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Watch Out, Studios! AMC and Regal To Acquire And Distribute Movies

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amc and regal to distribute and acquire films

Independent filmmakers, rejoice! Looks like you've just gotten two new, powerful allies.

AMC and Regal are working with Lions Gate/Weinstein Company exec Tom Ortenberg on a new venture that would allow the theater chains to acquire distribution rights to indie films.

They'd still have the option to bring their films to other theater chains and home video markets, but they'd obvi get first dibs on the films.

And no, this doesn't mean that AMC and Regal will ONLY show their movies, but it def means that we might be seeing more indie films get some theatrical love in the near future!

We certainly support any business venture that supports independent film, so we're thinking this could def be a positive thing!

What do U think?

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5 comments to “Watch Out, Studios! AMC and Regal To Acquire And Distribute Movies”

  1. Zip says – reply to this


    They didn't come-up with this idea in a vacuum. I posted the idea for theater chains to start producing…and distributing/hosting their own content (movies), after major studios made threatening moves against them–in regard to distribution, the timing of DVD releases, and digital video streaming. I posted my comments within the last few years, and strangely, here is a business model that mirrors my exact same proposal–absent the proper credit? BTW, I even detailed how the theaters could distribute independently produced films, even those with block buster budgets. If they follow my plan, as I assume they will, fully stealing my talking-points and plagiarizing them…as their own, they will be looking to acquire high-concept/high-budget Indy films, along with the traditional talky films, horror films, chick flicks, art films, comedies, rom-coms, and foreign films.

  2. 2

    this is great news. i work for a Regal theatre in Fresno. i love indie films. we definitly support arthouse films.

  3. 3

    Re: Zip – Comments you made here were hardly the reason this is being looked at. The idea has been around for 10 years. Probably longer.

  4. 4

    "Obvi". What, did someone forget how to spell a word?

  5. 5

    Indie films are way overated. They tend to be slowly paced and usually end in tragedy - even if they're comedies. They are also self-indulgent and often preachy. I'm no fan of the vanilla, brain-dead movies coming from major studios, but Indies aren't necessarily the answer. Good writing and acting is all any movie needs. Why we can't we have some of that for a change?