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NPD: 2020 Was the US’ Bestselling Year for Print in a Decade

In a statement issued to the news media today (January 7), the NPD Group has announced that print book sales in the US rose 8.2 percent in 2020. Growth occurred, the industry research specialists say, across all major super-categories including adult nonfiction, juvenile, and teen categories. That 8.2-percent figure is calculated year-over-year and represents 751 million units.

Source: NPD: 2020 Was the US’ Bestselling Year for Print in a Decade

Apple Music Says It Had ‘A Record Year’ In 2020 – Where’s the Proof?

Apple Music says it had a record year in 2020, but it refused to qualify that statement with actual subscriber numbers. The last official update released by Apple Music was 60 million subscribers in June 2019. It’s hard to estimate how much the service has grown since then, thanks to Apple’s subscription bundling. However, some analysts believe Apple Music could be nearing 100 million subscribers.

Source: Apple Music Says It Had ‘A Record Year’ In 2020 – Where’s the Proof?

CES 2021 may hint at how much Wonder Woman 1984 changed the movie biz

A scaled-back media presence at CES will feature the head of Warner Bros., which plans to release all new movies this year on HBO Max and in theaters on the same day. In a keynote titled “Entertainment Transformed,” the chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, Ann Sarnoff, will be interviewed alongside marketing executives from Nike and General Motors and the CEO of LeBron James’ entertainment company, SpringHill.

Source: CES 2021 may hint at how much Wonder Woman 1984 changed the movie biz

Former Disney and Discovery execs to launch Struum, a ‘ClassPass for streaming services’

Former Disney and Discovery execs are teaming up to launch a new streaming service called Struum, arriving in the spring, that aims to take the Classpass model and apply it to the streaming landscape. That is, Struum’s plan is to aggregate content from smaller video on demand services, then provide that under its own subscription.

Source: Former Disney and Discovery execs to launch Struum, a ‘ClassPass for streaming services’

Los Angeles Production Grinds To A Halt Amid Covid-19 Surge

Film and TV production has been exempt from coronavirus restrictions and continued after the current stay-at-home order was instituted in early December. But, amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus infections and Covid-19 deaths in Los Angeles County, the vast majority of TV studios and streamers have postponed January production for one or more weeks.

Source: Los Angeles Production Grinds To A Halt Amid Covid-19 Surge; Netflix Is Latest Major Studio To Pause Filming

Fans’ Embrace of Streaming Sustained Music During A Tumultuous Year. What Does It Mean For 2021?

Despite this societal and economic uncertainty, music streaming – both in the volume of songs streamed and the number of fans paying for a subscription – continued to grow. That growth creates a robust foundation that will be critical for the music industry as we hopefully enter a period of broader recovery and eventually return to a new normal at some point next year.

Source: Fans’ Embrace of Streaming Sustained Music During A Tumultuous Year. Why, and What Does It Mean For 2021?

SAG-AFTRA, PGA Recommend Temporary Hold on SoCal Production Amid COVID Surge

Members of SAG-AFTRA who live in Southern California are urged to stay home, according to the joint statement, and “refrain from accepting on-set employment for the next several weeks.” Any actors who are slated to work over the next few weeks and have on-set safety concerns are encouraged to contact SAG-AFTRA.

Source: SAG-AFTRA, PGA Recommend Temporary Hold on Southern California Production Amid COVID Surge

Bollywood, Reeling From the Pandemic, Shifts to Streaming

The number of Bollywood movies headed to streaming is just a small fraction of what the industry makes. Last year, Bollywood produced more than 1,800 films, or an average of 35 a week. But the pandemic-spurred shift toward streaming is unmistakable, Bollywood producers, filmmakers and experts said.

Source: Bollywood, Reeling From the Pandemic, Shifts to Streaming

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