EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros Home Entertainment has laid off several employees working in the DVD division of the business, Deadline has learned. We’re told that the cuts involved backroom functions related to the DVD supply chain; the disc business has been steadily in decline in the industry thanks to digital delivery. The cuts were to only about one-half of 1% of the conglom’s total global workforce that numbers about 8,000, we’re told, and Warner Bros is looking to relocate about half of the affected workers elsewhere in the company. WBHE includes Warner Home Video, Warner Bros Digital Distribution, Warner Bros Advanced Digital Services, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros Technical Operations and Warner Bros Anti-Piracy Operations.
The Wizard Of Oz is getting a major brand revitalization this fall. The Technicolor classic will return to screens on September 20 for an exclusive one-week IMAX 3D engagement commemorating its 75th anniversary, with dozens of promotional partnerships bringing the Oz brand to apparel, jewelry, collectibles, publishing, stationery and paper goods, toys and games, slot machines, November’s 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a campaign of child passenger safety PSAs. WB‘s extensive 8K 3D conversion will also be available as part of a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D collector’s edition debuting in October.
Burbank, Calif. (March 8, 2012) – Rosemary Markson has been appointed to Senior Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing, Warner Home Video, it was announced today by Jeff Brown, Executive Vice President and General Manager, TV, Family & Animation, Warner Home Video. In her newly expanded role, Markson will have overall responsibility for developing business-building consumer and retail strategies for the TV on DVD business, both new release and catalog. Markson will continue to lead the team that manages the P&L for TV and Special Interest home video with specific responsibility for product development, consumer marketing, retail programs, pricing, advertising and promotion spending, and forecasting. She is also responsible for managing talent and studio relationships and ensuring that key content partners, including Turner and the BBC, are properly serviced.
The bottom seems to have fallen out of the DVD market according to a startling report out this week from SNL Kagan. The research firm says that studio shipments of DVDs fell 43.8% to 226 million discs last year. Wholesale revenues fell about the same amount, 43.9%, to $4.47 billion. The study compared 415 titles released in 2010 to 352 in 2009. Helped by Avatar, Fox accounted for 13.6% of the 2010 wholesale revenues. That barely beat Warner, which had 13.5% of the market, closely followed by Disney with 13.4%. “Consumers are now opting to sign up for streaming and-or rental services such as Netflix,” analyst Wade Holden wrote. “They are using video-on-demand services more and more as they discover these services can be cost-effective.” His study did not look at sales of Blu-ray discs. It also doesn’t appear to square with the home video industry’s year-end data. DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group said that studios shipped “more than 1 billion DVD units” in 2010 as well as in 2009. DEG pegged total U.S. spending on DVD sales and rentals at $14 billion last year, down 11.4%. But with Blu-ray and digital, total home video spending was down 3.1% to $18.8%, it said.
Los Angeles, CA, July 21, 2010 – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA) has teamed up with Warner Bros Pictures and Warner Home Video, The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks After Dark) and The City of Los Angeles, Office of The Mayor, Antonio R. Villaraigosa, The Gang Reduction Youth Development and The Department of Recreation and Parks (Summer Night Lights) programs, to host a free summer screening series. Over the summer, BAFTA/LA will simultaneously screen nine Warner Bros Pictures and Warner Home Video titles in six county parks and 24 city parks across Los Angeles.
The complete list of Warner Bros Pictures films to be screened are Superman II, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Beetlejuice, Cats and Dogs, The Iron Giant, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, March of the Penguins, The Goonies and Happy Feet. Participating County Parks are: Athens Park, Belvedere Park, Lennox Park, Pamela Park, Roosevelt Park,and Ted Watkins Park. Participating City Parks are: Costello (Lou Costello) Recreation Center, Cypress Park Recreation Center, Delano Recreation Center, Glassell Park Recreation Center, Highland Park Recreation Center, Hubert Humphrey Recreation Center, Imperial Courts Recreation Center, Jackie Tatum/Harvard Recreation Center, Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, Jordan Downs Recreation Center, Lake Street Recreation Center, Lemon Grove Recreation Center, M.L.K. Recreation Center, Mt. Carmel Recreation Center, Normandale Recreation Center, Ramon Garcia Recreation Center, Ramona Gardens Recreation Center, Ross Snyder Recreation Center, Sepulveda Recreation Center, Slauson Recreation Center, South