New NFTs of Anthony Hopkins Feature ‘Zero Contact’ Available

Vuele has announced two mass consumer drops of the feature film NFT Zero Contact, offering two different choices of NFT bundles to collect and trade on the platform. 

Vuele.io will allow consumers to purchase the “Exclusive Edition” NFT bundle for $59 on Feb. 22 and  the “Collector’s Edition” NFT bundle for $25 on Feb. 28.

There are 2,500 bundles of the Zero Contact “Exclusive Edition” NFT, which includes the feature film, a making-of featurette, a signed poster, and three randomly generated character trading cards. There are 25,000 bundles of the Zero Contact “Collector’s Edition” NFT, which includes both the feature film and poster (not signed).

Vuele’s soft launch in September 2021 offered collectors eleven NFT drops through OpenSea, bringing in revenue of more than six figures, according to the company.

Launched in 2021, Vuele, created by Enderby Entertainment and CurrencyWorks Inc.,is the first direct-to-consumer, full-length feature film viewing and distribution platform delivering feature films and digital collectible entertainment content as NFTs. Users will be able to become owners of exclusive limited-edition film and collector NFT content which they can watch, collect, sell and trade on the Vuele.io platform.

“We are seeing a lot of areas in entertainment exploring uses for NFTs and Blockchain, with Vuele we’re focused on engaging a fan base in a new distribution model, not to compete with the existing model but as an alternative,” said the film’s producer-director Rick Dugdale, co-founder of Vuele and CEO of Enderby Entertainment. “This is a new revenue stream similar to the way streaming created one or further back when studios were taking back catalogue titles and creating DVD box sets with bonus features. NFTs offer the consumer that same type of exclusive access and collectibility.”

To purchase the Zero Contact NFT bundles, viewers can create their Vuele account on Vuele.io and purchase with a credit card or crypto currency by connecting their digital wallet.

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Produced in 17 different countries entirely virtually during the pandemic, Zero Contact follows five characters based all over the world, connected only by their devotion to the late founder and tech titan Finley Hart (Anthony Hopkins, The Father). They are forced to work together to shut down Hart’s most secret invention, a machine that is either the solution to mankind’s problems or the end of life on Earth. 

AMC Theatres Offering ‘The Batman’ NFTs for Advance Ticket Purchases

Following a successful debut with Spider-Man: No Way Home, AMC Theatres is returning to the non-fungible token space, offering all advance ticket purchase holders for Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman a limited-edition The Batman NFT. Tickets, which go on sale Feb. 10, must be purchased by the end of the day (ET) Feb. 14 for showtimes through March 6. There is a limit of one NFT per transaction.

The NFT market revolves around collectibles, including digital artwork, sports cards, and similar artifacts that can create market value based on consumer interest.

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader, Zoë Kravitz, Barry Keoghan and Paul Dano, debuts on March 4.

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To qualify for the complimentary NFT, consumers must purchase their advance ticket or reserve it through AMC Stubs A-List at any AMC location in the United States, and the ticket must be scanned in the theater. The ticket purchase or reservation must take place through AMCTheatres.com or on the AMC mobile app. AMC will deliver the NFT codes and redemption instructions (which requires registration with Palm NFT Studio) via email on March 8 to the email address used during the ticket transaction.

Additionally, those who purchase tickets for special pre-release fan events and attend the events, including DC Presents: The Batman Fan First Premieres exclusively in Imax on March 1 (tickets on sale Feb. 8) and AMC Investor Connect screening on March 2, can receive the NFT.

The NFT will be redeemed from the nft.dcuniverse.com platform created by Palm NFT Studio and is subject to its terms and conditions. Palm NFT Studio provides bespoke creative services for artists and rightsholders building on the Palm network, a new NFT ecosystem for culture and creativity, built efficiently with Ethereum.

Lionsgate’s Grindstone Acquires Non-NFT North American Distribution Rights to ‘Zero Contact’

Liongate’s Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired non-NFT (non-fungible token) North American distribution rights to Enderby Entertainment’s Zero Contact, a thriller released as the first NFT (non-fungible token) feature film for Vuele.

Grindstone will release the film in May after the NFT window.

Zero Contact follows five characters located all over the world, connected only by their devotion to the late founder and tech titan Finley Hart played by Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins (The Father). The characters are forced to work together to shut down Hart’s most secret invention, a machine that is either the solution to mankind’s problems or the end of life on earth. The cast includes Aleks Paunovic (“Hawkeye”) Chris Brochu (Soul Surfer, Recon) and Rukiya Bernard  (“Yellowjackets”) and Adrian Holmes (“Bel-Air”). 

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Enderby Entertainment went into production in December on back-to-back sequels for the franchise, filming in Antarctica as the first Hollywood film ever to shoot on the continent. The production will continue to shoot in 13 countries around the world, including Bolivia, Peru, Sweden, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia and France. 

“We’re continuing to explore a new distribution model that includes an NFT window for feature films, and even more meaningful to partner once again with Lionsgate and Grindstone to release Zero Contact in this unique way,” said Enderby CEO and director Rick Dugdale in a statement. “After our launch on Vuele, we are continuing to break barriers with this franchise as we are the first production to film in Antarctica.”

Zero Contact is a mysterious, twisty thriller that will keep audiences guessing until the very end,” said Barry Brooker, president and CEO of Grindstone Entertainment Group, in a statement. “Featuring a powerhouse performance by Anthony Hopkins, we are confident that Zero Contact will keep moviegoers on the edge of their seats.”

CES Panel: Opportunity Abounds With Entertainment-Related NFTs

Some of the hot terms at CES 2022 are crypto, blockchain and NFTs (non-fungible tokens or one-of-a-kind digital assets).

In the entertainment space, NFTs are digital collectibles stored on a blockchain that can be everything from artwork to GIFs to social experiences to video content such as movies.

Speakers Jan. 5 on the “Creator Economy in the Context of Crypto” panel at CES discussed the opportunities in the space.

“From a Fox perspective, we see this as the future of media, a future form of content distribution,” said Scott Greenberg, CEO of Blockchain Creative Labs. The business and creative unit was launched last year by Fox Entertainment and its animation arm Bento Box Entertainment (“Bob’s Burgers,” “The Great North”) to provide content creators, IP owners and advertising partners end-to-end blockchain computer ecosystem solutions to build, launch, manage and sell NFT content and experiences, and fungible tokens, as well as digital goods and assets. Blockchain Creative Labs launched NFTs with Fox’s popular show “The Masked Singer.”

Scott Greenberg

“We’re also looking at launching TV shows this way,” he said, noting the upcoming launch of “Krapopolis,” created by Dan Harmon (“Rick and Morty”), will be the first ever animated series curated entirely on the blockchain. The series will have a dedicated marketplace that will curate and sell digital goods, ranging from NFTs of one-of-a-kind character and background art and GIFs to tokens that provide exclusive social experiences to engage and reward superfans.

Scott Zanghellini

Also on the panel was Scott Zanghellini, head of new revenue at WWE, which has partnered with Blockchain Creative Labs. Last April, WWE launched its first NFT with drops (releases of unique digital products) around its star The Undertaker. WWE followed up this summer with a drop for star John Cena. He noted that the WWE knows what its fans like via engagement at events, on social media, on YouTube and at other contact points.

“In terms of … putting out NFTs, we also know what the fan wants,” he said.

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Zanghellini said the WWE is looking to use its talent, its “super sauce,” to educate consumers who may not be as sophisticated or familiar with NFTs as early adopters.

“We can have the superstars of WWE explain to their fans, the way John Madden explained football … how to buy an NFT, how to engage, why it’s a value,” Greenberg added.

Blockchain Creative Labs is looking at a wide range of distribution models.

“We think there’s a huge opportunity for television shows and movies to be financed and distributed using Web 3 and the blockchain,” he said.

AMC Theatres CEO: ‘We Broke the Internet’ Selling ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Movie NFTs

AMC Theatres’ website almost crashed Sunday (Nov. 28) when it began offering advanced tickets to Sony Pictures’ pandemic-delayed Spider-Man: No Way Home, now debuting in theaters on Dec. 17.

Driving the slowdown was AMC’s first foray into the non-fungible token (NFT) market. Specifically, the nation’s largest exhibitor, beginning Nov. 28, tweeted it would offer the first-ever NFTs surrounding the “Spider-Man” movie franchise to the first 86,000 AMC Stubs Premiere, AMC Stubs A-List, and AMC Investor Connect members who bought advanced tickets online.

The announcement triggered an influx of online traffic, causing a surge as customers tried to get their hands on the unique digital artwork, or NFTs, that can be traded like shares of stock.

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“It’s like we broke the internet,” CEO Adam Aron told Fox Business Network’s “The Claman Countdown.” “My tweets in the last 24 hours have been read three-and-a-half million times. The traffic we had to our website and mobile app last night were the highest that AMC has ever seen.”

Adam said AMC worked with Sony and blockchain expert WAX to come up with 100 different NFTs around No Way Home. The strategy worked as AMC sold more tickets Sunday night than it has ever sold in an overnight shift before.

“We’re talking massive surges above normal,” Aron said.

When asked if No Way Home would be the chain’s highest-grossing release, Aron said the title is currently locked in a battle with the 2018 Marvel Studios’ release Avengers: Endgame, a title that grossed nearly $2.8 billion in ticket sales, including $858 million domestically.

“It’s really close,” he said. “The point is, [No Way Home] is a really big movie. It’s going to be a really big movie. And we sold a tremendous number of tickets.”

NFT Offering for Anthony Hopkins Film ‘Zero Contact’ Tallies Nearly $100,000

Global NFT (non-fungible token) distribution and viewing platform Vuele grossed nearly six figures with the feature film Zero Contact, according to the company.

Vuele brought in 32.86267 ETH (Ether cryptocurrency) or $93,435 with the release of 11 NFT “drops” of the thriller starring Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins. The “Platinum Edition” NFT drop alone sold for 20 ETH ($56,860).

Zero Contact is the first feature film NFT distributed by Vuele.

The “NFT drops mark an incredible new step for the feature film distribution industry as well as film collecting and fan engagement,” according to a company press release.

“In just these few short days, we’ve seen a community form around our film, enhanced fan engagement, and also proved a new revenue stream in the industry. We think this is groundbreaking,” Rick Dugdale, co-founder of Vuele and director-producer of the film, said in a statement. “Our goal was to earn the respect of the NFT space in order for us to create staying power and help blaze a new path for filmmakers. Not only is this now a proven distribution model, but we will be able to create new film financing structures moving forward.”

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Each winning NFT allows the lucky winner to be edited into the film with a personal Zero Contact shoot and edit. In addition, each winner receives signed digital artwork of the film poster, the “making of” the film, Crypto Generative Art by REMO x Dcsan and a Vuele “Golden Ticket.” The “Platinum” one of one winner also receives a walk-on role in the Zero Contact Universe.

Vuele NFT Film ‘Zero Contact’ Gets Release Dates

New global NFT (non-fungible token) distribution and viewing platform Vuele has launched the trailer for its thriller Zero Contact, the first NFT feature film release on its Vuele.io platform, as well as release dates or “drops” for different offerings involving the film.

Starring Best Actor Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins (The Father), Zero Contact was produced in 17 different countries entirely virtually during the 2020 global pandemic. It follows five characters based all over the world, connected only by their devotion to the late founder and tech titan Finley Hart (Hopkins). They are forced to work together to shut down Hart’s most secret invention, a machine that is either the solution to mankind’s problems or the end of life on earth. The ensemble cast also features Veronica Ferres, Aleks Paunovic, Chris Brochu, Lilly Krug, TJ Kayama and Martin Stenmarck.

It will be offered in several consecutive “drops” with new content for fans, including the exclusive “Platinum Edition” auction launching on the Vuele platform on Sept. 24. The 72-hour online auction of the premiere “1 of 1” drop will feature the opportunity for one winner to join the cast in a walk-on role for the Zero Contact Universe. For both “Platinum Edition” and “Elite Edition” drops, fans will also have an opportunity to be edited into the feature film. Additional drops of the film include the “Exclusive” and “Collector’s Edition” coming in October.

In addition, a “Golden Ticket” sweepstakes offers 100 early NFT fans each week to score exclusive free NFT bundles just for signing up at the Vuele.io site.

“Our platform is designed to offer something to high-end collectors as well as the everyday film fan,” said director/producer and Vuele co-founder Rick Dugdale in a statement. “The Zero Contact Golden Ticket offers fans an opportunity to explore this NFT world and start building their digital wallet to get comfortable watching and owning movies on this new platform. As the NFT market is driven by scarcity, we are offering a ‘1 of 1’ NFT for the film. There will only ever be one minted of its kind.”

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Vuele will offer multiple NFT Bundles for the Zero Contact feature film. Fans can sign up for more information at Vuele.io to receive notifications on auctions and bidding opportunities on the following:

 

Zero Contact Golden Ticket NFT Sweepstakes (ongoing, 100 per week to winners)

  • A digital “Golden Ticket” token providing access to the Zero Contact Collector’s Edition, including behind-the-scenes footage, as well as access to the Collector’s Edition versions of the next three feature films to be released on the Vuele platform.
  • NOTE: Each week, 100 winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries, with the final draw on Sept. 30.

 

Zero Contact Platinum “1 of 1” Edition (72-hour online bidding begins Sept. 24)

  • Zero Contact Platinum Edition Original Cut, the only version ever to be minted, and will be the consumer’s to own (1 of 1 editions)
  • All-expense paid trip to visit the production set for Zero Contact Universe to meet the cast, crew and experience a day on the set (1 of 1 editions)
  • A walk-on role in the Zero Contact Universe, available to be utilized by yourself or someone else you nominate (1 of 1 editions)
  • Crypto Art, original generative art NFT by REMO x Dcsan (1 of 11 editions)
  • Personal Zero Contact shoot and edit, an opportunity to have yourself (or someone you nominate) professionally shot and edited into the actual feature film as one of the characters playing alongside Anthony Hopkins and the rest of the cast (1 of 11 editions)
  • Vuele Golden Ticket, a digital Golden Ticket token providing access to the Zero Contact Collector’s Edition, including behind-the-scenes footage, as well as access to the Collector’s Edition versions of the next three feature films to be released on the Vuele platform (1 of 2,500 editions)
  • Zero Contact digital artwork of film poster signed by cast and crew (1 of 2,511 editions)
  • Making of the Zero Contact film (1 of 2,511 editions)

 

Zero Contact Elite Edition (48-hour online bidding begins Sept. 24)

  • Crypto Art – Original Generative Art NFT by REMO x Dcsan (1 of 11 Editions)
  • Personal Zero Contact shoot and edit, an opportunity to have yourself (or someone you nominate) professionally shot and edited into the actual feature film as one of the characters playing alongside Anthony Hopkins and the rest of the cast (1 of 11 Editions)
  • Vuele Golden Ticket, a digital Golden Ticket token providing access to the Zero Contact Collector’s Edition, including behind-the-scenes footage, as well as access to the Collector’s Edition versions of the next three feature films to be released on the Vuele platform (1 of 2,500 Editions)
  • Zero Contact digital artwork of film poster signed by cast and crew (1 of 2,511 Editions)
  • Making of the Zero Contact film (1 of 2,511 Editions)

 

Zero Contact Exclusive Edition (NFT offering available Oct. 4)

  • Zero Contact digital artwork of film poster signed by cast and crew (1 of 2,511 Editions)
  • Making of the Zero Contact film (1 of 2,511 Editions)
  • Zero Contact Collector’s Edition, including behind-the-scenes footage (1 of 27,511 Editions)

 

Zero Contact Collector’s Edition (NFT offering available Oct. 22)

  • Zero Contact Collector’s Edition, including behind-the-scenes footage (1 of 27,511 Editions)

 

Vuele is a feature-length film and digital collectible viewing and distribution platform created by Enderby Entertainment and CurrencyWorks.

Lionsgate Inks NFT Deal With Tom Brady Company

Lionsgate July 21 announced it has signed a deal with Autograph, a non-fungible token-based (NFT) business marketing athlete’s collectible digital assets co-founded by NFL superstar Tom Brady.

NFTs have been around since 2017, but have risen in popularity recently in entertainment circles as a way for artists, content holders and businesses to better monetize their assets digitally. An NFT asset has a unique digital code embedded that enables the original owner to receive a percentage of sales whenever their prowess or content is sold to a new owner.

Lionsgate will launch Autograph’s entertainment vertical with several film and television properties. The first wave of collectible content will focus on movie franchises “John Wick,” “The Hunger Games,” “Dirty Dancing” and “The Twilight Saga,” in addition to TV series “Mad Men.”

“NFTs present a tremendous opportunity for mixed-reality world building experiences, deepening user engagement and interaction and fostering a community for our hundreds of millions of global consumers to create one-of-a-kind digital collections and Autograph is the optimal destination for this discovery,” Jenefer Brown, EVP and head of Lionsgate Global Live, Interactive & Location-Based Entertainment, said in a statement.

Autograph, which inked exclusive NFT deals with Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, Derek Jeter, Naomi Osaka and Tony Hawk, in addition to digital sports entertainment company DraftKings. Woods & Co. will be joining Autograph’s advisory board to help market the platform and concept.

Anthony Hopkins Film ‘Zero Contact’ to Be Released as NFT on Vuele Platform

Enderby Entertainment’s Zero Contact (formerly 92), starring Anthony Hopkins (The Father), will premiere as an NFT (non-fungible token) on new global NFT distribution and viewing platform Vuele.

This is the first feature film acquisition for Vuele, the recently launched direct-to-consumer NFT viewing and distribution platform. On the platform, users via NFTs are able to become owners of exclusive, limited edition film and collector content which they can watch, collect, sell and trade (as consumers can with physical discs, for instance) on the vuele.io platform. Vuele is the first direct-to-consumer, full-length feature film viewing and distribution platform delivering feature films and digital collectible entertainment content as NFTs.

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“Everything about this film is unconventional, from the way we shot the film using Zoom and remote production to its distribution on the first global NFT platform,” stated producer Rick Dugdale, who also makes his directorial debut with the feature film. “We’re thrilled to bring a film of this magnitude with the star power of Anthony Hopkins as our first release on Vuele.”

Produced in 17 different territories entirely virtually during the 2020 global pandemic, Zero Contact follows five characters based all over the world, connected only by their devotion to the late founder and tech titan Finley Hart (Hopkins). They are forced to work together to shut down Hart’s most secret invention, a machine that is either the solution to mankind’s problems or the end of life on earth.

Vuele is a joint venture between Enderby Entertainment and CurrencyWorks operated by CurrencyWorks.