OTW Fannews: Big Business Selfies

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  • Here and Now did a segment on how important the Twilight film had become to the economy of the town it’s set in. Focusing on the 10th anniversary celebration of Twilight’s publication, the segment interviews citizens of Forks, Washington and discusses the events taking place. (No transcript available)
  • At Publishing Technology the economic impact of fanfiction is in focus. “[T]he way that fan fiction takes a piece of Intellectual Property and chops it up, plays with it and distributes it over multiple networks and media…is a very pure expression of the kind of creative approach to content exploitation that we at Publishing Technology have been talking to publishers about for a very long time. The possibilities opened up by digital media mean that the book is often only the beginning of the commercial life of a piece of IP. Yet it still remains the only focus of many publishers, who find it conceptually and practically difficult to unbundle the book and sell it as chapters, or a serial, or even a content marketing campaign paid for by a brand advertiser. The book is treated as the end-product of the publishing process, when it could be just the beginning.”
  • Film School Rejects discussed how fandom documentaries are becoming a form of fandom selfie. “Other than that, Ghostheads doesn’t seem to have much of a reason to exist. Like too many other fandom docs, it’s not likely to reach or be appealing to the millions of non-extreme fans let alone total outsiders. It will tell a number of hardcore Ghostbusters fans things they already know about themselves and their beloved movie…I also wouldn’t be surprised if the studios start encouraging, maybe even secretly contributing to the crowdfunding of docs that in turn foster and support fans and enthusiasm for their upcoming slates. If nothing else, they might later on be cheap pickups to throw onto their Blu-ray releases of the original or new version of their respective properties.”
  • Alaska Dispatch News mapped the growth of Senshi con “from [a school] cafeteria to UAA and in recent years mushrooming into an expansive convention housed in the Egan Center. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Bundick and other organizers are expecting more than 4,000 attendees, and Alaska Business Monthly is predicting it will produce an economic impact of $191,000″ with the growth likely to continue. Its organizer said “We’re still getting [vendor and artist] applications for this year. This is the first time we’ve had a waiting list…Local people and businesses are wanting to get in on it.”

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  1. NM commented:

    Oy. How ever did I guess that 50 Shades would be mentioned in that article…

    The above was rhetorical.

    However, this is precisely why my stance is rooted in the Strictly NEVER For-profit camp when it comes to fanworks.

    50 Shades might be something we point to one day, and say, “This is why we can no longer have nice things.”