Given slumping DVD and TV sales, theatrical B.O. took on more importance this year for Spanish distributors, and it's a good thing: Total box office in Spain rose 13% in the first half of 2009.
Gaul has a bevy of highly capitalized distributors either backed by TV nets -- StudioCanal, SND, TFM -- or who have a foot in exhibition -- Pathe and Gaumont.
Local distribs Medusa and RAI Cinema, both units of the country's top broadcasters, are having strong years.
State-owned China Film Group remains the most powerful player among Chinese distribs.
Japan's indie companies are separated into a top tier, led by the domestic majors Toho, Shochiku, Toei and Kadokawa, and a lower tier consisting dozens of mid- to small-sized distribs.
Latin American indies continue to struggle against the dominance of Hollywood blockbusters, which crowd out smaller pics from limited exhibition space.
One anxiety runs deeper in Hollywood than awards season, weekend boxoffice, primetime ratings or even the recent studio shakeups: Retaining health care benefits.
Korean films have staged a comeback at the box office, taking more than a 51% market share this year through September.
Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Brad Pitt all appear on the logs of the initial batch of visitor records released by the White House today, but the more discreet entertainment figures may not have…
Oz's top indie distrib, Icon Films, has reported a mixed year, but standouts, like a $23 million haul for "Slumdog Millionaire," have helped it stay on top.