UNIC president Ad Westrate says foreign cinemas are currently pushing for legislation against the shrinking of release windows by Hollywood studios and their international distributors. France already has such a law, where the window is set at six months. The cinemas of other countries are hoping that law will serve as the model for other nations. Hollywood will be fighting hard against such legislation, of course, and it is likely to continue blaming piracy as the motive. Paramount Pictures International president Andrew Cripps insisted today that there can't be such limits because of the changing demands of the marketplace.
With the studios earning a major part of their grosses from foreign markets, it would make sense for Cripps and others to at least respect the concerns of the cinemas, but as we know from Hollywood's treatment of domestic theaters, we can't expect any easy compromise in the future. Another concern brought up today, which has also been an important issue here, is who should have to pay for digital projectors and how can the transition be quickly accomplished. Perhaps some foreign cinemas can form their own version of the DCIP group recently created -- though previously formed and financed -- by AMC, Regal, and Cinemark.