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Jakarta Post

Healthier competition needed in film business

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 4 2009   /  01:24 pm

The cinema industry needs to be more competitive as it is dominated by a single company, a report highlighting unfair practices in the movie distribution business concludes. Economic observer Faisal Basri suggested the film distribution sector should operate through tenders to enforce good business practice. "Better regulation of the movie distribution business is also required," he said Thursday. The Business Competition Supervisory Commission's (KPPU) preliminary investigation found movie producers were overly dependent on the country's largest cinema network, Cineplex 21, as a result of an alleged lack of healthy competition. According to the KPPU, Cineplex 21, which is owned by PT Nusantara Sejahtera Raya (NSR), an affiliate of diversified business conglomerate Subentra Group, will cast movies out of its network if film producers provide copies to other distribut...