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Dec 13, 2012

Weinstein movie studio, HBO lead Golden Globe field

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Weinstein Company topped Hollywood’s movie studios in Golden Globe nominations on Thursday, giving a boost to its upcoming drama “Django Unchained,” while cable network HBO dominated television categories with the political film “Game Change.”

The Globes rank among the most-watched accolades leading up to the Academy Awards, bringing recognition and headlines that help generate buzz, build audiences and sell DVDs. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce the winners in a nationwide telecast on January 13.

Dec 12, 2012

Netflix rival Redbox starts movie streaming this month

By Lisa Richwine and Himank Sharma

(Reuters) – Kiosk operator Redbox will launch an $8-a-month instant video streaming service this month, in a challenge to dominant movie rental company Netflix Inc (NFLX.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in the battle for home entertainment dollars.

The price, which matches Netflix’s charge for unlimited streaming from its bigger library of movies and TV shows, includes four one-night DVD rentals per month from Redbox kiosks. Streaming and DVD-by-mail packages start at $16 on Netflix.

Dec 5, 2012

Netflix says it won’t raise prices after Disney deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Netflix Inc doesn’t plan to pass along the cost of the rights to Walt Disney Co movies to subscribers, a senior Netflix executive said on Wednesday.

Netflix, which analysts estimate paid more than $350 million for the exclusive rights to stream Disney movies to TV beginning in 2016, is not considering a price increase to help finance the deal, said Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer, at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference.

Dec 2, 2012

“Twilight” shines in third box office win over Bond

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The “Twilight” teen movie vampires sucked more money out of theaters over the weekend, leading James Bond, Brad Pitt and the rest of box office pack with $17.4 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales and scoring its third weekly win.

Pitt’s new movie, the small-budget gangster film “Killing Them Softly,” bombed with filmgoers who panned it with a rare “F” grade on average in polling by audience survey firm CinemaScore. The movie landed in seventh place with $7 million in ticket sales at domestic theaters.

Nov 30, 2012

“Hobbit” may bring a Hollywood ending to 2012 box office

LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 (Reuters) – It took more than a decade,
two directors and a lawsuit before “The Hobbit” made it to the
big screen. Hollywood executives are crossing their fingers that
the culmination of that journey will help smash movie box office
records this year.

The film, which opens on Dec. 14, is expected to contribute
to the first annual box office increase in North America in
three years, a sign that big movie studios have made more films
enticing enough to get people into theaters and away from their
TVs, games and the Internet.

Nov 28, 2012

CNN to tap ex-NBC boss Zucker for turnaround – source

Nov 27 (Reuters) – Jeff Zucker, a former head of
NBCUniversal and the producer of Katie Couric’s talk show, will
be named president of Time Warner Inc’s ratings-starved
CNN cable news channel, a source close to the situation said on
Tuesday.

Zucker will succeed departing CNN Worldwide President Jim
Walton, who said in July he was leaving the once-dominant news
network after nine years in the job amid a recent ratings slump.

Nov 21, 2012

Exclusive: TV networks start seven-day ratings push with advertisers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. television broadcast networks are taking the first steps to persuade advertisers to pay for commercial viewership that occurs up to seven days after a program airs, a shift that would provide a new revenue stream to help combat ratings erosion.

The networks argue that the rising popularity of digital video recorders is pushing a sizeable number of viewers to delay watching their favorite programs beyond the first three days, the time period most often used for calculating ad payments.

Nov 20, 2012

EXCLUSIVE: TV networks start 7-day ratings push with advertisers

LOS ANGELES, Nov 20 (Reuters) – U.S. television broadcast
networks are taking the first steps to persuade advertisers to
pay for commercial viewership that occurs up to seven days after
a program airs, a shift that would provide a new revenue stream
to help combat ratings erosion.

The networks argue that the rising popularity of digital
video recorders is pushing a sizeable number of viewers to delay
watching their favorite programs beyond the first three days,
the time period most often used for calculating ad payments.

Nov 18, 2012

“Twilight” sendoff starts with huge $341 million worldwide

By Andrea Burzynski and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – The “Twilight” vampire saga’s final chapter debuted with a massive $341 million in global movie ticket sales as devoted fans bid farewell to blood-sucking spouses Bella and Edward and one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ earned an estimated $141 million in the United States and Canada over the weekend, falling slightly short of a record for the supernatural romance series about a human-vampire-werewolf love triangle.

Nov 18, 2012

‘Twilight’ sendoff starts with huge $341 mln worldwide

Nov 18 (Reuters) – The “Twilight” vampire saga’s final
chapter debuted with a massive $341 million in global movie
ticket sales as devoted fans bid farewell to blood-sucking
spouses Bella and Edward and one of Hollywood’s biggest
franchises.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ earned an
estimated $141 million in the United States and Canada over the
weekend, falling slightly short of a record for the supernatural
romance series about a human-vampire-werewolf love triangle.