MovieLabs gets technical via challenge


Motion Picture Laboratories, a nonprofit R&D organization started by the six major studios, is launching the MovieLabs Technology Open Challenge, which will provide grants to fund development of promising ideas that address technology hurdles. MovieLabs also is accepting general technical proposals.

"By kicking off these initiatives, we're looking to engage entrepreneurs and innovators whose ideas hold the potential to change the motion picture industry," MovieLabs president and CEO Steve Weinstein said.

Specifically, the challenge is seeking proposals in areas including remote multiformat transcoding, content transformation detection, improving theatrical projection screens and hiding of cryptographic keys. The competition is open to individuals, corporations and university, government, and private laboratory researchers. Awards range from $25,000-$100,000.