Smart Activity

Thursday, February 28 2013
Smart Activity

The humble infographic is becoming an increasingly important vehicle for PR agencies in the ongoing fight to make some noise about not only forthcoming releases, but events and even promoting their own work. In recent years, infographics and data visualisation – in a nutshell an easy, smart way oif presenting information through, you guessed it, […]

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Blue Sky Thinking

Wednesday, February 27 2013
Blue Sky Thinking

It’s all over bar the counting, as Fox readies a statement on the success of week one sales of Skyfall, one thing is certain: the launch of the newest and most successful 007 ever was one befitting of the UK’s highest grossing box office film of all time. Where Bond excelled with Skyfall was in […]

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Signature: Making Its Mark

Tuesday, February 26 2013
Signature: Making Its Mark

The independent sector has had what you might term an interesting start to the year. Retail woes at Blockbuster and HMV have created something of a vacuum, with many smaller labels and others outside of the studio system facing an uncertain few months. That doubt has crept into their acquisition strategy to, with reports coming […]

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Rust Never Sleeps

Monday, February 25 2013
Rust Never Sleeps

It was a week when the Academy Awards dominated many of the national newspapers, as we discovered while compiling our weekly round-up of reviews of home entertainment releases across national newspapers and their entertainment and arts supplements. Hundreds if not thousands of column inches were devoted to the event, the biggest on Hollywood’s calendars, with […]

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Mike Esser, A Tribute

Monday, February 25 2013
Mike Esser,  A Tribute

There are few in the industry that genuinely deserve to the word “pioneer” being used it describe them, but if anyone fits the bill, then it’s Mike Esser, who sadly died last week from complications arising from pancreatic cancer. Esser had worked at major and indie alike, on marketing, production and had also forged close […]

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Sky’s The Limit

Friday, February 22 2013
Sky’s The Limit

Regular readers of our weekly round-up of press coverage for DVD and Blu-ray releases will know that nothing attracts the attention of video reviewers like a James Bond. Last year the Blu-ray release of the entire 007 oeuvre received across the board coverage, a few weeks ago it was the turn of Everything Or Nothing, […]

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The Week In Video Part XVIX

Tuesday, February 19 2013
The Week In Video Part XVIX

Our latest round up of home-viewing at The Raygun’s HQ, paying particular attention to its commercial potential… Speaking to distributor, labels and suppliers these days, there’s a certain amount of debate surrounding the DTV business as to where it’s going next. During our regular conversations with assorted people within the industry in recent weeks, the […]

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Spilling Blood In Q2…

Friday, February 15 2013
Spilling Blood In Q2…

Business as usual has been the stock phrase at Momentum ever since the planned acquisition of the distributor by eOne was announced last year. That phrase has become even more pronounced since the acquisition was finally confirmed by Canadian regulatory authorities at the start of 2013, it has also coincided neatly with something of a […]

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Netflix Boasts A Full House

Friday, February 15 2013
Netflix Boasts A Full House

February 1. It was, the media almost as one said, the day that changed the way we consume entertainment, an event that heralded a new future for television. It was the day that Netflix went live with its eagerly-awaited homegrown production, the new adaptation of House Of Cards. At an estimated cost of $100 million, […]

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Strange And Sinister Goings-on

Thursday, February 14 2013
Strange And Sinister Goings-on

It’s not just eOne that is looking to invest in Momentum. The acquisition is now complete and the companies are in the process of merging together, but it’s now collectors who are eyeing the Momentum brand. The company’s recent canny work in the genre arena is already picking up traction on marketplace and auction sites […]

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The Week In Video Part XVIII

Tuesday, February 12 2013
The Week In Video Part XVIII

Our latest missive on our viewing over the past seven days… And as the late summer and early autumn crop of children’s titles have finally arrived on DVD in recent weeks, giving us the chance to catch up on some of the more recent excursions into the world of CGI. We’d be the first to […]

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Going Wild For Beasts

Monday, February 11 2013
Going Wild For Beasts

A varied selection of releases, ranging from fine breakout arthouse fare to animated children’s action, saw a wealth of different titles earning coverage over the weekend, as our weekly update of press coverage for DVD and Blu-ray releases shows. What’s more, it was a surprisingly positive week too, even the most cynical of reviewers were […]

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Girls Aloud

Thursday, February 7 2013
Girls Aloud

Girls ruled the roost this weekend, showing just how powerful the lure of TV box sets still is. For the HBO series was the best reviewed title of the weekend, as our regular round-up of press coverage for home entertainment releases illustrates. Girls arrives after appearing on Sky Atlantic and with a strong reputation and […]

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Empire Building

Tuesday, February 5 2013
Empire Building

When the third series of Boardwalk Empire made its debut as a home entertainment title towards the end of January, it marked the latest step in tan ongoing strategy developed by its production and distribution from television giant HBO. For like many of its predecessors over the past year or so, the Martin Scorsese -created […]

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The Week In Video Part XVII

Monday, February 4 2013
The Week In Video Part XVII

This column’s had a bit of a sabbatical recently, but that’s not to say we haven’t been watching plenty of stuff. Our viewing slightly dipped over the Christmas period, but we still watched a fair few titles and have got plenty to talk about, particularly since our viewing has sky-rocketed into 2013. We’ll start with […]

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