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The Future of Hollywood Distribution Post COVID-19 with Stephen Follows

A good friend and returning champion Stephen Follows wrote an amazing article discussing the future of Hollywood distribution. I asked him to jump back on the show to discuss. Here’s a bit of the article:

Change in the film industry is often an extremely gradual process. The views of those involved tend to be entrenched and hard to shift. Therefore, how the film industry will operate one year can reasonably be expected to be very close to that of the year before.

Not so in 2020. The current COVID-19 pandemic has forced a number of huge changes upon the sector over a matter of days. Cinemas are shut, productions are on hiatus and almost everyone is at home watching TV and VOD content.

In order to take the industry’s temperature at these uncertain times, I teamed up with Screendollars to interview 363 film professionals. We focused on the domestic market (i.e. the USA and Canada) and asked a range of questions about their views on the current changes and what they think a post-lockdown future may bring.

We split respondents into five groups, based on their area of professional work:

  • Filmmakers, covering development, production, and post-production.
  • Sales & Distribution, including sales agents, distributors, and marketers.
  • Exhibition (Distribution), cinema owners, and operators.
  • Home Ent, TV & VOD, including physical and digital sales, all forms of VOD and films on television.
  • Other, including those in education, government bodies, festivals, journalism, cinema suppliers, and more.

We have a very eye-opening discussion about the future of Hollywood distribution, movie theaters, VOD, Trolls 2, and more. Enjoy!

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