Wez Merchant, the founder and managing director of the public relations company Strike Media has a plan to support motion picture distributors during the COVID-19 crisis. He is launching a free newsletter that would include all the home entertainment, video on demand and premium video on demand movies being released each week.
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The Göteborg Film Festival’s video-on-demand platform Draken Film has launched a selection of newly released films in collaboration with leading Swedish distributors and is donating half of the revenues from new subscribers to independent Swedish art-house cinemas.
Netflix in 2019 launched about nine times as much original programming as its chief video-streaming rival Amazon, reflecting the divergent business models of the two companies, a new study shows. Last year, Netflix released 2,701 hours’ worth of original programming, compared to just 314 hours for Amazon Prime Video, according to the Omdia Original Online Production Report – 2020.
Post-production finishing for the first season of El Club, Netflix’s new young adult dramedy, was recently completed at Cinematic Media in Mexico City. The country’s only full-service facility focused exclusively on cinema and television post, the company handled both sound and picture finishing for the series, now available through the streaming service in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking markets.
The Netflix series GLOW, which launched its 10-episode third season in August 2019, brings the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to Las Vegas and the fictitious Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino. The production captures the personal and professional lives of a group of women who perform for a wrestling organization that started in Los Angeles but now find themselves in glitzy Las Vegas during the 1980s. Cinematographer Chris Teague met with show creators, executive producers and episode writers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch to pitch his ideas for the new look of GLOW for its new Las Vegas setting, which is where they realized that everyone was on the same page.
In an intensive, one-night-only workshop, Goldcrest Post and CinePointe Advisors will teach filmmakers everything they need to know about delivering their projects for cinema, streaming and broadcast. The event will provide a complete overview of the film delivery process, encompassing evolving technical requirements, complex legal considerations and essential project management skills. Participants will learn how to save time and money, while ensuring their deliverables conform to the latest industry standards. Titled Demystifying Film Delivery: What Every Producer Should Know, this can’t miss workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th at Goldcrest Post in Manhattan.
Day-and-date film release is still a rarity in the European film market. A new free report by the European Audiovisual Observatory clarifies the release windows situation in Europe by providing a thorough analysis of the system and the economic and legal rationale on which it is based.
In Dopesick Nation, recovering addicts Frankie and Allie take on the heroin epidemic by working to save as many addicts as they can. The series, which premiered on Viceland last year, takes place in southern Florida and also tries to expose the corruption and exploitation that takes place in the rehab industry.
FandangoNow, Fandango’s video on-demand service, will become the first U.S. digital retailer for IMAX Enhanced films releasing to home video. FandangoNow will have exclusive rights as the sole transactional VOD service to feature this content in the U.S. through 2019. The IMAX Enhanced program is a certification and licensing program, combining IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K high dynamic range content and DTS audio technologies.
The Oscar-qualifying film Ian has been released in an unprecedented joint effort from all major children’s Networks in Latin America: Disney, Discovery Kids, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, YouTube Kids and Pakapaka in Latin America and YouTube Worldwide. This emotional film is based on the true story of a boy called Ian. The film was created by Emmy nominee Gastón Gorali, produced by Oscar winner and two-time Emmy winner Juan José Campanella and directed by Abel Goldfarb. This important film aims to help children to understand disability and for the message of inclusion to reach every home.