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James Emanuel Shapiro

James Emanuel Shapiro (@JamesEmShapiro) is a 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry. He’s been the COO of NEON and Drafthouse Films and most recently started the analytics department at the Alamo Drafthouse. His gravestone will read “Made the only other offer to buy PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.”


Articles by James Emanuel Shapiro

March 12, 2021 5:30 am

Are Pre-Buys Bad for Independent Movies?

The year's biggest Sundance sale raised a red alert during Berlin, but it’s not going to destroy the market for indies.
James Emanuel Shapiro
January 15, 2021 9:31 am

MGM Is For Sale (Again)

But a different marketplace with cash-rich suitors means that MGM might be the first domino to fall — and a pricey one, at that.
James Emanuel Shapiro
December 4, 2020 5:30 am

Moving Films to VOD Can’t Make Up the Revenue the Traditional Theatrical Model Generates

One low-budget film shows how hard it will be to make up lost revenue from the traditional theatrical model if the window narrows to 30 days.
James Emanuel Shapiro
November 13, 2020 5:30 am

Biden vs. Block Booking

With the Paramount Decrees being rolled back in 2022, it’s worth considering how a Biden DOJ might respond to anti-competitive practices at movie theaters.
James Emanuel Shapiro
October 16, 2020 10:00 am

In a World Without Movie Theaters …

Those cheering the demise of theatrical should consider the consequences of a full move to streaming.
James Emanuel Shapiro