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‘Everywhere All at Once’: How to Launch an Original Kids Franchise in a Web3 World

Cyma Zarghami knows what it takes to create a bona fide hit in the kids TV business. It’s not measured by Nielsen ratings or unique users or page…

Spotify Acquires Heardle, the Wordle-Inspired Viral Music Trivia Game

Spotify is adding buzzy music game Heardle to its arsenal — acquiring the daily name-that-tune website patterned on the massively popular Wordle game. Financial terms of the deal…

Music Industry Moves: Tainy Extends Sony Music Publishing Deal, Pixelynx Taps Former Tidal CEO Richard Sanders

Sony Music Publishing has renewed its worldwide publishing agreement with Tainy, extending the deal which began in 2005. In a press release, Tainy said, “I am grateful that…

Listen Up, Hollywood: VidCon Superfans Talk How, Why and What They Watch

When superfans speak, Hollywood should listen. The entertainment economy is increasingly relying on the superfan demo, the built-in audiences that make it plausible for a studio to take…

Kanye West and XXXTentacion’s Single ‘True Love’ Drops This Week

Kanye West’s long-promised “Donda 2” album has apparently taken a step closer to reality, as Columbia Records announced a collaboration with the late XXXTentacion called “True Love” —…

‘Downton Abbey’ Masterminds See Future for Franchise Beyond New Sequel

When “Downton Abbey: The New Era” arrives in U.S. theaters this week, it will represent just the latest iteration of a franchise more than a decade in operation.…

‘Pachinko’ Producer on the Future of Series for Global Audiences

When Michael Ellenberg worked at HBO developing hit series including “Westworld” and “True Detective,” he was producing in a very difference climate than the one in which he…

Hitmaker of the Month: How Producer Dylan Graham Helped Bring Air and ‘Authenticity’ to Muni Long’s ‘Hrs & Hrs’

The hit “Hrs & Hrs” takes its time winding its way around Muni Long’s sultry, breathy, subtly repetitious chorus of “I could do this for hours / and…