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Tory MPs Warn Boris Johnson Not To Attack The BBC

“This is not a fight the BBC is picking nor a contest my party promised if we got elected. If the BBC ends up in decline, it will be the government which will be accused by the very people we will rely on for support at the next election.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Bbc, Boris Johnson, 02.17.20


Revealed: YouTube’s Most-Watched Gaming Channels Are Infested With Bots

In January, all seven of the most-watched YouTube Gaming channels weren’t run by happy gamers livestreaming the game du jour. They were instead recorded, autoplaying videos advertising videogame cheats and hacks, sometimes attached to sketchy, credential-vacuuming websites, according to one analytics firm. – Wired
Tags: Art, Media, Youtube, Youtube Gaming, Audience, 02.18.20


Has Netflix Reached Its Max Audience?

“Our research shows that most pay TV households already have Netflix so even if cord-cutting accelerates, Netflix won’t get a whole slew of new customers. In [other] words, people are cutting the cord because they have Netflix. They don’t cut the cord and discover Netflix for the first time.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Audience, 02.18.20


Following Netflix Series, Case Of Malcolm X’s Murder May Be Reopened

“Following the release of the six-part documentary Who Killed Malcolm X? – which launched on the streaming platform on 7 February – the Manhattan district attorney will look into the case of the civil rights activist, with the possibility that the case may be reopened.” –
Tags: Art, Media, People, Manhattan, Malcolm X, 02.13.20


“Save The BBC” Petition Gets 100,000 Signers In First 24 Hours

The is a response to a report on the front page of Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The Sunday Times, in which sources close to prime minister Boris Johnson set out a blueprint for how the BBC should be dismantled when its current charter expires in 2027. – Deadline
Tags: Art, Media, Bbc, Boris Johnson, Rupert Murdoch, Sunday Times, 02.17.20


More Eyes On South Korea’s Class Divisions After ‘Parasite’ Hits Big On The World Stage

The semi-basement that the Kim family lives in is a reality for about 2 percent of South Koreans living in Seoul – one of the most expensive cities in Asia. One of them, who shares a name with the daughter in the film, says it’s very similar. “Kim, who moved into her $211-a-month banjiha apartment after leaving her job to take care of her mother, is no fan of her current accommodations, which flood during the rainy season.” – The Washington Post (AP)
Tags: Art, Asia, South Korea, Media, Kim, Seoul, 02.15.20


While Boris Johnson Wants To ‘Massively Prune’ The BBC, Senior Tory MPs Say No

One MP called the idea an “act of cultural vandalism,” and another wrote, “”his is not a fight the BBC is picking nor a contest my party promised if we got elected. … If the BBC ends up in decline, it will be the government which will be accused by the very people we will rely on for support at the next election.” But Johnson is determined to pick the fight. – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Bbc, Boris Johnson, Johnson, 02.17.20


Independent Cinemas In Canada Say They’re Being Shut Out By Cineplex

How’s this for a near monopoly? Cineplex owns 75 percent of movie screens across Canada – and indie theatres say the behemoth is shutting them out of Oscar winners and nominees like Parasite and Little Women. “Industry insiders say the practice of exclusive runs at certain cinemas isn’t new. But independent theatres say that exclusivity has become excessive and keeps them from showing award-winning movies for longer than ever.” One wrote a petition saying this practice is “crushing indie theatr...
Tags: Art, Media, Canada, Cineplex, 02.15.20, Independent Cinemas In Canada Say, Little Women Industry


The Oscar Bump Was Real This Week For ‘Parasite’

Well, debate over, at least for films with subtitles: “The twisted South Korean thriller collected $5.5 million over the weekend, an exceptional 234% increase in ticket sales and the biggest post-Oscar boost for a best picture winner in the past decade.” (And that’s not including the massive overseas bump as well.) – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, 02.16.20, Oscar Bump Was Real This Week For ` Parasite


So ‘Parasite’ Won A Lot Of Oscars. What Happens Next?

Will Parasite‘s best picture win goose more international fare from the big studios – as opposed simply to Netflix – or will it only help both Bong Joon-ho and then other films that seem, in Hollywood terms, similar to Parasite? The biggest winner might be the Academy. “A vote for Parasite served as more than just a cast ballot: It was an investment in the Oscars’ future as a relevant institution.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Netflix, Bong Joon, 02.14.20


Prediction: Half Of American Homes Will Cut Cable TV Cord By 2024

Roku predicts that within four years, half of all U.S. homes will have never had cable TV or will have canceled their subscription, the company said in a letter to investors on Thursday released along with the company’s fourth quarter 2019 results. – CNBC
Tags: Art, Media, Roku, Audience, 02.14.20, American Homes Will Cut Cable TV Cord


UK’s Broadcasting Authority Gets Responsibility For Policing Web And Social Media

It will be the job of Ofcom to “ensur[e] that firms such as Twitter and Facebook comply with a new legal ‘duty of care’ requiring them to protect their users from illegal material. … Under the government’s original proposals, outlined in last year’s online harms white paper, a website that does not fulfil that duty of care would face a fine, its senior managers could be held criminally liable or the regulator could demand access to the site be blocked entirely.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Facebook, UK, Media, Ofcom, Broadcasting Authority, 02.11.20


Another Coronavirus Catastrophe: China’s Cinema Box Office Down By 99.75%

That’s not a typo. The country’s total movie ticket revenue for the past 20 days is down from $1.52 billion for the same period last year to $3.9 million, and the movie industry there may need a government bailout. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, China, Audience, 02.12.20


Peak TV? Yes – Here’s How Many Shows Were Available To Watch Last Year

Folks like to joke that there’s just too much TV to watch, but rarely do they back it up with facts. Now, they can. from Nielsen, there were 646,152 unique programs available in 2019 across network TV, cable, streaming services, and every other kind of outlet. – Wired
Tags: Art, Media, Nielsen, Audience, 02.13.20


Shock: Entire Board of French Movie Academy Resigns

The shock announcement by the 21-member board of the Association for the Promotion of Cinema – the organization overseeing the Cesar Academy – comes on the heels of industry-wide backlash following 12 Cesar nominations for Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy.” The Cesar’s were also heavily criticised for shutting out feminist personalities such as director Claire Denis and author Virginie Despentes from one of recent gala events preceding the ceremony. – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, Roman Polanski, Cesar, Claire Denis, Virginie Despentes, Cesar Academy, 02.13.20, Association for the Promotion of Cinema, Entire Board of French Movie Academy Resigns


Why’s New Zealand Rescuing The Classical Radio Station And Not Ours? Ask Māoris

With a public outcry having convinced Radio New Zealand’s management not to eviscerate its classical service, advocates for the country’s Māori-language radio stations are arguing that they have been underfunded for decades and deserve a fair share of broadcasting resources. – The Spinoff (New Zealand)
Tags: Art, Media, New Zealand, Audience, 02.13.20


Could The Success Of ‘Parasite’ Finally Convince Americans To Accept Subtitled Films?

Actually, U.S. viewers were getting more comfortable with subtitles even before Parasite became this year’s Oscar hit. That’s thanks to two major entities: the FCC and Netflix. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Fcc, Netflix, Audience, 02.12.20


Could “Parasite’s” Oscar Win Change The Way Movies Are Distributed Internationally?

International filmmakers and distributors are now eying Bong Joon Ho’s triumphs with hope and hunger: hope that Parasite‘s success will open the door to global cinema, giving other non-English-language movies shots at the world’s No. 1 film award; hunger for the sort of global box office returns that, with few exceptions, have been beyond the reach of films made outside Hollywood. – The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, Media, Bong Joon Ho, 02.11.20


The Media Industry Is Booming. So Why Is Creative Employment In Los Angeles Down

L.A.’s creative economy directly employed 402,465 workers in 2018, down 0.1% from 2017, according to the annual Otis Report released Wednesday. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Media, 02.11.20, Los Angeles Down


Facing Storm Of Criticism And Boycott Threats, France’s Motion Picture Academy Promises Reform

“The César Academy has been under fire since announcing the 12 nominations for Roman Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy, as well reportedly shutting out feminist personalities such as the [filmmaker] Claire Denis and author Virginie Despentes from one its gala events preceding the ceremony. Many in the industry have pointed out the lack of gender parity, diversity and transparency within the César’s voting body, as well as within the academy itself.” – Variety
Tags: Art, Media, France, Claire Denis, Virginie Despentes, Cesar Academy, 02.11.20, Motion Picture Academy Promises Reform


Can Two New Directors Fix The Berlin Film Festival?

For the first time, the Berlinale has separated the functions of artistic and executive director. “Many hope [the new management structure] will help reinvigorate the Berlinale, which is considered one of Europe’s most important film festivals but has recently drawn accusations of lackluster curation.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Europe, Media, Berlinale, 02.07.20


Why Is There No (Or Little) Arts Programming On The Streaming Platforms?

When asked about cultural programming, the streaming services are tight-lipped. Both Netflix and Apple TV+ declined to say if they plan to produce more original content and whether visual arts programmes will be a priority. A spokeswoman for HBO—which bought the rights to show The Price of Everything—says it “will feature documentaries about art in the future. However, it’s too early to discuss the projects as they are in development.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Apple TV, Netflix, 02.10.20


This May Be The Best Time To Go To The Movies On The Big Screen

Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Theatre, which has regularly been selling out his Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood since last year, is but one of many arthouse cinemas being bought, refurbished, and revived by owners with singular visions. Netflix took out a longterm lease on New York’s Paris Theater and is in talks to buy LA’s 1922 Egyptian Theater. The artistic director for New York’s Metrograph, a new indie theater, says, “I’ve been going to the movies pretty much daily for about 25 years now...
Tags: Art, New York, Hollywood, Media, La, Netflix, Quentin Tarantino, Metrograph, Paris Theater, 02.08.20, New Beverly Theatre


The Academy Might Not Honor These Black Actresses, But Alfre Woodard Sure Will

Woodard invites Academy Award nominees from past and present – and, she says, “those who, in a perfect world, should have been.” She also says the Oscars don’t have an impact on good acting. “You know, it’s something entirely separate from what we do. … I liken it to the baby contests back in the Southwest when I was growing up. It was kind of a hilarious thing: ‘Look at this baby with the nice plump legs!’”- The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, Alfre Woodard, Southwest, Woodard, 02.07.20


Historic Upset As Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Wins Four Major Awards, Including Best Picture

The Korean writer and director of the dark comedy and class parable Parasite wasn’t prepared to win best director, which he did, or for his film to win best picture, which it most certainly did. When he won best director, he said, “After winning best international feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax. … When I was young and studying cinema, there was a saying that I carved deep in my heart, which is that the most personal is the most creative. That quote is from our ...
Tags: Art, Media, Bong Joon, 02.09.20


Netflix Spent Many Millions Promoting Its Films And Got 24 Oscar Nominations – But Only Two Wins

Laura Dern won best supporting actress for her role in the Noah Baumbach Marriage Story, and Netflix also got an award for the Obamas-supported documentary American Family. “This is disappointing for Netflix, if the reportedly prodigious budget the company dedicated to its Oscars campaign—estimated to be at least $70 million—is anywhere close to what was actually spent.” Streaming does not win the day, again. – Slate
Tags: Art, Media, Netflix, Laura Dern, Obamas, 02.09.20, Noah Baumbach Marriage Story


Why Are One-Shot Movies Suddenly Back In Vogue?

With films like Birdman and last year’s The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open and Oscar fave 1917 edited to appear as if they’re single shots, what’s the deal? The “single-shot” movie has become much more popular in the past few years, perhaps “the technical virtuosity required of a one-shot film marks its director as an auteur. And these films feel somehow pure — compared, at least to the CGI trickery and hyperactive editing of blockbuster superhero movies.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Media, Vogue, Birdman, 02.09.20


This Map Shows Where Every Best Actress, Actor And Director Were Born

Cool use of big data, no? Real shocker though: “When you look at the birthplaces of all the winners together, you can see the Academy tends to favor American-born talent, with Europe as a close second.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Europe, Media, 02.09.20


The Costume Designer Who’s Been Nominated For – And Won – As Many Oscars As Meryl Streep

Sandy Powell, nominated this year for The Irishman (which she finds odd since it’s mostly men in “normal clothes”), says that a large part of her job is helping actors maintain and improve their posture. She says also that the awards are “terrifying. It’s absolutely terrifying. You sit there and hope your name doesn’t get called.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Media, Sandy Powell, 02.08.20


At The Spirit Awards, The Last Pre-Oscars Ceremony, ‘The Farewell’ And ‘Uncut Gems’ Win Big

There was little overlap with the Oscar nominees as The Farewell took Best Picture and its older star Zhao Shuzhen won the best supporting actress award. Adam Sandler won for his role in Uncut Gems, and gave a “speech in which he joked about ‘a few weeks back, when I was quote, unquote snubbed by the Academy’ and recalled winning a best personality award in high school rather than best looking. The actor declared, ‘the Independent Spirit Awards are the best personality awards.… Their handsome g...
Tags: Art, Media, Academy, Adam Sandler, Zhao Shuzhen, 02.08.20



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