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.
Fandango has expanded its ticketing coverage in Southern California, Chicago and Washington, D.C. by adding ArcLight Cinemas.
After 37 years in Manhattan, the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Film Week is moving across the river to Brooklyn. The event will set up shop in DUMBO anchored around its headquarters, the Made in NY Media Center By IFP. Film Week will run September 17-22. The IFP has also expanded to support television, digital, web, virtual reality and app-based series at its upcoming IFP Film Week. Series showrunners and creators will take part in the IFP Project Forum, the only international co-production market in the U.S. featuring stories for all platforms
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the Cinema Industry Research – Scandinavia report to their offering. The countries of Scandinavia and the Baltic region have very different cinema markets with attendance rates ranging from among the lowest in Western Europe to the highest in Iceland, and some potentially fast-growing markets in the Baltic States.
In November 2014, the Rohde & Schwarz Broadcasting Division was renamed Broadcast and Media Division. This emphasized the company’s growing commitment in the studio market as well as the expansion of its product portfolio across the entire value added chain. What the company calls the next logical step is now taking place with the complete integration of the Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH subsidiary into the parent company. "We have had a common vision for a long time. Now we have merged perfectly to continue on our successful path," said Juergen Nies, head of the division.
Bloomberg News is reporting that AMC Entertainment is assembling a bid for Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group valuing the European company at as much as 900 million pounds ($1.3 billion), according to two people familiar with the matter.
Ymagis Group has announced a complete corporate rebranding initiative effective immediately, which will be rolled out through the second quarter of 2016. This rebranding encompasses all aspects of the visual identity of the Group’s portfolio of brands as well as the complete revision of the company tagline, mission and vision statement. All exhibitor services activities (dcinex, Ymagis, R2D1 and shortly Proyecson) now operate under the name CinemaNext.
Novra Technologies has announced a proposed merger with International Datacasting Corporation. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Novra will acquire 100 percent of the issued and outstanding common shares of IDC for total purchase consideration of approximately $1.9 million. This proposed transaction was done at arm's length and there was no finder's fee.
Wanda Cinema Line Corporation is planning to purchase more than 800 units of Dolby digital cinema processors, including the Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850 and the Dolby Digital Cinema Processor CP750, to deploy in all of its new cinema screens in China through the end of 2016.
AMC has announced plans to acquire Carmike Cinemas for a reported $737 million in cash. Under the terms of the deal, AMC will offer $30 a share, an increase of 19 percent over Carmike’s closing price on Thursday. AMC would also Carmike’s debt, making the transaction worth about $1.1 billion. If approved, the deal would give AMC more than 600 theatres, making it the largest theatre chain in the country.