Ster-Kinekor loses Twilight bid

2010-06-26 07:39

Ster-Kinekor has lost a court bid to conduct an early screening of

a film licensed to its rival, Nu Metro.

In an urgent application in the High Court in Pretoria,

Ster-Kinekor asked the court for leniency to screen The Twilight Saga: Eclipse a

minute after Nu Metro was expected to premiere it.

Nu Metro argued there was no basis for this because there was no

contract given to Ster-Kinekor and it was merely a licensee.

Speaking outside court, Ster-Kinekor’s acquisitions and scheduling

executive, Paul Burton, said he could not understand how the ruling could be


Referring to the recent advertisement of ticket sales, Burton said

consumers literally did not have a choice as to which cinema they could


“It’s far from normal,” he said, adding that the ruling held

lessons for future contracts.

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