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  1. Cannes Lions: Kanye West, Bono and Jared Leto to Give Presentations

    June 16, 2014 6:43 PM EDT Now a "Creativity Conference" for more than just advertisers, this year's event also features talks by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Spike Jonze, Ralph Fiennes, "Game of Thrones" creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, Yahoo's M ...

  2. Midem Moving to June in 2015

    June 05, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Midem, the long-established international music industry festival held in Cannes, announced today it is moving the event from the winter months to spring with the 2015 iteration of the confab taking place June 5-8. In addition to the date chang ...

  3. Nas Music Documentary Sells Worldwide at Cannes

    May 20, 2014 1:36 PM EDT “Nas – Time is Illmatic,” from multimedia artist One9, has sold to Japan, Australia and across Europe. "Nas – Time is Illmatic," a music documentary on the seminal New York rapper, has been a hot seller at the Cannes film market, with sa ...

  4. Cannes: Director Amy Berg's Janis Joplin Documentary to Be Shopped to Buyers

    May 01, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Content Media is handling sales on "Janis: Little Girl Blue," which is produced by Oscar-winner Alex Gibney. Director Amy Berg ("West of Memphis") is to tackle singing sensation Janis Joplin in documentary "Janis: Little G ...

  5. Midem 2014: Takeaways & Survival Tips



    February 06, 2014 8:15 PM EST While its impossible to take in the entirety of Midem, the international music conference, over the course of its four bustling days several recurring themes became readily apparent, including, Google bashing, going all-in on streaming and major n ...

  6. The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

    February 06, 2014 4:57 PM EST It only makes sense at this year's Midem, the preeminent global music conference, a large contingent of Billboard's International Power Player list would be in attendance. Here, at Billboard's event honoring longtime U2 manager Paul ...

  7. Midem Attendance Numbers Down 4%

    February 04, 2014 4:56 PM EST Attendance at the 2014 edition of Midem was down 4% on the previous year, according to conference organizers. This year’s event drew 6,150 participants, compared to 6,400 in 2013, said Midem director Bruno Crolot. A contributing factor in the smal ...

  8. Jean Michel Jarre Calls for ‘Fair Share for Creators’ at Midem

    February 04, 2014 2:41 PM EST French composer and electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre used his Midem keynote speech to call for a closer relationship between the music industry and tech giants such as Google to create a fairer share for artists and content creators.  Sp ...

  9. 2014 Midemlab Winners Announced

    February 03, 2014 1:52 PM EST Interactive software that transforms body movement into song and a Spotify DJ app were among the winners of Midem 2014’s prestigious competition strands.   Announced on day three of the Cannes-held music conference, which commenced Feb. 1 and wrap ...

  10. Midem's No. 1 Super Bowl Fan: Amazon Digital Music's Matt Epstein

    February 03, 2014 12:09 PM EST The epicenter of the lopsided Super Bowl at Midem, which saw the Denver Broncos massacred at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, like so many things here, was the bar of the Carlton Hotel. The Pepsi-sponsored party , which begat at 12:30 a.m. was c ...

  11. Tech Primacy and Social Good Discussed in will.i.am's Full Midem Keynote (Video)

    February 02, 2014 11:54 AM EST Below is full video from will.i.am's keynote on Midem's first day, in conversation with Ken Hertz (senior partner, Hertz Lichtenstein & Young LLP and co-founder/principal, memBrain LLC) and David Rowan (editor, Wired UK). As well, ke ...

  12. Brazil's Music Market Simmers At Midem

    February 02, 2014 10:54 AM EST At one of the MIDEM's more interesting opening day panels, a diverse group of Brazil's music industry drilled down into the country's music market which, much like its overall economy, is simmering. (The panel, titled "The Braz ...

  13. Pepsi’s Frank Cooper on Midemlab Sponsorship, 2014's Music Strategy, Using Big Data To Sell Soda

    January 08, 2014 3:00 PM EST Midemlab, the think-tank competition of startup ideas in the digital music space, which takes place as part of the annual Midem music business conference in Cannes, France (Feb 1-4), has announced its list of finalists , thirty in all, across th ...

  14. Midem Announces Finalists for Annual Midemlab Competition

    January 02, 2014 11:33 AM EST Midemlab, the think-tank competition of startup ideas in the digital music space, which takes place as part of the annual Midem music business conference in Cannes, France, has announced its list of finalists, thirty in all, across three categorie ...

  15. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Pitches Music Cable Channel Revolt At Cannes

    June 19, 2013 4:15 PM EDT (This story originally appeared in Adweek) CANNES, France—After holding court Tuesday night on the Croisette with media and advertising moguls (and an afterparty or two), Sean "Diddy" Combs was all business today, taking the main sta ...

  16. 'Liberace' Music Supervisor Evyen Klean Discusses Marvin Hamlisch's Role, Michael Douglas' Singing Voice

    May 24, 2013 2:02 PM EDT Can HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” pump new life into the music of Liberace? The film’s music supervisor, Evyen Klean, believes it has a shot.   “The movie is going to expose Liberace’s music to a whole new fan base,” Klean said the day the fil ...

  17. Midem Announces 2014 Rescheduling

    May 13, 2013 11:58 AM EDT Midem 2014 has been rescheduled, it was announced today. The annual music business conference will take place February 1-4, 2014 in Cannes, France. Organizers were concerned about a possible overlap with next years Grammy Awards. Midem 2013 – Re ...

  18. Cannes Film Festival Goes Musical with Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Liberace

    April 18, 2013 1:44 PM EDT Jay-Z and rap in the 1920s, Justin Timberlake strumming folk music in the 1960s and the story of Liberace give the 66th annual Festival de Cannes an inordinately musical look. Timberlake stars in the Coen Brothers'  folk music drama " ...

  19. American Express CMO John Hayes on 'Unstaged,' Social Media, and Their Vast Amount of Data on Concertgoers

    January 29, 2013 5:19 PM EST John Hayes, chief marketing officer of American Express, has access to more data on the average concertgoer than perhaps any other company. Not only does Hayes know that 40% of AmEx's 102 million cardmembers spend money on music every year ...

  20. Biz Q&A: SACEM CEO Jean Noel Tronc on Managing the World's Second-Largest Rights Society

    January 29, 2013 3:45 PM EST Jean Noel Tronc is CEO of France's authors, composers and publishers collections society SACEM -- a job he's only held since June 2012.  Coming from the IT and television sectors, Tronc has had a steep learning curve but already under h ...

  21. Worldwide Independent Network Announces 'Independent Manifesto'

    January 29, 2013 2:55 PM EST Yesterday at MIDEM, the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) introduced its Independent Manifesto and the formation of a global council. The document (below) sets out the organization’s core principles to guide the global independent music sector. ...

  22. Blink-182's Mark Hoppus Talks Piracy, Pros and Cons of Digital at MIDEM

    January 29, 2013 1:34 PM EST Always play your hits live. Make music you love. Drive beats talent. And it's ok to blow money if it means you don't compromise your art. Those are just some of the life lessons learned and shared by Blink-182 bass player Mark Hoppus ...

  23. MIDEM Attendance Down, Organizers Remain Upbeat

    January 29, 2013 10:24 AM EST MIDEM has experienced another drop in numbers, with organizers blaming the effects of a tricky financial climate. The four-day event drew about 6,400 attendees this time, down about 7% from the 2012 edition, organizers Reed Midem confirmed on the ...

  24. MIDEM Q&A: Pledge Music's Benji Rogers on 'Making Destinations'

    January 28, 2013 11:47 AM EST Benji Rogers has arrived as one of the music industry’s new breed of innovators. Rogers is founder and CEO of PledgeMusic, a fundraising platform that works with artists to develop a way to engage their fans early in a project, a strategy which ...

  25. European Commissioner Michel Barnier's MIDEM Speech Targets Digital Infrastructure, Google

    January 28, 2013 11:20 AM EST European Commissioner Michel Barnier used the platform of Midem on day two made a pledge to remove barriers and build a better pan-European digital infrastructure. And he wants – needs – the wider-music biz to support his mission. Words and the pr ...

  26. Midemlab 2013 Crowns Its Winners: Songful, Jamplify, StageIt and Audience.FM

    January 28, 2013 10:43 AM EST MIDEM announced the four winners of the 2013 Midemlab startup competition — Songful by Instrumagic, Jamplify, StageIt and Audience.FM — as part of its Visionary Monday programming. This year’s honorees were selected from over 140 entrants and jo ...

  27. Martin Mills Receives Billboard’s Industry Icon Award

    January 27, 2013 9:07 AM EST Above (from left): Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, Beggars Group founder and Billboard Industry Icon Award winner Martin Mills, Reed Midem CEO Paul Zilk and Midem director Bruno Crolot. (Photo: MIDEM/D'Halloy/Image & Co) Martin M ...

  28. Backbeat: The Orchard Rocks Villa Party At MIDEM

    January 27, 2013 8:11 AM EST In what has become a MIDEM tradition, The Orchard held its annual reception at the Villa D’Estelle in Cannes Saturday night to officially kick off three nights of festivities. This year’s party was perhaps the most packed yet, with music label, p ...

  29. 5 Questions at MIDEM With Vyclone’s David King Lassman And Joe Sumner

    January 26, 2013 5:10 PM EST Social-video startup Vyclone raised many an eyebrow in Hollywood when it launched last summer with $2.7 million in seed funding from Live Nation, DreamWorks Animation, Thrive Capital and Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s A-GRade fund. One in the la ...

  30. MIDEM Panel and Q&A: Kevin Wortis on Amanda Palmer, Kickstarter, ‘Theatre Vs. Theater’

    January 26, 2013 2:17 PM EST MIDEM 2013 opened in Cannes with a raft of how-to sessions. One of the freshest of those featured Kevin Wortis who drilled well under the surface of his ward Amanda Palmer’s million-dollar fan-funding exercise.  Wortis (see Q&A below) is a 22- ...

  31. 13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013

    January 24, 2013 5:47 PM EST As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. This year's ...

  32. A2IM Extends U.S. Commerce Dept Funding For Indies To Attend MIDEM 2013

    December 18, 2012 1:57 PM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has extended its offer of financial assistance to indie labels attending next year's MIDEM music conference, taking place in Cannes, France, Jan. 26-29. The offer was originally due to expi ...

  33. Psy To Be Honored By South Korean Culture Ministry

    November 08, 2012 4:50 PM EST "Gangnam Style" sensation Psy will receive the prestigious state orders of cultural merit this year, along with eight other laureates, according to South Korea's culture ministry. How PSY Went From Viral Video To American Pop Sensat ...

  34. Exclusive: MIDEM Director Bruno Crolot on 2013 Plans, Why the Industry Still Needs To Make the (Costly) Trip To Cannes

    August 31, 2012 11:47 AM EDT Midem director Bruno Crolot who spoke exclusively to Billboard.biz about his vision for 2013's edition. Held at the start of the year in Cannes, France, the 2012 edition of MIDEM was notable for a gradual re-invention of the long-running inte ...

  35. Popkomm Shuts Down; Berlin Music Week, Reeperbahn Fest, Musikmesse, and Other German Fests Rise

    July 24, 2012 4:13 PM EDT After 23 years, Popkomm, Berlin's annual music fair has closed its doors. But now, with the city of Berlin launching Berlin Music Week this Sept. and the success of Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival in the same month, many in the industry ma ...

  36. Backbeat: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Cathy Bauer, Darius Van Arman Bathe In the Warm Indie Glow of A2IM's Inaugural Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Group Rate: Some of A2IM's members: Front row (L to R): Cathy Bauer (Daptone), Glenn Morrow (Bar/None), Pat Berry (Six Degrees), Emmy Black (Bar/None), Molly Neuman (eMusic), Nydia Ines Davila (Daptone), Lori Condon (Acony). 2nd row, L to R: ...

  37. Surreal 'Holy Motors' Film With Kylie Minogue Receives Rapturous Cannes Reception

    May 23, 2012 8:00 AM EDT CANNES, France (AP) -- Holy cow. The most rapturous audience reception at the Cannes Film Festival has gone to "Holy Motors," a disorienting, whirling dream of a movie by French director Leos Carax. Starring Denis Lavant as a man who ado ...

  38. Aaron Sorkin to Write 'Steve Jobs' Movie for Sony

    May 15, 2012 10:14 PM EDT It's official: Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind "The Social Network," "A Few Good Men" and TV's "The West Wing," has signed on to adapt Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson's biography on the ...

  39. The Future of Cloud Music Debated by Publishers, Rights Holders, Digital Services @MIDEM

    January 31, 2012 11:49 AM EST From left: CISAC director general Olivier Hinnewinkel, who introduced the panel; moderator Emmanuel Legrand, a journalist and consultant; Scott Bagby, head of strategic partnerships at Rdio; Richard Conlon, BMI senior VP of corporate strategy, com ...

  40. German Politicians @MIDEM Weigh in on Music Biz; GEMA Signs With Deezer

    January 31, 2012 7:45 AM EST "The German delegations are a mainstay of MIDEM and thus form part of its core," said MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk at the opening ceremony of the German joint stand on Sunday afternoon at MIDEM in Cannes. Numerous politicians flew from Germany in ...

  41. Vodafone, German Ad Agency TLGG Win MIDEM's First Marketing Campaign Competition

    January 30, 2012 5:35 PM EST German ad agency Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH (TLGG) was named the surprise winner of MIDEM's first Marketing Campaign Competition Monday, winning on behalf of client Vodafone. TLGG was one of 10 competitors selected by Contagious ...

  42. Video: MIDEM Hack Day Highlights: MyNight, Badgify, JPC2000, More

    January 30, 2012 1:07 PM EST The submissions from MIDEM's Hack Day were unveiled today in Cannes, with 18 apps and programs uploaded to the Hack Day's wiki page . The event was introduced at MIDEM on Saturday by SoundCloud VP of business development Dave Haynes and ...

  43. Indie Music Biz Gathers @MIDEM To Create Global Manifesto

    January 30, 2012 12:10 PM EST Leaders of the independent music community gathered in MIDEM this week to hammer-out the first global manifesto , a 10-point blueprint which is hoped could pave the path to a better future for the indie sector. The overarching theme of the manifes ...

  44. Backbeat: MIDEM Pulse Check: Attendance Is (Reportedly) Up, But Conference Is Scaled Down

    January 30, 2012 11:53 AM EST Two major concerts during MIDEM had attendees sprawled out across Cannes: Sony's showcase featured the Ting Tings (above) and 2ManyDJs while Music Dealers hosted You Say France & I Whistle and Black Pearl. (Photo: MIDEM) For many MIDEM at ...

  45. Saatchi CEO Kevin Roberts Declares Death of Marketing, Future of Movements @ MIDEM

    January 30, 2012 10:23 AM EST It wouldn't be a marketing festival in Cannes (home to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity) without at least one ad agency exec declaring the death of some common practice. At MIDEM's Visionary Monday, Saatchi & Saa ...

  46. Seymour Stein Honored With Billboard's Icon Award @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST From left: Billboard Associate Publisher (and former Sire recording artist) Tommy Page, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot (Photo: MIDEM) CANNES -- Billboard honored Sire Rec ...

  47. Getty Images Music Teams With Joss Stone, Indie Artists for Guestlist @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 1:42 PM EST Brian Nelson (Joss Stone's manager and cofounder of Stone'd Records) with Stone, before announcing their Getty Images Music partnership (Photo: Andrew Hampp/Billboard) After teaming up with Atom Factory Music Licensing last fall for a co ...

  48. Midem's Euro RSCG Pitch Session: The Sound of Sex & Music

    January 28, 2012 9:44 AM EST What is the sound of sex and music? For Reckitt-Benckiser's Durex condoms brand, it's "stuff that's got a big heart…something modern and different, please, that builds toward the end." That was the directive from Alasdair ...

  49. Business Matters: Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone

    January 27, 2012 8:42 PM EST Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone -- "I am optimistic," Tom Silverman wrote in the email that included a link to his latest fact-filled blog post. "What do you think?" Silverman, of Tommy Boy Entertain ...

  50. MIDEM: Henley Business School Launches MBA of the Music Industry Program For Music Execs

    January 24, 2012 12:00 PM EST The august world of academia will be joining the throngs of troops seeking cures for the ailing music business at this year's MIDEM confab at the French Riviera city of Cannes during Jan. 28-31. The revered Henley Business School, part of the ...

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