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Next from Sony Pictures, film about Prince William and Kate? Studio registers MarryingThePrince.com, others

Marrying the Prince

Is Sony Pictures Entertainment, which acquired the rights to Kathryn Bigelow’s film about killing Osama bin Laden, planning a film about the marriage of Prince William  and Kate Middleton?

The day before a press release went out announcing that William and Kate (who are traveling to LA in July) would visit a Veteran and Military Spouse Hiring Fair & Service Project at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, the film studio went on a domain name buying spree, registering five domain names centered around the phrase “Marrying the Prince”.

Here’s a look at the recent registrations.

Registrant:
        Domain Administrator
        SPDE Domain Names Inc
        9050 West Washington Blvd Smith Building 2014 A
         Culver City CA 90232
        US
        hostmaster@sonypictures.com

Domain Name: marryingtheprince.com
        Registrar Name: Markmonitor.com
        Registrar Whois: whois.markmonitor.com
        Registrar Homepage: http://www.markmonitor.com

Created on…………..: 2011-06-14.
    Expires on…………..: 2012-06-14.
    Record last updated on..: 2011-06-14.

    Domain servers in listed order:

    ns2.sonypictures.com
    ns3.sonypictures.com

Other registrations included:

http://whois.domaintools.com/marryingtheprince-movie.com 
http://whois.domaintools.com/marryingtheprince-movie.com 
http://whois.domaintools.com/marryingtheprince-movie.net 
http://whois.domaintools.com/marryingtheprince-movie.net 
http://whois.domaintools.com/marryingtheprince.net 
http://whois.domaintools.com/marryingtheprincemovie.com 

Back in late May a number of news publications wrote about the movie “William & Kate: A Royal Love Story”, which is expected to be released in August 2011 on the Hallmark Channel.

But if these registrations are a sign of things to come, it looks like Sony Pictures may have something for Hollywood and the big screen.

Another good possibility,  is “Marrying the Prince” will be the title for the upcoming ‘Dark’ Little Mermaid film.

[Photo of Prince William and Kate via Wikipedia]

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The Royal Wedding domain name is sold

The Royal Wedding of Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton around the world.  In the entrepreneurial world of domain names, the buzz though has been mostly over internet web addresses.

After all the news and publicity, it now appears the domain name theroyalwedding.com has been sold as the registrant contact information now displays Domain Transfer Escrow Service by Sedo according to DomainTools. 

For years, the URL was owned by a KBlacklock, until November 17, 2010 when the name switched hands and went under Whois privacy, a day after the engagement was officially announced.

Though the seller and price are not officially known, the current website is hosted on the Most Wanted Domains nameservers of domain expert Mike Berkens, who also happened to write about royal wedding domains recently on his blog The Domains.

Domain Buzz

It’s estimated that more than 2 billion people around the world watched the wedding, so you can very well imagine the interest on the web.

According to eWeek: “Facebook says more than 6.8 million people publicly commented on the wedding within the first 12 hours of the event. That number passed the 10 million mark by the end of the day.  Livestream, which partnered with The Associated Press, UK Press Association, CBS and Entertainment Tonight for its live stream, said it surpassed its own record with, at one point, more than 300,000 concurrent live streams.  Yahoo said it experienced its largest traffic for a live video event, outperforming its audience for Michael Jackson’s July 2009 funeral by a whopping 21 percent, the AP said.”

In mid-April the editor of the domain blog DomainGang, discussed how Marchex, the owners of royalwedding.com had put the name to waste.  The story apparently prompted the call advertising and small business marketing company which owns over 200,000 domains, to upgrade the landing page for the domain name from a less-than-royal parked page to a more improved parked page complete with an image of the couple. 

The Edmonton Journal ran a story about katemiddleton.com called: What’s in a Domain name? Katemiddleton.com about fun, not money.  The story discusses how Greg Kureluk and his wife Carole Lemire, and a group of local business partners bought the rights to the domain name, www. katemiddleton.com for a little more than $2,000.

Mike Berkens, in his post about royal family domain names, pointed out that in late April on the aftermarket site Namejet, a typo of Royal Family royallfamily.com sold for $1,877.