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AFM-MPAA "Head to Head"

Signifying the steady expansion in its growth and influence, both at home and abroad, the AFM is clearly heading for a series of head-to-head encounters with the MPAA. Jack Valenti, the MPAA President, publicly backed MIFED, even though its members aren't much in evidence at the Italian market. The MPAA position seemed designed primarily to oppose AFM.

In another area, the MPAA is opposing the international copyright registry which AFM is backing.

AFM is definitely planning to expand its membership to take in exporters of television programs. Another area in which AFM seems headed for conflict with the MPAA is the question of the majors' domination of the European theatre scene.

In places like Italy and elsewhere, American releases constitute upwards of 80% of all theatrical releases, a situation which infuriates not only local producers, but also the local distributors who distribute the American independents.
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Publication:Video Age International
Date:Mar 1, 1991
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