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UK genre films facing distribution challenge

29 August 2016 3:04 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

FrightFest panel included actor Andy Nyman, director Simon Rumley and Arrow FilmsMike Hewitt.

The UK genre scene has experienced a “mushroom cloud of independent filmmaking” in the past decade but getting these films in front of audiences is proving an ever-increasing challenge, according to a panel chaired by Screen at Horror Channel FrightFest.

“In the UK, it’s become very hard to release smaller independent films in the traditional theatrical market without having a star or a specific in-built audience,” said Mike Hewitt, brand marketing and business development manager at distributor Arrow Films.

“There’s been a mushroom cloud of independent filmmaking and genre festivals like FrightFest can show these to their audience, who come and pay to see these films. But the challenge is then to get audiences to pay to see it elsewhere, either by buying the DVD, renting it digitally, or the hardest of all in cinemas.”

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Andy Nyman, Simon Rumley, Mike Hewitt join FrightFest horror panel

15 August 2016 4:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Horror film experts to discuss the future of the genre.

Horror Channel FrightFest (Aug 25-29) has revealed the panellists that will debate the future of the UK horror film industry at the genre festival.

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British actor Andy Nyman (Severance, Kick-Ass 2), also known for co-creating hit stage show Ghost Stories, will be joined on stage by filmmaker Simon Rumley (The Living and The Dead, The ABC’s Of Death) and Arrow Films and former Universal Pictures exec Mike Hewitt.

Screen International will moderate the panel, which will take place at the Vue Cinema in London’s Shepherd’s Bush on August 28.

The UK has a rich history in the genre going all the way back to Hitchcock and Hammer, but whether or not it has a bright future will be discussed by the panellists.

Each will address the challenges, the new opportunities, the impact of the digital revolution and how multi-platforms offer more viewing »

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Arrow Films bolsters exec team

29 July 2016 4:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Distributor has made four hires, including Mike Hewitt from Universal.

UK distributor Arrow Films has bolstered its head-office team with four hires.

Mike Hewitt has joined as brand marketing and business development manager. Having begun his career at distributor Revolver Entertainment, Hewitt worked on the acquisitions of titles including Iron Sky. Joining Universal in 2011, he oversaw the theatrical and home entertainment campaigns of films including Wild Bill, Spring Breakers and Kick-Ass 2.

Daniel Perry has taken up the position of digital strategy manager, having previously worked at ITV Studios and Disney, where he managing digital releases and marketing strategies for franchises including Toy Story and Thunderbirds.

Kevin Lambert will be the company’s head of catalogue production and acquisitions. He joins having spent the past 16 years as production manager for Eureka Entertainment, which owns Masters of Cinema, the publisher of classic re-releases on DVD and Blu-ray.

Finally, Darren Kerr has joined as finance and operations director. Kerr is »

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