Coronavirus – Industry Updates w/c April 6

Wednesday, April 8 2020
Coronavirus – Industry Updates w/c April 6

More from our rolling post looking at the ongoing fallout of the Coronavirus crisis and how it is affecting our industry, with the business’ response to it, changes it is causing and how the industry is creating solutions to problems and finding new ways to reach consumers…

This post covers the week commencing Monday April 6…

To include your updates and breaking news stories and information, email info[at]theraygun[dot]co[dot]uk…

Update Wednesday April 8 midday
Trade organisation BASE has succumbed to the inevitable and confirmed that this year’s awards has been postponed indefinitely.
But the judging has been completed, the winners have been selected and, thankfully, the event WILL take place, at a date to be confirmed.
Rather than merely cancelling the event, BASE has shown the light at the end of the tunnel for the business, and, at the very least, given those working from home something to look forward to in the coming months.
Its full statement issued to The Raygun, states:
“After weeks of deliberation, last week the six panels of esteemed BASE Awards judges met virtually to compare notes and decide on the Shortlisted and Winning entries for the 2020 BASE Awards. This year’s online submission process already allowed for a more sustainable and flexible approach to awards submissions and, lockdown notwithstanding, the judging sessions also pushed ahead, with all of the usual debate and discussion taking place over video conferences as colleagues from across the industry work safely from home. BASE would like to extend a huge thanks to all of this year’s judges and moderators for their endless support and enthusiasm, and their invaluable time spent reviewing a wealth of stellar entries this year.
With the judging process now complete, BASE is also able to confirm that this year’s Awards ceremony will be postponed from its June 4th date in light of the ongoing and serious nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our intention is still to celebrate the video category’s achievements and an alternative date has been secured. We will continue to sense check that to ensure it falls within such time as normality starts to return, and is in line with government advice. We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks and we look forward to celebrating 2019’s outstanding achievements with you with an amazing ceremony at the iconic Roundhouse venue. In the meantime, thanks and best wishes from all at BASE to all our members, partners, entrants, judges and sponsors for their support so far.”

Update Tuesday April 7, 9pm 
Long-standing US video rental store Vulcan Video – one famed well beyond the borders of its Austin, Texas, location – has shuttered its doors for the last time.
The company has said the Coronavirus has acted effectively as the final nail in its coffin, and that it can’t continue with the current uncertainty.
The full statement on its website, www.vulcanvideo.com, is as follows…
“After 35 years we are closing the doors at Vulcan Video.
“We opened when VHS was becoming a thing and we wanted an art house equivalent of Blockbuster. As lifetime movie lovers, this was a career that actually looked fun.
“The first years of Vulcan we were actually a part of a poster store, Movie Art. After two years we became Vulcan Video on 29th Street, near the campus. To make a (very) long story short, it was great. Our second greatness was in South Austin at Elizabeth. Lovely. And now at Russell Drive, we come to this. High rent, online video, and then Corona Virus. Sounds like a movie villainess. Kind of is.
“We simply cannot support extending our business into an uncertain future, even of several months.
“Thanks to you, all our dear customers who literally made it possible, and to the Chronicle and the Statesman for your loving support, and to the many staffs over these years who have unselfishly shared their vast movie love on the front lines.If you currently have movies rented from us stay posted on where to return them once it is safe to do so.
“Bless you all and stay safe,
“Vulcan Video”

Update April 6 6pm
As noted last week on our newsletter, svod companies are upping their offers to consumers during the current climate. Among those is Arrow, whose Arrow Video Channel is now upping the length of its initial free trial offering from seven to 30 days.
The company’s digital supremo Daniel Perry told The Raygun: “As an indie SVOD service ran and curated by the team at Arrow Video, we are taking our 10-plus years of success in the world of premium Blu-ray and bringing that same high-quality curation and product into the streaming space. As we come up to our 3rd year anniversary of the Arrow Video Channel, we were very happy to have worked with both Apple and Amazon on making this extension to our seven day free trial to 30 days to new subscribers.  Now we get to give fans of films like Donnie Darko, Heathers and Hellraiser a bit more as we all look for a little distraction right now across both the UK and the US.”

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