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TikTok announces first music distribution partnership with UnitedMasters

Though TikTok’s future in the U.S. & in India remains uncertain, the company announced this morning its first music distribution partnership, with indie music distributor UnitedMasters. The deal will allow artists on TikTok to tap into the platform’s ability to make their music go viral, then distribute their songs directly to other music streaming services, like Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, SoundCloud and YouTube. TikTok announces first music distribution partnership with UnitedMasters The deal allows indie artists to effectively circumvent traditional record labels by reaching young music fans on the social video…

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Merchandise Licensing 

Abhinav Prateek aka Abby Viral launches official merchandise

Abhinav Prateek popularly known as Abby Viral has officially launched his merchandise exclusively on fanstoreindia.com. Abby Viral is a Magician, Poet, Rapper, Speaker, Writer, Graphic designer, Video editor and a successful youtuber with around 6 lacs subscribers and more than 27 million views on his YouTube channel “Abby Viral” in more than 2.5 yrs. from countries like India, Australia, USA, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Japan and many more. The merchandise includes T-shirts, Coffee mugs, Posters and Wall clocks. The price ranges from Rs 149 and so on.

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Collaborations TV & Films 

YouTube denies reports on plans to cancel high-end dramas, comedies

YouTube has denied reports on plans to cancel high-end dramas and comedies on its paid service platform. Earlier Bloomberg reported that the platform has stopped accepting new pitches for high-budget scripted shows. YouTube has several high-end dramas and comedies currently in production and will soon reveal new and returning series, says report. There is direct competition with Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Video service. The platform also denied reports that its head of original productions Susanne Daniels and a former MTV executive hired by YouTube in 2015, will quit…

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Collaborations Global Licensing 

Google signs licensing agreement with IPRS

Google has signed licensing agreement with The Indian Performing Right Society(IPRS), India’s Largest Music Representative Trade Body, according to reports. Reports said that Indian Performing Right Society Limited has granted a license to Google, allowing the company to utilise its members’ collection across YouTube and related services in the country. The Indian Performing Right Society came into existence on 23rd August 1969. The IPRS is a representative body of Owners of Music, viz. The Composers, Lyricists (or Authors) and the Publishers of Music and is also the sole Authorised Body…

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Corporate Brand TV & Films 

Wildbrain appointed exclusive global manager of ‘Lottie Dottie Chicken’ on YouTube

WildBrain has been appointed by Bromelia to manage the brand’s popular English-language YouTube channels and to launch season one of the new Lottie Dottie Chicken YouTube miniseries in the US and UK, with a focus on increasing visibility for the brand among English-speaking audiences. “Lottie Dottie Chicken is a Brazilian success story, and we’re delighted to help drive its future growth with English-speaking audiences,” said Michael Carroll, Business Development Manager, WildBrain. “WildBrain has proven experience managing and growing English YouTube channels on behalf of international brands, and we’re confident we…

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Corporate Brand TV & Films 

Instagram launches IGTV for long videos: All you need to know

To compete head-on with YouTube, Facebook-owned social network Instagram launched a mobile app today dedicated to user-generated videos up to an hour long, intensifying the competition for consumers’ time among ad-supported streaming services. Called IGTV, the new video feature will allow users to play long videos in vertical format inside the existing Instagram as well as in the standalone app. The app is expected to roll-out both in iOS and Android in the next few weeks. The service plans to feature videos from rising internet celebrities, artists, and pets, some…

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Entertainment Licensing 

YouTube inks new licensing agreements with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment

YouTube has inked new licensing agreements with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. The long-term deals, reached after two years of negotiation, establish royalty rates for Universal and Sony artists whose videos are uploaded to YouTube as well as any user-generated clips including song covers. The deals state that YouTube will police copyright infinrgement more aggressively, and also help set the stage for a rumoured paid streaming service, tentatively called Remix, slated to launch next year. As part of the terms of its agreement with YouTube, Universal will be…

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Uncategorized 

Frederator Networks achieves 1 billion monthly views

Frederator Networks (Frederator), a WOW! Unlimited Media company, has achieved 1 billion monthly views across all of the Frederator YouTube channels. Frederator’s Channel Frederator Network is the largest animation and artist network in the world with over 3000 YouTube channels. Frederator founded the Channel Frederator Network in 2013 and is the home of some of the biggest animation channels on YouTube including D0MICS, FilmCow and Jaiden Animation. The network also includes channels from artists, journalists and many other categories of YouTube videos. Frederator programmes its own channels on YouTube, including…

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Toys & Games 

Saban Brands rolls out its first UK toy range

  aban Brands has rolled out its first UK toy range based on its pre-school series Cirque du Soleil Junior – Luna Petunia. Global master toy partner Funrise Toys launched the products this month at Smyths, Toymaster and Debenhams. The series, developed by Saban Brands in partnership with Cirque du Soleil Media, that released on Netflix in December 2016, is currently streaming its second season. Available in more than 190 countries, the Netflix original series follows Luna and her magic toy chest as they mindfulness to kids. The merchandise includes a Luna Petunia talking doll,…

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Character & Entertainment Character Licensing TV Series Licensing 

Masha and the Bear joins Universal Kids channel

Season three of Animaccord Animation Studio’s pre-school show Masha and the Bear has joined the new Universal Kids channel lineup with episodes started to air earlier this week on the NBCUniversal-owned channel. The first two seasons of the show recently premiered on Canadian pre-school network Treehouse, followed by Turner Broadcasting System scooping up rights for season three for Cartoon Network LatAm. Ink Group, the show’s distributor, also brought season three to Italy’s national public broadcaste, RAI and De Agostini. It also airs on France’s Canal Plus and France TV, Poland’s Puls TV, Spain’s Clan TV,…

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