“I feel like there are more reasons to be excited about improvised music today than at any time during my 41 years on the planet,” the jazz critic Nate Chinen tells Rolling Stone . He has a point, and you don’t need to be a diehard fan of the genre to appreciate it. Crossover stars such as Kamasi Washington and Esperanza Spalding are receiving generous mainstream attention, alongside innovators like pianist Vijay Iyer and guitarist Mary Halvorson. Meanwhile, Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and others are seamlessly fusing hip-hop, R&B and electronica with their jazz mastery, introducing elements of a century-old art form to new audiences. And five nights a week on national television, Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste showcases his ebullient New Orleans spirit alongside Stephen Colbert. In short, the contemporary jazz scene is bursting with promise — but how did we get here? See Also Review: Kamasi Washington's New … [Read more...] about What’s Behind the New Jazz Resurgence?
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In an upbeat annual report to members released Friday, WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson said that despite the hardships imposed by the pandemic, “overall our members’ earnings remained remarkably strong.” Freelance film, TV and streaming writers, he wrote, “have mostly remained employed throughout the pandemic,” though “some members certainly lost work opportunities – series that did not go forward, pitches left unmade, potential feature projects stuck in limbo.” Currently, Peterson said, “All writers’ rooms “remain fully remote. We worked closely with our sister unions to ensure that showrunners and other writers could have safe access to the set as production slowly returned in the fall of 2020.” He noted, however, that “shorter seasons and mini-rooms might be restricting opportunities for writers to perform vital producing duties,” and vowed to “keep an eye on this.” Related Story WGA West Kicks Off 2021 Election Season For Officers & Board … [Read more...] about WGA East Annual Report: Despite Pandemic, Members’ Earnings “Remained Remarkably Strong”
AMC Networks reported a 6% downturn in revenue during the first quarter due to a slump in advertising and content licensing, but earnings per share beat Wall Street forecasts. Total revenue of $691.7 million fell from $734.4 million in the year-earlier period, missing analysts’ consensus estimate of $722.3 million. Earnings per share, though, topped the Street at $2.02, or $2.98 on an adjusted basis. Analysts on average were expecting $1.87 A drop off in advertising hurt the results, with ad revenues decreasing 7% to $199 million. The company blamed “shifts in the timing of the airing of original programming” and lower delivery. Higher pricing and ad-supported streaming growth helped offset the declines. Related Story Roku Hits 53.6M Active Accounts In Q1, Smashing Financial Forecasts Distribution revenue decreased 6% to $375 million, while content licensing revenue plunged 54%. The licensing line was hit by the timing and availability of original … [Read more...] about AMC Networks Posts Softer Q1 Revenue On Advertising And Licensing Slide, But Profit Beats Wall Street Forecasts
Cinemark , the nation’s third largest movie chain, said revenues for the first quarter ended in March fell to $114 million from $543 million the year before. Admissions revenues stood at $56 million and concession revenues $39 million. Attendance was 7.7 million, average ticket price was $7.25 and concession revenue per patron was $5.10. Shares were slightly higher in premarket trade as sales beat Wall Street consensus. Cinemark posted a net loss of $208 million compared to $59.6 million the year earlier, or diluted loss per share of $1.75 versus $0.51. ‘We are now actively on the road to recovery,” said CEO Mark Zoradi , echoing comments by AMC CEO Adam Aron at AMC Entertainment Thursday and Marcus Theatres chief executive the year before. “We are highly optimistic about theatrical exhibition’s resurgence in the U.S. over the coming months on account of… the rapid pace of the vaccine rollout, improving consumer sentiment about returning to movie theaters, recent box office … [Read more...] about Cinemark’s Q1 Sales Fall 80% To $114 Million But CEO Mark Zoradi Says Theater Chain, Industry “On Road To Recovery”
Chicago will return to Broadway just in time for its 25th anniversary: The musical is set to reopen at the Ambassador Theatre on Tuesday, September 14. The Kander-Ebb-Fosse musical becomes the third Broadway production to set its reopening since New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that theaters could reopen in September at 100% capacity. Producers Barry & Fran Weissler announced today that tickets are now on sale for the Tony Award-winning Chicago . As with The Phantom of the Opera and Six – the two musicals that announced their Fall returns earlier this week – the reopening of Chicago is subject to the approval of the NY State Department of Health and the Governor. In their announcement today, the Weisslers noted, “The approval of the Department of Health and the Governor will be based on the continuing growth of the fully vaccinated population, coupled with an ongoing decline in total Covid 19 cases and positivity rates. The Department of … [Read more...] about ‘Chicago’ Announces Broadway Return: September Reopening Sets Stage For Revival’s 25th Anniversary