Friday, August 6, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
An adult human body contains approximately 100 trillion cells.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Hollywood Sign Is Dedicated (1923)
The iconic Hollywood sign overlooking the community, which spells out its name in 50-foot (15-meter) high white letters originally said "Hollywood land".
It was erected as an advertisement for a real estate firm promoting a new housing development with that name.
Though not intended to be permanent, the sign quickly became an internationally recognized landmark, and the last four letters were removed in 1949.
Friday, June 25, 2010
The 360 deal reflects the fact that most of
comes from source other than recorded music.
These include live performance, merchandising and part time stints with “Staples or Starbucks”.
In the future these artists can get used to flogging whatever they can fit names on.
New Rules If you want a piece of pie , the record company demands 360 degrees of your arse.
You’re gonna be a star
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
By Mark Twain:
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great
make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Monday, May 31, 2010
sinon fuller to acquire CKX........owners of IDOL franchise.....ELVIS & MUHAMMAD ALI likeness & image.......
The offer is believed to be for about $600 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to "Idol," CKX owns the rights to the names, images and likenesses of
The CKX board of directors is evaluating the proposal, "as well as other potential strategic alternatives," it said in a statement, has retained Gleacher & Company as its financial adviser and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz as legal adviser.
CKX also said, "There can be no assurance that it will enter into any agreement with respect to any transaction, or as to the timing or terms thereof, including price."
Fuller left 19 Entertainment, of which he was CEO and founder, in January.
Fuller and partner Roger Jenkins, formerly of Barclays Capital, have amassed a $1 billion acquisitions fund, according to ABC News.
One Equity Partners, a private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase, also is eyeing CKX as a takeover target.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
By Eriq Gardner
The claims are part of a bombshell countersuit filed yesterday against Irving Azoff's Front Line Management.
Not since the G'N'R song "Get in the Ring" has Rose struck back at a foe so forcefully, alleging antitrust concerns about Front Line's parent company, Ticketmaster, to drive home a major claim that his former manager is up to no good in the music business.
Rose claims that through Azoff's control of the "trifecta" of artist management, concert and touring promotion, and ticket sales, Azoff has been able to gain wide influence and power in the music industry.
The countersuit invokes the U.S. Justice Department's recent antitrust lawsuit that sought to stop a proposed merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation over concerns about the new entity having too much control over artists and venues.
Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and Paul Simon, or maybe Laura Nyro.
Listen to the construction of those songs. I mean, the Beatles - so simple, but I get everything they're saying to me.
When I hear these new bands, I don't get it.
That three-minute musical boundary.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
BIG MIKE..........at least a Finalist.........???????????
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
By Ben Cardew
Record companies around the world invest $5bn (£3.3bn) a year in developing and marketing artists, according to a new report from the IFPI which aims to debunk the myth that artists no longer need labels.
The report, Investing In Music, claims that it costs around $1m (£663,000) to break a new pop act.
Of this, typically $200,000 (£133,000) goes on the advance,
$200,000 on recording,
$200,000 on filming three videos,
$100,000 (£66,300) on tour support and
$300,000 (£199,000) on promotion / marketing.
However, at a briefing to launch the report Columbia managing director Mike Smith says that this $1m figure is “a minimum to get an act up and running and moving somewhere towards platinum”.
But, he adds that companies can easily double that if they are looking to get 1m-plus sales.
“If you add the international picture and add in tour support and other things it could be $2m.
It can be more,” explains Decca managing director Dickon Stainer.
And of course this investment is no guarantee of success, but IFPI chairman and chief executive John Kennedy says the record lables are more efficient nowadawys.
He adds that 10 years ago around one act in 10 would re-coup their initial advance; now “there is a general feeling that has come down to one in five”.
This $5bn figure means that record companies spend around 30% of their sales revenues on developing and marketing artists.
Of that, a global average of 16% is spent on A&R, although this is higher in certain countries, including the UK where A&R investment totalled 23% in 2007.
The IFPI says this figure shows record companies are global leaders in investing in new product.
In the UK the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, for example, invests around 15% of its gross revenues in R&D.
But, the IFPI warns that this high level of investment from record companies is under threat from falling revenues from recorded music.
“A&R spending in some countries has stayed strong, for example in the UK,” says Kennedy.
“But it becomes more and more difficult to sustain that given some of the problems that we face.
The levels are at risk down to piracy.”
Kennedy adds that investing in music is the “core mission” of record companies and they should be respected as such.
“No other party can lay claim to a comparable role in the music sector.
No other party comes close to the levels of investment committed by record companies to developing, nurturing and promoting talent,” he says.
“One of the biggest myths about the music industry in the digital age is that artists no longer need record labels.
It is simply wrong.
The investment, partnership and support that help build artist careers have never been more important than they are today.”
Kennedy also claims that, despite the proliferation of fan-funded websites, there is “no evidence” of artists succeeding in the long-term by going direct to the consumer.
“Creative energy can be wasted on business problems,” he adds.
Looking beyond recorded music, the report claims there is an economic “ripple effect” from this record company investment, which helps to benefit a broader music sector that includes live music, radio, publishing and audio equipment, thought to be worth $160bn (£106.1bn ) annually.
The IFPI estimates that more than 2m people around the world are employed in this broader music economy.
However, the report also aims to disprove the myth that artists can survive just on live income.
“You probably won’t see the level or earnings of Madonna or U2 again,” Kennedy adds.
“But a successful band in the music industry could still become a millionaire.”
The IFPI estimates that there are more than 4,000 artists on major label rosters around the world, with thousands more on indies.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Happy Birthday SONG earns USD $ 1 Million a year for Warner Chappell.................and ISRAELI Model Bar Rafaeli.........
LBN-COMMENTARY BY GEORGE MICHAEL:
LBN-COMMENTARY By KIM ELSESSER:
ISRAELI model Bar Rafaeli
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
With three major entertainment properties openly on the block, and another independent studio quietly made available for sale, Hollywood -- once the sexiest of high-priced baubles -- faces a glut of supply and a dearth of demand.
-- MGM needs to be sold or faces bankruptcy sooner rather than later; the studio’s production has been virtually halted as financiers seek to sort out its debt-laden balance sheet.
-- Disney has put Miramax up for sale, seeking $700 million -- with buyers so far balking at that price tag.
-- Liberty Media’s John Malone has hired an investment bank to sell or dismantle Starz Media and its main division, Overture Films.
-- Summit Entertainment -- while seeking acquisitions itself -- has been quietly shopped for several months, according to several knowledgeable individuals.
A decade or two ago, corporate giants as disparate as Coca-Cola, Matsushita and Vivendi vied to own a glittering piece of the entertainment business.
How things have changed.
But there is another dynamic at work.
As the industry continues to consolidate -- with NBC Universal bought by Comcast, and Marvel bought up by Disney -- the number of cash-rich customers cruising the boulevard seems to dwindle with every passing month.
If you question experts in Hollywood and financiers on Wall Street, the conclusion seems to be that there is a significant disconnect between buyers and sellers.
Sellers seem to believe they can command premium prices for entertainment properties at a time of severe dislocation in the industry’s business models.
The buyers no longer believe that libraries are worth their asking prices.
Once upon a time it was clear that libraries were the key to any studio’s success.
That was the reason that independent studios even as successful as DreamWorks - which sold to Parmaount, then had trouble getting new backing to leave Paramount -- eventually were cash-strapped.
But now, as the haggling over Miramax shows, “Libraries are worth less now than people think,” as one analyst told me on Wednesday.
“Without the old business model, all these production machines are sputtering,” said Harold Vogel of Vogel Capital Management.
As DVD sales and rentals have declined, and as new-media revenue streams have yet to prove themselves, libraries are becoming less valuable.
"At the right price, there are people that would look at these things,” said Tom Wolzien, of Wolzien LLC, a consultant to movie companies.
Vogel, the veteran entertainment industry analyst, said the current standoff is rooted in problems that have been brewing for more than a decade.
“The giants have libraries to provide cash flows when movies miss, and smaller studios bump up against this all the time,” he said.
Entertainment companies are limited in their scalability, since they are limited to releases 52 weekends a year.
“Ten years ago people assumed that content was king, and that libraries would go up in value,” said Vogel.
So who will want to buy these studios?
The answer comes back consistently that it depends on the price.
What is clear is that the frivolous shopper, whether that’s Jean-Pierre Messier, or a German tax fund backing the likes of Elie Samaha, has put away his wallet.
What remains are real strategic partners who have both the cash flow and the vision to connect their dots with the remaining robust businesses in Hollywood. (By which I mean, those businesses that remain will likely be robust.
Said Vogel: “They’ll cherry-pick the libraries, and the prices will be much lower than you might expect.”
That kind of partner would be Comcast.
There are fewer of these than before.
Because nobody in Hollywood wants a fire sale.
Friday, February 19, 2010
LBN-DID YOU KNOW:
Friday, February 5, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
"if you have an ounce of common sense and one good friend.........you don't need an anal...............
LBN-DID YOU KNOW:
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Is Simon Fuller's Sweetened TV Deal Richer Than Cowell's?
By TIM ADLER
American Idol creator Simon Fuller through his PR mouthpieces claims he's set to not just match but pull even further ahead of Simon Cowell when it comes to how much money he’s going to make from new TV deals.
On the other hand, Cowell, unlike Fuller, owned the formats of the shows he makes, The X Factor and Got Talent, from the beginning.
Now for the numbers:
Friday, January 15, 2010
I like Kelly Clarkson.
She's cute, honest about her weight/body image and is a good singer.
But she's not a star.
Her best material is written by others.
And she has the depth of an Oreo cookie.
They do it their way.
No wonder the public likes the song at most, and why music doesn't drive the culture.
Simon Fuller to launch new company
'American Idol' creator to keep working on hit shows
By Georg Szalai
Jan 14, 2010, 07:55 AM ET
NEW YORK --
Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment, and 19's parent company CKX have agreed to a long-term deal to keep the "American Idol" creator and executive producer involved in the firm's key shows, while freeing him up to launch a new entertainment company.
The deal includes a provision that gives Fuller a share of profits.
In addition, Fuller is launching a new company, in which CKX can invest, and Fuller will provide general consulting services to CKX.
The two parties didn't immediately disclose further details.
The news follows recent industry rumors focused on a possible change in Fuller's status or title.
The deal keeps Fuller in place as executive producer and driver behind hit shows like "Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" and new online led property "If I Can Dream."
"As an entrepreneur I feel I am about to enter my prime years and starting a new entertainment company at this moment fills me with great excitement," said Fuller.
"This new arrangement guarantees that Simon and CKX will be working together for many, many years to come," said Robert F.X. Sillerman, chairman and CEO of CKX.
"I'm also delighted that going forward Simon will be free to focus his creative energy on developing new ideas and projects and that CKX has the opportunity to invest in his new business.
"The 19 founder sold his firm to CKX in 2005.
It creates a vast majority of CKX's revenue.