Monday, October 30, 2017
Update on HHSE and VODWIZ Activities
Greetings HHSE Friends & Followers - This is an exciting week for HHSE for several reasons, including the following:
1). BATTLECREEK - the acclaimed feature drama from director Alison Eastwood, opens in theatres THIS FRIDAY (Nov. 3). On Wednesday and Thursday, Alison will be in New York City making key national TV Talk Show appearances. On Friday morning, Alison has THREE major TV show appearances in Los Angeles. And on Friday night, Alison (along with family members, friends and production personnel) will conduct a Q&A at an "open to the public" screening event at the Laemmle Music Hall Theatre, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills at 7:30-pm.
The initial response to Battlecreek from theatres and key home video buyers was strong, and this encouraged HHSE to expand the release from the original plans of ten (10) locations, to the current theatre count of twenty-one (21) locations opening this weekend... with additional expansion dates planned through the end of the year.
Watch this blog on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as Alison completes her talk show appearances, and HHSE is allowed to release the specifics of each program!
2). THE RIOT ACT - Saturday (Oct. 28) was the first day of principal photography on the HHSE western-thriller, THE RIOT ACT, filming in Fort Smith, Paris and Van Buren, Arkansas. Based on the true story of a 1903 romance, murder and revenge plot that occurred at the historic Van Buren Opera House, THE RIOT ACT marks the feature film directoral debut of a talented young filmmaker, Devon W. Parks. Filming is scheduled to be completed on Nov. 25, and the film is slated for theatrical release in April (2018). Watch this blog for news of key cast members!
3). VODWIZ UPDATE - there's another MAJOR STUDIO ALERT in the works! Over the past three years of development, two Major Studios (each offering a small "test quantity" of titles for VODWIZ), were secured to support the initial launch of this streaming operation. Now, we are poised for a very major development of a third Major Studio with over 500 high-profile, ready-to-place titles available for the VODWIZ streaming platform. HHSE key managers (Fred Shefte and Eric Parkinson) are meeting at the studio in southern California on Friday to discuss the logistics of this venture, which is already documented through a participation term sheet. Watch this blog for updates this coming weekend.
4). AFM / ACQUISITIONS - A significant new feature film title has been acquired by HHSE for distribution in North America - which is planned for a formal "American Film Market" (A.F.M.) announcement on Saturday!
As the worldwide entertainment marketplace continues to mature, consumers, theatrical exhibitors and video retailers are migrating towards the support of higher-profile productions (at the expense of lower-end, lower-budgeted films). Generally speaking, most of the film and video properties being sold at the A.F.M. are micro-budget and lower-end titles that no longer meet the evolving entertainment marketplace. But every once in awhile, a gem will emerge, and we are pleased to have identified such a release for acquisition. Watch for the Saturday announcement details!