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Cinema in the on demand age. Part 2

December 11, 2015

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In the second set of reflections on the 2015 Europa Cinemas conference, Michael Gubbins looks at the place of cinema in a changing film market. The relationship between cinemas and home viewing has always been complex. The arrival of VHS (and Betamax) into a much more fragile exhibition sector in the 1980s was as contentious, and arguably more challenging, […]

Cinema in the on-demand age. Part 1

December 4, 2015

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Independent cinemas across Europe gathered in Prague for the first Europa Cinemas conference as a 100% digital network. SampoMedia’s Michael Gubbins worked on the agenda and chaired the event and here considers the conclusions. In the early stages of the digital revolution of media, it was not unusual to hear predictions that cinema would be a […]

Coming soon from SampoMedia

December 3, 2015

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SampoMedia has been heavily engaged over the last few months in a series of events, workshops and conferences around the world. And it has been working on a series of in-depth reports, covering a wide range of audience-centred issues across the media and audiovisual sectors. Over the coming weeks, we will be looking to share reflections on […]

SampoMedia: What we do

May 14, 2014

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SampoMedia was founded in 2013 by Peter Buckingham, the former Head of Distribution and Exhibition at the UK Film Council and British Film Institute, and Michael Gubbins, the current chair of Ffilm Cymru Wales (Film Agency for Wales) and former editor of Screen International and Music Week. The partnership was created to help the international film […]

Arthouse film – the new event cinema?

March 7, 2014

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The concern that arthouse film is being pushed out of its natural home in the cinema continues to grow.  Far too many films are being made for the available cinema screen space – the number of films produced in Europe has risen by more than 70% over the last decade. And remakes, adaptations and sequels […]

Access, experience, ownership key to demand models

October 12, 2013

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Ernest Bevin, Foreign Secretary in the radical 1945 UK government famously described his foreign policy as being able “to buy a ticket at Victoria Station to anywhere I damn well please.” The words spring to mind after a summer of analysis of acres of research,  exit polls and user surveys on consumer attitudes to watching […]

UK film audiences – download paper

January 24, 2013

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Cinema First is an organisation dedicated to increasing cinema admissions profitably in the UK. Its main constituents are film distributors, via the Film Distributors Association (FDA) and exhibitors, through the Cinema Exhibitors Association (CEA). Its most high profile project has been managing the successful two-for-one promotion Orange Wednesdays Recently Cinema First has been exploring other […]