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March 27, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
The buzz began early. The two men in suits, exhibitors at theater owners' annual ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas, boarded the elevator. "You know, they are bringing out 25 stars," one said. "Really?" asked his friend. "Yes." "Is that because they had such a crappy year last year?" he asked, as his friend laughed in agreement. Paramount Pictures executives surely would not confess openly to having had a "crappy" 2003.
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March 16, 2005 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
Coming off the second year that theater admissions remained in a relative slump, Hollywood got some good news Tuesday morning: The average cost of making and marketing a movie dipped below $100 million. Making his debut here at ShoWest, Dan Glickman, the new president and CEO of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, reported that the cost of putting out a movie declined to $98 million in 2004, down 5% from the industry peak of $102.8 million the year before.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2005 | R. Kinsey Lowe, Times Staff Writer
Coming off the second year that theater admissions remained in a relative slump, Hollywood got some good news Tuesday morning: The average cost of making and marketing a movie dipped below $100 million. Making his debut here at ShoWest, Dan Glickman, the new president and CEO of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, reported that the cost of putting out a movie declined to $98 million in 2004, down 5% from the industry peak of $102.8 million the year before.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
The buzz began early. The two men in suits, exhibitors at theater owners' annual ShoWest Convention in Las Vegas, boarded the elevator. "You know, they are bringing out 25 stars," one said. "Really?" asked his friend. "Yes." "Is that because they had such a crappy year last year?" he asked, as his friend laughed in agreement. Paramount Pictures executives surely would not confess openly to having had a "crappy" 2003.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
The average cost of making and marketing a movie soared above $100 million for the first time last year, according to data released at the annual ShoWest theater owners' convention, which got underway Tuesday. Production and marketing costs climbed to an average of $102.8 million for the Motion Picture Assn. of America's seven member studios.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2008 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
The marquee topic was 3-D on Tuesday at the movie industry's ShoWest conference, as DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg teased exhibitors with footage from next year's "Monsters vs. Aliens" and four studios announced deals that could enable 10,000 more theaters to show films in the format. "It is nothing less than the greatest innovation that has happened to all of us in the movie business since the advent of color 70 years ago," Katzenberg said in his keynote address to theater owners, echoing comments he had made previously on the subject.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2007 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
The revolution in moviegoing will be digital, theater owner Bill Campbell knows. But Campbell, who runs independent theaters in Sheridan, Wyo., and Miles City, Mont., isn't ready to take up such an expensive cause just yet. "I'm still using film projectors that were built in the 1950s and I can fix them myself," Campbell said. "What if your digital server goes down? Dark screens are death to the theater industry."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
The average cost of making and marketing a movie soared above $100 million for the first time last year, according to data released at the annual ShoWest theater owners' convention, which got underway Tuesday. Production and marketing costs climbed to an average of $102.8 million for the Motion Picture Assn. of America's seven member studios.
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