Pandemic Bonus for Online Gambling Sites Giant Workforce

Many people have thought of the pandemic and seen the businesses have been getting help from their governments. However, many have not thought about online gambling sites or the people working behind them. The pandemic has hit every industry hard and caused them to be put on pause. But, online services were still running and the companies behind them still worked tirelessly to keep everything smooth for players during this time. Some online casinos took the decision to launch during this time. Therefore, see more here to see some of the inventive ways they have used design to attract players.

When you think of the workers behind the successful online gambling companies. You will be pleased to find out that some efforts have been made. As a result, it was reported that Flutter Entertainment is set to give over 14,000 members of staff a £1,000 bonus. This has been decided after their continued efforts during the tough time. As the owners of Paddy Power, they saw a 70% decrease in profits on their online gambling sites due to the cancellation of major sports events.

Changes Predicted for Online Gambling Sites

This handout came at the same time the Flutter owner, Peter Jackson, hit out at the proposed gambling ad ban. This new shake-up to the advertising regulations is predicted to have a major impact on the market. This will in turn have a direct impact on online gambling sites in particular. Officials in the industry have warned that a ban on add within sports in under consideration. Such a move would hit the sports clubs hard. As a result, predicted to be the biggest shake-up since the ban on tobacco sponsors. 

It has been said that the Football clubs will be the worst hit, claiming that the timing is wrong. As you can imagine, a major amount of their sponsor money comes from deals with online gambling sites. In fact, the Premier League and Championship teams take around £110 million a year just in shirt sponsorships. Half of the teams in the Premier League have some form of sponsor from online gambling sites. As a result, you can imagine the changes that would be needed. 

Officials in the industry have claimed that the health of the sports industry after the recent pandemic along with the changes will be devastating. However, they have claimed that with time, that could change. After enough time, the sports industry could evolve to survive without this kind of income and sponsorship. With this statement, it could be time to take heed of what may be to come in a number of years to come. 

Changes That Have Happened Already

The pandemic has been a tough time already for online gambling sites. As you may have read, there was a ‘whistle to whistle’ ban on gambling adverts. This has meant that there is no advertising for these services between the start of the match and the end. As you can expect, with the industry now relying on the internet. This has resulted in many changes needing to be made to the services. This factor combined with the slow return of sports as entertainment has been devastating to the industry. However, we do expect that online gambling sites can survive and carry on providing and accompanying feature while sports games are carried out. 

Although this does not really affect the online casino market, it does affect those who offer sports betting within their service. Meaning, on top of the current situation, companies will have to face the fact that they now have less opportunity to advertise. As you would expect, this makes keeping things running smoothly very difficult. Therefore, we may see that this causes the downfall of many online gambling services, with only those with the funds able to cope being able to survive. As this may sound, only the bigger companies survive, however, we will see how this pans out over the next few months. Being a difficult time for everyone and providing a great source of entertainment, it would be bad news to see a lot of these companies go bust. However, this is unfortunately how things look to be heading. 

More Gambling Companies Help Out

It is not just Flutter Entertainment that has proved to be generous to employees during the tough times. Those who keep up with the industries news may have read of others. The world-famous Hard Rock International has also decided to give back to its employees. The global casino, entertainment and hospitality company has increased its pay for workers during the pandemic. Therefore, with their employees covering their online efforts, the online gambling sites will also get this increase.

These bonuses are paid as a thank you to workers for keeping a good level of customer service. However, it is also a small nod to the extra challenges that are posed. Some of the bonuses that have already been paid have shown some great generosity. The physical casino in Atlantic city was given more than $1 million to split among workers. This is also going to bee seen across other aspects of the company. 

This kind of generosity is nothing new from Hard Rock International. Awarding employees bonuses totalling $2 million last January, however, this was nothing to do with the current pandemic. This is not the only company that owns online gambling sites to decide to help. Other casino companies that have decided to help are SJM Holdings, MGM China, Wynn Macau and Melco Resorts and Entertainment. With companies in a wide range of other industries giving out bonuses or raises to employees, you can expect many more. This means that as the current pandemic continues, it is predicted more companies will decide to offer bonuses.

Why Does This Matter?

You may be asking yourself, why does this generosity matter? However, right now much of what anyone does is done online. And with the teams behind these services working hard to keep them running, they are being rewarded. With the uncertainty of the future to come, it is expected that there will be many more future changes. Therefore, it is good to try and keep a flexible mind with what changes may happen.

Voltage Pictures and Vertical Entertainment Partner on New Pandemic Thriller “Safer at Home”

KEY INTERNATIONAL SALES RACK UP OUT OF AFM

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 13, 2021) — Voltage Pictures has sold US rights to writer-director Will Wernick’s (Follow Me) upcoming pandemic thriller Safer at Home to Vertical Entertainment, it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter. Vertical has set the release for February 2021.

Voltage first introduced the film to buyers at the recent American Film Market. Key international deals include Falcom in German speaking Europe, Eone in Canada, The Searchers in Benelux, Sun Distribution in Spain and Latin America, Central Partnership in Russia, Signature Entertainment in the UK, Madman in Australia, Cinemundo in Portugal, Front Row in the Middle East, and Filmfinity in South Africa.

The film, which was one of the first projects to go safely into production during the Covid-19 pandemic, stars Alisa Allapach, Adwin Brown, Jocelyn Hudon, Dan J. Johnson, Michael Kupisk, Emma Lahana and Daniel Robaire. The film might seem like a gamble but it more seems like a sure bet, so be sure to check out this page.

Safer at Home was produced by Bo Youngblood and John Ierardi of Showdown Productions, and Will Wernick under his 7930 Entertainment banner. Executive producers are Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier, Jonathan Deckter and Babacar Diene.

The film was written by Will Wernick and Lia Bozonelis, from a story by Wernick, Bozonelis, and John Ierardi. The score was composed by Genevieve Vincent. The film was shot by DP Jason Goodell. Jason Phillips and Lia Bozonelis served as co-producers.

Set in 2022, the Corona Virus pandemic has created mass chaos in Los Angeles and turned the city into a police state.  To escape the grim reality of life, a group of friends get together for an online party: a night of music, drinking, games…and drugs. To kick off the party, they collectively take a hit of what they think is molly.  At first, the night is an exciting departure from the boredom of isolation, but as the drug kicks in, things go terribly wrong and the safety of their home becomes more terrifying than the raging chaos outside.

Follow Me was a strong success for many of our international partners, so when the chance came to partner with Will for the third time was a no brainer,” said Deckter. “He’s created a whip-smart, edge of your seat thriller that will speak to audiences worldwide, as they simultaneously experience the varying stages of the pandemic.”

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Will and Voltage this year following the domestic success of No Escape (AKA Follow Me),” said Rich Goldberg, co-president of Vertical Entertainment. “Safer at Home provides exciting twists and turns at every moment and we can’t wait to share it with US audiences.”

Safer at Home joins the robust Voltage sales slate including the political biopic Reagan, starring Dennis Quaid, the action-thriller The Marksman starring Liam Neeson, the upcoming third and fourth installments of the After franchise, the horror-thriller The Seventh Day starring Guy Pearce and the YA romance Finding You

ABOUT VOLTAGE PICTURES

Voltage Pictures, established in 2005, is a privately held, film and television production, financing and sales entity. Voltage has won six Academy Awards including Best Picture for The Hurt Locker, and three Academy Awards for Dallas Buyers Club.

The current Voltage sales slate includes the highly anticipated action-thriller The Marksman starring Liam Neeson, the gangster crime biopic Lanksy starring Harvey Keitel, Sam Worthington and Annasophia Robb and the horror thriller The Seventh Day starring Guy Pearce.  

Voltage represented worldwide rights on After, based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Anna Todd, debuted number one at the box office in 17 international territories including Germany and Italy when released in April 2019 and grossed over $70m worldwide. The highly anticipated sequel, After We Collided, recently opened number one in Italy, Portugal and Spain. The third and fourth films in the franchise are currently shooting in Eastern Europe.

Voltage also produced the blockbuster comedy I Feel Pretty starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, and Naomi Campbell, which generated nearly $100m in worldwide box office. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, and John Malkovich premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim.

ABOUT VERTICAL ENTERTAINMENT

Vertical Entertainment is a global independent distributor that offers a unique combination of full-service marketing and sales services. Dedicated to providing highly-effective and collaborative solutions, Vertical leverages unparalleled relationships to maximize revenue across all streams. The marketing and sales expertise from Vertical’s seasoned team gives content partners a wealth of experience minus the studio costs.

Vertical won a Gotham Award for Best Actress for Nicole Beharie’s role in “Miss Juneteenth“ this year. Additionally, the company won a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for Molly Shannon’s role in “Other People” and the film won a GLAAD Award for “Outstanding Film Limited Release” as well. Vertical also had four other Indie Spirit nominations – three more for “Other People” (Best Lead Actor for Jesse Plemons, and Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay for filmmaker Chris Kelly) and one for Best International Film for Babak Anvari’s “Under the Shadow,” which was also the official UK submission for the 2017 Oscars, in addition to winning one BAFTA Award and three British Independent Film Awards as well. 

Notable Vertical releases include “Shadow in the Cloud” starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson; and “Skylines”, the third installment of the Skyline franchise;  “The Informer” starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Common, Clive Owen, and Ana de Armas;“ “Miss Juneteenth”, the directorial debut of filmmaker Channing Godfrey Peoples starring Nicole Beharie, Kendrick Sampson, and Alexis Chikaeze; “Robin’s Wish”, the powerful true story of actor/comedian Robin Williams’ final days; “Yes, God, Yes” starring Natalia Dyer, Timothy Simons, Wolfgang Novogratz and Alisha Boe; and “Capone” starring Tom Hardy, Linda Cardellini, and Kyle Maclachlan.

Pandemic Film Review: “Contagion”, and How Do I Rip Contagion and Other DVDs

Starring: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, Sanaa Lathan

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 106 minutes

The COVID-19 is raging around the world, which has stimulated people’s interest in pandemic movies. As a result, some pandemic-themed movies, such as “Contagion”, make them back into the top movie charts of iTunes and other streaming services. “Contagion” is a 2011 release directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and it gets a strong cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Matt Damonm, Kate Winslet, and more.

Years ago I’ve already watched this film on DVD. Since it offers a parallel to current coronavirus outbreak, our family decides to watch it again. My DVD player cannot function properly, so I digitized my “Contagion” DVD to MP4 with a DVD ripper. I’ve attached the guide on how to rip a movie DVD to digital file after my movie review part, in case someone also needs to rip or backup his/her own DVD collection for fair use. I saved the digital copy to my USB flash drive and then watched it on my TV with my family. 

My review of “Contagion”

In the current context of the noval coronavirus epidemic, “Contagion” is like a documentary. The film depicts a virus called MEV-1, transmitted from bat to pig to human. It spreads around the world and destroys tens of millions of humans in a very short time.

This movie shows multiple story lines, but the main line is clear. The director uses very precise details and deliberate control, and a very restrained lens language to describe a very real end-time scene. Humanity is vulnerable and very real. There are no lone heroes or government conspiracy theories which we always see in American movies. Everyone is an ordinary person. This constitutes a world that is not dramatic, but is also most dramatic and close to the real world.

The film doesn’t make people feel too long. Instead, there are too many parts that are just mentioned briefly yet appropriately, such as the betrayal of the dead wife, the bureaucracy of Chinese officials trying to hide the truth, the game between the U.S. government and the media, the sacrifice of political struggle, the real address of Hong Kong street, and the most popular mobile phone in Japan, etc. The CDC official played by Kate Winslet has no special ups and downs, and dies. The human body is extremely fragile in front of the mysterious nature.

As the story unfolds, the director takes us peeling off both the truths of the virus and human nature. Some people seem to be an apathetic government mouthpiece, but they will become ordinary people with blood and flesh in the face of their families. Some people show up in masks of heroes and are eventually found despicable like villains. All characters in the film are vivid and real.

There are no earth-shattering stories in this movie, no heroes born out of nowhere, no sensational screams, no heartbreaking separation. There is no miracle. There is no compassion. Everything is carried out in order, as indifferent as this plague that it comes with no reason and will eventually leave.

How to Rip a DVD?

First of all, we need to download a piece of DVD ripping software, because it is almost impossible to rip a commercial DVD simply by copying and pasting. There are many choices. After reading so many reviews and comparisons, I choose cost-effective WinX DVD Ripper Platinum and it doesn’t disappoint me.

Why I choose WinX DVD Ripper Platinum?

1. It supports different kinds of video DVDs, including old and new movies, TV shows, fitness videos, and more DVDs. It even helps me handle a scratched DVD successfully.

2. It allows me to make 1:1 DVD backup (DVD to ISO file/DVD folder) as well as movie-only ripping (DVD to MP4, H.264, AVI, WMV, iPhone, iPad, Android device, game console…).

3. It can maintain the original image and audio quality while compressing a few gigabytes data to around 1GB only.

4. It works fast, probably taking a few minutes only to rip a DVD, by taking the advantage of multi-core processors, hardware acceleration, and other technologies.

So my guide is based on WinX DVD Ripper Platinum.  

Step 1. Insert your DVD into DVD drive. After that, open the DVD ripper and click DVD Disc button to import the DVD. I really love the feature that it can detect the correct main movie title automatically, even if there are some fake titles in a 99-title DVD.

Step 2. Choose an output format according to your own needs from the Output Profile panel where over 350 profiles are provided.

Step 3. Hit RUN to begin ripping DVD.