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Former top NATO executives launch The Fithian Group

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Source: Iah Bearden-Vrai

(L-R): John Fithian, Jackie Brenneman and Patrick Corcoran of The Fithian Group

Highly regarded former National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) executives John Fithian, Patrick Corcoran, and Jackie Brenneman have launched consulting firm The Fithian Group LLC.

The founding partners bring more than 60 years of combined experience in the film business and comprise Fithian, the former NATO president and CEO; Corcoran, who served as vice president and chief communications officer and director of media and research and California operations chief; and Brenneman, the former NATO executive vice president and general counsel and president of The Cinema Foundation.

The Fithian Group will advise individual companies worldwide that seek to grow, innovate and invest in the theatrical space – be it new companies, those seeking a wider and more diverse range of films and cinema events, or new technologies.

The partners will advise clients on strategy, build partnerships, connect investors, bring innovations to market, and design strategic communications.

“We have spent the last couple of decades helping to guide the cinema industry through the biggest challenges it has faced,” said Fithian. After surviving these challenges, we now want to help our clients grow and seize opportunities. We survived digital cinema, the long battle for theatrical exclusivity and Hollywood’s all-in-on streaming. Now, the major Hollywood labor agreements are a signal that now is the time to start building.”

“The way we have worked has always been about collaborative work,” Brenneman said. “We extend this way of working into how we create value for our customers.” We worked hard to establish these connections when we were in trade associations. We knew that theatre owners needed allies – whether they were other cinema owners from around the world, technology firms, creative communities, or distributors. They paid off in times of crisis and we believe we can leverage these partnerships to help our clients grow in times of opportunity.”

Corcoran added, “We have always believed that the cinema industry was essential and strong. We have always made it a priority to tell this story to the media, the public and Wall Street. We will continue to tell that story on behalf of our clients in the industry.” We will continue to tell that story on behalf of our clients in the industry.”

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