A Continental Journey of Acquisition
I recently hit my three-month mark in Digital Content Acquisitions here at The Orchard, and in the span of those jam-packed 90 days, our team has been working nonstop to seek out and close deals on top-tier cinematic fare for release on our myriad of digital channels.
Late summer is traditionally considered a slow period for film acquisitions thanks largely to a drought in major film festivals and a tendency for most film folk to take lengthy vacations—this is not so for The Orchard team. An increased demand for high-quality non-theatrical content (in addition to our dozen or so theatrical titles) means our small department has been hard at work during the summer months, combing through a wealth of submissions. Seeing as our film team has doubled in size within the course of several months, our strategy this year is to divide and conquer.
Introducing Nate Snyder, Associate Director, Data
I am The Orchard’s newest Associate Director of Engineering for the Data squad. I’m joining after six years at 2U, in the EdTech space, where I built pipelines for registrar data and a gradebook, among many other things.
I grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Yes, the town once smelled like chocolate, but they have since torn down the original factory so it unfortunately does not anymore.) I studied Philosophy and Economics at the University of Rochester and spent a year teaching English in China.
BandPage Integrates with New YouTube Artist Center
In February 2016, YouTube acquired BandPage, a service that more than 500,000 musicians were using at the time to control how their profiles displayed on different music services like Shazam, Vevo, Napster and Deezer. BandPage provided a central space where bios and photos could be saved and updated across these platforms.
Since this acquisition, YouTube has been working to incorporate BandPage’s functionality into it’s platform. This has taken the form of the YouTube Artist Center. This feature, located within YouTube’s Creator Studio, is currently only available to previous BandPage members, but YouTube is working on bringing it to all artists across their platform.
Goodbye Charles Bradley, The Screaming Eagle of Soul
This weekend, the world lost a radiant inspiration with the passing of Charles Bradley. Our hearts go out to the Daptone Records family as they endure the loss of this soulful legend.
Charles Bradley personifies the reason many of us put our faith and passion in music. His message of love was palpable in his lyricism and contagious in his performances, drawing smiles and tears from crowds even in his sickness.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to All-Stars Project or Music Unites.
Out Today by The Orchard: BTS, Holly Miranda & More
As the daylight hours dwindle, it has become a bit of a long-haul to the weekend. But Friday’s never seem like a workday when there are so many great new releases to get you moving and motivated. This week, K-pop dominates the globe, a dreamy songwriter sings from a new perspective and a Scandinavian group epitomizes black metal.
If you haven’t heard of BTS you might live under a rock, especially after this week. Here is your chance to crawl out because the K-pop group has released their new album, Love Yourself 承 ‘Her’ from Bighit Entertainment, and it’s taking over the planet. Their single “DNA” is the top track on New Music Friday in the US. According to CNN, the album has now “conquered three continents.” You read that correctly, not countries, we’re talking continents. The young group has hurdled beyond the boundaries of language and they aren’t slowing down any time soon. Their video below was released just a few days ago and has already surpassed 40 million views… see what all the hype is about, below.