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Italian government shuts down ItsArt, dubbed the ‘Netflix of Italian culture’

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ItsArt, the platform created during the Covid Lockdown by the Draghi government to provide a window to Italian culture, has been put into liquidation on December 29, 2022 by the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CPD), its main shareholder.

Gennaro Sangiuliano, the Minister of Culture in the current right-wing coalition government, declined to cover the €7.5 million losses incurred by the service since its launch, precipitating its demise.

ItsArt was the pet project of former Minister of Culture ...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Motion Picture Association taps Marissa Bostick as SVP/Head of Global Litigation

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The Motion Picture Association (MPA) has appointed criminal law expert Marissa Bostick as its new Senior Vice President and Head of Global Litigation. Based in Washington, DC, she reports to Karyn Temple, Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel for the MPA.

Before joining the MPA, Bostick was Deputy Director for the Counterfeit Crimes Unit at Amazon. She was also a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office, Southern Distr...

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Songwriters of North America will honour Willie “Prophet” Stiggers, Andrea Martin, Thomas Scherer, RAYE and Ross Golan

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Songwriters of North America (SONA) will be honouring civil rights activist Willie "Prophet" Stiggers, the late songwriter Andrea Martin, BMG executive Thomas Scherer, British singer-songwriter RAYE and songwriter and artists' advocate Ross Golan at the organisation's fourth annual SONA Warrior Awards gala on October 6 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The SONA Warrior Awards celebrate music and the people who create it. “We created the Warrior Award to honor and thank those starli...

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Rimas Publishing renews global agreement with producer duo Súbelo NEO

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Independent music publisher Rimas Publishing has renewed its global publishing deal with producer duo Súbelo NEO, composed of Freddy Montalvo (Freddy) and Jose Carlos Cruz (Phantom), extending their long-standing relationship that began seven years ago.

Rimas Publishing said the new agreement reflects the company’s focus on modernisation, as it is "optimising older contracts to better align with the evolving needs of its clients, prioritising the empowerment and satisfaction of music creato...

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