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All-star launch for MySpace Music UK

Posted on December 3rd, 2009 in Music PR,Online PR,Online PR Trends.

LONDON: Thursday 3rd December 2009: MySpace has today announced the UK launch of MySpace Music, a new platform offering users free access to the most comprehensive catalogue of audio tracks and music videos available on the web.

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The new service will provide music fans with unlimited free streaming and unlimited free playlisting. It will enable users to download, stream and personalise their music content, creating and sharing their playlists using the MyMusic system. MySpace Music users will also now be able to purchase DRM-free songs on Apple iTunes, playable on all digital music devices. For a seamless listening experience, music fans can also listen to their playlists on a personal online music player while browsing MySpace or other websites.

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A host of leading UK and international acts there are supporting MySpace Music. The launch kicked off with an intimate concert last night from one of UK’s biggest live acts, Kasabian.

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50 Cent, Pixie Lott (picture above), Florence & the Machine, Alicia Keys, Chipmunk, David Guetta, Lost Prophets, and Nelly Furtado are among a number of high-profile acts who are taking part in the launch in a series of interactive films that can be personalized by users, and personal playlists that allow fans to get closer than ever before to the artists they love.

The new service premieres with exclusive personal playlists from a wide cross section of famous music fans ranging from Katie Price to The Vatican. The Vatican’s playlist features artists as diverse as Muse, Mozart, Dame Shirley Bassey and Tupac. Katie Price’s playlist, which she plays when “getting ready for a night out” features tracks including Kanye West’s’ ‘Heartless’ and Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’.

Artists are also set to benefit from the launch via the MySpace Artist Dashboard – a free tool which allows all artists unlimited access to unique in depth demographic, social and activity data of their core fans.

MySpace has also announced that it has agreed an online music licence with PRS for Music, which represents 65,000 of the UK’s songwriters, composers and music publishers. The agreement allows PRS for Music songwriters and composers featured on MySpace to receive royalties for their work, demonstrating the ongoing commitment of both companies to nurture creative music talent in the UK.

MySpace Music UK will also support artists represented by Merlin, The Orchard, IODA, Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution, Big Fish Media, RoyaltyShare, Curb and Merge.

MySpace Music functionality includes:

• The new MyMusic personal music management system
• Free and unlimited ad-supported, full-length audio and music video streaming
• Fully licensed content catalogue and artist discographies from majors and indie partners
• Free and unlimited playlist functionality organized in a user friendly ‘drag and drop’ way
• Exclusive audio, video, and playlist content from top UK artists and icons
• DRM-free downloads via iTunes
• Free artist access to the MySpace Music Dashboard – a unique and free analytics tool which allows artists to have a much greater insight into what their fans are doing.
• Charts – a front door to the most popular artists, songs, albums and videos on MySpace Music from all artists globally

 “We’re excited to be launching MySpace Music in the UK, a genuinely innovative service that brings artists and fans closer than ever before” says Courtney Holt, MySpace Music President “MySpace has always had an unrivalled reputation for encouraging the enjoyment, discovery and sharing of music, and this launch concentrates and expands on that distinctive character. The way people are consuming music has changed dramatically, and we’re aiming to develop a next-generation platform that builds a sustainable business for MySpace Music, content licensors and artists, while serving fans in a completely unique way.”

Press Contact: Kate.arrowsmith@taylorherring.com

 Notes To Editors
MySpace: is a technology company connecting people through personal expression, content, and culture. MySpace empowers its global community to experience the Internet through a social lens by integrating personal profiles, photos, videos, mobile, messaging, games, and the world’s largest music community. MySpace is a division of News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSL). For more information, visit our Press Room.
PRS for Music: PRS for Music is the leading copyright and royalty collection society representing 65,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. A not-for-profit organisation it ensures music creators are paid whenever their music is played. PRS for Music provides business and community groups easy access to 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth £3.18bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and can provide data for all aspects of the business: live, broadcast, sales, online, touring and music creation and up to date analysis, research and trends about the industry.
 

Online PR: LIVING makes TV history with first online TV channel – Liv

Posted on October 16th, 2009 in Online PR,Online PR Trends.

LONDON, Friday 16th October 200; LIVING is transforming the world of entertainment with the launch of Liv- the UK’s first online TV channel delivering free, exclusively commissioned and acquired short-form content everyday on the web.

Liv will truly bring linear TV into the online space in a way that goes beyond anything currently available. Liv will be accessed through leading websites and social media platforms from all corners of the web through a host of strategic syndication partnerships that will extend the LIVING brand fully outside of the digital TV space for the first time.

livLiv will launch with a brand new twice daily celebrity news show commissioned from production company Rockabox. The show, Liv for gossip, will bring viewers the hottest celebrity news first in the UK thanks to a ground-breaking content deal with Big Pictures which gives the channel a 12 hour exclusive window for their global video footage from LA, to Sydney, New York to London. At launch Liv will have two other main content pillars including style and beauty content and LIVING programme extensions. Further content pillars are currently in development.

The Liv web takeover kicks off at launch on 23rd October initially on www.livingtv.co.uk and via media partner IPC. IPC’s magazine portfolio, which dominates UK newsstands with 29.4% of the market, will host the channel online, ensuring that Liv becomes an online entertainment destination from day one. Viewers will also be able to access Liv from its dedicated YouTube channel as well as downloading it via a Facebook application which allows users to share and interact with Liv content. Liv is looking at developing its syndication partners further and is in talks with a range of publishing companies and social media partners.

Liv will also provide a vast array of opportunities for advertisers from simple banner ads through to promotions and ad-funded shows. Future opportunities for brand extensions and ad funded content are currently being explored by the channel team.

Each channel within Liv will only screen bespoke content created solely for the channel; no recycling and no reruns, under four themes:

• Celebs – Liv will be the new home for celebrity gossip online with every angle of celebrity covered. Get the inside track from celebs talking about other celebs to the twice daily show bringing the latest exclusive video footage from around the world.
• Style – gives viewers unique access to all things style and beauty related. Includes specifically commissioned shows the first of which, Dress famous Liv famous, sees one of Britain’s Next Top Model’s most popular contestants Jade McSorley giving celebrity style makeovers to members of the public.
• Bite Me – brings exclusive previews and extensions of LIVING shows to the small screen with channel favourites including Four Weddings and Dating in the Dark.
• Popular – for those with no time to browse, this pillar will create a playlist, pulling together the top rating videos of the week from Liv.

Liv has been created by LIVING’s in-house team and will operate under the leadership of Amy Barham. The team also includes new appointments Rebecca Suter as Content Editor and Alex Ayling as Commissioning Executive.

Amy Barham, Channel Editor, LIV said: “Liv is a true innovation in broadcasting, it is not simply moving LIVING online or an extension of Livingtv.co.uk, it is a complete channel in its own right that gives viewers short form bursts of entertainment that they cannot get anywhere else. The move from linear to digital is one that broadcasters are struggling to come to terms with, but we have created a smart solution to the revenues challenges we are all facing. With Liv we have a very clear, strong editorial direction which is single-mindedly focused on our viewers and what they want to see.”

Virgin Media Television’s Director of Television Claudia Rosencrantz commented: “LIVING is one of the UK’s most recognised and powerful TV brands but we believe it has the potential to go beyond this and be a leading entertainment brand on every screen. Liv is the first step in taking the brand beyond TV and I am extremely excited about the creative and commercial opportunities that Liv presents.”

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Online PR: England Match Sets New Internet Record

Posted on October 12th, 2009 in Event PR,Film PR,Online PR Trends,Sport PR.

World Cup Qualifier Is Britain’s Biggest Ever Pay-to-View Internet Sports Broadcast

LONDON, Monday 12th October: Close to half a million football fans watched and earned their place in the history books, as last night’s FIFA World Cup qualifier became Britain’s biggest internet pay-to-view sports broadcast.

There were no technical issues and all customer enquiries were responded to within five minutes. A post match survey found that an average of 87% felt the picture quality was satisfactory or better and 93% were satisfied with the customer support. In a positive sign for future events, 87% said the match offered value for money and 89% would purchase another live sports event online.

In addition to the live stream, international football agency Kentaro struck an 11th hour highlights deal with the BBC, who screened the best moments of the match to viewers after the live internet game had been broadcast.

Odeon cinemas across the country also screened the game via satellite and many were completely sold out. Despite the match not being made available for public or commercial viewing purposes, it is believed pubs up and down the country streamed the match successfully via projectors and by linking computers to TV screens.

Earlier in the week, a special arrangement was made by Kentaro to screen the game to British Armed forces overseas for free. As many troops do not have internet access the game was broadcast into military bases via BFBS Television.

Philipp Grothe, CEO of Kentaro said; “This pioneering broadcast has been a great success. Not only have we delivered Britain’s largest ever live pay-to-view internet sports audience but commercially the venture has proved itself as a viable model for future games. Technology has ignited a revolution in people’s viewing habits and there is a new sports broadcast platform developing on the broadband enabled internet.”

Andrew Croker, Executive Chairman of Perform said: “This was an extremely successful and groundbreaking project. An innovative marketing approach particularly with national newspapers, betting and ISP affiliates meant that we were able to get this out to a broad audience and make it a huge success. Additionally, from a customer service, production and distribution point of view, we felt it went very smoothly.”

Peter Silverstone, Managing Director of Kentaro UK said; “We are indebted to our partner Perform, who have pulled off a technical coup in a few short weeks. Our newspaper, ISP and betting partners have been instrumental in making this venture the success that is. We have been encouraged by the level of debate this has stimulated amongst the sports industry.”

Fans watched the landmark match by registering at www.ukraineVengland.com. Subscriptions were available at an early-bird price of £4.99 rising to a maximum rate of £11.99 for purchases made on the day.

James Richardson presented the live coverage, alongside ex England manager and Notts County Director of Football Sven Goran Eriksson. Commentary came from David Pleat and Tony Jones.

A number of leading national newspapers and internet service providers also made the match available on their own websites. Partners included; The Sun, The Times, News of the World, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express, The Daily Star, The Independent, Virgin Media and Orange. All websites offered a promotion where the user could watch the match for free if they opened an account with bet365.com, a leading online bookmaker.

The international football agency Kentaro, acquired the broadcast rights from the Ukrainian FA and had sold the game to Setanta in December 2007. However the pay-TV broadcaster went into administration over the summer leaving this key match without a UK broadcaster. With no offers on the table from UK free to air or pay-TV broadcasters Kentaro decided to seek the widest possible online audience, appointing digital sport specialist Perform, to market and stream the match online, on a pay-per-view basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to its commercial sensitivity and value no further information or data will be released.

ENDS

Press Conference: Ukraine Vs England, FIFA World Cup

Posted on October 2nd, 2009 in Online PR,Online PR Trends,Sport PR,Television Industry PR.

 

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Sven-Göran Eriksson and representatives from international football agency Kentaro will attend a press conference at 9.30am Monday 5th October at Soho Hotel (London) to reveal ground-breaking broadcast plans for Saturday’s England Vs Ukraine FIFA World Cup clash. Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London W1.

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England World Cup Qualifier Set For Landmark Internet Broadcast

Posted on September 6th, 2009 in Online PR,Online PR Trends,Sport PR,Television Industry PR.

LONDON: Sunday 6th September 2009. Following the collapse of Setanta UK earlier this year, plans are now being made to broadcast the Ukraine Vs England Fifa World Cup 2010 qualifying game, exclusively live on the internet.

International football agency Kentaro had sold the broadcast rights of the fixture to the Pay TV operator in December 2007. However Setanta went into administration on June 23rd this year leaving the key match without a UK broadcaster.

The Kiev clash scheduled for Saturday 10th October could decide England’s qualification for the tournament and marks one of the toughest competitive matches that the national team will have faced to date. England have won all seven of the qualifying games in this world cup campaign – the best ever performance by The Three Lions, scoring 26 goals and conceding just 4 under Coach Fabio Capello.

Philipp Grothe, CEO of the Kentaro Group said; “We have spoken to every traditional UK broadcaster and currently have no offer on the table. We therefore feel the internet delivers the most viable option to deliver an important England game directly to the fans. It will be the first time in history that an England game has had an exclusive web broadcast.”

Kentaro have now instructed digital sport specialist Perform, to market and stream the match online, on a pay-per-view basis.

Andrew Croker, Executive Chairman of Perform said; “We have pioneered sports coverage on the internet for the last ten years and currently have 20 million football fans using our online services every month. We’re very excited about working with Kentaro to deliver this landmark event.”

Perform is a leading digital sport business who currently stream over 15,000 live events each year across the internet and provide web, mobile or online video services to 13 official Barclays Premier League and 67 official Coca-Cola Football League club websites.

In November and December 2008, Perform stepped in when traditional TV deals did not materialise for UEFA Cup away matches featuring Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, streaming them live on a pay-per-view basis through www.mcfc.co.uk and www.tottenhamhotspur.com.

Notes To Editors

The broadcasting rights to the game were sold to Kentaro by the Ukraine Football Association. The English Football Association has no say over who secures broadcasting rights to away fixtures.

Kentaro: Specialising in the global marketing of national soccer federations, leagues and clubs, Kentaro´s core business is the international acquisition and distribution of premium broadcast rights. Kentaro markets the TV rights for over 250 matches in the build-up to the FIFA World Cup 2010, including 90% of the South American qualifiers. More than 20 federations rely on Kentaro’s unique network and management skills, as do countless top club sides such as Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC. Headquartered in Switzerland with branch offices in London, Hamburg, Stockholm and most recently Chicago, the world’s fastest-growing sports rights agency also exclusively organizes all exhibition matches of the Brazil national team.

Perform: Perform is a world leader in delivering sports content in digital media. The company works with sports rights holders, publishers, bookmakers and media groups and has developed over 230 web, video broadband and mobile sites that serve over 20 million unique users. Streaming 15,000 live events per year across partner sites, Perform also works with every major UK publisher group including News International, Trinity Mirror Group, Daily Mail Media Group, Telegraph Media Group and Guardian News and Media Ltd to provide extensive sports video highlights online through the e-Player, reaching over 10 million unique viewers every month. Football clients include Chelsea FC (who recently won the SportsBusiness Ultimate Sports Website Award), the Premier League, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Fulham, Rangers and through Football League Interactive, Perform provide the platform for over 80 clubs. Headquartered in Middlesex London, Perform employs 310 staff and has offices in central London, Holland, Italy, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, India and the USA.

www.performgroup.com