The Orchard Gets Involved In “Monkey Business”


Monkey-businessIf you were curious about The Orchard’s 2017 film slate, just wait until you hear this: We’ve acquired worldwide rights to documentary Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators

From director Ema Ryan Yamazaki and narrated by Sam Waterston (Law & OrderThe Killing Fields), Monkey Business traces the colorful story of Curious George authors/illustrators Hans and Margret Rey. When I say colorful, I don’t mean that these two were only creative enough to dream up one of the world’s most beloved characters, I mean that they ran away from Nazi-occupied France on bicycles they made themselves, lived amongst exotic animals in South America and more. That’s right, George’s stories didn’t come from imagination alone. They came from the surreal experiences of Hans and Margaret.

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Get the Right Holiday Playlist for You


holiday-playlistSeasons greetings. The holiday season is here and we’ve got a nice little gift for you.

We’ve curated not one, but FIVE holiday playlists: Traditional, Choral, Pop, Swing and Alternative. Featuring tracks from a diverse array of Orchard artists; you can play anything from The King’s SingersThe Sixteen and The Boston Pops to Charles BradleySharon Jones and The Raveonettes. But which Christmas type are you? Do you pull crackers to Crosby, or swing to “Sleigh Ride”?

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What’s on YouTube… for Christmas?


youtube-holidaysWith Christmas and the end of 2016 just around the corner, now is the ideal time to give your YouTube channel a facelift for the holidays. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your YouTube channel at one of the best times of the year in terms of user traffic and monetization.

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First things first: give a warm welcome to your channel with an updated banner for the occasion.  (more…)

Freeloader Friday: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Oddisee & More


FireproofHello again Freeloaders! The excitement is building around the holidays all over NYC and I’m sure you can feel it wherever you’re reading from as well. If you need a bit of a push to get into the holiday spirit, we have just the thing for you. We made a short, yet intensive quiz that will match you up with your perfect holiday playlist. Check it out! On the other hand, if you’re ready for a break from your typical seasonal tunes, we have some tracks for you right here on this wonderful Freeloader Friday. Let’s get to it.

Indie heroes Clap Your Hands Say Yeah woke up from a two-year nap this week with the announcement of a new album, The Tourist. Along with the LP reveal came a funky new single titled “Fireproof.” The song launches with a commanding bass line and Alec Ounsworth’s unmistakable vocal harmonies before breaking into fluttering, rhythmic guitar work. Lyrically, the song is a cautionary tale of zeal. Ounsworth says that to be “fireproof” in this context is to be “dangerously self-confident — to have the capacity to try almost anything. The regret comes later.” Although only a taste, “Fireproof” is an excellent tease of what’s to come from The Tourist.

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