Thailand's three major Bangkok-based chains are fast expanding into provincial areas, challenging the six dominant regional distributors-exhibitors.
In a male-dominated industry, four femme directors, including two sisters, are hoping to make their mark with their debut films being released this year.
The increasingly prosperous Thai showbiz industry is seeing a rush of key entertainment players listing on the country's stock market.
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No Good Deed
No Good Deed1Daily:$1.2M Cumulative:$28.9M Sony / Screen Gems -35.29%
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy2Daily:$586,451 Cumulative:$307.9M Disney -24.71%
Dolphin Tale 2
Dolphin Tale 23Daily:$506,166 Cumulative:$17.6M Warner Brothers -28.02%
First-time actor Asanee Suwon, wrestling champ Kyoko Inoue and former Miss Thailand-turned-thesp Orn-a-nong Panyawong have come on board the biopic "Beautiful Boxer."
The team who formerly ran the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival, Craig Prater and Jennifer Stark, have taken the reins of the Bangkok Intl. Film Festival.
The Thai government is probing three cinema operators after complaints about high prices for tickets and refreshments.
Aiming to cash in on the booming DVD/VCD market, Thai producers are churning out low-budget features that go direct to video and bypass cinemas altogether.
The Thai film industry is on the rise: Six local pics were released Feb. 14, an uncommon phenomenon. By contrast, just 15 domestic titles screened in 2001 and 23 last year.
Thailand's broadcast media are to be liberalized over the next three years, allowing private companies to take part.
Economic turmoil will force more consolidation of cable TV operators in the Asian region, according to James P Marturato, HBO senior VP of sales and marketing.