Posts Categorized: News

Summer and Smoke and Mirrors

Summer 2016 was terrible except when it wasn’t. And it wasn’t terrible most of the time, but as is so often the case, a few high profile underperforming movies had the trade press dumping shovels full of dirt on the summer before it was scarcely under way.  A headline in the Hollywood Reporter on June… Read more »

NATO Launches Young Members Committee

Millennial isn’t a word. It’s a sentence. That’s meant as a reference to “Family isn’t a word. It’s a sentence,” the brilliant tagline for writer/director Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, a classic dramedy about family dysfunction. The point is simple: the word family comes with a loaded meaning that’s different for everyone. When people say… Read more »

NATO to Merge Annual Meetings and Fall Summit in Los Angeles

This article originally appeared in Boxoffice magazine.  NATO is combining its annual Fall Meetings, traditionally held in late September/early October each year, with the NATO Fall Summit, introduced in 2013, and held in November the past three years. This change was made in response to member feedback, as the new format will allow members to… Read more »

A Journey Toward Diversity and Inclusion

I attended the second annual Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), Championing Women and Diverse Voices in Media, held in Arkansas the first week in May. It featured an impressive line-up of films, panel discussions, celebrity involvement, and community events. Founders Geena Davis and Trevor Drinkwater created the festival on the premise that media has the ability… Read more »

CinemaCon 2016 – Five Key Take Aways

This article originally appeared in Boxoffice magazine.  The global motion picture industry came together in Las Vegas on 11-14 April for CinemaCon 2016. With admitted bias up front, we believe this was the most successful motion picture industry convention ever. CinemaCon 2016 featured record registration numbers, a sold-out trade floor, more studio presentations than ever… Read more »