Flixster buys Rotten Tomatoes

Social networking site nabs IGN unit

Flixster, a social networking website for movie fans, has acquired film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes from News Corp.-owned IGN Entertainment.

Full financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but IGN has been looking to focus more of its development dollars on its videogame and male lifestyle websites. It recently launched Game On, a videogames-dedicated portal on MSN. Sale also comes as News Corp.’s digital division has been overhauling MySpace and its stable of sites.

This enables IGN to focus on serving the male 18-34 audience especially videogamers and the advertisers looking to reach them,” said Roy Bahat, president of IGN Entertainment.

IGN will receive a minority equity stake in Flixster as part of the acquisition, while Bahat will join Flixster’s board of directors as an observer.

Combined, Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes will reach an estimated 30 million visitors each month on their own sites, social networking destinations and mobile devices like the iPhone and BlackBerry. Their database will consist of 250,000 movies, 2.3 billion user reviews, half a million critics’ reviews and more than 20,000 trailers and videos.

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  1. quinn mcanulty says:

    i am often reminded of an incident in which eric satie and camille saint saens had programs and rotten tomatoes thrown at them on stage in paris by an audience of asses who, as frank zappa said, “wouldn’t know good music if it came up and bit them in the ass”. satie and saint saens only aggravated the ire of the audience by circling in a 3 wheeled motor car, thumbing their noses at the irate crowd who felt that the music was for children. when a noted critic (this is where you fit in) wrote a scathing column of satie’s unworthiness in french musicology, satie sent him via post on a card for all to see (the lettercarrier,those at the post office, and servants at the house) a reply, “vous, monsieur, etes un homme qui pet trop haute que votre col”. you , being a learned man should have no problems translating this.” you, sir, are a man who farts higher than your asshole.” “take physic, pomp” as the bastard son admonished. i have watched great plays, cperas world sporting events, been to some of the great rock festivals, (woodstock, bath, isle of wight, springsteen in an outdoor show where he was booed when he sang “born in the u.s.a.” for it being american jingoism (hello, french morons, it’s a put down of america’s stupid waste of it’s young men, who were sent over to prop up a rotten government by a country that had to do something quickly about it’s rate of unemployment). “so it was ,one, two. three, what are we fighting for? yippee! i don’t give a damn, send us off to viet nam”if you wish to respond or justify what you do, email me. iam a blues music player (goggle youtube quinn mcanulty victorian street busker and a union carpenter, saucier and internationally trained cook with a passion for shredding critics who often have their heads up their ass.)

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