SSN ORIGINALS

Hong Kong FILMART: Young, Rich & Overlooked- The Demographic Studios Should be Targeting

Asian audiences and theatrical B.O. are huge and China, alone, is poised to become the No. 1 theatrical market. 2013 figures show China with ticket sales of 3.5 billion and a growth rate of 28% since 2010. With stats like this, Hong Kong FILMART and the demographic it celebrates should be on the top of every studio’s radar. SSN breaks down the stats here. (SSN)

David Lean & Me – Some Thoughts on the Celebration of His Birthday

Director-producer-writer Pen Densham remembers Sir David Lean (1908-1991): “He was not so much a superman who we could never equal, but a talent with an extraordinary facility for film.” (SSN)

Happy Birthday Elton John – His 10 Most Rockin’ Quotes

Elton John turns 67 today. He’s sold more that 250 million records, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and was knighted in 1998. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at some of his best quotes. (SSN)

TODAY’S HEADLINES

From Indie To Blockbusters: 10 Directors Who Made The Leap

Indie Wire looks at 10 directors who parlayed indie cred to studio status, from Wally Pfister and Marc Webb to Darren Aronofsky and Jon Favreau. (IW)

The CBS Juggernaut Continues While “Television as a medium continues to show steady growth.”

Trefis looks at CBS, whose top performing show,The Big Bang Theory, still commands a $326,260 cost for 30-second ad spots. Television, overall, accounts for 58% of all ad spending, while 50% of CBS’ revenue is ad-derived. CBS & The CW are projected to end 2014 with over $5 billion in revenue. (TREF)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in the upcoming sci-fi action film (formerly All You Need Is Kill) directed by Doug Liman. The Warner Bros. release opens June 6, 2014. (NER)

26 Entrepreneurial Leaders On The Best Ways To Generate Leads For Your Business

Founders Grid has tips from 26 experts on ways to generate leads and make your brand ascend, from following up on leads, meeting 5 new people per week, becoming a thought leader, writing a book on your key expertise, and more. (FG)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Hercules’

Brett Ratner directs the MGM-Paramount Pictures take on the mythical hero, starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Rufus Sewell, Ian McShane, John Hurt, and Joseph Fiennes. Hercules opens July 2014. (HUFF)

Name That Matthew McConaughey Character Quiz

The Guardian has 10 films of McConaughey’s – from Reign of Fire and How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days to EdTV – and multiple choice character names to choose from. Did he play Cleetus Slatur or Mason Girth? Submit your answers and see your score – the majority has only gotten 7 out of 10 answers right. (GUAR)

TV Buzz: ’24: Live Another Day’

The trailer for Fox’s 12-episode event series, premiering May 5, starring Kiefer Sutherland. (EW)

 

Karl Gibson

Karl Gibson (Editor, Studio System News) has worked in the Los Angeles media sector for over 15 years. His editorial experience encompasses over 1,400 printed daily, festival and special editions of ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ where he covered news desks and event coverage as Editorial Business Analyst from 2001 to 2008. He has worked for The New York Times Company, PR Newswire, The Knight Digital Media Center and appeared as a media panelist for events, festivals and television. Karl also has handled event, premiere and awards show coverage for over seven awards seasons.

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