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MIDiA: The Song Economy

The Song Economy is the new music industry’s growth engine. It’s why publishing and songwriter catalogs are being acquired at multiples of between 10-20 of annual royalty revenues. It’s why playlists are the most valuable real estate on streaming platforms. It’s why labels and publishers are staffing up their sync teams around the world.

Source: The Song Economy

NATPE 2020: TV Biz Looks Back and Forward as Streaming Wars Ensue

Inside the conference rooms the conversation was dominated by — what else? — the television industry’s migration to streaming and on-demand platforms. While the stars worked to ingratiate themselves at the retail level of broadcast TV — local stations — executives pondered how the business of making, selling and distributing content is likely to evolve.

Source: NATPE 2020: TV Biz Looks Back and Forward as Streaming Wars Ensue

The Grammys fallout gets more shocking every day – but how relevant is the show to the modern record business?

The Dugan drama has been a controversial and unsavoury curtain-raiser for the 62nd Annual Grammys, understandably attracting the ink of US entertainment staples from the Hollywood Reporter to the L.A Times, Page Six and Deadline. As such, it has rather drowned out any other industry conversations related to the Grammys – including that regarding the relevance of the show, versus the annual expense ‘Grammy Week’ incurs for the record industry.

Source: The Grammys fallout gets more shocking every day – but how relevant is the show to the modern record business?

PRH Exits International Unlimited Subscriptions, Fueling Speculation

Reports in the last 10 days from Sölve Dahlgren at Swedish book industry publication Boktugg were among the first indications that Penguin Random House was making widespread changes in its participation in subscription services. On January 13, Dahlgren reported that more than 1,000 English-language PRH titles had disappeared from audiobook subscription services including Storytel, Bonnier’s Bookbeat, and Nextory.

Source: PRH Exits International Unlimited Subscriptions, Fueling Speculation

Amazon Prime Video Gives Amateur How-To’s, Conspiracy Theories a Stage

The streaming service has accepted nonprofessional and sometimes questionable content to build a video library that in Amazon’s style can dominate the competition through sheer volume. An Amazon spokeswoman says the company has sought a broad selection of content, including videos from award winners and independent producers.

Source: Amazon Prime Video Gives Amateur How-To’s, Conspiracy Theories a Stage

Digital Distributor Play MPE Launching in Canada With Universal Music Deal

Play MPE, the digital music distribution service owned by Vancouver’s Destiny Media Technologies with clients in the U.S., Australia, South Arica and Europe, is moving into Canada via Universal Music Canada, which will service its new releases through the Play MPE platform as of this Friday (Jan. 24).

Source: Digital Distributor Play MPE Launching in Canada With Universal Music Deal

YouTube and the Fan Monetisation Model

How to describe YouTube? The now-15-year old video platform does not fit into a single box, but rather ticks all of them. Its positioning between consumer and business is a fascinating one, replicated in reach and capacity by no other platform. Despite its many run-ins with copyright over the years, TikTok has since mirrored its mediation strategy of a hands-off, apologise-later approach to content – to undeniable success.

Source: YouTube and the Fan Monetisation Model

Could an overhaul of payola rules be on the horizon? 

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has written to Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group in the United States to request information from the companies about their current payola-prevention ‘mechanisms’, in addition to their ‘understanding of the current payola rules’.

Source: Could an overhaul of payola rules be on the horizon? Majors asked to explain anti-payola practices to FCC

Vuulr Online Rights Market Makes Global Expansion at NATPE

Singapore-based Vuulr, an online content marketplace for film and TV rights, is expanding from regional to global operations. The move was announced ahead of NATPE, one of the oldest face-to-face TV rights markets, this week launching its tenth edition in Miami, Florida (Jan 21-23). Launched across Asia in January 2019, Vuulr features rights from Sony, Picture Tree International, Banijay Rights, Warner Media, CNN and Toonz Media Group.

Source: Vuulr Online Rights Market Makes Global Expansion at NATPE

Linear TV Coming Back as More Viewers Stream

Digital Media Rights is launching linear versions of its five channels on the Samsung TV Plus platform. They are being offered as FAST (free ad-supported television) channels. DMR joins several other media companies that found success in the video-on-demand streaming business but felt that some viewers still need help finding something to watch after cutting the cord.

Source: Linear TV Coming Back as More Viewers Stream

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