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By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 9:00pm PST

Warner Home Entertainment Ups Nick Macrae To SVP
Warner Bros. has promoted Nick Macrae to SVP business and legal affairs for the Home Entertainment Group. Macrae joined Warner in 1999 and most recently was VP and senior counsel for the Home Entertainment Group covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He will continue to be responsible for all aspects of business and legal affairs for the division, negotiating and concluding platform deals, acquiring third party content and advising on issues surrounding home video, digital and video games distribution across the EMEA region. Read More »

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Warner Bros. And MGM Invest In Game Company Kabam

By | Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 9:26am PST

The studios didn’t say how much they put in to the privately held maker of free-to-play social games. But it appears to be significant to Kabam: Warner Bros Home Entertainment President Kevin Tsujihara will become a member of its … Read More »

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Warner Bros & Paramount Announce Home Media Distribution Deal

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 1:49pm PDT

HOLLYWOOD, CA (October 4, 2012) – Paramount Home Media Distribution and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group today announced that they have reached a strategic alliance centering on more than 600 catalog titles from the Paramount film library. The deal grants Warner Bros. exclusive rights to physical Blu-ray and DVD distribution of those titles in the US and Canada, and will make Paramount’s UltraViolet offerings available on a non-exclusive basis through Flixster, the Warner Bros. movie streaming and discovery service.

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Universal Sticks With 28-Day Delay In New Disc Rental Deal With Redbox

Looks like Warner Bros lost an important potential ally in its effort to double the waiting period for Redbox to secure DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Redbox said this morning that they’ve agreed to continue their … Read More »

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Redbox Prepared To Sidestep Universal Or Fox If They Want Longer DVD Rental Delay

The kiosk company already buys Warner Bros discs on the open market instead of accepting the studio’s insistence that it wait 56 days for new releases. And Paul Davis, CEO of Redbox parent Coinstar, says he’s “comfortable that we could deal with” a similar situation if Universal or Fox also try to change their current arrangement to hold new releases for 28 days before selling discs directly to Redbox. The kiosk company says it offsets the higher price it pays retailers for Warner Bros’ new DVD and Blu-ray releases by carrying fewer of the studio’s titles. “We’re not buying every single movie” from Warner Bros, he told analysts at the Pacific Crest Emerging Technology Summit. ”We’re pretty selective.” The company expects to  “learn a lot more as we go through the quarter” about how many discs to buy to satisfy consumers and still make a profit. Although Redbox is prepared to do the same thing with Universal and Fox, Davis says “I don’t believe that’s where we’ll end up.” Read More »

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Redbox Vows To Acquire Warner Bros DVDs “Through Alternative Means”

By | Tuesday January 31, 2012 @ 7:20am PST

Looks like Redbox has told Warner Bros to take a hike with its effort to double the waiting period for new rental DVDs to 56 days. When the contract to acquire discs directly from Warner Bros expires today Redbox will “work to provide Warner Brothers’ movies through alternative means,” says Gary Cohen, SVP for marketing and customer experience. He adds that Redbox “maintains direct working relationships with every other major studio.” Disney, Paramount, and Sony provide new DVDs to Redbox the day they’re released; Universal and Fox require the kiosk company to wait 28 days. Redbox is taking a big risk by choosing to buy Warner Bros discs from outside sources: That could be more costly. What’s more, the company may not be able to buy enough copies of hit films to satisfy its customers — especially if Warner Bros can persuade retailers to cap the number of the studio’s discs they’ll sell to a single customer. (Earlier this morning Walmart agreed to continue housing Redbox kiosks to early 2015.) But Warner Bros also is taking a gamble: There’s nothing to stop Redbox from flooding the market with used Warner Bros DVDs a few weeks after they’re released, when rental demand for the titles lets up. Still, Warner Bros wants to increase the delay before providing discs to low-cost rental companies because it believes that will help to boost sales. That’s become an important initiative for Warner: It’s also leading the pack in offering discs under the entertainment industry’s Ultraviolet campaign which makes it possible for buyers to also stream movies to digital devices. Earlier this month Netflix agreed to the 56-day delay. Studios fear that their profits will Read More »

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Warner Bros Lays Off 50 In Home Entertainment & Consumer Products

Fox Lays Off 22 Staffers In Home Entertainment
Now Disney And Lionsgate Laying Off Staff
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Flixster And Rotten Tomatoes Bought By Warner Bros Home Entertainment Today

BURBANK, Calif., May 4, 2011 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group today announced an agreement to acquire Flixster, the movie discovery application company with over 25

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