This is curious: Carmike was a founding partner at Fandango, and last year the companies announced that they had extended their “multi-year strategic agreement.” But it appears that deal wasn’t exclusive — and Carmike wants another option. Today the chain says that it will also use Fandango’s chief rival, MovieTickets.com, to sell tickets online. Carmike is “delighted to forge this new alliance with MovieTickets.com,” the exhibition chain’s CEO David Passman says. “Carmike patrons appreciate flexibility in their advance ticket purchasing and we are pleased to be adding MovieTickets.com.” It’s highly unusual for a chain to offer two online sales options. The Boca Raton-based digital operation already serves the Rave theaters that Carmike recently bought. The new agreement will soon add Carmike’s 2,200 other screens. This is “the single largest domestic addition to our screen count since the company was founded in 2000,” MovieTickets.com CEO Joel Cohen says. “Carmike is highly influential in our industry, we are pleased they chose to join our program and collectively work with us to improve the movie going experience.”
The SXSW Film Festival officially begins Friday, but early deals were brewing ahead of the festivities. Digital distribution specialist GoDigital has nabbed North American rights to The Punk Syndrome, a docu about a Finnish band comprised of four mentally handicapped musicians that makes its stateside debut Tuesday in Austin. (Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät will play a live show at SXSW on March 15.) “This is a documentary unlike any we’ve seen, telling a story unlike anything we’ve heard”, said GoDigital CEO Logan Mulvey of director Jukka Kärkkainen’s pic, which will hit VOD and digital distribution this summer.
MIAMI/LOS ANGELES – February 25, 2013 – Telemundo Media, the largest producer of Spanish Language prime time content in the U.S. and audiences around the world; and Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination representing more than 70% of U.S. screens online, today launched Fandango Cine, www.fandangocine.com the most comprehensive web and mobile movie site specifically geared toward Hispanic movie fans. Fandango Cine’s launch partners are Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious 6” and Sprint.
Fandango set records for ticket sales and traffic in 2012, the NBCUniversal-owned movie website reported today. Ticket sales grew 57% compared with 2011, with monthly visitors up 34% year-over-year. Mobile ticket sales increased 171% year-over-year — 30% of the …
The movie website’s new correspondent and Oscar guru Dave Karger hosts the weekly digital video series that offers news, commentary and interviews focused on awards season. He will be chatting it up with likely awards contenders and …
Fandango has wasted little time making use of Dave Karger, the former Entertainment Weekly Oscar guru that the movie site hired last week as chief correspondent. Not only will he be Fandango’s face to appear on parent company NBCUniversal properties like Today, Access Hollywood and other places, he now will host made-for-Fandango movie news shows, with three announced today in development. Here’s the release:
LOS ANGELES – October 2, 2012 – Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, announced today a new development slate of original video series that will dramatically expand the company’s content offerings. The made-for-Fandango movie news shows will be hosted by movie expert and newly appointed Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger.
“As a trusted entertainment brand that is synonymous with moviegoing, Fandango has a significant opportunity to play an even larger role in the content arena and meet the growing demand from both consumers and advertisers,” said Paul Yanover, Fandango’s new president. “With a major talent like Dave Karger as our movie expert, and Fandango’s extensive reach across the web, mobile and social media, we are extremely well positioned to launch our first-ever original video development slate.”
Working titles of the initial series in development with Dave Karger include:
– “Fanticipation,” a weekly show revealing the upcoming weekend’s top box office contenders and possible sleeper hits, based on proprietary insights and data from Fandango.
– “Honored,” an update, analysis and countdown show during awards season.
– “Unsung,” a series featuring some of biggest names in Hollywood introducing their feature film colleagues (character actor, dialect coach, costume designer, etc.) who deserve to share the spotlight.
LOS ANGELES – October 1, 2012 – Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, has appointed former Disney digital executive Paul Yanover to the newly created position of President. He will report to Nick Lehman, President of Digital for NBCUniversal Entertainment Networks & Integrated Media.
Yanover will lead the company’s overall business strategy, taking Fandango to the next level of success as a multi-platform entertainment brand. Specifically, he will focus on significantly growing its original content offerings across mobile, TV and the Web, as well as expanding strategic partnerships with the movie studios, driving social engagement and building on Fandango’s strong e-commerce foundation. Yanover also will be charged with enhancing all aspects of the overall Fandango moviegoing experience, as the company continues to innovate with new products that shape the future of the industry.
It’s a blow for Entertainment Weekly, and a coup for NBC/Universal-owned Fandango. They’ve hired away EW’s Oscar guy Dave Karger, who for the last two years has been the Red Carpet greeter for AMPAS (a job my late Variety colleague Army Archerd had for years), and Karger is good on …
AMC Entertainment passed up the opportunity to share its side of its dispute with MovieTickets.com before we ran our in-depth account of the fascinating behind-the-scenes story on Monday. MovieTickets and its backers — Hollywood Media and …
EXCLUSIVE: It sure looks that way based on the eye-opening — and, up to now, undisclosed — stories of hardball gamesmanship that MovieTickets tells the Circuit Court in Palm Beach, Fla., in its breach of contract suit against AMC Entertainment. The online ticketing company and its backers — ad and ticket sales company Hollywood Media, and Sumner Redstone‘s National Amusements — say in the second amended complaint filed last month that the No. 2 theater chain, a founding member, engaged in “unconscionable, unfair, and deceptive acts and practices.” They culminated in AMC’s decision in February to move its online business to Comcast-owned Fandango. The plaintiffs add that MovieTickets’ “current viability has been threatened” by AMC. But if they prevail, then AMC might have to return to the fold and pay as-yet unspecified damages. That could belie the claim by The New York Times and its followers in the trade press that the online ticket sales competition is already over, with Fandango the winner. Even though AMC switched sides, it noted in an SEC filing on Friday that it still owns 26.2% of MovieTickets.