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. Ampar:
    I have said all along that the iTunes Music Store name does not reflect the actual content. iTunes Media Store makes more sense nowadays.

    But they will probably come up with some marketing name where they merge a few words to create a new one, and then put an “i” in front of it. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  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.”

    Except the WWDC isn’t the place for consumer oriented product announcements.

    MacWorld might be, except that in recent years, Apple has taken to sending invitations to special presentations specifically for whatever new thing it is that they’re annoucing. Anymore, Apple dosn’t wait for special occasions, they make their own.

    If you want peeved, look back at the way SJ was at the 2005 MacWorld. What was Jobs “And one more thing..” for that MacWorld?

    The iPod Shuffle.

    The Shuffle. Yeah, riiiiight. That really knocked everyone’s socks off.

    I still find that presentation un-fricken believable, and I watched it live at an Apple store. I’m convinced the Mini was originally intended to be Jobs “And one more thing..” announcement until news about it leaked out a few weeks prior.

    What should have been his “And one more thing..” was instead delivered in the most casual, offhanded way I have ever seen Jobs intro a new product. Almost totally without enthusiasim. It was like he could have cared less.

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