The DVD market has not produced children's titles in proportion to other genres, but more kidvid on DVD should be coming soon as the new format's market penetration grows, Adams tells License!.Licensing activity in video could grow in 2002 as more children's DVDs are released. Several upcoming releases illustrate the opportunity. On Nov. 2, DreamWorks will release Shrek on a promotion-packed DVD. Disney recently released its classic Snow White on DVD for the first time. Anchor Bay is releasing Thomas & Friends: The Best of Thomas (Gullane Entertainment), the first Thomas title on DVD. Anchor Bay also has launched a licensed video line based on Hungry Minds' For Dummies book series.While DVD helped lift video, the music business sang a different tune.The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (London) valued the global music market at $38.5 billion in 2000, up 1%.Domestically, unit sales of music declined 9.3% in 2000 and are continuing to slide. Retail music sales were down 2.6% in 2000 to $12.7 billion, according to figures released by the Recording Industry Association of America (Washington, D.C.).The tempo isn't likely to pick up during 2001.Music shipments dropped 4.4% from $6.2 billion at mid-year 2000 to $5.9 billion at mid-year 2001, RIAA statistics show.
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