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Film Release Highlights for 2021

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2020 was obviously a highly disruptive year - both for the making of cinema, and showcasing the final product. Leading to Disney’s Mulan for instance being launched on the Disney+ platform versus an official cinema release.


It follows that a number of 2020 film premieres got delayed and postponed into 2021 - while I feel this year will largely be equally disruptive and more than a few productions will be needed to be saved by Netflix or Amazon - and will end up getting their ...

The Future of Music 2021

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We find ourselves in strange times, almost surreal at some points - with the Covid situation and strange political happenings around the world. This time has been typified by resorting to various home-comforts - including comfort-eating, and comfort-listening to a large degree.


This makes for a healthy does of Nostalgia with lots of flavours of the 80’s and 90’s harkening back to gentler times. We’ve see the continued growth of all kinds of sub-genres - with Twilight ...

Best of 2020 Entertainment - Favourite Albums, Songs, Movies and TV Shows

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2020 has been a somewhat peculiar year for me like most, in that most of my regular routine has been entirely disrupted and thrown to the wayside. I used to go to the cinema at least once a week and would typically take in the 3 comic book stores in central London within the same circuit. The end of routine has meant that I have not picked up the usual quotient of graphic novels as I no longer have the ability to browse and peruse how I was accustomed to - so no best of Graphic Novels for 2020....

High Street Stores go Dark as many become Distribution Hubs for the Coronavirus Internet Shopping Boom

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We are all familiar with the concept of Dark Kitchens - where restaurants as such move to windowless industrial estate premises to purely serve home-delivery orders. A number of those kitchens are a little like an office-share - where several companies operate out of the same premises and share some of the costs and resultant economies of scale.


The Dark Shop phenomenon is slightly different and is typified by High Street and Shopping Mall Stores like Lush - who have significant city ...

Affino and TTG are Participating at the Campaign Publishing Summit on December 9th

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A number of the best minds in the publishing industry will be presiding at next Wednesday’s Campaign Publishing Summit Event - including our good friend and ally Daniel Pearce, CEO of TTG Media, and our own CEO Markus Karlsson.


The Publishing Summit bills itself as ’Redefining publishing strategy and driving innovation’ and we at Affino are certainly right in the frame for innovation and leading-edge publishing strategies alongside our clients.


Dan is part of...

Apple gives Small Businesses a Boost by Lowering App Store Commission to 15% from January 2021

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In one of a number of recent concessions to developers, Apple has decided to lower its Commission fees from 30% to 15% - for those apps which make less than $1m from the Apple App store annually - which covers most development outfits, with Apple estimating 98% of app developers benefitting. This is possibly short-term stimulus during the pandemic and may be reviewed and adjusted back at some stage next year.


It does though give hard-pressed developers and publishers running those apps...


Congratulations and commiseration are due to the hard working team at The Stage Media Company. At this evening’s PPA Independent Publisher Awards they rightly came aways with the Team of the Year - for the sterling work of The Stage’s News Team. This was also reflected in The Stage receiving a Highly Commended Award in the Podcast of the Year Category.


The Judging Panel shared :


"The news team at The Stage is passionate, going the extra mile to save the industry it...

Congratulations to TTG Media for their Highly Commended Award in the Coronavirus Response Category at this Evening's PPA IPN Awards

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Congratulations and commiseration are due to the ever great Team at TTG Media who’ve put in another amazing shift this year with their massive quick-witted and full-range response to the Coronavirus pandemic - being first with a proper Coronavirus Sector Hub of its kind - which galvanised an entire Travel Industry. And was then followed up with further deep-reaching initiatives, including the wide-reaching #SaveTravel Campaign.


No one was more deserving of recognition for their ...

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers & Arm Take the Win for Commercial Partnership of the Year Category at this Evening's PPA IPN Awards

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It was our pleasure, actually rather CEO Markus’s pleasure to present the IoME and Arm with the Award for Commercial Partnership of the Year. This was for their collaboration on the Limitless Engineering Webinars, including more specifically - IOT Adoption and Attitudes in the Industry.


The Judging Panel stated :


"Their strategy was clear and concise, which resulted in a well-executed partnership that was well received by the audience, enhancing both parties’ ...


Once more Affino is proud to support the Publishing Industry in these challenging times - through our continued endorsement of the Professional Publishing Association. We delight in bringing new and interesting talents to the fore and celebrating the very best in publishing innovation.


We are again sponsoring the PPA Independent Publishing Awards Commercial Partnership , as it very aptly ties into our own collaborative way of conducting business in partnership with our clients.


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