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).
Vista Group International’s cinema data measurement company Numero today announced the signing of Roadshow Films in Australia and New Zealand. Roadshow Films will use Numero’s services to track daily box office results in the Australasian market. Numero has developed its testing and building capabilities and is now delivering the product to the broader film distribution community.
Dolby Laboratories, Vudu, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have announced the first slate of titles now available in ultra high definition with Dolby Vision high dynamic range imaging. Dolby Vision titles now available for purchase and rental on Vudu include the all-new release The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and fan favorites Lucy, Oblivion, and Lone Survivor.
CBS Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Winchester from Bullitt Entertainment and Diamond Pictures. The film is being directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Predestination) who wrote the screenplay for Winchester with Tom Vaughan. Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren (The Queen) will star, with Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin and Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan producing.
More2Screen will distribute Warner Bros. Records new music event, Michael Bublé – Tour Stop 148, to be released in cinemas worldwide September 25. The event includes a special fifteen-minute introduction by Michael Bublé exclusive to cinemas. The agreement does not include the United States.
WCPMedia Services’ cloud-based digital asset management platform is currently being used to manage content for Sports Memories: Rio 2016, a traveling sports media exposition depicting—after 10 years of intensive restoration—a cinematic history of world Olympic and Brazilian sports spanning 100 years.
Unique Digital and Cinedavis today announced the creation of a distribution partnership to provide electronic delivery of feature films for the German market. This partnership will directly benefit from the recently announced alliance between Deluxe Technicolor and Unique Digital to provide a long-term viable future for Deluxe’ customers in terms of content delivery, with Unique as the preferred vendor in agreed territories worldwide. Delivery of feature film to specific exhibitors will be possible by the end of quarter three with a plan to have connected more than 200 cinemas by March 2017.
Funimation Films has acquired the live action film Shin Godzilla from Toho Company. The agreement includes theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights for the upcoming Japanese live action feature film and covers all of the Americas. Funimation is currently planning to release the film in theaters in late 2016.