Photo: Apple The past week was bookended by two major developments pertaining to the rise of podcast subscriptions on the platform level, between Apple’s head-turning announcement last week and Spotify’s big detail push this morning. There’s a lot baked into each piece on its own and in relation to each other — too much for me to go over comprehensively — so I’m only going to go over what I think are the most important beats. During its spring event last Tuesday, Apple announced Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, a new set of features that will give podcast creators the opportunity to create premium or freemium subscription products for their shows over the Apple Podcasts platform, still widely understood to be a major driver of all consumption in the medium even as Spotify cranks up the competition for listen share. Creators can set their own pricing, and they’ll be able to sell subscriptions to individual shows or a group of shows. Those tools are expected to roll out to … [Read more...] about Apple and Spotify Are Ready to Take Your Podcast Money
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Photo: Courtesy of Sundance The Sundance Film Festival is once again upon us. Actors are becoming feature directors (Rupert Everett, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke, Idris Elba). Comedies are being conflated with dramas. And Ann Dowd and Andrea Riseborough are lacing up their snow boots to walk to a lot of press events. (They will appear in a combined seven movies at the Park City fest.) Some new careers will be jump-started, while other industry veterans will acquire a fresh patina of indie credibility, and every movie will be racing to catch Sorry to Bother You , which has the inside lane on all other competitors in the U.S. Dramatic category. But why is it the front-runner when all we have are a bunch of brief plot synopses and some cast lists? Because, “In a speculative and dystopian not-too-distant future, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success — which propels him into a macabre universe.” The movie, which was written and directed by Boots … [Read more...] about The 2018 Sundance Lineup Has Been Announced
April 22, 2021 - 12:33 BST Sophie Hamilton As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expect another child, one couple who have experienced baby loss write the royals a moving open letter Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are expecting another baby this summer and we're all thrilled for them here at HELLO! Their son Archie Harrison is now 23 months, and while the couple are thoroughly enjoying parenthood, they haven't had an easy time over the past year. In July 2020, the Duchess revealed she had suffered a devastating miscarriage following Archie's birth. Writing in The New York Times in a piece titled The Losses We Share , Meghan told readers how she had sadly lost her second child. Now, as she expects a new baby with husband Harry, the couple are bound to be feeling a mix of emotions – likely a combination of excitement, nerves and sadness. Prince Harry and Meghan are expecting another baby … [Read more...] about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle baby: couple write royals moving open letter
Photo: FRQNCY The live-performance business has long been a powerful economic engine for many, many kinds of artists. This is as true for musicians in the streaming age as it is for comedians and, yes, podcasters . (Let’s set theater aside for this discussion. Different bag altogether.) The pandemic, of course, brought live performances to a halt, pushing the business to a cascade of Zoom calls and, to some extent, underground . I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but my sense is that success in such efforts has mostly been modest at best, chiefly functioning as marginal stop-gap measures as opposed to true virtual adaptations. As the United States inches towards relative normalcy — though within a global context that remains tenuous — the live-performance business in the country appears to be gingerly preparing for the light at the end of the tunnel. Bands are announcing dates again. Some venues are starting to hold very small, socially distant performances. Music … [Read more...] about Are Podcasts Ready For Live Events Again?
Doctor Who Smile Season 10 Episode 2 Editor’s Rating 3 stars * * * « Previous Next » Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Photo: Simon Ridgway/BBC Going into “Smile,” I was leery about two things: Emojibots and Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s writing credit. The former because, well, I’m a writer, and like many other writers I cringe at them instinctively. The latter because Cottrell-Boyce’s only other contribution to Doctor Who was season eight’s ambitious failure “ In the Forest of the Night ,” arguably the weakest offering of that year. Turns out the ’bots weren’t as annoying as actual emoji and Cottrell-Boyce’s script is an improvement on his previous offering — and yet “Smile” still feels like a mild letdown after all the promise of last week’s season opener . Bill Potts: “You can’t reach the controls from the seats. What’s the point in that? Or do you have stretchy arms like Mr. Fantastic?” The opening TARDIS sequence is loaded with … [Read more...] about Recap: The One With the Emojibots