Posts By: Phil Contrino

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 »

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 »

Ernst & Young Survey Finds Frequent Moviegoers Are Also Frequent Streamers

EY conducted a survey of 2,002 respondents, roughly 80% of whom saw at least one movie in theatres in 2017. The primary data collected in the survey was: (1) movie theatre attendance in 2017, (2) streaming consumption in 2017, and (3) demographic characteristics of the respondents. Movie theatre attendance and streaming consumption for “dual-consumers” Those… Read more »

NATO Discusses the Importance of Black Panther with Major Media Outlets

The historic debut of Black Panther reinforced important themes–diversity in casting and content, emphasis on a 12-month release calendar–that we have emphasized for years. We saw this as an opportunity to magnify these themes by speaking with key media outlets: National Association of Theater Owners CEO Calls ‘Black Panther’ Film Historic National Association of Theater… Read more »

Sundance 2018: Future of Theatrical Release and Independent Film Panel Sponsored by NATO

NATO and The Hollywood Reporter hosted a panel at the Sundance Film Festival this year to talk about the current state of exhibition. We believe that having a presence at film festivals is a crucial part of telling good stories about the strength of exhibition. We want to make sure that filmmakers continue to aim for theatrical… Read more »