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Ten Takeaways From Variety’s Entertainment Summit

"A common misconception is that niche shows geared toward specific audiences will not fare as well as more universal programs, but Lucinda Martinez, executive vice president of HBO and HBO Max brand marketing, says fan marketing is more focused on quality of connection rather than quantity." - Variety

With Michael Apted Gone, Can His ‘Up’ Documentaries Keep Going?

Beginning in 1964 with Seven Up!, Apted made a series of nine films, shot at seven-year-intervals, following the lives of a group of 14 Englishmen and -women from ages 7 through 14, 21, 28, etc. (63 Up was released in 2019.) After his death last week, the 12 remaining subjects and several longtime crew members are considering whether to proceed on to 70 Up, and, if so, how. - The New York Times

Why You Can’t Stop Watching “Bad” TV

“Consolatory entertainment” is a better term for such programming. There is consolation in the simple pleasures of ordinary conversation, shared enjoyment and of laughing together that underpins the success of panel games, quiz shows and even celebrity chat shows. - The Conversation

Why Horror Films Were So Popular In 2020, The Most Horrible Year In Recent Memory

"The past year … saw the horror genre take home its largest share of the box office in modern history. In a year where the world was stricken by real horrors, why were many people escaping to worlds full of fictional horrors? As odd as it may sound, the fact that people were more anxious in 2020 may be one reason why horror films were so popular. A look at typical horror fans may provide some clues about the nature of this peculiar phenomenon." - Nautilus

Is This Finally The End Of Broadcast TV?

How much of the telly you watch this year will be on a live, linear channel, at the scheduled hour, with millions of others tuning in at exactly the same time? For many of us, the answer is getting dangerously close to none. - The Guardian

CNN Is Shutting Down Its Airport Channel

"The steep decline in airport traffic because of COVID-19, coupled with all of the new ways that people are consuming content on their personal devices, has lessened the need for the CNN Airport Network and we had to make the very difficult decision to end its operation ," the cable news giant announced. - Variety

The Subversion Of The Digital World

"I always go off of this dancing logic: for every system of control that establishes itself in a very direct and very antagonizing way, or in a very pervasive and ubiquitous way, there will always be subcultures or underground communities that will try to dismantle them in some way." - Howlround

Streaming Revenue In US Should Go Well Over $100 Billion This Year

"Total spending on streaming services and software is projected to reach a record $112 billion in 2021, an 11 percent growth over 2020, according to Consumer Technology Association projections announced on Monday. … This follows 31 percent growth in 2020 over 2019." - The Hollywood Reporter

How Our Media Diet Has Changed

While Covid-19 quarantines have made television one of the more dominant mediums around, they’ve also altered the diet of what we watch within that medium. Pre-pandemic, people could watch movies in theaters, TV shows on Netflix, and live events at concert halls, clubs, and stadiums. Now, all of those things are channeled through televisions (or, in some cases, through smartphones, laptops, and other devices). Our definition of what it means to "watch TV" has changed a lot over the last few years. - Wired

The Center Of Hollywood’s COVID Outbreaks

Eleven more cases came from The Kominsky Method, a Michael Douglas-starring Netflix series where aging actors confront mortality. Around the same time, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 database, which tracks workplace outbreaks from the past 14 days, Netflix had nine more positive cases; NBC Universal, including some crew of the show Mr. Mayor, had 23; CBS reported 45. - The Daily Beast

The Day Tacoma’s Movie Theatre Burned Down

During The Birds, even. The loss of the venue deeply affected Seattle's southern neighbor. "Before it was the Music Box the building was originally called the Tacoma Theater. Built in 1890 as an opera house, all that remains today is a single stone wall." - KING 5

How Do Recent And New Films Handle Elder Decline?

There's a mix, from viewer disorientation - meant to mimic that of a person experiencing dementia - to body horror. - The Hollywood Reporter

The National Society Of Film Critics Picks Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland As Best Pic

But not just best pic: "The film won best picture and best cinematography, while Zhao was awarded best director and star Frances McDormand was named best actress." That's a big sweep. - Variety

How Joan Micklin Silver Beat A Path Toward A New Kind Of Romantic Film

It's a path that others could follow, if they had the courage (and the funding). "Crossing Delancey is a culturally distinctive romcom, not one that mutes down its differences in an attempt to assimilate, and is all the more enjoyable for it, whatever the audience’s ethnicity. More pickle, less vanilla." - The Guardian (UK)

One Of The Coolest Trends That Should Stay Post-Pandemic

Renting your own movie theatre isn't cheap, but (once we can gather in greater numbers than two or three), it's not exactly unaffordable. And it makes some things far better: For instance, "when attending a public theater, your experience is completely reliant on the strangers in there with you. It all hinges on others adhering to theater etiquette rules, which tend to vary from person to person. This is a problem that is mitigated by the private theater experience." - CinemaBlend

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