‘How the 1970s shaped the Hollywood movie blockbuster’, according to Alpha1Media

By its Founder and Writer-Producer, Talal Malik, Global media and entertainment firm Alpha1Media launched the exclusive new industry opinion-editorial on ‘How the 1970s shaped the Hollywood blockbuster movie’, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of ‘The Godfather’ winning the Best Picture Oscar on March 27, 1973.
With eight out of the top 10 highest-grossing films at the global box office in 2022 being special effects-driven franchise sequels or superhero movies, the first Hollywood movie to dominate the box office as a blockbuster was actually ‘The Godfather’, writes Talal Malik in the exclusive op-ed on Alpha1Media.com.
“‘The Godfather’ was a drama film based on the relationships between people and the choices they make, made on a tight budget with a young director with no special effects, and yet became the first Hollywood blockbuster,” said Talal Malik at the launch of the op-ed.
“But if the truth be told, the Marvel, DC and Hollywood franchise films of today actually owe their box office dominance to the foundational performance of that film, and what it kickstarted, which also raises the question – and a challenge – of whether films like ‘The Godfather’ and influential successors can once again dominate the global box office.”
As a writer-producer with Alpha1Media, Talal Malik’s work and thought leadership has been recognised by some of the most influential people in the global film industry, and his latest article not only charts the lineage of the Hollywood blockbuster, but addresses the on-going controversy about franchise dominance at the box office and what can be done, as he terms, to achieve “a rebalancing.”
Alpha1Media Founder and Writer-Producer Talal Malik, as an official participant at the 75th Festival de Cannes, proposed that 2022 was to become the Year of Cinema’s Next Quantum Leap, and so published his exclusive milestone perspective on the future of global cinema on May 23, 2022, in prestigious British newspaper, ‘The Independent’(Premium Section), expanded exclusively on Alpha1Media.com as ‘Cinema’s Next Quantum Leap’, and also published in Arabic in Fortune Magazine (US) and also in Mandarin, while ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ had its Official Selection Screening in Cannes on May 18, 2022.
With the immediate subsequent worldwide release of ‘Top Gun: Maverick’  ,this became true, with Tom Cruise’s first film in his career to exceed $100 million at the domestic U.S. box office, and exceeding $1 billion at the global box office, becoming the No. 1 on the A1Film Top 10 Films 2022 and the A1Film Best Picture Winner 2022, while James Cameron’s ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ became 2022’s highest grossing film within less than a month of its release and into 2023, also winning the A1Film Best Director Winner 2022 and No. 2 on the A1Film Top 10 Films 2022.

Some of the most influential people in the Hollywood movie industry and global popular culture are cited and discussed in the article, including Albert Ruddy, Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Rober De Niro, Talia Shire, Sylvester Stallone, Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler, Carl Weathers, Muhammad Ali, Thayer David, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, John Romita Sr., Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, Nicholas Hammond, Frank D. Gilroy, Dan Gilroy, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Ilya Salkind, Christopher Reeve, James Cameron, Tom Cruise, Joseph Zito, Christopher Nolan, Tom Shone, Orson Welles, Mario Kassar, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Michael Jordan.

In addition in 2022, Alpha1Media Founder Talal Malik as a Writer-Producer was also an official participant at the Berlinale – The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival in Germany where the company’s blockbuster film project was featured on the use of artificial intelligence (A.I.) on February 11, 2022 and was then featured as a key speaker on a panel discussion in Lausanne, Switzerland,  on ‘Financing movies with the help of A.I.’
Alpha1Media on January 4, 2023, launched the A1Film Preview 2023, its acclaimed annual list of the top most-anticipated films from around the world which cinema audiences can look forward to watching in 2023, with many great filmmakers and actors returning with films at critical points in their careers.
Alpha1Media on December 30, 2022, launched its A1Film Awards 2022, celebrating the best of cinema in 2022, based on the A1Film Top 10 Best Movies 2022, launched on December 28, 2022.
Alpha1Media (Media. ENHANCED) is a global media and entertainment firm. Alpha1Media produces and advises onmedia creation using 10×10 types of media including phone, print, TV, radio,  billboard, computer, cinema and futuristicmedia based on scale, motion and holograms.
In the film sector, Alpha1Media focuses on film development, production, financing and cultural advisory services. Itcurrently has six film projects in development with production value estimated at over USD $500 million.

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Citizen Ticket Introduces Citizen Live, its In-House Events Promotion Arm

Citizen Ticket, a UK-based online ticketing and livestream events platform, has recently expanded its UK and European presence through the launch of a new promotion arm, Citizen Live.
As part of the expansion, the newly formed Citizen Live will host between 80 and 100 events this year in London, further afield in the UK, and Europe. Tickets for Citizen Live will be sold exclusively through Citizen Ticket, with every ticket sold, 5p goes towards planting trees in the UK – making it one of the most sustainable event ticketing platforms on the market.
The new promotion arm, Citizen Live, will be led by Harpo Scaini & Alesandro Sforza. Between them, Scaini and Sforza have over a decade of industry experience in creating, producing and selling out shows, and have hosted more than 300 events across the UK and Europe.
To celebrate the launch, Citizen Live will be hosting a launch event at Amazing Grace in London Bridge on Tuesday 28th March. Scaini and Sforza have secured Emma Noble to help mark the monumental night for the brand. Tickets for the event start at £13.50 and can be purchased via the Citizen Ticket website.
Harry Boisseau, Co-founder & CEO of Citizen Ticket, said: “We’re delighted to have Harpo and Alesandro on board and look forward to embarking on this next chapter for the business. 
“Through ticketing thousands of events and analysing the data from Citizen Ticket, we can really get a grasp of what ticket purchasers are looking for and what there is demand for. We’re excited to host a wide range of events over the next year.”
Commenting on the launch, Harpo Scaini and Alesandro Sforza, said: We share a passion for producing live events and we know that every detail matters. We’re excited to launch Citizen Live and continue promoting a strong line-up of events going forward.”
Citizen Live aims to create an established UK-based promoter that can also operate in Europe. It will tailor a live music product, expand a roster of artists, and venues and create the best live shows. The data and marketing reach of the Citizen Ticket platform will help market the shows and feedback data to help understand the type of shows that there is customer appetite for.
In 2023 Citizen Live will host 80-100 events at a mid-capacity range (200 – 600) with plans to focus on a larger scale, higher production and more ambitious live content within the next few years.

For Artists to Disrupt Broken Art Market, LettsArt Launch Free Website System

Announcing the intorduction of a dedicated artist website platform to service the needs of artists, galleries, dealers, collectors & museums.
LettsArt, a Web3 cloud-based platform is designed to support the needs of the entire art market – artists, galleries, art dealers, collectors and museums alike. The platform is live in full public beta, and is the first art website system to offer artists, galleries, museums and collectors the ability to showcase physical, digital and NFT art all in one place.
The current art market lacks market efficiency and transparency for the hundreds of selling artists and galleries, and legacy art marketplaces lack online innovation. LettsArt replaces clunky and costly DIY websites with an easy-to-navigate, powerful specialist gallery website that is free to use, allowing artists to focus on their craft, not on web design. And enhances the current widespread outreach by artists through social mediums like Instagram by providing an abundance of web features.
Philip Letts, Chair of LettsGroup and founder of LettsArt, said: “We believe that the art market is going through some fundamental changes. By enabling artists to easily launch their own online gallery and have direct interaction with their supporters and collectors, LettsArt could turn the art market on its head, interrupting the stranglehold of large gallery owners, auction houses and critics on the market and providing opportunities for creators and collectors alike.”
He continues: “The platform has the potential to attract a significant number of creators and provide a transparent and efficient art market for collectors worldwide. The art market has no stock exchange style clearing house and little direct support for a majority of artists and artist sales.”
LettsArt allows artists to set up their own websites/online galleries easily, accessing authenticity, collection and artwork management tools, minting and royalty management. It enables the display, promotion and sales of both physical and NFT-enabled digital art. Even allowing for direct payments to the artist by bank card, credit card and cryptocurrency.
LettsArt offers a number of membership options, starting with a free Creator option. Under this model, talented artists who could struggle to break into the exclusive art world will only pay a 10% commission taken for art sold through the system. This will be available to the first 5,000 artists who sign up, following which commission will be 12.5%. Equally, art collectors will benefit from direct artist sales and a more transparent and open market for exciting new art from around the world. Other membership options include Creator Plus (a multi-user option for  artists with assistants and staff), the Gallery option, and the Museum option, which all require monthly subscriptions and grant reduced commissions, along with increased user capabilities.
LettsArt also provides a secure environment for NFT art transactions. Both the creators and the collectors register with the site and provide profile information, tackling issues NFTs have had with fraud. Collectors have direct access to artists and a transparent art marketplace.
Philip Letts concludes: “LettsArt’s Web3 artist gallery model is timely as creators look to better monetise their followers and supporters on social media, including on Instagram, TikTok and Twitter. It is even timelier in light of statistics from market reports that show a doubling of art sales placed online from 2019 to 2021. Like everything else, the art market is moving online – LettsArt is pivotal to that transition.”
LettsArt is available to UK artists and galleries, now in full public beta. Artists can sign up at www.lettsart.com. Keep up to date with its progress through @lettsart on twitter.