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- October 10, 2001
- Sony Gives $124 Million to Square
- Mummy Returns Breaks DVD
- Blockbuster Launches Massive Shrek
- News Link of the Day -
Animated TV Union Agreement
Gives $124 Million to Square
(by digitalmediafx.com) Sony has given Square $124 million as an investment
in the company's game making department, of which Sony will receive shares
in exchange, making it an 18% owner in the company. The move further secures
the loyalty of Square to Sony (Playstation) even though Square isn't contractually
bound to not make games for other systems.
Square's Final Fantasy
X is expected on U.S. shores in January 2002 for Playstation 2. Meanwhile
Sony is claiming that it will not lower the price of the Playstation 2
this year, even with strong competition from Nintendo's GameCube and Microsoft's
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Mummy Returns Breaks
DVD Opening Records
(by digitalmediafx.com) Universal's The Mummy Returns has registered
the biggest first week in the history of DVD with consumers purchasing
over two million units of the record-breaking initial shipments of 4.5
The combined DVD and
VHS sales of The Mummy Returns have racked up more consumer sales
in the first week than any other title since the release of Toy Story
2 with the DVD besting the biggest DVD of all time: Gladiator.
The Mummy Returns combined initial week VHS and DVD sales are over
70% greater than the 1999 release of the original Mummy movie.
"This is a fantastic
launch to what will be the biggest fourth quarter in the history of the
video business," stated Craig Kornblau, president, Universal Studios
The Mummy Returns
DVD includes a sneak peek at next year's spinoff, The Scorpion King.
The record could be
short-lived, however, depending on demand for the DVD release of The
Phantom Menace next week and Shrek next month.
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Massive Shrek Promotions
(by digitalmediafx.com) Blockbuster has prepped several promotions
to tie in with the release of DreamWorks Shrek on November 2, 2001.
The promotions include:
- For the pre-sell,
customers will get a free DVD or VHS copy of Shrek when they
buy a $25 10-week rental card from Oct. 2 - Nov. 1. Customers can pick
up their free copy on the release date of Friday, Nov. 2. The 10-week
rental cards are good for one rental per week at a participating Blockbuster
store for each of the 10 consecutive weeks following activation. Each
card is activated upon initial use and is valid at the store where the
card is activated.
- The chain is offering
three exclusive special-edition $5 Blockbuster GiftCards featuring Shrek.
Customers will get one (1) Shrek $5 GiftCard free with the purchase
of $50 in Blockbuster GiftCards from Oct. 23 - Dec. 16, while supplies
- To promote the
release date, customers who buy Shrek on VHS or DVD with a tub
of popcorn and receive an instant $3 off the purchase, through Nov.
- In-store promotion
includes in-store retail merchandiser, POP -- terminal toppers, shelf
talkers and window decals -- plus in-store Blockbuster TV and direct
- Development of
local radio promotions and/or store events in the top 40 U.S. markets.
Promotion details may vary.
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News Link of the
Day - Performers in Animated TV Reach Union Agreement
According to FOX News:
"The Screen Actors
Guild has reached a tentative three-year contract for performers working
in animated television.
Terms were not released
pending a two-step ratification process that begins Thursday with members
receiving details of the offer. SAG's national board also must approve
here for the full story.
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