Global Cinema Federation launched at CineEurope
by Birgit Heidsiek
- UNIC, the National Association of Theatre Owners and leading exhibitors are joining forces to represent the global interests of exhibition
Together with trade associations the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), 11 leading cinema operators have launched the Global Cinema Federation, which will represent the global interests of film exhibition in more than 90 territories. In view of policy challenges such as film theft, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the highly valued relationship with partners in film distribution, the exhibitors will share their expertise and experience with their counterparts across various territories. The founding operator members of the group include AMC, Cinemark, Cineplex, Cinépolis, Cineworld, CJ-CGV, Event Cinemas, Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathé, Regal Entertainment Group, Vue International and Wanda Cinemas.
“This is an exciting time for cinemas and their business partners all around the world as the industry enters a new era of global collaboration and ongoing innovation,” says Cinépolis CEO Alejandro Ramirez Magaña, chair of the cross-industry Global Working Group. “We decided to establish the Global Cinema Federation to give our industry a much stronger global voice in this new landscape and will in the coming months actively reach out to leading operators and their trade bodies around the world to establish an inclusive organisation that is able to speak on behalf of a large share of the global cinema exhibition community.”
Launched at this week’s CineEurope (see the news), the Global Cinema Federation will hold similar gatherings with key parties at CineAsia, CinemaCon and at further trade events around the world. Among the key issues that the leading exhibitors will discuss are piracy, theatrical exclusivity, music rights payments, accessibility and related regulations, technology, and standards. Further subjects include international trade and foreign investment as well as the relationship with major studios and the wider creative community.
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