3rd July 2015
One Media iP Ltd has acquired the Dr Who spin off drama DownTime, directed by Christopher Barry (1925-2014) the longest serving director on the original series of Doctor Who.
Downtime was originally released in 1995 direct-to-video by Reeltime Pictures Ltd and features the characters The Brigadier (Nicholas Courtney) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and tells the story of New World University, a sinister school run by none other than Victoria Waterfield (Deborah Watling)
and a gateway to Earth by the Great Intelligence which has manipulated her.
Written by Marc Platt, Produced by Keith Barnfather, with Associate Producers Ian Levine and Andrew Beech, the show stars many actors from the original Dr Who cast including Elisabeth Sladen who went on to find renewed fame in 2006 in the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, and Nicolas Courtney who reprised his Brigadier role opposite her in 2008.
Christopher Barry was the longest serving director on the original series of Doctor Who (1963), directing episodes over a duration of 16 years between 1963 and 1979, and was one of only three directors to direct episodes starring all of the first four actors to play the Doctor (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker).
Producer Keith Barnfather was delighted, “One Media have a great reputation for bringing creative works to the widest possible audience and I’m thrilled they’ve taken this on. Downtime deserves to be seen by Doctor Who fans and film fans alike. I can’t wait to see what they do!”
Michael Infante, One Media Chairman commented “Doctor Who fans will finally be able to get their hands on this forgotten gem.” A digital & DVD release is expected to come to market before the end of 2015, containing a brand new documentary of the ‘Making of Downtime’ as well as other unseen bonus footage.
Today Apple launches a new streaming music service. Here’s what you need to know before you jump in.
Apple Music is a brand new on-demand music subscription service offering access to Apple’s complete music library for £9.99 a month. The service combines your own purchased music with Apple’s catalogue of 30 million songs, letting you listen to specific artists, or check out personally curated music from the service’s music editors. Instead of having to spend £0.79 every time you want to purchase a new track your subscription buys you full access — but unlike it’s competitors Apple’s service will be curated by humans, not algorithms, and that will better help you find the music you like to hear. The Apple radio will also have real humans doing the curation.
Our view… the decision to try out the new service is a no-brainer. It’s free for three months and finally being able to combine your downloads with a streaming service that ultimately delivers you more of the music you love in a way that Apple only can…
What does this mean for content owners? Well, Apple have been responsive to our concerns and owners will still be paid for streams during the free trial. We are confident that the finalised deal is in the best interests of all of our label clients and we are excited about the prospects of this new service.
Having achieved the YouTube channel management best practice standards across several specific subject areas called “certification tracks” which include YouTube Platform and Channel Strategy, Creator Strategies for Sustainable Viewership, Audience Development Strategy and Methods, Google sales, Monetisation, YouTube Analytics and Reporting, Copyright, Rights Management, Content ID Misuse, YouTube Live, One Media now have seven YouTube certified employees.
The team also had to hit other key criteria goals that include actively managing channels through Content ID, accelerating views and supporting growth, improving curriculum, sustained operational business, and the on going compliance with all YouTube policies, including Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. The Certified Company Status certification is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
One Media’s CEO Michael Infante commented “It’s fantastic to get the recognition from YouTube for the work our dedicated YouTube Technicians have put in to building our Multi Channel Network. Inclusion in this programme is limited, so this is a great achievement for our team and reflects our on going commitment to working in this exciting arena. With 8 Billion users, YouTube is certainly a very important part of iP consumption moving forward.”
Directed by Emmy and Bafta Award winner Francis Vose, Zot the Dog is the newest addition to the One Media family. Voiced by Phil Cool, this animated classic made in 1996, tells the adorable story of two friends sharing humorous and zany adventures together. Adapted from Ivan Jones' best-selling books and originally broadcast in 1998 as a 13-episode animated series for the UK's ITV. The series was commissioned by Vanessa Chapman, then the Controller of Children's and Youth Programmes at ITV and produced by Philip Lowrey.
Previous successes of Vose include the BAFTA award-winning ‘The Wind In The Willows’ and International Emmy winning ‘The Fool of The World and The Flying Ship’, whilst Phil Cool is best known for his work on Spitting Image.
“Zot will be in good company, joining the likes of Skippy and Sooty.” said One Media’s CEO Michael Infante “This is a very strong genre for us, we already represent the very successful ‘Songs for Children’ audio catalogue which features children’s classics read by the likes of Rik Mayall, Judy Dench, Anita Harris, Lenny Henry & Bobby Davro. We are always looking for strong content to add to our roster and Zot certainly fits the bill.”
Zot the Dog tells the tale of Zot, a good hearted, fun loving but rather bouncy dog and his best pal Clive. Together they embark on many adventures in the countryside as they discover a wonderful, uncomplicated world where all of the animals talk...except Zot, who doesn't need to!
One Media iP is pleased to announce it's attendance at this years Midem, THE LEADING INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EVENT FOR THE MUSIC ECOSYSTEM held in Cannes, at the Palais des Festivals, from 5-8 June 2015. The team will join 6,150 participants and 1,236 exhibiting companies from 75 countries, building and expanding their international network. One Media's Chairman Michael Infante commented "Midem gives you the opportunity to stay on top of industry trends, enlarge your vision, dig deeper into subjects that are at the core of our expertise and learn best practices in the fields of music, technology, creativity, innovation, brands and agencies. We've always prided ourselves as being one step ahead of the curve, and Midem is a great opoprtunity to meet other influential and bright leaders in music, brands and technology."
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Point Classics News One Media iP Group (AIM: OMIP), the digital media content provider, which consolidates, exploits and monetises intellectual property rights around music and video is pursuing a lawsuit in the USA against Believe SAS ("Believe Digital Group"), S.A.A.R Srl and Henry Hadaway ("HHO Licensing Ltd and Henry Hadaway Organisation Ltd") that was originally filed by Telos Holdings, Inc. d/b/a Point Classics in April 2014. In July 2014 One Media acquired the Point Classics Catalogue ("the Catalogue") from Telos Holdings Inc./Point Classics, LLC in the USA (see RNS dated 3rd July 2014) for a consideration of USD$1.6m. The Catalogue comprises 4558 US copyright registered Classical tracks by the world's leading composers. A significant number of tracks (no less than 1,466) have been identified by One Media as being unauthorised for exploitation worldwide by Believe SAS (a French Company) pursuant to an alleged physical license granted by HHO Licensing Ltd to S.A.A.R Srl (an Italian Company). The litigation is being prosecuted by One Media in the Federal Court in Nashville Tennessee and is being defended by Believe SAS and S.A.A.R Srl on the grounds of improper jurisdiction despite widespread worldwide exploitation by Believe SAS and SAAR, SrL both in and out of the USA. “We consider that it is important to protect our rights and that of our strategic partners. We have been forced to litigate in this matter to protect the rights engrained in our asset to prevent unauthorised exploitation of this important acquisition."
Synchronisation News There has been an increasing number of ‘tune placing’ over the last quarter. We have been successful in placing music from our own library and that of our strategic partners in some high profile broadcast opportunities, including adverts for: BMW and Toyota. From the world of TV and Film, we have had placing’s in the forthcoming Minions Movie, a track in the American series ‘Nashville’ ‘The Messengers’, ‘The Originals’, ‘Flash’, ‘Stereotypically You’, ‘Anitra's Dance’, ‘Looking’ and a show on Fox/FX Networks called ‘Wayward Pines’ to name a few. Monetising music through Film & TV is a strong way to get your content noticed and it does bolster your download opportunities especially if the tracks are relatively unknown.
Industry Update A recent trade study of the music business during 2014 (reported by Musically) established that digital revenues worldwide were up 6.9% in value last year (2014) to $6.85bn. The growth was stunted due to downloads (the iTunes model) dropping by 8% overall (10.9% for single tracks and 4.2% for digital albums). Streaming (the Spotify model) was up by 39% ($1.57bn) representing 23% of total digital income, taking up the slack caused by the loss in download revenue, (CD sales were down by 8%) streaming up by 18% on 2013 with Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Napster, Tidal and others achieving 41million paying subscribers. This represents a growth of over 500% since 2010 and a 40% increase over 2013. Global sales as a whole including all formats were down 0.4% overall. The industry feeling is that this is encouraging and suggests that the market drop since the turn of the millennium is reaching a turning point. The industry will have to watch 2015 very carefully as to how much music sales (CDs and downloads) decline this year and monitor the growth in streaming versus the fall in other formats to establish the shape of the evolving music industry. One Media's end of year numbers for October 2014 showed turnover growth of 9.5% and normalized profit increase of 21.7% over the previous year (the 2014 reported pretax profit increase was 95% after AIM cost attributed in its 2013 numbers). "As a small business we are able to manage the 'curves' and respond quickly said Michael Infante OMIP's CEO "Our strengths are in our diversification across all the media platforms including YouTube, which remains the 'dark horse of streaming income, with now over 1.5bn users. Profitable monetisation is a ‘long wait’ for Spotify, as they are purely a delivery channel. As a content owner, we are profitable, debt free, cash resourced and paying dividends. Sure we have grown slowly but unlike many of our peers, listed or private, we have remained very positively ahead of the pack."
Artist News Ivor Novello winner, Mungo Jerry (Ray Dorset) famed for the global hit ‘In the Summertime’, which is estimated to have sold a staggering thirty million recordings and is now ‘officially recognised as the most played summer song of all time, will be releasing his exclusive new album ‘Good Times: Some Hits & More Stuff’ through One Media in June 2015. This will celebrate 45 years of ‘In The Summertime’ Just right for the Summer now – get the B-B-Q out, but don’t take the obligatory instructions to “Take a drink take a drive go out and see what you can find”. The picture below, which was featured in our end of year Reports and Accounts, demonstrates One Media’s routes to market and monetisation process of the music and video content exploited by the group.
One Media is also delighted to announce it is the exclusive distributor for Juliette Ashby. If you’ve not yet heard her name before, you soon will. A singer-songwriter from London, Juliette has a beautifully soulful voice, which is put to great use with an irresistible mix of R&B, Reggae and Neo-Soul. She has triumphed at some of the world’s most renowned festivals, including the Isle of Wight Festival and SXSW, and given outstanding performances at Perez Hilton’s ‘One Night In Austin Party’ and the ADD52 event hosted by Def Jam’s Russell Simmons. Having received support from BBC 1Xtra and MTV, Juliette secured a licensing deal with VH1, and broke the top ten of the prestigious ‘Next Big Sound’ chart with Billboard. Despite this heady success, Juliette can still be found performing at London’s Jazz Café where she hosts her very own music night. ‘JJ’s Soulshack’. New album ‘Over & Over’ is due for release on 26th May 2015 with One Media and will feature the likes of US sensation DA BRAT. With her unique and compelling sound, it can only lead for more success for this amazing artist. We definitely think Juliette Ashby is a name to look out for. A little taster here https://www.youtube.com/watchv=LLT93plxqdc
British singer-songwriter Juliette Ashby has signed a two-album deal with One Media iP. Strongly backed by major radio and TV, including BBC’s 1Xtra, VH1 and MTV, this UK breakout artist is a potent synthesis of R&B, Reggae and Neo-Soul.â¨With a captivating voice enveloped in soothing harmonies, Juliette has been described by Perez Hilton as “instantly hypnotic and instantly memorable.” She has already wowed crowds at SXSW and The Isle of White Festival. Championed by Craig Charles on his Radio 6 music Funk and Soul Show, she has collaborated with industry juggernauts that include Da Brat, Mike Kalombo (So So Def), Graham Marsh (Cee-Lo), Wayne Beckford, Blac Elvis (Beyoncé, Usher), Alan Glass (Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Earth Wind and Fire), Novel (Alicia Keys, Ciara), Hardwork & Mavelle (Damian Marley & Sean Paul).
One Media’s Michael Infante commented “We are extremely excited to welcome Juliette to the One Media family, she is already making industry waves and broken the top ten of the prestigious ‘Next Big Sound’ chart with Billboard.”
Juliette said of the signing "I'm really excited about my new collaboration with One Media, they’re a great team. Exciting things lay ahead for us for 2015 and the years to come!"
Her debut album 'Over + Over' featuring the singles 'Grow Like A Seed' & 'Like A Bass Guitar' is set to place Juliette firmly in the public eye when it is released on 26th May 2015.
On 16th June 2015, Juliette will also be releasing an acoustic album, a heartfelt collection of songs, 'Bitter Sweet'. Written over five years, it was originally intended as an outlet for her own personal tragedy, but today has come to mean so much more...“This album is dedicated to people dealing with grief, pain, addiction, loss...I hope this will help anyone out there who needs it...” Click here to listen to BitterSweet
She still finds time to continue her residency in London's Jazz Café where she hosts her very own music night ‘JJ's Soulshack’. UK fans will be able to catch Juliette at the Servants Jazz Quarter in Dalston for an album launch in mid June.
“Flawless! Blew me away." – Kiss FM Breakfast Show
“Juliette took me by surprise with her captivating performance and soulful voice. If you get the chance to see her, don’t turn it down. You won’t regret it!” – Livemusic.fm
“Fans of smooth Reggae and R&B sounds will have the urge to hear more of Juliette – her live performance is one unique experience. Thumbs up!” – Cent Magazineâ¨
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