Posts By: Phil Contrino

Moviegoers Send Over 200,000 Letters To Congress Through #SaveYourCinema Campaign

(Washington, D.C.. – 27 July 2020) – The National Association of Theatre Owners’ #SaveYourCinema campaign has inspired moviegoers across the country to send over 200,000 letters to Congress in support of more relief measures for cinemas of all sizes. Launched in mid-July, the campaign urges Congress to enact the RESTART Act (S. 3814/H.R. 7481), which… Read more »

Latest Ernst & Young Study Shows Movies With Theatrical Push Are More Likely To Be Streamed

For the third year in a row, NATO commissioned a study through Ernst & Young to look at consumer habits related to moviegoing and streaming habits. You can download the full report here and the executive summary here. Survey results presented here include 2,191 respondents who indicated that they were, in some capacity (rarely, sometimes,… Read more »

John Fithian Delivers 2019 State of the Industry

During his annual speech at CinemaCon, John Fithian celebrated a record, year in 2018, the importance of moviegoing, and directly addressed the dynamic between theatrical and streaming. “We understand that some movies will continue to go straight to the home and skip theatrical. There is nothing revolutionary about that idea. All we ask is that… Read more »

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 »