Studiocanal has acquired 100% of Hoyts Distribution, a specialist in the distribution of feature films in Australia and New Zealand. Created 10 years ago, Hoyts Distribution successfully distributes a wide selection of films, with all types of distribution rights, in a very dynamic cinema screening market. With a catalogue of 120 films, it is one of the leaders in independent distribution in Australia. Studiocanal itself has a catalogue of over 5,000 French, British, Italian, German and American titles. With this acquisition, Canal+ is accelerating its international expansion and adding a fourth major market to Studiocanal’s operations.
Blizzard Entertainment will be participating in the world’s largest video-game exhibition on August 15-19 in Cologne, Germany. Visitors will get an exclusive sneak peek at the opening sequence of World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™, and will have access to the latest new features of Diablo® III and StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™! They can also try out the games and meet members of the development teams. The most creative players will show off their skills and share their enthusiasm in dance and costume competitions. For information, please visit the event’s dedicated area at Blizzard.com.
This year, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do,” in 1962 and Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday, Decca is paying a tremendous tribute with the release of a double album featuring 45 classical arrangements of the Beatles’ music. The album opens with classical guitar arrangements of certain Beatles hits, including Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s suite for guitars and strings, “From Yesterday to Penny Lane.” The second CD is dedicated to orchestral arrangements, including several by conductor Frank Chacksfield, culminating with an exalted “Let It Be” by Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops.
New offerings from SFR La Carte
This summer, SFR is offering three new prepaid plans. SFR Welcome, the first prepaid offer for tourists, is available with or without a mobile phone. Users can purchase a SIM card with credit that can be used immediately to send communications anywhere in the world. SFR La Carte en Illimité lets the user make calls and send text messages on an unlimited basis to fixed-line and mobile numbers in mainland France 24 hours per day, regardless of the recipient’s operator. It is available in a limited series from 19 June to 30 September 2012. SFR La Carte Monde allows travelers to call friends and family in a wide range of countries (including in North Africa, Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe) starting at €0.19/minute to mobile phones. The offer also guarantees SFR service quality (network and multilingual customer service), and all reloads are commitment-free and available from nearly 50,000 points of sale (including 840 espaces SFR outlets).
MT Duo at half price
Until July 31, subscribers with Maroc Telecom’s MT Duo plan can enjoy the best of the Internet as well as fixed-line phone service with a 50% discount* on the first three bills. For three months, they get an ADSL connection of up to 4 MB, as well as prepaid fixed-line phone service with unlimited reloads for only 99 dirhams per month, including tax (instead of 199 dirhams, including tax).
*For any new 12-month residential service agreement.