Thursday Night Links

A few links to get you through exam week:

  • Eugene Hernandez has an article on the transformation of film festivals in the age of digital distribution, pointing in particular to changes with Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca.  In particular, Hernandez reports that festivals will increasingly become part of the distribution process.
  • A report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. argues that Redbox and other inexpensive DVD rental services have cost the entertainment industry as much as $1 billion, leading to unspecified job losses, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • On a related note, Video Business reports that video-on-demand numbers continue to rise and that day-and-date distribution is increasingly expected.
  • Finally, Henry Jenkins has a thoughtful reflection on the increasing prominence of transmedia storytelling in contemporary entertainment culture.  As Jenkins observes, we have moved in less than a decade from the moment when transmedia material in the textual universe of The Matrix was a sometimes confusing curiosity to a moment when it is essentially expected.

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