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Jim Lavorato
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Fandango: Getting Scalped In Ticketing
In the September issue of ScreenTrade Magazine , an article/analysis, of Fandango , the on-line cinema ticketing service, by CMG entitled 'New Fanbase', detailed why Fandango was in a downward spiral and destined to become a much less significant player in ...

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Theatrical Window Closes A Little More
Last week, Michael Burns, V. Chair. at Lionsgate Studios predicted that all of the major film studios would reach a deal with cinema exhibitors on the launch of a premium video-on-demand window for new theatrical releases within a year! Speaking at a confer...

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Fox Goes Family
Not to be outdone by a faltering Disney, 20th Century Fox is dialing-up the number of family films it produces. The Fox strategy is to produce and distribute a major animated film each year with several sub-majors during the year. Up to now, Fox has not bee...

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Monster Opening, And We Need 'IT'
This summer's box office was a nightmare for exhibs. It was scary and there were many sleepless nights of worry.  Wouldn't it be ironic if a scary movie was responsible for bursting the summer b.o. doldrums.  Well it may just happen with the debut of 'IT' t...

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Cinemas Must Target Millennials
It's now official, Millennials (born 1981-1999) are the largest generation in U.S. history.  There are 92 million of them vs. 77 million Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) and the Mills are moving into their prime spending years. You have to market Mills. 'socia...

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Paying Admissions Forward: Will It Work
 CMG has previously posted about newly-hatched subscription based services were members pay a monthly fee for the right to go to a cinema and view a movie as often as they wish - the biggest of these being 'MoviePass' . At that time, CMG reported  MoviePass...

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Online Reviews - The Terrible Truth
If your cinema has a website and/or uses social media of any sort you are going to get reviews. Online reviews can be your biggest curse or the love of your life, and are one of the few things about your business that are totally out of your control. A few ...

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The Plot Thickens: Telecoms Enter The Arena
Media: all things, for all people, all the time If it wasn't bad enough with the tech companies entering the media/movie business with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, Google , Apple and others entering and grabbing up media companies and film studios but now ...
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