NEW LIFE FOR SCOUR
BETA TESTING: PHASE ONE
CenterSpan Communications Corporation has begun Beta testing forthe new Scour Exchange system, powered by agreements with EMusic,Moonshine Music, Crush Media and Management, FILMSPEED andTvparty.com. Volunteer registered users, numbering more than200,000, will be able to download and share over 100,000 music andvideo files during the testing period, previewing a new ScourWebsite that will include the addition of a paid service. The newservice is expected to be up and running by third quarter 2001.
According to Howard Weitzman, president of CenterSpan's DigitalMedia and Entertainment Group, “The labels and studios want alegal and commercial platform that meets their needs, as well asthose of consumers, and that's exactly what we are bringing tomarket.”
Artists in the CenterSpan library range from modern performers,such as Green Day and Arrested Development, to classic artists likeCreedence Clearwater Revival and Bob Marley. Users will also beable to access the video library, which includes full-length films,film shorts, trailers and classic TV clips.
Scour was sued for copyright infringement last October andultimately filed for Chapter 11. CenterSpan bought the failingcompany for $9 million last December.
MUSIC LICENSING MADE EASIER
MP3.COM OPENS ONLINESERVICE
Instead of searching through stacks and stacks of CDs to findthat one “perfect” song for a movie or TV show, musicsupervisors and producers can now find it online — andlicense it, too.
MP3.com announced the creation of its Music Licensing Programthat provides multimedia creators with a comprehensive onlineresource to search for, listen to and license digitized music.MP3.com is joined by its exclusive music licensing partner,enableyourmusic Inc. (EYM), which offers representation servicesfor the majority of artists on MP3.com, including song price,contract negotiation, collection of licensing fees and royaltyincome. Currently, the program hosts over 850,000 songs that can beaccessed for an annual fee of $25.
Searching for content is offered through three steps: TheLicensing Search Tool allows users to locate music by its exactattributes, such as tempo, mood and lyrical keywords (clicking onthe License button next to the chosen song initiates the licensingtransaction); users can post a request on the LicensingOpportunities on either the MP3.com or EYM sites; or users cancontact EYM directly and will be e-mailed a personalizedcompilation of music with info on why each song is relevant to therequest.
According to Michael Bayer, director of music licensing atMP3.com, “We have created a resource to easily find greatmusic for every commercial licensing application.”
ON THE MOVE
Who: Ted Keffalo
What: President/COO Event Electronics
Main Responsibilities: Oversee day-to-day operations:sales, marketing and financials
- VP sales and marketing, Event Electronics
- Director of marketing, Alesis
- Sales manager, Alesis
- Manager, Hogan's Music, Torrance, Calif.
- Owner/engineer, WE Studios, Redondo Beach, Calif.
- House mixer, Concerts by the Sea
What do you have in your CD changer right now? “Ihave a demo of ‘I Love This Time in My Life,’ a countrysong I wrote for Jennifer Starr & Silver Spur. I'm a hugeguitar fan, so I've got Robben Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughan and EricJohnson. I also always have to have at least one Beatles albumclose by.”
What book is on your bedside table? “You neverknow who you'll meet on a plane. I once sat next to animator HowieHoffman and gave him a copy of a Beatles bootleg CD; he returnedthe favor by sending me Lennon in America. It's afascinating book.”
Favorite films and why? I can watch IndianaJones or Star Wars anytime, anywhere. They're totalescapism and still have an effect on me. Almost Famous isanother favorite — it takes me back to my rock’n’ roll days.”
When I'm not at work, I'm usually off doing…“I write songs in my studio, mostly for therapy. I have waytoo many guitars, but I have a 1970 Martin D35 I bought in 1971that has all the songs in it. It's magic.”
SIXTH ANNUAL MIX L.A. OPEN
The Mix L.A. Open charity golf tournament, presented by the MixFoundation for Excellence in Audio, will take place Monday, June11, 2001, at the Malibu Country Club.
This popular industry event is a “best ball”tournament. Registration and a continental breakfast start at 8a.m., with the shotgun start signaling the opening of thetournament at 10 a.m. An awards ceremony, silent auction and dinnerare scheduled for 3:30 p.m. For more information about sponsorshipopportunities and entry fees for individuals or companies, checkthe Website at www.tecawards.org; for an order form, contactKaren Dunn at 925/939-6149 or KarenTEC@aol.com.
TELEVISION CORPORATIONACQUIRES PACIFIC MEDIA AFFILIATES
Pacifica Media Affiliates, an entertainment post-productionsound company, announced that it has been acquired by TelevisionCorporation plc, a London-based TV facilities and productioncompany.
Under the agreement, Television Corporation's equity share inPMA raises to 75% from 50%; PMA's former president, Galen Walker,is now CEO; PMA's former executive VP, Ricky DeLena, becomesexecutive director; and PMA's former controller, Chuck Valdez, isnow CFO. Additionally, Dana Arnold, former CEO of PMA, and formerchairman Hal Katersky have resigned.
Terry Bate steps up as chairman of the board at PMA and willwork alongside directors Walker, DeLena and Chris Rowlands. A finaldirector will be named at a later date.
For more information, visit: www.pacificamedia.com.