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Michael Gubbins

  • Empowering Audiences is Cross-Media Mission


    Michael Gubbins looks at some of the main conference themes discussed at the Power to the Pixel London Forum.
  • Screen opinion: the film industry's zero-sum game


    Economist Richard Bronk makes a fascinating case this week for the reasons why economists failed to predict the downturn. 'Economists and bankers,' he suggested, 'assume they can reduce uncertainty to measurable risk based on systematic regularities in the past that can tell you what is going to happen in the future.'
  • United Kingdom - Sustainable development


    London-based Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) is a business on the move. It doesn't have a great deal of choice in one respect - the company's Tottenham Court Road offices are to be demolished to make way for a new rail network.
  • Screen opinion:Film industry must dodge thesucker punch


    Don't worry,' a reassuring senior financier mentioned this time last year, 'the thing with film is that there will always be another sucker at the table.' The hedge funds might dry up and the dodgy tax loopholes close but in true Micawber fashion, he remained confident that 'something would turn up'.
  • In Focus - European film finance unveiling this season's model


    A year ago, Screen's European Film Summit in Berlin was already focused on the dark clouds on the horizon - the terms 'credit crunch' and 'sub-prime' permeated almost all the discussions. Few, however, were predicting the abrupt ending of a credit boom would lead to the kind of downturn we are now seeing in economies.
  • Screen opinion:Time to get real


    Could 2009 be the year we all get real' The thought springs to mind in contemplating the Alice In Wonderland aspects of the last few months. There has, of course, always been a surreal aspect to the industry but rarely has so much of the business seemed to be out of kilter with day-to-day realities.
  • Screen opinion: film must marry magic and business


    As befits these recessionary times, there has been a noticeable shift of tone at the business end of the industry recently. New emphasis has been placed on the search for scientific, transparent, bona fide facts and figures that might impress an investor or bank manager. With risk-aversion now set in firmly, the spreadsheet seems to be taking prominence alongside the storyboard.
  • Screen opinion: What's in a name'


    'For the first time in 20 years, no-one wants to venture a guess about what will happen this year,' Universal Pictures International president David Kosse told Screen this week.
  • Carl Clifton takes up key roles at The Works


    Former HandMade COO and head of sales Carl Clifton has started work in his new role as executive director of UK-based international film company The Works Media Group. He is also managing director of the company's sales agency, The Works International, whose current slate includes James Marsh's Man On Wire and Shane Meadows' Somers Town. Joy Wong, ...
  • 2008 Review of the Year - Crunch time


    This has been the year of the reality check. Over the last few years, there has been reason for confidence about strong growth. Globalisation was opening or reopening territories, with vast populations seemingly all demanding to be entertained. New technologies were promising to crash through the limitations of the physical world and create new routes to market as well as breathe new life into theatres.
  • Europe - breaking the deadlock


    Given the slow pace of change in European digital cinema, there is a danger in over-hyping any kind of movement. But a $56m investment in leading UK and France-based D-cinema business Arts Alliance Media (AAM) may prove significant.
  • Screenopinion:Film must look to reinvention


    In the middle of the fake souk in the hotel complex where the Dubai International Film Festival is based, there is a Santa's grotto blaring out Frosty The Snowman.
  • Profile: Arts Alliance Media eyesD-cinema breakthrough


    The conversion of the world's cinemas to digitalequipment wasalways much more thana simple upgrade of theatre equipment. The industryhad been built ona single standard - 35mm film- and, for all its glaring inefficiencies, it worked in its own way.
  • Are there upsides to the downturn for film'


    'The film market needs to change. I have been told it will never change but two years ago the same thing would have been said about the financial markets.'
  • Screen opinion: Transparency is key issue for film


    The much-touted notion of recession-proof cinema can look like a bad joke for much of the business. The queues that have been exciting attention at theatres in large parts of the world are a million miles from the experience of most of the industry.
  • Arts Alliance Media gains $56m boost to D-cinema ambitions


    Arts Alliance Media's (AAM) ambitions for digital conversion of Europe's cinemas hasreceived a $56m (Euros 43m)boost with the signing of a financing agreement with European services company Econocom and various private investors.
  • In focus - Distribution - Facing Europe's digital dilemma


    'We are in the business of culture, not the culture of business,' says Mark Cosgrove, head of programme at Bristol's Watershed cinema complex in the UK. It is a distinction that is relevant in Europe in a way that would seem extraordinary to much of the world and particularly the US.
  • United Kingdom - Indies find the Sky's the limit


    UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has not enjoyed the same recognition for its influence on film as it has on sport, which has been revolutionised by its multi-channel offering.
  • Screen opinion: animated film rises above the waves


    Those whom the gods of film wish to destroy, they first declare the next big thing. Nowhere is that fact clearer than in the declaration of 'waves' - a supposed shift in audience taste.
  • The Rainmakers


    High School Musical's (HSM) third instalment lived up to its billing as the right film for the right time: pure escapism in a global recession.
  • High School Musical 3 takes brand-building to new level


    High School Musical's (HSM) third instalment lived up to its billing as the right film for the right time: pure escapism in a global recession.High School Musical 3: Senior Year set a new opening record for a musical in the US with a three-day debut of $42m. Internationally, it opened number one in 22 countries with a new ...
  • Editorial - Stuck in the middle


    There's an old saying that if you stand in the middle of the road, you'll get knocked down from both directions. It's looking like an extremely relevant piece of advice for the film industry.
  • In focus - Reasons to be cheerful


    A nagging question underpinned this year's UK Film Finance Summit - why wasn't everyone more miserable' Goodness knows there was plenty to worry about: a crashing economy, collapsing pre-sales and a depressingly complicated digital switch which threatens the future of exhibition.
  • Richard Jobson reignites the spirit of '77


    The notion of punk cinema has been kicking around for a few years, based on the idea that a new generation of film-makers pick up a camera and take distribution into their own hands.
  • Screen opinion: Advantage of surprise


    You have to ask what we come to these film festivals for,' asked a producer, his mouth full of pintxos as the sun set over La Concha in San Sebastian a couple of weeks ago.
  • Flying the flag for 3D


    Only one in 10 digital screens is adequate for 3D screenings, pioneering 3D film-maker Ben Stassen has claimed.
  • In focus: Small cinemas' digital cinema threat


    There are few certainties about the disruptive digital future for film, but at least there has been agreement in recent times that change is inevitable, permanent and will sweep the whole industry along with it.
  • Boxing clever


    UK distributor Revolver Entertainment is planning the territory's first all-platform day-and-date release.
  • Screen opinion: Balancing finance, talent and distribution


    In film, we have buckets of creative talent but scarcely any business capacity,' Patrick McKenna, chairman of Ingenious Media Group, told a meeting at Bafta in London this week. This relatively brief aside, specifically about the UK, came during a generally upbeat talk about the prospects for the British creative sector.
  • In Focus: Stewart Till revives spirit of PolyGram


    The spectre of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (PFE) has haunted the international industry for the last 10 years. Since the European studio was swallowed up by Universal in 1999, the vacuum it left is frequently cited by those seeking a reordering of the international sales and distribution sector.
  • In Focus: D-cinema divide hangs over the digital switch


    Every period of radical change goes through an initial 'what if'' stage where enthusiasts and sceptics try to predict the future.
  • Screen Opinion: Refining the business


    There was a bitter Breton joke back in the days when oil spillages from supertankers off the Brittany coast were a regular occurrence: 'We'd be rich if we could work out how to pick it up.' It's a thought that springs to mind during what are now unequivocally tough times for the film industry.
  • Pinewood Shepperton boasts big jump in half-year profits


    The UK's Pinewood Shepperton studios has recorded a 31% year-on-year increase in half-year pre-tax profitsto $6.7m ($3.8m).Revenues rose 19% to $39.9m (£21.7m) with revenues from film up 20% to $23.8m (£13m).The studios have hosted the 007 film Quantum Of Solace and other major shoots, including Richard Curtis's The Boat That Rocked.Last year was a difficult year with the writers' ...
  • Screen opinion:Tuning into a new era


    Back in the 1970s, musician Benny Green wrote an essay on the demise of jazz. His lament was that every possible combination of notes had been explored, reworked, reversed and occasionally twisted into barely listenable shapes. 'We have to ask whether today's brilliant jazz musicians have left themselves any fresh fields to explore,' he suggested. And the answer has proved to be, well, not many.
  • Screen opinion:A double take on piracy


    The UK government took its swig from the poisoned chalice of film and music piracy this week. The result, of course, was a fudge. Most attempts to take on counterfeiting have proved either incoherent or unworkable. Sometimes both.
  • Send in the big guns


    The success of The Dark Knight has raised hopes of a Bat-powered box-office surge across the world.
  • Independent launches digital unit


    UK sales and production outfit Independent has launched a digital distribution and marketing arm - Independent Digital.
  • Disney focuses on brand values


    If the key to navigating a volatile and uncertain market is concentration on core strengths, then Disney has got it right.
  • International writers and directors seek new deal


    Nothing demonstrates the difference between Hollywood and the international independent sector more than a strike.
  • International - Finding space to grow


    Cinema analyst Dodona this week points to a growing split between the mature markets of the West and emerging markets.
  • UK directorslaunch lobby group


    Some of the most successful names in the British film industry are helping lead a 4,000 strong body representing the interests of UK directors.
  • Cannes market- Deals or no deals


    It is difficult to judge the success of the business done at the Cannes marketplace outside the context of the weight of hope, even expectation, that preceded it.
  • Screen Opinion: 1968 and all that..


    If you were putting together a fantasy protest group, you couldn't do much better than Godard, Truffaut, Malle and Polanski as your back four. All were involved in the demonstration that brought Cannes to a halt 40 years ago.
  • Film in an'anytime, any place anywhere' Martini culture


    They call it the Martini culture. Harking back to an iconic advertisement of the 1970s, the idea is that today's consumer wants to be entertained 'any time, any place, anywhere'.
  • Screen opinion: The buff stops here


    There's a woman who sits defiantly at the end of the same row in an arthouse cinema in London until the very last frame of the film's credits. She clearly believes that walking out before you have paid due respect to the mechanic who changed the oil in the DoP's trailer is tantamount to blasphemy. Any attempt to edge past her for the exit is greeted with body language that clearly screams, 'They shall not pass.'
  • ScreenOpinion- Weathering the economicstorm


    Billionaire philanthropist George Soros notched up another score for the doom merchants this week, saying we are at the end of a 60-year super-boom. It's a tragedy that so many of us were blissfully unaware we were the beneficiaries of this benevolent macroeconomic phenomenon. But that's super-booms for you - you don't know what you've got till it's gone.


    The clearest failing of European film is its ability to reach audiences, particularly where that means crossing national borders. The dream of a single European market with a common cultural identity is nowhere further from reality than in the movement of film between countries.


    INTRODUCTION Distribution has perhaps always been something of the poor relation in European cinema. This is the continent of auteur theory where the vision of a director is paramount. Great cinema is the work of the genius - production is art, distribution ...
  • UK Chancellor closes $2bntax loophole used by film investors


    UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling's 2008 Budget report has closed a tax loophole which some experts believe might have generated between $1.6bn (£800m) and $2bn (£1bn) for film.
  • Screen opinion: The heart of cinema


    Training is the industry's lifeblood.' So said a senior UK film figure this week in support of a government plan to create an apprenticeship system funded by a new mandatory levy on producers.
  • United Kingdom - Flying the flag for education


    The marriage of education and industry is often a forced one, but not at the UK's Met Film. The group, based at the legendary Ealing Studios, combines a film school with an ambitious production company and high-quality digital production and studio facilities. And it has been quietly putting together a pioneering approach of exploiting synergies in the business to address issues of working in a changing digital age.
  • Screen opinion: Cinema's public advantage


    It's the small ironies that often give away the big picture.
  • Video-on-demand - Europe - Patchwork picture is a brake on growth


    Europe's position in the VoD market is characterised by a distinctive set of issues that differentiate it from much of the rest of the world.
  • Europe's distribution revolution


    The international film industry has now seen a year in which high expectations of a buoyant film market have fallen flat. Not enough to be a bona fide crisis, but enough to create the flap of butterfly wings that might yet cause a hurricane in the future.
  • Screen opinion - Rightsize Matters


    When the inventors of business jargon find themselves in hell (or post-mortem heating and rehabilitation solutions), the devil will have put aside a particularly ghastly punishment for the deviser of the term 'rightsizing'.
  • Screen opinion - Copyright and wrong


    Everyone has a pet-hate phrase that makes them release the safety catch on their revolver. This is a personal choice: whenever the issue of copyright theft is raised, someone earnestly gets up to berate speakers for the use of the word 'piracy'. It conjures up images in the minds of poor impressionable youngsters of Johnny Depp in the Caribbean, they say.
  • PACT restructuring is case of adapt or die, says CEO


    The chief executive of UK producers body PACT John McVay says the stark choice facing the body has been to adapt or die.
  • Screen Opinion- Time is of the essence for digital change


    If the recent flurry of digital download plans does nothing more than force a rethink of the 'wait and see' policy towards digital change in international markets, it will have performed a considerable service. In Europe, in particular, it's time to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk.
  • Screen Opinion - festival change is sign of success


    Oh, for the certainties of yesteryear. There was a time when it was clear where you stood in the film festival world. Everyone knew their place and God was in his heaven, or at least in an arthouse cinema.
  • United Kingdom - The third word


    Breaking into today's crowded industry calendar with a new event is a challenge. But when that event is aimed at screenwriters, it is a real achievement.
  • Screen Opinion - film industry means business


    You don't need to be Alan Greenspan to detect a change of atmosphere in the new year. There's a relatively widespread feeling that 2008 will be a tougher year than 2007.
  • Search for business models undermines digital progress


    The term 'business model' has been haunting the film industry all year. It has been a given in any conference presentation and a must at market and festival discussions.
  • Screen opinion - Marketing aloud


    At Cannes this year, an enterprising producer came up with the wheeze of advertising his film on the underside of toilet seats in leading hotels. It's a ploy that carries with it an in-built joke about the quality of the product but it expresses a truth that's become increasingly evident this year.
  • In focus - Facing the 4-month challenge


    It is increasingly difficult to market the non-quantifiable film,' warns David Mamet in his book Bambi Vs Godzilla.
  • Digital distribution - a new world order'


    We are in the post-major studio and pre-internet era,' says Ira Deutchman, founder and CEO of New York-based Emerging Pictures. The supposed starting point and destination in his assertion are of course highly debatable. But there is now a clear consensus that this is an industry in transition. And as ever in a period of business change, it is much easier to see the holes in the ancient regime than the opportunities for the future.
  • UK film finance - In sickness or in health'


    'No news is good news' might be the motto of the UK film industry this year. The UK has been condemned to live in interesting times of late, with its entire financing system ripped up and replaced over the last few years.
  • Screen opinion - liberal profits


    Whenever commentators have run out of inspiration during the long march of festival screenings, there's always that lazy column filler about how politics is taking over the cinema. We've heard it about Cannes and Berlin in recent years, based on the success of overtly political polemical documentaries, notably from Michael Moore. And we're hearing it again now. Such polemics have carved out a following but politics is far more powerful in film as allegory - as McCarthy and his anti-Communist ...
  • In focus - The search for a new audience


    The idea of a 'digital revolution' for film can sometimes seem ridiculously overblown. For all the talk of paradigm-shifting technologies and the long tail, the traditional box office has been happily breaking records around the globe.
  • Opinion: Format war is futile


    A barely noted landmark was passed this week when next-generation DVDs overtook VHS in worldwide sales. Although it is not much of a breakthrough, the unsung but remarkable resilience of tape is a reminder that new media does not simply kill its predecessors.
  • Editorial opinion: punching its weight


    Can we judge the success of a national film industry on the numbers brought in by studio productions through subsidies and incentives, asks Michael GubbinsThere was a time when terms like the 'creative economy' sounded wildly self-important to the general public - at least outside Los Angeles. Even the term 'industry', when used to refer to film, would raise a certain amount of sniggering among those in 'real business'.
  • Editorial opinion: D-cinema is E for effort


    The announcement of a major European financing deal for digital cinema put the proverbial cat among the pigeons at this week's Cinema Expo in Amsterdam.
  • Editorial opinion: international affairs


    The international markets are beginning to exert pressure on how business is done in a way that was once the sole preserve of the US domestic market - but there's still room for growth, says Michael Gubbins
  • Strong Fox finds comfort in Grass


    Fox's Christian Grass, distributor of the year at the upcoming Cinema Expo, says a solid partnership between distributors and exhibitors is essential for the future. Michael Gubbins reports
  • Editorial opinion: dangers of diversity


    There are two words that should be worrying the international film business: cultural diversity. That's not in any way to disagree with the principle: globalised trade does have an innate drive towards homogenisation, with the big overpowering the small. So United Nations body Unesco was fully justified in raising the issue in a convention that came into force earlier this year, supported by almost all nations of the world but pointedly opposed by the US.
  • Editorial opinion: complications at birth


    'This story, in which we believe so much, is going to reach lots of people now,' Cristian Mungiu said as he deservedly collected his Palme d'Or.
  • Sweet 60 for Cannes


    The 60th edition raised expectations but the festival and market succeeded because Cannes concentrated on what it has always done best. Michael Gubbins and Mike Goodridge report.
  • Global Tax Guide 2007


    If you don't use soft money, you shouldn't be making an independent movie.' Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of US financier Relativity Media, perfectly sums up the importance of tax breaks for film-making. 'It's free equity, literally. It's free money that doesn't generally require participation in a movie. And there's soft money all over the world.'
  • Screenwriters playing against type


    Arguments over the credit for a film are as old as the industry itself. Ironically, at first actors were insistent on not getting credits, embarrassed by their association with what was considered a fairground attraction. But as novelty grew into mass entertainment and art and - more importantly - into serious business, the tensions ramped up.
  • Editorial opinion: festivals' right to choose


    The one that got away is a favourite subject at every film festival. Selectors put their necks on the line at each event, picking their favourites for competition and it's only human to reward their efforts with invective about the ones they missed.
  • Opinion: the digital dream


    Consolidation in the independent sector has been an absolute inevitability, particularly in Europe, for some time. The position of the traditional sales agent has been quietly changing during the past couple of years, and the state of today's market makes the acceleration of that process virtually certain.
  • United States - A man of the world


    When Catherine Hardwicke's The Monkey Wrench Gang hits the screens in 2008, it will be the result of 15 years of careful nurturing for its veteran producer Edward R Pressman.
  • Inward investment: coming to America


    It does not take long for the film world to turn on its head. A couple of years ago, discussion of the US industry tended to be couched in terms of crisis: runaway production, job losses, an over-ripe domestic market falling into the shadow of international.
  • Exhibitors: windows on the world


    John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners, told this week's ShoWest that release windows are the industry's top priority. He speaks for the majority of exhibitors in his alarm that the average window between theatrical and home release slipped last year by 10 days, to four months and eight days.
  • In Focus - UK TAX - Feeling the squeeze


    I think it's going to get worse before it gets better," admits John Woodward, chief executive of the UK Film Council of the current state of UK film finance.
  • UK Film Council chief warns producers of tougher times ahead after tax clampdown


    UK Film Council chief executive of the John Woodward has warned the UK film industry it will have to face up to a tough period of contraction following this month's tax clampdown.'Things will get worse before they get better,' he said.Earlier this month, the Treasury announced it was effectively ending so-called GAAP finance schemes through which wealthy individuals would offset tax against the paper losses of partnership schemes.The impact of that move ...
  • In Focus - UK tax - Chronicle of a death foretold


    There is a sense of deja vu about the sudden tax changes in the UK last week. The government ostensibly clamped down on so-called sideways loss relief, whereby a wealthy individual could offset tax against accounting losses recorded by a partnership. It was a loophole that spawned what became known as Gaap (Generally Accepted Accountancy Principles) schemes and was used by many industries to attract wealthy investors.
  • In focus - Digital rights sales - The fight for bytes


    The spectre of digital rights haunted this year's Berlinale.
  • Market focus - Calling on the neighbours


    The performance of European films outside their home markets remains one of the thorniest issues for the EU's policy-makers. Last year's box-office recovery in many European territories was largely built on the success of local films in local markets and a number of Hollywood blockbusters. There were high-profile exceptions: Pedro Almodovar's Volver, for example, took more than $15m in France and $8.5m in Italy, while Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes The Barley took more ...
  • Europe and the slate-finance boom


    The idea that there might be another big wave of funding around the corner remains one of the big hopes for the European film industry. Those dreams have until recently revolved around the idea of the discovery of a new tax loophole, which might allow a return to the sale-and-leaseback boom that has come to a halt over the last two years. It looks like an increasingly forlorn hope.
  • Digital rights issue causes buyer/seller strife in Berlin


    The European Film Market is struggling to cope with the arrival of an important new factor in the film sales world - digital rights.Buyers are desperately trying to acquire rights for downloads, video-on-demand and online distribution but many content owners are simply refusing to sell.Digital media is now a mainstream issue with most studios offering download-to-own services and VOD and online distribution ramping up even as broadcast money and DVD revenues begin ...
  • Market focus - Boom time in Bollywoodland


    Indian box office revenues increased by 40% last year but it is widely expected to be just the start of a period of radical change and rapid growth.
  • Film finance - A question of duty


    Pierre Drouot is a worried and angry man. The director of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund fears that the work of 20 years' hard lobbying for a Belgian tax shelter to support film finance may soon be killed off. And he believes he has identified the culprits responsible.
  • Market focus - Numbers back up 007's story


    China this week becomes the last major territory to screen Casino Royale, closing a run that has already left all 007 predecessors in its wake. What has been forgotten in a record-breaking run is the inauspicious initial response to the plans for the 21st Bond film.
  • New players at the table


    If the story of 2006 was realignment, reorganisation and box-office recovery, 2007 should be about attracting new investment. After a year of recovery at the box office, there is suddenly a feelgood factor about film again. Some of it may be exaggerated, of course, just as the 2005 slump was overstated. But it is a tide that everyone in the business quite rightly wants to ride.The feelgood factor is built on substance too - tangible results that look great ...
  • Bridging the gap: cinema enters the digital age


    'This a time of huge opportunity but also of great fear,' Stephen Moore, head of features and COO of Aardman told Screen International Digital Rights conference.It may not sound like a big shift from the vague predictions over the last few years that a digital future represented threats and opportunities.But Moore's fear, shared by many at the conference in London, is not about an uncertain future but about what's happening ...
  • Production subsidies under scrutiny


    After a long delay, Europe finally approved the UK's tax system with considerable modifications. The UK should now join Germany with new tax offerings from January 1 but the process raises questions about subsidies.The system of tax subsidies for film has always had an identity crisis.It's been justified as supporting cinema as an art form; it's been about helping local movies find a place in a market dominated by the Hollywood machine.And of course it's been ...
  • Cinema's economic model is dead, says Digimart keynote


    The film industry has a great future as long as it realisesthe existing economic order is dead.
  • Time is right for European studio, says Wild Bunch CEO


    The dream of aEuropean major to match the Hollywood studios should now be back on the agenda,according to Wild Bunch CEO Vincent Grimond.He ...
  • Goalpost hopes to score on debut with Clubland


    Fledgling UK sales agent Goalpost Filmis backing Australian drama Clublandas its first project.The film, starring BrendaBlethyn, and directed by Cherie Nowlan starts shooting in Sydney at ...
  • Booking surge for Berlinale's European Film Market


    Berlin's European Film Market (EFM) is boasting a 30%year-on-year increase in bookings for 2006 with nearly 200 companies signed up forthe upgraded Martin-Gropius-Bau facilities.
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  • Cine-Expo: Exhibitors waiting for Christmas punch


  • Cine-Expo: Exhibitors waiting for Christmas punch


    Cinema Expo should have been a big celebration, with a recordnumber of films topping $100m in international takings and a packedtrade show promising a host of new technology innovations.
  • Cine-Expo: Top industry figures honoured at closing ceremony


  • Cine-Expo: Top industry figures honoured at closing ceremony


    UIP chairman and chief executiveStewart Till was named distributor of the year as Cinema Expo in Amsterdam drewto a close today.The honour concluded a successfulweek for the company, which earlier picked up a record nine Gold Reel awardsfor films earning more than $100m outside the US. The company topped the $2bninternational box-office mark last year ...
  • Cine-Expo: Herbie revs up Disney's attempts at international record


    Disney-branded films are heading for 18 months ofunprecedented success in the international market, delegates to Cinema Expo inAmsterdam have been told.
  • Cine-Expo: Warner Bros pledges to be the 2005 hit factory


    Warner Bros had pledged that its strategy of a tighter slate ofbigger films will deliver exhibitors the box-office success they crave thisyear.
  • Cine Expo: box-office fears beneath forward-looking agenda


    "This film has huge expectations of turning around the summer boxoffice," Andrew Cripps, UIP president and COO, told guests before a WarOf The Worlds screening at yesterday's opening of Cinema Expo in Amsterdam.
  • Cine Expo: record releases reel in $100m overseas


    Nielsen EDI has awarded arecord 32 films the International Gold Reel Award for surpassing $100m innon-US box-office revenue during the past year.
  • Piracy strategy switches direction to win over public


    The fight against film piracy is turning away from"finger-wagging" towards more credible personalised appeals.
  • AOL launches virtual film festival online


    AOL Moviefone will launch its first "virtual short filmfestival" next week.
  • Curzon offers school for shorts


    London's Curzon Soho cinema is hosting a four-day short filmfestival, starting on July 6.
  • New venture aims to break US digital cinema deadlock


    Yet another new business venture has been formed with the promise of breaking the digital cinema fundingdeadlock in the US.
  • HBO closes London sales arm in US relocation plan


    HBO Films London is shutting down as part of a rationalizing move that will see overseas sales of HBO's films now handled out of the US.Theclosure follows the creation of Picturehouse, the New York-based joint venture US theatrical distribution company that unites HBO Films with New Line.
  • HBO Films London relocates to the US


    HBO Films London is shutting up shop andrelocating to New York and Los Angeles.Themove follows the HBO Films partnership with New Line in the newly-formedindependent US theatrical distribution company, Picturehouse,
  • Overseas satellite operations still on HBO horizon


    The decision to close HBO Films London should be taken as a signof greater global ambition rather than retrenchment, claims HBO president ofinternational distribution, Charles Schreger.
  • Pinewood Shepperton shares drop after profit warning


    Shares in Pinewood Shepperton have dropped 20 per cent after the studio issued a profit warning.
  • UK anti-piracy trailers switch emphasis from studio losses


    A new anti-piracy campaign in the UK is shifting emphasisaway from crime and financial losses towards promoting a positive image ofcinema going.
  • Eastern promise for Egyptian Top Gun


  • Pele plots film expose of South American football


    Football legend Pele isplanning what he says will be a sporting equivalent to Fernando Meirelles' Cityof God.
  • Cash versus culture clash for European film finance


  • LITE launches Latin American film fund


    A newBrazil-based finance and development company has launched a $1m fund to supportLatin American projects with international potential.
  • High-tech revolution cuts production costs


  • Gilliam bids to revive Quixote with Thomas


    Terry Gilliam is making abid to revive The Man Who Killed Don Quixote with his Tideland producer Jeremy Thomas and the Recorded PictureCompany.
  • South Africa, UK start co-production treaty talks


    SouthAfrica is in talks about a co-production treaty with the UK, according to theorganisation spearheading the development of South Africanfilm.
  • Kusturica spells out judging criteria for Cannes festival


    The Cannes competition titles will be judged on purelyaesthetic grounds rather than box-office potential, said jury president EmirKusturica.
  • Vera Drake, Aviator share top Bafta honours


    The Aviator and Vera Drake shared the major honours at Saturday night's Baftas.
  • Anti-piracy expert calls for new business models


    Building legitimate alternatives to online piracy is asimportant as legal action, according the executive leading Warner Brothers'global anti-piracy operations.