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October 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lionsgate chief Jon Feltheimer is clearly concerned about the growing legal conflicts between content producers and new technology providers. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Feltheimer told a cable industry conference in Orlando, FL Monday that technology can provide an unprecedented choice for consumers. However, he warned, “We can screw it up when all the constituents in our business are so focused on their narrow agendas that they can’t work together to look at the big picture.” Feltheimer particularly cited the recent conflicts between the two primary satellite TV providers and cable networks as well as the dispute over Barry Diller’s Aereo service. “What we need to do is look for ways to work together to make our jobs easier, not compete in ways that make them even harder,” he said. Feltheimer also cited the success of the online and cable-TV movie channel Epix that Lionsgate owns with Viacom/Paramount and MGM. Daily Variety quoted him as telling the Orlando conference: “In a world of disruptive technologies and accelerating change, the simple message is that we have to invest in new approaches, new partnerships and new business models.”

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