UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has argued that the EU was “letting down music on both sides of the Channel” regarding the recent Brexit deal and its impact on touring artists – but the EU has responded that the UK “refused to include a commitment on visa-free short stay” in their agreement.
In an open letter, more than 250 authors, agents, booksellers, and publishers urged publishers not to sign book deals with members of the Trump Administration or anyone who incited, suborned, instigated, or otherwise supported the January 6, 2021, coup attempt.
The Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market (EFM) is gearing up for its upcoming online edition, for which it has announced 35 promising feature film projects from 25 countries selected for its co-production market. The EFM on Friday also unveiled details of the digital platform on which business will be done.
The live music web hub Bandsintown is introducing a streaming concert subscription service, Bandsintwon Plus, that will offer shows from independent artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Jeff Tweedy, Soccer Mommy, Joe Bonamassa and Mt. Joy for a flat $9.99 monthly fee. The “all access pass” for Bandsintown Plus promises more than 25 concerts a month.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States, told performing arts professionals at a virtual conference on Saturday that he believed that theaters and other venues could reopen “some time in the fall of 2021,” depending on the vaccination rollout, and suggested that audiences might still be required to wear masks for some time.
Teased last October in national commercial spots, the streaming monolith is guaranteeing its roughly 193 million subscribers unseen features every week in 2021. Largely consisting of original productions as well as some splashy acquisitions, the slate has 71 titles across genres — from musicals to action, romantic comedies to family animation.
While live-streaming can never replace real-life options and is unlikely to have the same financial benefits, organizers and artists have witnessed the power of opening up events to a larger audience online and have realized that fans may still crave these opportunities when the world resumes.
Nobody expected mass immunization overnight, but with vaccinations being administered at a crawl in the U.S., it now looks like Warner Bros. may have been forward-thinking in acknowledging the box office’s slow return. Getting back to the movies in any normal fashion seems as unrealistic today as it did last March when cinemas across the nation were shuttered.
One of the key findings in the report is the need for publishers to rethink their digital strategies. “The changes in the retail landscape speak volumes. On the one hand, from now on publishers must treat bookselling as digital-first, physical-second,” the report states.
Musician Ariel Pink has been dropped by his record label, Mexican Summer, following his attendance at Wednesday’s rally at the White House in support of President Donald Trump, which led to the riot at the Capitol that has left five dead. “Due to recent events, Mexican Summer and its staff have decided to end our working relationship with Ariel Rosenberg AKA Ariel Pink moving forward,” the label tweeted Friday.