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Mar 15, 2012

Exclusive: “Game of Thrones” rules HBO’s DVD sales

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – HBO’s award-winning fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” has earned a new crown: the largest first-week DVD sales among any series in the cable network’s history.

Season one DVD sales reached about 350,000 units in the first seven days following its March 6 release, the network said on Thursday. That pace ranks ahead of other popular HBO series including “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City” and “True Blood.”

Mar 15, 2012

‘Game of Thrones’ rules HBO’s DVD sales

LOST ANGELES (Reuters) – HBO’s award-winning fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” has earned a new crown: the largest first-week DVD sales among any series in the cable network’s history.

Season one DVD sales reached about 350,000 units in the first seven days following its March 6 release, the network said on Thursday. That pace ranks ahead of other popular HBO series including “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City” and “True Blood.”

Mar 14, 2012

Disney CEO Iger adds chairman role

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger added the post of chairman on Tuesday despite objections from a governance group and state treasurer about the dual roles.

Disney made the announcement after a board meeting that followed its annual shareholder meeting in Kansas City, where Iger and nine other directors won re-election.

Mar 13, 2012

Disney elects board over shareholder group objections

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co. shareholders reelected 10 members of the Disney board during the company’s annual shareholder meeting despite opposition from shareholder groups who had recommended a vote against four board members

Institutional Shareholder Services and the treasurer for the state of Connecticut raised objections after the board announced on October 7 that it would combine the roles of chairman and chief executive, elevating CEO Robert Iger to the dual roles.

Mar 11, 2012

‘Lorax’ beats Disney Mars epic at box office

LOS ANGELES, March 11 (Reuters) – Dr. Seuss movie “The
Lorax” stayed firmly planted at No. 1 on box office charts over
the weekend, easily trumping the debut of Walt Disney Co’s
expensive sci-fi flick “John Carter.”

The animated “Lorax” notched its second win in a row with
$39.1 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales from Friday
through Sunday, according to studio estimates released on
Sunday.

Mar 9, 2012

Disney space movie tests big-budget film strategy

LOS ANGELES, March 9 (Reuters) – “John Carter,” the 3D
space adventure film that opens today, was supposed to be the
Walt Disney Co’s latest franchise movie, a blockbuster
on par with “Cars” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” that generates
profits beyond the film to television, books, and consumer
products.

Instead, industry tracking suggests it will be the latest
big-budget box office bust.

Mar 6, 2012

Exclusive: Netflix in talks for cable partnership

By Yinka Adegoke and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings has quietly met with some of the largest U.S. cable companies in recent weeks to discuss adding the online movie streaming service to their cable offerings, according to sources familiar with matter.

In what would ratchet up its competition with HBO, the talks could lead to Netflix becoming available as another on-demand option for cable subscribers through their set-top boxes, according to three people familiar with the talks. If a partnership came to fruition, a cable operator might offer Netflix as an additional option added onto a subscriber’s cable bill, according to a fourth person.

Mar 4, 2012
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Animated ‘Lorax’ leads box office with big debut

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 A big-screen version of classic Dr. Seuss children’s book “The Lorax” rang up a massive $70.7 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend, the biggest movie debut so far this year.  

The popularity of the 3D animated “Lorax” far exceeded industry forecasts and helped lift total box-office receipts ahead of last year for the ninth weekend in a row.  

Mar 3, 2012
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‘The Lorax’ jumps from page to screen

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Dr. Suess tale “The Lorax” comes to the big screen this weekend with Danny DeVito voicing the tree-loving creature in the 3D movie version of the classic children’s book.   Distributor Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp, projects opening-weekend sales upwards of the $38 million domestic opening for the animated “Rango” during the same weekend last year.   The weekend’s other new wide-release movie is comedy “Project X” from Time Warner’s Warner Bros. studio, which forecasts $17 million to $19 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales from Friday through Sunday.   The film about three high-school students who try to throw a party to remember — and which proceeds to careen out of control — already took in $1.5 million at midnight showings early Friday.   Elsewhere, best-picture Oscar winner “The Artist” will expand to 1,756 theaters from 966, as independent film studio The Weinstein Co. tries to spin some of that Oscar gold into green.   Photo Credit: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment.
Mar 2, 2012

Cruise industry woes not affecting Disney, CEO says

March 2 (Reuters) – As Disney prepares to launch its
fourth cruise ship following several recent disasters that have
rocked the industry, and other cruise lines jump to slash fares,
the company’s chief executive officer never considered cutting
rates for passengers on its new Disney Fantasy ship, scheduled
to sail on March 31.

“The opportunity we see isn’t in grabbing market share by
pricing. We have a brand that means quality and service for
family entertainment,” Chief Executive Bob Iger said from a
Disney Fantasy stateroom an hour before its March 1 christening
in New York City.