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News Article | May 19, 2017
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CANNES, FRANCE / ACCESSWIRE / May 19, 2017 / Crimson Forest Entertainment (OTC PINK: CRIM) has inked a deal at Cannes with China and Hong Kong-based Lotus Entertainment to acquire Romance/Drama "The Jade Pendant" for North American distribution. The film is targeted to release theatrically Oct. 24th on the anniversary of the Chinese Massacre of 1871. The Jade Pendant was based on the best-selling novel by L.P. Leung and was shot on location in Salt Lake City, Utah. The film stars Asian talents such as South Korean star Clara Lee (Working Girl), Taiwanese heartthrob Godfrey Gao (The Mortal Instruments), Russell Wong (Romeo must Die, Contract to Kill) and screen legends Tsai Chin (Now you See Me 2, The Joy Luck Club) and Tzi Ma (Arrival, Pali Road). "We're excited to bring diversity and quality story-telling to audiences in North America," said Jonathan Lim of Crimson Forest Films. "The story of the Jade Pendant is both compelling and important to today's marketplace and gives Asian American filmmakers and actors a voice that has been recently missing." The Jade Pendant is directed by Hong Kong veteran Po-Chih Leong (The Detonator, Out of Reach) and follows the journey of a young girl Peony who fleeing an arranged marriage in China finds herself on the shores of America. Her tragic love story is set against the 1871 burning of Chinatown in Los Angeles and the largest mass lynching in American History. "The Jade Pendant is a part of American history that has been untold and we are very excited and confident that American audiences will response strongly to this film," said Eric Parkinson, C.E.O. of Crimson Forest Entertainment. "The film has strong commercial prospects as both a theatrical release as well as a collectible DVD item," he concluded. The Jade Pendant was produced by Thomas Leong, Bruce Feirstein and Scott Rosenfelt for Lotus Entertainment. Crimson Forest Entertainment is a theatrical and home entertainment distribution label that specializes in bringing top content in film & television to around the world. Crimson Forest Film's titles can be seen across a variety of platforms, including theatrical, digital, subscription and cable VOD, packaged media and broadcast television. Crimson Forest Film's corporate headquarters is in Los Angeles, California with offices in Shanghai, China. For more information about Crimson Forest Films please visit www.crimsonforestentertainment.com For more information please contact:


CANNES, FRANCE / ACCESSWIRE / May 26, 2017 / As buyers, sellers, producers and talent wrap-up activities on the last day of the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film, U.S. distribution partners Crimson Forest Entertainment Group, Inc. (OTC PINK: CRIM) and Hannover House, Inc. (OTC PINK: HHSE) have disclosed the first of at least two film production ventures with Silver Lining Productions of London. "Shimmer" is a live action family-appeal feature about a young boy protecting a Welsh Dragon from nefarious outsiders. The screenplay was written and will be directed by Scott Wheeler, a noted producer and director of science-fiction, fantasy and family films as well as being an acclaimed visual effects master and founder of Rogue State (a U.S.-based post-production facility). Producers will be Grant Bradley ("Singularity") and Steve Hodges ("Bronte") along with line producer Erika Steele. Production is slated to occur this summer with principal photography occurring in and around Snowdonia, in Northern Wales. Star casting is now underway. Executive Producers will include Eric Parkinson, Jonathan Lim and Fred Shefte. Due to the fluid nature of films in a pre-production mode, credits and other production specifics are still subject to potential change. Crimson Forest and Hannover House have licensed all distribution rights for the USA and English-speaking provinces of Canada for "Shimmer." A USA theatrical release is planned for Spring 2018. CANNES, FRANCE / ACCESSWIRE / May 26, 2017 / As buyers, sellers, producers and talent wrap-up activities on the last day of the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film, U.S. distribution partners Crimson Forest Entertainment Group, Inc. (OTC PINK: CRIM) and Hannover House, Inc. (OTC PINK: HHSE) have disclosed the first of at least two film production ventures with Silver Lining Productions of London. "Shimmer" is a live action family-appeal feature about a young boy protecting a Welsh Dragon from nefarious outsiders. The screenplay was written and will be directed by Scott Wheeler, a noted producer and director of science-fiction, fantasy and family films as well as being an acclaimed visual effects master and founder of Rogue State (a U.S.-based post-production facility). Producers will be Grant Bradley ("Singularity") and Steve Hodges ("Bronte") along with line producer Erika Steele. Production is slated to occur this summer with principal photography occurring in and around Snowdonia, in Northern Wales. Star casting is now underway. Executive Producers will include Eric Parkinson, Jonathan Lim and Fred Shefte. Due to the fluid nature of films in a pre-production mode, credits and other production specifics are still subject to potential change. Crimson Forest and Hannover House have licensed all distribution rights for the USA and English-speaking provinces of Canada for "Shimmer." A USA theatrical release is planned for Spring 2018.


CANNES, FRANCE / ACCESSWIRE / May 25, 2017 / Independent film studios Crimson Forest Entertainment Group, Inc. (OTC PINK: CRIM) and Hannover House, Inc. (OTC PINK: HHSE) will wrap-up their collective buying activities at the Cannes Film Festival today, in what C.E.O. Eric Parkinson has described as a "brisk and enthusiastic market" response from producers, sellers and international buyers. The recently merged companies have entered into ten significant agreements at the market, including co-production and co-financing agreements for four current or upcoming productions, and the licensing of North American distribution rights to six completed feature films. "We have been presented with so many quality, commercial films that it has been exciting and at times, overwhelming," said C.E.O, Eric Parkinson. "Our task has been to carefully select the films that best fit our business goals and release schedule needs for late 2017 and early 2018, while we await completion of the slate of original productions being funded by our China financing and distribution affiliates, our private financiers, co-production partners and the various incentive programs. We have met our initial goal of acquiring a wide-release theatrical title for Q4 of this year," he continued. "Some of our releases will fill our need for mid-level theatrical titles that complete our release slate, and can be marketed to Netflix and North American home video retailers, as well as to China and other international territories for which we have acquired rights" Parkinson concluded. One of the mid-level productions is the science-fiction suspense thriller, "The Final Minute" from writer-director Rick Walker ("The Fun Park," "Sooner Magic"). Crimson and Hannover will co-produce the film, which is scheduled to commence principal photography in and around Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 25. Worldwide distribution rights will be held by Crimson-Hannover, as well as a significant equity and copyright position. The company is also finalizing terms on a two-picture venture with U.K. Based Silver Lining Productions, which will include a mid-level theatrical title, and a big-budgeted fantasy-adventure, planned for wide USA theatrical release. Due to talent considerations regarding public press announcements, details of these two projects with Silver Lining will be disclosed separately. Regarding the acquisitions of completed features, two of the six titles acquired at Cannes are expected to be the "official" entries for their country-of-origin in this year's Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. Two others are Mandarin-language features, and a final two titles are English-language, USA productions. In respect of the creative and commercial stature of these titles, Crimson Forest and Hannover House have agreed with the producers or licensors to announce the titles and distribution specifics with separate, post-market press releases. "We are thrilled with the positive response from the international community to our merger and to our plans to become one of the top independent suppliers in the North American market," said Fred Shefte, President. "As the world market for film distribution and consumption evolves, we are pleased to be on the cutting edge of programming needs and opportunities for the coming years." Although operating under a combined management and operational structure since May 1, the formal stock-for-stock swap agreement for Hannover House shareholders to receive newly rebranded shares of Crimson Forest is still awaiting regulatory approval, which is anticipated promptly following Crimson's restoration of current reporting status with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Crimson Forest was established four years ago as a fully registered public company, but fell behind on quarterly and annual reporting obligations when managerial attention was diverted to the completion and delivery of the company's first feature production, "Pali Road," a $4.2-million feature fully financed with presales of $3.3-million from China and $900,000 in long-term, convertible notes. Principal managers of Hannover House have assumed day-to-day operations of Crimson Forest, with Eric Parkinson assuming duties as C.E.O., Fred Shefte as President and Tom Sims as V.P. Sales. Crimson Forest founder Jonathan Lim is Chairman of the Board, but will focus primarily on new feature productions and direction, including directorial duties in the upcoming "Kung Fu Cowboys," a $7-million action feature that is slated for U.S. production this August. Two major stars (one American and one Irish) will be announced soon for "Kung Fu Cowboy" in addition to three top Asian movie stars and martial artists. Hannover House has been operating continuously since 1993, and has been active in video and feature film distribution since 2002. The company's film library now consists of over 400 titles. With distribution offices located in N.W. Arkansas, near the world headquarters of mega-retailer Walmart Stores, Inc., Hannover House has enjoyed a high placement ratio for new release DVDs and Blu-Rays at the chain over the years. Walmart Stores currently hold an impressive 61% of the USA market-share for retail sales of DVDs and BluRays from independent studios. Other key home video accounts for Hannover House include Target Stores, Best Buy, Redbox, Netflix, Family Video and Kroger Group. Hannover House has also licensed films for television to HBO, Starz, Showtime, and USA Networks / SyFy Channel. Theatrical exhibition chains in North America that have supported current or recent Hannover House theatrical titles include AMC Theatres, Carmike, Cinemark, Cineplex Odeon, Harkins, Malco, Marcus, and Regal Entertainment Group. Crimson Forest has a production office in West Hollywood, California, and a primary financing office in Shanghai, China.


CANNES, FRANCE / ACCESSWIRE / May 26, 2017 / As buyers, sellers, producers and talent wrap-up activities on the last day of the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film, U.S. distribution partners Crimson Forest Entertainment Group, Inc. (OTC PINK: CRIM) and Hannover House, Inc. (OTC PINK: HHSE) have disclosed the first of at least two film production ventures with Silver Lining Productions of London. "Shimmer" is a live action family-appeal feature about a young boy protecting a Welsh Dragon from nefarious outsiders. The screenplay was written and will be directed by Scott Wheeler, a noted producer and director of science-fiction, fantasy and family films as well as being an acclaimed visual effects master and founder of Rogue State (a U.S.-based post-production facility). Producers will be Grant Bradley ("Singularity") and Steve Hodges ("Bronte") along with line producer Erika Steele. Production is slated to occur this summer with principal photography occurring in and around Snowdonia, in Northern Wales. Star casting is now underway. Executive Producers will include Eric Parkinson, Jonathan Lim and Fred Shefte. Due to the fluid nature of films in a pre-production mode, credits and other production specifics are still subject to potential change. Crimson Forest and Hannover House have licensed all distribution rights for the USA and English-speaking provinces of Canada for "Shimmer." A USA theatrical release is planned for Spring 2018.


--Combined Company to Launch Slate of High-Profile Films for Theatrical, Home Video and International Release-- LOS ANGELES, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Feature Film Production Company Crimson Forest Entertainment Group Inc. (OTC: CRIM) and specialty theatrical and home video distributor Hannover House, Inc. (OTC: HHSE) have confirmed plans to merge operations under a stock-swap and financing plan, scheduled to be effective as of May 1, 2017. The combined company will immediately launch production activities on a slate of high-profile feature films that will drive the theatrical, home video and international release schedules for the coming years. Formed in 2010, and financed with investment capital and presales from China, Crimson Forest Entertainment has successfully financed and acquired several films for international and North America distribution. PALI ROAD was the first Hawaii-China co-production, starring Jackson Rathbone from the "The Twilight Saga," Sung Kang from "Fast & Furious," Henry Ian Cusick, known for his roles in "L.O.S.T.,"  and "The 100," and Chinese Celebrity Michelle Chen. The film premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival and went on to win several awards, including "Best Actress" "Best Cinematography" and a "Best Director" award at the 12th Annual Chinese American Film Festival. The film was released theatrically, both in North America and China, and in Malaysia earlier this month. Formed in 1993 and growing into one of the top independent distributed labels in North America, Hannover House, Inc. has direct distribution relationships for all major theatre circuits, principal media outlets, and wholesale access to major home video retailers and mass merchants.  Hannover House has released more than 50 films to theatres and more than 300 titles to the Home Video Market in the United States, including titles such as "Grand Champion" (with Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts and George Strait) and director Joel Schumacher's teen angst thriller "Twelve" (starring Curtis "50-Cent" Jackson, Emma Roberts, Ellen Barkin and Chase Crawford). "There is a growing need for specialty independent distributors," said Jonathan Lim, CEO of Crimson Forest Entertainment. "There is a lot of quality product out there that is being ignored and we are excited that Hannover House has partnered with us in releasing these films. It will bring much needed diversity to audiences in North America, and growing commercial success for the combined company," he concluded. "A Crimson Forest and Hannover House merger is expected to fill the demand from independent and international productions, which seek distributors that have direct access to theatrical, as well as Home Video and VOD & Digital sales," said Eric Parkinson, CEO of Hannover House. "We're optimistic about what these new opportunities and corporate structure will bring to Hannover House and our shareholders and excited by the upcoming titles that we will be announcing and releasing in the upcoming weeks, which we fully anticipate will have a substantial impact on the growth of our combined company, " said Parkinson. One of the first new titles to be released under the combined Crimson Forest -- Hannover House structure is the $20-million dollar action thriller feature "Shockwave" starring Andy Lau and Jiang Wu. The film will be co-released together with CMC Pictures in North America next month. Under the newly merged company, the board of directors will be comprised as follows: Jonathan Lim (Chairman), Eric Parkinson (CEO), Fred Shefte (President) and Tom Sims (V.P. Sales).  The existing offices for Hannover House, Inc. and its affiliate Medallion Releasing, Inc. in Fayetteville, Arkansas will remain as the primary distribution operations office.  The Los Angeles offices for Crimson Forest will serve as the company's corporate and production headquarters, and the Crimson Forest office in Shanghai, China, will continue to operate as the finance office for the funding of new productions and releasing costs. Crimson Forest is also negotiating for the acquisition of other, complementary media companies to add to the enhanced distribution entity. Included in the corporate merger are Hannover House affiliates, Medallion Releasing, Inc. and Bookworks, Inc., respectively handling theatrical and publishing ventures. For more information, contact ERIC PARKINSON, Hannover House, Inc. / Medallion Releasing, Inc., 479-521-5774 or 818-481-5277, Eric@HannoverHouse.com.


Alam M.J.,University of Quebec at Montréal | Kenny P.,CRIM | O'Shaughnessy D.,University of Quebec at Montréal
ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings | Year: 2013

This paper presents regularized minimum variance distortion-less response (MVDR)-based cepstral features for robust continuous speech recognition. The mel-frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC) features, widely used in speech recognition tasks, are usually computed from a direct spectrum estimate, that is, the squared magnitude of the discrete Fourier transform (DFT) of speech frames. Direct spectrum estimation methods (also known as nonparametric estimators) perform poorly under noisy and adverse conditions. To reduce this performance drop we propose to increase robustness of the speech recognition system by extracting more robust features based on the regularized MVDR technique. The proposed method, when evaluated on the AURORA-4 speech recognition task, provides an average relative improvement in word accuracy of 11.3%, 6.1%, and 5.2% over the conventional MFCC, PLP, MVDR and PMVDR-based MFCC features, respectively. © 2013 IEEE.


Alam M.J.,University of Quebec at Montréal | Kenny P.,CRIM | O'Shaughnessy D.,University of Quebec at Montréal
Digital Signal Processing: A Review Journal | Year: 2014

In this paper we introduce a robust feature extractor, dubbed as robust compressive gammachirp filterbank cepstral coefficients (RCGCC), based on an asymmetric and level-dependent compressive gammachirp filterbank and a sigmoid shape weighting rule for the enhancement of speech spectra in the auditory domain. The goal of this work is to improve the robustness of speech recognition systems in additive noise and real-time reverberant environments. As a post processing scheme we employ a short-time feature normalization technique called short-time cepstral mean and scale normalization (STCMSN), which, by adjusting the scale and mean of cepstral features, reduces the difference of cepstra between the training and test environments. For performance evaluation, in the context of speech recognition, of the proposed feature extractor we use the standard noisy AURORA-2 connected digit corpus, the meeting recorder digits (MRDs) subset of the AURORA-5 corpus, and the AURORA-4 LVCSR corpus, which represent additive noise, reverberant acoustic conditions and additive noise as well as different microphone channel conditions, respectively. The ETSI advanced front-end (ETSI-AFE), the recently proposed power normalized cepstral coefficients (PNCC), conventional MFCC and PLP features are used for comparison purposes. Experimental speech recognition results demonstrate that the proposed method is robust against both additive and reverberant environments. The proposed method provides comparable results to that of the ETSI-AFE and PNCC on the AURORA-2 as well as AURORA-4 corpora and provides considerable improvements with respect to the other feature extractors on the AURORA-5 corpus. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.


Alam M.J.,University of Quebec at Montréal | O'Shaughnessy D.,University of Quebec at Montréal | Kenny P.,CRIM
2013 8th International Workshop on Systems, Signal Processing and Their Applications, WoSSPA 2013 | Year: 2013

This paper presents a novel feature extractor for robust large vocabulary continuous speech recognition (LVCSR) task. For accurate and robust estimation of speech power spectrum we propose to compute the features from the regularized minimum variance distortionless response (regMVDR) spectral estimate instead of the windowed periodogram estimate. A sigmoid shape subband spectrum enhancement technique and a short-time feature normalization, known as short-time mean and scale normalization (STMSN), are also used for robust estimation of the cepstral features for speech recognition task. When evaluated on the AURORA-4 LVCSR corpus proposed feature extractor provides an average relative improvement of 38.5%,35.0%, and 34.3%,30.7%,5.6%, and 7.1% over the MFCC, PLP, MVDR-based MFCC, regMVDR-based MFCC, PNCC and the robust feature extractor of [4], respectively, in terms of the recognition accuracy. © 2013 IEEE.


Alam M.J.,University of Québec | Kinnunen T.,University of Eastern Finland | Kenny P.,CRIM | Ouellet P.,CRIM | O'Shaughnessy D.,University of Québec
Speech Communication | Year: 2013

In this paper we study the performance of the low-variance multi-taper Mel-frequency cepstral coefficient (MFCC) and perceptual linear prediction (PLP) features in a state-of-the-art i-vector speaker verification system. The MFCC and PLP features are usually computed from a Hamming-windowed periodogram spectrum estimate. Such a single-tapered spectrum estimate has large variance, which can be reduced by averaging spectral estimates obtained using a set of different tapers, leading to a so-called multi-taper spectral estimate. The multi-taper spectrum estimation method has proven to be powerful especially when the spectrum of interest has a large dynamic range or varies rapidly. Multi-taper MFCC features were also recently studied in speaker verification with promising preliminary results. In this study our primary goal is to validate those findings using an up-to-date i-vector classifier on the latest NIST 2010 SRE data. In addition, we also propose to compute robust perceptual linear prediction (PLP) features using multitapers. Furthermore, we provide a detailed comparison between different taper weight selections in the Thomson multi-taper method in the context of speaker verification. Speaker verification results on the telephone (det5) and microphone speech (det1, det2, det3 and det4) of the latest NIST 2010 SRE corpus indicate that the multi-taper methods outperform the conventional periodogram technique. Instead of simply averaging (using uniform weights) the individual spectral estimates in forming the multi-taper estimate, weighted averaging (using non-uniform weights) improves performance. Compared to the MFCC and PLP baseline systems, the sine-weighted cepstrum estimator (SWCE) based multitaper method provides average relative reductions of 12.3% and 7.5% in equal error rate, respectively. For the multi-peak multi-taper method, the corresponding reductions are 12.6% and 11.6%, respectively. Finally, the Thomson multi-taper method provides error reductions of 9.5% and 5.0% in EER for MFCC and PLP features, respectively. We conclude that both the MFCC and PLP features computed via multitapers provide systematic improvements in recognition accuracy. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Patent
Crim | Date: 2010-01-13

Occurrences of one or more keywords in audio data are identified using a speech recognizer employing a language model to derive a transcript of the keywords. The transcript is converted into a phoneme sequence. The phonemes of the phoneme sequence are mapped to the audio data to derive a time-aligned phoneme sequence that is searched for occurrences of keyword phoneme sequences corresponding to the phonemes of the keywords. Searching includes computing a confusion matrix. The language model used by the speech recognizer is adapted to keywords by increasing the likelihoods of the keywords in the language model. For each potential occurrences keywords detected, a corresponding subset of the audio data may be played back to an operator to confirm whether the potential occurrences correspond to actual occurrences of the keywords.

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