“If we can create talent, we can create the best movies as well,” Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairman and CEO, Jim Gianopulos, stated Monday at a press conference in Athens.
Gianopoulos pointed out that Greece can develop a more robust film industry by releasing quality pictures with a strong Greek identity. He believes this can lead films to become box office hits both in the domestic and international markets.
In addition, he underlined that it is difficult for American films to be shot entirely in Greece or within the European Union, in general because of the high production costs.
The chief executive of Fox Filmed Entertainment, also talked about piracy and how it harms the film making industry. He suggested that the US should join France in cutting off Internet connection of users who repeatedly download copyright-protected films. “Internet piracy is the single biggest threat to the film industry worldwide, and independent films are the hardest hit. The bad news is that the Internet is big, and it’s anonymous,” Gianopulos explained to a news conference in Athens.
He said punishing repeat offenders would help create “a level playing field” for filmmakers.
“If we can do that, it would be a big victory against piracy,” he said, cautioning that taking away the small percentage of profit many films make threatens the industry.”
Later in the evening, Gianopulos gave a lecture at Athens’ Megaron Hall on the subject of “Hellenism and Hollywood: From Aristotle to Alexander (Payne)”, while on Tuesday morning participated in a round table discussion at the Greek Film Archive Foundation.
Gianopulos, a Greek-American, attended a round table discussion in Thessaloniki’s John Cassavetes Theater on Sunday, held within the framework of the city’s 50th International Film Festival (TIFF).
His visit to Thessaloniki and Athens comes within the framework of the Fulbright Program “Great Ideas” incentive, underway in cooperation with the US embassy and the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.