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Netflix + Chelsea Handler = Smart Marketing Move?

Yes, we know this Variety article, "How Chelsea Handler Changes Our Understanding of Netflix," is about taped programming. But Andrew Wallenstein, editor-in-chief of digital, makes several good points about Netflix's marketing strategy as he questions its future direction and decision to hire Chelsea Handler and give her a talk show. Netflix is taking a risk hiring Handler and, some people would argue, pursuing the diametric opposite of the content Netflix has concentrated on to date, but it could pay off....

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Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

From time to time, we stumble across event art that’s so good, we feel compelled to share. And if you don’t know why event art is important, read this. Show image from Ivy Theatre Company's The Feminism of a Soft Merlot, or (How the Donkey Got Punched) at Tada Theatre in New York. (Pretty epic title too, right?)

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What the NFL Can Learn From Broadway, or I’m an Indian Too

Recently, 50 members of the US Senate signed a letter urging the NFL to change the name of the Washington Redskins. The name of the DC team has been under scrutiny for some time now, and the issue has proven to be just as divisive as the daily politics the Capitol is known for. If you’ve kept up with any of this, you’ll know that among the reasons the name has not been changed include: "We have a fight...

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Bright Ideas

The Secret to a Better Show Is … Beer?

When you've got a mountain of work to get through, reaching for a cup of coffee seems like a no-brainer. And according to the chart below (from HubSpot) it is a pretty good idea.But what about when you need to come up with an award-winning play idea or a marketing campaign that'll drive ticket sales off the charts? In that case, it looks like you might want to reach for a mug of beer or glass of Pinot Grigio....

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Bright Ideas

Sometimes People Don’t Even Mind Paying to Be Killed …

I’ve talked about how some ticket buyers actually prefer to pay more, and I’ve talked about how I believe theaters need to borrow some ideas from the book publishing world to generate more ongoing and deeper engagement.And I thought those were both pretty solid ideas, but George R. R. Martin has upped the ante on me. He’s getting people to pay him to kill them.Well, not really kill them and not really pay him for that matter. He’s raising...

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Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

From time to time, we stumble across event art that’s so good, we feel compelled to share. And if you don’t know why event art is important, read this. Image from Thaïs by LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.

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ICYMI

In Case You Missed It

Each week we gather up stories we think are worth a read. And now, in case you missed them ...Is your venue sending the right message? Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy explains how important it is for theaters and other live entertainment venues to be clear on what they're presenting.James Cameron + Avatar + Cirque du Soleil = A live show everyone will be talking about. Variety has the full story.Disney made the news with their ticket price increases and...

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Promo of the Week

Promo of the Week: Mothers and Sons Daring Twitter Campaign

Homophobic slurs may not seem like an obvious marketing move (at least not when you're marketing a Broadway show), but it sure worked for the Mothers and Sons team.The Huffington Post detailed the show's recent Twitter campaign, which involved quoting actual homophobic tweets without prior explanation to catch people's attention and bring to light the hateful speech happening every day. We followed up with SpotCo Senior Social Media Manager Steven Tartick, who helped orchestrate the creative campaign, to see how...

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Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

From time to time, we stumble across event art that’s so good, we feel compelled to share. And if you don’t know why event art is important, read this. Image from Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular

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Marketing

The Venue Is Not a Building; It’s a Promise

There’s a song that some kids learn in Sunday School called “The Church Is not a Building” and I thought about it when I read a story about a performing arts venue in the midst of failing.I won’t mention the venue, but I’ll give you a couple facts about the situation. It’s owned by a municipal agency, and it’s used by the community for other purposes, but it also brings in professional shows and sells them. Those shows are...

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