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Scott Mota joins Dendy as head of marketing

Scott Mota..

Scott Mota, former marketing director at Freeview TV, has been appointed head of marketing at Dendy. Reporting directly to Dendy/Icon CEO Greg Hughes, he.ll lead business initiatives across the company.s cinemas and on-demand platform, Dendy Direct.

Prior to his most recent role at Freeview, Mota was head of marketing for Foxtel.s Lifestyle Channels. He.s also worked at Hasbro, Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox.

.Scott.s wide experience demonstrates his skill and passion for the Australian entertainment industry," said Hughes. "I.m excited to see him lead the Dendy team through a raft of great new initiatives in the marketing and digital spaces."

Mota joins Dendy as it prepares to open its fifth cinema in Australia — at Cooparoo, Brisbane — later this year. He replaces Kate Stapleton, who is relocating interstate after more than eight years with Dendy/Icon..
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Dendy Direct signs deal with BBC

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Sherlock.

Dendy Direct has signed a new deal with BBC Worldwide Anz. Through the partnership, a select range of the BBC.s catalogue will be available on the on-demand service from today.

This will include War and Peace, Thirteen, and Undercover, as well as.The Office, Fawlty Towers, Pride & Prejudice, The Honourable Woman and Sherlock..

.We.re incredibly excited to be offering such a diverse slate of new television to our audience,. said Dendy CEO Greg Hughes.

.Dendy feels a great synergy with the BBC as a joint offering of two exceptional and very beloved brands amongst their followers..

BBC Worldwide Anz.s Digital Account Manager Kristen Fraser said the BBC was delighted that Dendy Direct would include some of the best new and classic British television on its service.

To celebrate the launch, the first episodes from a select range of series including War and Peace, Luther, The Musketeers
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Icaa boosts Last Cab to Darwin's independent box office

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A new Independent Cinema Association of Australia initiative has bolstered the success of Last Cab to Darwin at the Australian box office.

The flim, starring Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver, is the first film released as a My Cinema Premiere event, following its announcement in May and features in the series with the support of Screen Australia..

The new initiative offers an experience often reserved for those in capital cities..

Icaa rolled out the red carpet at 57 sites across Australia..

Dendy Icon chief executive, Greg Hughes said Icon was extremely happy with the result of the Last Cab to Darwin from Icaa member cinemas..

"I am in no doubt that the Icaa My Cinema Premiere initiative has been a huge contributing factor to the successful launch of the film," he said.

The reports other from Icaa members were also postive..

A spokesperson for Majestic cinemas said it was very successful.
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Dendy Direct adds Warner Bros, Sbs

Dendy Direct has strengthened its film and TV offerings after signing licensing deals with Warner Bros. and Sbs.

WB.s The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies is on the VOD platform and Interstellar goes up on Wednesday. Upcoming titles include American Sniper in May and Focus in June.

The Sbs arrangement encompasses series including The Fall, The Bridge and The Returned.

The on-demand platform gets the WB content courtesy of its ongoing arrangement with Roadshow Films, which took over the physical and online distribution of the studio.s product last month.

Dendy CEO Greg Hughes says, .We are thrilled with our new distribution partnerships and to add further quality movie and TV content to Dendy Direct for our customers."

Roadshow MD Chris Chard says, .Roadshow looks forward to expanding our content offering with Dendy Direct and see it as an ideal platform to showcase our Warner Bros content.
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Industry grapples with how to restore value to films

Worldwide more movies than ever are being produced and they have never been more accessible on multiple platforms - but this .commoditisation. means the perceived value of films has dropped.

So what can be done to restore the value of films at a time when endemic piracy suggests many people aren.t willing to pay for what they can get for free and they don.t regard file-sharing as theft?

That conundrum was debated at a forum in Sydney on Tuesday afternoon entitled 'Stories Valued: Audience and revenue in the new distribution landscape,' hosted by Screen Australia, Screen Nsw and the IP Awareness Foundation (Ipaf).

There are no simple solutions but plenty of ideas and proposals were floated by producers, distributors and one VOD platform.

UK screen industry consultant Pete Buckingham told the several hundred attendees the .cinema system and value chain. are under pressure right across Europe, and,
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Dendy VoD service gaining traction

Two weeks after launch, Dendy Direct is tracking above expectations in one key metric: the number of people who have registered with the film and TV VoD platform. Icon CEO Greg Hughes isn.t volunteering any figures except to note that around 10,000 people expressed interest in registering by email before the August 6 launch.

.The number of registered users is well ahead of expectations,. he told If. .We are happy with the encouraging responses from consumers..

At launch more than 600 film and TV titles were available to rent or buy online and 10-20 are being added each day. As If reported, Dendy Direct has licensing deals with 20th Century Fox, the Walt Disney Co, ABC Commercial, Beyond Home Entertainment and leading independent distributors. Deals with other Us distributors are pending and Hughes said, .The door is still open for those suppliers who have yet to come in.. The initial film line-up included The Lego Movie,
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Two majors sign with Dendy Direct

The Walt Disney Co. and 20th Century Fox have licensed their product to Dendy Direct, the Video-on-Demand service which debuts on August 6. Neither deal has been announced but titles from both studios were featured in an industry launch at the Dendy Cinema Newtown on Wednesday night. The Disney line-up includes Muppets Most Wanted (available from August 13) and Captain America: Winter Soldier (August 20). The service will offer 800-1,000 films to rent or buy online and TV series including The Time of Our Lives, Peaky Blinders and From Dusk Till Dawn. The pricing will be similar to other VOD platforms, typically $5.99 to rent a movie, $24.99 to purchase in Sd and $29.99 in HD. Last week the company announced licensing deals with ABC Commercial, Beyond Home Entertainment, Entertainment One Australia, Madman Entertainment, Pinnacle Films, Roadshow, Transmission and Umbrella Entertainment. Dendy/Icon CEO Greg Hughes told several hundred people at the launch party the
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Dendy Direct sets launch date

Dendy Cinemas will launch its Video-on-Demand service on August 6, initially providing 800-1,000 films to rent or buy online.

Dendy Direct will also offer Us and Australian TV series, in some cases one day after their broadcast airing, just as iTunes does. The company announced licensing deals with ABC Commercial, Beyond Home Entertainment, Entertainment One Australia, Madman Entertainment, Pinnacle Films, Roadshow, Transmission and Umbrella Entertainment.

It will soon announce deals with the Us studios and other independents. The line-up will include Roadshow.s The Wolf of Wall Street, The Lego Movie and Red Dog,. Transmission.s Tracks, The Railway Man, Chinese Puzzle and Nymphomaniac, eOne's Divergent, Madman's The Raid 2 and God's Pocket. and Umbrella's Mr. Morgan's Last Love. Among the upcoming titles will be Roadshow.s Transcendence and Edge of Tomorrow.

The TV slate includes eOne's The Walking Dead, Peaky Blinders and Klondike, the ABC's The Time of Our Lives
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Oz buyers lament TV's impact on film production

Australian distributors have returned from Cannes lamenting the scarcity of .buzz. titles but happy to have bought a handful of Us, UK and foreign films.

According to some buyers, international sales agents are finding it tough to package films with marketable talent because many of the actors they want are working in high-end TV.

.I heard many times from sales agents that access to bankable talent is becoming harder as the film industry is facing tougher competition from the world of TV,. Icon CEO Greg Hughes tells If.

That quandary is confirmed by Natalie Brenner, head of sales at UK .based Metro International Entertainment. .There seem to be a lot of films struggling to attract meaningful names and as shooting dates get pushed back or projects put on hold,. says Brenner, who had a fruitful Cannes with Nina, the biopic of tortured singer Nina Simone starring Zoe Saldana, which Entertainment One will release in Australia,
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Josh Elliott leaving ABC's 'Good Morning America' for NBC Sports

New York (AP) — ABC's top-rated "Good Morning America" has suffered its second personnel defection in four months, with news anchor Josh Elliott telling the network on Sunday that he's leaving for a job at NBC Sports. ABC News President Ben Sherwood moved quickly to replace him, appointing Amy Robach as the "Good Morning America" news anchor. Elliott follows former "Gma" weather forecaster Sam Champion out the door. Champion joined the NBC Universal-owned The Weather Channel, where he began a morning show of his own earlier this month. Now that it is No. 1 in the morning, ABC has been involved in delicate negotiations to keep intact the team that got it there. Roberts recently signed a new contract to stay at "Gma," and co-host Lara Spencer finalized a new deal last week. Co-anchor George Stephanopoulos and new weather forecaster Ginger Zee also are part of the show's cast. ABC took the
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Australia's Dendy launches VOD service

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Australian exhibitor Dendy Cinemas is launching a new video on demand service, Dendy Direct.

It will launch in April 2014.

The platform will have movies to rent and own in addition to TV content available to purchase. The Dendy customer will be able to watch their content on a variety of devices: desktop/PC, tablet, mobile (iOS and Android) and through an app on Samsung Smart TVs.

Greg Hughes, CEO of Dendy Cinemas, said: “Dendy is a strong brand with a loyal community. Dendy Direct, our new video on demand service, will enable us to meet more of the Dendy customer’s entertainment needs, whether that be cinema or home entertainment content. With the addition of Dendy Direct, our brand proposition will encompass transactions across a broad spectrum of product types and lifecycles”.

The offering is created in partnership with Massive Interactive.
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Dendy to launch VOD service

Dendy Cinemas will be the first Australian independent cinema circuit to offer a Video-on-Demand service that.s due to launch in April.

Dendy Direct will offer movies and TV shows to rent or own from the Us majors and independents, at similar prices to the existing VOD platforms. If it meets that launch target, Dendy will beat Hoyts. long delayed VOD service Hoyts Stream. Dendy Direct is being run by head of digital Kate Stapleton.

Dendy Cinemas CEO Greg Hughes tells If the VOD service is an .extension of our cinema business.. Stapleton says, "We are currently in discussions with all key independent and studio distributors."

Dendy Direct will tap into the database of 62,000 paid-up members of Club Dendy and to the 100,000 people who subscribe to the exhibitor.s e-newsletter..

More broadly, Stapleton says the service will be marketed to the 1.5 million people who attend Dendy Cinemas each year. She
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Winners of News Corp Australia Box Office Awards announced at Aimc 2013

The winners of the News Corp Australia Box Office Awards were announced at a luncheon held at the Australian International Movie Convention today..

Unsurprisingly, The Great Gatsby took home the Rentrak Award for Highest Grossing Australian Film, with Roadshow Films' Joel Pearlman accepting the award. In addition, director Baz Luhrmann sent a taped thank-you speech.

Skyfall took out the Coca-Cola Gold Award for Highest Grossing Film, with a box office total of $49,009,485.

Te Arepa Kahi's Mt Zion won the Award for Highest Grossing New Zealand Film, while The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was awarded the Real D Award for Highest Grossing Film in New Zealand.

A full list of winners can be found below..

The 68th Australian International Movie Convention 2013 will run from the 14-17 October, at Jupiter.s Casino & Hotel, Gold Coast.

Winners:

The Award for Highest Grossing New Zealand Film Presented by Mathew Preen, General Manager Online,
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Bob Costas under fire for gun control commentary, calls it a 'mistake'

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NBC Sports veteran Bob Costas has sparked a controversy following comments he made during the "Sunday Night Football" halftime show in the wake of Saturday's disturbing murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Speaking in his regular 90-second commentary slot, Costas quoted and paraphrased a column by Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock, closing with this line: "But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

Apparently, that made some people upset.

Both because Costas said it during a football game (the nerve!) and he implied that if you don't own or have access to a gun, it's a lot more difficult to shoot other people or yourself (what twisted logic!).

Great thinkers of our time like Herman Cain and Ted Nugent took to Twitter to voice their objections:

You tune in for a
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Bob Costas under fire for gun control commentary, NBC spokesman clarifies

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NBC Sports veteran Bob Costas has sparked a controversy following comments he made during the "Sunday Night Football" halftime show in the wake of Saturday's disturbing murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Speaking in his regular 90-second commentary slot, Costas quoted and paraphrased a column by Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock, closing with this line: "But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

Apparently, that made some people upset.

Both because Costas said it during a football game (the nerve!) and he implied that if you don't own or have access to a gun, it's a lot more difficult to shoot other people or yourself (what twisted logic!).

Great thinkers of our time like Herman Cain and Ted Nugent took to Twitter to voice their objections:

You tune in for a
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Why Did NBC Cut The Olympics' Most Moving Opening Act?

Why Did NBC Cut The Olympics' Most Moving Opening Act?
New York -- The choreographer of a somber segment in the London Olympics opening ceremony said Saturday he's disappointed that NBC decided not to show it to an American audience.

Spectators were asked to display photos of loved ones who could not be there during the segment. The music, a hymn called "Abide With Me," was described in the ceremony's program as an "honest expression of the fear of approaching death."

NBC producers did not air it, instead showing American viewers Ryan Seacrest's interview with swimmer Michael Phelps.

"I am disappointed," said Londoner Akram Khan, who choreographed and danced in the segment. "I am really sad that I couldn't show the work in America, and that really upsets me, because I don't think it's any more or less than the other pieces. It brings to mind the question ... that maybe it's too truthful."

The ceremony's program describes the performance
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