New AFSL and Responsible Entity business and appointment of compliance consultant.

Update : Launching October 2015 The Merkin Group announces  our newly formed joint venture AFSL and Responsible Entity which will, with a heavy weighting on wholesale, sophisticated, high net worth, professional and exempt investors : authorise the expansion of BoxRED’s  current  unlicensed activities into regulated and licensed corporate and...



2013 data endorses China collaboration on proposed co-productions

Chinese box office of more than $3.52bn in 2013 increased 27.5% on the previous year and received a boost from local fare, while foreign films are withering in the face of fierce competition, according to a new report from EntGroup Consulting. The company’s China Film Industry Report 2013-2014 is...



Broadcast to Chromecast – is TV being recast or cast out?

There are several large quite expensive pieces of electronic equipment in my house and in most homes that are the site of a long overdue technological revolution. Despite being in the “Internet Age”, most of these large chunks of hardware do not connect to the internet. While evolving from...



Only at the movies? Home truths about cinema ticket pricing in Australia

  In the last fortnight, senior executives from cinema operators in Australia, including Village Roadshow and Palace Cinemas, have come out defending their decision to raise movie ticket prices. But do their arguments hold water?   The cinema industry needs to be more open to changing its distribution model. palomaleca Already...



China Online connectivity explosion

The number of web users in China has surged to 618 million, a government agency says, underscoring the rapid growth of online connectivity in the country with the world’s largest internet population. Its online population – defined as those who have used the internet at least once in the...



Australia Gross box Office still A$1,099,615,801 in 2013

Australia’s box office gross for 2013 was $965,254,265 (A$1,099,615,801), 2.3% less than 2012 reported Sandy George in Screen Australia today Notably - The top 10 films of the year contributed 27% of this figure, which was unveiled by the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA). And- Three of...



Murdochs China seduction – a case of unrequited love.

China proves immune to Murdoch-style regime change By Harry Blutstein, RMIT University Having created an empire on which the sun never sets, it must have been a heavy blow to Rupert Murdoch when his company, 21st Century Fox, announced last week it had sold its 47% stake in Star...



Global Film Business 2013 explored – underpins Merkin’s 2014 – 2023 strategy

Screen Daily have released the epitome of studio performance in 2013 – which is topical given The Merkin Group’s newly expanded  footprint in the global tentpole film acquisition and distribution business. Sony’s China box office swells 22% Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) top brass reported significant year-on-year gains in...



Post Blockbuster stock dips

The post blockbuster stock dip in studio stocks as been a surprisingly common occurrence in recent yeras – and it has it parallels in other industries – one only has to observe the phenomena in Australia when an announcement is made at or above market expectations yet the stock...



FTA between Australia and South Korea signed

Australia and South Korea have signed a bilateral trade agreement – commonly called a Free Trade Agreement. Meat exporters and agricultural producers have the most to gain from the new free trade agreement between South Korea and Australia, but the federal government has foreshadowed pain for auto manufacturing. The...



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