As Movie Theaters Recover, They Can Win Over Gen Zers With Free Tickets, Food
As movie theaters continue to reopen, young moviegoers who are ready to visit cinemas again are an essential component of that comeback. But exhibitors have their work cut out for them as concerns about the delta variant grow and new films continue to debut on streaming services. However, Morning Consult data suggests that theaters can win over the demographic with free tickets and food, and as one analyst suggests, by extending the moviegoing experience beyond buying a ticket and popcorn. Read more here: Gen Zers Are Vital to Movie Theaters’ Recovery. Here’s How Theaters Can Win Them Over
Netflix Inc. will reportedly require casts and “Zone A” crew members working on U.S. productions to be vaccinated for coronavirus, becoming the first major studio to mandate vaccinations. The studio will reportedly allow limited exemptions for medical, religious or age reasons, as well as potential exemptions for projects that are currently filming. (Deadline)
Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal saw adjusted earnings climb 13 percent in the second quarter, even with a $363 million Peacock-related loss, with the service now hitting 50 million sign-ups, up from 42 million in April, and more than 20 million monthly users, which the company said was due to the premiere of both “The Boss Baby: Family Business” and “Dr. Death,” as well as the start of the Olympics. Revenue for NBCU’s studios unit climbed 8.4 percent to $2.2 billion, which the company attributed to an increase in theatrical revenue, while theme park revenue increased to $1.1 billion. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Fox News’ Fox Nation streaming service inked a deal with Warner Bros. to stream six Clint Eastwood films, including “Dirty Harry” and “Pale Rider,” next month, with additional Warner Bros. titles debuting on the service in January. The pact comes as Fox News continues to expand its streaming offerings, with an international streamer and a planned weather news service. (Variety)
Walt Disney Co. is reinstating an indoor mask mandate for guests in both its California and Florida theme parks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended all Americans, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in certain indoor settings. Disney’s new masking guidelines will go into effect tomorrow. (Bloomberg)
On Monday night, as the sun set in New York City, 200 people gathered at the Directors Guild of America screening room to watch Ryan Murphy’s “Impeachment: American Crime Story” before heading to an exclusive dinner at The Pool restaurant.
Joe Flint and R.T. Watson, The Wall Street Journal
Production of movies and TV shows is getting disrupted again because of Covid-19 and uncertainty over vaccination protocols, a setback as networks and streaming services remain hungry for fresh content.
Hungarian journalist and longtime Hollywood Foreign Press Association member Anikó Navai has admitted to plagiarizing and recycling quotes for an unauthorized Scarlett Johansson interview published last month in a Hungarian magazine, TheWrap has learned.
After releasing multiple blockbusters per year for much of the 2010s, Dwayne Johnson hasn’t been seen in theaters for over 18 months. But that dry spell comes to an end this weekend with his Disney adventure film “Jungle Cruise,” his first film since “Jumanji: The Next Level” in December 2019.
Covid-19 may have created a disaster for theatrical releases and movie theaters, but it turns out the disruption worked out for Tom McCarthy. The director of “Stillwater,” starring Matt Damon as a father trying to get his daughter out of a French prison, says the pandemic delay gave him a chance that studio-backed filmmakers rarely get—to step away from the film for months and come back to sharpen it with fresh eyes.
If you were to rattle off even a partial list of all the music documentaries that are out right now, you’d sound insufferable: Have you seen the new HBO Max film, “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage?” What about Netflix’s “Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell?”
No rest for the weary, especially when it comes to Oscar campaigning. Focus Features has set up the first Oscars FYC special screening and conversation of the awards season for Tom McCarthy’s “Stillwater” with star Matt Damon and the writer and director scheduled to attend in-person at the 350-seat Harmony Gold Theater in Los Angeles.
For more than 30 years, Black families have celebrated occasions big and small with Hallmark’s Mahogany cards, a line designed with those consumers in mind. Now, Mahogany will launch on the small screen, with a quarterly slate of original movies coming to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in early 2022.
Megan Thee Stallion’s “Thot S—” is a near perfect blueprint for a viral TikTok dance and sound. The beat is catchy, the chorus is easy to remember, and the lyrics offer clear — and fun — instructions for listeners.
In a new letter, Activision Blizzard employees said that CEO Bobby Kotick’s note addressing allegations of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination at the company “fails to address critical elements at the heart of employee concerns.”
The National Basketball Association is developing a slate of original podcasts about the league’s greatest moments and players, part of a new deal with IHeart Media Inc., the largest radio station owner in the U.S.
Since Clubhouse pushed the concept of social audio, there has been gaining interest from upstart companies and social media giants to get ahead of the next big trend in audio apps. Now the content economy is carving out a new market: the creation of bite-size audio recordings or micro-podcasts that run anywhere from 90 seconds to a few minutes.
Ahead of its upcoming public listing this fall, Universal Music Group’s revenue skyrocketed to 2.022 billion euros ($2.438 billion) during the second quarter, up 19.6% from 1.69 billion euros ($1.833 billion) in Q2 of 2020.
Lollapalooza is set to take place this week despite an uptick in Covid-19 cases and growing concern and criticism, including from a prominent Chicago infectious disease expert. So just how safe is it to attend?
Spotify on Wednesday reported significant ad revenue growth from its podcast business, as part of its quarterly earnings disclosure. Take a listen: Company founder and CEO Daniel Ek appeared on the Axios Re:Cap podcast to discuss how the podcast business model is changing, why he’s spending big on exclusive shows and his personal favorites in both podcasting and music.
In the beginning, there was a fist: five brown fingers, emerging from a yellow argyle sweater sleeve. Though one cannot see the owner of the fist’s face, nor even his upper body, everything you need to know about his emotional state is telegraphed by the strength of those five fingers, tightly clenched in ire, threatening to unleash the sheer animalistic force contained therein.