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Welcome, Marina!

August 27, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

MarinaSans_TheNationalIntroducing Marina Sans, Video Services Account Coordinator, Spain & Portugal

Hi everybody! My name is Marina and it’s a huge honour to be joining The Orchard team as Video Services Account Coordinator for Spain & Portugal. I was born and raised in Terrassa, a small city near Barcelona (Spain), where I attended university to study a degree in Business Management.

After working in the financial sector for about 2 years, I decided to jump into the awesome but also challenging music industry. I had the chance to become part of the Primavera Sound festival organization team in Barcelona a few months ago, which was an experience that led me to pursue a career in the music industry even more (here’s a pic of me with Matt Berninger from The National, who I met at the festival). And here I am!

Pop-Rock bands are my favourite and in my free time I love attending festivals and concerts, discovering new music and TV series to be hooked on, traveling, going out with my friends and spending time with my dog.

What The #&@$ Do You Do, Danielle?!?

DanielleDiGiacomoDanielle DiGiacomo
Senior Manager, Film Distribution
Joined The Orchard in January 2012 (right after Sundance that year — I think about all my time in relationship to film festival schedules)

You seem to always be in multiple places at once: panels, movie premieres, signing indie film deals. Tell us, please, what the #&@% do you do, Danielle??!
Here at the Orchard, I work on acquiring documentaries and indie films for distribution, both digital-only, and now, all rights distribution. With the release of Rich Hill, our first big theatrical, my job has shifted slightly to really being focused on acquisitions where we can get all rights to a film — theatrical, broadcast, DVD, AND digital. That said, I also spend a large part of my time signing deals for straight to digital releases, as well as larger catalogs, which are still an incredibly important part of the film business here.

I also do client management which means that along with working as a quarterback among all the other departments here to make sure all aspects of a film’s release — marketing, sales, PR, accounting, etc. — are on target and necessary things are being communicated to the filmmakers. I do this not only for these tentpole releases, but also oversee a small team of Abe Schwartz, our kickass Film/TV Coordinator, and Kayleigh Butera, who just recently joined us and also rules, in making sure that the lines of communication are always open between The Orchard and our film clients, and that all of their questions and concerns are answered.

It’s so nice to see our Film/TV department growing and we loved making the premiere of Rich Hill an Orchard outing! Are there any other upcoming films you’re working on that we should look out for?
Yes, the film/TV department here has grown aggressively and ambitiously! With some amazing and experienced new team members having joined us from Focus Features, Tribeca Film, Sesame Street and SnagFilms, Doug ramping up and leading the Film Biz Dev team, and a new fearless leader — Paul Davidson — we are poised to take over the galaxy! Now all we need is a talking raccoon. But seriously, the films that we are releasing for the rest of this year and early next, and the manner in which we are releasing them — to the top indie cinemas, on major Cable/Satellite platforms including Comcast and DirectTV — are really making us a player in independent film, and the industry has definitely taken notice.

I’m super excited about the upcoming releases of some of the films I’ve recently acquired — Rich Hill (obviously); No No: A Dockumentary — a really fun and well-done Sundance and SXSW documentary about Doc Ellis, who pitched a no hitter while on LSD in the 70s; Harmontown, about the controversial and hilarious Community showrunner Dan Harmon, which features comedians like Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, and Jason Sudeikis; and Point and Shoot, an incredible doc by Marshall Curry, who has already been Oscar-nominated twice for two recent documentaries. There are a few other big ones, but they will be released later and I’ll have plenty of time to get the word out about them!

Here’s another one worth spreading the word on… It turns out you’re kind of a big shot and won a Peabody Award (no less!) for your work producing the Orchard-distributed documentary, Best Kept Secret. What’s your secret, and what other superpowers are you hiding from us?
Ha! No superpowers, unfortunately. If I had them, we would’ve won an Oscar and I would’ve flown onstage to pick it up. Working on Best Kept Secret was an amazing — and time-consuming — experience. For a documentary, the timeframe was short — it actually only took a couple of years from start to finish, but it was more than a full time job. I actually did work on it full time for a little over a year before I joined The Orchard, and by that time, we were in post production, so I was able to concentrate that work on nights, lunch breaks and weekends. But, now with The Orchard, there’s no way I could be that hands-on of a producer again. For projects I do now, I’ll co-produce or Associate Produce, take a role that is less demanding and more advisory/helpful.

My only secret there is that I work after work. And before work. And on weekends. And I have insomnia. Also, my husband likes to clean and do dishes. The triple whammy of getting married, working on the film and getting a job at The Orchard forced me into a very antisocial place for a while, and I’m glad to take a break and prove to my friends that I haven’t gone off the grid.

Well now that everyone knows how amazing you are, your social calendar is going to fly off the wall. Thanks for sharing with us what the #&@$ you do, Danielle!

favorite dance move: My favorite dance move is not mine — it’s my husband’s. He does an award-winning robot. (If you count winning his high school talent show an actual award).
best panel you’ve ever been on and why: A panel on distribution at Krakow Film Festival in Poland, because they gave us all wine to drink while we panel-ed! Eastern Europe knows how to do it right.
must-see movie of the year so far: Rich Hill, obviously. Aside from that, Boyhood is a must see for many reasons, not least of which it’s the first fiction film to ever be filmed with the same actors over the course of 12 years. An incredible achievement and just top notch filmmaking.
random fact: Here’s a couple of fun ones: I have an identical twin who is 2 minutes younger and lives 10 minutes away from me, in Clinton Hill. You can tell her apart by the two tiny kids she has with her. My grandfather discovered Element 61, Promethium, a fact which a few people have thought I was making up?!

4 Tips to Make Your Band’s Instagram More Engaging

Instagram 4.0 - 03 EditThis article, written by freelance pop music journalist Hugh McIntyre , originally appeared on Sonicbids. We’re excited to be working with them to bring you the best and most relevant content for your business!

Every band and artist knows that social media is important (or, at least I hope they do), but sometimes doing it well can be tricky. What works for Facebook may not be the same as Twitter, and sometimes you need different strategies for different platforms. Instagram’s importance is growing, especially as younger people are gravitating towards it and away from other social networks, so learning how to engage people on the photo-only platform is crucial.

Here are four tips to make sure your Instagram profile is one that people will want to follow and engage with on a regular basis.

1. Be genuine and relatable
While Instagram has started allowing ads in order to actually make some money (so Facebook can start earning back some of that $1 billion they spent acquiring the app), it really isn’t meant to be much of a space for advertising. People don’t go there for you to sell them something, but rather for entertainment and insights into people’s lives.

While I love Beyonce and the photos on her Instagram are beautiful, she’s not a good example of what up-and-coming bands should do. Everything is staged, obviously shot by professional photographers, and carefully planned by what I can only imagine is a privately-employed social media team. If you’re on Bey’s level, by all means follow her lead. If not, you may want to stay a bit more grounded, mixing real photography with things that remind your fans you’re just like them.

2. Don’t hog the spotlight
Yes, people do follow your band on Instagram because they like you and your music, but please don’t be like that friend we all have who posts a daily selfie. Nobody follows that person for very long.

Instead, find ways of bringing other subjects and people into your feed, as long as they’re interesting and enjoyable. Maybe you’ve seen another band recently and loved a photo you took at the show, or perhaps you saw an outfit you loved on someone walking down the street. If it’s on-brand, feel free to share. Make sure it’s something your audience will want to see and they’ll welcome it, no matter how off-course it is from your new album.

3. Invite people to engage
If someone is already following you, chances are they’ll jump at the chance to interact with you. Don’t just expect people to engage with you – social media is best when it’s a two-way street. Ask your fans to submit photos they took of your latest show, or share videos of them singing and dancing to your new single, and then call out your favorites. This way, people feel like they are truly interacting with you (if they know you’re watching their videos and seeing their photos), and you’ve just promoted your tour or new music without it seeming like typical marketing.

4. Don’t take yourself too seriously
One of the mistakes some celebrities make on social media is trying to appear flawless, or as too much a serious artist to post anything off-beat or silly. While it’s easy to understand that nobody wants to share a photo where they don’t look good, looking too perfect all the time can backfire as well.

Should you share that amazing new photo your photographer took of you at a recent show? Absolutely, but follow it up with a selfie with your eyes crossed, or a picture of what your bandmates drew on you when you passed out drunk on the tour bus (assuming it’s Instagram-friendly). Some of the most-loved people on the site are those unafraid to look stupid for the sake of entertaining their fans. That’s why you’re there, right? This goes back to being relatable, but on a whole other level. It’s not just about coming off as a real human, but one just like your fans.

Welcome, Oleg!

August 20, 2014 Orchard News No Comments

olegrozovIntroducing Oleg Rozov, Client & Marketing Manager, Russia

My name is Oleg, i was born in Moscow in 1984.

I started my day job on MTV Russia and was working as a director on True Life (Russian Version), then I joined Faces&Laces, an interactive exhibition and music show, where I was curating music format and bookings. After that I joined Dream Industries and Zvooq, where I was involved in the product strategy, mostly focused on signing the indie catalogues and label relations.

My passion for music started during the school period, I was involved in Hip Hop and rave subcultures, which were very popular in Russia in the 90s (along with Punk Rock and Metal), when all the new things from the West started flooding our country after the USSR collapsed.

I graduated from Moscow’s Humanitarian Institute of TV and Radio Broadcasting. These were the times I started visiting different raves together with my friends, it was Jungle and House music. UK’s underground scene (early Jungle, UK Hardcore, UK Garage) was something that really drew my attention and I started to buy vinyl records. It was impossible to get music from the Internet back then (as it wasn’t even fully there yet :)), and that is how things became serious for me.

It was 2001 when I started to collect wax ­– that was the end of the Electronic music renaissance in Russia. I began to play in clubs in 2002; in 2004, I hosted my own radio show about UK Garage on Moscow’s first ‘Urban’ radio station, NEXT 105.2 FM (now closed). Later I launched the first ever Dubstep/Garage club night in Russia and CIS called Capital Bass (2006) and brought all the main artists (incl. Scuba, Kode9, Pearson Sound, Skream and many others) to Moscow. In 2012, Capital Bass became a vinyl/digital label as I felt that many interesting things are happening on the local scene and it’s time to push Russian producers and give them a good chance to release their music on vinyl.

My other hobbies include: custom motorcycles, asian culture, fitness, etc.

Bridge the Purchasing Gap with GeoRiot

GeoRiotPurchasingGapOur friends at GeoRiot are on a roll – their service keeps getting better and better, all the while still fulfilling a simple promise: getting your fans to the most appropriate storefront for your music, and filling your pockets with a bit of extra cash while they’re at it. Here’s GeoRiot’s CEO, Jesse Lakes, on their latest feature: Genius Links.  

We’ve been fortunate enough to be a guest on The Daily Rind a couple of times, discussing why it doesn’t make sense to use raw links in your marketing, and how you can earn a nice secondary revenue from using the affiliate programs of the world’s largest storefronts. We’ve also talked about how GeoRiot helps you fight “geo-fragmentation” by automatically globalizing your links to help international users purchase in the correct country/region-specific iTunes and Amazon storefronts.

Today we want to introduce another way that GeoRiot helps you earn even more from every link by not only solving the issue of geo-fragmentation, but also helping you bridge something we call The Purchasing Gap (dun dun duuuun!). We define the Purchasing Gap as the rift between the product you’re promoting and where each individual customer wants to purchase.

Simply put, if you’re promoting your music not only internationally, but with multiple stores, such as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc, you can run into issues with getting every user to the destination where they’re most likely to buy your music. People listening to your tunes through their Android phones or tablets can’t directly buy from iTunes. iPad users probably don’t want to go to Google Play — they’ll want to view and purchase your music straight from iTunes. Mixing in factors such as geography, desktop computers with different operating systems, and promotional dates, can make managing your links terrifyingly complicated very fast.

GeoRiot has your back. We’ve developed a new feature that makes bridging that Purchasing Gap seamless and easy. We call them Genius Links. Built on top of our links that automagically localize and affiliate, Genius Links allow you to create additional custom scenarios for each of your links to route specific traffic to the destination with the highest chance of conversion.

What this means is that you can decide where a click goes based off a fan’s device type, operating system, country, or even when the link was clicked.

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