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August 2010 > SPECIAL REPORT

Piracy

by Amy Nicholson / Phil Contrino

Tags: Chris Weitz , Doctor Who , Groundhog Day , Heironymous Merkin , Iron Man 2 , Karen Scott , New Moon , Orgasmo , Ray Boyce , Regal Cinemas , Samantha Tumpach , Sex and the City 2. , Taxi Driver , The Dark Knight , bit torrent , bittorrent , camcording , mpaa , nato

to do, and we were so new at it we had a hard time helping them,” he recalls. “They seemed surprised that we were calling them, but wrote the incident report and fi led it nonetheless.” The NATO/ MPAA rewards program was so new that Townsend was shocked when the $500 check actually showed up for...

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August 2010 > SPECIAL REPORT

Piracy

by Amy Nicholson / Phil Contrino

Tags: Chris Weitz , Doctor Who , Groundhog Day , Heironymous Merkin , Iron Man 2 , Karen Scott , New Moon , Orgasmo , Ray Boyce , Regal Cinemas , Samantha Tumpach , Sex and the City 2. , Taxi Driver , The Dark Knight , bit torrent , bittorrent , camcording , mpaa , nato

tried to make the narrow-minded point that since Knight was able to gross more than $1 billion worldwide, piracy must not be having much of an impact. The rationale behind such an argument is flimsy at best. Should Wal-Mart stop worrying about shoplifters since it’s already such a successful compa...

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August 2010 > SPECIAL REPORT

Piracy

by Amy Nicholson / Phil Contrino

Tags: Chris Weitz , Doctor Who , Groundhog Day , Heironymous Merkin , Iron Man 2 , Karen Scott , New Moon , Orgasmo , Ray Boyce , Regal Cinemas , Samantha Tumpach , Sex and the City 2. , Taxi Driver , The Dark Knight , bit torrent , bittorrent , camcording , mpaa , nato

SPECIAL REPORT > PIRACY FOUR PIRATES, FOUR STORIES Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WHY > The fi rst time I pirated a movie, it was Orgasmo during that window when it wasn’t in theaters or on DVD. Now I’ll torrent old stuff I haven’t seen in ages that isn’t on Netflix I...

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August 2010 > SPECIAL REPORT

Piracy

by Amy Nicholson / Phil Contrino

Tags: Chris Weitz , Doctor Who , Groundhog Day , Heironymous Merkin , Iron Man 2 , Karen Scott , New Moon , Orgasmo , Ray Boyce , Regal Cinemas , Samantha Tumpach , Sex and the City 2. , Taxi Driver , The Dark Knight , bit torrent , bittorrent , camcording , mpaa , nato

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 WHY > I live in a small town and a lot of movies aren’t available in the theater. A lot aren’t available legally in the US either— A. Newley’s porn musical Heironymous Merkin. I pirate TV episod...

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August 2010 > SPECIAL REPORT

Piracy

by Amy Nicholson / Phil Contrino

Tags: Chris Weitz , Doctor Who , Groundhog Day , Heironymous Merkin , Iron Man 2 , Karen Scott , New Moon , Orgasmo , Ray Boyce , Regal Cinemas , Samantha Tumpach , Sex and the City 2. , Taxi Driver , The Dark Knight , bit torrent , bittorrent , camcording , mpaa , nato

Tales from the front line of the industry’s war on camcording by Amy Nicholson Usually when a theater confronts a person recording off their screen, the pirate is the defendant. But a 22 year old patron is suing a Chicago moviehouse for $200,000 after they arrested her fi lming clips of New Mo...

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August 2010 > SPECIAL REPORT

Piracy

by Amy Nicholson / Phil Contrino

Tags: Chris Weitz , Doctor Who , Groundhog Day , Heironymous Merkin , Iron Man 2 , Karen Scott , New Moon , Orgasmo , Ray Boyce , Regal Cinemas , Samantha Tumpach , Sex and the City 2. , Taxi Driver , The Dark Knight , bit torrent , bittorrent , camcording , mpaa , nato

SPECIAL REPORT > PIRACY WHAT HE SAID Hi Nicholas, please feel free to leave your house open every time you go out and please tell your family to do so, please invite people in the streets to come in and take things from you, not to make money out of it by reselling it but just to use it for...

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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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June 2010 > Law And Order

"There is nothing permanent except change."

by Gary Klein

Tags: CinemaCon , ShowWest , nato

“THERE IS NOTHING PERMANENT EXCEPT CHANGE” –Heraclitus The acronyms are new, but the fight is the same A s this is the first of what I hope will be many columns for Boxoffice, I had some angst in figuring out what to write about. Given my brief tenure at NATO, it’s not as if I have thi...

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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 > Law And Order

"There is nothing permanent except change."

by Gary Klein

Tags: CinemaCon , ShowWest , nato

NATO members are among the largest employers of part-time and younger workers, this experience will enable me to provide both guid ance on compliance with various laws and also insight into how best to effectively deal with proposed legislation in areas that affect mem bers’ interests. NATO has...

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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

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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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 > Nato News

Meet Gary S. Klein

by Amy Nicholson

Tags: Gary S. Klein , George Washington University , Harvard , To Kill a Mockingbird , nato

Meet Gary S. Klein NATO’s newest executive on what he’s excited to bring to exhibition By Amy Nicholson On behalf of the industry, Boxoffice welcomes Gary S. Klein as NATO’s new Vice President and General Counsel. A lawyer educated at George Washington University and Harvard, Klein brings t...

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April 2010 > StopPress

Here's to you Bob.

by Peter Cane

Tags: Bob Sunshine , ShowWest , nato

STOPPRESS HERE’S TO YOU, BOB. It is not unheard of for a glass or two to be raised at ShoWest, but this year there will something unique to toast—the close of a great, ten-year run for Bob Sunshine and his team at the helm of the industry’s premier gathering. There will be lots of memories to...

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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

“ Nothing lasts that long in this brutal marketplace unless it is doing something that benefits the people it aims to serve.” – Jack Valenti – others, our little magazine made its mark in the movie world. Despite our efforts, In Focus could not grow beyond providing an important source of in...

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January 2010 > STOP PRESS

Stop press

by Peter Cane

Tags: John Fithian , digital 3d , nato , twitter

STOPPRESS I used to think 50 was old, until a recent birthday altered my thinking. My thinking was similarly altered as I read this month’s Timecode, which marks Boxoffice’s 90th year in print. As you page through the decades of the magazine’s history, you’ll see some familiar stories. Adaptin...

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