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Theater Owners Chief Warns Hollywood: Day-and-Date Releases Are “Dead as a Serious Business Model”

National Association of Theatre Owners president and CEO John Fithian didn’t mince words when addressing the reason why releasing movies in cinemas and in the home at the same time is a very bad idea. “I am pleased to announce that simultaneous release is dead as a serious business model, and piracy is what killed […]

Theater Owners Chief on the Box Office Recovery, the (Waning) Relevance of the Oscars and a Jam-Packed Summer Slate

This year’s CinemaCon comes at a critical juncture for the beleaguered box office. All five major Hollywood studios will show up in Las Vegas, beginning April 25, to lay their cards on the table and tout their 2022 slates to theater owners still trying to emerge from the pandemic while battling changing consumer habits. Expect […]

NATO Chief on Why a Pared-Down CinemaCon Is Important and How the Industry Is Slowly Recovering From Its “Biggest Existential Crisis”

John Fithian, the level-headed chief of the National Association of Theatre Owners, has grown accustomed to being in the line of fire — literally and figuratively. The organization’s president and CEO spends part of each summer in Greece. Earlier in August, devastating fires erupted in the Athens area, forcing Fithian and his Greece-born wife to […]

Movie Theater Owners Won’t Oppose Requiring Proof of Vaccination (Exclusive)

When New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced Aug. 3 that proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for indoor activities — including movie theaters — cinema owners remained silent. Behind the scenes, the National Association of Theatre Owners began consulting with its members. An alarming surge in cases in many parts of […]

MPAA Chief Embraces Netflix in Address to Theater Owners

Minutes after Jon M. Chu told theater owners how he refused to take 'Crazy Rich Asians' to a streamer — insisting instead on the big screen experience — MPAA chairman Charles Rivkin explained why Netflix was allowed to become a member of the storied film trade org.

CinemaCon: Disney-Fox Merger, Streaming Strife Will Be Hot Topics

There will be plenty for theater owners to discuss this week during their annual Las Vegas tete-a-tete with Hollywood studios, including the mega Disney-Fox merger and the push by many majors into streaming.

Toronto: Theater Owners Urge Netflix to Play Theatrically

Theater owners on Friday urged Netflix to follow the lead of rival Amazon and show their movies at the local multiplex.

Toronto: Amazon’s ‘Homecoming,’ Facebook’s ‘Sorry For Your Loss’ Get First Looks

TIFF 2018 has unveiled its TV series world premieres, including Amazon's Julia Roberts-starrer 'Homecoming' and Facebook Watch's 'Sorry for Your Loss,' starring Elizabeth Olsen. The Toronto International Film Festival also unveiled the lineup for its official mid-September industry conference, to feature debates on Hollywood inclusion and diversity, and movie exhibition in an era of MoviePass and Netflix.

Theater Group President: No, Netflix Isn’t Killing the Multiplex (Guest Column)

New technology is shaking up the entertainment business, but John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners, argues that box office is thriving even as TV and home video take a hit and streaming services up their investments.

Cinemark Not Interested in “Day-and-Date Model,” CEO Says

Mark Zoradi says the exhibitor has had "preliminary" talks with studios about potential premium video-on-demand offers.

Theater Chief on Netflix’s Same-Day Cinema Release Plan: “Tread Lightly”

NATO head John Fithian's statement comes in response to news that the upscale theater chain iPic will break from tradition and carry Netflix titles on the same date they debut on the giant streaming service.

Aaron Sorkin, John Fithian Outspoken at Media Law Conference

Sorkin blasts the media, Fithian slaps Netflix, and nobody likes Kim Jong-un.