SHORT TAKES 1. Las Vegas debuts largest LED screen Las Vegas just opened its latest venue, the Sphere, which features the world’s largest LED screen. The $2.3 billion, 366ft high circular arena was designed for the ultimate viewing experience, immersing audiences in movies, sports, concerts and other live events. Half of the 20,000 seat space includes 4D effects like tilting, shaking and changing temperatures. 2. Terence Davies dies at 77 Legendary Liverpudlian filmmaker Terence Davies died peacefully on 7 October 2023. Considered one of the greatest talents in British cinema, Davies’ career spanned over four decades, with nine features, one documentary and five shorts under his belt. He’s perhaps best-known for Distant Voices, Still Lives , which expertly captured working-class life in 20th- century England. Davies released his final film, Benediction , in 2021. 3. Vaudeville Sound Group renews deal with Warner Bros Vaudeville Sound Group has extended its agreement with Warner Bros. Television Production UK (WBTVP), continuing their 11-year partnership. Vaudeville supplies full-service audio post-production on all WBTVP shows, including the BAFTA-winning Who Do You Think You Are , The Choir , Repair Shop and many more.
DAVID YATES RECEIVES RAINDANCE ICON AWARD D avid Yates received this year’s Raindance icon award at the festival’s opening night party. He
and the two-part instalment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows . Yates won his first BAFTA for BBC miniseries The Way We Live Now , and a second for Sex Traffic . He also received the Directors Guild of Great Britain award for outstanding directorial achievement for State of Play , earning another nomination just a year later. Yates supports up-and-coming talent by funding West London’s Bush Theatre, Cambridge University’s Watersprite Film Festival and the National Film and Television School.
sits among industry excellence, with previous winners including Sir Michael Caine, Jude Law, Olivia Colman and Ken Loach. Best known for his directorial work on the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, Yates has made valuable contributions to the British film industry. Picking up where Mike Newell left off, Yates directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix , Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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