Other anti-trust problems occurred in Korea, where five major U.S. film
distributors were found guilty of collusion for withholding ads in two Seol
newspapers by the Korean Fair Trade Commission. Penalties were assessed against
Columbia Tristar (Sony Pictures), Twentieth Century Fox, United International Pictures, Warner
Brothers, and Buena Vista International. Future violations would lead to the
closing of U.S. distributors’ offices in Korea.
The strength of studio distribution alliances abroad may also be a weakness
when foreign anti-trust laws view these alliance as anti-competitive. Thus, the
power of a studio distribution arm abroad does have some risks, and filmakers must
consider this risk as well as the benefits of studio distribution when
determining the best distribution abroad for their film.
Author acknowledges the contributions of Koh
Chik-Mann, Variety; and Benedict Carver, Variety.
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