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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The BFI Statistical Yearbook In Numbers

Thursday, August 15 2013
The BFI Statistical Yearbook In Numbers

The BFI Statistical Yearbook for 2013 makes for some fascinating reading, compiling everything you need to know about the video and film industries and providing as true a snapshot as you can find of our industry. We’ve been through the whole thing from beginning and end, all 250-plus pages of it, and here we’ve pulled […]

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The BBFC Annual Report In Numbers

Wednesday, July 25 2012
The BBFC Annual Report In Numbers

The arrival of the annual BBFC report is always something of an occasion. It provides plenty of  tabloid (and broadsheet) titillation, this year the headlines were caused by Black Swan, the most complained about film of 2011. But there’s plenty more to it than mentions of lesbian sex, an excuse for cheap gags and some […]

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Postcards From Cannes 2012…

Monday, June 18 2012
Postcards From Cannes 2012…

Every year we ask a few attendees at the annual festival cum market cum beano that is the Cannes Film Festival to give us some to send us their imaginary postcards from the event. And here’s the first batch from this year’s events, including comments from writers, PR mavens, design agencies and distributors and labels… […]

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