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Calendar — Week 46, 2023

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2023

DECEMBER 2023

– Dec. 2

Music Managers Forum-US (MMF-US)'s inaugural Boston Summit at Berklee College of Music.

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JANUARY 2024

– Jan. 17-18

Biennales Internationales du Spectacle (BIS) in Nantes (France).

– Jan. 17-20

Eurosonic Noorderslag Conference & Festival in Groningen, Netherlands.

– Jan. 22-23

Music Ally‘s Connect 2024 at King’s Place.

– Jan. 24-27

Midem+24 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.

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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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Appeals court reverses verdict enjoining Cox Communications to pay record labels $1 billion in copyright infringement case

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The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia has overturned an earlier decision condemning Cox Communications to pay $1 billion in damages to a group of record companies after a jury found the cable and internet service provider liable of customers' infringement of over 10,000 songs .

Cox was accused of not taking measures to address piracy on its networks despite multiple requests from rights holders. After a lengthy court case, a jury found in favour of Plaintiffs, over 50 rec...

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Creative Industries

Music deals — Week 7, 2024

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Here are some of the main music deals announced in the past week:

Iconic Artists Group, the music rights company set up by Irving Azoff, has secured a strategic investment from global investment firm HPS Investment Partners (HPS). Iconic’s goal is to deploy up to $1 billion to acquire music assets through HPS financing, together with senior debt financing from third parties. Iconic plans to acquire and manage a diverse portfolio of “legendary artists’ music assets.” “With HPS’ support, Ic...

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Disney narrows losses at streaming service Disney+ as total revenue reaches $23.5bn

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The Walt Disney Company posted revenue of $23.5 billion for its first quarter ending December 30, 2023, stable compared to the same period the previous year, as the entertainment and media company reported operating income of $3.84bn, up 27% compared to the same quarter a year prior.

Revenue dropped 7% to $9.88bn in the Entertainment segment, which includes the company's TV assets such as streaming service Disney+, but were up 4% in sports to $4.83bn and 7% in Experiences at $9.12bn. However...

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