How many entertainment resource Web sites can a person refer to on a given day?
ShowBIZ Data believes that there are a lot of industry types out there who have time to sift through its comprehensive data and daily headlines, after they’re done reading the trades.
The L.A.-based outfit offers the usual charts on current and upcoming releases, daily grosses, calendar listings and film reviews. Yet its selling point is its comprehensive analysis of box office data, easy-to-read graphs and charts, and a handy searchable database of literary sales.
But it’s not just about rehashing headlines: There are complete studio and indie profiles, and you can find out about all the projects a given studio has in production and in development, as well as all the key figures involved (writers, producers, talent, execs) by referring to the D-Track pages.
If numbers are your game, you’ll gush over the site’s collection of market shares while accessing easy-to-read financial updates on the big players in H’wood.
Obviously, one of ShowBIZ Data’s drawbacks is its monthly $29.95 subscription rate, but the well-paid execs at many of L.A. and Gotham’s entertainment offices probably won’t have a problem expensing the costs. Fans of the site can also sign up for a weekly news update service, which seems ineffectual, since breaking news and exclusive stories aren’t really its forte.
Among the operation’s other traditional features are a job listings section, which offers many entry-level positions and internships, and a film festival guide.
ShowBIZ Data has an easy-to-read, well-organized interface, accompanied by a quick search engine. However, the outfit faces stiff competition from flashier sites, which offer more bells and whistles for the buck (and have more partnerships). In many ways, it resembles the well-kept neighborhood store, which is in danger of being gobbled up by the big, bad supermarket chain any day.