Distributors talk tough on airing films on OTT

The Tamil Nadu Film Exhibitors’ Association and the Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur Distributors’ Association said that they had decided to purchase theatrical rights of ‘big-budget’ movies only after watching their previews.

T. Rajendar, president, Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur Distributors’ Association districts, said that they would insist on watching the preview of the film if the producers insisted on selling the movie on a ‘minimum guarantee’ or ‘outright basis’.

Speaking to the media, he said, “We have taken the decision due to an extraordinary situation. We are seeking support from Lyca Productions on a humanitarian basis, not on a legal basis. Many exhibitors were affected. Lyca Productions have said that they would look into the issue.”

Also, the following decisions have been taken by the association:

* The distributors will request the Tamil Nadu Government to remove the 8% Local Body Entertainment Tax above the existing GST.

* Amicable talks will happen regarding the ‘Darbar’ loss issue with the film’s actor, director, and producer.

* Films should not be aired on OTT platforms before eight weeks. Satellite channels should not telecast films before 100 days.

* New terms must be established between distributors and theater owners by discussing with nine members from both sides.

* Distributors will buy films on minimum guarantee and outright basis only after watching the film in a special preview show.