Bertram Fields, entertainment industry attorney: The next 100 years will see dramatic technological advances that will make a vast array of entertainment choices available to consumers throughout the world. Demand for product will soar beyond anything we can now foresee. Investment in production will be recouped more readily and more rapidly. The share of financial rewards flowing to creative talent will increase substantially; and, lest we forget that essential lubricant for the engine of commerce, the need for skilled lawyers will be greater than ever.
Sidney Sheldon, author of "Bloodline," "The Rage of Angels": The entertainment industry will grow even more fragmented. Videocassettes will be targeted for religious groups, rock groups, sex groups, anything you want. The pendulum is swinging back from the Moral Majority syndrome to a much more permissive attitude. It's moving in the other direction, and society will be as permissive as ever.
Don Simpson, producer of "Flashdance," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Top Gun": People are continually going to want to be entertained. They want to be told stories, just like people did in the Pleistocene age, when they listened to campfire stories about capturing dinosaurs. I don't think it will be a genre-based business. It's going to be a business that tells good stories. I say that because television is topical; it's newspaper-headline stuff. Movies are bigger than life; they are that magic space in which you find yourself interlocking physically and emotionally and intellectually with all other people in the room and laughing or booing at the same time. That's the real high. Movies will be around forever because you can't get that kind of experience in your home.