Oscars Strikes Back at DVD’s

posted by Michael Zoldessy on July 21, 2006 at 4:30 am

According to this report, the Academy is considering issuing new rules to drive distribution back into theaters:

Many industry analysts predict that it’s just a matter of time before movies are released simultaneously to theaters, home video and/or pay-per-view TV.

But perhaps not, if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has anything to say about it.

AMPAS is considering a rules change that would make films released simultaneously on the big and little screen ineligible for Oscar consideration.

For the full report, visit the Mercury News Article.

Comments (1)

schmadrian on July 21, 2006 at 1:54 pm

This is what they call ‘smoke and mirrors’. In fact, I’d be willing to bet a kajillion dollars that in the end, AMPAS will step aside in this matter…or the whole pay-per-view aspect won’t be part of the initial ‘simultaneous release’ push, leaving the options to a) a download, b) DVD (sales or rental) and c) theatrical release. Once the paradigm’s been in place a while, it’ll be expanded to include pay-per-view.

What rules Hollywood, what rules AMPAS, what rules the entire entertainment industry is the almighty dollar…as an expression of what the public wants. If anyone believes that an awards organization (yes, I know I’m oversimplifying here) is going to call the shots where the generation of money is concerned, we should talk; I’ve got some intriguing real estate you might be interested in…

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