How will the Entertainment industry participate in the coming new renaissance era of spaceflight?
If the signup list of passengers for a ride on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip One is anything to go by, there are a hugely disproportionate number of entertainers/celebrities on there. Additionally, wealthier individuals like Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté have already flown as space tourists to the ISS.
There seems to be no shortage of entertainers and artists with a desire to go to space and experience it firsthand, and likewise a sizeable number of them may have the financial means to afford even the earlier expensive tickets for spaceflight, to become early customers before the costs drop down for mass-affordability.
But also significantly, much of the entertainment industry is built around mass-viewing spectacle events, which spaceflights themselves are also now rapidly turning into. Given the natural mass-audience appeal of both entertainment and spaceflight events, there should be a natural complementarity between them which could be leveraged for mutual profit.
What types of entertainment events could we see staged from space?
How long before we see a musical band perform from space? (I'm not counting that Vomit Comet flight from OK Go
What about Reality TV shows, or other serial telecasts - what possibilities might be envisioned for utilizing space for mass viewing audience entertainment?
Also, how long before we see sports events like soccer, baseball, football, etc played on the Moon?
Beyond some of these things, where do the entertainment opportunities lie? What kinds of things could prove popular?