Acquisitive Minds: Yasushi Shiina

Sr. managing exec, Asmik Ace Entertainment, Japan

  • How would you rate the quality of the film product available today?

    “The speed of the sales and acquisitions business has led to the quality of films available for sale to decline over the years.

    “These days, the films that are creating a buzz in the industry have attracted international buyers at such an early stage that the films that are on sale at international markets are ones which will not make it to the screen.”

  • What is the impact of the Internet on your business?

    “The Internet means that it is much easier to get information about movies but the Internet has not changed the way we approach markets. Information such as the contents of the script and other factors that determine the quality of the movie are not on the Internet.”

  • What is your advice on keeping cool in a bidding war?

    “Think numbers and stick with your budget; it’s difficult to do but sometimes you have to walk away from a movie because the price has gone too high.”

  • What is your favorite dealmaking spot in Cannes?

    “The Carlton Beach terrace cafe is wonderful.”

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