Are Big Media Companies Too Lax About Mobile Streaming?

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 1:01pm PST

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Chris McGurk Sees Movie “Renaissance” Instead Of “Apocalypse” – Thanks To Digital

By | Saturday June 16, 2012 @ 2:24pm PDT

Cinedigm CEO Chris McGurk broke from the traditional gloom and doom many Los Angeles Film Festival keynoters have expressed regarding the future of showbiz. Noting that one previous speaker said, “and I quote: “The sky really is falling”, McGurk pointed out that “the only thing Hollywood has done better than building an industry is predicting its imminent demise.” Once again “doomsayers seem to be proclaiming the Seven Signs of the coming Indie Apocalypse” but McGurk said he sees “the Seven Signs of its Renaissance” — thanks to lower production and distribution costs because of the “digital revolution.” Despite having what he described a reputation as being “a suit” he said “I think I’ve actually become somewhat of a softie in regard to at least one aspect of the film business. Somewhere along my corporate ride in Hollywood, I fell in love with independent film.” McGurk sees enormous targeted opportunities for filmmakers, distributors, marketers and exhibitors. And variety that can satisfy broadly different kinds of people who love movies.
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FX ‘Damages’ Saved By New DirecTV Deal

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damages_DirecTV has become the patron saint of lost TV causes, saving yet another high-quality series from untimely death. Following its deal with NBC Universal for Friday Night Lights, DirecTV has inked a pact with Sony Pictures TV for the Emmy nominated Damages taking over the ratings-challenged legal drama with an order for 20 new episodes to run over two consecutive seasons, the show’s fourth and fifth, in 2011 and 2012. But unlike the deal for FNL, in which the original network, NBC, got a second window on the series, Damages‘ new episodes will only air on DirecTV. DirecTV has also acquired the rights to Damages‘ first 3 seasons, which ran on FX. Here is the official release on the deal, which had been in the works for the past several months with Sony as the driving force: Read More »

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BSkyB Still Rejects News Corp’s Increased Offer But Both Agree to Keep Negotiating & Proceed With Regulatory Process For Deal

By | Tuesday June 15, 2010 @ 12:28am PDT

newscorplogoNEW YORK, NY, June 15, 2010 – News Corporation (“News Corp”) announces that it approached the Board of British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (“BSkyB”) on Thursday, 10 June 2010, and proposed making an offer to acquire the entire issued and

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‘Grease’ Is The Word Starting July 8th

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 6:59pm PDT

Paramount today announced the re-release of the digitally enhanced sing-a-long version of Grease for a limited release on July 8th, with expansion on July 23rd.

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Cineworld Converting 50% of Screens to 3D

By | Monday June 14, 2010 @ 5:35am PDT

3D-glasses-404_675044cCineworld is extending its lead in 3D digital. About half of the UK exhibitor’s screens will be 3D within three years. At present 33% of its 790 screens are digital. Cineworld has just announced a £30 million ($44 million) initiative with … Read More »

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Fox & CBS Rejoin Other Networks In NAB

By | Monday May 10, 2010 @ 3:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS and Fox today rejoined the National Association of Broadcasters. Fox exited in 1999, CBS in 2001 over the issue of station ownership cap. Now all Big Four broadcast networks have returned to the lobbying organization, which is looking to pay a key role on such main issues for networks … Read More »

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Online Movie Stores Go Out of Business

By | Friday April 30, 2010 @ 6:47am PDT

Online MoviesForty two online movie stores went out of business last year, according to research firm Screen Digest. Online movie stores that have disappeared over the past few years include Movielink, Lycos, Guba, AOL and BitTorrent. So much for that … Read More »

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UK Film Council Lets Multiplexes Catch Up

By | Tuesday April 27, 2010 @ 4:12am PDT

uk cinemaEXCLUSIVE: The British government has extended its Digital Screen Network scheme, giving multiplexes which have missed their film quotas time to catch up. The DSN scheme will now run until September 2012. Multiplexes that joined the DSN promised to … Read More »

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James Murdoch To Give Keynote Speech

By | Friday April 23, 2010 @ 10:31am PDT

James Murdoch

EXCLUSIVE: News Corp’s Europe and Asia CEO will be giving a speech at the launch of University College London’s new Centre For Digital Humanities on May 20. The invitation says that Murdoch “will address the issues of creativity and … Read More »

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Gollum Goes Into Performance Capture Biz

By | Tuesday April 20, 2010 @ 7:55am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Andy Serkis, who’s pulling on his latex suit again for The Hobbit, has gone into the performance capture business himself. The Imaginarium is the UK’s first performance capture studio. Serkis wants Imaginarium to provide live avatars at rock concerts or the ballet, not just movies and commercials. He’s already … Read More »

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Forecast: Online Movie Pot Of Gold Fading

By | Tuesday April 20, 2010 @ 12:44am PDT

Pot of GoldUh-oh. You know how online movies are always being held up as the pot of gold waiting at the end of the rainbow? How downloading movies, or streaming them over the internet, will more than make up … Read More »

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UK Confab: Lucky Studios, Unlucky Others

By | Sunday April 4, 2010 @ 2:57pm PDT

From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: That was the message at today’s confab in London organized by industry think-tank the British Screen Advisory Council. Claire Enders, managing director of Enders Analysis, said that Enders pointed out that whatever technological panic there’s been over the past 20 years, the same five … Read More »

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Now Warner Bros Hops On iPad Bandwagon

By | Thursday April 1, 2010 @ 5:31pm PDT

warnerbroslogo-200Sherlock Holmes was just released this past Tuesday in Blu-Ray and DVD. So a Warner Bros press statement asks: “Why not download it from iTunes for your iPad? Why not also play the game designed for the device? Sherlock Holmes: Mysteries Read More »

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Taxpayers Give UK Cinemas 3D Leg-Up

By | Friday March 12, 2010 @ 3:12pm PST

EXCLUSIVE From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Cinema chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Vue have all upgraded digital equipment provided free of charge by the UK government to 3D. uk cinemaWhereas other exhibitors have had to spend hundreds … Read More »

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Disney Closing Zemeckis’ Digital Studio

By | Friday March 12, 2010 @ 2:15pm PST

BURBANK, Calif. – March 12, 2010 – The Walt Disney Studios and ImageMovers Digital (IMD) today announced that they will close operations at IMD’s Marin County facility after production is completed on Mars Needs Moms. The IMD facility is expected to be closed by January, 2011.

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MPAA Cites 3D For Fueling Box Office Spike

By | Wednesday March 10, 2010 @ 10:46am PST
Mike Fleming

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2010
WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE CONTINUES TO SOAR;
U.S. ADMISSIONS ON THE RISE
3D gives a boost to box office growth

Los Angeles – The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today released its annual Theatrical Market Statistics Report for

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WGAW Signs 33rd Online Content Company

By | Tuesday February 23, 2010 @ 12:20pm PST

WGAW-LogoLos Angeles – Emmy-nominated production company Big Fantastic has signed on as a signatory to the Writers Guild of America, West. Going forward, all new media content produced by the company will be made in accordance with the WGA’s Minimum

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Wal-Mart Is Buying Digital Entertainment Provider VUDU

By | Monday February 22, 2010 @ 10:56am PST

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Feb. 22, 2010 — Walmart announced today a definitive agreement to acquire VUDU, Inc., a leading provider of digital technologies and services that enable the delivery of entertainment content directly to broadband high-definition TVs and Blu-ray players. The deal is expected to close within the next few

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