Seven major Hollywood studios announced that they will make films available
on-demand over the Internet, cable and satellite. For a story in the
upcoming ShowEast Edition of Film Journal International (November) we would
like to hear your thoughts on these developments. I drafted a few questions
as a point of orientation.
Popcorn over the Internet. Movies from the couch.
How will VOD impact theatrical exhibition?
Will this serice result in even shorter theatrical runs?
Will it indeed cut down on piracy? Is VOD really an entertainment
What do you expect from your studio partners? Release windows, other
In many instances today, the purchase price of a video cassette, DVD is
cheaper than admission for two at the movies. How does this and services
like VOD affect consumers choices in films?
How do you feel this relates to Digital Projection: Is exhibition once more
footing the bill so that studios can fully economize on the digitization
expense for their films which are essentially incurred for Internet, DVD and
Here are also some statements from the studios involved. Please feel free to
address them as well.
Chris McGurk, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, MGM: "By combining
the ideal blend of innovation, technology and the Internet, we have created
a revolutionary delivery system that effectively offers consumers the best
in choice and convenience in the evolving digital landscape."
Peter Chernin, President and Chief Operating Officer, News Corporation: "It
will provide consumers with an exciting new way to enjoy films with
full-function capability and, while ensuring their easy access to the
content, will be an important step toward protecting the integrity of our
intellectual property in the broadband era."
Michael D. Eisner, Chairman and CEO, Disney: "With Movies.com, we are
creating a new service that takes advantage of advances in technology that
will enable consumers to enjoy an exclusive array of their favorite films
and other forms of entertainment on demand and in the comfort of their
Jonathan Dolgen, Chairman, Viacom Entertainment Group: "We and our partners
are pleased to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking endeavor, bringing
box-office hits to consumers via the Internet, complementing our existing
distribution alternatives. With this service, we can successfully deliver
quality content to movie enthusiasts, providing them with
greater choices and access, as well as a secure platform to receive their
Barry Meyer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros.: "We believe
human nature is not predisposed towards piracy. By proactively offering a
convenient, affordable, high-quality source of content, the film industry
can meet the needs of the public, while successfully protecting our
intellectual property as we move further into the digital millennium."
Mel Harris, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sony Pictures
Entertainment: "In increasing numbers, we see audiences turning towards the
broadband Internet as an exciting new channel through which they can access
Ron Meyer, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios: "In
addition to the experience of going to the theater or the local video store,
this service will provide an exciting and secure new medium for movie
viewers to enjoy our films at home."
Please reply by September 12 to my new email address
. Please make sure to include name and
title/position of the person the quote will be attributed to.
Looking forward to hearing from you, I send my regards for a great weekend.
Please note my new email address, effective immediately:
U.S. Bureau Chief, FilmEcho
Editorial Director, Film Journal International
c/o Creative Cinema Corp.
PO Box 2023
Darien, CT 06820
+1. (203) 316-8391
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My first appearance in a forum / message board. Thanks to Mike for posting this, maybe we'll get some good answers to be printed in Film Journal International. Looking forward to your comments. Andreas Fuchs.
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