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Phillips’ comments came during Warner Bros.’ presentation to exhibitors.
“I’m on your side on the video-on-demand issue. And I think a lot of filmmakers are,” Phillips said, prompting loud applause and hoots.
“If I had wanted to make movies for television, I would have been a TV director,” the helmer continued.
It was a day of high drama at CinemaCon — the annual convention of theater owners — as exhibitors found out that Warner Bros., Fox, Universal and Sony plan to launch a premium VOD service in late April on DirecTV, followed by Comcast and VUDU.
Exhibitors are furious over the plan, which they say threatens their businesses.
Top Warners executives Jeff Robinov, Dan Fellman and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek made no mention of the controversy in their opening remarks. They did, however, repeatedly thank exhibitors for their support.
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