Vevo poaches Fullscreen’s McGurn

Music video streaming service Vevo has brought in Kevin McGurn, with the digital exec joining from MCN group Fullscreen. At Vevo, which is backed by some of the music majors, he will be chief sales officer. He joins from Fullscreen where he was head of sales. He has also worked at Shazam and was SVP, […]

Fox cancels one Burnett series, orders another

US broadcaster Fox has cancelled a Mark Burnett-produced dating series, but ordered a music-themed, interactive format from the prolific producer. At its TCA tour event, Fox revealed it had axed Coupled after one season, but picked up Beat Shazam, which counts The Voice producer Burnett (pictured), Beat the Lyrics creator Jeff Apploff and Shazam Entertainment […]

Airey, Highfield, Mahon join BBC review panel

UK culture secretary John Whittingdale has appointed an eight-strong panel to advise the government ahead of UK pubcaster the BBC having its Charter renewed. The Charter outlines the scope of the BBC’s activities and the licence fee it can command the new panel will meet about six times a year to advise Whittingdale ahead of […]

Shazam adds ‘new TV experience’

Content recognition app Shazam has rolled out a “streamlined second screen experience for TV in the US” with a new update to its iOS mobile app. From today, Shazam said that users will see a new look for the app that will make it easier for TV viewers to access content around dramas, comedies and […]

Walking Dead, Made in Chelsea ‘key to music discovery’

Television is becoming the key driver in digital music discovery, according to new stats from song recognition firm Shazam. The company, which has been moving further into television apps in the past few years, said that TV advertising and TV programming were the top drivers in music discovery. Shazam allows users to identify tracks by […]

News brief: The X Factor introduces Shazam voting

US viewers of The X Factor will be able to vote for their favourite artists via Shazam for the first time from early next month. Using the Shazam app viewers will be able to vote and to buy songs performed by the acts on the show. There will also be additional video and X Factor […]

Shazam poaches Hulu exec for TV expansion

Shazam, the music recognition service that is moving into TV, has hired Kevin McGurn as chief revenue officer. McGurn joins from US on-demand service Hulu and at Shazam will be tasked with growing the revenue that the company generates from existing and new TV and mobile services. “With more than 15 years of online media […]

Shazam raises US$40m from America Movil

Shazam has raised US$40 million (€31 million) in funding from Latin American telco America Movil, in a deal that sees the firms form a “strategic business collaboration” in the region. Second screen app and media recognition specialist Shazam said that the funds would help “accelerate Shazam’s ongoing growth in music, continued expansion into television and […]

BBC on-demand boss Danker leaves for Shazam

Daniel Danker is leaving the BBC to become chief product officer at media recognition service Shazam. Danker has been general manager of programmes and on-demand at the UK public broadcaster since 2010 and has been responsible for strategy and delivery of the BBC’s iPlayer and red button interactive services. His role at Shazam will be […]