2015 – The Year In Numbers

Sunday, January 10 2016
2015 – The Year In Numbers

The year’s over, the counting’s done and the figures are all in… Rather than a straightforward feature we’ve pored over stats and numbers from the video industry and other spheres of the entertainment business to pul together a whole bunch of relevant numbers for 2015. So without further ado, here is 2015 In Numbers… We’ll […]

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The BBFC Annual Report… In Numbers

Thursday, July 23 2015
The BBFC Annual Report… In Numbers

“When’s the report going to be ready?” The patient folk at the BBFC have been asked that question since January 2015, at least by us at The Raygun and very probably beyond that too. For anyone interested in the film and video business, the arrival of the annual BBFC report is an exciting time. Stretching back […]

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The Frozen Years

Tuesday, July 7 2015
The Frozen Years

Some time back, when our pals at the Official Charts Company were compiling assorted charts putting together the bestselling singles and albums of the decade so far, since 2000 and beyond, we suggested they compile something similar for the DVD market. And, lo and behold, here’s one the organisation has compiled, pulling together the top […]

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Paddington Stationed At Number One

Tuesday, July 7 2015
Paddington Stationed At Number One

From darkest Peru into nearly a million homes… Paddington’s rehabilitation, which has seen the character once again becoming a firm family favourite is complete, a fact highlighted by the bestselling DVD and Bu-rays of 2015 so far issues by Official Charts Company. The chart sees the marmalade-loving bear well ahead of his closest rival, selling […]

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The BVA/ERA Video Insights Day In Numbers… And Words

Sunday, April 19 2015
The BVA/ERA Video Insights Day In Numbers… And Words

The BVA Research Day, a long-standing event on the industry’s calendar, now presented in association with ERA and going under the name of the Video Insights Day, is also key in terms of providing an idea of where our business is at and, crucially, where it’s going. The first event of 2015 – it’s set to become […]

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The Top 10 Of Everything 2014

Thursday, January 22 2015
The Top 10 Of Everything 2014

It’s taken some time to get there, but, with 2014 now well and truly over, the dust settled and the counting finished, the year-end top 10s and assorted charts are done. Most critics, writers, bloggers and others worth their salt had already compiled theirs by early December, while the powers that be in the industry were […]

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Entertainment’s Greatest Hits 2013

Thursday, March 27 2014
Entertainment’s Greatest Hits 2013

The Entertainment Retailers Association Yearbook has already been covered in great depth, both by The Raygun and many other publications, online and print, consumer and trade alike. And the genuine interest in its pages and pages of information and data has also been noted. From the casual bystander to the seasoned industry observer, there’s plenty […]

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The Top 10 Of Everything 2013

Thursday, January 16 2014
The Top 10 Of Everything 2013

And so, as we usually say, that was the year that was. With 2013 now firmly behind us, we’ve assessed the best, the worst and most successful of the past 12 months by pulling together charts from as many sources as possible to present a composite picture of the year. From those based on sales […]

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Highest-grossing Films Due In Q4

Monday, September 16 2013
Highest-grossing Films Due In Q4

As the kids return to school, the nights begin to draw in and what we had of the summer begins to fade from memory, the summer theatrically blockbuster season is now officially over. And as box office analysts such as Charles Gant, Heat’s film critic who doubles up as The Guardian’s expert on UK theatrical […]

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The Public’s Top 10 Favourite BFI Releases

Wednesday, August 21 2013
The Public’s Top 10 Favourite BFI Releases

The public has spoken and the public loves nuns getting up to all kinds of Sapphic stuff, self-flagellation, Catholicism, burnings at the stake and a whole lot more controversy. For in a poll of regular BFI fans, visitors to the organisation’s website were given the chance to vote on their favourite BFI releases. More than […]

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Top 10 Masters Of Cinema

Thursday, July 18 2013
Top 10 Masters Of Cinema

Eureka’s groundbreaking Masters Of Cinema label, often described as the UK’s answer to the Criterion imprint, has just unveiled its line up for the next couple of months, as is now the case, through an announcement on Twitter and elsewhere online. It’s an apt route for the MoC label, it has built its impeccable credentials […]

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2013 So Far

Monday, July 8 2013
2013 So Far

Skyfall, Skyfall and more Skyfall – the latest adventure featuring quintessential British spy James Bond stood, colossus like, over the rest of the industry in the first half of 2013, according to the chart rundown for the opening six months of the year, issued by the Official Charts Company. The Bond behemoth was the bestselling […]

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The Horror Show Top 10

Friday, June 14 2013
The Horror Show Top 10

The streaming market is becoming an increasingly crowded marketplace, but one new entrant, which has just officially gone live after testing its services, is The Horror Show. Its title illustrates exactly what its USP is, and the streaming service is aimed fairly and squarely at horror fans. The Horror Show targets the kind of people […]

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Top 10 Father’s Day

Friday, June 14 2013
Top 10 Father’s Day

The BVA is becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to supporting the industry. Yes, there’s its ongoing lobbying work – director general Lavinia Carey is one of the best-known figures around Whitehall and Westminster, meeting politicians and civil servants, pushing copyright and other industry related issues – but there’s other flag-waving PR initiatives too. Just […]

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The ERA Yearbook In Numbers

Tuesday, March 26 2013
The ERA Yearbook In Numbers

And, with a hefty plop, the ERA yearbook for 2013 lands on our desk. It’s the annual publication from the Entertainment Retailers’ Association, pulling together data from across the retail spectrum and taking in all areas of entertainment, from video to music and games. In keeping with many of the entertainment yearbooks, handbooks and annuals […]

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