BY Experience and PhilGrabskyFilms.com Announce LEONARDO LIVE
Beginning February 16, 2012, art lovers around the world will be able to experience LEONARDO LIVE, a satellite-delivered HD presentation of the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan", captured at the U.K. National Gallery.
LEONARDO LIVE offers an unprecedented opportunity for audiences worldwide to experience these da Vinci works. The historic exhibition is sold out in London and, due to the fragility of the paintings, the exhibition cannot tour.
After limited screenings in the UK in November 2011, an expanded presentation of LEONARDO LIVE featuring bonus content will be available at movie theaters worldwide, in limited screenings only, beginning February 16, 2012. In addition to venues across the U.S., the program will also be seen in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, and Sweden.
Hundreds of movie theaters in Europe that already equipped for satellite reception will receive LEONARDO LIVE following an agreement with Eutelsat, Europe's leading satellite operator and the main supplier of cultural and sports events to cinemas and out-of-home locations. Eutelsat will use the broad European footprint of its ATLANTIC BIRD 3 satellite for the HD broadcast.
Captured live on the eve of the exhibition opening in London this fall, LEONARDO LIVE will provide a high-definition walk-through of the landmark exhibition, in-depth commentary about featured pieces in the exhibit and extra content.
"Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan" brings together the largest ever number of Leonardo's rare surviving paintings and some international loans that have never before travelled. The exhibition also brings together the largest ever number of da Vinci's paintings, including a newly discovered, never-before-publicly exhibited painting, the Salvator Mundi.
Presented by New York-based alternative content distributors BY Experience, in collaboration with PhilGrabskyFilms.com, LEONARDO LIVE is a first for movie audiences worldwide. The 100-minute HD capture is hosted by highly respected art historian and broadcaster Tim Marlow and presenter Mariella Frostrup. The film is produced by Phil Grabsky's award-winning PhilGrabskyFilms.com.
Tickets for LEONARDO LIVE are available at www.LeonardoLiveHD.com.
In London, the critics are raving about the exhibit. The Guardian says 'the show is dazzling, mysterious and disturbing. That there are any paintings to show at all is something of a miracle' and the Telegraph adds 'a breathtaking and truly remarkable exhibition…the greatest exhibition of the century'. Crowds in the U.K. have been lining up daily at dawn to snatch the few remaining tickets to the gallery presentation. Tickets are re-selling at $700 apiece. The New York Times says the exhibit is 'a wildly popular museum show, captivating the public to a degree no one anticipated."
The National Gallery's exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan" is generously sponsored by Credit Suisse.
The National Gallery
The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the early 20th century.
The collection belongs to the nation and serves a diverse public from the UK and overseas. The Gallery's key objectives are to enhance the collection, care for the collection and provide the best possible access to visitors.
PhilGrabskyFilms.com is the cinema division of Seventh Art Productions, one of the UK's longest-running independent production companies. Among their extensive slate of films are over 100 art films with Tim Marlow which have been key in keeping arts on British TV in the past decade.
More recently, PhilGrabskyFilms.com's owner Phil Grabsky has directed award-winning films for the cinema and TV including 'In Search of Mozart', 'In Search of Beethoven' and 'The Boy Mir – Ten years in Afghanistan' which have all played in cinemas and on TV around the world. His 'In search of Haydn' will be released in 2012.
BY Experience kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie's 2003 Reality album launch and since then, over 13 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed and/or produced including the Met: Live in HD series, the U.K.'s National Theatre Live series, the New York Times speaker's series TimesTalks LIVE, the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Importance of Being Earnest (June 2011), Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: I'm With You (August 2011); The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax (June 2010), BBC Electric Proms: Robbie Williams (October 2009), the classic music celebrations BBC Last Night of the Proms (September 2009, 2010, 2011), St. Olaf Christmas Festival (December 2007 and December 2011), David Gilmour: Remember That Night - Live from the Royal Albert Hall (September 2007), and the public radio shows A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (February and October 2010) and This American Life – Live! with Ira Glass (April 2008 and May 2009). BY Experience distributes to over 50 countries, to 1,600 movie screens. For more information, visit: www.byexperience.net
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A.. With capacity commercialised on 29 satellites that provide coverage over the entire European continent, as well as the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators in terms of revenues. As of 30 September 2011, Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting more than 3,800 television channels. More than 1,100 channels are broadcast via its HOT BIRD™ video neighbourhood at 13 degrees East alone which serves over 120 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The Group's satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates access to high speed internet services through teleports in France and Italy that serve enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ just over 700 commercial, technical and operational professionals from 30 countries.