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film bookers 04 Nov 2003 04:06 #6636

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How do film bookers get films for theaters? How do they decide who gets a film when there are competing theater companies right across the street from each other?
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Re: film bookers 04 Nov 2003 09:20 #6637

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Bookers do not decide what films competing theatres across the street get. The film companies do through an allocation of product based on many factors.

In fact, the same booker should not be handling competing theatres that close together. Speaking as a booker of many years, I would not want to be in that position. What's the old quote about not being able to serve two masters.
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Re: film bookers 05 Nov 2003 10:31 #6638

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Theatres want, desire, ask for and agree to play film. Sometimes theatres don’t get what they want. Remember, the distributors own the films. It’s in the best interest of the theatres to be on good terms with the distributors.

Bookers assist, help, and negotiate with distributors in order to get films for the theatres. Theatres pay the bookers.

Studios and distributors need theatres to play their films and they decide who gets what, and when. Their decisions are based on what is best for them. Remember, the distributors own the films. It’s in the best interest of the distributors to be on good terms with the exhibitors. This is something that the distributors seem to forget. This is because the money only goes one way.

Although it is supposed to be a cold, calculated business decision, the circle of people is small and they get to know each other, so a lot of it is relationships and trust. That's why it is a good idea for someone new to the business to use the services of a good booker.
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