I have a piece in Variety this week
that is basically a state-of-the-market report on digital downloading of movies. It argues that Apple is becoming the Wal-Mart of this new medium -- and that that has big implications for studios and independents. From the opening:
Like Wal-Mart, Apple seems to be flexing its muscle to dictate terms to studios and indie producers. iTunes is a digital "big box" store to be reckoned with, and the choices Steve Jobs' company makes and the conflicts it faces will likely shape the way movies are consumed over the next decade.
Labels: Amazon, Apple, Ben Rekhi, CinemaNow, Clickstar, digital downloads, Ed Burns, Film Baby, IODA, iTunes, Jamie Chvotkin, Movielink, Purple Violets, Tiffany Shlain, Unbox