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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Quick links: Digital opera a hit ... Seinfeld and Variety at Cannes

- Digitally-projected simulcasts of operas from the Met have been a hit, according to today's NY Times. Daniel Wakin writes:

    This season the Met simulcast six operas live to movie theaters across the United States, Canada and a handful of other countries and added repeats (“Encores,” in its marketing language). For the first live show, “The Magic Flute” on Dec. 30, about 21,000 people watched in front of 98 screens. For the last, “Il Trittico” on April 28, 48,000 people watched in front of 248 screens.

    In all, the Met sold 324,000 tickets worldwide at $18 each in the United States and more overseas, taking 50 percent of the proceeds and earning at least $3 million, as well as additional income from the sale of rights. Each simulcast cost $850,000 to $1 million to make. The Met had to use about $1 million in endowment money to make up the costs, but Mr. Gelb said that next year expanded showings and the sales of rights and DVDs should mean that the program will at least pay for itself, with a surplus likely.

- From Cannes, a fun LA Times piece about Jerry Seinfeld promoting DreamWorks Animation's 'Bee Movie,' out this November.

- And also from Cannes, some pre-game video analysis from Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart and editor Tim Gray. Nice for those of us who can't be there. (Disclosure: I regularly write for Variety.)

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