Who Has Time to Wait? Direct to Digital Business Thrives

THE ESCORT Poster ArtWindows in the Home Entertainment space continue to shrink. Just recently, Paramount announced a deal with AMC Theaters and Cineplex shortening the time from the theatrical release to the home theatre screen. Now, only two weeks after a film’s theatrical run has shrunk down to 300 theaters or less, that film will be released on DVD/digital formats. Furthermore, Netflix, now doubling as both a studio and distribution platform, plans to release films on the same day they open in theaters.

Customers continue to embrace these disruptive trends in the marketplace. While historically, direct-to-digital (DTV) titles may have carried a negative stigma of lower artistic quality, our binge watching, on-demand culture has become increasingly impatient and therefore less sensitive to how long a film might be in a theater or if it even has a theatrical run at all. This new consumer mindset has directly benefited the DTV business.


YouTube and Google+: No Longer An Exclusive Relationship

YouTubeGooglePlusOver the next few weeks, YouTube will no longer require a Google+ profile to upload content to, comment on, or create a new YouTube channel. All you’ll need is your Google account — which you probably already have through Gmail. This new change will allow for greater flexibility when updating a channel or engaging with your favorite content on the platform.

But don’t delete your Google+ page yet! Doing so right now will also delete your YouTube channel and profile, and we definitely don’t want that.


What’s Not To Love with Cécile McLorin Salvant?

CecileMcLorinSalvant_byMarkFittonModern Jazz speaks many languages, but at age 25, nobody is more fluent that Cécile McLorin Salvant. With a show-stopping, Grammy-nominated debut record under her belt and a sophomore release on the horizon, it seems the sky is the limit for this classy, acclaimed virtuoso.

Salvant was swept from the warm stage lights of small Jazz clubs and placed under the world’s spotlight when her debut album, WomanChild, was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Critically, the album earned rave reviews from some of Jazz’s most decorated journalists. The sudden success of this much-deserving musician beckoned one big question: who is Cécile McLorin Salvant?


Freeloader Friday: Myrkur, Futurebirds & More

781676352821Alright, Freeloaders. This week, we’re gonna be short, sweet and to the point with these releases. And then it’s vacay mode! So let’s get to it.

The very rad woman that is Myrkur (aka Amalie Bruun) released a slew of kick-ass Metal tracks this week in light of the massively fantastical album she’s dropping next week. The one that appeared in PaperMag, though, is probably my fave — plus, the article goes into her Classical music nerd-isms and that killer scream of hers. This Icelandic princess is not one to be messed with and if you take a listen to this brutally intense banger of a track, you’ll understand why.


SXSW ’16 PanelPicker: Let the Voting Begin

sxsw-600x379It’s getting to be that time again… time to prep for the annual SXSW shenanigans! In industry-speak, the Austin, TX conference is just around the corner, (believe it or not!) and to get things started, we need your help generating excitement for our panels! Read on for more details, give ’em all your thumbs up in the SXSW PanelPicker portal, and if they get picked, we hope to see you front and center at SXSW ’16.