New Forest’s Simon David Miller Rethinks the Production Process

Can artificial intelligence and tech industry project management techniques help the film and TV industry to create more hits? Tech entrepreneur Simon David Miller thinks so, and is in the process of raising between £1 million-£3 million ($1.3 million-$3.91 million) for his production company New Forest Film Co. to recruit a team, and to develop technology.

Source: New Forest’s Simon David Miller Rethinks the Production Process

Spotify will now make a playlist for your cat

Spotify is launching a silly new playlist generator today that promises to create a playlist that both you and your pet will enjoy. The whole thing seems to be designed to go viral, which is one of the ways Spotify has had luck standing out from competitors like Apple Music that have largely the same exact music offering.

Source: Spotify will now make a playlist for your cat

Audible, Publishers Say They’ve Settled ‘Captions’ Lawsuit

Attorneys for Audible and seven major publishers told the court this week that they have resolved their high profile copyright lawsuit over Audible’s proposed ‘Captions’ program. In a January 13 letter, Audible attorney Emily Reisbaum “writing on behalf of all parties,” informed Judge Valerie Caproni that the sides “have resolved their disputes,”

Source: Audible, Publishers Say They’ve Settled ‘Captions’ Lawsuit

After raising $1.7m last year, sampling startup Tracklib inks deal with BMG

BMG will provide a selection of music from its catalog to be featured on Tracklib, where producers can sample the music and get clearance ‘in a few clicks’. Tracklib raised $1.7 million last year in a funding round joined by Sony Innovation Fund; WndrCo; and Jörg Mohaupt, a private, early-stage investor who has invested in several other music companies including Discogs and Amuse.

Source: After raising $1.7m last year, sampling startup Tracklib inks deal with BMG

Mechanical Licensing Collective appoints Kris Ahrend as CEO

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has appointed respected music industry executive Kris Ahrend as CEO. Ahrend will begin his tenure with the MLC effective immediately. MLC Board Chair Alisa Coleman said: “Kris was selected by our Board after a months-long competitive process; both his background and vision stood out amongst many qualified candidates.

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War Is Over: Spotify and Warner Chappell sign global licensing deal – including India

Rights holders in India will be breathing a sigh of relief as today’s announcement appears to be a tacit acknowledgement that the argument for a streaming service hiding behind a statutory license in India doesn’t hold water. A Spotify spokesperson said of today’s settlement: “We’re pleased with this agreement, and together with Warner Chappell Music, we look forward to helping songwriters and artists connect with more fans.”

Source: War Is Over: Spotify and Warner Chappell sign global licensing deal – including India

Has Amazon Already Figured Out the Future of the Music Streaming Business?

A key observation of the current market is that the streaming market offers little differentiation in both content and pricing. Most services these days, to paraphrase former Pandora CEO Tim Westergren, offer a set menu of “[50] million songs, a search box and good f*ckin’ luck” — all for $9.99/£9.99 per month.

Source: Has Amazon Already Figured Out the Future of the Music Streaming Business?

Pro Music Rights enters partnership with New York-based legal service Cosynd

US performing rights organization Pro Music Rights (PMR)has entered into a partnership with Cosynd, a New York-based legal service that automates copyright contracts and registrations. The partnership will allow PMR artists to create contracts (split sheets, premium split sheets, work for hire agreements, and producer agreements) that secure their copyrights and can register works with the US Copyright Office at a discounted rate.

Source: Pro Music Rights enters partnership with New York-based legal service Cosynd

MIDiA: The Meta Trends that Will Shape the 2020s

Progressively more of what we consume has reached us after being adapted by someone else, whether that be personal recommendations, likes or comments. Additionally, more of the content we view has been modified, such as memes, captioned photos, Instagram photos, and TikToks. 2020 will be see the rise of user-modified content (UMC) with more audiences leaning forward and taking ownership of the content they view.

Source: The Meta Trends that Will Shape the 2020s

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