Not to deflate the rousing round robin of mudslinging between AMC
, but this whole Omg melee between exhibition and studios over Pvod, theatrical-window crunching and hurt feelings is poised to calm down soon.
Some industry insiders believe the situation has already eased, and the statements made Thursday morning on Comcast
’s Q1 earnings call by Sevp and CFO Michael J. Cavanagh and NBCUniversal
CEO Jeff Shell
were more measured than the latter’s quotes to the Wall Street Journal, which caused AMC boss Adam Aron
to fire off a public note to Universal Studios
chairman Donna Langley
regarding the chain’s embargo of the studio’s slate.
Essentially, the longstanding agreement on whether a major circuit will play a studio’s same-day theatrical Pvod titles still stands: They just won’t, and Universal knows this.
Now whether the dynamics of that window changing, i.e., a title