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Pic: Jonathan Sothcott & Billy Murray

In conversation with British Actor Billy Murray & Film producer Jonathan Sothcott from the Crime thriller movie - "Nemesis"

9 April 2020

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome our special guest's iconic British actor Billy Murray & Film producer Jonathan Sothcott to the show.


The movie Nemesis, the morally ambiguous crime thriller that marks the debut of disruptive indie Shogun Films, has been acquired for US release by Samuel Goldwyn Films during the European Film Market in Berlin.


SHOGUN FILMS' DEBUT 'NEMESIS' GOES TO SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS FOR USA


Nemesis, written by Adam Stephen Kelly, is the story of underworld kingpin John Morgan whose return to London triggers a violent series of events as his murky past catches up with him. 


The film features a stellar British cast including Billy Murray, Nick Moran, Frank Harper, Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott, Bruce Payne, Ricky Grover, Danny Bear, and Julian Glover. 


So this week we caught up with the lead actor Billy Murray & the movie's producer Jonathan Sothcott, for a chat in the midst of the movie promotion just released on DVD and streaming channels including Apple TV & Amazon.



Murray's Early Life & Career:


Billy Murray is an English actor, best known for playing Don Beech in The Bill from 1995 to 2004, Johnny Allen in the BBC soap opera EastEnders from 2005 to 2006, and Captain John Price in the video games Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.


Murray was born in Forest Gate, Essex, and grew up in Upton Park, east London.


The Kray twins paid £400 for him to go to East 15 Acting School as a teenager because they "liked his attitude". They never asked for the money back.


"Murray remains the go-to guy for big-screen gangsters" RadioTimes


His notable film roles included the role of "Joey" in the hit 1980 film McVicar. In the film, he was to help McVicar hide after escaping from prison. In 1995, he got the role of DS Don Beech in the ITV police drama series The Bill appearing as a regular cast member from early 1995 to late 2000. 


In 2001 he reprised the role in a special spin-off episode entitled "Beech on the Run". This was followed by the six-part mini-series Beech is Back. In late 2004, Murray joined the cast of popular BBC soap opera EastEnders and played gangland figure, Johnny Allen


Check out the podcast below, to listen more to Billy & Jonathan's experience across the Film & TV industry;



Early Life for Sothcott:


Jonathan Sothcott left school and worked as a film journalist and produced documentaries for the burgeoning DVD industry, working with British film icons including Sir Roger Moore, Ken Russell, Bryan Forbes, and Euan Lloyd, about whom he made an acclaimed documentary, The Last of the Gentleman Producers.


By the age of 24, Jonathan was the youngest Television Executive in the UK, setting up and launching The Horror Channel in 2004, where he was Head of Programming.


Moving into the film producer he began his long collaboration with Martin Kemp with the short film Karma Magnet starring Gary Kemp. Jonathan and Martin have worked together half a dozen times since on films such as Top Dog for Universal Pictures and Age of Kill for Starz.


Jonathan has worked with a galaxy of stars over the years including Mark Hamill, Jason Statham, Richard E Grant, Sheridan Smith, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Ray Winstone, Steven Berkoff, Rik Mayall, Charlie Cox, Eve Myles, Freema Agyeman, Craig Fairbrass, and BAFTA nominees Phil Davis and Kierston Wareing.


It certainly looks like Shogun films are building an interesting slate of movies, with the first just out of the gate - "Nemesis", which you can stream and buy at all good supermarkets NOW you can also purchase the title song "Nemesis" which is available on all streaming platforms; Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Tidal, plus many more.



                           Nemesis theme song hit №1 on the iTunes Soundtrack Chart.


Get your copy of the song and the movie NOW!



I certainly love a good gangster movie and looking forward to seeing this one in the comfort of my sofa, a big bag of crisps, and a beer of course!



By Peter Moore

Pic: US Entertainment Attorney - David Helfant

We welcome US Entertainment Attorney - David Helfant to The Entertainment Engine podcast!

1 April 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome a very special guest US entertainment attorney - David Helfant to the show.


For the past 40 years, David has been practicing as an entertainment attorney specializing in music, motion picture, television, and video production and distribution. 


He also focused on emerging growth and new technologies, new media, and the digital distribution of music on the Internet for various corporate and entertainment clients. 


David Helfant is an expert in representing record producers, recording artists, record and publishing companies, major motion picture studios, and television, film, and video production companies.



His clients have included Johnny Carson, Slash, Van Halen, Stanley Clarke, Teddy Pendergrass, Columbia Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures, to name just a few.



David Helfant was the Senior Vice President of Paramount Pictures and headed their Music Business and Legal Affairs Department for almost four years where he supervised attorneys, paralegals, and assistants in negotiating and documenting soundtrack album, artist, producer, license, and music publishing agreements for motion picture productions at Paramount, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Films


Paramount pictures projects have included the following;


"The Italian Job", "The Longest Yard", "School Of Rock", "Mean Girls", "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days", "Rugrats Go Wild", "Team America", "The Manchurian Candidate", "Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow", "Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events", "SpongeBob Squarepants: The Movie"



To learn more about the chat with David, click on the podcast link below;


Over the years David Helfant has also been outside music counsel for The Weinstein Company, performing Business & Legal Affairs services on award-winning and highly acclaimed films such as;



"Lion", "Gold", Southpaw", "August: Osage County", "Lee Daniels' The Butler", "Big Eyes", "Philomena", "Snowpiercer", "The Iron Lady", "My Week With Marilyn", "Nine", "Paddington", "I Don't Know How She Does It", "Escape From Planet Earth", "Scream 4", "Scary Movie 5", "The Tillman Story" and "Lawless".




This also brought the opportunity for David to work and manage the US Actress, producer, director, author, singer/songwriter, Jennifer Love Hewitt, whose Hollywood career spans almost 30 years. 


Jennifer achieved much of her success by starring in movies such as,



"I Know What You Did Last Summer," "Heartbreakers," "Can Hardly Wait" and "The Client List", a movie of the week for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television


But, her biggest break when she was younger was getting signed to LA Gear, which resulted in a global poster deal with the sneaker company and Michael Jackson. 


The news headlines, "Jacko and Love", appeared everywhere around the world.


Pic: David Helfant at the Troubadour


David Helfant has also worked with many other high-profile clients over the years, which have included the following;



Johnny Carson, Slash, John Travolta, The Kinks, Phil Collins, Genesis, Savage Garden, Paul Rodgers, Jennifer Warnes to name just a few.



David also acted as the music supervisor for Troika Pictures' "The Call" starring Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin and directed by Brad Anderson, whose credits include "The Machinist" and "Transsiberian". 


The Picture was released on March 15, 2013, by Sony Pictures Entertainment in the U.S. and Canada and opened at №2 at the box office for $17.1 million.


David has also packaged and sold several music-driven TV specials to PBS, including 


"Rock Prophecies", the award-winning documentary on the life and career of Robert Knight, the famous rock photographer whose work has including the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Slash, ZZ Top, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.



Plus David Helfant has had the privilege of sitting on the Board of Governors for the L.A. Chapter of the Recording Academy for 10 years. 



During that time frame, he was Secretary of the L.A. Chapter for 2 years, served as the Chair of the Advocacy Committee and the Co-Chair of the Jazz Committee with Dave Koz, and has been a member of the Recording Academy for 36 years.


This work continued with The Guitar Center Music Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on granting instruments and other musician services to various music education non-profit organizations, recently announced the appointment of David as Chairman of the Board for the Foundation. 


The announcement was made by the Foundation's Board of Directors and reflects the organization's goal of growing its charitable initiatives. 


David has also worked with a wide variety of corporate clients over the years including the following entertainment industry giants:


The Walt Disney Company, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Lucasfilm Ltd, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBC Universal Television, The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Spyglass Entertainment, Interscope Pictures, The Little Film Company.



Having spent time with David at last year's NAMM industry event in Los Angeles, it was very clear to me, Davids's ethos and outlook on life and the entertainment industry is a positive one mixed with decades of experience and knowledge working with some of the most iconic industry figures.


David’s ability to pivot between music manager, entertainment attorney, music supervisor, and philanthropist is attributed and a credit to his drive to bring huge value to the community.


It is certainly going to be an interesting year, but one thing is for sure to navigate the entertainment industry you are going to need a great team with experienced advisors - across; legal, management, accountant & agent!



By Pete Moore

Pic: Universal Studios

The DO'S & DON'TS - On how to Approach Music Supervisors & Music Consultants!

25 March 2021

This is the second part of the blog series, taking a look at the Do's & Don'ts of how to contact music supervisors & music consultants.


OK, are you an artist/songwriter or band, and really curious about how to contact a music supervisor or music consultant?


Well, music supervisors are the music-to-picture gatekeepers, responsible for selecting the tracks and closing the deals between artists and productions for film, tv, Gaming ALL VISUAL MEDIA.


In this episode, we highlight some of the best and worst practices from industry professionals.



You must Do your research:

Music supervisors will often narrow down their focus to a few publishing companies, agents, labels, artists that they know and trust - this is particularly important.


This helps them get deals done more quickly and efficiently, with very little fuss.

Before you contact a music supervisor, make sure you know their work, this is especially important, I know it may sound basic, but it's the way to go!

 

Blindly sending "listen to my music!" emails is a COMPLETE waste of their time and yours. 


Just like your music has its own sound, many music supervisors have their own brand and distinctive credits as well - DO YOUR RESEARCH.



Take advantage of the subject line for the film, game, or TV show:

Demonstrate that you researched the supervisor with a crafted subject line in your initial INTRODUCTION email.


If your brand of COUNTRY or POP is perfect for a particular Netflix, Disney, or Amazon series, change up your email or social media introduction with a title, for example: "POP/Country for the nightclub scenes with band."


The music supervisor on the receiving end will very much appreciate that you are paying attention, this is good brownie points to kick you off on your journey!


Make music that's authentically yours - DO NOT COPY WHAT'S OUT THERE!


Music supervisors looking for songs typically want music that is real and will resonate with that particular audience. 


If your music comes from the heart, your odds for success will greatly improve, I assure you it will!


 Likewise, writing a song about tires, for the sole purpose of placing it in a 'Michelin' or 'Pirelli' commercial, probably will not get you very far at all - see my point?


To learn more about this really exciting area for more tips and information, check out the links below, for this and many other podcast shows from The Entertainment Engine


Link to - Medium post's


Link to - ALL podcast episodes



By Pete Moore

Pic: Artwork for the title song Nemesis

Nemesis the Original Motion picture Soundtrack. Written by Alan Glass, Rebecca Gregory & Talia Dean. Performed & Sung by Talia Dean as her latest single!

22 March 2021

Nemesis is an upcoming British thriller film. It is directed by James Crow and stars Billy Murray, Nick Moran, Frank Harper, Janine Nerissa Sothcott, Julian Glover, and Bruce Payne.


An underworld kingpin, John Morgan (Billy Murray), returns to London, triggering a cataclysm of violence, retribution, and murder.


Murray has stated that his character in the film, John Morgan, is in the mold of Johnny Allen, the character he played in the BBC soap opera Eastenders between 2005 and 2006.


The song “Nemesis” will be available from 19th March on all streaming platforms; Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, plus many more.


The film’s producer was looking for a great song to attach to the movie, which would create that strong feeling and desire within this tense thriller, it wasn’t long before the movie team found the right song and music production team to work with.


The producer then called upon legendary songwriter & producer Alan Glass with decades of experience, film & music credits already include; Aretha Franklin, Lighthouse Family, Liberty X, Kenny G to Another 48 hours, starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte to Virtuosity starring Denzil Washington and Kevin Spacey!


Click on the link below to ORDER YOUR COPY!



Alan then called upon his long-time writing partner singer-songwriter BeX (AKA Rebecca Gregory) out of the UK. 


BeX, debuted her album “Story So Far” back in 2017 which received great reviews from BBC, regional and community radio across the UK, the album was co-written with Alan and produced by Greg Haver — Manic Street Preachers, Melanie C & Tom Jones.


BeX and Alan have worked on numerous songs over the past years and this was not going to be any different with the level of experience and creativity the team has!


The production team had a vocalist & songwriter Talia Dean in place to perform the song Nemesis, she had the right vocal to lend to the track and the movie’s vibe!

The team in place was set to write that killer track for the theme song of the film “Nemesis”.


The song “Nemesis” was co-written by Alan Glass, Rebecca Gregory & Talia Dean, which is also performed by Talia Dean for the movie. Providing a strong engaging lyrical and production strength to this London gangster movie!


Shogun Films is a new, disruptive independent production company headquartered in London — but with a global reach — which is dedicated to making outstanding, high-octane, filmmaker-driven commercial movies in the action/thriller/crime space.


The company was founded by producer/actress Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott and industry veteran Jonathan Sothcott.


Entrepreneurs Danny Bear and Andrew Green round out the board. Filmmaker Adam Stephen Kelly acts as SVP.


The company has a strategic partnership with prolific US director/producer Daniel Zirilli and his Pop Art Film Factory outfit in Los Angeles.


Being a startup business with aspirations and significant long-term international growth prospects built on a foundation of exceptional knowledge and experience.


The team at Shogun is passionate about the industry and the people in it and is proud of the incredible British film heritage, yet the film company’s ambition is global the films are designed to have genuine international appeal.


The Shogun name and branding has been inspired by the great independent studios from the ’80s video boom era such as Cannon and Carolco, however, Shogun wants to be a new breed of film company; one that builds and fosters long-term relationships creatively as well as commercially; that becomes an incubator to the very best creative talent and an immediately identifiable brand that gives its audience that little bit more.


Compiling a great team with vision and energy is certainly a must in today’s world, but for me, you can’t just have that great script, a killer actor’s delivery, you also need that GREAT song within the movie soundtrack.


It’s the music that makes the film for me capturing the emotion and mode of the movie, the song — “Nemesis” certainly provides this feeling, co-produced and written by Alan Glass, Rebecca Gregory, and Talia Dean.



The song “Nemesis” will be available from 19th March on all streaming platforms; Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Tidal, plus many more — so stay tuned for further updates


Principal photography began on 20 September 2020. The film is distributed, in the UK and Ireland, by Bulldog Film Distribution.


In the emerging post-coronavirus world, there is a genuine, significant gap in the market for high volumes of low-cost entertainment which can be produced and delivered expertly.


The first Shogun film, NEMESIS, was one of the first produced in the UK during the national lockdowns and is already a hot property in the international marketplace.

Parkland Pictures has acquired worldwide sales rights. 


Nemesis is released on DVD, digital, and video on demand on March 29, 2021.


I certainly love a good gangster movie and looking forward to seeing this one in the comfort of my sofa, a big bag of crisps, and a beer of course!


And don't forget to download your copy of the song!



By Pete Moore

Pic: Pianist & Composer Martin Mayer

In Conversation with Vancouver-based Composer & Pianist Martin Mayer on The Entertainment Engine…

18 March 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast for Season 2 we welcome a very special guest the Czech-born composer & pianist, Martin Mayer to the show.


Born in the Czech Republic, and now based in Vancouver, Canada, his music has been defined as instrumental fusion - a combination of smooth jazz, classical, pop, and rock

Mayer's European roots add a good share of thoughtful and longing soul, his North American education contributes a healthy dose of high-octane energy. Which is an explosive mix.


"Canada's Prince of Piano" - that's how the Beijing Times, China's leading English-language newspaper, described Canadian pianist and composer Martin Mayer.


Martin Mayer's recordings include Destinations (1998), Live In Concert (2000), nominated for "Outstanding Instrumental Album" at the Prairie Music Awards), This is Who I Am (2003, Nominated for "Outstanding Instrumental Album" at the WCMA Awards), the 2009 single The Orphan Boy, a year-long fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society, Alone (2010), Unbreakable (2018) and the holiday single Carol of the Bells (2020).


After Mayer realized musicianship was who he was, he would study at Royal Conservatory of Music, major in piano performance at Grant MacEwan University, and win the Rachel McKeown Memorial Award for composition.

 

Indeed, his first composition would feature prominently in a CBC Television commercial at 16.


To learn more about the chat BeX and I had with Martin, click on the link below;


The classically-trained pianist spearheaded the launch of his instrumental fusion career in true music industry fashion. 


He risked a $35,000 bank loan to mount and produce his dream debut concert - complete with a 20-piece orchestra, film, and live recording crew.

 

That risk paid off when the Live in Concert album garnered him his first music award nomination and opened the doors to his premiere international tour.


A Chinese Arts Agency took Martin Mayer on a 16-city six-week-long concert tour in mainland China in 2001. 


It would become the biggest tour of any artist in China's modern history, and all of his tour dates since then would be sold out. 


He entertained thousands in concert and millions on Chinese TV.


Mayer's latest album, Unbreakable, was listed as one of the Top 25 New Music Critiques of 2018 (Music Connection Magazine, December 2018), attracting radio airplay from across the globe. 


It is one of the few independent Canadian records available on Chinese music-streaming platforms QQ, NetEase, Qian Qian, and Kuwo.


Throughout his storied career, Martin Mayer has taken the opportunity to give back to the communities that have supported his artistic endeavors.

Pic: Pianist & Composer Martin Mayer


Over the years, he has generously donated his performances and recordings to help the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canucks Autism Network, Share Family & Community Services, MusiCounts, the Canadian Red Cross, Watari Counselling & Support Services, Musicians On Call, and the Port Moody Arts Centre, among others.


Canada's National Post predicts that Mayer is "poised to take over the world stage," while VOGUE Taiwan opines that the pianist's "passion for music … can only be described as breath-taking." 


The A&R Factory Music Blog declares: "Thankfully there are artists such as Martin Mayer to inject a bit of excitement and panache into the format of the pop-piano," while Smoothjazz.com Global Radio concludes that "Martin Mayer is Canada's premier pianist & composer!"


It was a very inspiring and fun conversation and we are looking forward to seeing what Martin gets up to this coming year!



By Pete Moore

Pic: Music producer & Coach - Brad Dollar

We chat with Brad Dollar Oakland-born Music Producer, Engineer & Coach credits include; Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Malik Yusef (Kanye West & Beyonce).

11  March 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast for Season 2 we welcome a very special guest the Oakland-born musician & producer, Brad Dollar to the show, who splits his time between Oakland and Nashville.


Brad is an energizing producer, engineer & coach to creators. An Oakland Bay Area native, he has been cultivating craft, art & community since his youth.


Passionate about creating the conditions that allow music & people to grow, Brad has produced & engineered tracks with Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Malik Yusef (Beyoncé, Kanye West), G-Eazy, Alphabet Rockers (GRAMMY Nominated), Slightly Stoopid, and many more, as well as connected platforms like Amazon, MTV, Airbnb & Jack Daniels to fresh content.


Brad also co-developed the non-profit music accelerator ZOO LABS where he has coached over 300 musicians & dozens of music startups, helping align their art, their business & their purpose.


Brad lives with his family in Nashville, continues to catalyze artists in studios around the world & is available virtually.


With the direct support of over 1000 released titles & hundreds of artists & startups, Brad is a lifetime music builder dedicated to helping create meaningful & lasting content that is paired with revolutionary strategies & campaigns.


Brad's strongest ability is how he creates a positive, productive & powerful environment that translates to those you're trying to reach. 


Brad activates creators to craft in a way that inspires people & content to be their best while leaving a deep & lasting impression on audiences across time & space.

Pic: Music producer & Coach - Brad Dollar



ARTIST DEVELOPMENT & COACHING


Brad is a coach, adviser & teacher to artists, entrepreneurs, executives & other creatives who want to activate their purpose, align their craft with their business & expertly communicate their ideas.​


By leaning on decades of authentic content development & transformative user experiences, Brad is able to help others realize their potential & execute on bold visions.


Brad has helped hundreds of artists & startups find empowerment, knowledge & acceleration towards clearer goals in a more purposeful way - and is here to help you do the same!




A VIRTUAL STUDIO: Production, mixing, track building


Since Brad's beginnings, he has been committed to making himself accessible. Regardless of genre, location, or language barrier, he can help to articulate creative visions & make the best out of logistical hurdles. 


In 2017, Brad took a deeper dive into remote production of music & acceleration of artists when he moved to Nashville & began serving clients coast-to-coast from his purpose-built studio.


I am looking forward to learning more about some of the records that Brad has made and also to better understand the ways that we can create our own music and get it out to the world.


As musical entrepreneurs, we want to know what we can do to make our music sustainable, and fun. 


To learn more about the chat with Brad, click on the link below;


The creative production sound Brad embraces derives from heavy 80s influence growing up. He has three sisters 14, 15, and 17 years older than he, and they obsessively played old 80s hits in the 2000s as if they were new HIT singles. 


As a result, the synthetic sound embedded itself into the fabric of his creative mind. Particular 80s artist influences include Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division; more contemporary influences include Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.


Thanks to working with Bob Weir in the studio, Brad has had the opportunity to work with local Bay artists such as Van Morrison, Primus, and Metallica.


Brad has realized there is a lot of potentials and that artists feel pressured to create something new and groundbreaking at the time. 


The reality is, there is no need to re-invent the wheel of music; the key is bringing in more of who you genuinely are into your music. 


The results of this are energized creators unlocking their power, crafting music that creates a closer relationship with your audience. 


Looking forward to seeing what Brad gets up to for 2021…



By Pete Moore

Pic: Movie poster - Nemesis

Nemesis is an upcoming British thriller film. Directed by James Crow and stars Billy Murray, Nick Moran, Frank Harper, Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott, Julian Glover, & Bruce Payne...

8 March 2021

The movie Nemesis, the morally ambiguous crime thriller that marks the debut of disruptive indie Shogun Films, has been acquired for US release by Samuel Goldwyn Films during the European Film Market in Berlin.



An underworld kingpin, John Morgan (Billy Murray), returns to London, triggering a cataclysm of violence, retribution, and murder!


Parkland Pictures are selling the film on behalf of Shogun.



SHOGUN FILMS' DEBUT 'NEMESIS' GOES TO SAMUEL GOLDWYN FILMS FOR USA



Nemesis, written by Adam Stephen Kelly, is the story of underworld kingpin John Morgan whose return to London triggers a violent series of events as his murky past catches up with him.


The film features a stellar British cast including Billy Murray, Nick Moran, Frank Harper, Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott, Bruce Payne, Ricky Grover, Danny Bear, and Julian Glover


It marks the acting debut of Ambra Moore, granddaughter of Sir Roger Moore.


The film's producer Jonathan Sothcott commented,


"We are delighted that Nemesis has found its American home with one of the most prestigious distributors in the USA, Samuel Goldwyn Films. I couldn't ask for a better distribution partner in this major territory or a better endorsement of the quality of our film. We hope this is the first of many with Samuel Goldwyn Films."


Pic: Billy Murray & Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott


Shogun is currently in production on high octane revenge movie Renegades starring Danny Trejo, Lee Majors, Michael Pare', Tommy 'Tiny' Lister, and Ian Ogilvy.


Renegades is the first film in Shogun's partnership with American producer/director Daniel Zirilli, one of the world's leading creators of commercial action movies.


Other active projects for Spring include youth crime drama Knifer based on the best-selling novel by Ronnie Thompson and the company's first foray into outright American productions with Human Target written and directed by Rene Perez (Death Kiss).


Moving forward, Shogun is splitting its output into two streams - cast-driven action movies for the international market with Zirilli being the main focus - complemented with a steady supply of the smaller British thrillers in the milieu Sothcott has enjoyed success in previously with the likes of Vendetta and We Still Kill The Old Way.


Amongst these are London cop thriller Crossfire and the witness protection movie, Eyewitness.



The company also has film rights to Pretty Boy - the best-selling autobiography of infamous bare-knuckle fighter Roy Shaw.


Shogun recently announced both publishing and soundtrack divisions in order to build its brand and connect with its audience.


Shogun Records, in association with Planets In Alignment Records, will release the original Nemesis score by Robert Geoffrey Hughes and Chris Hurst as a deluxe limited collectors' editions CD as well as digitally.


Shogun Books, in association with Pulp 2.0 will publish Nemesis: The Book of the Movie edited by Bill Cunningham, a glossy full-color volume including the shooting script and analysis of the production from page to screen.


For more information on the company please visit www.shogunfilms.com


By Pete Moore

Pic: Music Festival

How to Plan Successful Music Festival in the GLOBAL pandemic. Is this the right thing to do?

4 March 2021

In this article we are looking at how to put on a successful music festival within the GLOBAL pandemic, is this possible or is this a step too far? Let's take a closer look.


Planning a music festival takes time, money, and lots and lots of dedication and determination built with success and sometimes failure!



Music Festivals and how to put them on:

A lot of work goes into planning a music festival, from setting your goals to securing your team to then making it all happen.


Even more so this year will require more planning and preparation to ensure that everyone has an amazing and safe experience at your festival.



To start the process - write an executive summary:

The executive summary is a thorough yet succinct overview of your event and acts as an introduction to both your festival and you with your team, the event creator. 

It should be a minimum of 1-2 pages covering the following:


  1. What your event is and where/when it will take place
  2. Why you are planning this festival...
  3. Plus much, more!


To  learn more about festival and concert planning click on the podcast link below;


But remember always,  remain flexible and overprepared for whatever circumstance comes your way, because they will!



By Pete Moore

Pic: Chris Johnson musician - NPA Management

In conversation with Los Angeles-born musician, Chris Johnson credits include; Anastasia, Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Madonna & Snoop Dogg, plus much more…

24 February 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast for Season 2 we welcome a very special guest the Los Angeles-born drummer, musician   Chris Johnson to the show.


Chris Johnson is quite possibly one of the greatest and most in-demand international drummers on Earth.


We learn about Chris's time playing that first musical instrument, to the very first gig, and performing across many music Festivals and HUGE GLOBAL LIVE experiences over the past several decades.


Chris Johnson is one of the world's most recognizable musicians, described by Live Nation Ones to Watch as;


"Quite possibly one of the most in-demand international drummers on earth". 



Regularly seen by audiences of millions, he works with icons such as; Lady Gaga, Camila Cabello, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Seal, and J-Lo.


Chris's career credits also include global songwriting and production success with multiple tracks on Snoop Dogg's critically acclaimed, Bible of Love, which entered at no. 1 on the Billboard Gospel charts. 


He also features extensively on the soundtrack album of the Oscar-winning A Star is Born with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, which went straight to №1 in the Billboard 200 and UK Official Charts following its release in October.


 The soundtrack has since passed 3 billion streams on Spotify.


Chris firstly developed his true desire for playing drums in his father's church. Until this son of a preacher was then approached by the music director of R&B artist, Mya, he thought he would play in a church for the rest of his life, but no the next chapter of his life started to evolve!


Just after getting the opportunity to work with Mya, Chris knew that what he once considered was his passion, would very soon become his career!


Being such a seasoned drummer, playing alongside many notable artists over the years including; Patti LaBelle, Seal, Nelly Furtado, Chrisette Michele, Heather Headley, Lalah Hathaway, Darius Rucker, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, plus with 


Gospel greats with the like of Kurt Carr, Donnie McClurkin, Beverly Crawford, and Norman Hutchins


Johnson credits his church roots with forming the strong foundation on which he has based his career; he never broke those strong roots and still to this day Chris can be seen at "The City of Refuge" located in Gardena, CA.


To learn more about our chat with Chris, click on the link below to discover more;


Chris has recently taken time out from his busy schedule and with the global pandemic which has put a stop to concerts, shows, and festivals to write and produce a NEW book


Which is a one-stop-shop for learning how to tune your chops to pop, R&B, and gospel drumming! 



This unique book/video and audio combination is the ultimate guide to developing grooves, improvisation, and technical mastery within modern music styles and settings.


The book covers Chris providing advice on playing techniques and approaches, and sharing experiences of playing in both live performances arena, mixed with studio sessions. 


In addition to Chris's insights and instruction, the accompanying videos and audio tracks showcase Chris playing to pop hits along with original music and arrangements played by his band. 


There is also bonus material included featuring interviews with other industry professionals. The three-plus hours of video content are accessed online using the unique code within each book purchased!



Quote: "This book is a must-read for all aspiring musicians." - Bassist, producer, and musical director Rickey Minor!




It was really refreshing to catch up with Chris, learning about his humble beginnings to be a seasoned international musician,  with his take on the music industry today and how budding musicians can navigate the music business.

Pic: Chris Johnson musician - NPA Management

It takes a certain kind of person to reach the top of their game, and it's not all luck either, plenty of hard work, dedication mixed with talent, and love for what you do, is a great recipe for success.


With the state of the LIVE sector over the past year, Chris has been taking time to get into the studio and put down some groves, with of course practice, practice for that next call to perform anywhere in the World. 


Who knows where the next show/festival will be but for sure, Chris will be there providing his professionalism and dedication to the live sector for audiences to enjoy across the world, whether this is for global selling artists or the new band coming up the ranks!


We look forward to catching with Chris throughout the year, and wish him well in all his endeavors for 2021!



By Pete Moore

How COVID-19 has caused Serious Problems for the Entertainment Industry. What is the future?

18 February 2021

Over the past 12 months, the music industry has been hit hard by coronavirus with live performance revenue the biggest casualty so far, with the loss of all concerts and festivals, what does the LIVE sector have in store over the next 12 months!


A twelve-month shutdown is believed to cost the music industry more than $10bn, with even longer delays expected being for the live sector. But, the industry as ever is fighting back with new ways to monetize music consumption: 


(Fortnite hosted a live rap concert that attracted nearly 30 million live viewers).


The crisis is likely to accelerate underlying trends in the music industry, based on the importance of streaming, which has grown from 9% to 47% of total industry revenues in only the last few years.


The business model of music:


The global music industry is worth over $50 billion, with two major income streams. The first is live music, which makes up over 50% of total revenues and is derived mostly from ticket sales from live shows.


The second, recorded music, combines revenue from streaming, digital downloads, physical sales, and synchronization revenues (licensing of music for movies, games, TV, and advertising). 


Recorded music today is close to the industry's pre-piracy, this is a testament to the growing adoption of streaming services by both music labels and consumers alike.


To hear more about this area click on the latest podcast episode below;


The whole entertainment industry has been seriously damaged over these past months, but if we use this time to focus and plan, it could be a way to mitigate some of the damage and create a stronger industry...


By Peter Moore

Calling ALL - Musicians, artists, bands & creatives - Do you really Understand the Entertainment industry?

15 February 2021

Calling ALL Musicians, artists, bands & creatives - Do you really understand the entertainment industry?


Looking at the jewels of the music business; Streaming, SYNC, LIVE, Merchandise & Publishing.


PART 2 of this podcast episode, we continue the conversation with SyncLodge Founder Lionel Lodge talking about the ups and downs of the business



Click on the link below to find out more;


https://kite.link/latest-episode-S2-Ep5



By Peter Moore

Part 2 - Talking with Lionel Lodge, Singer-Songwriter & Founder/CEO of the SyncLodge!

11 February 2021

We welcome back for Part 2 in this podcast series. The Scottish-born singer-songwriter and producer  and CEO of SyncLodge - Lionel Lodge...


Continuing the conversation...


At five years old his parents moved Lionel and his two older brothers to Canada. 


Quote from Lionel "Dad was working for Radio Caroline and in `67 the British government passed the Marine Broadcasting Act, which stated that anyone working with or for pirate radio stations would be arrested if they entered England. 


Dad tried to work for the BBC then but it was too regimented for him, so off to Canada we went."


"In Canada, we were very strange compared to the rest of the children at school, we had long hair and wore hippy-like clothes, plus we had English accents. 


I hated it for the first five years, didn't like Canada at all, got into a lot of fights. We moved around a fair bit and so we were always the new kids with funny accents."


So, looking forward to Part 2 of this podcast, we learn more about Lionel's current project SyncLodge. 


So let's take a deeper look which I believe can really help artists, bands, and rightsholders move forward in very challenging times we all face;


About:


We want to replace the scrambling of competition with ease of flow in the sync licensing industry. We want to amplify the creative joys of the music supervisor and let computer systems do the heavy lifting of the tedious and frustrating. 


Allow all who create music to have equal opportunity in sync placement, regardless of where they are in the world, regardless of their connections, finances, or level of fame.



 This is our motivation.



SyncLodge is the most powerful B2B ecosystem for music supervisors, visual production companies, and copyright holders/administrators, to conclude all the sync licensing tasks needed to professionally license music.


We have studied and researched the International Music Synchronization Industry and with SyncLodge we have designed a system to overcome the problems and boost the potential.



Who can use SyncLodge?


Visual Media producer, Music supervisors, Copyright Owners/Administrators


It was a real pleasure to catch up with Lionel and learn more about his current project, but it does show you it takes a long time to really understand the business of music.



To find out more about the SyncLodge and Lionel music career to date click on the podcast link below to learn more;


Pic: Lionel Lodge CEO SyncLodge

In Conversation with Lionel Lodge, Singer-Songwriter, Producer & Founder/CEO of the SyncLodge…

5 February 2021

To kick off the New Year with our next guest of Season 2 on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome the Scottish-born singer-songwriter and producer - Lionel Lodge to the show. 


Lionel was born in the early sixties in the Highlands of Scotland even though his family was living in London England at the time.


His father, Tom Lodge was soon to become one of the top DJs on the first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, which introduced Lionel at a very early age to the exploding sixties British music scene


Quote from Lionel "My dad was interviewing the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, we always had the newest releases playing on the home stereo, dad would go off to gigs and come home with these great new band's latest recordings." 


When Lionel was four he and his brothers re-wrote the words to the Stones` song Get Off My Cloud, turned it into an anthem to call their mother to get them out of bed. 


"Lionel was such a terror when he was young that we had to tell him he couldn't get out of bed until me or his father came to get him, left on his own he would destroy the house in minutes. 


At first, he would wake up before us and start shouting from his room that he was awake, we had to tell him not to shout in the morning, that's when he re-wrote that song and started singing."


"In Canada, we were very strange compared to the rest of the children at school, we had long hair and wore hippy-like clothes, plus we had English accents. 


I hated it for the first five years, didn't like Canada at all, got into a lot of fights. We moved around a fair bit and so we were always the new kids with funny accents."


Lionel's first instrument was the piano. 


"I had a piano teacher for a short while who taught me the basics to boogie-woogie piano. 


But he disappeared one day never to return. It was around this time I started getting seriously interested in girls and the girls thought that the piano was a sissy instrument, so I changed to the saxophone, far sexier, but singing was my main passion, all I really wanted to do from as far back as I can remember."



Lionel started a live music booking agency that grew to be a team of 10, booking over 750 bands and 1200 DJs.



Lionel had a few different bands until the final Corndog line-up which centered on the writing partnership of Brodie and Greg ClarkeGreg was the lead singer and main guitarist, Brodie was on drums, Lionel on bass, and Pat Gilmore was the fourth member. 


Pat played mostly guitar but also played keyboard on some songs. They were signed through the Cowboy Junkies record label Latent Recordings and distributed in Canada by BMG Records


They toured Canada from end to end many times with some success and a steadily growing audience.

 

Quote from Lionel "But there were some problems on the business side of things, problems with the record company and their perception of who we were the same old story. 


I was not so satisfied and wanted to get out of the deal and try to move the band to another company but it was not an easy situation.  I loved the traveling and wanted to go farther afield, across the ocean, I guess there was something inside me trying to get me out of Canada at that time."


Looking at Lionel's current project, he wanted to replace the scrambling of competition with ease of flow in the sync licensing industry. 


He wants to amplify the creative joys of the music supervisor and let computer systems do the heavy lifting of the tedious and frustrating.


Allow all who create music to have equal opportunity in sync placement, regardless of where they are in the world, regardless of their connections, finances, or level of fame.


This is our motivation. 


The SyncLodge is the most powerful B2B ecosystem for music supervisors, visual production companies, and copyright holders/administrators, to conclude all the sync licensing tasks needed to professionally license music.



We have studied and researched the International Music Synchronization Industry and with SyncLodge we have designed a system to overcome the problems and boost the potential.



Lionel was also a senior editor and co-publisher of a UK entertainment magazine called NOW with over 40,000 monthly circulations.




To learn more about my chat with Lionel and the SyncLodge project, just click on the podcast below. It's an interesting discussion;


It was a real pleasure to catch up with Lionel and learn more about his current project, but it does show you it takes a long time to really understand the business of music. 


With the launch of the SyncLodge, this certainly looks like a great catalyst to help the "indie" music sector move forward, one to keep an eye on!


Part 2 of the conversation will continue with Lionel in next week's episode on Thursday 11th February 2021 on The Entertainment Engine Podcast.



By Pete Moore

Pic: Radio Mic On Air

Learning More about “Big Ear Radio”, with the Owner & Founder Trevor Krueger...

2 February 2021

It's always good when you come across individuals or companies who share a common aim to actually get things done…


I recently caught up with radio owner and founder of “Big Ear Radio” Trevor Krueger, over a ZOOM call and a cuppa. What transpired from our conversations over the past weeks, was a common aim to help build the “creative community and cut out a lot of the bull shit!


Trevor has a great outlook and obvious desire to help the community, so when he approached us at Seamless to be part of the journey, we thought why not providing our help and advice for a good cause in these testing times is a great thing to do!


So, what’s Big Ear Radio all about, let us learn a little more;


“What will probably surprise listeners the most… Is that we sound just like a regular Radio Station…”


Equal Ability Radio has two main objectives;


1. To provide a service that is entirely relevant and supportive to listeners, families, and carers living with disabilities.


2. To impress upon able-bodied listeners that a Radio Station staffed mainly by disabled Presenters is as good to listen to as any other.

Big Ear Radio's mission is to encourage better social integration and remove the misconception that “disabled” has to mean “less able” of fulfilling any task or challenge.


However, our broadcasts will integrate the content of greater relevance to our listeners. Filling a gap often left by regular conventional broadcasters.



“Equal Ability Radio” will play a major role in promoting inclusion and better integration, what could be more important than that?”



We want to hear from you if you’d like to volunteer to join our team?  We need more presenters, program makers, administrators, and fundraisers!



The team at Seamless Entertainment & The Entertainment Engine podcast are really happy to be associated with the radio station to lend our knowledge and support to this project.


Seeing how the world has become and changed dramatically over the past 12 months, isn’t time to take stock and build a better future for us all, wouldn't you agree?



By Pete Moore

Pic: Music streaming company  logos

Part 2 - Is Streaming the future of the Music Industry?

28 January 2021

Welcome to Part 2 of the Music streaming area for labels, artists, bands, and distributors with key points all creatives you need to know!


This is such a HOT topic right now with the UK Government looking at this area very closely, with labels, artists, and distributors to provide a fairer landscape for the indies.


The adoption of music streaming is by far the most significant change in the industry in the last ten years.


Streaming services are looking for ways to expand their customer base, develop their product, grow revenues, and find a sustainable long-term business model, easier said than done though!. The music industry has been caught up in the middle of this activity!


Music Streaming Trends Shaping the Industry


So, according to the analysis of the international streaming market from Music Business Research, by IFPI data, 2011, over 80% of all markets across the world were dominated by physical sales.


This is if we don't take into consideration the consumption from the pirate services, which were still in their prime (especially outside of Europe and North America).


Then fast forward to 2017, then 85% of the markets were digital-first, and for all of those countries (except for Indonesia and Malaysia) streaming is the primary source of digital revenues.


Streaming is now the primary source of recording revenues from around the World. The recording industry revenues, raising another 9.7% in 2018, seems to be on their way to match or even top the 2001 piracy peak - and with the power behind this growth is the rapid development of streaming. 


However, what does the future hold for the likes of Spotify going forward?



To learn more about this area click on the podcast episode below or check out the article on Medium;

OK, that is all for Part 2, of the music streaming area, for this week episode, back to you next week with more information about the entertainment industry, and with our next special guest of 2021!


I have to say this is a very interesting and complex area, one I think we continue to evolve and transform the way we consume music, but the bigger question — will the artist benefit from a bigger % well that is a question!



By Peter Moore

Pic: Music Streaming

Is Streaming the future of the Music Industry?

21 January 2021

The adoption of music streaming is by far the most significant change in the industry in the last ten years - and that's a shift that is still ongoing. 


Streaming services are looking for ways to expand their customer base, develop their product, grow revenues, and find a sustainable long-term business model, easier said than done though!. 


The music industry has been caught up in the middle of this activity! 


Streaming has already changed the way the recording industry operates and the way in which we consume, share, and experience music globally.


With a big shift across the landscape, on how we consume music, film, and TV via the streaming platforms today!



So How Does Music Streaming Work? 


Let's take a look.

Music streaming works in a very easy way: a streaming service delivers data to a streamer in small amounts so that the user can get pre-buffered music that has been pre-buffered a few minutes or even seconds before playing your favorite album or single.


Given the user has a solid internet connection, streaming technology provides an uninterrupted listening experience, without ever actually saving the files on to the user's chosen device.


This technology - and the streaming business overall - developed a response to the music piracy platforms from the late '90s.


For more information on music streaming click on the link; Medium



By Peter Moore

Pic: Pete Moore 

James Warwick Host & Owner of the "BadGift" Podcast in conversation with Pete Moore from Seamless & The Entertainment Engine podcast!

18 January 2021

I was recently invited to be a guest on the podcast show - "You Really Shouldn't have" just before Christmas had landed last year, so I got comfortable with a nice cuppa and had a great chat with the host and owner of the podcast show - James Warwick.


A little about the show and our chat:

Discussing all things, Entertainment, sport, life, and yes, that bad gift experience!


If you have ever had that awkward moment when you’re opening a present and you can’t believe what you’ve been given. Your eyes widen, your heart rate quickens and you wonder what you possibly did to upset them!? 


Welcome to ‘You Really Shouldn’t Have’, the place for tales of forced smiles, fake gratitude, and most importantly, unwanted items! 


Each week James Warwick talks to guests about themselves and the worst gifts they have ever been on the receiving end of. 


This week James talks with the co-owner of Seamless Entertainment and The Entertainment Engine podcast Pete Moore


It was great to catch up and chat with James, as we discussed all things music, film, football, growing up, and of course, the worst gift I have ever received, yes the worst Gift!


The podcast community is certainly moving forward, and speaking with James over a coffee  - Podcasting is certainly a great medium to be able to promote your message to the community, and working with great shows like James is doing this is all very encouraging for the future!


To check out the chat I had with James, click on the link below;


Looking forward to the next year, the podcast community is moving in the right direction with some "exciting" times to come for sure.


To learn more about what we do at Seamless and The Entertainment Engine click on the link.


Wishing everyone a great 2021!



By Peter Moore

Pic: James Kennedy

In Conversation with Welsh-born Singer-songwriter, Producer, and Author James Kennedy…

14 January 2021

To kick off the New Year with our first guest of Season 2 on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome the Welsh-born singer-songwriter and producer - James Kennedy to the show.


We learn about his time playing that first musical instruments, to the very first gig, and performing across many music Festivals and LIVE experiences over the past decade to recording his latest album.


It was really interesting to catch up with James, after such a long time with our chat just before Xmas, with a refreshing take on the "music industry" today with so many memoirs about how bands make in this business.


James is taking the path of the band that doesn't make it after years of hard work, disappointments, and with some success along the way he shares warts and all in his book…


I wouldn't say success is built on selling millions of records and having the posh car and a 10 bedroom detached house! 


Success is made up of all different experiences to each person, and with the current state of the world, with Trump causing mayhem across the US, to the world-wide pandemic and this thing called Brexit in the UK, it's all a bit of a mess really, maybe there is order in chaos!


So, when I hear of stories such as James is one, it inspires me to say to the world, this is success look at what is being achieved here!


This message should also be portrayed to the wider "music community" for every successful band there are 1000's who never make it, this is so important to pass this message to help the next generation to move forward with some great tips and knowledge from James' experience.

James has just released his latest album, 'Make Anger Great Again' back in September 2020. A heavy Alt-Rock solo album with strongly political lyrics throughout. 


James plays all the instruments on the album and self-produced it. Then on October 18th, James had his first book published, entitled 'Noise Damage'



My Life as a Rock'n'Roll Underdog', published by Eye Books. 



The book is a memoir styled journey following his life as a band coming up during the crash of the industry and what it's like to be in a band that doesn't make it. 


There are thousands of rock memoirs about the bands who do make it, but this is the tale of the unsigned, the unsung & the unheard


He shares the magic of that first Guitar, the first gig & the first tour as well as exposing a lot of the industry scams & unfairness


The book peaked at Number 12 on the Amazon Best Sellers list when it came out!



My Life as a Rock'n'Roll Underdog


'Harrowing, funny and 100% true' - Ginger Wildheart


The tale that follows is not another clichéd collection of rock'n'roll debaucheries (sorry) nor is it another tired fable of triumph over adversity (you're welcome).

It's the story of a half-deaf kid from a tiny, remote village in South Wales who was hailed as a genius by the UK's biggest radio station and headhunted by major record labels, only for the music industry to collapse. It crashed hard, taking with it an entire generation of talented artists who would never now get their shot. CNN called it 'music's lost decade'.


Along the way, there are goodies, baddies, gun-toting label execs, life-saving surgeons, therapy, true love, loyalty, hope, breakdowns, suicidal managers, betrayal, drummers, and way too many hangovers. James Kennedy shows that the best lessons are to be learned from good losers. It really is all about the journey.


Part memoir, part exposé of the music world's murky underbelly, Noise Damage is emotional, painfully honest, funny, informative, and ridiculous. It's also a celebration of the life-changing magic of music.



To learn more about our chat and James book check out the podcast link below;


James Kennedy is from South Wales, a singer, songwriter, producer, and owner of the record label & music publishing company, Konic Records


He was in the band 'Kyshera' for over ten years before they broke up in 2018 after releasing 3 albums and also released 4 solo albums.


James's back catalog now includes prog rock, acoustic music, experimental electronica, alt-rock & Pop. James also writes articles on a range of issues from the music industry to mental health & politics. With many talks at music conventions and very active online, with a large online following of over 300,000.


It was great to speak with James on our podcast, and it's really encouraging with much adversity and struggles we all find a way through. James Kennedy is certainly one of these people, and through adversity comes opportunity!



By Pete Moore

UK Government to Examine the impact of Streaming on Music Industry over the coming months!

08 January 2020

British MPs are to examine the economic impact music streaming is having on “artists, bands, musicians, record labels, and the sustainability of the wider music industry" across the United Kingdom.


The new inquiry is called Economics of Music Streaming


Through a new inquiry entitled "Economics of Music Streaming", parliament will investigate a number of core aspects of streaming, including the business models of the streaming companies, how algorithms and playlists have shaped music consumption and what the long term economic impacts of streaming might be on the wider music industry.


In a statement, the Departure for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) said: 


"Music streaming in the UK brings in more than £1 billion in revenue with 114 billion music streams in the last year, however, artists can be paid as little as 13% of the income generated." 


The government is called for “perspectives of industry experts, artists, and record labels as well as streaming platforms themselves”


The move is good news for those who’ve been fighting for fairer payments for artists from streaming, as Spotify hit the $50bn valuation mark earlier this year. 


It also comes off the back of a recent YouGov poll that suggested the majority of listeners think artists should be paid more for streams.


I don't ever think they will be a level playing field, as it is just a big game with the big streaming platform and major labels, unfortunately, it is the creators who actually suffer the end result — but let's watch this space! You can read more about the inquiry here.


By Pete Moore

The Entertainment Engine Christmas Podcast special!


22 December 2020

It's been a tough year for everyone, so I think 2020 is going to be remembered for not the right reasons, for so many!


Back in March of this year, we started to look at ways to promote our business, and then of course the pandemic struck, so you could say it derailed everything we wanted to do.


But we did have a light bulb moment!


Thinking of ways, forward we decided to look at the podcast route, so we took to the task and began to build a show…


What transpired over the several weeks, was the idea to produce our own podcast show, to build awareness and visibility. I believe not many people really take a website seriously or even believe what the website actually says.


BUT with podcasts, you can't hide, it's you and the world so you better talk about something you know and NOT talk utter rubbish because your listeners and all your effort will be to no benefit at all.


We then began to develop our show over the coming weeks, and after a while, we were happy with the formate of the show called;


The Entertainment Engine podcast across for Film, TV & Music. Is a weekly podcast series created by Seamless Entertainment to provide helpful tips on navigating the entertainment industry across Music, Film, and TV for bands, artists, actors, songwriters, producers, and the creative industry.


We have informal chats, providing in-depth knowledge, advice, and professional experience. We're joined by special guests on the show and keep our listeners updated with current industry news, fun facts, and trends.


The show started to look like a show, with the release of our first episodes back in July 2020, from this point we started to develop the guest's we would like on the show.



Our first guest of the season;



Special guest Layra Harmony 'Women in the creative industries'


BeX introduces 'Women working in the Creative industries'' with our first special guest Layra Harmony, who is an internationally published Creative Director and Fashion Stylist based in London. 


Layra's work is featured in various glossy magazines including Marie Claire, L'Officiel Hollywood


Layra's styled the likes of Anthony Joshua, David Gandy, and Victoria's Secret model Alicia Rountree for front covers and editorial features and has well-established partnerships with high-end designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Paul Smith, Hugo Boss.



Our next guest on the podcast;



Alan Glass legendary songwriter and producer for Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, George Benson plus much more.


Pete then chats with our next guest Mr. Alan Glass. Alan was born in New Orleans, Alan absorbed a rainbow of musical styles from that amazing city. 


That exotic mix informs his love of all genres of music and his hit songwriting credits totally reflect this, from 'Soul' to 'Country' to 'Rock' to 'Dance.' and even 'Opera'! Alan was mentored in production by Philadelphian legend Thom Bell as well as Maurice White (Earth Wind and Fire).


Alan discusses his creative approach to writing hit songs, crafting killer productions, and discusses the real 'business' of music in today's environment. 


Alan Glass credits include songs for Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Kenny G, Earth Wind and Fire, Shena Easton, Lighthouse Family, Maxi Priest, George Benson, Aswad, Liberty X, Mis-Teeq, including writing for X Factor winners all over Europe.



The next guest we spoke too was;



A chat with Tracey Webb, Music Executive and Owner of Power Promotions.


We then chat with music executive Tracey Webb, director & owner of Power Promotions the UK's leading dance music promotions company. 


The company's worked with the like's of Craig David, Elle Goulding, Anne-Marie, Faithless, Jonas Blue, David Guetta, Becky Hill, Paloma Faith, Armand Van Helden to name a few. 


Power was formed in 1989 and has been established since dance music's inception and Tracey and her team have promoted the world's biggest and best club tracks.



Our next podcast chat was with;



Charlotte Armitage - The Media Psychologist® & Owner of YAFTA - Yorkshire Academy of Film & Television Acting.


Charlotte is The Media Psychologist® specializing in the Film & TV Industry, particularly, the psychological duty of care processes in production. 


She is a registered psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), an accredited business psychologist holding principal practitioner status with the Association of Business Psychologists (PPABP), and is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.


Charlotte is also the Managing Director of the Yorkshire Academy of Film & Television Acting (YAFTA) with over ten years of experience in the industry.



Promoting Diversity On Screen.


In 2014, we were very proud that YAFTA Actor, Liam Bairstow, became the first actor with down syndrome to secure a lead role in Coronation Street. 


Then in 2019, another YAFTA actor, James Moore, made television history by becoming the first actor with a disability to win a National Television Award for his role as Ryan Stocks in Emmerdale.



To listen to the Christmas podcast, click on the link below, enjoy;



Moving on to our next guest;



Jesse Kinch - US Singer-Songwriter and Winner of ABC's Rising Star.


We then chat with Jesse Kinch. Jesse is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Long Island, New York, United States. He was the winner of the American Series of Rising Star which was broadcast on ABC


The show was hosted by Josh Groban, and the panel of judges was Brad Paisley, Kesha, and Ludacris. Jesse went on to sign with Capitol Records


After winning Rising Star in 2014, Jesse began performing sold-out shows in New York and Nashville. In 2015, Jesse performed two songs on ABC's ''Dancing With The Stars''.



Our next special guest was;



In conversation with Hollywood film producer, screenwriter, and author - Ken Atchity.


Hollywood film producer, screenwriter, and author Ken Atchity. 


With more than fifty years' experience in the publishing world and over thirty years in entertainment, Dr. Ken Atchity (Ph.D. Yale) has been called a "story merchant" - writer, professor, editor, producer, and literary manager. 


He's launched hundreds of books and films, including New York Times bestsellers and Emmy-nominated documentaries, making over 200 films and television deals-with every broadcaster and every studio in Hollywood, including; HBO, Universal, CBS, Walt Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, NBC, Discovery, Regency, and Fox 2000 Pictures.


His more than thirty films include The Meg (Jason Statham), The Lost Valentine (Betty White), Angels in the Snow (Kristy Swanson), The Madams Family (Ellen Burstyn), Hysteria (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Life or Something Like It (Angelina Jolie), Erased (Aaron Eckhart), Gospel Hill (Danny Glover and Angela Bassett, plus much more.



Moving on to our next podcast guest;



A Chat with ZMNY - US Rapper and Actor starring in Shameless-USA, Swagger, and Little Fires Everywhere.


ZMNY (AKA Ozie Nzeribe) is one of the newest fresh-faced artists hitting the scene and is dominating this area as a "World Peace Youth Ambassador" bringing new energetic sounds to music all over the world.


2020 has been a HUGE year for Ozie (ZMNY), starring as "Royale", a series regular with the highly anticipated Apple TV / CBS production of "SWAGGER" Produced by NBA star Kevin Durant.


Ozie (ZMNY) is also the Recurring Role of "Todd" in the Comedy-drama series on Showtime "SHAMELESS" starring William H. Macy, going into its 11th successful season.


Plus ZMNY has just had a NEW role with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington's ABC TV mini-series " Little Fires Everywhere" they welcomed Ozie on the show this past September as a Guest Star


Ozie (ZMNY) then appears in a National Adidas commercial with Childish Gambino, and Louis Vuitton's spring campaign!




Moving to our next guest on The Entertainment Engine;




Tony McHale - BAFTA Winning Writer, Producer, Actor, and Director - known for Holby City, EastEnders & more.


Tony Mchale has spent over 40 years as a screenwriter, working on some of the most well-known UK dramas, many that still appear on our screens today including; EastEnders, Holby City, which he co-created and for which he also won a BAFTA, The Bill, Casualty, Silent Witness, Trial and Retribution, Dalziel and Pascoe, Waking the Dead and many more, as well as his own thrillers Resort To Murder and Headless


Tony's career started in theatre and recently he has returned to that world to direct various plays and musicals including his own satirical look at fame - Bloodbath The Musical and more recently All Or Nothing which transferred to the West End.


However Tony was not satisfied with all his wonderful achievements, his years of experience both writing and in life kept on pushing him towards writing his own book - so that is what he's done. 


He's used his imaginative story-telling to create a captivating novel that can only be described as a 'page-turner'.


If you like drama, then Beck le Street is the book for you, and Tony McHale will be the new author everybody's talking about!



We were then in conversation with;



Laura Hanke - Music Supervisor at Universal Production Music.


This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome Laura Hanke, Music Supervisor & Repertoire Assistant at Universal Music productions. 


We take a look at her role as a music supervisor and why she decided to work in the music industry and for that matter for one of the biggest record companies in the World. 


"From a classical songbird and vocal teacher to Electronic Pop Producer and now 3 years' experience as a Music Supervisor, Laura believes hidden gems are underrated."




Our next guest on the show;




In conversation with X Factor UK Finalist Kevin Davy White.


Kevin has a very distinctive voice and style. Combining combines musical elements of soul and rock with blues and funk. 


He was Mentored by Nicole Scherzinger, on X Factor UK 2017 with judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, and Nicole Scherzinger


Kevin was to win through each week to be the final competitor in the 'Overs' category and stormed on to finish with an incredible 3rd place in the Finals. 


His performance with Tokio Myers was truly superb, it brought the house down. 


Kevin won the hearts of the nation, from his heart-wrenching rendition of Whitney Houston's, 'I Will Always Love You', to his passionate performance of Jimi Hendrix's, 'Voodoo Child' (where he really got to show off his guitar skills.)


Kevin also performed one of his own songs, 'Puzzle of Love', which won him a place in the live tv shows.



We speak with another of our guest's on the podcast;




In conversation with American music producer and composer Victor Merritt.


This week we welcome American music producer and composer Victor Merritt. 


We discuss his time working with Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and being mentored by Charlie Wilson and BabyFace.



Victor Merritt was born in Tulsa Okla in 1967, he has always been intrigued by music as a young boy.



Throughout Victor's career he has had the opportunity to do a remix for, The Greatest Band On The Planet, ("U2"): [If God Will Send His Angels] {The Grand Jury Mix}, on 'Island Records'


Victor then went on to work with the legend himself Michael Jackson where he produced and played keyboards from the trio "Brownstone," (MJJ Records)/Michael Joe Jackson's label.



We then spoke with our last guest of our first podcast season;




In Conversation with American Entertainment Lawyer Melanie Rodriguez.


US Lawyer Melanie Rodriguez. Austin, Texas native with a passion for live music and anything entertainment. 


Melanie is a trusted advisor who provides expertise to creative entrepreneurs, entertainment entities, and music artists across all aspects of the industry and licensed to practice law in California.


With a broad range of legal experience in the legal field spanning more than 8 years. 

After many years working as a paralegal, she then realized her calling was to make the transition to entertainment where she could combine her passion with her hobby. 


During law school, Rodriguez interned at Music Sales Corporation (now Wise Music), an indie music publisher, gaining experience in a breadth of transactional matters and intellectual property at New York City-based boutique law firm, The Fried Firm, where she worked with artists, producers, entrepreneurs, and movie production companies.




This was a very rewarding first season for the podcast, providing depth and breadth of experience from our entertainment professionals, with engaging and knowledgeable conversation throughout the season.


We look forward to bringing you more great guests for 2021, with more insightful knowledge and information from the entertainment industry. 


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy New year from Seamless Entertainment & The Entertainment Engine podcast team, speak with you all again in January 2021.



By Peter Moore

Great Christmas Songs from the past, what's your favorite song?

 18 December 2020

New research has revealed which Christmas songs have been the most listened to over the past years — and for that matter, which songs have been given the most plays.


With Christmas time upon us once again— which means seasonal songs can be heard on every corner, of your shopping trips will be soundtracked by the likes of Wizzard, Band-Aid, Elton John, Slade, George Michael, all the usual suspects.


But which one of these festive favorites will you hear the most this Christmas 2020?

The Performing Rights Society, (PRS) who tracks plays of songs on TV and radio — issued their research, which revealed the Britains’ favorite top 10 Christmas songs, here is an insight into some of the greatest Christmas songs ever!



Britain’s Top 10 Favourite Christmas Songs. Click on the link below to find  more information about your favorite track;



Medium Blog


By Peter Moore

Pic: Melanie Rodriguez

In Conversation with US Entertainment Attorney Melanie Rodriguez working across Music, Film Production & Intellectual Property Rights!

10 December  2020

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome the US entertainment attorney - Melanie Rodriguez to the show.


We learn about her time playing musical instruments, studying law, and attending many music Festivals and LIVE experiences where she has a real passion!



Melanie is an Austin, Texas native with a passion for live music and anything entertainment!



In 2016, Melanie made the best decision of her life to move from Austin to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for law, specifically music and entertainment law. 


Melanie Rodriguez has a variety of experiences in the industry which have given her the tools and knowledge to be a rising legal star. 


She is a trusted advisor who provides expertise to creative entrepreneurs, entertainment entities, and music artists across all aspects of the industry. Licensed to practice law in California (USA).


With a broad range of legal experience and her collective experience in the legal field spans more than 8 years. 



After many years working as a paralegal, Melanie realized her calling was to make the transition to entertainment where she could combine her passion with her hobby


During her time at law school, she interned at Music Sales Corporation (now Wise Music), an indie music publisher. 


Where she also gained experience in a breadth of transactional matters and intellectual property at New York City-based boutique law firm, The Fried Firm, where she worked with artists, producers, entrepreneurs, and movie production companies to name a few. 


After that, Rodriguez worked at Yu Leseberg, a reputable Hollywood firm, where she was exposed to an array of Billboard Hot 100 artists. 


Currently, she is also an associate at HBK Lawyers, a plaintiff's law firm that handles employment and habitability cases. 



Melanie Rodriguez graduated from Southwestern Law School with a concentration in Entertainment and Media Law



Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, CA
  • Master of Arts in Legal Studies/Paralegal Certification, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • During law school, she was actively involved in campus activities, serving as President of Entertainment Law Society and President of Music Law Society. 
  • Rodriguez also was selected to be a Law Student Reporter for the 34th Annual (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Conference (ABA–IPL) in Arlington, VA, held in April 2019.


To check out more about our chat with Melanie Rodriguez, click on the link below to learn more;

Mission:


To align her clients with strategic and innovative legal solutions tailored to meet their individual needs so they can give full focus to their creative process.



Values: 


Empowerment, Courage, Adventure, Wisdom, Collaboration, Organization, Innovativeness, and fun.




Experience:


  • HBK Lawyers APC, (Glendale, CA), Law Clerk/Associate
  • Yu Leseberg (Hollywood, CA), Law Clerk
  • The Fried Firm PLLC (DTLA), Legal Intern/Post Bar Law Clerk
  • Music Sales Corporation (Santa Monica, CA), Copyright Extern
  • Texas Medical Board (Austin, TX), Legal Assistant I
  • Mehaffey Weber, P.C. (Austin, TX, Legal Secretary
  • Komie & Morrow, LLP (Austin, TX), Paralegal
  • Mueller Law, PLLC (Austin, TX), Legal Assistant
  • Germer PLLC, formally Germer, Gertz, Beaman & Brown (Austin, TX), Clerk
  • Office of the Governor of Texas, Constituent Services Intern



As a legal professional who wants to see her clients thrive in their creative and personal endeavors strives to provide outstanding, personalized service for all client's legal transactional needs. 


Whether you are a rising creative entrepreneur or a seasoned veteran, working together to meet your business goals. Rodriguez can handle the legal aspects of your career so that you can focus on your creative process.




Melanie Law - Practice areas:



Music services:


Assist musicians, producers, records labels, licensing companies, and other music professionals with agreement drafting and review, and advice regarding their musical career.



Production services:


Film and TV contracts and production issues can be confusing and require a high level of review and specialized knowledge. Melanie Rodriguez can assist you in understanding the production issues you may encounter along the way.



Intellectual Property:


Whether filing copyrights, registering trademarks, or engaging in any other formal process to protect your IP, Rodriguez can handle all your registration and maintenance needs. To help to streamline the process.




In past articles and podcast “episodes” our conversations have been about the importance of having the right “team” to build around your “entertainment” career. Engaging an attorney is integral to your success and should never be overlooked.


Every band and artist needs to have the right team and the attorney certainly goes a long way to helping you create and build your entertainment career for years to come!



By Peter Moore

US Music producer - AKA Victor Merrit

This Week we Chat with US music producer Victor Merrit who's worked with; Charlie Wilson, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Babyface plus much more…

3rd December 2020

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome the US music producer, and composer- Victor Merritt to the show.


We discuss his time working with Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and being mentored by Charlie Wilson and Baby Face


Victor Merritt was born in Tulsa Okla in 1967


He has always been intrigued by music as a young boy. When he wrote his first song as an 11 yr old. At that stage, his baby brother was his sounding board for all Victor's material!


Then, when Victor was 14 his grandmother brought him his first musical instrument. A (Yamaha PC 1000 Keyboard for 1,100$ in 1983 and that was a lot of money back then)


He didn't have a clue on how to play the instrument, but Victor spent all his free time perfecting it over hours and hours.


Within a year Victor was able to play any top 40 songs he liked. In 1984, he formed a band with his high school friends called, "THE TASTEMAKERS", Victor was the keyboardist, composer, and co-lead singer of the band. 


The next year of 1985, Victor's senior year in High School, his band had performed in many festivals and at that point, the band appointed a local music manager to take care of shows, recording, merchandise all this music business.


Their manager arranged for the band to audition for a local promoter, who was bringing two "Billboard Topping Recording Groups " to Victor's hometown.


To listen more to the chat with Victor click on the link below;

With decades in the music industry, Victor has fresh energy in the industry today for new aspiring artists!



The bands were; "The All-Female Band "Klymaxx", who had 2 Top 10 Hits and a Platinum Debut Album, and "The Deele" an all-male band featuring a then-unknown Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and "LA Reid" {Now Chairman at Epic Records}, the band also had a debut album that had a Top 10 Hit.


Victor's band impressed the promoter, so much, they were booked to be the "Local Opening Act" for the National Bands


After the show, Babyface introduced himself and told Victor how much everyone enjoyed our performance and he couldn't believe that I was only (17) with such mastery of the keyboards


Babyface gave Victor his number and then the journey began!



Victor then went on to gain a music scholarship to Contra Costa College in Richmond California. Where he attended college for 5 months and just wanted to try music full time, so I called up Babyface. 


Victor then left college in early 1986 and with the help of my 3 mentors Babyface, Teddy Riley & Charlie Wilson were Victor learned how to stay "Appreciative and Ambitions".


Music producer Victor Merritt also taught himself how to perfect other instruments, Drums, Lead & Bass Guitar, plus learned how to be a studio engineer & mixer. 


With so many ups and downs but managed to still be relevant 40years later. 

He has been blessed to have worked with some of the Legendary Stars over the years which have included.


With all this experience at a young age, Victor went on to build and carve a music career working with some music great's over many years, starting with MCA Chairman in 1997, Doug Morris, Ms. Abby Konowitch, EVP and Ms. Nancy Levin, SVP, made it a very enjoyable for Victor and Gerald, ("The Grand Jury'', to build their craft!


Going onto work with and produce - K-CI and Jo Jo's 4x Platinum album,"(All My Life)[Billboard position #6 top 100, and -1 R&B &1 in (4) Foreign Countries] Grammy Nominated.


Working with Doug Morris, and his staff was first class for Victor and his production team. At [RCA Records], these executives provided a positive environment of continuity, President of RCA, Bob Jamieson, and Vice President of A&R, Brain Malouf. 


Gerald and Victor Produced, Debut Albums. Victor's nephew Dee introduces him to a dynamic R&B singer, called Rome at that time. They then went on to get signed to,' RCA". His debut album, called 'Romeo,"[Billboard #6 in top 100 and top ten in Billboard's R&B charts]. 


With (2) singles and both placed high on Billboard, certified' "Gold'(Half-Million Copies Sold,) it exceeded over 1 million copies sold since 1997.


"The 2nd debut for RCA,(1997.) Produced, Sylk-E-Fyne's, huge single, Romeo and Juliet"[Billboard #6 in top 100 & #1 in Rap Category] The "album was certified ",' Gold 7 times.


Placed a song on the Album', which included, Superstar, Kenneth 'Babyface ' Edmonds (Wrote 26, #1 Billboard Hits for Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, TLC and his partner, LA Reid.


The album is called:, (Shot Caller Big Baller",1997 on the label " BMG').


Later that year Victor had the opportunity to do a remix for, The Greatest Band On The Planet, ("U2"):,[If God Will Send His Angels! {The Grand Jury Mix, Victor aka "Vito " Merritt], on 'Island Records.



Hanging with ", U2" was a memorable experience. 


Victor then went on to work with the legend himself Michale Jackon where he produced and play keyboards from the trio "Bloodstone," (MJJ Records)/Michael Joe Jackson's label. 



Michael was Executive Producer. Victor "When Michale grooves to my music, I was speechless". "He was so humble I really wish I could have spent more time with him".



Victor is currently working with some very talented unsigned artists helping them, just like he got helped, this is what makes him very happy. 


He has got just as much enjoyment working with unsigned acts as he did working with global acts like Michale Jackson Babyface and U2.


If you put the work in over the years it does pay off!



By Peter Moore

Pic: Kevin Davy White

In Conversation singer-songwriter, Kevin Davy White, from his time on X-Factor, Getting married and writing new material...

26 November 2020

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome the French-born singer-songwriter, producer, and artist- Kevin Davy White to the show. 


We discuss his time on the X-Factor, getting married, and writing his new material for his forthcoming release…


Kevin has a very distinctive voice and style.


Mentored by Nicole Scherzinger, on X Factor UK 2017, Kevin was to win through each week to be the final competitor in the 'Overs' category and stormed on to finish an incredible 3rd place in the Finals.


His performance with Tokio Myers was truly superb, it brought the house down.

Kevin also sang a stunning song for the Live shows 'Week 2 Prize Fight', X Factor's TV Prize Battle feature, pitched against the group Rak-Su.


This was a public vote and Kevin won!


As Simon Cowell said "It's a once in a lifetime Prize" and indeed that's what it is, as the USA now beckons. Kevin fly over to Los Angeles to meet with world-famous record producer and writer Savan Kotecha for this special prize.



The Early Years:


Kevin started his music career in a band called The JFK's, Kevin put his multiple musical talents to good use, where he wrote and produced the band's own songs. 


Kevin is a multi-faceted musical machine, he writes, produces, sings, plays guitar, keys, and the drums.


Back in 2015, Kevin started to make waves in the UK, in addition to continuing his success back in his hometown of Paris. 


He was selected to open for various artists including Martin Barre (long-term guitarist for a legendary rock band, Jethro Tull), Keziah Jones (Funk artist), and Ana Popovic (Blues guitarist from Serbia)


He was then hand-picked to collaborate with Ashley Iona on her song 'Taking Me Under'


Following this, he released his own debut EP, 'Mr. Feeling', which really showed off his range of skills and channeled his love of multiple genres. 


Blues and soul run through his blood, whilst rock and funk have a special place in his heart.


In 2016, Kevin's success only continued to grow when he won the highly acclaimed Festival Generation Reservoir in France and Archer Streets Got Talent in London. 


Later that year, Kevin featured on The Voice France before moving to London and deciding to apply for The X Factor UK 2017.


This is where Kevin meets the UK, by winning the hearts of the nation, from his heart-wrenching rendition of Whitney Houston's, 'I Will Always Love You', to his passionate performance of Jimi Hendrix's, 'Voodoo Child' (where he really got to show off his guitar skills.) 


Kevin also performed one of his own songs, 'Puzzle of Love', which won him a place in the live tv shows.


Kevin then performed Lead Zeplin's "Whole Lotts Love" - LIVE in the final, which was a SUPERB opening to the show which just brought the house down with all the judges providing great comments.


Following on from the X-Factor TV weekly performances, Kevin performed on the super Nationwide X Factor live tour, which he relished, followed by his own shows up and down the country.


At the moment he is finishing co-writing and recording his exciting new music tracks, already collaborating with highly established producers such as;


 Steve Booker, (John Newman) and Matthew Marston, (Emeli Sande) also Alan Glass, (Aretha Franklin, Kenny G, Mis-Teeq, Lighthouse Family), alongside The Savan Kotecha, (One Direction, Usher, Ariana Grande) at West Hollywood Studios in L.A.


With all this activity and collaboration's we are pleased to share Kevin's latest music offering with his latest single released on 13th November - entitled - "My Moon" 


Kevin will be releasing several singles (monthly from the new year) to keep his fans update and with lots of new music on offer.


It was really refreshing to speak with Kevin, looking at his inspirations and just love for music, and doing this for the right reasons and NOT selling out (like many artists do) to get that next buck.


Kevin has a plan and is true to his beliefs, so the universes will I'm sure be sending him some good vibes and continued success on his entertainment journey.



To hear the full conversation we had with Kevin, click on the podcast link below to learn more;

With his warming personality, exceptional music abilities, and a passion for great songs, Kevin really is the whole package. 


I'm certainly looking forward to new music from Kevin, after our chat, I had the feeling this is just the beginning for this multi-talented artist.


Watch this space, is going to be a great journey to watch over the coming years!




By Pete Moore

Part 3 - Business Plan Tips for the Entertainment Industry?

19 November 2020

Looking at the final part in the three-part series, of writing a successful business plan for the creative industries. Such an important area to really take forward and perfect your business plan and ideas over time.


This is an area you are going to need to put together a solid business plan for your creative career, and not just if you looking to raise finance but a road map to see where you are going to be heading over the next 2/3/5 years!


No plan then you are almost doomed to fail, this next article looks at a few points and tips for the third phase of your business plan strategy!


To move your entertainment career forward, you are going to need a plan and not just a pipe dream!



What is a business plan?


If you've ever jotted down a business idea on a napkin with a few tasks you need to accomplish, you've written a business plan - or at least the very basic components of one to start your journey.


The very essence of, a business plan is just a plan for how your business is going to work, and how you're going to make it succeed. Look at it as a working document!



How long should your plan be?


Typically, a business plan is a lot longer than a list on a napkin, that's for sure.

For me in practice, and for most real businesses, it can be as simple or a detailed plan that has a few or many bullet points to focus strategy, tactics, milestones to track tasks and responsibilities, and the financial projections you are going to need to plan: cash flow, budget, expenses.



So, let us look at some key points to further your business plan and your career;



Partnerships with Other Artists & Bands


Some artists may be working closely with other artists/bands to cut costs, cross-promote, etc. 


This section should be the place where you highlight those relationships and the benefits that you will receive from them. A community that supports one another can be a really strong selling point.



Look at additional revenue


This also gives you the opportunity to highlight any other sources of revenue that you may be tapping into.


This may include management fees, day jobs, booking shows for other bands - anything that you may have not already covered.


To learn more about writing a "business plan" for the creative industry - check out the latest podcast episode from The Entertainment Engine below;


Apple Podcast

Spotify Podcast

Google Podcast



Writing a plan takes time and lots of effort, not least to understand where your creative project is heading. So it's that time to roll up your sleeves, sit down with a cuppa, and get that pen and paper. 


Let us begin and create that incredible journey!



By Pete Moore

Part 2 — How important is a Business Plan for the Creative Industry?

12 November 2020

Looking at the second part in the three-part series, of writing a successful business plan for the creative industries…


This is a very important area to really take forward and perfect your business plan and ideas over time. 


This is an area you are going to need to put together a solid business plan for your creative career, and not just if you looking to raise finance but a road map to see where you are going to be heading over the next 2/3/5 years!


To move your entertainment career in the right direction, you are going to need a plan and not just the one in your head!



No plan then you are almost doomed to fail, this article looks at a few points for the second phase of your business plan…



Writing a business plan for your music career!


For all the creativity needed to sustain and build a career in music, having a business plan is one way to stay properly grounded, and ahead of the game, this will define your goals and objectives going forward.


Providing clarity for your ideas


Many artists and bands struggle with creativity versus commerce, but it's something you as a creative are going to have to overcome, it's really that simple, and especially with how the world is today. 


It's just not good enough to just put out your product and expect the world to love it, sorry it doesn't work that way!



How to start and where to begin!


There are lots of resources to help you push your business along, like online - including articles, courses, companies, people, etc - to help write a business plan. 


But where on earth do you begin? A good place to start is to define what a business plan is and why you will need this document.



Why Write a Business Plan?


At the very basic level (and really for me the most important level for this), the business plan will allow you to focus your thinking, set a very realistic plan with realistic goals, and of course pushing you moving forward with your entertainment career.


So, let us look at some key points to further your business plan;



Putting a Press Kit together


What is your press package comprised or made of?


Is there anything different about your press kit (outside of the normal press kit) that makes this different in any way?


 Will your press kit have an electronic component of the package?

What is your press kit going to be used for?


Do you have your key players not already addressed in the document?

You need to look at press articles, recent and past success?



Your Additional Merchandise


Are you selling other merchandise besides the recording/EP/Album project? I.e. T-shirts, Hats, Hoddies, Posters, Calendars, etc.


Or are you selling previously released CDs/downloads - So how are you going to make money in this area?


A lot of artists do not spend enough time understanding their costs and pricing, this is crucial to your overall success.



To learn more about writing a "business plan" for the creative industry - check out the latest podcast episode from The Entertainment Engine below;



Business plan for the creative industry


Medium



Writing a plan takes time and lots of effort, not least to understand where your creative project is heading. 


So it's that time to roll up your sleeves sit down, with a cuppa, and get that pen and paper... Let us begin!



By Pete Moore

Is a Business Plan for the Creative Industry an important document?

5 November 2020

One of the areas you are going to need to put together is a business plan for your creative career, and not just if you looking to raise finance but a road map to see where you are going!


No plan then you are almost doomed to fail, this article looks at a few points for the first phase of your business plan



Writing a business plan for your music career!


For all the creativity needed to sustain a career in music, having a business plan is one way to stay properly grounded, and ahead of the game, this will define your goals and objectives.


Many artists struggle with art versus commerce, but it's something you as a creative are going to have to overcome, it's really that simple!


Artists need time to make music and formalize their visions, but also need to eat, pay the rent, and have clothes to wear — you all know the score on this one, its time to do things right and plan for the future — and not bury your head in the ground with the usual moans and groans;


The bank didn’t give me a loan, nobody turned up to see us play, the label stuffed me and the band — Just get your SHIT together and remember nobody owes you anything!


An artist who becomes famous when they are young often must learn business skills as they go along, usually learning the price of ignorance by being ripped off down the line — but this is a necessary evil!


For those of us on the ground level, having a plan can mean the difference between being able to make a living as a musician.


Over the next few weeks, The Entertainment Engine will provide some suggestions on how to make a business plan as a musician over a 3-part episode.


But the most important suggestion: take it one step at a time! This kind of work can be really overwhelming for creatives. So, let’s take a look and prepare a killer business plan


To learn more click on the link below;


Podcast

Medium



By Pete Moore

Pic: Music supervisor Laura Hanke

In conversation with Laura Hanke Music supervisor & Repertoire Assistant at Universal Production Music…

29 October 2020

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome Laura Hanke Music Supervisor & Repertoire Assistant at Universal Production Music.


We take a look at her role as a music supervisor and why she decided to work in the music industry and for that matter for one of the biggest record companies in the World.


"From a classical songbird and Vocal Teacher to Electronic Pop Producer and now 3 years' experience as a Music Supervisor, Laura believes hidden gems are underrated."


Laura is certainly looking forward to what is to come for the future! She studied at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and received a Name Bachelor's degree from her studies 2014–2017. 


Which gained her a Grade First Honours & Best Overall Student award.


Laura started out as a junior marketing executive for Focus and became a brand ambassador for Rythem, her career then lead her onto the journey towards Music Supervision and working for Universal Production Music, which took some time to gain her ideal job role with persistence, drive and lots and lots of patience!


Laura is now part of the world's leading Production Music catalogue, and working across a broad variety of briefs which is extremely rewarding and exciting, not knowing what is around the corner as each day is totally different.


Then within a short time being promoted from her junior music supervisor position, this has proven her growth and determination within the industry, she has recently worked on a campaign for "Mcdonalds" the fast-food company.


Laura is in good company as The Universal Production Music team are behind the soundtracks to some of the UK's biggest productions.


Some of the current work which has been achieved by the Universal Production Music team include;



Quakers

Forget how d'ya like your eggs in the morning, this cool Quaker Oats ad finds out how we like our oats. 


Nespresso

George Clooney returns as the face of Nespresso; this time joined by Game of Throne's Natalie Dormer.


Nike Street

Check out this sync from a recent online Nike campaign featuring music from the Global Beats.


Women In Music

We celebrated International Women's Day by releasing our 100% Her album with the help she said.so.


A Remarkable Idea

A Remarkable Idea is an artist-driven initiative with a defined emphasis on recorded music.


King of Thieves

A star-studded cast depicts the infamous heist of London's Hatton Garden.



Stan and Ollie | Trailer

Laurel and Hardy - the world's greatest comedy team - face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them.

The Services Universal Production music provides:



It's free


Universal offer a completely free music supervision service. 


The team handles everything from high profile ad campaigns, promos/film trailers, supervising complete TV series to reversing international edits and everything in between.



Fast Searches


In a rush and need to hit that deadline? 


The team pride themselves on getting those last-minute playlists suggestions!


Library Knowledge


"But where can I find 'Japanese sports promo music'?" 


The team know. With over 500,000 tracks to choose from and know every corner of our library.


Experience


With over 15 years of combined experience, the team have worked on projects for the biggest broadcasters and brands. The team are music fanatics and truly understand the connection between music and media.



Universal production music also offers;


Music searches, Bespoke edits, Commissions, Re-versioning




It's an Art:


The team don't just pick music; they work with the client to pick a vibe, a feeling and an emotion that helps you to connect your audience with the message or story you want to tell.


The team's experience and lifelong commitment to music allow to really understand the needs of Directors, Editors and Script Writers


The team live out our own reaction and emotional connection to music in every brief we do and strive to find the right music to complement and enhance each individual project.

About Universal:


Universal produce over 45 albums released each month, the Universal Production Music catalogue covers all genres, moods, emotions and project types and is created by an ever-expanding roster of hugely talented artists and composers around the globe; along side in-house creative teams dedicated to diversity, quality and authenticity.


Universal produces imaginative music, record in the top studios around the world and forms creative partnerships that add depth and individuality to the catalogue, each with its own unique style and heritage. 


From Universal own world-renowned in-house labels through to partnership labels and a large offering of themed playlists, they are dedicated to helping their clients create emotional and memorable audiovisual experiences no matter what type of production they are working on.



Universal history:


The Universal Production Music heritage has evolved over decades into a diverse and comprehensive collection of labels. 


With offices in over 20 countries and an international network of sub-publishers, the companies reach and service levels are truly global.


The Universal Music Group (also known in the United States as UMG Recordings, Inc. and abbreviated as UMG) is an American global music corporation that is majority-owned by the French media conglomerate Vivendi, with Chinese tech company Tencent owning a minority stake. 


UMG's global corporate headquarters are located in Santa Monica, California. 

The biggest music company in the world, it is one of the "Big Three" record labels, along with Sony Music and Warner Music Group



Ten per cent of Universal Music Group was acquired by Tencent in March 2020 for US$3 billion.



In 2019, Fast Company named Universal Music Group the most innovative music company and listed UMG among the Top 50 most innovative companies in the world and "amid the music industry's digital transformation, Universal is redefining what a modern label should look like."




 UMG has signed licensing agreements with more than 400 platforms worldwide.




Early history:


The company's origins go back to the formation of the American branch of Decca Records in September 1934. The Decca Record Co. Ltd. of England spun American Decca off in 1939.


MCA Inc. merged with American Decca in 1962.



In November 1990, Japanese multinational conglomerate Matsushita Electric agreed to acquire MCA for $6.59 billion. In 1995, Seagram acquired 80 per cent of MCA from Matsushita.


 On December 9, 1996, the company was renamed Universal Studios, Inc., and its music division was renamed Universal Music Group; MCA Records continued as a label within the Universal Music Group. 


In May 1998, Seagram purchased PolyGram and merged it with Universal Music Group in early 1999.




2018–present:


In June 2018, Universal Music Japan announced an exclusive license agreement with Disney Music Group.


With the addition of Japan, UMG distributes releases from Disney Music Group globally.


In July, The Rolling Stones signed a worldwide agreement with UMG covering the band's recorded music and audio-visual catalogues, archival support, global merchandising and brand management.


That same month, Vivendi announced it would explore selling as much as half of Universal Music Group to one or more investors.


In Nielsen's 2018 US Music Mid-Year report, UMG made history with eight of the Top 10 artists, including all of the top five, as well as all of the top eight artists ranked by on-demand audio streams.


In August 2018, UMG announced a strategic expansion in Africa, opening an office in Abidjan to oversee French-speaking Africa, and also unveiling a Universal Music Nigeria office in Lagos to focus on signing local artists and taking them global.


In September 2018, singer Elton John signed a global partnership agreement with UMG across recorded music, music publishing, brand management, and licensing rights.


With such a rich and colourful history, Universal music group is certainly working hard to provide a "stable" for staff and artists. 


The opportunity for Laura across the Universal group of companies is substantial, with her younger years and gaining valuable experience under the Universal banner, the career path looks really promising and who knows one day she could be the; MD or Chairman for the company, or just maybe she may just set up her own record or publishing company - you never know what the future holds!


But the future is bright for this young girl, she is working hard to build her career and experience in an ever-changing landscape called the "music business" life isn't paved with gold but with drive, perseverance, determination and a slice of luck you never know what can be achieved…



By Peter Moore

Pic: Tony Mchale 

Writer, Director & Producer

In conversation with the BAFTA-winning; Writer, Producer & Director -Tony McHale...

22 October 2020

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome the UK writer, producer, and Actor - Tony Mchale to the show. Tony Mchale's work is known to virtually everyone. 


He has spent over 40 years as a screenwriter, working on some of the most well-known UK dramas, many that still appear on our screens today including; 


EastEnders, Holby City, which he co-created and for which he also won a BAFTA, The Bill, Casualty, Silent Witness, Trial and Retribution, Dalziel and Pascoe, Waking the Dead, and many more, as well as his own thrillers Resort To Murder and Headless. 


Tony's career started in theatre and recently he has returned to that world to direct various plays and musicals including his own satirical look at fame - Bloodbath The Musical and more recently All Or Nothing which transferred to the West End.


However Tony was not satisfied with all his wonderful achievements, his years of experience both writing and in life kept on pushing him towards writing his own book - so that is what he's done. 


He's used his imaginative story-telling to create a captivating novel that can only be described as a 'page-turner'. 


And he has not just written one book there are more to come. His extensive writing career and diverse life, coupled with his unique understanding of how to keep a reader wanting more, is a winning combination.



Check out the full episode below with the conversation with Tony McHale;

Tony McHale (born Anthony John Wright in Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire) is a British actor, writer, director, and producer, who is known for starring in Coronation Street and also known as a "stooge" to Jeremy Beadle on Game For A Laugh and later Beadle's About


He trained at the Rose Bruford College. 


He also enjoyed a long stint as a writer/story consultant/director on the top-rated BBC1 soap opera EastEnders from its conception to the mid-1990s. 


He co-created BBC medical drama Holby City and served as its executive producer and showrunner from 2007 to 2010. Tony also served as a core writer on numerous other TV dramas.




Early life


Tony was born Anthony John Wright in Wibsey a suburb of Bradford in West Yorkshire. His father Gordon Wright was a police officer and road safety specialist who was awarded an MBE for his work. 


His mother Madeline Wright was a school teacher. He attended Buttershaw St Pauls Church Primary School where he passed his eleven plus and went on to Hanson Grammar School.




Early career


On leaving Rose Bruford's in 1972, McHale's first professional acting job was on a TV commercial for Guinness.


He then joined the Q20 Theatre Company that was based in his home town of Bradford. 


Primarily a children's theatre company that toured and performed in schools (he actually performed at his old primary school Buttershaw St Paul's where his mother was still a teacher), the company also did adult plays that they toured around Yorkshire. 


Whilst working for Q20 he landed a minor role in the cult film That'll Be The Day which was filmed on the Isle of Wight. 


There was never any serious thought at this time of becoming a writer, but McHale did both write and direct various productions for the Q20 company.

In the late 70s and early 80s, McHale acted in literally dozens of television commercials for such brands as;


 Argos, Tesco, British Airways, Fray Bentos, Midland Bank, McVities, Worthington 'E', Tetley's beer, Valspar paints, Ford cars as well as more Guinness commercials. 


He also worked on numerous corporate films as well as directing at various drama schools.


In 1982 he was asked to appear in a hidden camera sketch for the very popular Saturday night show Game For A Laugh


He worked on a number of hidden camera stunts before the show morphed into Beadles About in 1986


He continued to work on that show until its end in 1996. In the late 80s, McHale made weekly appearances on the satellite magazine programme Sky By Day, mainly as their DIY expert (he freely admits he knows nothing about DIY) and occasional presenter alongside Jenny Hanley and Tony Blackburn.



Writing and TV career


In the 70s McHale started writing TV dramas on spec. In 1978 he was commissioned by the BBC to write an original three-part thriller - Dog In The Dark. 


Like so many commissioned scripts this was never produced, but it enabled him to get an introduction to the Cecily Ware Literary Agents, who are still his agents today.


Various other TV dramas were developed, but none with any great success. Then because of something he heard on Capital Radio's late-night phone-in show, Anna And The Doc, he decided to write a radio play, again on spec, called Get It Off Your Chest. 


This was immediately commissioned by the BBC for Radio 4's Afternoon Play and was the start of a number of other radio plays throughout the earlier 80s - No Get Out Clause, Son From Soho and Still Life.


It was these plays that brought his writing to the attention of Julia Smith and Tony Holland who were in the process of developing a long term drama (i.e. a soap) for the BBC. 


When McHale was first introduced to the project, mid-1984, it was called East 8 and no cast was attached. 


McHale became a regular writer on the show that was eventually transmitted in February 1985 with the title - EastEnders. 


During his time with EastEnders, he went on to the storyline, story consult and also direct the programme as well as being the first writer to write 100 episodes.


In 1994 he was commissioned to write an eight-part thriller originally entitled Brighton Boy


During the course of the production, McHale took over as director and the serial was transmitted the following year under the title Resort To Murder winning an award at the Cologne Film Festival


He then went on to write on a number of films for both ITV and the BBC ;-


Silent Witness (An Academic Exercise, The World Cruise, The Fall Out, Closed Ranks, Running On Empty, Ghosts, Hippocratic Oath) Waking The Dead, Dalziel And Pascoe, Second Sight, Trial And Retribution, also Murphy's Law starring James Nesbitt and the six-part spin-off from The Bill Beech Is Back.




Theatre and Novels


Although his original aim was the theatre, his theatre credits are nowhere as plentiful as his screen credits. His radio play Still Life was adapted for the theatre in 1988 and enjoyed a short run at Hampstead


For his next theatre venture wasn't until 2007 when he directed his own musical Bloodbath The Musical. 


This rock musical with music by David Young and Jules Maguire had featured in a totally different form in the TV show Headless. The show went onto have a run at the Edinburgh Fringe


Since the McHale directed All Or Nothing, a musical by Carol Harrison about the 60s mod band The Small Faces. The show toured successfully before having a short run in the West End.



McHale has finished his first novel, a thriller entitled - Beck le Street;


"When the law of the land fails to deliver justice, justice can become brutal and … fatal. Sixteen years ago after an argument with his father, sixteen-year-old Charlie Ashton left Beck le Street, vowing never to return. 


Now sixteen years later he is reluctantly drawn back into this incestuous community when his estranged father is charged with the murder of his mother. 


Charlie's need to catch the killer destroys the thin veneer of 21st Century normality that masquerades as village life, revealing the raw violence that lurks just beneath the surface. 



Does he run, fight or join them? 


Whatever - he learns there are vigilantes and then there is Beck le Street.





Moving forward whats next?


Over the last decade, Tony has been involved in the development and production of dramas in India, Dubai, New Zealand and South Africa, whilst still developing ideas for British TV


He has also lectured at many institutions on TV writing, directing and producing. 

Tony is working on a second novel as we speak so, I'm looking forward to reading his next novel.


It was a real pleasure to speak with Tony and he still has the energy and enthusiasm after many years of continuing along the entertainment path, there is something to be said for good energy and that was certainly the basis of our conversation on The Entertainment Engine podcast this week!




By Pete Moore

Music Marketing Strategies & Tips for Artists & Bands!

15 October 2020

This week we take a look at marketing ideas for bands and artists. 


Once you have decided that you’re getting serious about your music career, you know that you have to start putting in serious effort to come up with effective band marketing and artist PR ideas, right!


But if you haven’t gotten much farther than “making a Facebook page,” don’t worry — we’ve got some essential marketing strategies and tips for you.


Promoting a band or artist in this day and age is a very tricky business these days. Tools and tricks that worked wonders a few years ago don’t work nearly as well today. In case you haven’t noticed, the music industry has undergone a complete transformation in the span of just a couple of years.


Where listeners used to rely on full-length albums for their music, they’re now running to playlists. This means that to get the most out of promoting your band and artist, you’ll have to approach things a lot differently.


How do bands and artists market themselves in the music industry today?


1. Know your brand


Before you can market and artist or band, you need to have your brand in place.


  • What’s unique about your act? 
  • Which aspects of your story are the most compelling that really set you apart from every other band out there? 
  • How will you present yourself consistently — from your onstage look to your social media to your logo and merch and photos?


Once you’ve honed your brand, the specifics of your band and artist marketing strategies and fan communication will flow from that point.


To learn more about marketing artists and bands, check out the links below to listen to the latest podcast episode and blog post's on Medium and Get Pocket...




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By Pete Moore

Pic: US Rapper & Actor - Ozie (AKA) ZMNY

In conversation with US Rapper and Actor ZMNY (AKA Ozie Nzeribe) - He's taking Hollywood by storm!

8 October 2020

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome the US Rapper and Actor — Ozie “ZMNY” Nzeribe on the show.


He's taking Hollywood by storm with his latest roles, in the TV series "Shameless" -  starring William H Macy and "Little Fires Everywhere" -  starring Reese Witherspoon & Kerry Washington...


Ozie is the one the newest fresh-faced artists hitting the scene and is dominating the scene as a "World Peace Youth Ambassador" bringing new energetic sounds to music all over the World! 


Ozie "ZMNY " Nzerbie hails from Monrovia CA USA. 


Zmny,  exudes the creativity and talents expressed at such a young age. He began his career, when he recorded his first song at Old Firehouse Recording Studio in Pasadena CA, this is where he has truly started to showcase his talents. 


His first single "Hater Free" ft Ray J Norwood was just an introduction to his confident and clever rap style. They shot the video for "Hater Free" and with the high production value, creativity and youthful energy displayed, was a big door opener for Zmny. 


With his continued growing fan base and skill set growing daily, he shows his numerous fans, he is around to stay. 


His fan base extends from Africa to the USA and beyond, and is growing by the day!


Zmny's released his songs on his own independent record label entitled "Zmny Records", which features his EP and many singles.


Zmny is the captain of his own ship paving the way forward for a very fruitful career. His music is distributed to radio outlets and DJ's across the country with feedback that has been very positive. His "Promise" video has set a new bar. 


Zmny prides himself on growing higher, which helps take his career to the next dimension. 


His influences range from Jay Z, Kanye to Snoop, which gives him some big shoes to follow, that's for sure, taking this game by storm in a short amount of time and not only is he a musician, but he is also a budding actor.


You will be able to see Ozie staring in the recurring role of "Todd" in the Comedy-drama series Showtime -"Shameless" going into its 11th successful season, and boy it's a great show really very funny.


Also starring alongside "Reese Witherspoon" and "Kerry Washington's" in ABC TV mini-series "Little Fires Everywhere" welcomed Ozie on the show this past September as a Guest star "2 Pac Shirt".


He is also staring as "Royale" a series regular with the highly anticipated Apple TV/CBS production of "Swagger" Produced by NBA star - Kevin Durant.


And That's not all, Zmny is also "slated" to be in further productions, one of which is staring alongside - the Hollywood "A" Liste - "Jamie Foxx" new Netflix series entitled “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me", this is really EXCITING!


Check out the link below to learn more about ZMNY’s story and up and coming projects…


One of the other projects ZMNY is involved with is  - "The Legend of Johnny Jones" starring as "Andre" starring  - "Kevin Sorbo", "Danny Trejo" and "Clifton Powell"


Ozzie has also appeared in a National Adidas commercial with Childish Gambino and Louis Vuitton's spring campaign.


And that's not all just recently, Zmny was privileged to collaborate with Olamide one of the biggest celebrity musicians in Nigeria, with the songs "MuMu Button - Carbon Copy" and the latest release ZMNY X OLAMIDE - STREET TREASURE ZMNY X OLAMIDE - STREET TREASURE produced by Pheelz, which is making big waves all over the country.

Pic: US Rapper & Actor Ozie (AKA) ZMNY

From all this activity over the past years, Zmny is now on numerous prospective executives radars and is being sought out as the next big talent.


Zmny has been recognised at many awards shows from the — Billboard Music Awards to the Grammy Recording Academy Governance plus the Teen Choice Awards and many more.


As he continues to grow and embraces other sounds and creative energy to keep evolving to new heights.


When he's not working, he loves to kick back by watching movies, hanging out with his friends, and hitting up amusement parks


Zmny is a high schooler, a Humanitarian and is a "World Peace Youth Ambassador" which is supports against violence, racism, tribalism, suicide, and human trafficking.


Stay tuned to see him on your television and big screen very soon. As he continues to be prepared for all opportunities! As we all say, opportunity meets preparation, that's true enough.


Zmny is here to stay and is a true talent to watch over the coming years.


Get to know ZMNY as he talks about how he discovered his passion for music and what's up next for him only on The Entertainment Engine podcast, it's going to be an exciting ride as we support this young man on his journey!



By Pete Moore

Pic: Hollywood Film Producer Ken Atchity

In Conversation with Hollywood Film producer, Author, Literary Agent & Screenwriter Ken Atchity.

1 Oct 2020

This week on the Entertainment Engine podcast we are in conversation with Hollywood author and scriptwriter Ken Atchity.


Ken was born January 16, 1944, in Eunice, Louisiana, son of Fred J. and Myrza (née Aguillard) Atchity; he grew up between Louisiana and Kansas City, Missouri.


His son, Vincent Atchity, graduated from Georgetown College (Ph.D., USC) and his daughter, Rosemary Atchity, from Columbia University, (RN, MSN, FNP-c; Contra Costa College ).


Atchity is married to documentary filmmaker and former NHK producer Kayoko Mitsumatsu, founder of the non-profit organization Yoga Gives Back for which he serves on the board of directors. He resides in Los Angeles, California, and New York City.



Looking at Atchity academic career.


After receiving a Jesuit education from Rockhurst High School and Georgetown University, where he received an Ignatian Scholarship to study Greek and Latin classics.


Atchity then received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to Yale and received his MPhil in Theatre History and his PhD. Comparative Literature from Yale. 


His dissertation, Homer's Iliad: The Shield of Memory, was awarded the John Addison Porter Prize. 


He went on to become a professor of literature and classics at Occidental College, where he served as the chairman of the comparative literature department, a distinguished instructor at UCLA's Writers Program, and as Fulbright Professor of American studies to the University of Bologna. 


During his teaching career, he was a frequent columnist for The Los Angeles Times Book Review. With Marsha Kinder, he founded and edited Dreamworks. An Inter-disciplinary Quarterly. 


Its advisory board included John Cage, William Dement, Ann Faraday, John Fowles, J. Allan Hobson, John Hollander, Ursula Le Guin, W.S. Merwin, Denise Levertov and Robert L. Van de Castle.  


Atchity resigned his tenured professorship at Occidental in 1987 to devote full-time to entertainment and publishing.

Atchity Entertainment career.


In 1976, Atchity founded L/A House, Inc., a consulting, translation, book, television, and film development and production company whose clients included the Getty Museum and the US Postal Service. 


L/A House began by extending Atchity's teaching of creative writing to manuscript consultation and soon moved on to publishing with the production of Follies, a magazine covering creativity, and CQ: 


Contemporary Quarterly; Poetry and Art of which he was the editor. In the 1980s L/A House moved into television, with a syndicated television pilot of BreakThrough! of which Atchity was executive producer and co-writer.


In 1985, L/A House began development of a set of video/TV romance film projects entitled Shades of Love, which became 16 full-length films, produced in 1986–87 with Atchity as executive producer, that aired throughout the world, distributed by Lorimar, Astral-Bellevue-Pathe, Manson International, and Warner Brothers International, nominated for Canada's Gemini Award; in the U.S. they premiered on Cinemax-HBO.


In 1989 he sold L/A House and founded AEI (Atchity Editorial/Entertainment International), a literary management and motion picture production company. 


Hollywood film producer Ken AtchityAtchity sold Steve Alten's Meg to Bantam-Doubleday at auction in a $2.2M deal; and then to Disney, partnered with Zide-Perry, for $1.2 M(later, to Newline Pictures for a similar price)


In 2011 Atchity was nominated for an Emmy for producing The Kennedy Detail (Discovery) based on their clients' Jerry Blaine and Lisa McCubbin's New York Times bestselling book by the same title published by Gallery/Simon & Schuster in 2010.

 

AEI's films include Joe Somebody (Tim Allen, Julie Bowen), Life Or Something Like It (Angelina Jolie, Edward Burns), and The MEG (Jason Statham).

With more than fifty years' experience in the publishing world and over thirty years in entertainment, Dr Ken Atchity (PhD Yale) has been called a "story merchant" - writer, professor, editor, producer, and literary manager. 


He's made over 200 film or television deals - with every broadcaster and every studio in Hollywood, and plenty of independent film companies as well.


​Atchity has more than thirty films which include; The Meg (Jason Statham), The Lost Valentine (Betty White), Angels in the Snow (Kristy Swanson), The Madams Family (Ellen Burstyn), Hysteria (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and Life or Something Like It (Angelina Jolie).


​He's published over twenty books of his own, including six for writers at every stage of their careers.


​Before he left his tenured position at Occidental College to pursue his lifelong mission to bring writers to succeed in the story marketplace, he was Fulbright professor to the University of Bologna, Italy, Distinguished Instructor of scripts and novels at UCLA Writers Program, and regular columnist for The Los Angeles Times Book ReviewHe's a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.




The Messiah Matrix.


In 2012, Atchity published his completion of William Diehl's Seven Ways to Die and his first solo novel, The Messiah Matrix.


The novel centres on a fictional marine archaeological find of a rare Herodian coin honouring Augustus.


A romantic interest develops between the American archaeologist who has discovered the coin, and a young Jesuit priest intrigued by its implications. 


Hollywood Film Producer Ken Atchity & his wife Kayoko MitsumatsuA powerful faction of the Jesuits has been preparing to announce that the fictional character Jesus of Nazareth was inspired by the life of Caesar Augustus, and the coin is crucial evidence for their claim. 


Regarding the premise of his novel, Atchity said that it is based on actual historical facts linking Jesus and Augustus.


Ken has the energy and enthusiasm still after all these years and has several new projects at various stages including; Staring John Dillinger, The Seeding, Firefly, Rikki Tikki Tavi and the MEG 2 so a lot to look forward to over the months and years to come. 


If you have a story then sit down, get a pen and paper and let's begin. I look forward to catching up with Ken very soon.



By Peter Moore

Pic: Jesse Kinch

Jesse Kinch US singer-songwriter in conversation winning ABC's Rising star competition, signing to Capitol Records, and with new music on the horizon!

17 Sept 2020

This week's guest on The Entertainment Engine podcast, we speak with Jesse Kinch is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. 


He was the first and only winner of the American series of Rising Star international franchise based on the Israeli series HaKokhav HaBa. The American series was broadcast on ABC


The show was hosted by Josh Groban and the panel of judges were Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris



In the beginning.


Kinch, a Seaford, Long Island native picked up a guitar when he was 6, after discovering an old, beat-up acoustic in his parent's basement. 


They began to notice a mature sense of rhythm and pitch, convincing them to buy Jesse his first electric and soon introduced him to the great rock 'n' roll bands of the 1960s, 70s and the 90s grunge scene which he quickly embraced. 


These influences became an essential part of his musical foundation and sound. 

In some of Jesse's interviews, he recalls that even before he picked up a guitar and embraced the sound of classic rock, he was heavily exposed to operatic pop singers such as Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli


He considers the pure sound and beauty of those singers a major influence on him to this day.  At age 7, he began performing in clubs on Long Island and attracted attention from a local newspaper that called him "The Boy Wonder" in reaction to his precocious musical ability. 


At age 8 he was featured as a news item on TV News Channel 12, Long Island where he played a medley of classic rock 'n' roll songs. Jesse continued to play the guitar at local clubs through age 9 and at 10, he was invited to the Sam Ash Guitar Competition where he finished third amongst seasoned pros.


At age 11, Jesse found his voice and began to sing. 


He soon started performing around New York City where people would take notice to his strength and conviction filled rock 'n' roll voice. 


Throughout ages 12 and 13, he also became interested in writing his own songs which regularly became part of his set during shows.

In 2009, Jesse was chosen to portray the lead role of a young Eddie Money in the musical Two Tickets to Paradise after Money took notice to his energetic rock 'n' roll performance as his opening act in June 2008.


Money originally mistook Jesse for being in his early 20s at the time but soon realized he was only 14. Although Money wanted an adult to portray his life in the musical, he felt Jesse was the only one that captured the look, sound and spirit of his younger self. 


After months of rehearsals, the show opened in June of that year at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Centre where Jesse sang 14 songs a night with no understudy.



Rising Star.


In 2014, Kinch auditioned on the premiere episode of the US Rising Star show broadcast live on June 22 that year on ABC singing "I Put a Spell on You" by Screaming Jay Hawkins getting 92% of votes including 7% from each of all three panellists and a standing ovation. 


During the "duels" round on July 16 against Will Roth, he sang "Whipping Post" from The Allman Brothers Band prevailing over Roth with a 90% score (89% on West Coast vote). 


On "The Round of Thirteen" stage on August 3, he again excelled with "Seven Nation Army" from The White Stripes garnering 88% (87% on the West Coast) ending with best score percentage of all thirteen contestants with Austin French a close second.


In the quarterfinals on August 10 with Top 8 remaining, he performed "Money (That's What I Want)" getting 88% on both coasts with Austin French getting 89% (but 86% on the West Coast).


In the semi-finals (Top 6) where he sang "Billie Jean" from Michael Jackson, he yet again finished first among all semi-finalist with a vote 83% on both coasts and all three panellists voting "yes".


On the final broadcast on August 24, 2014, with Top 4 remaining he performed "Fortunate Son" from Creedence Clearwater Revival eliminating rival Dana Williams (87% to 30%) whereas another finalist Austin French eliminated rival Audrey Kate Geiger with a closer margin 70% to 49%.


In the second and final round of the final the same day, he faced Austin French singing "Love, Reign o'er Me" from The Who, whereas French sang "Bless the Broken Road" from Rascal Flatts


Kinch clinched the title with a public vote of 76% against French's 61%. Due to the large gap between percentages, the officials changed the scores to make it appear closer. 


This was a common theme throughout the competition!




The post Rising Star.


Jesse received a recording contract with Capitol Records as a result of winning the show, but shortly parted ways due to creative differences.


After parting ways with Capitol, he began performing sold-out shows in New York and Nashville in front of larger audiences all from the exposure he received after performing on national TV.


In May 2015, Jesse performed two songs on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" and shortly after that, he met Kerry Gordy (Industry executive and son of Berry Gordy) and Al Bell (Former head of Stax Records) who helped introduce him to Curb Records.


In early 2016, Jesse signed a record deal with Curb Records and quickly went into the studio that summer to record his long-awaited debut albumHis album was recorded at Cove City Sound and Tiki Recording studios on Long Island.



2018 Jesse Kinch - Debut Album Release.


On March 16, 2018, Jesse announced the release of two music video releases of his original song "Preaching Like The Pope" and his cover of Michael Jacksons "Billie Jean". 


The songs continue to garner popularity and attention on Rock radio all around the country. 


In April, Jesse and his band embarked on a short New York tour to promote the release of his debut album "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" on vinyl. 


The tour was followed by a number of performances in "Los Angeles", CA and "Nashville", "Tennessee". In June, his album was officially released on all platforms.



On October 26th 2018, Jesse released a cover of "John Lennon"'s Happy X-Mas(War Is Over).



Throughout the next year of 2019, Jesse and his band performed in many different states around the country including "North Carolina", "Colorado", and "Missouri", and eventually made his debut overseas performance in "Manchester", "England" at the Blackthorn Music Festival. 


His debut album even managed to crack two top ten charts in the U.K. At the end of 2019, Jesse's contract with Curb Records ended and he officially parted ways with them after 3 years of working together.



What's next for Jesse?


At the beginning of the year, Jesse announced new tour dates in a number of different states and has also dropped hints about new music with an EP or album over the coming months, watch this space it's going to be great!



By Pete Moore

Live band on stage

Independent label vs The Major labels. The Pros and Cons!

11 September 2020

When it comes to getting a record deal, finding the right fit and structure with a label is crucial — but is an indie or a major record company a better overall fit for you?

Firstly, you will need to know the difference’s between a major and independent record label.


The common perception of a “record label” is one of the major record labels, located in London, Los Angeles or New York, which signs all of the major artists and bands.


These major record labels, including Sony, Warner, EMI, Capitol and Universal Records, are major corporations with hundreds of millions of dollars behind them to support projects they choose too.


This allows them to fully fund the biggest artists out there. In the eyes of emerging artists, a record deal with a major label was always the big prize to go after.


Bright lights and big city — sound familiar!


However, the major music industry is on life-support (or dead men walking) with the introduction of online social networks (Facebook, Twitter etc) and digital music retail stores such as iTunes & Amazon.


The fact that major releases are often leaked to the internet weeks before their release day.


Enter the Indie (short for Independent) record label.

What Makes a Record Label ‘Indie’?


Any music recording label that operates without the funding of the organizations of the major music labels is considered an indie (independent record label).


While major labels are global and operate their own publishing and distribution companies, indie labels work with other smaller companies, either in long-term partnerships or in smaller contractual relationships for their distribution and publishing needs.



The Indie Niche!


While indie labels can’t offer the kind of funding for artists that the major labels can, because of the benefits, indie label contracts are fast becoming a new goal for many artists — and a more realistic goal at that to be honest.


Indie labels offer many benefits that the Big labels can’t. Because of all the upsides (and the fast trend toward social media and all digital platforms), indie labels have created a true niche for themselves in today's music industry climate.



The Pros of Working With an Indie Label


Indie labels generally have the freedom to work with whomever they like.

There’s no pressure like you’d find at major labels to sacrifice your tastes in favour of seeking chart success.


When you are signed to an indie label, in almost every instance it’s because the label is a huge fan of your music; that translates into dedication because they believe in what you’re doing as an artist and band.



Close Working Relationships


Because indie labels have smaller staffs and tighter rosters, musicians can more easily develop a close relationship with the people working on their record.

Although it’s not always the case that artists can pick up the phone and get an immediate answer, the odds of closer communication are greater than they are with a major label.



Artist-Friendly Deals


Some larger indie labels have relatively complex contracts, but smaller indies often do business on little more than a handshake and a profit split agreement.


You seldom find indie labels demanding any measure of creative control over their artists, and most indies don’t lock their artists into long-term, multi-album contract deals.



The Cons of Working With an Indie Label


Indie labels are not without their drawbacks.

Consider the following before you decide who you want to sign with.



Money!


While money is the top reason to sign with a major label, it definitely tops the list of negatives for indies.


While some indie labels are sitting pretty financially, most small operations are just trying to stay afloat.


They usually don’t have the finances to fund an all-out media blitz like the major labels, and they often have to get creative with promotion and PR ideas to stay ahead of the game.


They also can’t afford big advances, fancy packaging, large recording budgets, tour support, and other perks a major label has the funds to offer you. With indie labels, you’ll usually have to remain financially invested in your own music career.



Size


Although the intimate size of indie labels has its upside in terms of closer and more accessible relationships, there is also a downside to being small.

Indies don’t have the purchasing power of major labels, and with a small roster, they have fewer strings to pull with the media. 


Also, the smaller the label, the less influence, and power within the music industry and the press.

The Pros and Cons of signing to a major label!



Pros


  • Larger promotional budgets
  • More connections
  • More clout and influence
  • Can do business in bulk


Cons


  • Resources spread among many acts
  • Staff turnover
  • Limited personal attention
  • Limited negotiating leverage



Many dedicated music lovers work on the major label side of the music industry.

However, you will find not everyone who works at a major label loves music.


You’ll find a higher concentration of people who are in the business strictly for the money in major labels than you will at indie labels, and that sometimes ends up rubbing musicians up the wrong way.


There are good and bad points to sign with a major of an independent record label, and if you find your self in this situation.


Then look at the best way forward and seek advice from your professional team music industry attorney and account to help you navigate, so you are able to make an informed decision as an artist/band.



By Peter Moore

Pic: Charlotte Armitage

In Conversation with Charlotte Armitage Media & Business Psychologist and Founder of (YAFTA) - Yorkshire Academy of Film and Television Acting.

3 September 2020

This week's guest on The Entertainment Engine podcast, we speak with Charlotte Armitage Business Psychologist & Founder of (YAFTA) - Yorkshire Academy of Film and Television Acting based in Leeds.


It was great to catch up with Charlotte earlier this week and learn more about her background and working life as an; 


Agent, Business psychologist and Founder of YAFTA!


Charlotte is The Media Psychologist, specialising in the Film & TV Industry, particularly, the psychological duty of care processes in production. 


She is a registered psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), an accredited business psychologist holding principal practitioner status with the Association of Business Psychologists (PPABP) and is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.


With practices on Harley Street, London and Kirkstall Road, Leeds, Charlotte works with clients in both the North and South of the country. 


Charlotte also works on-set in the UK and internationally where required.

Charlotte is also a member of the Media Ethics Advisory Group for the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is involved in developing policy and regulation for those in the Media. 


She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commence in 2019 for her widespread contribution to the Film & TV industry.


In addition to this, Charlotte is the Managing Director of the Yorkshire Academy of Film & Television Acting (YAFTA) and YAFTA Talent Agency and has over ten years of experience in the industry.

"For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with the human mind and the psychology behind our beliefs and behaviours".


"My experience working as a businesswoman, owner of a film & TV educational establishment (YAFTA), agent and psychologist, place me in a unique position to understand the implications of working in the film & TV industry, and I use this viewpoint to bring originality and depth of understanding to my work as a duty of care psychologist".

In 2020, Charlotte launched Outsourced Psych LTD which is a psychological health care provider for organisations. 


The company ensures that registered and qualified psychologists and psychotherapists deliver psychological care for employees, thus facilitating legal and ethical compliance with health & safety legislation within the organisational structure and beyond.


Bringing together her expertise in business, psychology and the Film & TV industry, Charlotte is also a columnist for the Yorkshire Post, MANDY, Women in Trade and Topic UK and regularly provides commentary and contributions for press, radio and TV for;


CNN, Virgin Media, The BBC, The Sun, The Independent, The Telegraph plus much more!


Charlotte is also a resident expert for BBC Radio where she regularly contributes to pieces on a wide variety of psychological topics including mental health, mental health in the workplace, the acting industry and disability representation in the media.


Charlotte is a resident psychologist on BBC Radio, you can hear her on BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Radio York on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Promoting diversity on screen.


In 2016, Charlotte was delighted to find that the YAFTA syllabus had been shortlisted, along with the NHS and IBM, for an 'Excellence in Candidate Assessment' award in the Association of Business Psychologists awards.

Shortly after YAFTA was incorporated in 2013, YAFTA Talent Agency was developed to help students break into the industry when they were ready to start gaining work. 


YAFTA students have secured roles in mainstream film & TV productions.

In 2014, the whole team were very proud that YAFTA Actor, Liam Bairstow, became the first actor with down syndrome to secure a lead role in Coronation Street


Then in 2019, another YAFTA actor, James Moore, made television history by becoming the first actor with a disability to win a National Television Award for his role as Ryan Stocks in Emmerdale.


YAFTA continues to champion actors from under-represented groups including running courses for actors with disabilities and holding the inaugural Disability in the Media event with BBC Radio Leeds in July 2019. 


Charlotte was honoured to be awarded the 2019 Institute of Directors, Director of Inclusivity Award for Yorkshire and the North East.


It was great to speak with Charlotte and learn more about her world, which has been a very fascinating and diverse conversation. 



By Peter Moore

Pic courtesy of: 

Matthew  Kalapuch  -  Rock Concert 

A Note on Band and Artists Agreements!

31 August 2020

The first thing which comes to mind when starting a band is playing music together with your mates and having a good time. This is all well and good and necessary to form chemistry with band members


However, what bands fail to consider in the early stages is creating a Band Agreement.


A Band Agreement might single-handedly be the most important document a band could do in their lifetime. This document could save thousands if handled correctly should a dispute arise. 


During the lifetime of a band, there will likely be a dispute, as no band is perfect and we are all human. It is also crucial to note that this agreement is cheaper than most equipment needed to perform, and is worth paying for.


This document would detail how income is distributed. This is essential as it will decide the share of revenue each band member will obtain, be it equally distributed or weighted to the artists who write the songs. 


Also, this document delves into the areas of how much revenue each member should have from Touring, Record Sales, Merchandise Sales and publishing. 


As well as this, it includes provisions of distribution when members aren’t available for tours or recording. This is done to reduce the risk of unnecessary disputes and reduce the risk of a court case.


Ownership is another key issue that has faced many bands, the issue is here is ownership distribution. Be it equipment, compositions, recordings or the band name


These can all be issues if ownership is not distributed at the start. One of the major issues is who owns the logo. Cases have arisen in the past with high profile bands such as Guns and Roses, regarding ownership of a logo and what happens on the event of a member leaving the band.


Also, this document will detail what will occur when a member leaves, or on the event of the band breaking up and also how decisions are made, either by a unanimous decision or a majority vote.


The reason this is so important is to reduce the risk which may arise later on in the career of the band, as a band is a company at the end of the day. 


So there should be a document detailing how the company is run and how the property is divided. So, on the event of a Band member leaving, or the band breaking up or even a dispute between the members there are provisions in place to make sure the band will run smoothly and efficiently.


By Mark Reed

Pic courtesy of: 

 Myke Simon - Movie Night

Movie Print and Advertising (P&A), is this just all Smoke and Mirrors?


28 August 2020

The world of movie financing is complex, to say the least; equity, debt, mezzanine, first in, last out, oh my god it just goes on and on!


It just seems so difficult to finance a movie, in truth people don't really want you to know how anything works in the film financing world — so it’s all about the smoke mirrors game, a place where you can hide movie losses with some creative accounting!


The key elements of Prints and Advertising (P&A) that a distributor must consider at this stage are;



The quantity and production of release prints and movie trailers.


Specialised films will often be released with fewer than 10 prints into key independent cinemas, with these prints subsequently ‘toured’ over a 6-month period to all parts of the United Kingdom.


On the other hand, commercial mainstream films will often open on over 200 prints, simultaneously screening in all major UK towns and cities.



Press materials, clips reels, images, press previews, screener tapes.


For the majority of movie releases, favourable press response is a key factor in developing the profile and desirability of a film. Distributors consider both the quality and breadth of coverage, and this is often inscribed into the nature and scale of a press campaign.



The design and printing of posters and other promotional artwork.


The cinema poster — in the UK this means the standard 30" x 40" ‘quad’ format — is still the cornerstone of theatrical release campaigns. Numerous recent examples indicate that the poster design is highly effective in ‘packaging’ the key attributes of a film for potential audiences.


Distributors will also consider other poster campaigns, ranging from Underground advertising, black cabs, flyers to billboards.



Advertising campaign — locations, advert size and frequency.


Advertising in magazines, national and local newspapers works in tandem with press editorial coverage to raise awareness of a release. Press advertising campaign for specialised films will judiciously select publications and spaces close to relevant editorial for that specific medium.


For mainstream films, scale and high visibility is the key.


The cost of print advertising in the UK is comparatively high and is seen as making the distribution in the UK a riskier business than in most other countries.


In order to extend the reach of advertising and develop more effective communication with audiences at low cost, distributors are looking increasingly to ‘viral marketing’ — different forms of electronic word-of-mouth via the internet, email and mobile phones.


The Press campaign and contracting a PR agency


Many independent distributors, in particular, do not have press departments, and will consequently hire a press agency to run a pre-release campaign.


This is especially the case if the distributor brings over key talent for press interviews to support the movie release.



Arranging visit by talent from the film


The use of talent — usually the director and/or the lead actors — wins significant editorial coverage to support a movie release. The volume of coverage can far outweigh the cost of talent visits.



Other preview screenings.


A distributor will consider the use of advance public screenings to create word-of-mouth and advance ‘buzz’ around a film the P&A applies when a theatrical motion picture is completed or is in the advanced stages of completion.


P&A financing is the key determinant to assuring a picture’s return on investment (ROI) and can run anywhere from 30% to 100% or more of a picture’s total production budget.



The P&A addresses a picture’s theatrical release along with its ancillary and subsidiary releases (e.g., Netflix, VOD, Cable, DVD/Blu-ray,), both domestic and international.



P&A financing is always “last in and first out” on the ROI (return on investment) for the movies waterfall. It's important to carefully monitor the distribution process to ensure that residuals come back to the right parties.


The placement of P&A can sometimes allow a partial repayment to the film’s equity investors. When financing the P&A it typically would expect a 20% coupon and a maximum of 12 months to repay the principal and coupon.


After the P&A recoupment, it's also a good idea to incentivize the producers and the talent residual pool.


The film’s distributor will normally take 8–12% at the placement of the P&A contract, at which time the film is fairly well defined and the talent is in place; with, box office projections are much easier to forecast at such time.

Some P&A financing companies are capped at $30MM. (but this is subject to the individual financer), for that movie or TV project.


The P&A financing agreement typically also caps distributor reimbursable expenses at $300,000.



Minimum Guarantees cannot be paid out of the P&A financing. However, Guild residuals can be honoured as part of P&A financing structure.



You can sometimes split the distribution revenues between the financer and the Production Company and its investors on a 50/50 basis after the financer recoups their investment.


The financing of the P&A then allows the Production Company to “pre-sell” to foreign markets.


The domestic sales are tied to paying back the P&A. We discourage the pre-sale of domestic revenues, as it is a debt that subordinates all the investors and the residual pool.


Pre-sales are practically impossible to obtain without a firm commitment for P&A to be in place.


The financing of a movie is complex, so we are producing a series of podcast episodes and blogs to help demystify this area for independent film creators to move forward and create great movies and TV shows for years to come!



By Peter Moore

Pic: Tracey Webb

A chat with Tracey Webb Owner and Music Executive for Power Promotions…

20 August 2020

This week's guest on The Entertainment Engine podcast, we speak with music executive and company director of Power promotions Tracey Webb based in London.


With over 30 years of experience in the music industry starting from humble beginnings at her first job with CD pool - packing CDs and general office duties.


Tracey soon rose to be one of the shining lights in the "music promotion" side of the industry working with major and independent record companies including;


Atlantic Records, Ministry of Sound, Columbia Records, Black Butter, Positiva plus much more...


Tracey and Power Promotions have also worked with an eclectic mix of artists, over the years  which include;



 Ella Henderson, Faithless, Craig David, Sigma, Becky Hill, David Guetta, Sigala & Jonas Blue plus much, much more.



Tracey experience spans several decades and has the ear’s and knowledge for the right songs, whether it's for a major or independent record label.


And she is not afraid to say NO if the song doesn't quite work for the label or artist!


Power was formed in 1989 and soon became one of the leading dance music promotions companies in the UK.


In the very early days the company was little more than a mailing service sending a handful of records to DJs but as the club music scene exploded during the nineties so did the company.


The Power Group now consists of many specialist units dealing with the many specialist areas of dance music from;



Club Promotion, Pop Promotion, Underground Dance, Breakbeat, R n’ B and Hip Hop, Specialist Radio, seasonal Balearic Island Promotion.



The group also includes the highly successful Videopops Promotions and the superb Power Studios.

Testimonial:


Columbia records — Stacey Tang (Head of Marketing)


“Power are an important extension of the Columbia promotions team — Mark & Tracey’s passion, hard work and 100% commitment to breaking records at club level have helped us deliver many successful dance singles.


Most recently they’ve had a record-breaking run of 8 club chart # 1′s with Calvin Harris.”




The objective of the Power Group is to provide a full range of club music promotion and marketing services to run in conjunction with the client’s marketing and release strategies.


Tracey’s aim is to build relationships, customising their services to the client’s needs to obtain the best results for their record.


Working hand in hand with the client, leading to greater success and more profitable results for the record and, ultimately, the label.


Tracey believes honesty is always the best policy; if she thinks a particular single or album is not going to fulfil the hopes of the client then she will say so.


Power is not afraid to lose a job today to gain a client tomorrow.



Testimonial:


Ministry of Sound — Nicola Heyes (Marketing Director)


“Power is an integral part of our promotions team — Mark & Tracey’s hard work; drive and passion for breaking club records always yield results.


They’ve been instrumental in helping us deliver many of our massive dance hit singles across the years.





Testimonial:


David Guetta / Caroline Prothero


“David Guetta has had more club chart №1′s than any other electronic artist in UK history. WOW! Power Promotions; we salute you. "Guess Nothing Really Matters To Power But The Beats”