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Some Independent Movie Theatres Have Been Doing Great During COVID

For a certain sector of the exhibition business, things look, if not blazingly bright, at least cautiously bullish. While not immune to the forces that have affected the greater industry, independent theaters and art houses have managed to weather the challenges with startling success. – MSN
Tags: Art, Media, Audience


The “Immersive Transcript”, A New Way To Make Podcasts Accessible To Deaf Audiences

“Transcripts are hardly uncommon in podcasting but they’re often an afterthought, littered with omissions and inaccuracies thanks to automated transcription. … For their new show More Than This, Vox Media set out to create a podcast that could also be seen and felt. – Nieman Lab
Tags: Art, Media, Vox Media, Audience


25 TV Shows That Are Defining/Reflecting The 21st Century

These are the series that are both influential and significant, that have broken new ground, that have reflected life specifically in this century, or that have changed the culture of TV in some way. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Audience


England’s Theatres Are Open, No Masks Or Distancing Required, And Feelings Are Mixed

“How are theater fans feeling about this new normal? Has the pandemic changed what they’re seeing, and how they’re seeing it? We spoke to [eight] theater enthusiasts to find out.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, England, Theatre, Audience


How To Count Audience? Netflix Makes A Change

The streamer, in reporting its third quarter financials, noted that it will switch to reporting on hours viewed for its shows and movies rather than the number of households or accounts that choose to watch them. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Audience


The Returning Broadway Audience Has A Whole New Set Of Pre-Show Rituals

“Coming back has entailed a few adjustments: the ability to deftly juggle proofs of vaccination and photo IDs and tickets to get inside; preshow announcements that now urge people to keep their cellphones off and their masks on.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience


How Opera Invented The Modern Fan

Theater impresarios quickly recognized them as their ideal audience: the true-blue fans who reliably subscribed to the whole opera season; bought programs, auto­graphed photos; and drummed up the anticipation and conversation that kept theaters in business. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Music, Audience


The Benefit Of Watching Horror Movies

People can derive pleasure from recreational horror, whether in a haunted attraction or in front of the screen. For some, it is about maximum stimulation; those people are the adrenaline junkies. But for others, it is about keeping fear at a tolerable level. Aeon
Tags: Art, Media, Audience


The Benefit Of Watching HorrorMovies

People can derive pleasure from recreational horror, whether in a haunted attraction or in front of the screen. For some, it is about maximum stimulation; those people are the adrenaline junkies. But for others, it is about keeping fear at a tolerable level. Aeon
Tags: Art, Media, Audience


Rotten Tomatoes And Measuring The Divide Between Critics And Audience

The new Disney Plus documentary on Dr Anthony Fauci, which explores the personal side of the controversial figure, has a certified 91 percent approval rating from critics and a mere 2 percent from audiences. – The Spectator
Tags: Art, Featured, Media, Disney, Anthony Fauci, Audience


Spain To Give Every 18-Year-Old A €400 Culture Pass

The program budgeted for 2022 is similar to young adults’ culture passes established in France (€300) and Italy (€500). A key difference is that the money will be divided so that not all of it can be spent only on theater tickets or books or opera. – The Local (Spain)
Tags: Art, France, Spain, Italy, Issues, Audience


Country Music Is Losing Some Devoted Fans As The Culture Wars Rage On

The stereotype of country music lovers being only Southern and Midwestern conservatives isn’t really true — yet. As some industry stars take controversial stands on some issues (e.g., vaccines) and keep silent on others (George Floyd and BLM), some fans are turning away. – MSN (The Washington Post)
Tags: Art, Music, BLM, Audience, George Floyd


Boston Ballet Debuts Free Streaming Platform, Including Virtual Reality

ÜNI, as the site is called, wasn’t created to stream the company’s live performances: each work on the platform was choreographed especially for digital video, and a few of them includes VR versions that can be controlled by the viewer. – The Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Dance, Audience, Boston Ballet


More Than Half Of Biritish Theatres Have Gone Back To In-Person-Only Performances

“Research has found that 56% of publicly subsidised theatres that had at least one online performance during the first 18 months of the pandemic have none scheduled for the autumn season.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience


Is Releasing A Movie Only In Theaters Elitist And Unfair?

“How is it that a quintessentially democratic cultural activity — buying a ticket and some popcorn and finding a seat in the dark — has been reclassified as a snobbish, specialized fetish?” A.O. Scott has an answer to that question. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Featured, Media, Audience, Scott


Progress: Italy’s Arts Venues Allowed To Open At Full Capacity

“After months of struggling with an income from 50% houses the Council of Ministers has decided that theatres, cinemas, and cultural venues in the white zones (and currently all of Italy is in that category), can augment their capacity to 100%.” – Gramilano (Milan)
Tags: Art, Italy, Issues, Audience, Council of Ministers


More Than Half Of British Theatres Have Gone Back To In-Person-Only Performances

“Research has found that 56% of publicly subsidised theatres that had at least one online performance during the first 18 months of the pandemic have none scheduled for the autumn season.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience


First Time: UK Audiences For Streaming Beat Traditional TV

Out of almost a thousand 18-70 year olds who watch at least 5 hours of television per week, more are watching via streaming platforms than traditional pay-TV services, according to  . – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, UK Audiences For Streaming Beat Traditional TV


European Movie Box Office Down 70 Percent In 2020

European movie theaters suffered a 70.4% year-on-year drop to €2.6 billion ($3 billion) in box office revenue in 2020. In terms of admissions, there was an annual drop of 68.4% to 430 million tickets sold. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, European Movie Box Office Down


A Fire In London Means The UK Is Missing Subtitles And Transcriptions

The interconnected world can be a real pain when TV subtitles and audio transcriptions just disappear into the smoke – and Deaf and blind audience members aren’t happy. – BBC
Tags: Art, UK, London, Media, Audience


This Year’s Turner Prize: Too Worthy For Its Own Good?

The prize was supposed to be populist, but now, and for the past few years, it seems to be idealist instead. ” The traditional criteria for judging the prize… seem to be out of the window. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual


How Did Fox News’s Right-Wing Late-Night TV Host Beat Stephen Colbert In The Ratings?

Not only because Greg Gutfeld has no conservative competition in his time slot. “Right-wing comedy has become both a viable business strategy and a crucial element of conservative politics. … Whether or not this comedy is to your taste, it’s working for Gutfeld and his audience.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Media, Stephen Colbert, Audience, Greg Gutfeld, Gutfeld, Fox News 's Right Wing Late Night TV Host


To Make Its Concert Halls COVID-Safe, Singapore Goes High-Tech

State-of-the-art filterless air purifiers and an “ionisation curtain” (a row of snake plants with ionisers attached to draw in aerosols) at the front of the stage are among the measures being taken to reassure live audiences. – The Straits Times (Singapore)
Tags: Art, Music, Audience


The Ugly Truths Of Hollywood

“I couldn’t help but think about how the approaching opening of the Academy Museum — a space that will celebrate the work of these below-the-line craftspeople — is set against the backdrop of Hollywood’s labor strife with the union that represents these same artisans.” – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Issues, Audience, 09.26.21


Are NFTs A Bubble Or A Revolution?

Clearly, it’s not just visual art that is part of this market: “Virtually any asset could be sold for an astronomical amount.” – El País (Spain)
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, 09.25.21


London Arts Orgs And Audiences Are Jeopardizing Their Comeback By Being Lax About COVID

Mark Pullinger finds that, while venues’ staff may be masked themselves, they’re not requiring patrons to have face coverings or proof of vaccination (to be clear, they’re following the lead of Boris Johnson’s government), and he looks with envy at safety measures in Europe and New York. – Bachtrack
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Boris Johnson, Issues, Audience, Mark Pullinger


Is Flying To London To See Ian McKellen’s Hamlet Worth The Risk?

A very 2021 question – and the risk doesn’t run one way. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Ian Mckellen, Audience, 09.19.21


Do You Spend A Fair Amount Of Time On Facebook?

Then you’re more likely to fall prey to manipulative tactics. To put it plainly, crowds aren’t always wise. – NiemanLab
Tags: Art, Ideas, Audience, 09.13.21


Data’s In: Disney To Release All Its Movies In Theatres First

It comes after Disney’s successful theatrical release this month of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, Audience, Shang Chi


As London’s West End Reopens, It May Scrap Wednesday Matinees

There’s plenty of demand for seats from theatregoers within England, but the audience for midweek afternoon shows is almost entirely tourists from abroad, of whom (thanks to COVID) there are still very few. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, England, London, Theatre, Audience



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