MEDIA AND BROADCASTING

Redbox Entertainment Collaborates with Charles Murray and Marc Danon's Command Films on a Feature Film Slate

Redbox | July 29, 2021

Redbox Entertainment, the firm’s original entertainment division, is collaborating on a multi-picture slate of programming with Command Films, a new production company established by writer and executive producer Charles Murray and veteran film executive Marc Danon. Redbox will distribute six films over the next three years that fulfill Command’s mandate to produce content that elevates Black voices and experiences across commercial genres through the collaboration.

“Redbox serves diverse and dynamic communities throughout America, and our commitment to reducing systemic inequalities through representation provides the perfect platform for elevating underrepresented voices and the art they create,” said Redbox CEO Galen Smith. “When Marc presented the concept he and Charles developed for Command; I realized the collaboration would offer a chance to create films that amuse and inspire viewers while also providing them with opportunities to interact through stories that move them.”

Murray has worked as a writer, producer, and director for almost two decades. The multihyphenate has written, and executive produced major television series for Lucasfilm and Marvel, including Sons of Anarchy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Luke Cage. Murray most recently worked as showrunner for the Netflix limited series True Story, starring Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes, and created Blood Brothers, an eight-episode limited series with A&E Studios that chronicled Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X’s fated friendship. Danon, who also works as Redbox Entertainment’s Head of Original Content, is a programming veteran who has acquired critical and financial successes such as John Wick, Dear White People, and Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.

“Independent filmmaking has always been my North Star,” Murray adds. “At the heart of our collaboration is a shared enthusiasm and deep respect for Black creatives, as well as a commitment to guarantee that their exceptional talent is recognized across the industry.”

Danon said, “Galen has made it obvious that Redbox is dedicated to promoting content that delivers diverse perspectives to the world.” “His call to action perfectly matched with what Charles and I have been creating over the last few years - stories that entertain, educate, and inspire one film at a time.”

The strategic collaboration is the next step in Redbox’s growth into original content and distribution in theaters, on-demand, and via Redbox kiosks. Redbox Entertainment has released over 21 films since its start in 2019, including Capone (Tom Hardy), Shadow in the Cloud (Chlo Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson), SAS: Red Notice (Sam Heughan and Ruby Rose), and American Traitor: The True Story of Axis Sally (Al Pacino and Meadow Williams). Last year, Redbox announced a collaboration with Basil Iwanyk to establish Asbury Park Pictures, distributing a slate of twelve action films. Black Site, the venture’s first production, recently completed production.

Redbox has evolved into a multi-product entertainment provider, offering both physical and digital options to consumers during the last two years. Redbox currently offers a variety of windows and business models, including film distribution, transactional video on demand (TVOD), premium video on demand (PVOD), ad-supported linear, and on-demand video (AVOD).

About Redbox
Redbox is America’s largest destination for low-cost new-release movies and entertainment, offering more viewing options than any other home entertainment provider. Redbox provides value and convenience by offering an unmatched selection of content, platforms, rental and purchase options, and price points. The company recently announced a final agreement to merge with Seaport Global Acquisition Corp. The transaction, which will result in Redbox becoming a publicly listed company, is expected to accelerate Redbox’s continuing transformation to provide a multi-product experience across physical and digital channels to customers and partners. Redbox’s expanding streaming offering includes digital rental, purchase and free live TV, and free On-demand content. It complements its nationwide footprint of more than 40,000 entertainment kiosks conveniently placed where consumers already shop. In addition, Redbox Entertainment, a new content acquisition, and production division, have expanded Redbox’s role as a multi-channel content provider.

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Targetspot Continues to Invest to Accelerate Audio Advertising into Gaming

Targetspot | December 16, 2021

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INDUSTRY MARKET

Triton Digital Releases the New Zealand Podcast Ranker For May 2022

Triton Digital | June 16, 2022

Triton Digital®, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry, announced the release of the latest New Zealand Podcast Ranker. The Ranker provides insight into the Top 100 Podcasts as well as the Top Networks in New Zealand from 1 May through 31 May, 2022, as measured by Triton’s Podcast Metrics measurement service. The Top 100 Podcast Ranker and Top Network Ranker are ranked by monthly listeners, in accordance with the latest IAB Podcast Technical Measurement Guidelines. For this reporting period, the top three podcasts included Fletch, Vaughan & Hayley on ZM (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), The Mike Hosking Breakfast (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), and Casefile True Crime (Audioboom). New podcasts debuting on the ranker this month include Betrayal (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), Inside Dancing with the Stars (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN), CounterClock (audiochuck), and Sympathy Pains (NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN). Over the last month, there has been a 21% increase in total downloads with May coming in at 8.1M. Participating networks in the New Zealand Ranker include Audioboom, Head gum, Kart Media, Listen (SC), Mediator Radio Limited, NZME/iHeartRadio/ARN, Stitcher Media, and Sports Entertainment Network (SEN). For podcast consumption insights, view our New Zealand Podcast Ranker website for an enhanced and robust experience. To participate in the ranker, view the full results of the Ranker, and sign up to receive future rankers via email, please visit: https://www.tritondigital.com/resources/podcast-reports. Triton Digital Podcast Metrics measurement service is certified by the IAB Tech Lab as complying with Version 2.1 of the IAB Podcast Measurement Technical Guidelines. It provides accurate and insightful data around how, when, and where podcast content is being consumed across multiple hosting platforms, with the ability to view metrics by date range, location, device, podcast name, episode, title, and more. About Triton Digital Triton Digital® is the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry. Operating in more than 80 countries, Triton provides innovative technology that enables broadcasters, pod casters, and online music services to build their audience, maximize their revenue, and streamline their day-to-day operations. In addition, Triton powers the global online audio industry with Web cast Metrics®, the leading online audio measurement service and Podcast Metrics, one of the first IAB certified podcast measurement services in the industry. With unparalleled integrity, excellence, teamwork, and accountability, Triton remains committed to connecting audio, audience, and advertisers to continuously fuel the growth of the global online industry. For more information, visit www.TritonDigital.com.

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Real Luck Group Launches Online Casino on Revamped Luckbox Platform

Real Luck Group | December 21, 2021

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Legible Launches Unique Publishing Services to Accelerate Customer and Revenue Growth

Legible | March 21, 2022

Legible Inc. (CSE: READ) (FSE: D0T) (OTC: LEBGF) ("Legible” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the launch of a world-class eBook digital conversion service, branded as Legible Publishing Services. This service is now creating and producing “born-accessible” as well as leading-edge multimedia and immersive eBooks for the global publishing industry.On a fee for service basis, publishers and publishing organizations are now able to contract with Legible Publishing Services to access the Company’s conversion services for their entire eBook catalogues across multiple languages. The end-product delivered will be beautiful digital book assets which are optimized for accessibility to the billion-strong reading disabilities market. By offering this service, over and above being an eBook Entertainment company, Legible has also become a production house delivering video, animation and augmented reality (AR) for Web 3.0 multi-media integrated and immersive eBooks, which are the future of digital publishing. In publishing, "Born-accessible" refers to building an eBook that is also fully accessible to the reading disabled community which globally represents over a billion people (not including people associated with the community), rather than only remediating and updating eBooks post-production to make them accessible. Born-accessible content is designed to meet the needs of all readers and helps eBook purchasers to procure content that works for them – no matter their ability level. Publishers and authors still face considerable challenges both in converting their backlist of book catalogues to the eBook format in general, and in making them accessible to all people with reading disabilities. Legible is already working with large publishers and high-profile authors who do not yet have their catalogues of book titles prepared for digital distribution, and who do not have the in-house expertise, or production team, to offer their titles as media-rich, immersive and fully accessible ebooks. “Legible’s reading system is capable of showcasing book content for the Web 3.0, and Legible Publishing Services is creating the born-accessible, compelling, immersive, and original content for that reading system. A world-class eBook conversion service will not only generate significant top-line revenue but also immediate cash flow. Legible.com currently has 14,000 platform users with over 10,000 new users having signed up since January 1st. Awareness and conversion marketing campaigns are currently underway, and the addition of our unique publishing services will accelerate our ability to scale our growth on Legible.com.” -Kaleeg Hainsworth, CEO and President of Legible Legible is proud to have already secured contracts with three of the top five global publishing houses and hundreds of publishers internationally so that our users will have access to over a million titles. Legible is currently ramping up its marketing and sales efforts, and as previously news released will be presenting on the future of digital publishing at the upcoming 2022 London Book Fair taking place April 5th-7th. “Accessible, shareable, delightful, and made by book lovers for book lovers, Legible is transforming the publishing and reading experience, and now transforming the publishing services industry as well,” added Hainsworth. Legible will be releasing these next-generation, mobile-inclusive books by well-known authors, publishers, and global organizations in the coming weeks and months. About Legible Inc. Legible is a book entertainment and media company that has developed an online eBook marketplace called Legible.com, with an eBook reading system capable of showcasing next-generation book content, and a world-class digital conversion publishing service for creating multimedia eBooks and born-accessible eBook content.Founded and led by a team of technologists, authors, eBook publishers, designers, and publishing industry insiders, Legible is transforming the eBook industry. With a mission to provide delightful eBook experiences to readers around the globe through any browser-enabled device, Legible is committed to providing delightful eReading to readers that value immersive entertainment experiences through beautifully constructed and content dynamic books, provided by a company that promotes sustainability, accessibility, and global literacy. Please visit Legible.com and discover the place where eBooks come to life.

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