Qube Cinema has introduced Qube Wire, an online digital cinema distribution service designed to eliminate the process of physical digital cinema package transportation. Targeted at the international filmmaking community, Qube Wire offers users a secure, patent-pending service to issue key delivery messages and digitally transport DCPs to theatres globally, having completed a highly successful beta-testing phase in India this year. Now in its initial launch, the service offers a simple and secure online way of issuing KDMs to cinemas worldwide. This will be followed by a commercial launch in early 2017 that will enable the global distribution of DCPs with a unique approach to last-mile delivery.
In one of the biggest deals in the emerging digital cinema business, the Ymagis Group has acquired Eutelsat’s 50.2 percent stake in DSAT Cinema and now, effectively, controls the company.
The Orchard has acquired rights to Hunter Gatherer, the debut film from filmmaker Josh Locy. Rough House Pictures will release the film in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on November 16 with a theatrical rollout to follow. The Orchard will release the film via digital platforms in early 2017.
Funimation Films has acquired the highly anticipated Japanese animated film One Piece Film: Gold from Toei Animation. The film, from Eiichiro Oda, original creator and executive producer of the One Piece anime series, is the 13th film in the franchise and the first since 2012.
Sentai Filmworks has acquired distribution rights to the Japanese anime film, Girls und Panzer der Film, for North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other territories. Sentai Filmworks says it will release additional information on Girls und Panzer der Film shortly, including distribution, release date, and streaming offerings.
In the wake of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Santa Monica-based Ultramedia and London's SC Films, have signed a distribution deal with Nettai Museum in Japan for the new sci-fi, 2307: Winter’s Dream, written and directed by Joey Curtis. The deal was negotiated by Fumie Suzuki Lancaster for the sales team and Fumiaki Ikeda for the distributor.
Screen Media Films acquired the U.S. rights for Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch following an all-night bidding session prior to its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The news followed the movie’s Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, where it had its world premiere.
If the Hollywood studios want to thrive in the era of Google, Amazon, and Netflix, they are going to have to think differently about communicating with their customers. In order to do that, they are going to have to make gathering and analyzing data on customers a priority. Consider the instructive story of how Steve Jobs revived Apple and transformed it into one of the most successful businesses in the world. The story in general is well known, but we’d like to focus on one aspect of it that gets less attention than it should: how Apple used connections with customers and data on customers to turn itself around.
Funimation Films has announced the October release of Shin Godzilla from Toho Company. The movie will screen in more than 440 theaters across the U.S. and Canada October 11-18.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group will distribute Iron Sky The Coming Race, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2012 cult hit Iron Sky, across a range of international territories in 2017, including Germany, United Kingdom and France as well as a big part of the rest of Europe (excluding Scandinavia).