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News & Noteworthy (Week of July 19)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! Audio Streaming Beats CDs in Germany: According to Billboard, "Audio streaming now represents nearly half of revenues and has replaced CDs as the largest sales segment on the German record market." Wolfgang Spahr reports: "From the late 1980s on, CDs enjoyed...

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Marketing

Netflix + Chelsea Handler = Smart Marketing Move?

Yes, we know this Variety article, "How Chelsea Handler Changes Our Understanding of Netflix," is about taped programming. But Andrew Wallenstein, editor-in-chief of digital, makes several good points about Netflix's marketing strategy as he questions its future direction and decision to hire Chelsea Handler and give her a talk show. Netflix is taking a risk hiring Handler and, some people would argue, pursuing the diametric opposite of the content Netflix has concentrated on to date, but it could pay off....

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“Binge-Going Out”

Chanelle Bessette of Fortune wrote a nice piece about the work that Goldstar and other companies (including Eventbrite) are doing to get people going out more. I want the article to speak for itself and you should read it, but the one thing Chanelle said that I want to highlight is the comparison between “binge-watching” TV shows on Netflix and “binge-going out,” which we (and others, but mostly we) are trying to facilitate. Cool idea! I’m in support of it.

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Presenting: Lea DeLaria at TEDxBroadway 2014

One of the presenters we’re excited about catching up with at TEDxBroadway this year is comedian, actress and jazz musician Lea DeLaria. You might have seen her this year playing prison inmate Carrie “Big Boo” Black on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black or heard her version of "All That Jazz" on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. The Guardian said she “talks like a coffee grinder, and sounds like a cross between Ella Fitzgerald and a Broadway diva.”...

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