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MPA celebrates 100 years

The Motion Picture Association (MPA), the global voice of the producers and distributors of film, television and streaming content, is celebrating the century of creativity, growth and innovation since its inception in 1922. Since its founding in the age of the silent film, the MPA has championed storytellers, developed tools to protect their content against […]

May 31, 2022

Report: European cinema sector making slow recovery

The European Audiovisual Observatory reports that 2021 turned out to be another difficult year for the cinema sector in Europe. Multiple factors, like the ongoing closures of cinemas, particularly in the first half of the year, the negative effect of attendance restrictions, possible hesitancy among audiences to return to cinemas, the return of US studio […]

May 12, 2022

James Bond collection on Prime Video

The entire catalogue of James Bond movies – including 2021’s No Time To Die – will become available to stream via Prime Video on April 15th. This marks the first time all the films have been included on a single streaming platform. However, Amazon warns that the collection will only be available to subscribers “for […]

April 8, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Report: Cinema remains key for movie studios

Ampere Analysis modelling has found that, despite the diversity of models adopted by the major studio groups, US studios’ film release strategies were all similarly successful in 2021. A report by Ampere compares how the three main film release strategies used by studios in 2021 — Theatrical-only, Premium VoD, and Duplex (films available on SVoD […]

March 28, 2022

Media Tech SPAC acquires Drylab

Media Tech SPAC, a company formed to undertake one or more acquisitions in the media and technology sectors, has announced that it has reached and entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the share capital of Drylab, a film and TV production SaaS platform in Scandinavia. The acquisition is expected to […]

March 28, 2022

FTC OKs Amazon’s MGM buy

Amazon has closed its $8.5 billion (€7.6bn) acquisition of film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) after Federal Trade Commission (FTC) passed the deal. European Union regulators signed off on the MGM deal after finding it posed no competition problems. In the US, the deadline for the FTV to challenge passed without the agency taking action. The FTC […]

March 17, 2022

Amazon set for EU approval of MGM buy

Amazon is expected to win EU antitrust approval for its $8.5 billion (€7.6bn) buy of MGM, reports Reuters. The MGM acquisition would bring a movie library and franchises including James Bond and Rocky. It also licenses content for video games, which could benefit Amazon’s development efforts in that area. The Federal Trade Commission is also […]

March 9, 2022

Report: EU & UK cinema attendance up 28% in 2021

Based on preliminary data, the European Audiovisual Observatory estimates that the cinema attendance in the European Union and the UK increased to 383.2 million tickets sold in 2021. This is 83.8 million admissions more than in 2020, representing a year-on-year growth of 28 per cent. The rebound was less pronounced in the European Union only […]

February 15, 2022

Data: Record £5.6bn production spend in UK

Official figures published by the BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit show further growth in the economic recovery of UK film and high-end TV (HETV) production in the wake of the pandemic with record levels of spend contributed to the economy. The combined spend by film and high-end television production (HETV) during 2021 reached £5.64 billion […]

February 7, 2022

Dolby crashes 10%

Dolby Laboratories, usually one of the more reliable technology stocks, crashed 10 per cent on February 4th following poor Q1 results and warnings that Covid-based problems were still impacting the business. On the upside the company said it had acquired ultralow-latency specialists Millicast. San Francisco-based Dolby’s numbers saw a near-41 per cent decline in Q1 […]

February 7, 2022By Chris Forrester