By JEFFREY WALTON and DAN BAKERAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Hollywood is re-imagining how it produces films, offering them as a streaming service and in digital versions that can be downloaded for free.
The results are sparking debate among movie producers, distributors and executives about the future of the movie business.
As Hollywood moves forward with the transformation of its movie business, it’s finding it increasingly difficult to predict the future.
Some studios are experimenting with new methods to get movies out the door quicker.
A new app for the Apple TV called FilmMagic lets users create their own movies and make them available to watch on other devices.
Some studios are also experimenting with digital streaming services.
But the studios are still largely reliant on Hollywood studios and Hollywood film houses to produce films.
The studios’ budgets are shrinking as the economy has improved, and they’re now relying more heavily on independent production houses and filmmakers to make movies.
Hollywood is looking to digital entertainment as a way to keep the movies going for longer, and to make the movies available on a wide range of devices.
The studios are looking at the potential of streaming services as a new way to produce movies and as a place where consumers can rent them and download them for free to their computers, smartphones and tablets.
They’re also looking at a new kind of distribution model, where studios can rent movies to the public, sell them and share the profits with them, as they have done with movies and TV shows.
In addition to streaming services, some studios are rethinking the business model for movies.
The Motion Picture Association of America last year urged Congress to include a provision to make it easier for companies to produce and distribute movies digitally, with the hope that the industry could create new revenues that could fund future productions.
That’s why the Motion Picture Alliance of America is introducing a bill that would give the Copyright Act a second life and allow studios to sell movie-related content online, for free, as a service that is licensed to a streaming platform.
That would help studios compete with Amazon, Hulu and Netflix, which are all developing digital streaming products.
But it also would put studios at odds with the studios and the studios’ chief executives.
“We’ve never been more at war with the industry,” said Michael Lynton, the president of Hollywood Studios, which has produced a slew of films over the years, including “Mudbound,” “The Last Airbender” and “Mama.”
“They’ve got a really bad grip on how they make films, and we have to come up with something that works for them.”
“We have to make sure that the films that are made in this business are as high-quality as possible, and I’m not talking about some Hollywood blockbuster,” Lynton added.
“It’s a very hard business to make, and the way that Hollywood is going, it may be the only business that they ever have,” said Chris Howard, who heads up the entertainment division of Hollywood Pictures, which owns studios such as Universal and Universal Orlando.
“The way that studios are working is they’re trying to make money off of this very lucrative entertainment business,” Howard said.
“But it’s going to be a battle for them to survive for a long time.
There’s a lot of uncertainty in this industry, a lot.
And I think we’ve seen it play out before.”
The debate is being fueled by a surge in piracy.
Hollywood studios are increasingly concerned about the impact piracy is having on their movies, as piracy of streaming content such as Netflix and Amazon’s streaming services is now widespread.
The companies say the problem is getting worse, and are turning to other means to try to get rid of it.
The debate has also sparked a backlash from Hollywood’s film stars, who have criticized the studios for turning to pirated content and not going after online piracy.
“It’s not going to happen,” said Kevin Spacey, who plays a corrupt politician in the film “House of Cards.”
“If you have no interest in this, you’re not going into this business,” Spacey said.
But many film producers, studios and executives say they’re not necessarily losing money from pirating movies.
“I think the studios have been more interested in the content than the piracy, which is great,” said John Schaffer, the former president of Columbia Pictures, who now runs The Hollywood Reporter.
“I think that’s really what it comes down to.
You can’t have it both ways.
It’s an industry where the biggest money is made off of people who want to make a movie.””
The studios have not been as successful as they could be,” said David Katzenberg, the chief executive of 20th Century Fox.
“The studios want to keep making movies, and there are a lot more people willing to pay for a movie now than ever before.”
In the past, studios would sell movies directly to consumers through theaters, but this is no longer an option.