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August 2010 > Executive Suite

NATO's position on the premium video on demand window

by John Fithian

Tags: Jeffrey Katzenberg , Jon Feltheimer , Lionsgate , Patrick Corcoran , Selectable Output Control , Union of Cinemas , Video on Demand , Wall Street Journal , Warner cable company , fcc , mpaa , vod

inexorable downward price pressure and commoditization of its products in later windows. Why move that pressure forward to the one window that has been free of it? The studios seem to understand this, as their battle to carve out a DVD sell-through window against the $l-a-night kiosk rental serv...

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August 2010 > Executive Suite

NATO's position on the premium video on demand window

by John Fithian

Tags: Jeffrey Katzenberg , Jon Feltheimer , Lionsgate , Patrick Corcoran , Selectable Output Control , Union of Cinemas , Video on Demand , Wall Street Journal , Warner cable company , fcc , mpaa , vod

balloons and public statements regarding possible windows and price points are harmful to the industry. ■ No surprises. Exhibitors cannot be blind-sided by unusually short windows after they have already booked and begun playing a movie in their theaters. ■ A seat at the table. The release...

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August 2010 > Executive Suite

NATO's position on the premium video on demand window

by John Fithian

Tags: Jeffrey Katzenberg , Jon Feltheimer , Lionsgate , Patrick Corcoran , Selectable Output Control , Union of Cinemas , Video on Demand , Wall Street Journal , Warner cable company , fcc , mpaa , vod

EXHIBITION TAKES A STAND ON VOD WINDOWS JOHN Even though current data and discussions suggest a FITHIAN relatively stable theatrical-to-DVD window, we remain NATO concerned about a longer-term possibility on a differ- President ent release platform. As described previously [May and ...

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July 2010 > Executive Suite

Supreme court case could fundamentally change the entertainment industry

by John Fithian

Tags: First Ammendment , Harkness Screens , NATO , Ratings , Schwarzenegger v. EMA

SUPREME COURT CASE COULD FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY JOHN Voluntary Movie Rating System in Danger FITHIAN O n April 26, 2010, the Supreme Court of the United NATO States decided to hear a case with potentially dra- President matic implications for the movie rating sys...

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July 2010 > Executive Suite

Supreme court case could fundamentally change the entertainment industry

by John Fithian

Tags: First Ammendment , Harkness Screens , NATO , Ratings , Schwarzenegger v. EMA

sales to minors in some other way. Some proposals would impose stiff criminal penalties. With First Amendment arguments front and center, NATO helps defeat all fi ve proposals. Summer 2001: Rep. Wamp and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) reintroduce the legislation that had been defeated in 1999. Senate ho...

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June 2010 > Executive Suite

Cinema concessions and the right to indulge

by John Fithian

Tags: Concessions , healthy eating , nato

I can honestly say that I haven’t made nachos CINEMA CONCESSIONS AND THE RIGHT JOHN TO INDULGE FITHIAN Give me liberty or NATO give me carrot sticks President and Chief W ith the exception of Halloween, I Executive won’t buy packages of candy for Offi cer my seven year old daught...

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June 2010 > Executive Suite

Cinema concessions and the right to indulge

by John Fithian

Tags: Concessions , healthy eating , nato

Consistency. Quality. Performance. on a healthier movie theater concession experience. Unfortunately, the patrons hated the new, healthier popcorn. Sales fell, and the program fizzled. Ginny Shelby from Millersville, MD. wrote a personal note to NATO stating, “If I want air-popped I can stay...

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May 2010 > Executive Suite

ShoWest 2010—a great success

by John Fithian

Tags: Dan Glickman , Prince of Persia , ShoWest , Toy Story 3 , mpaa , nato

EXECUTIVESUITE JOHN FITHIAN > NATO president and chief executive offi cer ShoWest 2010—a great success A week of celebration and clarifi cation Distribution and exhibition company leaders continue to discuss windows on an ongoing basis. The motion picture theater industry experienced a bus...

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May 2010 > Executive Suite

ShoWest 2010—a great success

by John Fithian

Tags: Dan Glickman , Prince of Persia , ShoWest , Toy Story 3 , mpaa , nato

domestic and international exhibitors the possibility of such studio experimentation and was pleased to learn of each company’s strong individual resolve to protect the theatrical window. Exhibitors have no concern with the specifi c choice of home release platform (e.g., DVD, VOD, streaming or d...

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April 2010 > Executive Suite

A fine choice!

by John Fithian

Tags: Bill Stembler , Georgia Theatre Company , New Beverly , Paramount , Quentin Tarantino , ShowWest , nato

EXECUTIVESUITE JOHN FITHIAN > NATO president and chief executive offi cer A fine choice! Bill Stembler—ShoWester of the Year T he only thing wrong about Bill Stembler receiving the 2010 ShoWester of the Year award is that it should have happened years ago. I can’t think of anyone who has g...

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April 2010 > Executive Suite

A fine choice!

by John Fithian

Tags: Bill Stembler , Georgia Theatre Company , New Beverly , Paramount , Quentin Tarantino , ShowWest , nato

THEATER UPDATE EXECUTIVESUITE (continued from page 8) QUENTIN TARANTINO ANNOUNCES PURCHASE network of pre-show programming. Similar- OF BOXOFFICE MARQUEE AWARD WINNER ly, Bill and company President Aubrey Stone Like many repertory houses, the New Beverly in Hollywood—BOXOFFICE’s August Mar...

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March 2010 > Industry News

Looking Good

by John Fithian

Tags: 3-D , 3D , Avatar , NATO , ShoWest , Tron Legacy , Yogi Bear

EXECUTIVESUITE JOHN FITHIAN > NATO president and chief executive offi cer Looking good A snapshot of digital cinema and 3D E nsuring a fair transition from film to digital cinema has constituted one of NATO’s highest priorities for over a decade. Given recent developments and rising expectat...

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March 2010 > Industry News

Looking Good

by John Fithian

Tags: 3-D , 3D , Avatar , NATO , ShoWest , Tron Legacy , Yogi Bear

JAMES THE GREAT Cameron’s latest has shatttered the $2 billion mark and may be the top grossing fi lm of all time to offer 3D on film will retard the digital conversion, confuse our industry’s patrons and devalue the expanding but still nascent consumer image of digital 3D. I have seen 3D on film...

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February 2010 > Executive Suite

NATO’s government relations program

by John Fithian

Tags: Government Accountability Offi ce , National Association of Theatre Owners , Todd Halstead , gao , nato

patterns of existing laws. For example, the Department of Labor has a nationwide initiative underway to reduce workplace injuries among minors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In meetings with Department representatives, NATO was informed that movie theaters are prime targets for invest...

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February 2010 > Executive Suite

NATO’s government relations program

by John Fithian

Tags: Government Accountability Offi ce , National Association of Theatre Owners , Todd Halstead , gao , nato

EXECUTIVESUITE JOHN FITHIAN > NATO president and chief executive officer NATO’s government relations program Shouldn’t you be a part of it? T he National Association of Theatre Owners provides many important services for our members. Under the direction of our Executive Board of Directors,...

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January 2010 > Executive Suite

Happy Birthday, BOXOFFICE Plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose

by John Fithian

Tags: Jack Valenti , MaryAnn Grasso , Peter Cane , The Reel Journal , boxoffice , nato

EXECUTIVESUITE JOHN FITHIAN > NATO president and chief executive offi cer Happy Birthday,BOXOFFICE Plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose F rom my perspective on history, 1920 constituted a terrible year. My beloved Boston Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to the hated New York Yankees, thus beginnin...

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