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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Your questions for Dan Glickman, John Fithian, and other movie bigwigs

The BBC is offering you the chance to ask questions of MPAA chairman Dan Glickman; Curt Marvis, CEO of CinemaNow; Lavinia Carey, director general of the British Video Association; and John Fithian, president of the National Association of Theatre Owners. (Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.)

Some great questions are being posted already...Among them:

- It looks like there's a battle brewing over whether HD DVD or Blu Ray will be the most successful format. There have been many competing formats for video disks (laser disks, CD-i, CD-g, VCD and Super VCD among them) and all bar DVDs have failed. Why would someone want to spend money on either of them until the format war is over? Should the user wait until drives that can read and write to both (as happened with DVD- and DVD+) become available?

- What will it take for the industry to move away from franchising and the constant bombardment of sequels and spin offs and instead move back towards original content?

- Is the film industry equipped to adapt to a low-budget market if profits continue to fall? Independent cinema's popularity and profitability continues to rise, proving that expensive effects and cookie cutter plots are not universally appealing. I even witnessed an entire theatre groan and boo during King Kong which, for some reason, critics like.