DEG Slates Virtual Expo on ‘Localization’ on Thursday, June 17

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group this week will host a DEG Expo on the rapidly growing business of content localization, including viewpoints from content owners and technology providers.

The virtual event, called “The Expanding World of Localization,” will be held Thursday, June 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT.

Featured speakers include Mark Howorth, president of the Iyuno-SDI Group, who will discuss the state of the localization industry. Dolby’s Tom McAndrew, senior technical manager of content relations, and Javier Foncillas, VP of commercial partnerships for Europe, will speak about the global demand for immersive audio.

An executive roundtable led by Vuulr CEO Americas Thomas Hughes will discuss the potential and pain points for localization, including workflows, terminology, talent management, DEI and the role of AI in content localization. Participants include James Hurrell, head of content and localization, global operations, for  BBC Studios; Chris Reynolds, EVP and GM of worldwide localization and fulfillment at Deluxe; Gray Ainsworth, EVP of global technical operations and servicing at Lionsgate; and Andrea Sconza, director of localization services at Vubiquity. More perspective on innovating with AI will be shared by Craig Seidel, CTO of Pixelogic, in conversation with Spherex CEO Teresa Phillips and Respeecher CEO Alex Serdiuk.

DEG Expo: The Expanding World of Localization is free to media industry professionals, but registration is required.

To register,  click here.

The full agenda can be found here.

‘Tom & Jerry’ Debuts at No. 1 on Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ Tom & Jerry debuted at No. 1 on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 22.

The live-action/animation hybrid, which features the iconic cat and mouse duo’s feud disrupting a high-profile wedding at a trendy New York hotel, was released Feb. 26 concurrently on HBO Max and in theaters, where it made $45.6 million domestically. It became available through premium VOD April 16, and was released for digital purchase and on disc May 18, when the Watched at Home chart began tracking it.

The weekly Watched at Home chart, which is compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional activity related to digital purchases and VOD, as well as sales of disc formats such as DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental.

The previous week’s most-watched title, Universal Pictures’ The Marksman, dropped to No. 2. In the film, Neeson plays an Arizona rancher who agrees to take a young migrant boy to his family in Chicago despite being pursued by drug lords. It earned $15.6 million at the domestic box office.

Warner Bros.’ crime drama The Little Things with Denzel Washington, slipped to No. 3, while Universal’s animated hit sequel The Croods: A New Age stayed at No. 4.

Lionsgate’s Above Suspicion, a true crime drama starring Emilia Clarke as a woman living in a small Kentucky town who falls in love with a married FBI agent after agreeing to become an informant, rose eight spots to No. 5 following its May 18 Blu-ray and DVD release. It was released digitally May 7.

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A24’s Minari, a drama about a Korean family that moves to Arkansas, jumped up 14 spots to No. 6 after Lionsgate released the film on Blu-ray and DVD May 18.

The stalwart Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection held steady at No. 7.

Newcomer Chaos Walking, released through digital retailers May 14, entered the chart at No. 8. The sci-fi thriller set in the future stars Tom Holland as a man who discovers a mysterious girl played by Daisy Ridley has crash-landed on his planet, where the women have disappeared and the men are afflicted by “The Noise,” a force that puts all their thoughts on display. It earned $13.3 million at the domestic box office.

Also new to the chart, at No. 9, is Sony Pictures’ The Father, a drama about a man (Anthony Hopkins) who refuses all assistance from his daughter (Olivia Colman) as he ages and begins to lose touch with reality. The film earned Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Hopkins. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD May 18.

Rounding out the top 10 was Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ Nomadland, the Best Picture Oscar winner was down five spots from the previous week.

Paramount’s 2018 thriller A Quiet Place made its first appearance in the top 20, at No. 11, in anticipation of the May 28 theatrical release of its sequel.

No. 12 was another new release, Vertical Entertainment’s Four Good Days, a drama starring Mila Kunis, Glenn Close and Stephen Root, about a mother helping her daughter work through four crucial days of recovery from substance abuse. It was released digitally May 21.

It should be noted that Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon, which was the week’s top-selling disc by a wide margin according to the VideoScan tracking service, and was a top-five seller on most digital retailer charts, was not included in the compilation due to its initial release via the Disney+ Premier Access VOD option, which the DEG stated prevents it from being tracked regardless of window despite its availability through traditional retail channels.

  1. Tom & Jerry (2021, Warner)
  2. The Marksman (Universal)
  3. The Little Things (Warner)
  4. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  5. Above Suspicion (Lionsgate)
  6. Minari (Lionsgate)
  7. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  8. Chaos Walking (Lionsgate)
  9. The Father (Sony Pictures)
  10. Nomadland (20th Century)
  11. A Quiet Place (Paramount)
  12. Four Good Days (Vertical)
  13. Justice Society: World War II (Warner)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  15. Land (Universal)
  16. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  17. The Paper Tigers (Well Go USA)
  18. News of the World (Universal)
  19. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  20. The Vault (Paramount)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended May 22.

Liam Neeson Actioner ‘The Marksman’ Climbs to No. 1 on Watched at Home Chart

Universal Pictures’ The Marksman moved into the No. 1 spot on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 15.

The latest actioner from Liam Neeson had been No. 3 a week earlier following its April 27 digital sellthrough release, but moved into the top spot following its May 11 bow on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. In the film, Neeson plays an Arizona rancher who agrees to take a young migrant boy to his family in Chicago despite being pursued by drug lords. It earned $15.6 million at the domestic box office.

Aside from the reshuffling for the top spot, the top five remained the same on the weekly Watched at Home chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental) compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

The previous week’s top title, Warner Bros.’ crime drama The Little Things with Denzel Washington, dropped to No. 2, while Warner’s superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984, which had topped the chart for five weeks prior to slipping to No. 2 a week ago, slipped again to No. 3. Universal’s animated hit sequel The Croods: A New Age moved up a spot to No. 4, switching places with Best Picture Oscar winner Nomadland, from Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures, which dropped to No. 5.

Warner’s direct-to-video Justice Society: World War II, based on the DC Comics characters, returned to the chart at No. 6 following a May 11 Blu-ray and 4K release (with a DVD-only release exclusive to Walmart). It dropped off the chart a week ago after debuting at No. 16 two following an April 27 digital release.

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Making its debut on the chart was Universal Pictures’ Land, the feature directorial debut of Robin Wright, who also stars as a woman who retreats from society to live in wilds of the Rockies following an unfathomable event. It was released on VOD, Blu-ray and DVD May 11, after being available for digital purchase since April 27.

Another newcomer to the chart was Lionsgate’s Above Suspicion, a true crime drama starring Emilia Clarke as a woman living in a small Kentucky town who falls in love with a married FBI agent after agreeing to become an informant. It debuted at No. 13 after a May 7 digital release.

The martial arts action comedy The Paper Tigers will debuted at No. 18 after being released on VOD May 7. An homage to feel-good martial arts films such as The Karate Kid, the film follows three dedicated kung fu disciples who grow up into washed-up, middle-aged men. When their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties and old grudges to avenge his death. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 22 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Also making its first appearance on the Watched at Home chart was 2018’s Venom, which entered the chart at No. 11 after the trailer for its upcoming sequel, Venom: Let Their Be Carnage, was released May 10.

  1. The Marksman (Universal)
  2. The Little Things (Warner)
  3. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  4. Nomadland (20th Century)
  5. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  6. Justice Society: World War II (Warner)
  7. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  8. News of the World (Universal)
  9. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  10. Land (Universal)
  11. Venom (Sony Pictures)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  13. Above Suspicion (Lionsgate)
  14. City of Lies (Lionsgate)
  15. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  16. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  17. The Vault (2021, Paramount)
  18. The Paper Tigers (Well Go USA)
  19. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  20. Minari (Lionsgate)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended May 15.

DEG Launching First Nordics Home Entertainment Weekly Sales Chart

The Digital Entertainment Group International, sister organization to DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group in the U.S., is launching a weekly home entertainment sales chart in the Nordics, dubbed “The Hitlist.”

Inspired by the success of the Official Film Chart in the U.K., which launched in December 2018, The Hitlist will chart the best-selling movies of the week each Wednesday, supported by a video countdown of the Top 10 titles. The Hitlist will receive a full weekly media sell- in across all four territories — Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland — covering a wide range of film entertainment websites and local media.

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The Hitlist chart counts digital movie purchases and rentals across a seven-day period from services, including the Apple TV App, Altibox (Norway only), Blockbuster, SF Anytime and Viaplay, with support from every major movie studio in the region, including NBCUniversal, Nordisk Film, SF Studios, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Johan Mannerhill, DEGN Chair and managing director Nordic at Warner Bros. Entertainment, said the initiative would highlight the “huge consumer benefits” of digital transactions, including content catalogs available, and the ease and flexibility of transactions.

“I am confident that a weekly video chart will inspire more consumers to discover and join this growing area of the market,” Mannerhill said in a statement. “The creation of The Hitlist is a fantastic collective effort and opportunity to grow the digital market by celebrating the biggest sales success stories each week.”

As well as providing distributors new ways to drive engagement weekly with both consumers and digital platforms around new releases, the chart offers distributors the opportunity to spotlight successful catalog and seasonal content, inform future cross-industry success.

Consumers across all four regions of the Nordics are engaging more in digital movie transactions as many cinemas in the region remain closed due to the pandemic.

Potential chart-toppers for the first “Hitlist” include Godzilla vs. Kong, A Quiet Place Part II, Peter Rabbit 2, Tom & Jerry and Space Jam: A New Legacy, as well as future local hits The Riders of Justice and the North Sea.

“A weekly film chart provides a powerful positive news story, helping drive consumer engagement with home entertainment headlines,” said Liz Bales, CEO of DEGI. “It is a source of pride that the U.K.’s Official Film Chart is now being used as a best-in-class example for international iterations, highlighting its winning format. To create a multiple chart across four territories is an incredible achievement and great work from all the teams involved.”

‘The Little Things’ Tops Watched at Home Chart

Warner Bros.’ The Little Things took the No. 1 spot on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 8.

The crime thriller starring Denzel Washington jumped nine spaces to take the top spot. It came out on Blu-ray and DVD May 4 after debuting for digital purchase April 20.

Dropping to No. 2 after five weeks at No. 1 was Warner’s Wonder Woman 1984. The DC Comics superhero movie starring Gal Gadot has been available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD since March 30.

The previous week’s top newcomer, Universal’s The Marksman, remained at No. 3, following its digital sellthrough release April 27. In the film, Liam Neeson plays an ex-Marine and hardened Arizona rancher who simply wants to be left alone as he tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. Everything changes when he witnesses migrants fleeing from a band of assassins sent by a ruthless drug cartel.

The weekly Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity such as digital sellthrough, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental.

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Coming in at No. 4 (dropping from No. 2) was Best Picture Oscar winner Nomadland, from Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures, the indie arm of 20th Century Studios. It debuted on Blu-ray Disc April 27. Universal’s animated hit sequel The Croods: A New Age remained at No. 5.

New to the chart for the week was Minari, Oscar winner in the Best Supporting Actress category, joining the list at No. 15. Also riding Oscar accolades, Judas and the Black Messiah moved up four spots to No. 10. Girl in the Basement, inspired by real-life events, returned to the chart at No. 17 and the comedy Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar returned to the list at No. 18.

  1. The Little Things (Warner)
  2. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  3. The Marksman (Universal)
  4. Nomadland (20th Century)
  5. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  6. News of the World (Universal)
  7. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. City of Lies (Lionsgate)
  10. Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner)
  11. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  12. The Vault (2021, Paramount)
  13. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  14. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  15. Minari (Lionsgate)
  16. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  17. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  18. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)
  19. Soul (Disney)
  20. Willie’s Wonderland (Screen Media Films)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended May 8.

Digital Entertainment Group International Bows First ‘Mega Movie Week’ Promotion in Germany

The Digital Entertainment Group International, the global arm of the DEG focused on the home entertainment sector, May 13 helped to launch Germany’s first ever “Mega Movie Week” in partnership with The Federal Association for Audiovisual Media (Der Bundesverband für Audiovisuelle Medien e.V./BVV) and the Society for the Promotion of Audiovisual Media (Die Gesellschaft zur Förderung audiovisueller Medien mbH/FAM).

Through May, 16 distributors are offering a selection of current movies at reduced prices across 11 digital platforms.

With “Mega Movie Week” Germany, the DEGI is evolving the model and creative of the popular “Mega Movie Week U.K.” and Nordics campaigns of the last few years. The campaign aims to drive awareness, engagement and transaction by educating new consumers on the benefits of the electronic sellthrough format and encouraging trial and participation in the category.

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“Mega Movie Week” is available to German consumers on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Chili, Maxdome Store, Microsoft, PlayStation, Rakuten TV, Sky Store, Videobuster, Videociety and Videoload.

More than 200 titles include German favorites After Truth to German-language movies Es ist zu Deinem Besten or Gott, Du Kannst ein Arsch Sein! to Disney/Pixar’s Soul and Warner Bros.’ 1917 and Tenet.

Distributors taking part in “Mega Movie Week” include Constantin Film, DCM Film Distribution, Edel Motion, Koch Films, LEONINE Studios, Lighthouse Home Entertainment, Neue Visionen Medien, Paramount Home Entertainment, Splendid Film, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Germany, Studiocanal, Tiberius Film, Tobis Film, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

DEG: Home Entertainment Spending Spikes 10% in Q1, With Streamers the Big Gainers

Consumer home entertainment spending in the first quarter of 2021 rose 10% to $7.8 billion, according to the latest DEG:  The Digital Entertainment Group estimates, released late in the day on May 11.

Spending in the first quarter of 2020, mostly before the pandemic, was $7.1 billion, the trade association estimates.

Estimates for the first quarter of 2021 do not include premium video-on-demand (PVOD), which since the pandemic began has been a significant source of revenue to Hollywood as theaters were mostly dark.

As expected, the biggest gains came from subscription streaming, which according to DEG estimates chalked up a 27.2% consumer spending gain, to $5.95 billion from $4.68 billion in the first quarter of 2020. The segment is led by Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+ and HBO Max, services that in March 2021 were joined by Paramount+ and Discovery+.

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Streamers gobbled up nearly 77% of the quarter’s total spend, according to DEG estimates. SVOD numbers, the trade group says, come from Omdia, a technology research firm that is part of Informa Plc., a British multinational publishing, business intelligence, and exhibitions group.

On the transactional front, digital sales fell nearly 18% to an estimated $615.8 million, while digital rentals (VOD) slipped 26.7% to an estimated $494 million. Again, it should be noted that these figures do not include PVOD.

Combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales came in at an estimated $479.3 million, down nearly 25% from the first quarter of 2020.

Observers note that the first quarter of the year was hampered by a dearth of new movies, as studios held back releases in anticipation of theatrical reopenings and capacity ramp-ups once vaccination rates increase and the threat of COVID-19 is reduced through herd immunity.

Los Angeles, the epicenter of the movie business, could reach herd immunity from the coronavirus among adults and the oldest teenagers by mid to late July, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a May 10 news briefing.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Tops Watched at Home Chart for Fifth Week; ‘Marksman’ Debuts at No. 3

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 took the No. 1 spot for a fifth consecutive week on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended May 1. The DC Comics superhero movie starring Gal Gadot has been available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD since March 30.

Best Picture Oscar winner Nomadland, from Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures, the indie arm of 20th Century Studios, jumped up nine spots to No. 2 following its release on Blu-ray Disc April 27, though the disc wasn’t made available on shelves by many retailers.

The week’s top newcomer to the chart was Universal’s The Marksman at No. 3, following its digital sellthrough release April 27. Liam Neeson plays an ex-Marine and hardened Arizona rancher who simply wants to be left alone as he tries to make a living on an isolated stretch of borderland. But everything changes when he witnesses migrants fleeing from a band of assassins sent by a ruthless drug cartel. The film made $15.6 million at the domestic box office.

The weekly Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity such as digital sellthrough, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental.

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Oscar winner Judas and the Black Messiah debuted at No. 14 after becoming available for digital purchase April 27 from Warner Bros. The story follows FBI informant William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield), who infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their chairman, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). O’Neal soon finds his loyalties divided between Hampton’s message and the FBI’s orders to take him down. Kaluuya won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and the film also won the Oscar for Best Original Song (“Fight For You”).

Also making its debut on the chart was Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s DC Comics-based animated superhero movie Justice Society: World War II at No. 16. It also became available for digital sellthrough April 27. The 42nd entry in the DC Universe line of animated movies finds The Flash (voiced by Matt Bomer), prior to the formation of the Justice League, speeding back in time to find the Golden Age’s top superhero team, the Justice Society of America, locked in an epic battle against the Nazis.

The only other newcomer to the top 20 was Lionsgate’s crime thriller Vanquish, which arrived on DVD and Blu-ray April 27. The film stars Morgan Freeman as a retired cop who forces a former drug courier (Ruby Rose) to do his bidding by kidnapping her daughter.

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  2. Nomadland (20th Century)
  3. The Marksman (Universal)
  4. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  5. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  6. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. News of the World (Universal)
  8. Soul (Disney)
  9. City of Lies (Lionsgate)
  10. The Little Things (Warner)
  11. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  12. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  13. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  14. Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner)
  15. Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media)
  16. Justice Society: World War II (Warner)
  17. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  18. Vanquish (Lionsgate)
  19. The Vault (Paramount)
  20. Queen of the South: Season 5 (20th Century)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended May 1.

‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Tops Watched at Home Chart for Fourth Week; ‘Nomadland,’ ‘Little Things’ Enter Top 20

Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman 1984 took the No. 1 spot for a fourth consecutive week on the “Watched at Home” chart the week ended April 24. The DC Comics superhero movie starring Gal Gadot has been available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD since March 30, but hasn’t had to deal with much competition in the way of new releases since then.

The week’s top newcomer to the chart was Warner’s The Little Things, at No. 9, following its digital sellthrough release April 20. The crime drama starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, about a pair of sheriffs tracking a serial killer in Los Angeles, was released in theaters Jan. 29, earning $15.2 million at the domestic box office, and was simultaneously available for a month on WarnerMedia’s HBO Max SVOD service. It became available through premium VOD March 19.

The weekly Watched at Home chart, compiled from studio and retailer data and presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, tracks transactional video activity such as digital sellthrough, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, but not premium VOD or disc rental.

Best Picture Oscar winner Nomadland, from Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures, the indie arm of 20th Century Studios, made its first appearance on the Watched at Home chart at No. 11. It was released for digital purchase April 13 following a simultaneous run on Hulu and in theaters that saw it bring in $2.1 million at the domestic box office. Its appearance on the chart comes in the week just prior to its April 25 Oscar win, though its status as an Awards frontrunner likely upped its profile to home viewers. It was released on Blu-ray April 27, though the disc wasn’t made available on shelves by many retailers.

Universal Pictures’ Promising Young Woman moved up a spot to No. 2. The film, which stars Carey Mulligan as a woman whose promising future was derailed by a mysterious event, won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, but as noted the Academy Awards ceremony was held after the cutoff for the chart’s weekly tracking period.

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Universal’s Tom Hanks-starring Western News of the World slipped to No. 3, while DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age, also from Universal, remained at No. 4.

Rounding out the top five was Saban Films’ crime thriller City of Lies, which moved up two spots from the previous week. The film stars Johnny Depp as a retired detective and Forest Whitaker as a journalist examining the Los Angeles Police Department investigations of the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. Lionsgate releases the film on Blu-ray and DVD June 8.

  1. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner)
  2. Promising Young Woman (Universal)
  3. News of the World (Universal)
  4. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)
  5. City of Lies (Lionsgate)
  6. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)
  7. Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media)
  8. Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  9. The Little Things (Warner)
  10. The Vault (Paramount)
  11. Nomadland (20th Century)
  12. Greenland (Universal/STX)
  13. Girl in the Basement (A+E)
  14. Soul (Disney)
  15. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)
  16. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  17. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  18. Tenet (Warner)
  19. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  20. Wrong Turn (2021, Lionsgate)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended April 24.

Craig Seidel, Premiere Digital Top Winners in DEG’s Technology & Operations Awards

Craig Seidel of Pixelogic Media and Premiere Digital Services were among the top winners at the first-ever Technology & Operations Awards, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group announced April 28.

The new awards program, the trade group says, was created “to recognize exceptional technology accomplishments in the digital supply chain achieved by both companies and individuals.”

Seidel was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his work at former employer MovieLabs, where he led development of the MovieLabs Digital Distribution Framework, the suite of specifications that enable an automated digital supply chain among content providers, retailers/platforms, and service providers.

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Premiere Digital was honored with a People’s Choice award, voted on by attendees during the virtual awards show, with finalists in all categories eligible for the popular vote.

Awards were given out in five categories.

Bill Kotzman of Google and Dave Lindsay of Disney Streaming Services won Technology Leadership honors.

Jason Pena of Google and Kacy Boccumini of Sony Pictures Entertainment won for Technology Achievement.

And the Technology Innovation Award was split by Disney+, the Lionsgate Content Operations Team and Premiere Digital.

“DEG is so pleased to recognize the winners — and all the outstanding finalists — for the inaugural DEG TechOps Awards,” said Amy Jo Smith, president and CEO of the DEG. “As was noted by a number of senior industry executives and Oscar-winning director Pete Docter during the show, our TechOps community is the engine that drives delivery of premium content to consumers across the globe. Without these people, there would be no in-home entertainment as we know it.”

Premiere Digital was the official cocktail sponsor of the DEG TechOps Awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented by Dolby. The Technology Innovation Award was presented by Whip Media. Video production was courtesy of creative content sponsor TiVo/DTS.

The show featured original music created by Ed “Special Ed” Archer, and a pitch for involvement in two organizations that are working to bolster technology education and career opportunities for underserved communities in Los Angeles, DIY Girls and Plug in South LA.