Wiley has teamed with author Jon Fisher to create an NFT (non-fungible token) author trading card, to promote the publication of Fisher’s forthcoming title ‘I Took the Only Path to See You.’ The Fisher NFT author trading card was placed on sale at auction on Open Sea, a digital marketplace for NFTs. Fisher and Wiley claim that this is the first NFT author trading card.
In March, Justin Sun, CEO of the cryptocurrency platform Tron, revealed that he had established an NFT investment fund focused on acquisitions of blue-chip art. Now, Sun’s recent purchases of works by Picasso and Warhol worth $22 million will be among the first pieces of art to be digitally registered on the blockchain via the new fund, titled JUST NFT, via a process known as tokenization.
Joe Rogan reportedly received a handsome $100 million for inking his exclusive podcast deal with Spotify. But that deal, which shifted all episodes onto the Spotify platform, may be damaging the podcaster/comedian’s overall influence. According to Google Trends search traffic data, searches of ‘Joe Rogan,’ including related searches like ‘Joe Rogan podcast’ or ‘Joe Rogan MMA,’ have dropped roughly 40% since Spotify announced its deal last year.
For the first time in 70 years, the New York-based Authors Guild has released its “Literary Translation Model Contract” to the public, a guide with commentary that was previously available only to members of the author-advocacy organization (including agents and attorneys) to use when negotiating contracts with publishers for translation into English. The release has been made parallel to the Guild’s decision to release its “Model Trade Book Contract,” as well.
Did Netflix overpay for two films that in a pre-streaming world would have been seen as reliable bets to release in theaters when a studio didn’t have blockbusters to offer? Or, since creating successful new franchises is no easy proposition, did the company make a shrewd business move that will pay dividends for years to come?
The major Hollywood studios have put a lot of effort into making their content available online. There’s an abundance of streaming options and more content than ever before. Still, despite this progress, many international fans of popular TV-shows are still driven to pirate sites, as legal options are abruptly taken away. Why?
Despite what seemed like insurmountable challenges last year — with bookstores closed, literary events canceled and publication dates postponed — people kept buying books. As other pastimes like movies, theater and sports were put on hold during the shutdown, books turned out to be an ideal form of entertainment for quarantine.
Legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is the latest musician to get in on the non-fungible token ( ) crypto collectibles craze, launching a single-edition 3D animated video for his new song “Eazy Sleazy” performed with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. The 24-hour auction launched on NFT marketplace Nifty Gateway on Thursday and just ended, finishing with a final bid of $50,000.
Warner Music Group and Spotify have inked a podcast deal that will see them jointly create shows about leading WMG artists and songwriters. The leading music streaming service has quietly expanded its podcast library to north of two million programs, including The Joe Rogan Experience, and WMG will add to the total by telling “the stories behind some of the biggest hit songs” as well as providing “an inside look” at the work of leading creators.
Steve Stoute tells MBW about what Apple’s investment means for UnitedMasters and gives us his predictions for the future role of record labels in the music industry. “This shows that independent creators have an opportunity now, better than they’ve ever had before, and there’s a spotlight on them. “The biggest companies in the world are rooting for them and making steps to make sure that they have the same opportunities as everyone else.”