Concern Over Delta Variant Could Spell Trouble for Entertainment Industry
On the heels of the CDC’s recommendation that vaccinated Americans continue to wear masks in certain indoor settings, the latest from Morning Consult’s Gaby Galvin offers a look at U.S. adults’ feelings about the delta variant of the coronavirus. Overall, 73 percent of U.S. adults said they are concerned about the delta variant, with that number climbing to 83 percent among vaccinated adults, a statistic that could spell trouble for movie theaters, concerts and other entertainment venues as they try to win consumers back. Read more here: As Delta Variant Adds Urgency to COVID-19 Vaccination Drive, About 3 in 5 Adults Back Vaccine Mandates
NBC News is adding more than 200 jobs to its digital team as it adds new hours of programming, led by Tom Llamas and Hallie Jackson, among others, to its NBC News NOW streaming service, according to executives. The company said it currently has no plans to put NBC News Now, which averages more than 44 million views and 14 million hours watched each month, or Today All Day behind a paywall. (Axios)
Simone Biles will not compete in the women’s individual all-around competition after withdrawing from the team competition, according to USA Gymnastics, which said Biles was focusing on her mental health and would be evaluated daily. Jade Carey will take Biles’ place in the all-around event scheduled for Thursday. (CNN)
Spotify Technology SA had 365 million monthly active users as of June 30, a 22 percent year-over-year increase, and 165 million paying subscribers, a 20 percent increase. Quarterly subscription revenue climbed 17 percent to 2.06 billion euros, or $2.4 billion, while advertising revenue totaled 275 million euros, an increase of 110 percent. (The Wall Street Journal)
A potential deal between ViacomCBS Inc. and Comcast Corp. is being delayed as the Biden administration increases antitrust scrutiny of acquisitions, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions, who said both parties are waiting to see how the proposed merging of AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit with Discovery Inc. is received. The source said it wouldn’t be surprising if discussions between ViacomCBS and Comcast continued in the fall. (Forbes)
The departure of all-star gymnast Simone Biles in the middle of the women’s gymnastics team final on Tuesday serves perhaps as a warning for brands not to bet all of their sponsorship dollars on one athlete.
For the first century of the modern Olympic Games, professionals were barred from competition. The Games were a place the world saw largely unknown and unpaid athletes compete on the international stage.
As production rebounds despite the continuing impact of the pandemic, SAG-AFTRA members earned a record-setting $1.5 billion during the first four months of 2021 — “the highest amount ever for a comparable period,” the union told Deadline.
Comic-Con will return to the San Diego Convention Center this November, marking Comic-Con International’s first in-person con since the 2020 and 2021 editions of both SDCC and Anaheim’s WonderCon were scrapped due to COVID-19.
Disney threw a wrench in the National Association of Theater Owners’ plans for next month’s CinemaCon with its decision to not have its top executives attend the Las Vegas event. But so far, other major Hollywood studios have not followed suit.
The Tokyo Olympics are not immune to the decline in ratings that have plagued other major sports and entertainment events during the past year, with the Games’ early primetime ratings down approximately one-third compared to the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Ahead of the Olympics, NBC heralded its streaming app Peacock as a new outlet for sports coverage where users could watch live events and commentary for free. But kind of like actual peacocks in Southern California, the app has been an annoying mess.
“Land of the Giants” is a podcast series from Vox Media’s Recode covering the history of tech companies including Amazon and Netflix. It will soon be a TV show, made by Vox for a major cable network for a fee of several millions of dollars, according to people familiar with the matter.
Apple continues to grow at a torrid pace. The company said Tuesday that its services business, which includes Apple TV+, Apple Music, the App Store and iCloud, delivered $17.5 billion in revenue in the third fiscal quarter of 2021, which ended June 30.
With connected TV ad spend expected to hit $10.8 billion by the end of 2020 and balloon to $13 billion by 2021, the CTV space is undoubtedly having a growth spurt. But that acceleration comes with growing pains—and they are being felt by people on all sides of the industry.
On the TV side, NBCUniversal is best known for its linear networks like NBC, USA and Bravo—but the company now projects that consumers will spend an equal amount of time with its digital properties within 18 months—or roughly the end of 2022.
Around this time last week, Axios exclusively reported that Substack, the venture-backed newsletter publishing platform that doubles as a synecdoche for a certain strand of digital media anxiety these days, has given out its first official “Pro deal” in the audio world.
One day in the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, concert promoter Dan Fife was stuck at home when he came across a photo in Pollstar magazine of Mads Langer, a Danish singer-songwriter, performing at a drive-in theater.
A growing number of live entertainment businesses have received good news from the Small Business Administration (SBA). As of today (July 27), more than 10,000 independent venues, promoters, talent representatives and more have been notified of their successful applications for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG).
After DaBaby’s homophobic rant at the Rolling Loud Miami festival Sunday (July 25), Dua Lipa’s fans have asked the singer to remove the rapper from her remix of “Levitating” and add in Megan Thee Stallion instead.
This week, I’m talking to Chuck Todd, the political director at NBC News and moderator of “Meet The Press,” the longest-running television show in the country. Seriously: “Meet the Press” started in 1946, and Chuck is only the 12th moderator the show’s ever had.