Lions Gate CEO slips, says films coming to iTunes

“As Apple nears a public rollout of its movie rental service for iTunes, the company has reached an agreement with Lions Gate Entertainment to deliver its content online, the movie studio’s executives recently disclosed during a financial earnings conference call,” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret.

MacDailyNews Take: Whoops.

Katz continues, “Lions Gate’s chief executive, Jon Feltheimer, said that the entertainment company had already reached digital delivery deals with CinemaNow, Movielink, and iTunes, and that terms were being ironed out with two other digital distributers, according to a transcript of the call. The content deals were first reported by paidContent. In mid-July, Think Secret reported that Apple had worked out deals with Walt Disney, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Bros., and was pursuing other studios as well for its iTunes movie rental service. At the time, sources said Apple was gearing up to announce the new initiative at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which took place last week. In early August, however, Apple elected to postpone. the service’s roll-out until September.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “mango” for the heads up.]

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  1. Steve should fire the CEO of Lion’s Gate Entertainment? Neat trick!

    Not only that, they are ‘international’ … from their web site: Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,Lions Gate Studios combines state of the art studio facilities with exceptional customer service.

    They rent out their gear so you can make your movie … indies pay up front, I guess. They did Descent, Crank, Saw, and a few even more forgettable films.

  2. If anyone needs an explanation for Steve’s look and demeanor at WWDC, these negotiations is it. It seemed to me that Steve was peeved. He had been working his ass off to prepare the roll-out of the movie deals, and perhaps a media center product, and just couldn’t pull it off in time. Conquering the home entertainment market is what excites Steve these day’s. If he had had this stuff for the keynote, he would have been his normal energized self.

  3. Damn lol. Us Canucks cannot hold our tongues!
    First ATI, then Time Canada and now Lion’s Gate Films.
    We’re such polite sieves ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Rebranding time for the iTMS name?

    I would be surprised if they do. What would be the point? Why would Apple throw away all the market recognition they’ve built up? They’re selling TV shows and short films without having a different name, why would adding feature film rental motivate them more? Unless you’re just thinking, iTunes Media Store, in which case, who will really care about that name change?

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