|Wed, February 16, 2011 at 6:47 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Lionsgate And Studiocanal Partner On Worldwide Distribution Rights To Over 550 Titles From The Renowned Miramax Film Library Including Such Critically Acclaimed Iconic Films As Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Shakespeare In Love, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, Life Is Beautiful, Kill Bill Volumes I And II And No Country For Old Men
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - LIONSGATE, a leading diversified filmed entertainment studio, Studiocanal and Miramax announced today that they have entered into a worldwide home entertainment distribution deal. Under the long-term deal, Lionsgate and Studiocanal will distribute more than 550 titles from the renowned Miramax film library via DVD, Blu-ray, EST and Internet Video On Demand (VOD), in addition to cable VOD internationally.
Lionsgate will partner with leading international distributor Studiocanal to distribute Miramax titles in the UK and Europe. The announcement was made by Steve Beeks, President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of Lionsgate, Olivier Courson, Chief Executive Officer of Studiocanal and Mike Lang, Chief Executive Officer of Miramax.
"The Miramax library will be one of the most treasured jewels in our home entertainment crown," said Beeks. "With our longstanding commitment and expertise in aggressively managing library titles, we are thrilled to bring together under one roof such Miramax film icons as Shakespeare in Love, The English Patient, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Hunting with our existing classics such as Dirty Dancing and Monster's Ball to create what is unquestionably one of the most powerful and prestigious filmed entertainment libraries in the world. We are looking forward to working with Mike and his incredible team on this exciting venture."
"We are pleased to expand our existing partnership with Lionsgate to encompass this exciting new venture with Miramax," said Courson."The Miramax library features some of the best of American independent cinema, representing a wonderful mix of creative excellence, award winning films and commercial successes. The Miramax slate is a perfect fit for Studiocanal's core values and vision and we believe it will resonate with European audiences."
"With their expertise and success in the home entertainment marketplace, we consider both Lionsgate and Studiocanal to be the perfect partners to distribute these films," says Lang. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with them as we work to expand the availability of our library across all platforms to reach new audiences around the world."
The first home entertainment release under the deal will be The Switch in the US, the romantic comedy about friendship, fertility and family, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, which will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and available for digital download on March 15th.
The deal with Miramax continues to build on Lionsgate's tremendous success distributing third party product from some of the most prominent libraries in the world, including Studiocanal. Consisting of approximately 13,000 motion picture titles and television episodes, Lionsgate has one of the largest and most prestigious libraries in the entertainment industry with titles including Dirty Dancing, Memento, Monster's Ball, Crash and Rambo. Lionsgate has noted that the Company has achieved record library revenue for five consecutive years through a combination of organic replenishment and strategic acquisitions and distribution deals, despite a challenging marketplace
|Tue, January 12, 2010 at 5:01 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
NEW YORK, NY - eMusic, the digital music club, and Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) today announced that eMusic will begin selling tracks to its U.S. members from WMG's renowned roster of artists.
The agreement includes titles from WMG's Atlantic Records, Rhino Records and Warner Bros. Records as well as from independent labels distributed through WMG's ADA stable that are not currently sold on eMusic.
"As a leader in the music industry's transition to a predominantly digital music business, we have worked hard to encourage and support innovative partners and creative business models that offer our artists unique ways to reach their fans," said Stephen Bryan, Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development, WMG. "We are pleased to be making our music available to eMusic's passionate membership."
"Our editors look forward to contextualizing WMG's catalogue with the unique eMusic sensibility our members have come to expect," said Danny Stein, eMusic President and CEO. "We're excited to work with Warner Music Group's labels, and by focusing on their hidden gems as well as classic albums, help them increase sales across their entire catalogue."
eMusic's catalogue totals more than 7.5 million tracks spanning every music genre. The company sells monthly membership plans beginning at 24 credits for $11.99. Members can typically obtain single tracks for as low as $0.40 to $0.50 and albums for as low as $6. eMusic has sold more than 350 million music downloads under its current ownership.
|Wed, March 04, 2009 at 3:40 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
New York City - VIBE magazine, the definitive voice of urban culture, will feature platinum, Grammy Award–winning rapper and actor T.I. on its April 2009 cover in a striking photo. The controversial star's feature is a prelude to his upcoming prison sentence where he will serve a year and a day for charges related to his illegal possession of firearms.
In an extensive report titled "Cell Therapy," VIBE Senior Editor Benjamin Meadows-Ingram chronicles the superstar's history-making legal battle and gut-wrenching journey since his 2007 arrest for attempting to collect three unregistered machine guns and two silencers following his BET Hip Hop Awards performance rehearsal.
After the announcement on March 27, 2008 of what many felt was a shockingly light slap on the wrist for the serious charges, many responded by screaming, "Snitch!" However, authorities agreed to a groundbreaking plea deal negotiated by heavyweight Criminal Defense Attorney, Steve Sadow, who cited the star's ability to influence others by serving 1500 hours of community service.
US Attorney David Nahmias says, "What [the defense] proposed, and what I ultimately thought was reasonable, is that Mr. Harris has the ability to reach thousands, probably tens of thousands of people, particularly at-risk young people. And that out of the tens of thousands of people he could reach, he has the real possibility of getting at least a few of them not to commit the kinds of crimes we would prosecute."
T.I. bites back at rumors about how he scored this largely unprecedented deal by saying, "Ain't no such thing as a secret snitch...Pull up my agreement. It's public record."
In the thought-provoking feature, Meadows-Ingram meets with the rapper/actor in Washington, D.C., on the eve of President Barack Obama's inauguration, where T.I. accepted an award from the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network for his work with the "Respect My Vote" campaign. VIBE follows the rapper during some of his court-mandated speaking engagements and the filming of his MTV show, T.I's Road to Redemption, where the newly minted role model motivates and inspires at-risk youths. VIBE's feature story showcases remarkable photos of T.I. reenacting poses made famous by legendary cultural icons Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg.
In "Música de la Muerte," VIBE enlists award-winning author and journalist Sam Quinones to write an investigative piece on the unsolved drug-related murders of various pop sensations in Mexico. The feature delves deep into the dark and violent drug underworld, telling the tales of the famous music stars it has affected. Detailing the horrific and shocking stories and accompanied by equally brutal imagery, this story shines a spotlight on a neighboring foreign crisis that's already bleeding into U.S. soil.
In "The Big Idea," Chris Yuscavage, VIBE's Associate Editor breaks down the recent string of athletes involved in weapon related incidents, and poses the question of whether it is actually about protection. The article cites many instances of violence toward professional athletes and interviews an NBA executive, a pro football player, and a sports agent.
Also featured in April's issue are "The 51 Best Albums That Never Were," a list of the most hyped and anticipated albums that never made it onto store shelves; an in-depth report on dancehall king Mavado and his unlikely rise to fame following various entanglements titled; "The Real McKoy" by world-acclaimed Reggae authority, VIBE Editor-In-Large Rob Kenner; a feature on rapper Max B and his soured relationship with Dipset capo Jim Jones; a sneak peek from the International Consumer Electronics Show floor reported via Twitter by VIBE editors; a list of some of the best day spas for men & barbershops across the country i
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