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is "light product" an attempt to kill indies 19 Oct 2009 08:32 #32627

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When does "not going that wide" become "we are doing our best to kill off 1000 theatres."
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Re:is "light product" an attempt to kill indies 19 Oct 2009 08:41 #32628

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This is where I think NATO needs to take a part. They are a theatre owners association not a studio association. I think they need to rep us not only to the goverment agencies which we would not be able to do on our own but also to the studios who in this case we can't oppose on our own either.
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Re:is "light product" an attempt to kill indies 19 Oct 2009 10:02 #32631

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Why is this new? The studios have always done this, especially during the lulls between mid-October and Thanksgiving, and early in the year.

During these slow periods the multiplexes may hog their prints until they go to DVD. That might be more noticed these days, considering the shorter windows.

Just playing devil's advocate: On a film, not estimated to bring much in, why should the studios book a lot of theatres that might not send back the cost of their prints in percentages?
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Re:is "light product" an attempt to kill indies 19 Oct 2009 10:10 #32632

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I guess I don't understand why they would want to kill off anybody that makes them money. Granted, they probably don't take us indies into consideration very often but that is not the same as saying they wish us harm. Fall sucks any way you slice it....:S
"What a crazy business"
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Re:is "light product" an attempt to kill indies 19 Oct 2009 13:01 #32634

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Here I go defending the studios, but.......

have you ever looked at the grosses reported to Rentrak in your area? On Law Abiding Citizen, their will probably be 15% of the theaters in my area that will not cover the print costs with their film rental (if we asusme a true print cost of $1500).

Now they should easier to work with regarding move-over.
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Re:is "light product" an attempt to kill indies 19 Oct 2009 16:38 #32635

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1. I asked film distribs and others: has this increased or DECREASED recently: all say it is obviously changing for the less.
2. it's not "normal": it is worse.
3. it comes down to new stuff on the screen. I'd gladly pay a guarantee if I could pick and choose my programming: why can't they offer it.
4. Fox and BV found Cloudy to be a total mystery: why so few prints?
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