American Film Market Day 3 Sessions: Jeremy Kay Coaxes Distribution Execs from Bleecker Street, AMC Networks to Reveal Winning Sales Trends
The AFM Sessions’ three morning panels brought together thought leaders to discuss Distribution, the power of Faith & Family content today; and Music for Film & TV all speaking at the Hilton Santa Monica Hotel.
New Distribution Patterns Shaping Release Trends, Pacific Stage
Jere Hausfater, Esq. Attorney / Executive Producer
Jere Hausfater is known for Chef (2014), Mom and Dad (2017) and Machete Kills (2013).
Kent Sanderson, President, Acquisitions and Ancillary Distribution, Bleecker Street & Co-President, DECAL (owned by Bleecker Street and NEON)
Scott Shooman, Head of Film, AMC Networks
Moderator: Jeremy Kay, Americas Editor, Screen Daily
Kent Sanderson said; “Because now there are far fewer rules in the world of theatrical, we build strategies for each film individually.”
“It has been a very long time since box office was the primary revenue driver for movies. What box office does is make a movie feel like a movie … it increases its value in the eyes of consumers. The box office is less important than the fact that movie theaters make movies feel like movies.”
Scott Shooman, “Indies have a much more fluid, flexible way of looking at windowing.”
“What we’re going through now is a little bit of a re-education and re-calibration of what people are willing to spend money on.”
“We are in the single movie business and we want to make every film feel valuable.”
“The flu pandemic in the 1910s turned into the roaring 20s, and we’re going through a little bit of that now. Experiences are valuable, people consume content now more than they ever have in history.”
Jere Hausfater: “Make a movie for everyone, make a movie for someone, don’t make a movie for no one. If you’re not making a movie for everyone … then make a movie for a very defined demographic.”