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Hot Trailer: ‘Summer In February’

Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens has been booking roles of late that mark a departure from the hit period series, including Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate and thriller A Walk Among The Tombstones. Summer In February, which Stevens exec produced, sees him firmly back in period drama. Dominic Cooper also stars with Emily Browning in the CrossDay Productions/Apart Films title. Christopher Menaul directed the adaptation by Jonathan Smith from his own novel that’s set at an Edwardian artists’ colony on the Cornish coast of England before the start of WWI. Metrodome releases in the UK on June 14. Here’s the trailer:

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Fire Still Going At Sony DVD Plant Torched By London Rioters

By | Thursday August 11, 2011 @ 8:08am PDT

Sony says that fire crews are still at its wrecked DVD and CD factory in Enfield, north London. Smoke levels are preventing surveyors from getting in and assessing damage. Rioters broke in to the Sony DADC Distribution Centre on Monday night and set it ablaze. The studio, which handles physical DVD distribution for indie UK distributors and record companies, says that 25 million discs have been lost in the arson attack. Disney Games titles as well as Sony’s own discs have been hit by the blaze. Sony is remanufacturing 1.5 million discs that need to be shipped urgently from its manufacturing sites elsewhere in the UK and Austria. It is sending out more discs out direct from its UK manufacturing site to reduce shipping delays. And other home-entertainment distributors have also pitched in offering to help. Read More »

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Metrodome Buys Target Entertainment

The London-based theatrical distributor has bought the TV sales agent/distributor for £800,000 ($1.3 million) – way down on the £10 million which was being talked about before. Instead, Metrodome has promised to invest a further £3 million in Target. Negotiations between both companies broke down last month. Mark Webster, executive chairman of Metrodome, has personally bought 50% of Target and is investing £700,000 himself in the company. Metrodome wants Target because around 6,000 hours of TV programming to ride out those peaks and troughs of theatrical releasing.

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Metrodome Calls Off Target Acquisition

The UK film distributor was trying to buy TV company Target Entertainment for £10 million ($15 million), but neither side could agree. Endemol or US companies — keen to take advantage of the weak pound – could still buy Target, which has a library of 6,000 hours of television programming.

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Metrodome Buying Target Entertainment

Target_EntertainmentThe UK publicly-listed distributor has had its shares suspended pending reverse takeover talks with Target Entertainment, the TV distributor. Metrodome is paying £10 million ($15 million) for Target, which has a library of 6,000 hours of programming. Target bought Greenlit Rights, the production company of Stormbreaker author Anthony Horowitz two years ago. ITV broadcasts cosy Second World War drama Foyle’s War that Greenlit produces. The deal would give Target access to the public markets for the first time. Having a TV library would iron out the troughs of indie film distribution for Metrodome, which hasn’t had a hit since Donnie Darko. Accountancy firm BDO is advising Target on the merger. Endemol and some US companies – keen to take advantage of the weak pound – could still take Target off the table though.

Until last year, Target appeared to be going gangbusters. Things were going so well, it even moved into film production – always a sign of hubris. Kate McCreery, former producer partner of Charles Finch, was brought it to run the feature side. Penny Wolf came on board as sales consultant. Since then things have gone awry.

Stewart Clarke, a TV analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media, tells me he suspects Target doesn’t have a distinct enough programming niche, while struggling with the overheads of a medium-to-large size company.

Clarke says: “In the current economic climate, and with all of the consolidation in the TV sector, it’s tough for companies which do … Read More »

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