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April 26, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When renting a movie in the future, you may have the option of taking home a special, limited-play cassette for which you would be charged not merely according to how many days you keep it but also how many times you watch it. That's because after the movie is played 25 times--measured by a built-in counter--the tape would automatically be erased.
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April 26, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When renting a movie in the future, you may have the option of taking home a special, limited-play cassette for which you would be charged not merely according to how many days you keep it but also how many times you watch it. That's because after the movie is played 25 times--measured by a built-in counter--the tape would automatically be erased.
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BUSINESS
August 23, 1988
International Video Entertainment, a Newbury Park subsidiary of Lieberman Enterprises in Minneapolis, Minn., has sold its Video Technology Services in Newbury Park for $23 million to Rank Video Services America. Video Technology Services duplicates videocassettes. Rank Video is part of Rank Organization, a British company. Lieberman, which is 49% owned by Carolco Pictures, sells records, cassette tapes, compact discs, videocassettes and computer software to stores.
BUSINESS
August 10, 1993
Getting the Business: Peter H. Schlessel has been promoted to vice president of business affairs for Columbia TriStar Home Video. Schlessel, who had been executive director, will continue to negotiate worldwide acquisition and distribution rights for Columbia TriStar, as well as feature film rights for Triumph Releasing Corp. In his new position, Schlessel will also analyze and structure acquisition agreements for non-theatrical acquisitions.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
Reminiscent of the "Mission Impossible" television series, a major film company plans to test-market a videocassette that will self-destruct after the movie has been watched a set number of times. MGM-UA Home Video has decided to test the "disposable" tapes this summer in an undisclosed city, according to Herb Fischer, vice president of sales and marketing.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1992
E.T. in Garden Grove? In a manner of speaking, yes. Garden Grove is a home of sorts to the alien because it is where thousands of videocassette copies of the movie "E.T., the Extra Terrestrial" are being made by Rank Video Services America. The company operates a video duplication factory in Garden Grove, where tens of thousands of copies of popular movies are made daily.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1997 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Thomas K. Arnold is editor of Video Store magazine, a trade publication based in Santa Ana
When Michael O. Johnson first joined Walt Disney Co.'s international home video division 11 years ago as director of sales, it was a backwater operation dwarfed, both in size and respect, by its domestic counterpart. "Let's put it this way--we were grossing less than $80 million a year, and we didn't have any of our own businesses," Johnson recalled. "We operated through licensees, and we were in maybe 30 countries and territories." How times have changed.
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