There are at least 3 new databases in play. I’m glad FilmFinders has disappeared under the aegis of IMDbPro. Fierce … which acquired Laurie Woodrow‘s TransPacific and Oliver Eberle’s ShowBizDataPro some years ago is rumored to be about to introduce its database combining ShowBizDataPro with TransPacific’s client-user-friendly db. FilmBizAsia of Patrick Frater and partners is now rolling out its database and subscribers are already signing up. Add to that Cinando’s db and TheWrap’s The Grid, Screen International’s Screenbase, Baseline’s The Studio System, and we have an arena of competitors. What makes Patrick’s unique is that it is devoted to Asian and Australiasian projects and companies, and it is in as many languages as the main markets require: two types of Chinese, Thai, Korean and Japanese. Most unique is that it gets ALL the Asian names correct!!
Film Business Asia is now 18 months old and on Monday 1 August they will be launching our Asian Film Database, which will provide a range of new reference tools. It will be available to paying subscribers; news and reviews will remain free for all readers.
The database tracks information on over 45,000 films, 80,000 people and 10,000 companies and organizations — and is growing all the time. It places particular emphasis on business information including sales rights, distribution history and festival participation.
As befits Film Business Asia’s mission to reflect the dynamic Asian region, the database is uniquely multilingual, offering data in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai — as well as English. It has been under active development for eighteen years.
The database is an essential tool for anyone working in or with the Asian film industry as a producer, distributor, rights holder, festival programmer or investor.
For more information, contact Gurjeet Chima (gurjeet AT filmbiz.asia).
Introducing The Grid – the Film Industry’s Most Current and Relevant Database
Get inside access instantly – it’s free to sign up for a 2 week trial. 7,000 Projects, 26,000 people and 5,000 Companies. 100,000 credits and growing. The ONLY place for Spec Scripts, Open Writing Assignments, and Open Directing Assignments. Created by industry players for industry players.
Hollywood business-focused news site TheWrap has made a small acquisition, buying up ItsOnTheGrid, a site which features searchable listings of film projects in active development in Hollywood, along with open writing assignments. The site charges users between $14.99 and $27.99 a month to access the information.
TheWrap says that ItsOnTheGrid will complement its existing news coverage and calendar and that it will now be “rolling out products supported by ItsOnTheGrid.com that provide advertisers with an innovative channel to connect with entertainment industry professionals.” ItsOnTheGrid founder Jason Scoggins is joining TheWrap as chief product officer and general manager of ItsOnTheGrid.
TheWrap, which was founded by former NYT Hollywood correspondent Sharon Waxman, did not disclose how much it paid for ItsOnTheGrid, although it sais it handed over both cash and stock for the company. TheWrap raised $2 million in a second round of funding last April, which it said at the time it would use in part to develop new revenue streams.