Village Roadshow Limited

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About Village Roadshow Limited
Founded by the late Mr. Roc Kirby in 1954 in Melbourne, Australia with a drive-in cinema, Village Roadshow has been listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) since 1988. With the Company's roots still based in Melbourne, few are aware of the breadth or the diversity of Village Roadshow's entertainment and media assets.

Today, Village Roadshow operates core businesses in Theme Parks, Film and DVD Distribution, Cinema Exhibition, Film Production and Marketing Solutions. While creating strong and diverse earnings streams, these businesses are complementary, targeting a similar customer demographic and providing significant cross-promotional opportunities.

In film, Village Roadshow is a major movie producer and film and DVD distributor as well as operator of cinema exhibition circuits. In movie production, the Company is one of the most successful independent producers in Hollywood with successes including The Matrix trilogy, the Ocean's trilogy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Happy Feet, Get Smart, I am Legend, Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gatsby and The Lego Movie.

Village Roadshow owns and operates the popular theme parks on Queensland's Gold Coast: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild, Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country, as well as Sea World Resort & Water Park and Village Roadshow Studios. In addition it also has a water park in Las Vegas and opened Wet'n'Wild Sydney in December 2013. The Group is also contracted to design, construct and manage a water park on Hainan Island in China and is investigating other opportunities in Asia.

The Company commenced distributing films under the Roadshow brand in 1970 and in August 2007 Roadshow became a wholly owned subsidiary of Village Roadshow. Roadshow Films distributes theatrical movies to cinema, pay television and free to air television in Australia and New Zealand. As well as holding the exclusive distribution rights for movies produced by Los Angeles based Village Roadshow Pictures, Roadshow Films has long-standing contracts to distribute movies for Warner Bros., The Weinstein Company, Lionsgate, FilmNation, and other leading independent production houses. Roadshow Films is also a proud and vital supporter of the Australian film industry, with a history of record-making movie releases including Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Muriel's Wedding and Happy Feet, and more recently Red Dog, Paper Planes and Oddball.
Roadshow Entertainment is the leading independent distributor of DVD, Blu-ray and digital to the retail and rental channel and online platforms. In addition to theatrical partners, the company's home entertainment relationships include television and children's representation for the BBC, the ABC, and free to air networks (including digital and multi-channels) and subscription television networks. Dominant in their respective market segments, each continues to lead and innovate with highly successful brands including Top Gear, Doctor Who, The Wiggles, Underbelly, Grand Designs, Summer Heights High, Angry Boys, and Hamish & Andy.
Roadshow Entertainment also has a strong presence in the emerging digital space distributing theatrical, television and children's content for electronic sell-thru and transactional video-on-demand via iTunes, Foxtel, Telstra Bigpond, Google, YouTube and other online platforms. From May 2013, Roadshow Entertainment also provides UltraViolet capability on leading theatrical and television releases across DVD, Blu-ray and digital transactions. Roadshow TV is one of the leading suppliers of films to the Foxtel Movies channels and has a long term program supply agreement with Channel Nine as well as engaging a licensing deal with subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform Stan and entering into a multi-year agreement with the dominant global SVOD service Netflix.
The Company also has a 31% interest in FilmNation Entertainment Inc., a US-based international film sales and production/distribution company.
Visit the website at www.roadshow.com.au