Utah Video Production Blog 17: Highest Grossing Box Office Films of All-Time

Here is the list for the top ten highest box office grossing films of all-time. These sales numbers reflect worldwide box office gross sales.

1. Avatar (2009) : $2.78 Billion


2. Titanic (1997): $2.19 Billion


3. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012): $1.52 Billion


4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011): $1.34 Billion


5. Frozen (2013): $1.22 Billion


6. Iron Man 3 (2013): $1.22 Billion


7. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011): $1.12 Billion


8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003): $1.12 Billion


9. Skyfall (2012): $1.11 Billion


10. The Dark Knight Rises (2012): $1.08 Billion



Utah Video Production Blog 16: Maleficent Behind The Scenes

Check out this battle scene for the new film Maleficent. The stunts in this clip are incredible!


Utah Video Production Blog 15: Comcast Adding Turner Shows to On-Demand List

Comcast Corp. signed a deal with Time Warner Inc. ‘s Turner Broadcasting to add full seasons of several TV shows to its on-demand offerings, advancing the cable giant’s push to be a premiere destination for catch-up TV viewing along with online services like Hulu and Netflix.

The pact, which is expected to be announced Tuesday, will give users of Comcast’s Xfinity on-demand service access to the current and past seasons of shows on Turner networks including TNT, TBS, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network and truTV. The deal covers shows made by Turner’s networks, not reruns of shows from other networks.

Offering all episodes of current seasons, a process known in the industry as “stacking” a season, has been a major focus for Comcast. Traditionally, cable operators have offered a handful of the most recent episodes on-demand, but Comcast is trying to beef up its offering to satisfy consumers who increasingly want to binge or catch up on entire seasons of shows.

With the Turner deal, Comcast says it now offers the full current season of more than 400 shows, up from a handful two years ago. “The vast majority of the value, we believe, is in the current season,” said Matthew Strauss, senior vice president of video services at Comcast. “More and more programmers are leaning into on-demand.”

Comcast says 70% of its subscriber base now uses video-on-demand service at least once a month.

Facing ratings struggles at networks such as TNT, Turner believes it can enlarge its audiences by making their current seasons fully available through on-demand services. David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting, said users who hear buzz around a show once it has aired its seventh or eighth episodes will be able to catch up easily.

“The opportunity to go back and invest time and energy in a show is a key element,” Mr. Levy said. “It’s important for the growth of our new programming.”

Comcast also points to evidence that making full current seasons available on-demand drives up traditional TV ratings. Viewership of CBS’s “The Good Wife” jumped 25% year-over-year in Comcast households this season after the cable operator began stacking the season’s episodes on-demand, while the show’s ratings fell 14% in non-Comcast households, according to the company’s analysis of Nielsen data. FX’s “The Americans” got an 18% lift in Comcast households after offering all the latest season’s episodes, compared with a 29% drop in non-Comcast households.

The content going to Comcast from TNT includes “The Last Ship,” a forthcoming drama from Michael Bay, and post-apocalyptic thriller “Falling Skies.” TBS’s offerings include “CeeLo Green’s The Good Life,” and from CNN there is “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown.”

TV content owners also are selling their programming to streaming services Netflix Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Hulu LLC. Netflix has expressed concerns about Comcast getting into the binge-viewing game, saying that by adding more full seasons of shows it is reducing the value of that content. As a result, Netflix has told some TV content owners it may not be willing to pay as much to license their content.

Mr. Strauss says that if higher cable on-demand viewing boosts ratings of TV shows—as its research has found—that should actually increase the value of the content for Netflix or other streaming players, rather than lowering it.

The Comcast-Turner agreement also provides a new way to sell ads in on-demand TV content that is viewed more than three days after it airs—the time frame covered by standard ad deals in the TV industry. More than half of on-demand viewing happens after the first three days.

Using “dynamic ad insertion” technology, Turner will be able to easily swap in new ads on the fourth day or later—on TV, as well as on tablets and smartphones—selling that inventory just like an online ad. Some 40 TV networks have similar ad partnerships with Comcast.

The inventory available from the deal will be part of what Turner offers advertisers at this spring’s “upfront” ad sales market, which is kicking off this week. Turner meets advertisers on Wednesday to preview its coming programming.

Mr. Strauss said Comcast also has the ability to put the same ads that run on TV when a show airs into all earlier episodes available on-demand. That way, a marketer could run a spot for everyone watching any episode of a given show, instead of only targeting those watching the latest episode. “You’d move from selling an episode to selling a series,” he said.




Utah Video Production Blog 14: Box Office Stats May 23-25

X-Men: Days of Future Past was the leader at the box office this last weekend. This Friday we look forward to the release of Disney’s new film Maleficent. 



Utah Video Production Blog 13: Five popular movies filmed in Utah

Did you know that more than 900 films have been shot in Utah? Here are several examples of popular films that have been shot in the great beehive state. 

“Dumb and Dumber” (1994):


Filmed in:

Park City, UT (House on Main Street) (The bike ride through “Aspen”)

Salt Lake International Airport (As “Providence” Airport)

Sandy, Utah (Mary’s home in Lloyd’s dream)

Bear Mountain Chalet in Heber City, UT (Where Harry and Lloyd stay)

Lakepoint, UT (truckstop)

Orem, UT

Provo, UT

“Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde” (2003):


The Utah State Capital was portrayed as the United States Capital in Washington, D.C.

“Hulk” (2003): 


Part of the scenes in the Hulk were shot at Arches National Park in Utah.

“National Treasure” (2004): 


Instead of traveling to the far north for the arctic scenes, the cast and crew traveled to the frozen over Strawberry Reservoir in Utah.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007):


The scene where Captain Jack Sparrow is carrying the “Black Pearl” was filmed at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.


Other notable films shot in Utah:

– “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)

– “Planet of the Apes” (1968)

– “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969)

– “Footloose” (1984)

– “Better Off Dead” (1985)

– “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989)

– “Back to the Future: Part III” (1990)

– “The Sandlot” (1993)

– “Forrest Gump” (1994)

– “Independence Day” (1996)

– “Galaxy Quest” (1999)

– “Mission Impossible II” (2000)

– “Planet of the Apes” (2001)

– “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (2002)

– “High School Musical” (2006)

– “Daddy Day Camp” (2007)

– “Star Trek” (2009)



Utah Video Production Blog 12: Behind the Scenes of X-Men: Days of Future Past

Check out this behind the scenes of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Professor X’s wheelchair hovers and the actors are given some awesome set pieces to work with. Should be a great movie! 


Utah Video Production Blog 11: NBC extends Olympic rights through 2032

Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal unit claimed a major victory Wednesday as it locked up the U.S. media rights for Olympics through 2032 with a relatively minor fee increase.

NBCUniversal, which already owns the U.S. media rights to the Olympics through 2020, will pay an average of $1.275 billion for each Games from 2022-2032, 16% more than the average fee of $1.1 billion it committed for the 2014-2020 Games.

The payments are guaranteed, regardless of the location or NBC’s profits, and will not be adjusted for inflation. The arrangement essentially means that the deal gets cheaper for NBC as time passes.

NBC, which also agreed to make a $100 million on-signing payment to the International Olympic Committee, has earned record ratings for the Olympic telecasts in recent years.

With nearly 220 million unique viewers, the London Games in 2012 were the most-watched multiday television event in U.S. history.

There is a white-hot market for major sports rights in the U.S. these days. Nearly every major league or sports association has announced new, long-term media rights agreements that roughly double their current fees.

Still, no auction was held. The two parties hammered out the deal in a series of meetings that began in November, continued during the Sochi Olympics.

“For us to have a complete set of rights from now to 2032 will help us and put us in the position not only to change with the media ecosystem but to be part of that change and lead that change,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports.

NBC has televised every Olympics since 2000, and every Summer Games since 1988. IOC President Thomas Bach said NBC’s expertise had garnered a unique trust among IOC leaders.

“You can make one dollar more but you can risk having your product being destroyed,” Bach said.

The deal shocked sports media analysts, who have grown used to the unprecedented rights agreements of recent years.

Neal Pilson, a former president of CBS sports who has consulted with the IOC on rights negotiations, said it represented an insurance policy against economic downturns or political unrest that could threaten the Games. He said he expected a higher increases “would be necessary to keep property away from other bidding parties.” However, since NBC outbid the other U.S. networks by about $1 billion in the most recent auction, it is possible the IOC feared an absence of a competitive market and made the best deal it thought it could.

For NBC, the deal locks in annual costs at about $600 million a year, plus production, and will help the company secure long-term distribution agreements for its numerous cable channels, many of which feature Olympic programming.

“We’ve made money in each of the last two Olympics and we believe we will be able to do that again,” said Brian Roberts, Comcast’s chairman and CEO.


Utah Video Production Blog 10: Box Office Stats May 16-18

This weekend was a blowout at the box office as Godzilla was the leader by far. Also, The Amazing Spider-man 2 has remained near the top of the leader board since it came out several weeks ago. 



Utah Video Production Blog 9: Top 10 Richest Hollywood Celebrities in 2014

Here is the list for the top 10 richest Hollywood celebrities as of 2014.

1. Tyler Perry (Net Worth $400 Million)

2. Bill Crosby (Net Worth $350 Million)

3. Adam Sandler (Net Worth $300 Million)

4. Leonardo DiCaprio (Net Worth $200 Million)

5. Julia Roberts (Net Worth $165 Million)

6.  Drew Carey (Net Worth $165 Million)

7. Jennifer Aniston (Net Worth $150 Million)

8. Robert Downey Jr. (Net Worth $140 Million)

9. Drew Barrymore (Net Worth $125 Million)

10. Angelina Jolie (Net Worth $120 Million)


Utah Video Production Blog 8: Behind the scenes video of Godzilla

How do you make a giant monster parading around and destroying New York City realistic? Well you start by asking yourself this question. What would you honestly do if Godzilla was walking around the streets of your local town?  See what the cast has to say about the making of Godzilla!