“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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Some Frank Talking

Monday, January 7 2013
Some Frank Talking

With an impressive CV that dates back to Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and beyond ­ through to more cent outings such as Screwed, taking in the likes of Rise Of The Footsoldier and The Football Factory along the way, Frank Harper is the ultimate Britflick star. His name is a fixture in the […]

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Never Say Never Again

Friday, October 12 2012
Never Say Never Again

It started off as a relatively straightforward film about a Chinese artist, following his work in his homeland and his burgeoning global reputation; Weighty, maybe, and complex, yes. But as filming of what became the powerful, acclaimed documentary Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry drew to a close, things in his native country began to change. […]

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Heading For Calmer Waters…

Wednesday, August 8 2012
Heading For Calmer Waters…

HMV chief executive Simon Fox has not had an easy ride in his six years at the retailer. He’s seen others come and go – Virgin and Woolworths among them – meaning the 200 plus chain he’s been heading up has effectively become the last man standing on the high street in entertainment terms. But […]

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HMV Heads For Calmer Waters

Thursday, May 17 2012
HMV Heads For Calmer Waters

HMV ceo Simon Fox is in a remarkably amiable mood when The Raygun speaks to him on the phone. He’s preparing for a board meeting but you wouldn’t know, he sounds relaxed and is chatty and friendly. After the kicking that HMV has received from the press in the past year or two – much […]

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Rentals Measured By The Pound…

Wednesday, November 16 2011
Rentals Measured By The Pound…

Gerry Butler is a happy man. The Blockbuster supremo has just fired the rental giant’s first shots in a war for the hearts and minds of UK consumers – and crucially renters – that will see Blockbuster, which used to be dubbed the Big Blue by the trade press, taking on competitors such as LOVEFiLM […]

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