Todd Phillips to Theater Owners: ‘I’m on Your Side’ About VOD

The “Hangover” director threw his verbal support to theater owners during the Warner Bros. presentation at CinemaCon

Todd Phillips made no bones about his feelings about premium video-on-demand Thursday afternoon at CinemaCon. During Warner Bros. presentation, he assured theater owners "just for the record, I'm on your side on this video-on-demand business," he said. 

He also told them that if he wanted his movies to appear on TV first, he would be a TV director, a sentiment that drew loud, sustained applause from the crowd.

The increasingly sensitive issue of premium VOD exploded Thursday morning, when news of a DirecTV premium VOD plan surfaced, prompting a stinging response from the National Assn. of Theater Owners.