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NATO Hosts “The Future of Theatrical Distribution” Panel at Sundance 2019

NATO teamed up with Variety at Sundance this year to present a panel focused on the future of theatrical distribution. Variety’s executive editor of film Brent Lang moderated, and the panelists were CEO of the Film Arcade Miranda Bailey, co-head of UTA’s independent film group Jim Meenaghan, COO of Film Nation Milan Popelka, and President… Read more »

Taxation, Depreciation, and Legislation: NATO Takes to Capitol Hill to Lobby on Tax Policy

At NATO, one of our most significant priorities in Washington is acting as an effective voice for our members with the government.  Favorable laws and regulations are essential to keep movie theaters in the United States healthy, prosperous, and sustainable. But no successful legislative campaign is complete without business owners talking directly to their elected… Read more »

Netflix, Theatrical Exclusivity, Box Office Profits, and the Cultural Conversation

Pop quiz.  First question. Of the 59 movies (not counting documentaries) Netflix has released in calendar year 2018, how many have you seen or how many can you name? Second question. What’s the highest-grossing Netflix movie of all time? Third question. How many Academy Awards has Netflix won for feature-length movies? The first answer will… Read more »

NATO Hosts Panel at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

From The Hollywood Reporter‘s coverage of the event: NATO president and CEO John Fithian argues that Netflix should follow Amazon’s example and give their awards hopefuls longer periods in the theater. Theater owners on Friday urged Netflix to follow the lead of rival Amazon and show their movies at the local multiplex. “Our model can… Read more »