Movie Theater Veteran John Fithian Launches New Consulting Venture

Hollywood Gossip
2 min readNov 15, 2023

The former head of the National Association of Theatre Owners is joining forces with two of his top lieutenants, Patrick Corcoran and Jackie Brenneman, to form the Fithian Group.

BY PAMELA MCCLINTOCK, NOVEMBER 15, 2023

(l to r): John Fithian, Jackie Brenneman and Patrick Corcoran IAH BEARDEN-VRAI

Former top theater lobbyist and exhibition veteran John Fithian has found his next chapter.

Fithian, who headed up the National Association of Theatre Owners for nearly two decades, announced Wednesday he is launching a new consulting firm alongside two of his longtime lieutenants at NATO, Patrick Corcoran and Jackie Brenneman.

The Fithian Group will be based in Los Angeles, and is being backed financially by the three founding partners. The trio will work with companies from around the world who seek to grow, innovate and invest in the theatrical space by advising clients on strategy, building partnerships, connecting investors and assisting on strategic communications, among other things.

“The way we work has always been about collaboration,” Brenneman said in the joint statement announcing the Fithian Group. “We extend that way of working to how we build value for our clients. In our trade association days, we knew that theater owners needed allies, whether it was other cinema owners around the world, technology companies, the creative community, or distributors, and we worked tirelessly to build those connections. 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. Telling that story to the press, the public, and Wall Street has always been a priority for us. What the cinema industry needs is more: more movies, more innovation, more diversity and more investment. We will continue to tell that story on behalf of our clients in the industry.”

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