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Utopia Music taps former IPSOS executive Alain Couttolenc as its news CEO

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Alain Couttolenc has joined Utopia Music as the Swiss-based company's new CEO. He takes over from Mattias Hjelmstedt, who has been at the helm of Utopia as its Executive Chairman since February 2023.

Hjelmstedt will step down from his executive position and resume his former role as Chairman of the Board. He took over the day-to-day management of the company following the departure of Markku Mäkeläinen at the start of the year. Hjelmstedt president over a company reorganisation which saw the...

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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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Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and BMG seal a strategic partnership

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Montréal-based Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Bertelsmann-owned music company BMG have announced a new strategic partnership to manage Cirque du Soleil’s music catalogue and "explore a range of music-oriented collaborative initiatives."

Under the agreement, BMG will now serve as the record label home for Cirque du Soleil’s catalogue of original scores, soundtracks, and new album releases, as well as the music publishing home administering its compositions. In addition, the two part...

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Reservoir Media signs singer-songwriter Wrabel to a global publishing deal

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NASDAQ-listed independent music company Reservoir Media has signed a new global publishing agreement with singer-songwriter Wrabel, in a deal that includes his future works.

Based in Los Angeles, Wrabel began his career co-writing songs by pop and rock artists such as Teddy Swims, Kesha, P!nk, Ellie Goulding, Adam Lambert, and Phillip Phillips, as well as EDM artists Kygo and Marshmello, among others.

Wrabel said, “I am thrilled and honored to join forces with Reservoir. I have had so mu...

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Filming of scripted TV shows on the rise in Los Angeles; reality TV production down

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The filming of scripted television shows in the Los Angeles area has been growing during the second quarter of 2024 compared to the same period a year ago, which was affected by both the screenwriters' and the actors' strikes, according to a report from FilmLA, the organisation that allocates filming permits for the City and County of Los Angeles and other local jurisdictions

Local on-location filming declined -12.4% year-over-year from April through June, attaining 5,749 Shoot Days (SD), bu...

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