Last week, the Chicago Tribune published an interview with AMC’s Adam Aron, in which the CEO discusses the ups and downs at the world’s largest exhibitor over the past year, highlighting key decisions that were made in operations and fundraising that allowed AMC to hold off the wolves when revenues dried up. For the most part, Aron has been commended for his success in keeping the world’s largest exhibitor out of bankruptcy over the past year.
For his efforts, he was recently rewarded with a compensation package north of $21M, much of that due to the recent rebound in the company’s stock price. One of the most interesting parts of the interview is Aron’s comments on the relationship between studios and exhibitors, each of whom depends on the other for their success. He predicts that this dynamic will guide negotiations on changes in release windows and other key aspects of the relationship between studios and exhibitors.