Distribution & Streaming News

Disney postpones ‘Black Widow’, ‘Eternals’ and more films until 2021
23-Sep-2020

Disney has postponed almost all of its films scheduled for release in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis.

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Apple to launch subscription bundle – we called it!
13-Aug-2020

In MIDiA’s 2020 Predictions report published in December 2019 we predicted that tech majors would start creating subscription bundles, with Apple leading the fray. Lo and behold, news has just come out that Apple is working on ‘Apple One’ – a multi-genre subscription bundle that will include Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and Apple News+.

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Why streaming won't save Hollywood
13-Aug-2020

Disney's decision to release its $200 million 'Mulan' online might help short-term but digital revenues won't make up for billions lost at the box office.

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Disney Confirms ‘Mulan’ China Theatrical Release
11-Aug-2020

Mulan may be eschewing cinemas in most of the world, but audiences in China will be able to watch the film on the big screen, Disney revealed today.

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From Mulan to Avatar 2: Every delayed film and their new release date – updated
09-Aug-2020

When MGM delayed new James Bond film No Time to Die from April to November, it was shocking news. Back in March, a studio making the decision to cancel its biggest film’s theatrical release due to a global pandemic was unprecedented and a huge surprise.

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German Cinema Org Weighs In On ‘Mulan’ Controversy: '[Disney Is] Playing With Fire'
07-Aug-2020

ermany’s largest organization of cinema operators, HDF Kino, has issued a statement weighing in on the controversy swirling around Disney’s decision to put Mulan directing onto Disney+ in major markets.

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Federal Judge Gives Greenlight To Termination Of Paramount Consent Decrees
07-Aug-2020

A federal judge has given the green light to Justice Department to terminate the 71-year-old consent decrees that have restricted major studio control over the exhibition process.

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£23 to rent Mulan on Disney Plus is daylight robbery
07-Aug-2020

When I saw the headlines that Walt Disney Pictures’ Yifei Liu-starring, live-action remake of Mulan would be released in cinemas and Disney Plus in September, I was initially excited.

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Disney Stock Rises on Analysts' Upgrades, Focus on Digital Opportunity Ahead
05-Aug-2020

'Disney management delivered a focused message of boldly pursuing additional global streaming video opportunities,' writes one Wall Street observer, upgrading the stock from 'neutral' to 'buy.'

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European Cinemas Body UNIC Says Studios Must Back Exhibitors By Preserving Theatrical Windows
05-Aug-2020

Europe’s International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing cinema trade associations and operators across 38 territories, has called out recent moves made by studios such as Disney’s announcement last night that it will put Mulan directly on Disney+.

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UK Cinema Owners Blindsided By Disney ‘Mulan’ Decision: 'It’s A F*ck You To Exhibitors'
05-Aug-2020

UK cinema owners say they were shocked and frustrated by Tuesday’s announcement that Disney is taking Mulan directly to Disney+ and avoiding a theatrical release entirely in any country where the service has launched.

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Cinema’s Time Will Come Again Post-Lockdown
05-Aug-2020

Despite the impact of coronavirus and lockdown, data shows fan demand for both film and the cinema-going experience hasn’t waned, writes Experience 12’s MD Chris Whittle…

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Disney takes $5 billion hit but pandemic impact not as bad as feared
04-Aug-2020

Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) on Tuesday avoided the unmitigated disaster some investors feared as it eked out an adjusted profit amid the coronavirus pandemic that shut down parks, movie theaters and sporting events across the globe.

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Sky Cinema will premiere The Secret Garden remake on the same day as cinemas
04-Aug-2020

The upcoming Secret Garden remake is heading to Sky Cinema in the UK on the same day as it premieres theatrically.

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‘Mulan’ Going On Disney+ & Theaters In September; CEO Bob Chapek Says Decision Is “One-Off”, Not New Windows Model
04-Aug-2020

On Disney’s 3Q earnings call Tuesday, it was announced that Mulan is going to Disney+ on September 4.

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Box Office Calendar in Chaos: 'Next Year Is Becoming a Cage Match'
01-Aug-2020

Setting theatrical schedules has never been simple, but as the pandemic pushes releases into 2021 and beyond, distributors say 'it’s like playing four-dimensional chess on acid.'

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‘Tenet’ Will Release Internationally in August Ahead of U.S. Debut
27-Jul-2020

'Tenet' may still be able to salvage a summer release after all — at least outside of the United States. Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller, from Warner Bros., will debut internationally starting on Aug. 26 before opening in select cities in the U.S. over Labor Day weekend on Sept. 3.

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ May Still Open in Europe This Summer
24-Jul-2020

Warner Bros. is reaching out to international exhibitors about a possible late August launch for Christopher Nolan’s 'Tenet.' If it takes place, it would mean that the twisty spy thriller, which was expected to be among the highest-grossing summer releases, will have some sort of popcorn season debut.

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Movie theaters implore studios: Release the blockbusters
24-Jul-2020

A long time ago in a pre-COVID universe far, far away, blockbusters opened around the globe simultaneously or nearly so. In 1975, 'Jaws' set the blueprint. Concentrate marketing. Open wide. Pack them in.

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Disney Removes Mulan and Wes Anderson’s French Dispatch from the Schedule, Sets New Dates for Star Wars and Avatar Sequels
23-Jul-2020

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SHOWCASE AT HOME Designed To Support Its Highly Successful Event Cinema, Flashback + Spotlight Theatrical Programming Launches
20-Jul-2020

Showcase Cinemas, a world leader in the cinema exhibition industry, has announced that it is launching a new streaming service called Showcase at home with free apps for IOS and Android devices.

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Tom Hanks' 'Greyhound' Reflects COVID-19's Impact on the Film Industry
13-Jul-2020

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Survey: 55% willing to try PVoD over cinema
13-Jul-2020

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Sony Has Reportedly Delayed The Monster Hunter Movie Until 2021
12-Jul-2020

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UK exhibitors urge US studios to release their films in world’s open cinemas
10-Jul-2020

A combination of optimism and wariness characterised today’s ScreenDaily Talk: ‘What next for cinemas in the UK?’ as leading figures from UK exhibition discussed key issues affecting the sector as cinemas begin to re-open in the Covid-19 era.

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New release dates for 2020 and 2021 blockbusters
09-Jul-2020

Find out when Wonder Woman, James Bond, Tenet, Black Widow and Top Gun arrive in theaters.

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COVID-19 streaming and piracy won’t kill cinema just yet
08-Jul-2020

Big screen can still resist rise of home movie streaming but Eden Cinema fights blockbuster drought with classic film screenings.

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An olive branch for Odeon Cinemas and its Universal Pictures ban
11-Jun-2020

Might Odeon be showing Universal movies after all when cinema reopen? There’s been a little bit of progress.

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On-Demand Cinema Proves a Hit in Sweden and South Korea
10-Jun-2020

Cinema-on-demand in an actual cinema is a wow, who knew? This ‘private cinema show of your own’ proves that the moviegoing tradition can stay alive even when there’s no new product to show.

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How coronavirus transformed the summer blockbuster movie season
05-Jun-2020

Cinemas in the United States and other countries are cautiously beginning to reopen this month, but not until after the theatrical releases of the vast majority of Hollywood summer movies were delayed.

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The 2020 Box Office Could Lose $6 Billion Due to the Coronavirus
02-Jun-2020

On Monday, it was reported that 40 percent of Chinese movie theaters could close permanently due to the coronavirus pandemic and that the country’s box office could slip as much as 66 percent. Today, it looks as if American movie theaters are in a similarly compromised position.

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International Box Office Still Topsy-Turvy Amid Early Cinema Re-Openings; ‘Underwater’ Docks In Korea
02-Jun-2020

Some international box office markets that are up and running — even if not at full steam — saw increases this weekend while others faced drops given good weather in some spots and an overall lack of new product. However, Disney floated Kristen Stewart-starrer Underwater into Korea for the first time with a No. 1 start at $402K which is one of the better overseas openings for the underperformer that began rolling out globally in January. Disney/Pixar’s Onward also continued to lead Taiwan in its second week.

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Major Change Coming Between Studios And Movie Chains
02-Jun-2020

About three months ago, before Covid-19 changed everything, movie exhibition chains like AMC, Regal and Cinemark enjoyed an exclusive 90 day “dark window” where studios grudgingly agreed to keep their theatrically released films off of any other platform, including Paid-Video-On-Demand, aka PVOD.

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Streaming boom to bolster Disney finances
01-Jun-2020

Disney+ and Hulu contribute to record D2C figures as pandemic fuels subscription, according to Broadcast Intelligence data.

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Japanese movie distributors' survival plot takes online twist
22-May-2020

Just as cinemas in Japan have taken a financial hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, distributors find themselves in similarly dire straits. Some are desperately trying to stay afloat by breaking one cardinal rule: streaming new releases online.

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Streaming Wars Continue: Here’s How Much Netflix, Amazon, Disney+ And Their Rivals Are Spending On New Content
22-May-2020

Coronavirus shutdowns and stay-at-home orders have sparked a new boom in the streaming world as established companies rev up content and new players, like HBO Max and Quibi, look to make a splash. Here’s what the industry’s biggest streaming companies are doing to stay ahead of the competition—and how much they’re spending on content in 2020, according to Bloomberg Intelligence data.

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Lionsgate Discloses $50 Million Hit Over COVID-19 Production Shutdown
21-May-2020

The studio posted a narrowing quarterly loss of $44.9 million against a year-earlier loss of $155.2 million.

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Movie distributors' survival plot takes online twist
20-May-2020

Just as cinemas in Japan have taken a financial hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, distributors find themselves in similar straits. Some are desperately trying to stay afloat by breaking a cardinal rule: streaming new releases online.

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COVID-19 Denied ‘Fourteen’ A Theatrical Release. Can The Movie Become An Indie Hit Anyway?
19-May-2020

It was March of 2020. His latest feature, Fourteen, had enjoyed a rapturous reception at the Berlin Film Festival a year before. Indie distributor Grasshopper had recently acquired U.S. distribution rights, and had prepared a late March or early April release.

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Keanu Reeves’ Upcoming Two Movie Might Go Straight Streaming And Digital Release
19-May-2020

It’s being suggested that Keanu Reeves’ next two movies might be coming straight to streaming and digital release due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Distributors start scheduling a stack of movies from July onwards
18-May-2020

On the reasonable assumption that cinemas are trading in July, albeit with staggered seating, audiences can look forward to a raft of Hollywood films and, perhaps, several new Australian releases.

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Unhinged starring Russell Crowe aims to be first film back in US cinemas
13-May-2020

Mark Gill’s company Solstice Studios will release the new Russell Crowe psychological thriller Unhinged in US cinemas on July 1, the former Miramax executive says.

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‘Little Women,’ ‘1917’ Likely Among First Films to Hit Reopened Chinese Theaters
13-May-2020

“Little Women” and “1917” appear to be among the first titles that will hit Chinese theaters when they reopen in the wake of the novel coronavirus, new posters and promotion indicate.

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'The New Mutants' and More Movies Delayed Due to Coronavirus: Find Out the New Release Dates
13-May-2020

ET has compiled a handy guide to keep track of the changing release dates, which we will be updating as soon as new dates are announced.

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How COVID-19 is affecting Indonesian cinema
08-May-2020

As we enter our third month of the pandemic, what does it mean for Indonesian cinema?

The holiday season is usually a time for theatrical releases, but with cinemas shut down across the country, much of the population is at home either glued to their TV screens or streaming their favorite movies.

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With Theaters Closed By COVID-19, Alamo Drafthouse Launches Streaming Service ‘Alamo On Demand’
07-May-2020

Alamo Drafthouse, one of the few theater chains that has been willing to screen Netflix‘s original films, has launched its own video-on-demand streaming platform.

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European Distributors Aim for Theater Releases as Countries Look to Reopen
07-May-2020

With cameras halted, theaters shuttered and no festivals in sight, the coronavirus pandemic has sent European film distribution into free-fall, creating a domino effect that has impacted the entire ecosystem across the continent, from sales agents to exhibitors.

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Independent Film Distribution Needs Industry Support to Survive Coronavirus
07-May-2020

Christine Eloy, managing director of Europa Distribution, which represents indie distributors across Europe, appeals for assistance for the sector as its survival is threatened by the impact of COVID-19, and underscores its critical importance to the independent film business as a whole.

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Disney boss reveals why Artemis Fowl skipped cinemas for Disney+
06-May-2020

Disney boss Bob Chapek has explained why Artemis Fowl is heading straight for Disney+, rather than waiting for cinemas to reopen following the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘The Assistant’ helps Curzon Home Cinema record best ever weekend
06-May-2020

UK streaming platform Curzon Home Cinema (CHC) has recorded its biggest weekend to date following the early digital release of Harvey Weinstein-inspired drama The Assistant.

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2022 Movie Releases Are Very Different Now: What's Changed
06-May-2020

The 2022 movie release calendar is very different in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic; here's what's changed.

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Streaming remains lone bright spot as Disney prepares for an unprecedented fight
05-May-2020

Disney was at the top of the world at the end of 2019: a record-breaking year at the box office, the launch of Disney Plus, and a release of the biggest movie in history. Now, just five months into 2020, Disney is in for a bumpy ride.

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China to tighten rules to stop movies from premiering online
04-May-2020

While cinemas shuttered in China during the coronavirus epidemic are waiting for the all clear to reopen, regulators are planning to protect their business by enforcing rules to stop movies from premiering online, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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Studios bypass cinemas with lucrative lockdown premieres
02-May-2020

Universal’s latest on-demand hit, kept out of theatres by Covid-19, has made more profit in three weeks than its predecessor did in five months on the big screen

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John Wick 4 and Spiral Both Delayed
02-May-2020

Lionsgate announces that it's delaying the releases of John Wick 4 and Saw: From the Book of Spiral, pushing both back by a year.

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A quick look at the film industry post-COVID19 pandemic
29-Apr-2020

In the past, a lot of tragic events have impacted the film industry in a big way. These include the 1918 Spanish flu influenza pandemic that killed millions of people in the world. The other is the Second World War when nations fought against nations. But more recently is the VCR where people started watching movies in the comfort of their homes.

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Streaming-Only Films Will Now Be Considered For Oscar Nomination Because Of The Coronavirus Pandemic
29-Apr-2020

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the Academy Awards to allow films released only on streaming or video on demand platforms to be eligible for Oscar nominations, as social distancing measures measures caused the closure of many movie theatres and disrupted the traditional selection process.

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National Theatre announces new digital programming
26-Apr-2020

The National Theatre has announced the next two productions to be streamed live on YouTube every Thursday at 7pm. The screenings are part of National Theatre at Home; the new initiative to bring content to the public accessed from their homes during coronavirus.

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Coronavirus: NZ company ScreenPlus says it has a solution to cinemas' Covid-19 woes, but some aren't convinced
24-Apr-2020

The cinema industry is split over a streaming service being touted as a potential saviour from the coronavirus crisis. TONY WALL reports. While most cinemas are dormant with no income because of the Covid-19 lockdown, the Academy Cinema in Auckland is making money.

The independent cinema, which specialises in art-house films, has signed up to a streaming platform run by Hamilton-based startup ScreenPlus, which enables cinemas to stream films on their websites.

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Virus Crisis May Spur More Hollywood Studio Mergers, Analyst Says
24-Apr-2020

'The production and distribution of media content will be permanently changed,' including fewer U.S. cinema screens and a further focus on tentpole titles, Michael Nathanson says in his report 'Say Goodbye to Hollywood.'

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Mission: Impossible 7 release date is pushed back due to coronavirus crisis after filming is halted
24-Apr-2020

Fans will have to wait that little bit longer for the release of Mission: Impossible 7, as the movie’s release date has been pushed back due to the coronavirus crisis. The latest Mission: Impossible movie, starring Tom Cruise, has been delayed by several months and will now hit the big screen in the US in November 2012 – four months later that its originally scheduled release of July 2021.

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Warner Bros. Brass Reaffirm Commitment to Theatrical Movies
22-Apr-2020

Studio chief Ann Sarnoff and her boss, WarnerMedia chief John Stankey, issued statements late Wednesday clarifying comments made to investors. Warner Bros. late Wednesday reaffirmed the studio's commitment to the cinematic experience in hopes of clearing up confusion over comments made to investors by WarnerMedia boss John Stankey earlier in the day about the future of the theatrical model.

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Coronavirus: All the new release dates for films delayed due to COVID-19
21-Apr-2020

Many major film releases have been pushed back until 2021 and beyond due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Here are the big movies that have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic - and their new US release dates.

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Filmmaker Alex Lee Moyer Opted In To Amazon Prime Video’s Online SXSW Plan Because “We Need To Be Seen To Exist”
20-Apr-2020

When Amazon Prime Video and SXSW announced they were partnering to provide an online screening platform to rescue the festival’s content following its cancellation, not every filmmaker felt confident. Amazon Prime Video would, for a 10-day period, allow its entire audience to view (in front of the Prime paywall, so free to all) these films previously privy only to those who gained SXSW festival entry.

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The Hollywood Studio Release Schedule Shuffle: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going
20-Apr-2020

The release schedule devastation began with a trickle in mid-March but then the floodgates opened by later that month, culminating in Universal taking the radical step of bypassing theatrical entirely on “Trolls: World Tour” and going straight to PVOD. Disney moved “Artemis Fowl” to their Disney+ streaming service shortly thereafter but the mass migration to the small screen that exhibitors around the world feared hasn’t materialized, at least not to this point.

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Film Product: Year-End 2020 and Q1 2021 are filling fast!
20-Apr-2020

Last week, even before President Trump laid out a set of guidelines for how states might be able to re-open domestic movie theaters, Cinemark suggested a goal to start having sites re-open at the beginning of July. UNIC (the international union of cinemas), while not committing to dates, also suggested it has a July timeline “in mind” for re-openings.

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Screen Talk live Q&A: exploring revenue-sharing “virtual cinema” models
17-Apr-2020

The second Screen Talk webinar is taking place on Thursday, April 23 at 16:00 BST, and will look at how arthouse distributors and exhibitors are partnering in various revenue-sharing “virtual cinema” models in response to theatre closures during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ – UK & Ireland Film Releases Heading Online Early Due To Coronavirus Disruption
17-Apr-2020

Eliza Hitman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always is heading to digital on May 13, initially for purchase and then VOD rental from May 27. Universal Pictures / Focus Features are releasing the Sundance hit, which took a Special Jury Award in Park City before scooping the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale. Starring Sidney Flanigan and Talia Ryder, the film is an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania.

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Netflix is now worth more than Disney with its value climbing to $187billion after the streaming company's shares hit an all-time high as millions stay at home during Covid-19 lockdown
16-Apr-2020

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How we watch and pay for entertainment will never be the same after Covid-19
15-Apr-2020

The rise of Netflix and inspired copycat services has made studios and cable programmers shift some focus to streaming apps & away from theaters and traditional TV audiences.

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Stay home: Alamo Drafthouse among cinemas bringing movies online during coronavirus
14-Apr-2020

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JOHN WICK, HUNGER GAMES, LA LA LAND To Air Free on YouTube
14-Apr-2020

Now Lionsgate and YouTube are teaming up to give us something to watch while recreating the experiencing of watching movies with other people. They’re airing a series of free Friday night films featuring some very big titles, all hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis. Because quarantine doesn’t even sound like a chore when we can all watch John Wick, The Hunger Games, La La Land, and Dirty Dancing together.

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In the Social Distancing Streaming Wars, Netflix Reigns Supreme
13-Apr-2020

In 2020, streaming services seem to pop up by the dozens. Every major media company including Apple, Amazon, Disney, NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia have either launched or are preparing to launch their own streaming service, and they're all vying for the time and attention of the millions of people stuck at home during the current period of social distancing. Despite the plethora of new options, it's Netflix - the great grand-daddy of them all - that's winning out in the stay at home streaming wars.

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Study Shows Shorter Theatrical Release Windows Reduce Home Video Revenue
12-Apr-2020

With movie theaters shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, studios have accelerated home release for some titles that were already in theatrical release when the industry shut down. Without theaters available, the release window was temporarily irrelevant for those movies. These unique circumstances, however, do not signal a change to the theatrical release model.

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The Digital Entertainment Boom Is Temporary; What Comes Next?
08-Apr-2020

The digital entertainment boom as a result of the global COVID-19 lockdowns is but an optimistic wave in a stormy sea the market will have to weather over the coming months… and potentially even years.

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ScreenPlus Partners With Vista Group To Launch Streaming Platform In Response To Theater Shutdown
07-Apr-2020

As theaters continue to remain closed during the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more companies and distributors are finding ways to exhibit via streaming platforms. ScreenPlus is the latest to give virtual cinema as they are partnering with cinema software company Vista Group to help cinema exhibitors launch their own VOD platforms to offer at-home streaming to customers.

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07-Apr-2020

New streaming site to help residents support independent Aberdeen cinema.

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Film Festival News

23rd Shanghai International Film Festival concludes
03-Aug-2020

Cast members of the film Tracing Her Shadow meet the media during the 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) held in Shanghai, east China, July 31, 2020

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Telluride Film Festival 2020 Canceled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
14-Jul-2020

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Venice Film Festival sets 2020 plan
08-Jul-2020

The show will go on for the Venice Film Festival in September, but with a few modifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Physical Shanghai Film Festival Could Happen In July, Talks Ongoing
02-Jul-2020

Media reports in China say the event will be held July 18-27, but sources close to the organizers insist discussions to win permission from the government to hold public film screenings are still in progress.

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London Film Festival Reveals Hybrid Physical & Online Format For 2020 Edition
02-Jul-2020

As coronavirus continues to reshape the festival calendar, the London Film Film has revealed its altered plans for 2020.

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Euro Fim Festival - Meet the Neighbours of the Neighbours During COVID-19 Time
05-Jun-2020

The European Commission has launched the "Meet the Neighbours of the Neighbours During COVID-19 Time" initiative, a free online festival including 50 feature films: 25 European features accessible in Africa and the Mediterranean.

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Barcelona’s BCN Film Fest to Go Live in Late June
27-May-2020

Framing world premieres of “Maragall i la Lluna” and “Wishlist,” plus new movies from Justin Kurzel, Marjane Satrapi, Matteo Garrone and Caroline Link, Barcelona’s BCN Film Fest aims to become one of the first festivals in Europe to stage a live on-site edition, running June 25 to July 2.

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Venice Film Fest to keep September date despite COVID-19 pandemic
26-May-2020

The coronavirus pandemic may have currently paralysed the world, but the Venice Film Festival will go ahead as planned in September this year.

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Quarantine Cat Film Fest harnesses viral cat power to save COVID-19 closed theaters
21-May-2020

Cats have performed some amazing tasks in ubiquitous online videos. But one feline video opus will help save struggling movie theaters during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kashmir World Film Festival postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown
19-May-2020

The fifth edition of the Kashmir World Film Festival (KWFF) – all set to run from June 10-17 – has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Asia-themed film festivals migrate online amid COVID-19
14-May-2020

Most of the festivals abroad that specialize in Japanese and other Asian films lack the deep pockets of Cannes: Instead of sponsoring a charity event, they are desperately looking for ways to survive.

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Fajr Intl. Film Festival cancels 2020 edition over coronavirus
08-May-2020

The Fajr International Film Festival, Iran’s major film event, has canceled the 38th edition over the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival’s president said on Thursday.

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New York Film Festival Will Take ‘Open-Minded Approach’ in Fall to Deal with Coronavirus Changes
08-May-2020

The 58th New York Film Festival announced on Friday a new programming structure and the addition of curatorial members to their teams. For now, the festival will include in-person and digital experiences and will take place Sept. 25 through Oct. 11.

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https://variety.com/2020/film/asia/melbourne-film-festival-online-virtual-edition-1234599343/
06-May-2020

The Melbourne International Film Festival, originally scheduled for August, but then canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, is to hold a digital edition. The online showcase has been nicknamed MIFF 68½ and will run during the original festival dates, Aug. 6-23, 2020.

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British Film Chief Ben Roberts Reveals Biggest Coronavirus Worry, Changes To Indie Financing & What London Film Festival Might Look Like
28-Apr-2020

Ben Roberts became the British Film Institute’s CEO in February, having led the BFI’s Film Fund for six years and served as Deputy CEO for a further two. Almost instantly, he was charged with leading the organization’s response to the Coronavirus crisis, and the BFI worked quickly to establish initiatives to provide emergency funding for displaced workers, examine the impact of COVID-19 on all facets of the business, and work with government to forge a path forward.

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Film festivals unite virtually on YouTube
28-Apr-2020

Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance and Venice Film Festivals are among those connecting in a virtual 10-day film festival to be hosted on YouTube and streaming free to cinema fans everywhere.

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New York Film Festival Organizers Optimistic September Event Will Go Ahead
23-Apr-2020

With Cannes unable to take place this summer, doubt hanging over other summer festivals and Venice admitting that it is likely to be a less international affair, U.S. distributors and filmmakers will be increasingly needy for sizeable launchpads for their movies later in the year. While New York may struggle to attract its usual level of international talent, it could potentially become an even greater platform for U.S. projects.

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Film At Lincoln Center Sets Virtual Cinema Lineup In COVID-19 Fundraising Effort
21-Apr-2020

Film at Lincoln Center has revealed a slate of April and May “openings” in its upcoming FLC Virtual Cinema. The streaming rentals, a mix of festival titles, commercial releases and catalog fare, range from $10 to $12, some with member discounts. Half of all proceeds will benefit the storied New York film organization.

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Virtual anniversary: 20th annual deadCenter Film Festival to be mostly online due to coronavirus pandemic
20-Apr-2020

For its 20th anniversary edition, the deadCenter Film Festival will boast the longest run and the largest number of films in its history. It also will be primarily online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

'If you're a film enthusiast, this will probably be the best year ever because you will actually see more films than you've ever seen. You have 10 days to look at them whenever you want,' said deadCenter Film Executive Director Lance McDaniel.

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Jawaher says art a great tool to drive creativity, development
20-Apr-2020

Despite cinema closures in the UAE and around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFF) will continue to bring the magic of cinema to young generations, and this time to their homes.

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Coronavirus: Cannes film festival not possible 'in original form'
15-Apr-2020

The Cannes film festival will not take place 'in its original form' this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers first postponed the festival last month, saying that they would aim to stage it in June or July this year.

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Melbourne Film Festival in August Canceled Due to Coronavirus
07-Apr-2020

The Melbourne International Film Festival, which was to have been held in August, has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Organizers said that the accompanying 37 Degrees South Market and the Accelerator Lab would also not go ahead this year.

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Melbourne Film Festival in August Canceled Due to Coronavirus
07-Apr-2020

The Melbourne International Film Festival, which was to have been held in August, has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Organizers said that the accompanying 37 Degrees South Market and the Accelerator Lab would also not go ahead this year.

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https://deadline.com/2020/03/coronavirus-tcm-classic-film-festival-canceled-2020-1202880936/
24-Mar-2020

The TCM Classic Film Festival: Special Home Edition will be an on-air celebration of TCM CFF movies and moments from the past decade that people can enjoy at home. It will showcase films that have been a part of past Classic Film Festivals and those slated for this year’s event.

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The Impact On Film & Filmaking

Nolan’s Tenet Draws Strong $53M International Opening from 41 Markets
30-Sep-2020

After a long anticipated release, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet has generated an estimated $53 million in its global launch through Sunday, topping expectations ahead of its debut.

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Tenet gives shot in arm to UK and Ireland cinemas
02-Sep-2020

Sci-fi blockbuster Tenet has given a welcome shot in the arm to the UK and Ireland's cinemas, taking £5.33 million in its first week on release.

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Is seeing Tenet in cinemas worth the coronavirus risk?
26-Aug-2020

In Tenet, Nolan once again messes with time. But to get the best experience you'll need to watch it on a cinema screen

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The week in movies
25-Aug-2020

Films can be 'greenlit' – that is, put into production – for all kinds of reasons, from perceived cultural currency to basic commercial appetite.

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Box Office: Hollywood Is Hoping That ‘Tenet’ Performs Like ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’
20-Aug-2020

Warner Bros. isn’t writing off American box office for Tenet, and its release should remind you of the first Star Wars prequel.

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Korean Zombies and Cartoon Characters Battle It Out For Global Boxoffice Dominance
29-Jul-2020

With cinema starting to bloom open across the globe – with Beijing opening up while spikes as seen in Dalian shuttered cinemas in that area – the theatrical industry is stirring from its ventilator.

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Hollywood is falling off its cliff
25-Jul-2020

Before the pandemic shut movie theaters worldwide, Tinseltown was enjoying 'record theater revenues and explosive production demand,'

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Delays August Release
20-Jul-2020

Warner Bros. has removed 'Tenet' from its release calendar, delivering a big blow on the exhibition industry at a time when movie theaters had hoped to peg their re-opening to the late summer debut of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller.

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Backstage with…A film critic as cinemas re-open but have no new movies to screen
18-Jul-2020

This week’s episode of our entertainment podcast, Backstage, had to be re-thought, after a film we were going to include had its release date pushed back.

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These charts show why studios are likely to delay ‘Tenet’ and ‘Mulan’ again
17-Jul-2020

Movie theaters shut down when Covid-19 cases were topping 20,000 a day in March. Now, they are trying to reopen when cases are over 60,000 a day.

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Oliver Stone slams politically correct Hollywood and says you need a 'sensitivity counselor' or 'Covid adviser' to make a movie now and compares Academy to an 'Alice in Wonderland tea party
14-Jul-2020

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The Batman Rumor Indicates A Major Change To Filming
14-Jul-2020

The DC Extended Universe has been on a roll lately, with a series of critically acclaimed blockbusters. While the fandom is eager to see The Snyder Cut's release on HBO Max, there are also a slew of highly anticipated new blockbusters heading to theaters.

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‘Tenet’ Release Unlikely In August; 2020 Box Office To Plunge 70% – Analyst
13-Jul-2020

Tenet, the movie expected to kick off Hollywood’s long-deferred summer, has a “low likelihood” of being released in August, according to a veteran exhibition analyst.

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No Time To Die's release date 'could be changed AGAIN!
10-Jul-2020

The release date for No Time To Die is allegedly set to change once again, after the coronavirus crisis originally led the launch to be delayed by seven months.

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Obituary: Ennio Morricone, the composer who changed the sound of cinema
06-Jul-2020

Italian film composer Ennio Morricone dies aged 91.

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Seven film industry talking points for the second half of 2020
03-Jul-2020

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Warner Bros. Moves Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ To August 12
25-Jun-2020

Warner Bros. is moving its Christopher Nolan action thriller Tenet again — this time from Friday, July 31, to Wednesday, August 12. Nolan’s 10th anniversary reissue of Inception now will open on July 31 instead of July 17.

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UK cinemas given access to 450 films to boost recovery
19-Jun-2020

The UK’s leading distributors have united to create a vast library of 450 films in a bid to jump-start the recovery of cinemas after months of closures.

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L'amour is not dead! French actors start kissing again on set as the nation's film industry restarts production
19-Jun-2020

Actors have started kissing again on French film shoots, the country's culture minister said Friday.

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A close look at the bustling creatives flourishing as part of the New Wave Romanian cinema movement
18-Jun-2020

Romania has produced films since at least 1911. However, while the first Romanian silent feature film released dates back to some of the earliest ever recorded, certain factors stunted the growth of national cinema.

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Gulabo Sitabo: Bollywood's first post-lockdown film skips cinemas
18-Jun-2020

On Friday evening, Delhi-based lawyer Ishika Goon and her flatmates hunkered down at their apartment in the Indian capital, Delhi, to watch a new Bollywood film.

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Picturehouse Entertainment To Kick Off Return Of Independent Cinema-Going With Critically Acclaimed PROXIMA This July
17-Jun-2020

Picturehouse Entertainment are proud to be bringing back cinema with the theatrical release of the exceptional independent film, PROXIMA, from Friday 10 July.

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Kissing despite COVID-19: How Germany's film industry adapts to the pandemic
04-Jun-2020

Movie shoots that came to a standstill following the coronavirus lockdown now aim to resume. The film industry was inspired by the Bundesliga's concept — with quarantines and constant testing — to keep cameras rolling.

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COVID-19 deals crippling blow to Bollywood
02-Jun-2020

With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) taking its toll on most Bollywood releases this year, the Indian film industry, which was anticipating revenues worth INR183 billion ($2.5 billion) in 2019, is now staring at losses of INR24 billion ($330 million), experts told Arab News on Monday.

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'The Knight and The Princess': the first feature-length animation film to represent Egyptian cinema internationally.
01-Jun-2020

Following its World Premiere at the 3rd edition of El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt and Saudi Arabia’s first animated feature-length film ''The Knight and The Princess'' has been selected to compete at the 60th Annecy International Film Festival, becoming the first feature-length animation film to represent Arab cinema internationally.

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'We may have to find a different job': How COVID-19 has left Kolkata's film industry reeling
01-Jun-2020

The Bengali film industry with an annual turnover of Rs 200 crore from movies and Rs 100 crore from television series' is staring at an unprecedented economic crisis. Although West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee eased the lockdown restrictions, allowing shooting in green zones to resume, all isn't quite right.

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British Film Commission's Covid-19 production guide shows what the future of film might look like
01-Jun-2020

The first steps to resuming work in the film industry are underway, with the British Film Commission publishing a 34-page document outlining Covid-19 production guidelines in line with government advice.

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The Batman among movies given go-ahead for restart of UK filming
31-May-2020

Producers of Hollywood blockbusters including The Batman and the next Fantastic Beasts film have been given the go-ahead to restart filming after the UK government and health bodies signed off on new coronavirus safety rules.

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California Plans To Reopen Studios, But Return to Normality Will Take Much Longer
26-May-2020

Last week Gary Newsom, the governor of California announced the imminent rolling out of measures this week for the resumption of production of Hollywood movies and TV Shows. Los Angeles County, where the majority of the production studios are based will be excluded in the first phase as it prepares itself to meet the state of California’s criteria on testing, deaths and hospitalisations that would allow production to restart.

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This is how the film industry is fighting lockdown
24-May-2020

It’s a tough time for the global film industry, for which the pandemic represents a disruption of seismic proportions. All movie production spaces have been officially “locked down” and all talent – whether in front of or behind the camera – has been quarantined. Film festivals have all been cancelled or moved online and cinemas are closed and the industry faces an uncertain economic future.

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Coronavirus shut down Hollywood, but there may be a silver lining
21-May-2020

The coronavirus pandemic has crushed the movie industry, but there may be a silver-screen lining for female directors.

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Film Academy Considering Postponing 2021 Oscars
19-May-2020

The 93rd Oscars aren’t until February, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is considering postponing the big night, according to multiple sources.

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How coronavirus has animated one section of the film industry
19-May-2020

Animators tend to work alone – an attractive prospect for producers battling the coronavirus lockdown

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Oscars 2021 ‘could be pushed back by four months due to coronavirus’
12-May-2020

As it stands, the 93rd Academy Awards are scheduled to take place nine months from now, on 28 February. However, production companies have already been forced to push back their films’ release dates by up to a year, with No Time To Die, A Quiet Place 2, Top Gun: Maverick, Mulan, F9 and Black Widow among the early cinematic casualties.

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European Film Awards Tweaks 2020 Eligibility Rules Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
12-May-2020

The European Film Awards has tweaked its eligibility criteria for 2020 to allow films that premiere online to be considered, and has also extended the qualifying window from May to November.

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Top 20 Films In 2019
03-Feb-2020

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How The Film Media Is Dealing With The Pandemic

Tuning into COVID-19: How the pandemic has changed screen content and viewing practices
08-Jul-2020

Our experience of the coronavirus pandemic has been filtered through screens of various sizes – TV screens, computer screens, mobile phone screens. Working alongside each other, broadcast media, social media, citizen science and individually-produced footage rapidly established a distinctive "visual economy" for screen representations of COVID-19 – a set of representational norms that has blurred the boundaries between documentary, news, amateur filmmaking, and surveillance and automated images.

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Coronavirus: The urgency for the film industry to find a solution is rising
08-May-2020

Coronavirus: The urgency for the film industry to find a solution is rising.

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Theatrical Film, TV Ads, Pay-TV Doomed By COVID-19 To Fade Out Like CDs, DVDs, Print – Analyst
24-Apr-2020

The damage done to Hollywood by COVID-19 is just beginning, and will hasten the decline of theatrical moviegoing, TV advertising, pay-TV and other longtime features of the landscape, according to a sweeping new report by Wall Street analyst Michael Nathanson.

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Covid-19 leaves news and entertainment industries reeling
17-Apr-2020

From TV channels running out of shows, to newspapers facing the threat of closure, the British media industry is facing a financial shock that will permanently reshape how we consume news and entertainment.

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