Let Other Studios Race to VOD; Sony Pictures Classics Believes It’s Theaters Or Nothing

After Universal ran to premium VOD at the first opportunity, other distributors were quick to follow suit.

Sony trotted out “Bloodshot,” while Disney offered “Onward,” Searchlight presented “Downhill,” and Warner Bros.

sold “The Way Back.” However, if there’s going to be a last man standing for theatrical exhibition, it’s Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard, who has no interest in exploring the Pvod trend.“That’s no place to play them,” said Bernard.

“Everything starts with exhibition.

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That same day, Focus opened “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” which will

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