China’s film regulators has slammed the brakes on plans to gradually reopen the country’s cinemas. Over 600 movie theaters across China were given the green light to reopen their doors over the past week, but Beijing’s Film Bureau put out a notice late Friday ordering all theaters to go back into shutdown. No official explanation for the sudden reversal was provided.
Creative professionals whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak are flocking to membership platform Patreon in record numbers, the company claims. During the first three weeks of March, more than 30,000 new creators launched on the site — a much larger number than usual.
Songwriters, along with other “gig economy” workers in the music industry ranging from producers to roadies, will be eligible for grants and loans under the $2 trillion stimulus bill passed by the Senate in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the advocacy organizations Songwriters of North America and Nashville Songwriters Association International announced today.
Like many stocks, Hipgnosis took a hammering as the spread of COVID-19 rose to the top of the global news agenda: from London Stock Exchange close on Friday, February 21 to Tuesday, March 17, the firm’s share price shrunk all the way from £108.00 to £87.50, a fall of 19%. Yet since that March 17 low point, the value of SONG has rocketed back up.
Independent distributors across Europe, reeling from the cinema closures and government stay-at-home orders, have begun violating the prime directive of Euro art house cinema: They’ve broken the theatrical window. As they do so, they are creating new models for independent distribution that could outlast the current crisis.
Scott Ackerman, the long-time CEO of one of the world’s most successful DIY distribution platforms, TuneCore, is stepping down from the role. New York-based Ackerman will vacate the CEO position on April 15. He will stay on as a strategic advisor at the company, reporting to Denis Ladegaillerie – the CEO of TuneCore’s parent, Believe Group.
Studios are making their new and current theatrical releases available for rent on streaming as movie theaters close their doors in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. But even as consumers say they are watching more content because of the pandemic, the price point on these rentals is more than three times what consumers would prefer to spend.
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That case and others raised serious questions about the legal protections available for music: When does homage become plagiarism? When does a common chord progression become one songwriter’s property? Songwriters and producers worried that their next hit could make them the target of a lawsuit. But the tide may be changing, after two court decisions this month addressed important aspects of how copyright applies to music.
The postponement means NBCU won’t have the Olympics to help it market its Peacock service this summer, and this is a big blow for a new service that would have benefitted from reaching an audience as big as the Olympics’. In January 2020, Comcast described the Tokyo Olympics as a “massive promotional opportunity.”