Friday 7 March, 2014 Peter Jackson`s The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug has continued its good run in China, adding US$26.57 million during its first full week on screens. After 10 days it`s taken just shy of US$60 million.
Friday 7 March, 2014 In the week 12 Years a Slave took the Best Picture Oscar in Los Angeles, it slipped off the top spot at the box office here. The Hobbit 2 and The Pa Boys are quietly diminishing, while 3 Mile Limit readies to open with an unreported preview.
News Feature by: David Tiley Thursday 6 March, 2014 In less than a decade, format sales have become a market with its own specialised rules and secret handshakes. And yet, it is still largely unregulated by case law. David Tiley asked entertainment lawyer Shaun Miller to explain the legal implications.
Wednesday 5 March, 2014 That`s Geneva, Illinois - possibly the festival circuit equivalent of Paris, Texas - which will host the world premiere of ex-pat writer and director Alan Clay`s latest feature Courting Chaos.
Wednesday 5 March, 2014 I’m very pleased to be here to address this AIDC Conference. Thank you Joost, for providing the platform, to South Australia for hosting us, and to all of you for coming along…. beyond the formalities, the full speech makes a fascinating read.
Wednesday 5 March, 2014 Australasian distributor Madman Entertainment is likely to change hands in the next few months, as owners Funtastic look to concentrate some of the company`s activities inhouse. Funtastic activity covers licensing and merchandising around a number of local and international entertainment-based properties, not all of which Madman distributes.
News Feature by: David Tiley Thursday 6 March, 2014 The Australian Documentary Policy Forum was a genteel piece of political theatre which dramatized the review of Screen Australia’s documentary funding approach. After concealing a lot of tensions, it climaxed with an invitation to contribute.
Wednesday 5 March, 2014 American Hustle`s 10 nods got completely hustled and left empty-handbagged. Gravity did the biz for sheer volume, 12 Years picking off gongs for Best Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay and the big one.
Monday 3 March, 2014 At the Independent Spirit Awards which warm up the Oscars, 12 Years a Slave went in with seven nominations, Nebraska with six - but only one converted multiple nominations into gongs.
Friday 28 February, 2014 Helen Bowden, one of the founders of Australia`s successful Matchbox Pictures spoke to Philippa Campbell about the Australian environment and the challenges of making drama for AU$1.1 million/hour.
Friday 28 February, 2014 Kirstin Marcon`s The Most Fun You Can Have Dying is off to Aussie for the weekend, nominated for the Byron Bay Film Festival`s Best Dramatic Feature award. Producer Alex Cole-Baker and Steven Gannaway, writer of the novel from which the film was adapted, will support the film.
Friday 28 February, 2014 The state broadcaster made a profit of $20.8 million in the first half of the year. That positive news was overshadowed by CEO Kevin Kenrick having to apologise for the actions of staff for the second time in two weeks.
Friday 28 February, 2014 The full programme for this year`s Hong Kong festival reveals a couple of Kiwi titles, plus plenty of evidence of the very strong relationships the festival has built across the region.
Wednesday 26 February, 2014 The Desolation of Smaug carves out more nominations than any other title for the British vox pop awards. Evil Dead is also named and Air NZ gets on the board as an award sponsor.
News Feature by: David Tiley Wednesday 26 February, 2014 Des Monaghan, long one half of the Des and Bob show which built Screentime into the purveyor of memorable shows such as Underbelly and Cloudstreet, is stepping down as executive chairman of the company.
Tuesday 25 February, 2014 Following its good reviews out of Sundance, including from most of the major international trades, What We Do in the Shadows generated far less coverage in Berlin. That didn`t mean it wasn`t still playing well and finding critical love.
Monday 24 February, 2014 The New Zealand Children’s Screen Trust (NZCST) will select 20 young New Zealanders to be on the jury for the television industry’s most prestigious international children’s television festival, Prix Jeunesse.
Friday 21 February, 2014 Beyond the Edge has gone beyond the big screens. The Pa Boys numbers include “unreported revenue”, which is not possible if one thinks about it. Its week 2 numbers do little to change opinions following its opening that obscurity will soon beckon if it doesn`t get a solid marketing push.
Friday 21 February, 2014 It`s not quite late enough to slip into the end of party slow and smoochy song, but SPADA and Equity claim they`re busily dotting the last i`s and crossing the final t`s on how they`ll administer the long-coming replacement for the Pink Book.
Wednesday 19 February, 2014 Formed by Richard Fletcher, Paul Davis and Neil Cross last year, the company has now opened its Big Break call for undiscovered script-writing talent, although those who know what they`re doing are also welcome to apply.
Wednesday 19 February, 2014 After last week`s issue with ratings, one approached Step Dave`s numbers with caution this week, but the good news story that was – eventually – revealed from the first episode continued through the second.
Monday 17 February, 2014 Shifting from its regular November calendar slot didn`t seem to have helped Animfx, at least on its conference day, where attendance numbers seemed well down on previous years.
Monday 17 February, 2014 Research commissioned by Australasian games industry organisation IGEA throws some light on consumer spending. While not addressing spend on NZ-developed games, the spending patterns reinforce the message that the local game development industry is on the right track.
Monday 17 February, 2014 A well-known British film set in space, with two American leads and a Mexican director, led the pack with 11 nominations going into the evening. It also led the way out, converting six of those 11 nominations into gongs.
Monday 17 February, 2014 Asia titles made a strong showing on awards night in Berlin, which was celebrating its own success. A record 330,000 tickets had been sold over a day before the festival concluded – confirming its place as the world`s largest film festival.
Friday 14 February, 2014 On Wednesday we published an article noting Step Dave`s indifferent debut. On Thursday a red-faced Nielsen issued revised ratings data for Step Dave and other programming. BLushes aside, the revised numbers tell a welcome story.
Friday 14 February, 2014 A day ahead of the announcement of the winner of the second edition of Make My Movie, the winner of the first, Dean Hewison, wins support for Blue Harvest short Judgment Tavern.
Wednesday 12 February, 2014 Having put plenty of money into NZ film production over the last decade and a half, Warner Brothers is now spending on some TV. The studio`s TV Group is buying up all of Eyeworks` non-US interests, including the NZ company founded by Julie Christie, in a deal worth cNZ$300 million.
Wednesday 12 February, 2014 Wong Kar-wai`s The Grandmaster, which had its world premiere a year ago in Berlin, takes 11 nominations into next month`s Asian Film Awards, achieving the widest recognition across the award bash`s range of categories.
News Feature by: Keith Barclay Monday 10 February, 2014 The crazy if suspicious success of Flappy Bird was always going to lead some developers to cash in with similar titles. One such clone, Flappy Bee, has stolen a bunch of copyrighted assets from Bee Leader, by Mt Maunganui developer Flightless.
News Feature by: Gina Dellabarca Monday 10 February, 2014 Show Me Shorts` Gina Dellabarca travelled to Clermont-Ferrand before heading to the Berlinale. She shares her thoughts on the buzz, art-wank and the challenges facing short film festivals.
Monday 10 February, 2014 The Art Directors Guild splits its feature film Production Design awards into a rather meagre three categories, allowing Gravity to win yet another genre award – this time at the expense of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Monday 10 February, 2014 The Last of Us led the way into the Las Vegas-held awards with 13 nominations. Converting 10 of those into wins, Naughty Dog`s success severely limited the joy for other developers and publishers.
Monday 10 February, 2014 In a week when the Winter Olympics opened in Sochi and Russia`s attitudes to homosexuality garnered considerable coverage, Clermont-Ferrand named an Eastern European coming out short its Grand Prix winner.