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Warner Bros: Emmerich stepping down

Toby Emmerich has announced that he is stepping down as chairman of Warner Bros Pictures Group and will launch his own production company at the studio, focused on film, television and streaming. As part of an exclusive 5-year agreement, Warner Bros Discovery will finance Emmerich’s venture and have distribution rights to films and series. Emmerich […]

June 2, 2022

Data: Record year for UK home entertainment

Figures released by the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) spotlight the renaissance of UK Home Entertainment, as its value rose to £3.7 billion (€3.1bn) in 2021. Based on data from the Official Charts Company, Futuresource Consulting, Omdia, and Kantar, this demonstrates 13.3 per cent growth Year on Year (YoY), finishing 2021 on a high […]

January 5, 2022

HBO Max targets 190 territories by 2026

HBO Max has announced its service will be available to customers in 27 territories during the initial phase of its European roll out. In an online presentation, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer streaming platform reaffirmed it will launch first in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain, and Andorra on October 26th and then in Central & Eastern Europe and […]

October 5, 2021By Nik Roseveare

‘Unforgettable Entertainment’ campaign targets digital boost

Industry trade bodies the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and Digital Entertainment Group International (DEGI) have launched what they say is the biggest ever cross-category marketing campaign with Unforgettable Entertainment, driving engagement from new, lapsed and existing digital transactional customers. Building on the success of the BASE/DEGI New Release-focused Mega Movie Week campaigns of […]

March 15, 2021By Colin Mann

Data: Lockdown drives UK ent sales to £9bn

Locked-down Britain turned to digital music, video and games in record numbers in 2020, increasing entertainment revenues by 16.8 per cent to a record £9.05 billion (€10.05bn), according to preliminary data compiled by trade body the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). It was the fastest growth rate since records began, driven above all by digital services, […]

January 8, 2021

Data: UK video sector grows by 26%

Figures from trade body the British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE) and based on data from the Official Charts Company, Futuresource Consulting and Kantar, show that the UK home entertainment sector grew by 26 per cent in 2020, bringing the total market value to £3.3 billion. In a year that saw UK consumers staying home […]

January 6, 2021

New UK chart reflects VoD rental growth

The UK’s Official Charts Company has launched a brand new digital rental chart and data service for the British video sector. The new service will provide the video category with the first monthly VoD chart service in the world to be based on data from digital retailers, delivering a view of consumer engagement with transactional […]

October 2, 2020

HBO Max to celebrate Batman Day

HBO Max will mark Batman Day, which this year falls on September 19th, with a number of social media activities, free digital comics, and access to a huge library of Batman series and films from the DC library. In a press statement, the US streamer said: “Fans of all ages around the world can embrace […]

September 18, 2020By Nik Roseveare