In a roundtable hosted by The Hollywood Reporter, heavy hitters Jim Gianopulos of FOX, Paramount’s Brad Grey, Disney Studios’ Alan Horn, Universal’s Donna Langley, IFC Films’ Jonathan Sehring and Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara broke bread together in a discussion about the changes and challenges currently present within the industry, which range from television competition to producing great work in such a competitive environment.
“We’re really in a different business from everyone else here at the table,” started off Jonathan Sehring from IFC Films on the biggest challenges that he believes his company faces moving forward into the future.
“We look at ourselves as almost like the first over-the-top film distribution company, if there is such a thing. We want to connect filmmakers with audiences anyway we can. Because our concern’s always competition and it’s competition for eyeballs. Our parent company is AMC, so we compete with television and great storytelling on television. We’re competing with companies like Netflix and streaming. We look at our competition coming from everywhere so anyway we can have our films reach audiences. I don’t really care what the platform is.”
“I think for us it’s maintaining our creative excellence,” Tsujihara said. “I think it takes care of itself if you make great movies. And we are very focused on having a large, broad, diverse slate. And it’s challenging. It’s challenging to find that much material for all of us. We’re in competition for the material.”
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