PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), the leader in multi-screen media measurement serving the advertising, television and entertainment industries, today announced the company has acquired Media Salvation Inc., a provider of sales and financial reporting systems and services to major studio and independent film companies active in the electronic, mobile and physical distribution channels. The acquisition secures an additional major studio to Rentrak's roster of entertainment clients for its Studio Revenue Share Essentials, Digital Download Essentials and Mobile Essentials services.

With this acquisition, Rentrak will be able to integrate all of its existing products with TV network and studio financial and distribution systems such as JD Edwards, SAP and other financial packages. The acquisition also strengthens Rentrak's world class management team with the appointment of David Cortese as Senior Vice President of Digital Studio Services. Prior to launching Media Salvation in January, 2009, Mr. Cortese spent eight years at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, most recently as the division's worldwide CIO.

"As consumers continue to shift their entertainment consumption from physical formats (discs) to electronic (downloads/streams), this acquisition further strengthens Rentrak's ability to provide our studio and network clients with the sales and financial reporting and intelligence they need to effectively manage this transition," said Marty Graham, President of Home Entertainment at Rentrak.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Rentrak team as we work to add the complementary components of Media Salvation's technology into Rentrak's existing reporting systems and operational capabilities in order to create a best-in-class service offering for our studio, broadcast and cable network clients," said David Cortese, Senior Vice President of Digital Studio Services at Rentrak.

 

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thesocialnetworknews3.pngOver the last ten years, the winner of the Darryl F. Zanuck award has gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar six times. The four exceptions are Moulin Rouge!, The Aviator, Brokeback Mountain and Little Miss Sunshine.

The PGA's awards ceremony will be held Jan. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

127 Hours

Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson

Black Swan

Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver

Inception

Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas

The Fighter

Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg

The Kids Are All Right

Producers: Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray

The King's Speech

Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

The Social Network

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

The Town

Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Graham King

Toy Story 3

Producer: Darla K. Anderson

True Grit

Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin

 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Despicable Me

Producers: John Cohen, Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri

How to Train Your Dragon

Producer: Bonnie Arnold

Toy Story 3

Producer: Darla K. Anderson

 

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

Earth Made of Glass

Producers: Reid Carolin, Deborah Scranton

Inside Job

Producers: Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs

Smash His Camera

Producers: Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger

The Tillman Story

Producer: John Battsek

Waiting for 'Superman'

Producer: Lesley Chilcott

 

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New York, N.Y. -- Screenvision, a leading innovator in cinema advertising, has hired two seasoned sales management executives, Al Connor and Tony McIlwain as Vice Presidents of National and Regional Sales. Connor heads up National and Regional Sales, Central Region, and McIlwain leads National and Regional Sales, Western Region. Both will report to Loren Venturi-Miller, Senior Vice President, National and Regional Sales.

Connor and McIlwain will plan, direct, and coordinate all advertising sales activities within their respective regions. The two sales executives will also develop sales and advertising strategies, oversee the development and integration of new account acquisitions and enhance current client partner relations.

"Al and Tony bring invaluable experience to our sales divisions, and we're confident they will prove themselves to be indispensable assets to Screenvision and our advertiser and exhibitor partners," said Venturi-Miller.

Connor joins Screenvision with a strong television background and over 16 years of sales management experience. He most recently held sales management positions with Akoo International, Inc. and WBBM-TV, CBS 2 in Chicago. McIlwain, a long-time Telemundo employee, began his career in local sales at Telemundo's flagship station in Los Angeles, KVEA-TV eventually landing as Director of Sales for Telemundo National Sales Organization in 2004. He also served as Director of Marketing and Business Development for the West Coast and Texas Regions at NBC from 2002 through 2004.

 

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CHICAGO -- Ebert Productions is proud to announce that Ignatiy Vishnevetsky has joined the team at Ebert Presents At the Movies. Vishnevetsky will accompany the previously announced Christy Lemire of The Associated Press as co-host on the new weekly program. The show is scheduled to debut on January 21st on public television stations across the country, representing almost 90% national coverage and will be produced in Chicago at WTTW, where Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert began taping the legendary "Sneak Previews" some 35 years ago. It will be distributed by American Public Television (APT).

Fans of the original shows will be pleased to find that in addition to serving as co-producer of the show, Roger Ebert will also host a special segment each week and had direct input into the selection of the show's host critics including Chicago-based Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (Ig.nah.tee) (Vish.na.vet.ski). Hearing him discuss films in the Lake Street Screening Room used by Chicago critics, Ebert said, "I was struck by the depth and detail of his film knowledge, and by how articulate he was." After reading his work online, Ebert was sold.

Vishnevetsky is a critic and essayist for Mubi.com, a new multi-national streaming online cinematheque. Ignatiy moved to America from Russia when he was not quite 9. He graduated from high school in Milwaukee and then moved to Chicago, "because I could find more films to see here." He is a co-founder of the acclaimed Cine-File.info, and continues to write criticism for it on a weekly basis. He is also a contributor to The Chicago Reader, and helps program the current Cine-File Selects series at the University of Chicago's Doc Fims, the nation's oldest film society. Prior to becoming a film critic, Vishnevetsky, who is multi-lingual, worked as a translator for Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Russia's premier literary journal.

Vishnevetsky will go head to head each week with Christy Lemire, who has been reviewing movies for The Associated Press for 12 years and was named the first full-time film critic in the news organization's history in 2004. Christy filled in for Roger Ebert several times on "At the Movies" in 2007 and has appeared on "The Charlie Rose Show," "Good Morning America" and "The View," to name a few. She also covers the Oscars, Golden Globes and many other awards shows each year. A third-generation L.A. native, Christy is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Of Lemire, Ebert says, "I admired the way she reviewed with Richard Roeper when she co-hosted our show," Ebert said, "and I respect her criticism. On television, Christy is a natural."

Ebert Presents At The Movies, marks the rebirth of a dream for both Roger and Chaz Ebert, who will serve as executive producer of the show. Chaz Ebert says she is happy to have this rare opportunity in television to bring back a show that started 35 years ago at WTTW, had a successful run at Tribune Entertainment and Disney, and is now once again being embraced by public stations nationwide.

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