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Ralf Ludemann

  • Major upheaval ahead for UK cinema advertising sector

    16-Feb-2005

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

    2-Feb-2005

    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

    1-Feb-2005

    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

    27-Jan-2005

    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

    10-Jan-2005

  • UK indie exhibitor wins first Europa Cinemas award

    13-Dec-2004

    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

    6-Dec-2004

  • Blackstone acquires UGC exhibition circuit

    2-Dec-2004

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

    14-Oct-2004

    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

    4-Oct-2004

    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

    15-Sep-2004

    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

    8-Sep-2004

  • Village cheer for Buena Vista

    2-Sep-2004

    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

    2-Sep-2004

  • Terra Firma acquires 35% of UK cinema market

    30-Aug-2004

    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

    12-Jul-2004

    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

    17-Jun-2004

    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

    9-Jun-2004

    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

    8-Jun-2004

    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

    7-Jun-2004

    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

    18-Feb-2004

    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

    18-Feb-2004

    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

    13-Feb-2004

    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

    14-Jan-2004

    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

    8-Jan-2004

    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

    8-Dec-2003

    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

    4-Nov-2003

    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

    24-Oct-2003

  • UGC Cinemas expands UK circuit

    22-Oct-2003

    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'

    21-Oct-2003

    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

    9-Oct-2002

    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

    23-Sep-2002

    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

    20-Sep-2002

    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

    9-Jan-2002

    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

    4-Jul-2001

    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

    21-Feb-2001

    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

    19-Feb-2001

    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

    18-Feb-2001

    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.

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