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Warner Bros. Chief Says Studio Is ‘Making a Lot of Progress’ Toward Getting Movies on TV Soon After Their Theatrical Debut

Feb 9, 2017  •  Post A Comment

“Warner Bros. is ‘making a lot of progress’ and ‘aggressively working with exhibitors’ in its effort to create a premium VOD window — to offer new movies to home viewers during the 90-day period when theaters typically want exclusivity — studio chief Kevin Tsujihara told analysts [Wednesday] morning,” writes our friend David Lieberman at Deadline.com. Tsujihara’s official title is chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.

The story continues, “‘The middle market in the theatrical business has become extremely tough,’ especially with adult dramas that ‘we’re having problems with,’ [Tsujihara] said in a call to discuss Time Warner’s Q4 earnings. Offering those movies earlier to home viewers is ‘a big opportunity.’”

Part of any deal that would likely be made would include a way for theater owners to get monies for agreeing to a shorter window.

Tsujihara said on the call, Deadline notes, that “He’s also bullish about television, even though ‘the growth won’t occur primarily in broadcasting, where we’ve been No. 1 for a long time.’ He sees opportunities at premium networks, basic cable, and digital platforms.”

This isn’t the first time that there’s been upheaval between the movie business and the TV business. To read TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross’ true story titled, “How Television Saved the Movies from…Television,” please click here.

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