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Monday, February 06, 2017
Redbox Playing Studio Hardball

Redbox has looked at the domestic box office and its dominant physical media market position and has taken the gloves off. The days of throwing money at studios for new release street-date availability are over. The kiosk vendor wants distribution terms that it deems fair and reflect market reality.

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Lionsgate: Smaller Release Slate Softens Home Entertainment Revenue

A reduced theatrical and home entertainment release slate undermined Lionsgate’s third-quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2014) revenue 11% to $751.3 million, compared with revenue of $839.9 million during the previous-year period. Net income increased 11% to $98.2 million from $88.8 million — assisted in part by a 96% surge in television production revenue.

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Rentrak Sells Pay-Per-Transaction Business

Rentrak Feb. 5 announced it has sold its namesake pay-per-transaction packaged-media rental business for $7 million to Vobile, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based company specializing in video and audio content protection, measurement and monetization services.

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Shout! Factory Launches Ad-Supported Video Service

Shout! Factory Feb. 5 joined the growing ecosystem of media companies and distributors going directly to consumers with over-the-top video.

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John Morici Universal's John Morici Named Co-Chair of 2015 LAES

John Morici, EVP and regional managing director of the United States and Canada for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, has been named a co-chair of the 2015 Los Angeles Entertainment Summit.

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Life Itself (Blu-ray Review)

As much a celebration of filmmaking as it is a film critic, director Steve James' 'Life Itself' offers a remarkable and heartfelt tribute to the life of Roger Ebert. (Street Date 2/17/15)

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