Domino Records head Laurence Bell and veteran producer Tony Visconti will take to the podium for the new MIDEM Talent Only session, Jan. 29, 2008, as part of the MIDEM convention in Cannes.

Bell's firm has emerged as one of Britain's brightest and most successful indie labels in recent years, with a roster featuring two of the country's biggest breakout acts, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

Domino had a 0.9% domestic market share in singles and albums volumes during 2006, according to data compiled by the Official U.K. Charts Co. for labels body the BPI.

Visconti has carved a noteworthy career producing records by the likes of David Bowie, T-Rex and Thin Lizzy.

"Tony Visconti and Laurence Bell, together for a keynote as part of MIDEM Talent Only," says MIDEM director Dominique Leguern, "will be a highpoint for all industry executives concerned with the discovery and development of talent."

According to organizers, the MIDEM Talent Only event is dedicated to the discovery and development of artists, and will comprise conferences and artist showcases.

In other news, the Jan. 26-27 technology-focused MidemNet conference is adding a "New Business Showcase" to its program, through an alliance with London-based digital music research and strategy company Music Ally.

The showcase will present six of the "most enterprising, innovative and inspiring business ideas" since the turn of the century to MidemNet Forum delegates, who will cast votes on the presentations. Participants have until Dec. 1 to enter.

"The idea of this initiative is to recognize innovation at whatever stage of development the business is at," comments Music Ally managing director Paul Brindley. "Above all, what we are looking for are original and inspiring business ideas which can ultimately help to create value for the music business."

MidemNet traditionally kicks-off the annual MIDEM convention, which next year will be held Jan. 27 to 31 at the Palais des Festivals.