The year 2020 will be remembered in the entertainment business as a time of delayed movie releases, suspended filming schedules and canceled concert tours. But the industry is also preparing for the coronavirus pandemic to reshape its means of creating and distributing art.
Hollywood producers and Imagine Entertainment co-founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard said the future of cinema is heading into uncharted territory, speaking Tuesday at the WSJ Tech Live conference, which was held virtually. And in a separate conversation, Grammy-award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Jack Antonoff explained how Covid -19 has altered both his creative process and fans’ ability to discover new music.
“I feel terrible for new and younger artists who need to be out there, performing [to establish themselves],” said Mr. Antonoff, who has produced songs for Taylor Swift, Lorde, the Chicks and St. Vincent, among others. “People are still making records, but what great talent have we missed out on because that path to pulling yourself up in the industry has gone?”
Here are four ways Messrs. Howard, Grazer and Antonoff think coronavirus-related disruptions will impact the production and consumption of music, TV shows and films in the coming years.
Movie theaters will return—but not as we know them.
“Multiplex cinemas are going to become like Broadway,” said Mr. Howard, who has directed Netflix ’s coming adaptation of J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy,” out Nov. 24. “They’ll be where the expensive projects go.”