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Some Interesting Information
  Topic by: jnissel
Posted: September 20, 2007 - 12:16 PM PDT
Last Reply: September 20, 2007 - 12:46 PM PDT

author topic: Some Interesting Information
post #1  on September 20, 2007 - 12:16 PM PDT  
I found the following information on a web site today.

"Monday, September 17, 2007
Didja Know? GreenCine sold to WantedList founders

So this morning I happened to bump into Jonathan Marlow, a long-time exec at GreenCine, the pioneering DVD rental and digital download site. (They started out as a kind of Netflix for indies, art movies, and adult fare.) Marlow is now founder of the start-up Cabinetic (his MySpace profile is here.)

He mentioned rather off-handedly that GreenCine had been sold to the founders of WantedList, a rent-by-mail service for adult movies. (WantedList was featured in Wired back in 2005.) They seem to want to keep the deal quiet, as it hasn't been mentioned on the official GreenCine blog, which David Hudson runs (and which was included with the sale). But a female WantedList employee did blog about moving over from WantedList to GreenCine:"
post #2  on September 20, 2007 - 12:28 PM PDT  
And this was Marlow's response (if you're going to post this kind of thing without citing a link, it's always good to get an official response on it, no?)

For the sake of clarification, my mention of the sale wasn't exactly off-handed. It isn't a secret, either. I believe this to be an extremely positive development for the company, as I noted in person, and I expect that the subscribers of the service are in good hands. Furthermore, the company was not sold to the "founders" but rather to one of the partners specifically. It is operated separate from WantedList in much the same way that the company was previously run separate from Gamelink (to which it had been joined at the hip). In other words, the relationship to WantedList isn't particularly significant except for the fact that they'll be able to leverage their extensive experience in the Rent-by-Mail space. -- Jonathan Marlow<<
post #3  on September 20, 2007 - 12:38 PM PDT  
For the sake of fairness, we're going to re-post Jonathan and David's response to this blog posting here and call it closed. We do not feel this is the correct forum in which to continue conversation regarding the inner-workings of a company, whether the content is based on private business intelligence or speculation. Thanks for your understanding.
post #4  on September 20, 2007 - 12:46 PM PDT  
jnissel, I think the blog you're quoting from is Scott Kirsner's Cinema Tech, which is actually an excellent source of news and commentary on the digital future of cinema. If so, Scott's extrapolating a little here, i.e., making a bigger deal out of something that really isn't. Specifically, the role of the Daily.

The Daily's not GreenCine's "official blog." It's officially GreenCine's, yes, but so is a cluster of other blogs, too. Specifically, the Daily's about tracking news and events cinephiles will likely find interesting or fun, and in the over four years of its rolling along, it's rarely - if ever - addressed what's going on biz-wise at GreenCine. So, for heaven's sake, it's not a matter of the Daily keeping mum, but rather, a matter of the Daily staying on topic.

But fine. Not a big deal. The main thing is, I've chatted with the new owners via email and phone, of course (they're in California, I'm in Berlin), and not only are they friendly and savvy as hell, they're really on the ball. Honestly, I like 'em lots, and I really do feel that this is a brisk, fresh wind in GC's sails.

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