nuance of an actor’s facial performance is recorded. Using a DI4D PRO system upgrading with nine 12 mega-pixel synchronised video cameras, the company has been able to capture higher fidelity 4D data than ever before.

Dr Colin Urquhart, CEO of DI4D said:

“We always try to present something new and exciting at SIGGRAPH and this year we will certainly do that by showing the highest fidelity DI4D facial performance capture data so far. We have increased the resolution of cameras used on one of our DI4D PRO systems by a factor of four from 3 to 12 mega-pixels and we have also significantly enhanced our 4D processing and mesh tracking software. As a result we can capture much higher fidelity data and track even denser meshes than with our current DI4D PRO system. This ensures that we can record every nuance of an actor’s facial performance and satisfy the requirements of even the most demanding of movie visual effects projects.”

Colin adds:

“We are also demonstrating the use of DI4D data in VR for the first time on our booth (342) at SIGGRAPH this year. The level of detail of facial performance we are now able to capture really needs to be seen – or even better, experienced in VR – to be believed!”

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The Production Music Associaton Announces NMPA President/CEO David Israelite as Keynote Speaker for 2017 Production Music Conference

By Staff

The Production Music Association (PMA), an advocate and voice of the global production music community, has announced that David Israelite will be the keynote speaker during the group’s annual Production Music Conference (PMC). Israelite, the president/CEO of the National Music Publishers‘ Association, will speak on October 5 at 10:45am. This year’s PMC event will take place October […]

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