[opendtv] Re: News: Cable Relents on Channels for the Family

  • From: "Don Munsil" <don@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 10:00:24 -0800

From: <dan.grimes@xxxxxxxx>
> Movies that relate to children are by far the most profitable and the
> longest running in the theater.

I really don't see where you get this. The top ten grossing films of all 
time has two arguably kid-oriented movies on it, Shrek 2 at #3 and E.T. at 
#4. Neither of those is rated G. The top-grossing G rated movie is Finding 
Nemo, at #13.


Movies that appeal to a wide demographic including parents and teenagers are 
certainly among the top grossing films of all time, but very few of them 
"relate to children." I wouldn't take my 5-year-old to see Titanic, the top 
grossing film, nor would I take him to see any of the others in the top 10. 
We watched Shrek, figuring he could handle "mild language," and he found it 
too scary. Finding Nemo, on the other hand, he loved, while I thought the 
sharks would freak him out. He loves sharks. Go figure.

The movie industry and the TV industry respond pretty strongly to financial 
incentive. If child-friendly movies were the most profitable and longest 
running, they'd make a ton more of them. As it is, they do churn out a 
constant stream of kid movies, but they're neither the most profitable or 
the longest running as a general rule.

My prediction, by the way, is that when the cable companies make these 
"family friendly" channel packages, they'll be purchased by tiny numbers of 
people. If they get 1% uptake, I'll be very surprised.


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