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Virtual Legality Episode 214

Universal Trolls AMC: A Lawyer's View

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With theaters across the world closed and movies sitting on shelves, movie studios like Universal, Sony, and Disney have each taken their own approach to navigating the new world order.

Universal, the most aggressive of the three, immediately put its currently available films on in-home streaming (PVOD), and even more aggressively released a theater-bound family film, Trolls: World Tour, without even a day of theatrical exhibition.

It's the latter move that's caused quite the stir, as it's success has caused Universal to at least present as considering whether to upend the current theatrical business model, even for major releases.

A fact that theater chain AMC Entertainment is not at all interested in ignoring...

Trolling someone has never been so "musical"...in Virtual Legality.

#AMC #Universal #Trolls


Discussed in this episode:

"AMC Theatres Won’t Play Universal Movies in Wake of ‘Trolls World Tour’ Dispute"
Variety - April 28, 2020 - Dave McNary
https://variety.com/2020/film/news/amc-theatres-trolls-world-tour-dispute-1234592445/

"Universal Making ‘Invisible Man’, ‘The Hunt’ & ‘Emma’ Available In Home On Friday As Exhibition Braces For Shutdown; ‘Trolls’ Sequel To Hit Cinemas & VOD Easter Weekend"
Deadline - March 16, 2020 - Anthony D'Alessandro
https://deadline.com/2020/03/coronavirus-trolls-world-tour-invisible-man-the-hunt-emma-debut-on-demand-in-home-theatrical-window-collapse-1202884570/

"‘Trolls World Tour’: Universal PVOD Experiment Racks Up Near Estimated $100M To Date"
Deadline - April 28, 2020 - Anthony D'Alessandro
https://deadline.com/2020/04/trolls-world-tour-vod-revenue-universal-coronavirus-1202919723/

"AMC Theatres Refuses to Play Universal Films in Wake of 'Trolls World Tour'"
The Hollywood Reporter - April 28, 2020 - Pamela McClintock
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amc-theatres-refuses-play-universal-films-wake-trolls-world-tour-1292327

"Coronavirus Pushes AMC Entertainment Closer to Bankruptcy"
The Motley Fool - April 13, 2020 - Rich Duprey
https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/04/13/coronavirus-pushes-amc-entertainment-closer-to-ban.aspx

"Chapter 11"
Investopedia
https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/chapter11.asp

"Threat of AMC Bankruptcy Postponed as Theater Operator Raises $500 Million"
The Motley Fool - April 20, 2020 - Rich Duprey
https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/04/20/threat-of-amc-bankruptcy-postponed-as-theater-oper.aspx

"European Cinemas Body UNIC Says ‘Trolls World Tour’ VOD Release “Does Not Justify Wholesale Changes”"
Deadline - April 29, 2020 - Tom Grater
https://deadline.com/2020/04/european-cinemas-body-unic-trolls-world-tour-vod-release-justify-wholesale-changes-1202920946/


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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