Italy Set to Regulate Theatrical Windows Following Netflix Controversy

Variety | 11/15/2018 | Nick Vivarelli
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Italy is set to regulate its theatrical windows by law, following an uproar over the simultaneous release on Netflix and in theaters of local police-brutality drama “On My Skin.”

New rules announced by Italian Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli will enshrine in law the current gentleman’s agreement among the country’s distributors to wait 105 days after a film’s first theatrical screening before it can be released on other platforms, including TV and streaming.

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However, exceptions will be made for limited-release or under-performing Italian movies. The window will be reduced to 60 days for local films shown on fewer than 80 screens or for those that generate fewer than 50,000 admissions after 21 days in cinemas. The window is even shorter – 10 days – for Italian films screened only for three days.

The head of Italian motion picture association ANICA called the country’s upcoming new regulations “a good agreement between all sectors within the Italian cinema industry,” adding that “it balances protection of product...
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