The Walt Disney Company announced a broad structural reorganization of its media and entertainment businesses Monday, in a move to ramp up and streamline its direct-to-consumer strategy. The move comes just under a year after the launch of Disney Plus, which has since surpassed the 60 million subscriber mark.
Ice cream vendors have always relied on music as a marketing tool. At the end of the 1800s, ice cream pushcart owners sang little verses “in praise of their lemon ice cream and vanilla too” to attract customers, according to the paper “Ding Ding!: The Commodity Aesthetic of Ice Cream Music,” by the ethnomusicologist Daniel T. Neely.
YouTube wants to turn creators’ videos into product catalogs. It and a “limited number” of creators are testing an ecommerce feature that will let viewers click on items in videos to add them directly to a Google Shoppingcart, the platform confirmed to Bloomberg. Creators have control over whether their videos link out to products, and over which items are highlighted, it said.
Almost as long as there have been a number of popular music streaming services, there have been apps to help people transfer their playlists between them. This weekend, SongShift made an announcement. “Unfortunately, as of SongShift v5.1.2, you will no longer be able to create transfers from Spotify to another music service. We understand this will be a disappointment for a lot of you. We wish we didn’t have to,” they wrote.
After having successfully struck a deal with Google, French publishing groups have now set their sights on fighting for better terms with another one of the Big Tech giants: Apple. A conglomeration of French and European publishers’ organisations, led by the Alliance de la Presse d’Information Générale (APIG) – the organization that had been negotiating with Google – has written to Apple’s Tim Cook, highlighting their concerns over the company’s terms of service in the App store.
Cinema should look at striking content deals with streaming services to get much-needed content amid studios’ ongoing film slate delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, one Wall Street analyst suggested on Friday. “Theater owners should consider finally striking a deal with Netflix, Amazon and other SVOD services as a lifeline to get more product on movie screens,” MoffettNathanson’s Robert Fishman wrote in a report.
At a fraction of TikTok’s size, Triller is trying to position itself as a fallback option for social-media users in the event U.S. and China authorities don’t approve TikTok parent ByteDance Ltd.’s preliminary agreement with Oracle Corp. Triller’s push for social-video success is also a second act of sorts for the app’s owners, whose careers in Hollywood and beyond have been marked by controversy.
Facing some serious charges, Netflix weren’t backing down today as the one-page indictment became public via a local congressman’s Twitter feed. “Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” a spokesperson for the streamer said in a statement. “This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.”
While the livestream business has been supercharged out of necessity during the pandemic, there’s a good chance it will stick around — or even continue to grow — once live concerts can resume. In the meantime, artists and promoters have been increasingly focused on adding production value to these performances.
New York live event promoter Move Forward Music has partnered with Twitch to create a dedicated channel, on which it will live stream performances and content. And to kick off the channel, Move Forward is hosting a two-day festival on Oct. 17 and 18.