“The passion and love for movies by the Cinespia team and the audience got our attention immediately,” explains Bob Berney, Head of Marketing & Distribution for Amazon Studios. “The consistent size of the audience and expansion of the program to new venues around the city give us a perfect way to introduce our movie program in general, and specific titles, to this rabid and frequent movie-going community.”
While the partnership clearly helps Amazon reach a large and enthusiastic audience, Wyatt says teaming up with the studio also affords Cinespia opportunities to offer its fans a more a robust line-up, like premieres of the studio’s films. “[Amazon] has stepped into a space that a lot of the major studios are too afraid to occupy because of the bottom line... They respect the integrity of what we do, they trust us, and appreciate that we expose a younger audience to classic film.”
“As for me,” says Wyatt, “I’ll be continuing to bring people together for great films as long as I live” -- a sentiment that many of Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s permanent residents would likely have agreed with.