Happy New Year, everyone! Here at the agency we’ve celebrated a very happy and successful 2014 with a Zen nod to our Japanese name. While I’ve been sitting in the lotus position under a snowy tree, I’ve been contemplating what the coming year might bring us:
Producers have told me recently that the US industry is so homogenous that studios are looking to unusual sources for inspiration – Turkish drama series, Brazilian soap operas, etc. Having spent Christmas enjoying Lilyhammer, this sounds to me like a refreshing new trend.
The current crop of films is heavily biographical: Mr Turner, Foxcatcher, Wild, The Theory of Everything, Effie Gray, The Imitation Game. Seems like we’re ripe now for a reaction to this. Perhaps Birdman will start a non-naturalistic trend. Or perhaps Trash will inspire a new taste for films not in the English language.
It looks like the love affair with e-readers is finished and sales have levelled off. E-book sales will shortly plateau. Since a high proportion of readers only ever buy their books second-hand, perhaps there will be a rediscovery of libraries, both online and actual.
What troubles my meditation:
More subscriptions (i.e. books, film & TV paid for by subscription). This doesn’t make things cheaper for the consumer, and is financially disastrous to writers.
What I’m chanting for:
More tax breaks and arts funding, especially in theatre.
Wishing you all a very happy and fulfilling 2015!