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A pandora for movies and TV shows

February 13, 2009
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You probably know Pandora. It’s is a music discovery tool and it’s been around since 2005. But if you don’t here’s how it works: Pandora analyzes characteristics of individual songs and recommends new music that shares similar attributes. So, if I select “Wolf Like Me” by TV On the Radio, it might recommend “Golden Skans” by the Klaxons because those songs share a similar composition or tone.

Well, now Jinni is offering this discovery tool for movies and TV shows. Unfortunately it’s in private beta and I don’t have an invite. So I can’t really tell you if it’s useful. But, it does make me think about other extensions.

Here is my personal wishlist of Pandora type tools:

1. Pandora for clothes

2. Pandora for restaurants

3. Pandora for wine

4. Pandora for books

The list goes on.

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Guest blogger: #1 in the series

October 1, 2008
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We’re trying to have at least one of these a month. A series of guest bloggers from specialized fields, shedding some insight and expertise. Jessica Reznick is the head of Business Affairs at 72andSunny and she is going to kick off the series for us. Here are some words from her on the internet, the democratization of information and the toll it can play on our industry…Thanks Jessie!

While the internet has always made accessing information easy, the recent trend seems to be putting specialized skills and power in the hands of the masses. This has been evidenced through communities that pop up and allow every day people to explore a skill or lifestyle they never thought possible. Just look at the number of music videos, TV shows, weird talents, personal blogs and web pages that pop up every day. While the transfer of power may seem like a good thing, it can have its drawbacks too.

There is a new community site up called Song Vest (www.songvest.com). In a desperate attempt to bring in revenue to the tanking music industry, the song writers have come up with a site that allows online auctions for percentages of synchronization rights. For those of you not familiar with music rights, the synch (or publishing) rights represent the songwriters’ portion of song ownership. While it’s always been possible for multiple entities to own a percentage of the synch rights, this new community is taking it to a new level. (more…)