Charting A New Course

Sunday, November 11 2018
Charting A New Course

The arrival of the combined download and physical film chart chart has been one of the more eagerly awaited launches in the industry. Long-mooted, much-talked about, it’s been months in the planning, with the powers-that-be that have been pushing its introduction (a combination of the British Association for Screen Entertainment, aka BASE, the Entertainment Retailers’ […]

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How We Launched DVD…

Monday, June 18 2018
How We Launched DVD…

It was, to paraphrase The Beatles, 20 years ago today, or, rather, just over 20 years ago, in April 1998 that the first four titles on the brand spanking new DVD format were issued by Columbia TriStar (now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment). It took a month or so for others to join the fray, with […]

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Colin Lomax Remembered

Saturday, January 6 2018
Colin Lomax Remembered

Colin Lomax, an industry stalwart who had worked successfully across all aspects of the business, from sales to marketing, from production to executive producing, from VHS to svod services, died unexpectedly on December 28 at the all-too-young age of 56. Here, in the first of what we hope will be a number of articles, some […]

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Frank Brunger Remembered

Wednesday, August 24 2016
Frank Brunger Remembered

Frank Brunger, formerly at Braveworld, Columbia TriStar and Warner Vision has sadly died at the age of 63 years old. A hugely popular character, the news of the untimely passing of he former record company executive (see below) and industry veteran was met with reminiscences and tributes from friends and former colleagues across the industry. […]

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The Stuff Of Legends…

Tuesday, July 19 2016
The Stuff Of Legends…

George Best falling down the steps being a bit, ahem, worse for wear; Brian Clough turning up to collect his award, promising to turn in early having nothing to say – then talking for a good 45 minutes or more; Sir Alex Ferguson signing copies of his specially compiled promo CD of his favourite inspirational songs… […]

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Ron Benson Remembered

Monday, October 26 2015
Ron Benson Remembered

Tributes have poured in to Ron Benson, industry stalwart and champion, the founder of Eureka and its Masters Of Cinema imprint, who has sadly died. Here’s a selection of tributes to the man and his work… I’ve lost a friend “I first met Ron Benson in the mid 1980s at the Vidtel exhibition or something similar, […]

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“We Start Industries…”

Friday, September 18 2015
“We Start Industries…”

“Who wants to watch the same film twice?” It’s the video industry’s equivalent of turning down The Beatles, but when Steve Ayres told his former boss at MGM/UA in the early days of the video industry, back in the early 1980s, that was the reply. It would, he was told, never work. But Ayres, one […]

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The Tin That Launched A Thousand Boxes

Thursday, September 17 2015
The Tin That Launched A Thousand Boxes

In the third and final piece of his fascinating look at how Star Wars changed the face of video publishing and catalogue sales in the early to mid-1990s, influencing packaging trends that continue to reverberate even in the digital era, former Fox staffer Steve Collins looks at the seminal Star Wars tin. Here’s how the […]

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Star Wars 1995: Global Domination

Wednesday, September 2 2015
Star Wars 1995: Global Domination

In the second part of what will now be a three part series, former Fox marketing executive Steve Collins follows on from looking at how the 1994 Star Wars VHS release set the template for the rest of the world by looking at global plans for a VHS release the following year, how George Lucas […]

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Finders Keepers

Wednesday, August 19 2015
Finders Keepers

It’s been almost three years since the Industry Trust took over running of findanyfilm.com, the website has now become an integral part of its work, its relaunch has made it, the Trust believes, an even more essential element of its ongoing efforts. The overhaul has seen it adding more content, including TV titles, easier navigation […]

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A Long, Long Time Ago… Star Wars On VHS

Friday, August 14 2015
A Long, Long Time Ago… Star Wars On VHS

The news that the original series of Star Wars films, along with the subsequent additions, are to get another lease of life in newly-packaged Blu-ray editions means yet another re-release for George Lucas’ films. The six, and in particular the first trilogy, have been mainstays of the home entertainment market for more than quarter of […]

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Looking back, looking forwards…

Monday, February 16 2015
Looking back, looking forwards…

So, at the end of the year, and beginning of 2015, we asked assorted Raygun readers, industry people, senior executives and other key figures and observers, about the best and worst of 2014 from their perspectives, what they’d seen of note over the year, what their hopes and fears were for the year ahead. Here […]

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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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10 Things We Learned From The ERA Yearbook

Tuesday, March 25 2014
10 Things We Learned From The ERA Yearbook

The arrival of the Entertainment Retailers Association Yearbook, which landed on doormats, postboxes and pigeonholes across the industry last week, is always a great day for budding statisticians, trainspotters and, if we may be so bold, anyone who’s interested in the entertainment business, or at the very least home elements of it. The ERA Yearbook […]

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Blockbuster: The End Of The Line

Friday, March 14 2014
Blockbuster: The End Of The Line

I worked for Blockbuster for more than 13 years, the majority of my working life – starting in a small store in the Midlands before working my way up to head office. I was there through both the good times and the bad. Like many people who later worked for me, Blockbuster was a way […]

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