‘Matrix 4,’ ‘Dune,’ and the entire 2021 Warner Bros slate will debut on HBO Max and in theaters in a one-year plan due to the pandemic. The shocking move to simultaneously release movies day-and-date underscores the crisis facing movie theaters and the rising importance of streaming services in the wake of a global health crisis that’s decimated the film exhibition community.
The CEO of B2B music tech company Tuned Global, Con Raso, offers a global eye on the future growth opportunities for the recorded music industry. Over the course of the past nine years, Tuned Global has worked with the likes of Samsung, Line Music, UFC Ultimate Sounds, Vodafone, Universal Music Group x Pizza Hut, Coca Cola and more, helping these huge companies connect better with their consumers using digital music.
Amazon’s refusal to sell e-books published in-house to libraries is sparking backlash as demand for digital content spikes during the coronavirus pandemic. Librarians and advocacy groups are pushing for the tech giant to license its published e-books to libraries for distribution, arguing the company’s self-imposed ban significantly decreases public access to information.
Release date delays, or the prospect of sending studio movies to streaming services, might seem obvious or expected at this point in the pandemic. Yet traditional Hollywood players are still struggling to navigate a new movie distribution landscape, one with contours that are being charted, smudged out, and redrawn again on the fly.
With more than a month left in 2020, this year could very well be the year in which the media sector sees a record amount of layoffs. The sector as defined by Challenger includes news (both broadcast and print), all print publications, all broadcast, television and movies, book publishing and digital media.
Drake, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa and The Weeknd are among the most-streamed artists of 2020, according to figures from Spotify. Drake was the most popular artist in the UK, reclaiming the number one position from Ed Sheeran. The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights was the most-played song in the UK, while Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent was the top album.
Amazon is adding a large vault of music videos to its Amazon Music Unlimited service. Unlike some competitors like YouTube Music, Amazon’s videos are only available to paying subscribers, according to Android Police — not listeners on the ad-sponsored free tier. But the selection seems on par with other services.
The biggest trade show in U.S. book publishing is being retired. BookExpo and its attendant consumer-focused events, BookCon and Unbound, will not be held in 2021, as organizer ReedPop considers the future of the events. Event director Jenny Martin said that ReedPop is talking to publishers, booksellers, and other partners to investigate how to rebuild the events.
Source: BookExpo and BookCon Are No More
As previously announced, the Quibi app as of Tuesday (Dec. 1) is no longer operable — marking the quick and quiet end of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ill-fated $1.75 billion quest to carve out a new corner of the subscription streaming-video market. The Quibi app will remain on users’ devices until they delete it. However, the app no longer allows users to sign in or access any Quibi content.
Source: Quibi Is Officially Dead
International Business News: Google’s copyright agreements with some French publishers is a significant shift in the stand given by the search giant on the issue. This comes after months of debate over the sharing of revenues from the display of content in search results.