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Monday, 20 October 2014

Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises partner to launch branded SVOD platform

Vancouver, BC, Santa Monica, CA, and New York, NY – October 20, 2014 – In a move to offer premium content to a growing online audience, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, and Tribeca Enterprises, a diversified global media company which owns and operates the Tribeca Film Festival, have partnered to launch a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, the two companies announced today.

The service, called Tribeca Short List, will encompass a prestigious selection of Lionsgate and Tribeca titles as well as critically-acclaimed films drawn from around the world.  The films will be curated by Tribeca and leading voices in contemporary culture and refreshed on a weekly basis.  The service is slated to launch in the first half of calendar 2015.

“The launch of the Tribeca Short List service unites two powerful brands and underscores our commitment to collaborate with blue-chip partners around the world to deliver premium content to online audiences,” said Lionsgate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer.  “The Tribeca name resonates with movie aficionados everywhere, and our service will encompass a highly curated, diverse and prestigious portfolio of quality films.”

“We are pleased to join with Lionsgate, a world-class brand synonymous with innovation and exciting, quality entertainment, to create a highly curated experience that disrupts the ‘more-is-more’ model in today’s streaming on-demand landscape,” said Jane Rosenthal, CEO of Tribeca Enterprises. “Tribeca Short List aims to be a service where you can see films you never got to watch, forgot to watch, and want to watch.”

The new service will be based in New York and will be led by a General Manager and a Board of Directors comprised of Lionsgate and Tribeca executives as well as an Advisory Board that encompasses some of the leading names in American entertainment and culture.

ABOUT TRIBECA ENTERPRISES
Tribeca Enterprises is a diversified global media company based in New York City. Established in 2003 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the company currently operates a network of branded entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival International, Tribeca Cinemas, Tribeca Digital Studios, and Tribeca Film, a distribution label. The Tribeca Film Festival is a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors and also runs the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival and the newly created Tribeca Innovation Week. The company’s mission is to provide artists with unique platforms to expand the audience for their works and to broaden the access point for consumers to experience independent film and media. www.tribecafilm.com

ABOUT LIONSGATE
Lionsgate, home to The Hunger GamesTwilight and Divergent franchises, is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of theDivergent franchise, Now You See MeKevin Hart: Let Me ExplainWarm BodiesThe PossessionSinister, Roadside Attractions' A Most Wanted Man, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films’ Addicted and Pantelion Films' breakout hitInstructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com


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Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Rewrite - Trailer

Well, I loved both Two Weeks Notice and Music & Lyrics, so I guess it's pretty much a shoe-in that I'll enjoy this one too.  If / when I get to see it. Although, tbh, from the trailer... not really sure it will be as good as either of those. (Yes, I'm a guy who likes romcoms, there must be more out there, right guys? Er... guys?



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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Re-Introducing The American Drive-In

September 17th, 2014
Franklin, Indiana, At one time the drive-in movie theatre was a vital part of American culture. Drive-ins reached their peak in the late 1950s with almost 6,000 dotting the nation. Over time, the economics of real estate made the large property areas increasingly expensive for drive-ins to operate successfully. Land became far too valuable for businesses such as drive-ins, which in most cases were active only in the summer months. By 2013, drive-ins comprised only 1.5 percent of movie screens in the United States. At the industry's height, 25 percent of the nation's movie screens had been in a drive-in. In 2014, 350 drive-ins remain.

Today many theatres chains are committed to convert their multiplexs into large dens, with overstuffed chairs and overpriced chicken fingers. The cost of movie going is quickly rising and becoming out of reach for the American family.
Enter a group of committed film exhibitors ,Gina DiSanto, Bill Dever, Bruce Taffet and Albert Kolkmeyer. With over 135 years of experience in film exhibition they decided to form USA Drive-Ins, a company dedicated solely to the re-emergence of the American Drive-In Movie theatre.
“ As a movie exhibitor I started to become very concerned that we as an industry were starting to ignore large parts of our audience” says Bruce Taffet, one of the managing director of USA Drive-ins. “The foundation of our business was serving everyday people, and I wanted to get back to that”
Using various test sites, the principals of USA Drive-Ins have been working on the drive-in re-launch for the past three years. Combining cutting edge digital technology with a healthy respect for drive-in traditions and history, USA Drive-Ins is committed to bringing back drive-ins and ensuring that future generations enjoy this classical form of American entertainment.
We understand the choice that consumers today have,” says partner Bill Dever “But we realized that in drive-ins there was something that was sacred, a piece of America that people truly longed and hoped for. My partners and I are committed to putting back the drive-in in its rightful place in our culture.”
Towards that end, USA Drive-Ins have entered into a strategic relationship with Johnny Rockets to build drive-ins alongside their new Route 66 concept.
The combination of Johnny Rockets with a Drive-in was a natural,” says Gina DiSanto “ We share a mutual foundation, Americana....it's very exciting”


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