The Movie Studio Takes Independent Films Mainstream

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Interest in and appreciation for independent films remains strong and growing, as the widespread success of many independent films in recent years indicates. Examples include “The Pool Boys” with Matthew Lilliard, “Deal” with Burt Reynolds and “Drunkboat” with John Goodman. The success of the independent film industry makes it a potential target for savvy investing. Businesses that provide distribution services of independent American films to foreign markets may be well positioned for growth and profit. The modest budgets of independent films provide an opportunity for investors to feel involved. Distribution remains a challenge for independent films, so seeking out companies with a solid base of experience and success in distribution is worth the effort. One example of a company with strong potential is The Movie Studio. The company describes itself on its website as “a vertically integrated major entertainment and motion picture and production” company that is working to build a library of independent films to bundle for distribution. Gordon Scott Venters, President and CEO of The Movie Studio, founded the company and brings more than 23 years of experience to his position. “We want to give our followers, shareholders and supporters the chance to be a part of what we see as one of the newest hot studios providing full services in distribution, creativity, and complete production from South Florida,” Venters said in a press release announcing the acquisition of 14 films from Seven Arts Entertainment (SAFELA). The Movie Studio business model involves creating its own films as well as distributing other independent films. The company offers production equipment, an editing suite, and even its own talent division. Services cover the full spectrum of filmmaking, from preparation to the final wrap. The company is a mirco-cap publicly traded company (OTC-MVES). According to Venters, “As we accelerate towards implementing our growth by acquisition strategy, the bundling of the independent movies currently in production and development with others we acquire will all be presented for worldwide distribution at the largest film festival in the world, the American Film Market (AFM), in Los Angeles November 3rd. Venters is focused primarily on shareholder equity and residual value being the objective of management.” Other ventures from The Movie Studio include music videos, television shows and other intellectual properties. For more details, please visit www.themoviestudio.com.

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Video On Demand Vs. the DVD Market

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Ask any movie studio executive if the DVD gravy train is dead and they will unequivically tell you “absolutely.” They will grudgingly admit that DVD popularity is a thing of yesterday. One only has to look at the demise of retail giant Blockbuster to see that it’s true. Taking the place, of course, is Video On Demand (VOD) — the downloading and streaming of movies and television shows on demand to consumers’ computers and internet-enabled televisions, via cable and satelite and mobile devices. While some in Hollywood may be uncomfortable with this new direction, others are looking at it as an opportunity and potential boom for growth, marketing and, yes, the almighty and important bottom line. “Whether studios like it or not, business currents and consumer interests have clearly shifted,” says Gordon Scott Venters, CEO of The Movie Studio, Inc. (TMS) a publicly-traded company from South Florida (OTC-MVES). “We can either capitalize on this trend or stick our head in the sand and hope everything will stay the same. It won’t” And the TMS CEO stated, “I’ve never been one to shy away from the future.” Which is why the South Florida-based studio released its latest movie “Exposure,” on DVD, Blu-Ray, iTunes and streaming digital distribution. This way, Venters says , “We can better promote ‘Exposure’ and all our other films and upcoming releases, like ‘Bad Actress’ and ‘Double Exposure.’ So, what about those small plastic discs that most consumers have come to know and, if not exactly love, have certainly grown accustomed to? According to the movie studio industry, DVD’s will continue to play a smaller role, albeit a supporting one, to digital. “DVD’s are going to cease continue to be a viable part of a studio’s revenue,” predicts Venters. “There is clearly now a strong consumer interest in digital viewing.” To this end, it would seem that studios would do well to embrace the age-old adage of “give the customer what they want, VOD!.” As is the case with The Movie Studio. Acquiring 14 films from Seven Arts Entertainment (The SAFELA Library), VOD gives content, provides measurement and other consumer trends and habits. This gives consumers an array of VOD choices, making it a win-win for movie viewers and producers. The Movie Studio is very well poised to swiftly become a powerful force in the entertainment industry. To learn more, visit www.themoviestudio.com.

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Firefighter Battles Flames and Cancer

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – What would you do if you learned you had only one year left to live? A new novel from published author Blaize Nolynne explores this question from the perspective of a volunteer fire captain in River Falls, Maine. The novel, The Captain’s Last Year, Fighting Fire and Cancer, One Year to Live, depicts the reality of cancer and examines its impact on patients and their families. The story centers on fire captain Steven Williams, whose doctors have given him one year to live after a diagnosis of stage IV stomach cancer. Steven starts with denial, but then he attempts to come to terms with his situation as treatments fail. His thoughts turn to how to make the most of his remaining year, and he grapples with a range of issues. Could he change his relationship with his son, Christopher, or improve the disrespectful attitudes that have become an epidemic in his community? Ms. Nolynne’s intent is to make readers consider what they would do if they learned they had one year left to live. Fire and rescue services are the venues of many of Ms. Nolynne’s books, and she writes from personal experience. In an interview with a local newspaper, The Independent, she notes that her father was a volunteer fire captain with the fire department in Standish, Maine, and that she visited the department often as a child. Her paternal grandfather was a volunteer firefighter and a driver for the local rescue squad, and her great-grandfather served as a fireman in South Portland, Maine. Another family member — Ms. Nolynne’s grandmother — also inspired the novel through her battle with terminal cancer. Ms. Nolynne is honoring her grandmother and the firefighters in her family by assisting with the medical expenses of Jeff Douglass, a fire chief in Baldwin, Maine, who has stage four pancreatic cancer. A portion of the proceeds from sales of The Captain’s Last Year, Fighting Fire and Cancer, One Year to Live will go to Team Jeff, Code 3 for a Cure, in addition to other firefighter cancer charities. Ms. Nolynne’s books are available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and bam.com (Books A Million). For more information about the book, visit www.ayresdelzariopublishinginc.com.

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Could The Movie Studio be the Next Heavy Hitter?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Gordon Scott Venters thrives on challenges. As CEO of The Movie Studio (TMS) in Hollywood — that’s Florida, not Los Angeles — he’s been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years. Venters’ resume reads like a who’s who of Hollywood (California), where he was president and CEO of Destination Television, now TMS. While Venters has a soft spot for the West Coast, he is betting that, like California, South Florida will become the premier destination to produce movies. “The energy is completely different here than in LA, and making movies in Florida has some terrific advantages,” said Venters. “The visual landscape is stunning from a cinematic standpoint, there are diversified places to shoot and great visual optics. That’s the value proposition in Florida.” It also doesn’t hurt that the rich and famous work and play in the Sunshine State. As a publicly traded micro-cap company, according to Venters, he knows that, although risky, there are huge growth opportunities for TMS (OTC: MVES). “We want to give our followers, shareholders and supporters the chance to be a part of what we see as one of the newest hot studios providing full services in distribution, creativity and complete production,” Venters said. Currently, TMS has acquired a 60 percent membership interest in the Seven Arts Entertainment film library(SAFELA), giving TMS 14 titles including, “Drunkboat” with John Malkovich and John Goodman, “Night Of The Demons” with Shannon Elizabeth, “Fractured,” “Knife Edge,” “Shooting Gallery” with Freddie Prinze, Jr, “Nine Miles Down,” “Noise,” “The Pool Boys” with Matthew Lilliard, “A Broken Life” with Ving Rhames, “Autopsy,” “Deal” with Burt Reynolds and Shannon Elizabeth, “Boo,” “Back In The Day” with Ving Rhames and Ja Rule, and “Cemetery Gates.” Venters says he plans to bundle these with indie movies that the studio has produced, such as “Exposure” — released on Netflix DVD and Amazon, and in Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Target. Other movies in the pipeline for TMS are “Bad Actress” and “Double Exposure.” The Movie Studio completed principal photography in Colombia, South America, for its film “Bad Actress,” starring Sean Stone, son of the iconic Hollywood director Oliver Stone, and The Movie Studio’s sensational Latina bombshell, Excelina from Colombia. TMS has also completed its reverse stock split (OTC- MVES) finalizing the company’s corporate restructuring while tightening the float and outstanding shares. The Movie Studio Inc. is also involved with music videos, television shows and other intellectual properties. To learn more, visit www.themoviestudio.com.

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