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Ralf Ludemann

  • Major upheaval ahead for UK cinema advertising sector


    A dramatic shift of power inthe UK cinema advertising market is on the horizon.
  • Fockers storms international chart


    Propelled by a $14.9mopening weekend in the UK, Meet The Fockers easily topped theinternational box office, grossing $18.8m from 20 territories and scoring anexcellent screen average of $10,937.
  • DVD retailers benefit from UK tax loophole


    A tax exemption used byTesco, Amazon and others to avoid charging VAT on DVDs will this week facecriticism from MPs.
  • Ray tunes into eight territories


    Having spent two weeksracking up healthy numbers in Germany - its only international outing so far -multiple Oscar nominee Rayexpanded into seven further territories.
  • Piracy growth eats into European theatrical admissions


  • UK indie exhibitor wins first Europa Cinemas award


    UK independent exhibitioncompany City Screen and its directors Tony Jones and Lyn Goleby have beenhonoured with the first ever 'Entrepreneur of the Year' award by EuropaCinemas.
  • Ian Riches named CEO of UK independent exhibitor


  • Blackstone acquires UGC exhibition circuit


    US buyout firm theBlackstone Group has acquired the UGC UK and Ireland cinema circuit.
  • Rotterdam revamps festival programme sections


    The International Film Festival Rotterdam is to introducethree new programme sections to replace the Main Programme Features and HubertBals Fund Harvest sections during its upcoming 34th edition (Jan 26 - Feb 6,2005).
  • UGC denies international circuit sale


    UGC has officiallydenied a report in The Times newspaper that its entire European circuitis up for sale with a price tag of £400m ($715.8m).
  • Evil enters international chart


    Day-and-datelaunches in Japan and Denmark saw action-horror sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse the highest new entry on theinternational chart this week at sixth.
  • POLAND 8 September


  • Village cheer for Buena Vista


    Over a weekend whenonly one film, The Village, couldmanage to gross over $10m at the international box office, it was still alandmark period for Buena Vista International.
  • INTERNATIONAL 2 September


  • Terra Firma acquires 35% of UK cinema market


    The UK cinema sector witnessed its biggest shake-up for over a decade on Friday when private equity firm Terra Firma acquired both the Odeon and UCI circuits in one fell swoop.
  • Film piracy business set to increase


    Screen International's DVD: The Home Cinema Summit last week revealed the growing threat of piracy to the film industry's bottom line.
  • Football fever fails to ruin Harry's game


    Harry Potter AndThe Prisoner Of Azkabancontinued its unstoppable domination of the international box office, adding afurther 2,070 screens in 16 more territories to gross $66.4m in 40 countriesover the weekend - a slight 24% drop on its opening take.
  • Korean melodrama puts wind up Potter


    A South Koreanmelodrama is giving Harry Potter a run for its money. For while The Prisoner Of Azkaban was theundisputed champion at the international box office over the weekend, taking$87m-plus, new release Windstruck achieved a better screen average of$11,190 against Potter's $11,060.
  • Sony unveils 4k digital cinema projection system


    Sony Electronics last week unveiled a new digital cinemaprojection system - offering four times the resolution of the current projectordeveloped by market leader Texas Instruments.
  • Tchenguiz offers $644m for UK's Odeon cinemas


    Robert Tchenguiz has offered $644m (£350m) to buy the Odeoncinemas in a move to prevent the company being auctioned, according to the UK'sSunday Times.
  • Broadbent, Czernin exit Mission


    UK-based producers Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin are leaving Mission Pictures, the UK-US production company Broadbent founded with Andrew Hauptman and Damian Jones.
  • New bidders emerge for UCI cinema circuit


    UK independent investment firm Terra Firma Capital Partners has expressed an interest in bidding for United Cinemas International (UCI) the multinational exhibition company owned by Vivendi Universal and Viacom, according to The Times newspaper.
  • UK producers seek alternative film investment schemes


    The UK Film Council, together with representatives from BSAC and PACT, met yesterday with Inland Revenue officials and made the case for transitional arrangements following the changes to the rules covering losses through partnerships announced on 10 February.
  • Multiplex building continues apace across Europe


    More than 1,000 multiplex screens a year are still being added to the European total, according to a report by industry analysts Screen Digest.
  • Warner Theatres plans Chinese expansion


    Following its groundbreaking deal last July to build a circuit of up to 10 cinemas in China in a joint venture with Shanghai Film Group, Warner Bros. International Theatres (WBIT) has agreed a new deal 'in principle' with Guangzhou Performance Co to invest an estimated $30m to build 8 - 10 state-of-the-art multiplex cinemas in southern China over the next few years.
  • FACT launches UK anti-piracy campaign


    The UK's Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) will this week launch a new campaign to raise public awareness of the dangers associated with film and video piracy.
  • Exhibitors set for alternative content bonanza


    Exhibitors are set to reap major financial benefits from alternative content screenings such as sports events, according to a new report.
  • Lenin! crosses UK box office landmark


  • UGC Cinemas expands UK circuit


    As part of its expansion strategy, European cinema operator UGC Cinemas has announced a number of initiatives including the acquisition of the Warner Village Cinema in Nottingham as well as plans to invest £20m in its existing UGC Cinema in Ealing, West London.
  • Film industry 'little to fear from internet piracy'


    According to a new report from the Informa Media Group titled ‘Film on the Internet’, peer-to-peer piracy and CD/DVD burning will result in relatively limited losses for the film industry - and in fact, Hollywood will thrive from the internet.
  • Magical cast lines up for Pathe's Roundabout


    A host of star names, including Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue are to provide the voices for Pathe Pictures' CGI animated feature The Magic Roundabout.
  • Go gets Golden Star at Marrakech Int'l film festival


    Japanese director Isao Yukisada's (pictured) Go has been awarded the top prize, the Golden Star (Etoile d'Or), at the second Marrakech International film festival.
  • Marrakech left deserted by Scorsese, Almodovar


    The embarrassing absence ofboth Martin Scorsese and Pedro Almodovar from this year's secondMarrakech International Film Festival stole much of the limelight away from anotherwise glittering event where an outdoor public screening of David Lynch'ssexually-charged Mulholland Drivefurther raised the temperature in this Islamic hot zone.
  • Kinepolis abandons cinema box office


    Belgian cinema group Kinepolis, is planning to replace box office ticket desks in all of its multiplexes with public-access computers to allow patrons to buy tickets via the internet. The company also intends to install terminals in local bars and restaurants.
  • British film classification rules set to change


    The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has revealed plans to change the existing 12-certificate to a new 'advisory' category, bringing the territory into line with the rest of Europe and the US.
  • Eastern European admissions boom predicted


    Box office revenues in Central and Eastern Europe are forecast to soar by 80% over the next four years, notwithstanding the increasing problem of overscreening in many key cities as well as consolidation among some international exhibitors.
  • Zoo launches new UK cinema company


    The launch of a new British exhibition company was announced February 19 by its founding members. Zoo Cinema Exhibition Ltd has been formed by Clare Binns, managing director of Chris Blackwell's Oasis Cinemas, one of the UK' most established independent exhibitors.
  • Arenaplex launches digital cinema production


    Arenaplex,LLC, a new company established to provide non-feature film programming fordigital cinemas, revealed plans on 16 February, to produce and distributeoriginal content for the future generation of digitally-equipped multiplexes.