Photo: Apple The past week was bookended by two major developments pertaining to the rise of podcast subscriptions on the platform level, between Apple’s head-turning announcement last week and Spotify’s big detail push this morning. There’s a lot baked into each piece on its own and in relation to each other — too much for me to go over comprehensively — so I’m only going to go over what I think are the most important beats. During its spring event last Tuesday, Apple announced Apple Podcasts Subscriptions, a new set of features that will give podcast creators the opportunity to create premium or freemium subscription products for their shows over the Apple Podcasts platform, still widely understood to be a major driver of all consumption in the medium even as Spotify cranks up the competition for listen share. Creators can set their own pricing, and they’ll be able to sell subscriptions to individual shows or a group of shows. Those tools are expected to roll out to … [Read more...] about Apple and Spotify Are Ready to Take Your Podcast Money
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May 04, 2021 - 20:32 BST Francesca Shillcock Channel 4's The Money Maker starts on Tuesday evening – meet star of the show Eric Collins here… Love The Apprentice ? Big fan of Dragon's Den ? Then we think you'll like Channel 4's latest TV programme, The Money Maker . The reality docu-series is based on the US version of the show but is new to UK audiences and will see entrepreneur and self-made businessman Eric Collins help out some independent British businesses in need of a boost. MORE: Martin Compston speaks out after fans' disappointment at Line of Duty's finale Unlike the aforementioned BBC shows, there's no board of scary bosses to impress, and no firing at the hands of Lord Sugar, however, that doesn't mean that Eric doesn't know his stuff – and is not afraid to work his clients hard in order to achieve the very best. So who is Eric Collins? Find out about the American businessman here… Loading the … [Read more...] about The Money Maker: Meet Eric Collins here
HELLO! DIGITAL COVER STORY In partnership with Disney May 03, 2021 - 08:49 BST Arya Jyothi Read about all the different times Disney Princess characters inspired us with their acts of kindness - and how we can follow suit Bravery, loyalty, tolerance and strength. These are just a few of the qualities Disney Princess characters have instilled in us from childhood. Most of all however, they have always acted as a timeless reminder to be kind to ourselves, others and everything that surrounds us, including wildlife and the environment. DOWNLOAD FOR FREE NOW With every Princess character having performed at least one inspirational act of kindness in their story, they have proved to be a strong set of role models for all ages. Plus, Disney's new digital storybook, the Tales of Courage and Kindness Storybook Collection , which is available to download for free at DisneyPrincessStories.co.uk , celebrates new … [Read more...] about 14 times Disney Princess characters taught us to be kind from Frozen to Moana
Photo: Courtesy of Sundance The Sundance Film Festival is once again upon us. Actors are becoming feature directors (Rupert Everett, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke, Idris Elba). Comedies are being conflated with dramas. And Ann Dowd and Andrea Riseborough are lacing up their snow boots to walk to a lot of press events. (They will appear in a combined seven movies at the Park City fest.) Some new careers will be jump-started, while other industry veterans will acquire a fresh patina of indie credibility, and every movie will be racing to catch Sorry to Bother You , which has the inside lane on all other competitors in the U.S. Dramatic category. But why is it the front-runner when all we have are a bunch of brief plot synopses and some cast lists? Because, “In a speculative and dystopian not-too-distant future, black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success — which propels him into a macabre universe.” The movie, which was written and directed by Boots … [Read more...] about The 2018 Sundance Lineup Has Been Announced
Photo: FRQNCY The live-performance business has long been a powerful economic engine for many, many kinds of artists. This is as true for musicians in the streaming age as it is for comedians and, yes, podcasters . (Let’s set theater aside for this discussion. Different bag altogether.) The pandemic, of course, brought live performances to a halt, pushing the business to a cascade of Zoom calls and, to some extent, underground . I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but my sense is that success in such efforts has mostly been modest at best, chiefly functioning as marginal stop-gap measures as opposed to true virtual adaptations. As the United States inches towards relative normalcy — though within a global context that remains tenuous — the live-performance business in the country appears to be gingerly preparing for the light at the end of the tunnel. Bands are announcing dates again. Some venues are starting to hold very small, socially distant performances. Music … [Read more...] about Are Podcasts Ready For Live Events Again?