Showbiz Sandbox 351: What We Know and Don’t Know About Book Publishing in 2016

January 16, 2017

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Looking at how the publishing industry fared over the past year it quickly becomes apparent that there aren’t a lot of hard sales figures thanks to online retailers which don’t publish such data. With e-books accounting for 70% of all adult fiction purchases in 2016 the industry has become impossible to track. One measurable trend however is the record number of e-books being borrowed from traditional libraries.

Meanwhile, the box office has already claimed its first victims of the new year, with three high profile films tanking in their debut weekend. Does this mean Hollywood movie stars can no longer ensure a decent opening weekend?

Maybe moviegoers were simply catching up on all the year end movies that are being hailed during awards season. Nominations were announced last week by the guilds representing directors, producers, cinematographers and costume designers.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including layoffs at Pandora, a Jimmy Buffett musical has plans for Broadway and George Lucas brings his long planned museum to Los Angeles.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to End Its 146-Year Run
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/14/us/ringling-bros-and-barnum-bailey-circus-closing-may.html

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of January 15, 2017
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-january-15-2017-300391143.html

Lucasfilm Has “No Plans” for Digital Re-Creation of Carrie Fisher as Leia
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/lucasfilm-has-no-plans-digital-recreation-carrie-fisher-as-leia-964325

Michael Lynton to step down as CEO of Sony Entertainment
http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-sony-michael-lynton-20170113-story.html

DGA Film Nominees Revealed; Nate Parker Scores First-Time Director Nom
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dga-awards-2017-nominations-feature-film-director-nominees-announced-963782

‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Lion,’ ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Silence’ Score ASC Nominations
http://variety.com/2017/film/in-contention/arrival-la-la-land-lion-moonlight-and-silence-score-asc-nominations-1201957531/

‘La La Land,’ ‘Jackie’ Among Costume Designers Guild Award Nominees
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/la-la-land-jackie-costume-designers-guild-award-nominees-962830

2017 PGA Film Nominees Include ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’; ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Atlanta’ Among TV
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/2017-pga-award-nominations-960097/item/award-outstanding-producer-live-entertainment-talk-television-2017-pga-nominations-960093

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/04/19/lillian-boxfish-takes-a-walk/

At the End of the World by Lawrence Millman – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/04/19/at-the-end-of-the-world/

How America Lost Its Secrets by Edward Jay Epstein
http://bookfilter.com/2016/06/27/how-america-lost-its-secrets/

Los Angeles Will Be Home to George Lucas’ $1-Billion Museum
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-la-wins-lucas-museum-20170110-htmlstory.html

BBC Boasts Best Ever Week for iPlayer During Festive Season
http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2017011445762/bbc-boasts-best-ever-week-for-iplayer-during-festive-season.html

Star Trek’ Fan Film Dispute Goes to Jury Trial in Big Ruling
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-makes-big-ruling-sending-star-trek-fan-film-dispute-jury-trial-960703

Pandora Announces Layoffs, Plans to Reduce Workforce by 7%
http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/pandora-layoffs-1201959561/

Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ Musical Is Broadway Bound
http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/theater/jimmy-buffetts-margaritaville-musical-is-broadway-bound.html

‘Duck Dynasty’ Creators Sue ITV for $100M, Claim Extortion
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/duck-dynasty-creators-sue-itv-extortion-fraud-fight-963167

‘Urban Myths’ Episode With Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson Canceled by Sky TV
http://variety.com/2017/tv/global/sky-urban-myths-joseph-fiennes-michael-jackson-1201959894/

Study: Female Filmmakers Lost Ground in 2016
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/women-filmmakers-2016-statistics-show-female-directors-declined-number-963729

The Top 10 Print Book and Amazon Kindle Bestsellers of 2016
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/72454-the-top-10-print-book-and-amazon-kindle-bestsellers-of-2016.html

Record Number of E-books and Audiobooks Borrowed from Library in 2016
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/newsbrief/index.html?record=1162

Ann Brebner, Casting Director for George Lucas, Dies at 93
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/ann-brebner-dead-george-lucas-casting-director-was-93-964386

William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

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