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Coronavirus: film industry urgently needs to find a solution

Sky News takes a look at the future of cinema as productions and releases continue to be delayed due to the coronavirus crisis. Not unlike the aviation industry, it’s difficult to envisage how social distancing will work in the cinema. But as the UK Cinema Association plots its comeback, the film industry faces not just angst but conflict during the coronavirus lockdown. Zygi Kamasa, chief executive of Lionsgate UK, has organised a streaming event to raise funds for two causes. In a bid to bring back the notion of Saturday…

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Virus Crisis may spur more Hollywood studio mergers – analyst

“The production and distribution of media content will be permanently changed,” including fewer U.S. cinema screens and a further focus on tentpole titles, Michael Nathanson says in his report “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” “We have a strong belief that the production and distribution of media content will be permanently changed by this crisis,” Michael Nathanson wrote about the coronavirus pandemic in a Friday report entitled “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.” Among his predictions: The U.S. will end up with fewer cinema screens, and most studios will have to look for mergers…

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Pandemic forces Academy to break with Oscars tradition for streaming films

For the first time, and only for this year, movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible. The Academy Awards will for the first time allow films that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run to be eligible for nominations, a break with tradition in direct response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Academy announced the new criteria for the Oscars in a statement on Tuesday. The change is not permanent, however, and will only apply to films released this year. The Academy…

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