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.