Spotify’s monetization misstep with its new fundraising feature

(This was originally published as a section in today’s Monetizing Media newsletter. Sign up here.) Hi everyone – Last week, Spotify added a feature called Artist Fundraising Pick for artists to add a fundraising links to their profile. It’s done in partnership with Cash App, GoFundMe, and Paypal.me so when a user clicks it, they are redirected to… Continue reading Spotify’s monetization misstep with its new fundraising feature

Gaming VCs survey: opportunities in MMOs and social games

I surveyed several gaming-focused VCs about where there see opportunity for MMO and other social gaming studios. Kevin Zhang, Upfront Ventures Ryann Lai, Makers Fund Shanti Bergel, Transcend Fund Bertrand Vernizeau, Game Seer Venture Partners Siamac Kamalie, Skycatcher Read their responses here on TechCrunch >>

The Covid-19 crisis should push musicians to own their audience and invest in virtual concerts and membership models

(This was originally published as a section of today’s Monetizing Media newsletter) This crisis is an opportunity for the music industryMusic has been hard hit by Covid-19 because live events comprise such a large proportion of artist earnings. But working from home is forcing artists and their teams to confront how under-developed their business is… Continue reading The Covid-19 crisis should push musicians to own their audience and invest in virtual concerts and membership models

Deal News: April 27, 2020

(This was first published in today’s Monetizing Media newsletter. Sign up here to receive it daily.) Digestible Media Film/TV/Video  AMPTP (the trade group representing film studios and TV networks) and SAG-AFTRA (the union of US actors, singers, and other performing artists) begin negotiations today for a new 3-year contract. (Read more)  Cheddar, which Altice bought for $200m one year… Continue reading Deal News: April 27, 2020

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Webinar on the state of kids media

I hosted a webinar on TechCrunch about the state of kids media amid the Covid-19 crisis. My guests were: Craig Donato, chief business officer of Roblox, the $4 billion gaming platform that counts the majority of U.S. kids age 9-12 among its active users. Nancy MacIntyre, co-founder and CEO of Fingerprint, the company behind Kidimo, a leading subscription video… Continue reading Webinar on the state of kids media