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Sunday, January 29, 2017
'Despicable Me 2' Ups Universal Q4 Profit, Revenue

As previously reported, 'Despicable Me 2,' the follow-up to 2010's 'Despicable Me,' dominated home entertainment sales in 2013, including ranking No. 1 for five consecutive weeks (through Jan. 12) as the country’s top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

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Bitcoin Gaining Foothold in Entertainment … Slowly

A PricewaterhouseCoopers survey found that 38% of 1,000 respondents said they would be interested in using Bitcoin for downloading or streaming TV shows or movies, and 39% said they would be interested in using it for buying movie or sporting event tickets.

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Report: Digital Leaders Taking More Revenue Risks

A new report from professional services firm Ernst & Young finds that digital leaders in the entertainment industry are willing to take more risks than non-entertainment executives, and deal with short-term revenue losses in the hopes of long-term digital growth.

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Director Gavin Hood on the set of 'Ender's Game' 'Ender's Game' Director: Early Digital Here to Stay, but Disc Still Rules

LOS ANGELES — Lionsgate released 'Ender’s Game' on Digital HD Jan. 28, two weeks before disc. And director Gavin Hood loves the concept of early digital … mostly.

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Phase 4 Acquires ESI Distribution, Inks Canada Deal With Criterion

Phase 4 Films has acquired ESI Distribution, in addition to signing a Canadian distribution agreement with The Criterion Collection. Combined with last month’s distribution agreement with Shout! Factory, Phase 4 continues to up its stock as a top content distributor.

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Walmart's 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' lunchbox packaging A 'Cloudy' Day for Exclusives

Merchandising: New releases are starting to rain down like meatballs, and with them a plethora of retail exclusives from which to choose.

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