PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), today announced the top ten movies-on-demand (VOD) titles based on consumer transaction rates. Movies-on-demand are transactional (pay-per-purchase) films available through cable and telco providers.

Comedy-themed films earned four out of ten slots on the Rentrak Top Ten Movies-OnDemand chart, with Action and Drama category features tied for the second most popular categories. PG-13 films dominated the chart with six out of ten titles, while the other four top performers were each rated R. Six of the top ten titles were involved in the Movies-On-Demand promotional campaign (which ran from March -June).

According to the company's OnDemand Essentials service, the top ten most-viewed titles, per data collected from January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010 include:

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Lee Daniels is moving forward with a project titled The Butler for his first post-Precious directorial gig. The film will focus on the true story of an African-American man named Eugene Allen who worked as a White House servant for 34 years. The Weinstein Company will reportedly put up $8 million in budgetary funds in order to own domestic rights, Pathe will add another $8 million to get international rights. 

Daniels snagged a Best Director nod for his work on Precious, and his stock has risen considerably since then.

 

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BURBANK, Calif. -- The Walt Disney Company announced today the sale of Miramax Films to Filmyard Holdings LLC for over $660 million subject to certain adjustments. Partners in Filmyard include Los Angeles businessmen Ron Tutor, Tom Barrack, Colony Capital LLC and other individuals. The transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals and is expected to close between September 10, 2010 and the end of the calendar year.

The sale of Miramax Films includes rights in over 700 film titles, including Academy Award winners like Chicago, Shakespeare in Love and No Country for Old Men. Also included are non-film assets, such as certain books, development projects and the "Miramax" name.

"Although we are very proud of Miramax's many accomplishments, our current strategy for Walt Disney Studios is to focus on the development of great motion pictures under the Disney, Pixar and Marvel brands," said Robert A. Iger, Disney's President and CEO. "We are delighted that we have found a home for the Miramax brand and Miramax's very highly regarded motion picture library."

"I am delighted and honored to acquire the Miramax library," said Ron Tutor. "On behalf of my partners Tom Barrack and Colony Capital, we look forward to sharing this high quality content with the world in every form of media for many years to come."

 

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OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., -- Redbox, the popular DVD rental kiosk provider, and wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSTR), today announced it has started rolling out Blu-rayTM titles with availability at approximately 13,300 kiosks nationwide. Redbox will rent Blu-ray Discs® at $1.50 per night plus tax and the company expects to have availability across its network of approximately 23,000 kiosk locations by the fall.

"Offering Blu-ray rentals is an exciting opportunity for redbox to expand our product offerings and build on the relationships that we've established with millions of consumers nationwide," said Mitch Lowe, president, redbox. "Redbox is a convenient, affordable home entertainment provider and we're delighted to offer consumers their favorite movies on the increasingly popular Blu-ray Disc format."

According to a recent report by the Digital Entertainment Group, sales of Blu-ray players increased 103 percent in the first half of this year. The sale of almost two million set-top players during this time has increased the total number of Blu-ray players sold to an estimated 19.4 million, resulting in more consumers entering the Blu-ray rental market.

The Book of Eli, Bounty Hunter, Brooklyn's Finest and Green Zone are among the Blu-ray titles currently available at redbox® kiosks. The number of Blu-ray titles and copies will vary by kiosk and location with new titles being added each week. Consumers can visit www.redbox.com/bluray to find a nearby redbox location and to check Blu-ray availability in their area. Consumers can return their Blu-ray rentals to any redbox location as part of the company's rent-and-return anywhere® policy.

Each fully automated redbox kiosk holds 630 discs, representing up to 200 titles, including standard definition DVDs and Blu-ray Discs at select locations. Consumers simply use a touch screen to select their favorite movies, swipe a valid credit or debit card and go. For added convenience, customers can visit www.redbox.com to select their movie online or via the iPhone® app from redbox and pick it up immediately at the redbox location of their choice.

 

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