Showbiz Sandbox 189: Contentious CinemaCon; Corporate Coachella

April 29, 2013


At this year’s CinemaCon movie studios showed up in full force to pitch the world’s largest gathering of cinema operators on a bounty of upcoming blockbusters. Behind the scenes however, some of the larger theater chains were haggling with studios over how to divide ticket sales for tentpole releases such as “Iron Man 3”.

Meanwhile, for the second year in a row, the promoters of the Coachella Music Festival tried to replicate the event over two weekends. They held the same festival, with the same musical acts, on back-to-back weekends. While at times it couldn’t help but seem like a greedy attempt to extract more money from attendees, there were moments of sheer magic that only happen at Coachella.

Then there is Netflix, which after being ridiculed publicly for a series of ill-advised strategic moves in 2011, has managed to turn its ship around. After successfully producing its own hit-content with “House of Cards”, subscribers have returned, profits are increasing and the stock price is on the rise. Netflix CEO is feeling so good he wrote a manifesto on the future of televsion.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including Zach Braff’s successful Kickstarter campaign, how Bittorent is helping market a movie and whether “Django Unchained” will ever be released in China.


Movie Ticket Prices In U.S. Drop in the First Quarter – A Little,0,1424352.story

CinemaCon: AMC’s Gerry Lopez Speaks Out On ‘Iron Man 3’ Dispute,0,1546232.story

AMC Settles ‘Iron Man 3’ Dispute with Disney,0,2762804.story

Iron Man Gets 4-D Launch In Japan

Major Film Studios Prosper On The Margins

CEO Pay Reaches Versailles Levels; Let Employees Eat Cake

Jeffrey Katzenberg Enjoys Big Pay Raise

The Best of Coachella

How Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Sees the Future

Netflix Push Iinto Original Fare May Be Bad News For Hollywood–20130423,0,2075697.story

Fox Threatens To Go Cable Over Aereo

Billboard Top 200

Mad Men Slips In Ratings

Ex-Hollywood Pariah BitTorrent To Promote Independent Film Release,0,4065370.story

Hollywood Studios Fuming Over BitTorrent, Cinedigm ‘Deal With the Devil’

David Mamet And Other Big Authors Choose To Self-Publish

‘Matilda’ Quartet Ruled Ineligible for Best Actress Tony

Olivier Winners Announced

Actress Suing IMDB Loses Lawsuit

Zach Braff launches Kickstarter Campaign

Zach Braff Kickstarter

Django Pulled From Chinese Cinemas

Chinese Fans Turn To Pirate Copies

‘Django Unchained’ Will Return To Chinese Theaters – With Changes,0,3397214.story

China: Is Hollywood Fed Up?


  • Michael Giltz

    The new Iron Man in 4-D (vibrating seats, strobe lights, fog and more inside the theater). Why? Because 3-D wasn’t dumb enough. Check out other pithy comments like this in the latest edition of our free, world-spanning podcast!