Tuesday Industry Notes: Global Takes Matter Edition

June 5, 2007

Because its not all fun and games out there…

The three big summer sequels— Spidey, Shrek, and Pirates– have all seen steep Box Office drops and won’t match their predecessors domestically. But bigger overseas numbers are picking up the slack.

A few highlights from the Warner Bros.’ Conference Call:

  • WB Home Entertainment is looking at increased commitment to Cable Video on Demand, includid day and date releases with DVDs. Perhaps surprisingly, trial markets show an increase in DVD sales, and obviously a huge increase in VOD purchases, with only neglible DVD rental declines.
  • WB will get more involved in the video game business via partnerships.
  • WB is exploring Web TV models that allow content suppliers to sell ads themselves.

John at CBR has a look at the Direct Market’s April sales numbers. FALLEN SON and JUSTICE LEAGUE top the monthlies, while CIVIL WAR books dominate the trades.Sony is cutting Blu-Ray prices, with the stand-alone playing dropping from $599 to $499– still considerably higher than HD-DVD.

Monday Industry Notes, Trivial Pursuit Edition

June 4, 2007

A few headlines from the Business section of Scramble Network…

ICv2 has a look at Diamond Distibuting’s annual sales for 2006, and the news is good– comic and graphic novel sales are up 18 percent over 2006.

Hasbro has switched agencies, from CAA over to William Morris, with an eyes towards developing properties like Monopoly, Candy Land, and Trivial Pursuit for film or TV. WMA immediately moved to renew Hasbro’s agreement with Paramount and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura to make a G.I. Joe movie. Bad news, considering the script sucks…

Brash Entertainment is a new video game company that will focus exclusively on properties licensed from film and television. This move comes as traditional game developers like EA move away from licensing and towards originals. This isn’t a company that will seek to innovate in terms of gameplay or design, really– it sounds like they’re just looking to put out the kind of adequate, run of the mill film games we already see. Still, they have some cool properties already lined up, include SAW and 300.

A man in Chicago is under arrest for uploading 4 episodes of 24 to livedigital.com, before they were broadcast. He could face up to 3 years in prison if convicted. Yikes.

The shakeups continue as Ben Silverman puts his team together at NBC, but Katherine Pope, who helped develop HEROES and is credited with much of last year’s critical success at the network, will remain on board as head of the studio.