Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Afternoon Report for Oct. 8, 2008

This information, called The Afternoon Report, is provided by a daily email blast from the publicity firm of Boneau Bryan-Brown, which maintains this blog.

Broadway ticket sales stay strong despite falling economy
TicketNews – by Carol-Ann Rudy
“The lights on Broadway continue to shine in spite of the looming threat of a recession. The past week's ticket sales beat out both the previous weeks and the same week last season with $16,587,238 in total sales compared to $15,558,404 and $16,044,883 respectively. The figures for the season are equally impressive, $336,714,056 compared to $331,893,764 for last season.”

City gloom, arts boom: let’s face the music and dance, sing and laugh
The Times – by Tim Teeman
“The news may be grim and grimmer. But out there, away from the flickering cathode ray of doom that is the news every night, lies cultural riches in abundance. Quite simply, and in contrast to the depression and chaos gripping the financial markets, this is a cultural boomtime: from visual art to theatre, pop music to film, classical music and opera to comedy, there are brilliant things to go and see, enjoy - and then boast happily about at dinner parties afterwards. – Art and culture go hand in hand with patronage and philanthropy, and the concern must be that when the going gets grittier, the arts themselves will suffer. Forthcoming sales of postwar art in London and New York (in mid-October and early November) will be closely scrutinised for any sign that the art market bubble is about to burst.”

To Cash in on Content, YouTube Turns to E-commerce
Advertising Age – by Abbey Klaassen
“The website [YouTube] is working with Amazon and iTunes to let users buy and download music, games and other products when they watch a video featuring a particular song or item. –Our philosophy is one of choice and offering different ways for advertisers to engage with users," said Shishir Mehrotra, director of product management at YouTube.”

Yahoo to put Ticketmaster links alongside event listings
MarketWatch – by Wallace Witkowski
“Ticketmaster and Yahoo!, Inc. said Tuesday they entered an agreement where the Web portal will place Ticketmaster links near event information on Yahoo sites. Financial terms were not disclosed. Yahoo said the agreement marks the first time users will be able to purchase event tickets directly from Yahoo sites.”

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