1. Pirate Bay: Peter Sunde, one of the four convicted Pirate Bay co-founders, has been arrested in Sweden for his involvement in the pirating web site, Variety reports, noting that the co-founders, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundstrom, served
their sentences while another co-founder, Fredrik Neij, has yet to be arrested. Yes, that means the pirate is still at bay.
2. Top Indies on iTunes: Each Monday, we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10
indie movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. This
week, the day-and-date release “Lucky Them,” starring Toni Collette,
joins the list in the No. 3 spot, followed by “The Colony,” the sci-fi film
starring Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton. Spike Jonze’s offbeat
romance “Her,” continues to perform, along with Oscar-winning mainstays
“12 Years a Slave” and “Dallas Buyers Club. See the full list here.
3. Watch to Watch on VOD in June: There are a
whole bunch of new indies on demand this month. To help you figure out
what to watch, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best indies to watch on
VOD this month. Check out the list here.
4. VOD Profits: Over at The Dissolve, Scott Tobias provides a thoughtful analysis of the VOD situation, particularly when it comes to indie films. The issue is that while more and more viewers are choosing to watch films on demand, at the moment, studios, cable companies and video platforms aren’t disclosing their VOD numbers. We’ve written about the issue before including both producer John Sloss’ campaign for full transparency when it comes to VOD numbers and Liesl Copland, of WME’s Global Finance and Distribution
and Digital Media groups, who crafted a rallying cry to the industry last year. As Copland pointed out, the issue isn’t just about the financial end of VOD (although, obviously, that’s crucial). “Transparency breeds efficiency — it shows what’s working, what isn’t.
What programs, genres, nights, talent, themes are generating audience
interest. Where audiences are, go after they watch, to whom they tweet
and post and share,” she said.
5. The Future of Storytelling: Filmmaker Ruthie Doyle served as the inaugural New Frontier Story Lab Intern
from September 2013 to May 2014. In this post over at Sundance.org, she writes about five things that are pushing the future of storytelling, including the Internet, games and collaboration. Check out her full post here.