Free Movie Poster for Early ‘Jurassic World’ Ticket Buyers on Fandango

Consumers who buy tickets to Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on Fandango.com will receive a free fan-created movie poster. The movie opens in theaters on June 22.

Fans can also order limited edition Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Fandango movie gift cards from the online ticket service’s just-launched e-commerce platform.

Dubbed Fandango Prop Shop, the platform gives consumers the opportunity to own official, limited edition prop replicas from popular films and franchises. Initial offerings include replicas molded from original on-screen props from the Jurassic Park and Jurassic Worldfilm franchise, handcrafted on the Universal Studios backlot.

Fallen Kingdom takes the blockbuster franchise in an exhilarating new direction,” Erik Davis, managing editor at Fandango, said in a statement.

Fandango and transactional VOD platform Fandango Now are part of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which is a unit of NBC Universal and owned by Comcast.

 

Comcast, Fandango Partner to Sell Movie Tickets on the TV

In a unique inter-corporate marketing move, Comcast Cable and Fandango May 30 announced that Xfinity subscribers can now for the first time purchase movie tickets via the X1 set-top and voice remote on their television.

Fandango, which includes transactional platform Fandango Now, is part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which is a unit of NBC Universal and owned by Comcast.

Xfinity X1 customers can say “Get tickets” into their X1 voice remote while watching trailers to more than 30,000 theatrical screens in the U.S., including Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,which debuts June 22. The companies expect to extend this feature to additional new releases throughout the year.

“Xfinity X1 enables us to continually explore one-of-a-kind experiences that complement the TV viewing experience, allowing viewers to interact with content where and when it is convenient for them,” Nancy Spears, VP, strategy and execution, Comcast Cable, said in a statement.

X1 customers who watch the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer on Xfinity On Demand will receive an on-screen notification prompting them to say “Get tickets” into their voice remote (or press the info button on the remote) to initiate the online ticket-buying process. From there, they’ll be able to review a list of showtimes at nearby theaters. Customers can opt to send the local showtimes to their mobile phone to complete the purchase via Fandango’s mobile app or website.

Prior to the launch of Fallen Kingdom and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park, Xfinity TV customers can watch the entire Jurassic franchise through a new curated destination on X1 — accessible via the movies section on Xfinity On Demand or by saying “Jurassic World” into the voice remote.

Subs can rent or purchase any of the previous films, pre-order Fallen Kingdomhome entertainment release and access clips, trailers and other special content related to the film franchise.

“At Fandango, we are always looking for innovative ways to super serve movie fans, when they are engaging with movie content so that they can easily act on their interest and purchase a ticket to the theater on the platforms and devices they use,” said Mark Young, SVP, head of business development and strategy at Fandango.

 

 

 

FandangoNow Bows 4K UHD Titles for Android TV for Arrival of Top Pre-order of All Time ‘Black Panther’

In time for the May 8 home entertainment debut of Black Panther, Fandango’s video on-demand streaming service, FandangoNow, has launched 4K Ultra HD titles for all Android TVs, bringing the service’s catalog to Sony Bravia-connected TVs, NVIDIA Shield 4K HDR streaming media players and Hisense brand connected TVs.

The new product rollout adds to FandangoNow’s support of 4K devices, including Roku, LG and VIZIO.

Marvel’s Black Panther, released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, ranks as the top pre-order of all time on FandangoNow and is available in 4K Ultra HD with HDR. FandangoNow is the only digital streaming service to offer 4K Ultra HD content from all of the major studios, as well as dozens of other content providers, according to the company.

“We’re excited to bring our 4K Ultra HD content from all the major studios and content providers, including Marvel’s Black Panther, to Android TV,” said Fandango VP Cameron Douglas in a statement. “We want to offer customers easy access to the best entertainment choices available for streaming and our latest product rollout on Android TV greatly expands our footprint for fans searching for 4K content.”

Fans ordering Black Panther on FandangoNow will receive an exclusive complimentary fan art poster of General Okoye (Danai Gurira) with every purchase or rental of Black Panther on FandangoNow, while supplies last (shipping and handling not included). The new artwork by illustrator Jon Moody marks the first time FandangoNow will offer an exclusive poster, in partnership with movie merchandise marketplace Fandango FanShop.

Fandango Inks Deal with National Amusements

Fandango has made its first-ever agreement with theatrical exhibition company National Amusements for ticketing at nearly 400 screens throughout the Northeast.

In addition to adding National Amusements’ Showcase Cinemas, Fandango has added more than 1,500 new screens from more than a dozen exhibitors across the country over the past year, bringing Fandango’s worldwide screen count to more than 40,000 screens.

“Fandango is proud to represent National Amusements’ Showcase Cinemas and further serve moviegoers throughout the Northeast with our leading-edge movie discovery and ticketing innovations,” said Fandango SVP and chief commerce officer Kevin Shepela. “By enabling Showcase Cinemas customers to quickly and easily discover movies and buy tickets on the latest online, mobile, social, AI bot and voice assistant platforms, we believe we can help drive even more moviegoers into their theaters for many years to come.”

Showcase Cinemas amenities include reserved seating, power-operated recliners, lobby bars that allow guests to take a drink to their seat, full-service restaurants, and the premium formats XPlus, MX4D and IMAX available at many locations.

“We look forward to working with Fandango to bring our superior entertainment experience, showtimes, and tickets to millions of additional moviegoers across Fandango’s digital platforms,” said Mark Malinowski, VP of marketing, National Amusements. “With the continued rise of advance ticketing and reserved seating, we know many of our customers want to use Fandango as part of their movie-going planning process.  Through this new partnership with the industry leader in both innovation and customer service, we are excited to now offer our customers the option to seamlessly purchase Showcase tickets through Fandango.”

Fandango Launches New Rewards Program

Fandango April 17 launched a Fandango VIP+ rewards program whereby ticket buyers on Fandango can earn VIP+ Points redeemable for discounts and free stuff across Fandango’s family of businesses — from ticketing to streaming digital movies and TV shows to fan merchandise.

“In a summer packed with blockbusters, we wanted to reward Fandango customers for what’s sure to be many trips to their local cinemas over the next several months,” said Fandango chief marketing officer Adam Rockmore. “We’ve built an expansive movie ecosystem at scale that we will mobilize for our Fandango VIP+ rewards program, helping drive advance ticket purchases and incremental sales for our exhibition and studio partners.”

The Fandango VIP+ program launches in advance of the highly-anticipated Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, debuting in theaters April 27, and will continue throughout the strong summer slate, including Deadpool 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ocean’s 8, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, The Equalizer II, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

To participate in the Fandango VIP+ rewards program this summer, a ticket buyer needs to be a Fandango VIP member, Fandango’s free-to-join loyalty program. For every movie ticket purchased on Fandango, Fandango VIP members will receive 150 VIP+ Points.  Once members reach 600 VIP+ Points, they will receive a $6 discount code to be used towards future movie ticket purchases, digital movie purchases and rentals on FandangoNow or movie merchandise purchases at the Fandango FanShop.

In a recent survey Fandango conducted with more than 4,500 moviegoers, 85% of respondents said they were more likely to buy movie tickets from an outlet that offered a rewards or loyalty program. In addition to receiving benefits from the Fandango VIP+ rewards program, ticket buyers will continue to receive partner perks from AMC Stubs, Cinemark Connections, Regal Crown Club, Marcus’ Magical Movie Rewards and other perk plans.

The Fandango family includes Rotten Tomatoes and Movieclips, which help fans discover movies with reviews and trailers; Fandango, MovieTickets.com and Flixster, which sell tickets to more than 30,000 U.S. screens; FandangoNow, which offers new and catalog movies and next-day TV shows to buy or rent; and the Fandango FanShop, which offers movie merchandise.

Oscars Provide Boost to Fandango, FandangoNow

Academy Awards season has been good to Fandango and its on-demand service FandangoNow.

For the second consecutive year, the company offered a special Awards Season gift card — good for tickets to see the Oscar contenders on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home (via FandangoNow).

By the time the Oscar ceremony aired, FandangoNow had seven of the nine Best Picture nominees available on the service.

“It definitely provided several of our biggest weekends in the history of FandangoNow,” said Fandango SVP Adam Rockmore.

It was also a benefit for customers who wanted to visit theaters.

“We’re a company that has one very specific goal, which is we want consumers to consume movies,” Rockmore said. “And we think that if we can get more people into the theater that bodes well for home entertainment and if we can get more people to watch at home that actually helps theatrical so it a virtuous cycle.”

Oscar-lauded films were front and center on the site, employing a strategy of curation that the company uses with other subjects as well.

“We continue to make sure that we’re staying very topical in things that are happening in the space — like Oscars,” Rockmore said. “At the same time, we’ll continue putting out really great curated lists from Rotten Tomatoes [a sister site] or other things that we think are in the pop culture.”

The site promotes previous installments of franchises, such as “Fifty Shades” and the Marvel universe, with the release of the latest theatrical release.

“Because we are a theatrical and at home service we always make sure we tie together the theatrical release to whatever the franchise is so, in effect, we’re drafting on the history,” he said.

Upcoming Titles on FandangoNOW

  1. Father Figures (Owen Wilson) – 3/20/2018

  2. The Greatest Showman* (Hugh Jackman) – 3/20/2018

  3. Insidious: The Last Key* (Lin Shaye) – 3/20/2018

  4. Proud Mary* (Taraji P. Henson) – 3/27/2018

  5. All The Money In The World* (Christopher Plummer) – 3/27/2018

  6. Paddington 2* (Hugh Grant) – 3/27/2018

  7. Phantom Thread* (Daniel Day-Lewis) – 3/27/2018

  8. Condorito: The Movie (Omar Chaparro) – 3/27/2018

  9. The Post* (Meryl Streep) – 4/3/2018

  10. The Commuter (Liam Neeson) – 4/3/2018

  11. Forever My Girl (Alex Roe) – 4/10/2018

  12. Hostiles (Rosamund Pike) – 4/10/2018

  13. Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (Annette Bening) – 4/24/2018

  14. The Insult (Adel Karam) – 5/1/2018

*Indicates 4K Ultra HD availability

 

Top Movies on FandangoNOW

  1. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle* (Dwayne Johnson)

  2. Thor: Ragnarok* (Chris Hemsworth)

  3. Coco* (Gael Garcia Bernal)

  4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Frances McDormand)

  5. The Shape of Water (Sally Hawkins)

  6. I, Tonya (Margot Robbie)

  7. Pitch Perfect 3* (Anna Kendrick)

  8. Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan)

  9. Darkest Hour* (Gary Oldman)

  10. Justice League (2017)* (Gal Gadot)

*Indicates 4K Ultra HD availability

 

Top TV Shows on FandangoNOW

  1. “The Walking Dead”

  2. “Game of Thrones”

  3. “Atlanta”

  4. “Riverdale”

  5. “Survivor”

  6. “Shameless”

  7. “The Big Bang Theory”

  8. “The Blacklist”

  9. “Street Outlaws”

  10. “American Crime Story”

Movies Anywhere Adds FandangoNow

Digital movie collection service Movies Anywhere has added FandangoNow, Fandango’s on-demand video service, as its fifth digital retail partner.

Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu were partnered with the service at launch last year.

FandangoNow is available on more than 200 million connected devices. The deal allows consumers to incorporate digital movies purchased and redeemed through FandangoNow alongside their titles from other participating digital retailers.

“FandangoNow is a top retailer in the space. We think they are doing some really cool and innovative things,” said Karin Gilford, GM, Movies Anywhere. “It marks the progress that Movies Anywhere is making to continue on our path of launching the service on more platforms, adding retailers and content over time.”

“Movies Anywhere provides a great mechanism to further advance the move from physical disc to digital home entertainment by just reducing friction, reducing barriers for consumers to try digital,” said Fandango’s Adam Rockmore. “They can try it out at different retailers and then know that their library can be used on Movies Anywhere or any retailer of choice.”

Movies Anywhere has made digital movie collection easier than have past services, such as UltraViolet, he said.

“Interoperability is what UltraViolet tried, and I think this is a better direction ultimately,” Rockmore said. “We’re pleased to be part of it.”

Cloud-based movie collection service Movies Anywhere offers consumers access to a library of nearly 7,500 digital movies.

Consumers have used the app to store more than 100 million movies to date, Gilford said. At CES in January, the service, which launched in October 2017, had tallied 80 Million movies.

“I think it’s just a testament to the high-quality nature of what we launched and obviously to the demand for this sort of functionality,” Gilford said.

Movies Anywhere includes titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Studios (encompassing Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm), Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment) and Warner Bros. Paramount and Lionsgate are not yet participating studios.

“We continue to talk with all the additional content providers in the space,” Gilford said, adding that she’s “optimistic that they’ll join.”

Likewise, Movies Anywhere is talking to other digital retailers about joining the service.

“We are in talks with other retailers,” Gilford said. “We’re not ready to announce anyone else, but you can expect additional announcements in the retail space this year.”

To celebrate the partnership, Movies Anywhere has added profile picture options. Consumers who purchase Star Wars: The Last Jedi (due on digital March 13) can choose from the Rebel Alliance Starbird, a Stormtrooper or the First Order emblem as their avatar on the service.

Rockmore said FandangoNow wanted to tie the launch of the partnership to a big title, making the digital street date of Last Jedi the perfect opportunity. FandangoNow will be promoting the Movies Anywhere partnership on its site and via communications with consumers.

 

Fandango Survey Finds Women Prefer Action to Romance and Want More Diversity in Film

Women like action movies more than romances and prefer diversity in casts and filmmakers, according to a Fandango survey of more than 3,000 female moviegoers, ages 18-54, released to celebrate International Women’s Day and the start of the SXSW Film Festival,

Fandango correspondent Alicia Malone will discuss the survey results on her SXSW panel, “The Female Voices of Film Twitter,” March 11 the Austin Convention Center.

“It’s clear from our survey that women want more female-driven stories told by female writers and directors on the big screen,” said Malone, author of the new book, Backwards & In Heels: The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film, in a statement. “Contrary to the age-old Hollywood belief, women are not just looking for romance at the cinema. In fact, our survey shows that female moviegoers prefer action movies to romantic comedies as their genre of choice.”

The majority of women surveyed chose action movies (with 22% of the vote) as their favorite movie genre, while only 9% chose romance or romantic comedy as their favorite genre. Also, 82% said they were more inclined to see a movie with dynamic female characters, 75% said they prefer to watch movies with diverse casts and 57% said they prefer female-driven stories to be told by female filmmakers/writers.

Survey results on women’s moviegoing habits were:

  • 85% are the decision-makers when picking movies for friends and family.
  • 73% prefer to watch movies on the big screen.
  • 68% prefer to buy their movie tickets in advance.
  • 64% choose to go to the movies for their girls’ nights out.
  • 62% look for reserved seating when buying tickets.
  • 60% get their movie information from social media.
  • 57% purchase the tickets for their movie dates.

Views on women in film, according to the survey:

  • 79% believe the “Time’s Up” movement will have a tangible impact on women working in Hollywood.
  • 77% contend that female characters are often stereotyped in blockbusters.
  • 75% would like to see more female ensembles in the movies.
  • 62% feel that women are not equally represented in big screen roles.

Separately, Fandango analyzed its ticketing data, which showed:

  • 52% of Fandango’s overall tickets are purchased by women.
  • 49% of Fandango’s Black Panther tickets to date have been purchased by women.
  • 41% of Fandango’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi tickets were purchased by women.
  • 56% of Fandango’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle tickets were purchased by women.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, FandangoNow, Fandango’s premium on-demand video platform, is launching Alicia Malone’s curated list of classic movies directed by female filmmakers, from Lady Bird to Lost in Translation and inspired by Malone’s new book.

Atom Tickets Gets Additional $60M Funding

Theatrical moviegoers may be decreasing, but the battle to sell them tickets online is escalating.

Atom Tickets March 8 announced it secured more than $60 million in new capital from Fidelity Management & Research Co. – less than two years after raising $50 million in funding from Lionsgate, The Walt Disney Co. and Twentieth Century Fox Film, all of whom contributed to the new investment.

The funding comes as Atom competes with NBC Universal-owned Fandango and subscription ticket service, MoviePass, to establish market share as gatekeepers in the margin-challenged theatrical business.

Launched in 2016, the Atom Tickets app tripled its users and ticket sales in one year. The service features advance ticket purchasing, the ability to invite friends and sit together while paying separately and concessions ordering.

In the last year, Atom Tickets formed an advisory board with Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and Tyler Perry, among others. It teamed with T-Mobile and Chase Pay offering special ticketing offers, making purchasing tickets faster and more social.

Atom also partnered with studios to better connect them with moviegoers using proprietary data and targeting capabilities on Atom and across the web.

Exhibitor partners include AMC Theaters, Regal Cinemas, Southern Theatres, Showcase Cinemas, B&B Theatres and online movie database, IMDb.

“We’re pleased to participate in this latest round of financing for Atom Tickets, which has demonstrated enormous traction with exhibition partners, studios, and moviegoers during the past year,” Michael Burns, vice chairman at Lionsgate, said in a statement.

McDormand Oscar Acceptance Speech Gets Top Kudos in Fandango Survey

In the hours after the Academy Awards, Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 Oscar-watching moviegoers on their feelings about the show, host, speeches, snubs and surprises, and Best Actress winner Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) gave the best acceptance speech at the Oscars, according to the survey, leading the field with 37% of the fan vote.

As for the biggest omission of the night, 44% of moviegoers point to the virtual shutout of Lady Bird as the Academy’s top snub. At the same time, 48% of fans claim Jordan Peele’s Best Original Screenplay win for Get Out was Oscars’ happiest surprise.

According to the survey, the biggest Oscar snubs were: Lady Bird, for a total shutout in all categories (44%); “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman), Best Song (20%); and War for the Planet of the Apes, Best Visual Effects (14%).

The happiest Oscar surprises were, according to the survey: Get Out, Best Original Screenplay by Jordan Peele (48%); The Shape of Water, Best Picture (29%); and Call Me by Your Name, Best Adapted Screenplay by James Ivory (11%).

The best Oscar acceptance speech, according to the survey was:  Frances McDormand, Best Actress (37%);  Guillermo Del Toro, Best Director (18%); and  Jordan Peele, Best Original Screenplay (13%).

About the show itself, according to survey respondents:

— 76% claimed Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel did a good job.

— 73% liked the shout-outs to diversity and to the “Time’s Up” and “Me Too” movements.

— 72% enjoyed the Oscar stars surprising moviegoers at the theater next door.

— 61% said Kimmel should host the Oscars again next year.

“Film fans were hoping that Greta Gerwig’s fresh and funny coming-of-age tale Lady Bird would bring home some gold, but at the same time, moviegoers are happy to see Get Out get proper recognition as the most strikingly original screenplay of the year,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “It makes perfect sense that moviegoers would pick Frances McDormand’s unforgettable acceptance as the evening’s most memorable speech, as ‘inclusion rider’ has been trending on Twitter ever since she introduced the concept to many at the Oscars.”

The majority of Oscar-winning movies are already available on Fandango’s premium on-demand video service FandangoNow. Fandango is also offering its Awards Season Gift Card here, good for catching up with all the Oscar winners on the big screen (via Fandango) or at home and on-the-go (with FandangoNow).