Showbiz Sandbox 267: VOD Helps Heat Up Sundance

February 2, 2015


Distributors went on a buying spree at this year’s Sundance Film Festival not only due to the quality of the movies, but also because of new-found revenue from VOD services. We give you a rundown of the titles that were acquired, how much was spent on them and whether there is any hope they will ever make that money back for distributors.

Speaking of money, musician Sly Stone could be $5 million richer after winning a court ruling last week against his former manager who he claims withheld royalties.

Singer Sam Smith, on the other hand, won’t be trying to cheat Tom Petty out of royalties for his song, “Stay With Me”. The artist agreed the song was similar to one of Petty’s past hits and added the legendary rocker to the writing credits.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including yet another Super Bowl television ratings record, when we can expect the next “Game of Thrones” book from author George R.R. Martin, and “Empire” is becoming a much needed hit series for Fox.


‘Sniper’ Gives Back Super Bowl Crown To Miley

Record-Breaking Bollywood Movie ‘PK’ Set for China Release

Paramount Shifts ‘Mission: Impossible 5’ Release Date to Summer 2015

New All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast Chosen

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Named Best Animated Feature at Annie Awards

Art Directors Guild Awards Go To ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Birdman’

Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard, Kristen Stewart Among France’s Cesar Awards Nominees

Sam Smith Forced To Pay Tom Petty Royalties For Song ‘Stay With Me’

Sly Stone Awarded $5 Million In Back Royalties, Damages

Super Bowl Ratings Hit All Time High With Patriots Win

George R.R. Martin’s The Winds of Winter: No Plans For Publication In 2015

Nickelodeon to Be Available Without Pay TV Subscription

Seven Tenths of Russians Watch Pirated Content

‘Leviathan’ Director Andrei Zvyagintsev Encourages Russians to Watch Pirated Version

‘Empire’ Bests ‘American Idol’ Audience

Netflix Prices $1.5 Billion in Debt to Fund Content, Other Initiatives

Sundance 2015: ‘Dope,’ ‘Earl’ And the Festival of Many Bets

Sundance Film Festival 2015 Award Winners

Colleen McCullough, Author of ‘The Thorn Birds,’ Dies at 77

Rod McKuen, Poet and Lyricist With Vast Following, Dies at 81