5 Ways The Online Video Industry Changed in 2015

siri-apple-tvThis year we witnessed bigger developments in the online video world than ever before. Video consumption continues to grow exponentially, benefiting from major technological advancements in the way viewers consume entertainment and fueled with an overabundance of top-notch original series.

Web browsing now accounts for just 6% of Internet bandwidth in North America with Netflix dominating 36% of traffic — more than YouTube, Amazon and Hulu combined. Since most people realize by now that Netflix is continuing down its path toward world domination, we’re in the golden age of original series and pay TV bundles are losing customers, here are 5 other future-altering changes that happened in online video this year.  (more…)

Freeloader Friday: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Whistlejacket & More

Sharon Jones Holiday Party Album ArtWelcome back, everybody! Missed you last week but I’m sure you can agree that the holiday break was as much enjoyed as it was needed. This week, we’re back in action and we’ve got a lot to catch up on so keep reading for the freshest picks from The Orchard!

From one holiday to the next, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are ready for Christmas and this new music video proves it. Their new version of “White Christmas” fills the traditionally solemn song with glowing, honest-to-goodness holiday cheer and — nothing against Bing Crosby, but — this is the version I’ll be playing for the rest of the year.


Label Spotilight: The Archivist

AndyLow_ArchivistThe Archivist is a new, re-issue label run by Robotic Empire founder, Andy Low.  I had a chance to catch up with him recently to discuss his new label and tackle hard hitting questions like which is the best song by Thou.

Please state your name, for the record: Andy Low

First show: My parents took me to see A-Ha when I was 5. I fell asleep. I attended concerts for The Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine and a few other classic 90’s alt/rock bands… but the first underground/independent kind of show I went to was when the punks at my high school took me under their wing and brought me to see some local bands at a coffee shop: Unabomer, Positive State and some other Northern Virginia classics. A smoke bomb was let off, every cop in three counties showed up, a chair went through the window: I was hooked.  (more…)

Welcome, Dan!

DanGoldbergIntroducing Dan Goldberg, VP, Theatrical Marketing, Film & TV

Hi everyone! I very much look forward to working with you all. A little about me: I was born and raised on Long Island (I somehow made it out without the accent), and went to college at Oberlin. I majored in politics there, and for a while entertained a career working on political campaigns, but ultimately my love of the arts superseded all else.


Meet Juliette Ashby: When Hard Work, Talent and Dreams Come Together

1432649364_folderEvery time I have the chance to speak with British singer-songwriter, Juliette Ashby, or see her perform, what strikes me most are the positive vibes she radiates. Those vibes can be clearly perceived in her music, even in her most melancholic songs, where listeners are suddenly plunged into a world where they feel like every single word has been written for them, telling stories about them.

Juliette Ashby released two albums in 2015, Over + Over, a perfect mix of R&B, Reggae and Neo-Soul rhythms, seasoned with a hint of Hip-Hop — check out “Mad,” featuring Da Brat — and Bitter Sweet, an acoustic album which blends in Pop, R&B and Folk.