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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Signs Long-Term Agreement With Nielsen For Total Audience Measurement

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Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios, one of the largest independent producers and distributors of first-run syndicated television (TV) programming for broadcast television stations, has signed a long-term agreement with Nielsen for linear and digital measurement services. The agreement makes available Nielsen's best-in-class TV measurement for TV programs and commercial content in broadcast syndication and across all seven of the Entertainment Studios HD cable television networks. The Entertainment Studios HD networks include: PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICECENTRAL.TV and collectively they reach nearly 80 million subscribers nationwide. 

"Nielsen's world-class tools and measurement systems will continue to help us demonstrate the total value of our audience with this long-term deal," said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios. "We are thrilled to be working with Nielsen as we look to unlock the full potential of our content, broadcast television programming, cable networks, and digital platforms for advertisers."

Nielsen's rich datasets will enhance Entertainment Studios' ability to fully analyze and showcase audience's characteristics, viewing habits and content engagement. When this additional wealth of information is combined with smarter and actionable advertising spend intelligence, it delivers enhanced value to Entertainment Studios during the media buying and selling process.

In addition, the Entertainment Studios digital video-centric news platform The Grio will leverage several solutions from the Nielsen Total Audience Measurement framework including Nielsen Digital Content Ratings (DCR) and Nielsen Total Content Ratings (TCR). The activation of Digital Content Ratings and Total Content Ratings will deliver daily updates that enable the comparison between digital and linear audiences with comparable metrics. The integrated solutions will provide unduplicated audience metrics that simplify the media selling process and assist with optimizing their available ad inventory regardless of the platform and ad load.

"Today's television environment is complex and requires faster, more powerful and flexible tools that cut through the clutter and deliver smarter insights that help inform business decisions," said Peter Bradbury, Managing Director, Nielsen National Client Solutions. "Nielsen's wide-range of products and services empower clients like Entertainment Studios to go beyond topline analysis and look at deep, in-market trends of how their linear and digital properties are performing. We are excited to take our relationship with Entertainment Studios to the next level by delivering a complete set of solutions that provides them with comparable metrics for digital and TV."

United Talent Agency Signs Jeezy

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Rapper Jeezy has signed with UNITED TALENT AGENCY (UTA) for worldwide representation in all areas.

Born JAY WAYNE JENKINS (also known as YOUNG JEEZY, LIL’ J, and DA SNOWMAN), Jeezy has sold over 5 million records worldwide. He is recognized as a pioneer of “Trap,” music in Hip-Hop.

His most recent studio album, Trap or Die 3, debuted at #1 on the BILLBOARD 200, making it his third studio album to reign at the top of the chart and his seventh album to rank in the Top 10. The album has had more than 3 million streams and its single, “All There” peaked in the Top 15 on the Urban MEDIABASE Charts.

JEEZY’s CORPORATE THUGZ ENTERTAINMENT (CTE) was established in 2001 as a record label providing distribution and management services to artists throughout Atlanta. As an entrepreneur; he recently opened a 6-story compound studio, is a silent partner to several Atlanta eateries, serves as the multicultural advisor to premium tequila brand AVION, and is the CEO of his own marketing firm, AGENCY 99.

In 2016, FORBES MAGAZINE honored him as a Hip-Hop luminary for his successes in Rap, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.

NAB Education Foundation To Honor FEDEX With Corporate Leadership Award

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The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) will present its Corporate Leadership Award to FedEx during the 19th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards, held Tuesday, June 20 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Each year, the Corporate Leadership Award is given to a business outside of the broadcast industry that exemplifies an extraordinary focus on community service and corporate social responsibility.

FedEx provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With an annual revenue of $58 billion, the company employs more than 400,000 team members across the globe, handles an average of 13 million shipments each business day and serves more than 220 countries and territories.

FedEx Cares is the platform the company uses to invest in communities around the world. It applies the strength of the FedEx network, team members and resources to connect people globally with opportunities to thrive. In support of these efforts, FedEx has committed to investing $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020.

A key component of the FedEx Cares platform is the company’s focus on “Delivering for Good.” With its global fleet and shipping expertise, FedEx is uniquely prepared to provide relief organizations with urgently-needed supplies quickly and efficiently in times of emergency. The company donated funds and charitable shipping to the American Red Cross as they responded to 190 large disasters in the U.S. in 2016. FedEx has also worked with Direct Relief for more than a decade and assisted the aid organization with delivering over 35,000 pounds of medicine and other supplies to Haiti after the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Also, FedEx has partnered with the United Services Organization (USO) as its primary shipper for 15 years, ensuring the delivery of thousands of care packages each year to service men, women and their families.

“Through its emergency aid and services that cultivate global business, sustainability and education, FedEx works tirelessly to improve lives in communities around the world,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “We are pleased to honor FedEx for its continued advancement of commerce and opportunity at home and abroad.”

In addition to donating the use of its network for important causes, FedEx also focuses its community investments in four areas core to its business: Road Safety, Global Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Transportation and Employment Pathways. FedEx leads numerous global initiatives within those areas, including a global road safety awareness campaign that reaches students in 10 countries, an incubator for women entrepreneurs in Latin America, a program to make transportation more environmentally friendly in developing markets, and a workforce development initiative that aims to connect thousands of youth with meaningful employment opportunities in the United States.

FedEx also fosters a culture of giving back. During the 2016 FedEx Cares United Way campaign, employees donated more than $12 million to charitable organizations and volunteered 90,000+ hours to more than 510 projects.

Additional information about FedEx and its community service initiatives is available at fedexcares.com.

As previously announced, renowned musician and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi will accept the 2017 NABEF Service to America Leadership Award. Additional information about the Celebration of Service to America Awards is available here.

News media interested in attending should contact Dan Lemle.

Troy Carter Named Entertainment Advisor for Prince's Estate

Troy Carter Named Entertainment Advisor for Prince’s Estate

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rfocus.orgThe man who once managed Lady Gaga and Meghan Trainor is now serving as the Entertainment Advisor for Prince's estate according to Hits Daily Double.  Currently serving as the global head of creative services for Spotify, Troy Carter will stay with the streaming service as well as advise the Prince estate in order to continue the purple reign. Comerica Bank who recently replaced Bremer Trust as special administrator overtaking the management of the estate released a statement to Billboard about Troy Carter's involvement with the estate. "Comerica Bank is proud to acknowledge that Troy Carter has been named entertainment adviser to the Prince estate," said the bank's statement released to Billboard. "His considerable music industry experience and expertise will be invaluable as the work of the Prince estate moves forward. In light of the confidential nature of estate settlement matters, however, we will have no further comment other than this acknowledgement." With so many people vying for a piece of Prince's legacy, we will see how this plays out.
WIGO Radio 1570 AM Wins Huge Honor

WIGO Radio 1570 AM Wins Huge Honor

rfocus.org WIGO Radio 1570 AM serving the Atlanta Georgia radio market has been selected as the 2017 Stellar Award recipient of the Major Market Radio Station of The Year. The announcement was made during the Annual 2017 Stellar Awards Show in Las Vegas Nevada, Saturday, March 25, 2017. The honor was achieved despite tough competition from over two dozen or more stations in cities including Atlanta, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Orlando and Los Angeles. The Stellar Award for Major Market Station is based on the station's program quality, listener support, community outreach and advertising services. The WIGO 1570 AM , “Atlanta's incredible radio”, format is a mixture of Gospel music, Ministries, Talk, News and Sports, Blues and R & B music. “I was astounded when they called my name”, said Larry Young, WIGO General Manager. “It was amazing”. Nominees are chosen by the Stellar Gospel Music Academy during first round balloting. The final four nominees in the category are chosen by the public. “I want to thank our listeners,”Young said. “They voted us in and this win is a really big deal for us”. This is the second year WIGO has been nominated for a Stellar Award. The station was nominated last year in the Major Market category but lost to Praise 104.1 in Washington D.C.
Report Forecasts US Music Production and Publishing Revenues at $17 Biillion

Report Forecasts US Music Production and Publishing Revenues at $17 Biillion

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rfocus.orgUS music production and publishing industry revenues are forecast to total $16.9 billion in 2021, representing 4.0% annual growth from $13.9 billion in 2016, according to Music Production & Publishing, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. Advances will be driven by global growth in disposable personal income levels. Gains will also be supported by ongoing stabilization as the industry emerges from a historical period characterized by technology-driven disruption. In addition, advances will continue to be driven by new releases from leading artists. Furthermore, rising demand for digital albums and vinyl records will offset continued losses in CD sales and digital singles. This feat will be possible, despite the lower revenue generation potential of single-track digital sales, in light of CDs diminished market share. For perspective, revenues from CDs dropped 86% between 2006 and 2016. This report forecasts US music production and publishing industry revenue in US dollars to 2021. Total revenue is segmented by service in terms of: record sales licensing studio recording services copyright administration print music other services such as audiobook recording, event recording, and stock music and sound libraries More information about the report is available at https://www.freedoniafocusreports.com/Music-Production-Publishing-United-States-10693847/

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