Friday, September 16, 2005

News You Can Use

Just some facts and tidbits from the pages of DVD Exclusive magazine:

Title: / Box Office: / DVD Revenue:

The Incredibles / $261 M / $315 M
National Treasure/ 173 M / 196 M
Shark Tale / 160 M / 195 M
Meet The Fockers / 280 M / 183 M
Ray / 75 M / 169 M

According to DVDX's Editor-in-Chief, Scott Hettrick (who is both a gentleman and a scholar even though he roots for the Kansas City Royals every season) there is a trend developing amongst the studios to hold big premiere's for D2DVD releases and really push them. He also says the following:

"Consumers spend more than $3 Billion each year on movies premiered exclusively on DVD...and another $3 Billion on TV DVDs. (That's) more than two-thirds what is spent at the box office."

  • Bruce Campbell will be taking his Anchor bay release THE MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN on his cross-country book tour.
  • Actor Corbin Bernsen (no stranger to D2DVD movies) is creating a series of DVD premiere pictures aimed at target audiences.
  • Marty Bregman has a DVD premiere sequel to CARLITO'S WAY coming from Universal and starring P. Diddy.
  • Producer Ken Kragen is pushing his new project 12 DOGS OF CHRISTMAS to Wal-Mart retailers via a presentation to Andersen Merchandising and the SMU marching band. The retailers cheered and commited to $200,000 copies of the family film. The movie is based on a book and a line of plush dog toys.
  • Tim Robbins has brought his play EMBEDDED- LIVE to DVD (via netflix and Cinema Libre) . This is Netflix first acquisition and they licensed it to Cinema Libre to take it wider into the market. My good friend, Arik Treston brokered the deal for CL.
  • Artisan (the genre DVD arm of Lions Gate) is releasing JACK O'LANTERN, a horror movie that features a pumpkinheaded character with "Wolverine-like" claws.

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Steve Peterson said...

One cool thing about all the new venues is that they make it possible for a whole new range of story types that weren't feasible when all you had was episodic TV or major theatrical releases.

CD said...

To follow up Steve's thought...

I wonder if there's a day coming where new television shows won't debut on TV at all. Instead they'll debut on DVD or pay-per-view on-demand, or Netflix download or something.

Bill Cunningham said...

FIRST WAVE (the scifi series) debuted on DIRECTV in 2 hour segments when it was shown here in the US.

Then it went to cable.

I am counting on the fact that series (mini-series, limited series, seasons, pick the terminology) will be able to debut on DVD. They will be in the black there, then be shown on cable, then on regular broadcast.

All it takes is one company to have the guts to do it.

The rise of DVD is also another reason why shows can be cancelled quickly (THE INSIDE)- they know they can make their money back on DVD and then broadcast it on another channel.