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Amazon explores free music service to take on Spotify

Amazon is in talks to launch a free music streaming service that will see it go head-to-head with Spotify, according to a report by Billboard. According to the report, citing unnamed sources, Amazon is in discussion with music labels to obtain licences for a service that would be made available through its voice-activated Echo speakers with […]

Spotify hires Lifetime alum Liz Gately

Spotify has added yet another veteran TV exec to its team, this time ex-Lifetime staffer Liz Gately, who has been brought in head up podcast creative development. Gately, who was most recently head of programming at Lifetime, will oversee Spotify’s original content development teams in New York and Los Angeles. She joins as the company […]

TBI Weekly: Spotify re-enters the programming game

Spotify has been reaching out to select producers for new video content as it looks to once again populate its platform with music-focused programming. On the heels of news that the platform has hired Condé Nast Entertainment’s acting president Sarah Elhabashi as its new content business VP, one producer has told TBI that they were approached […]

Spotify builds content team with Condé Nast hire

Spotify has hired Condé Nast Entertainment’s (CNE) acting president Sahar Elhabashi as VP of content business, where she will join former boss Dawn Ostroff to build the platform’s content business. Elhabasi joins Ostroff who linked with Spotify as chief content officer in June and formerly acted as CNE president. The duo helped to develop Conde […]

TBI Weekly: Is Spotify joining the TV hustle?

This week, Spotify hired a TV veteran as its new content chief, which some predict is a sign that the streamer may make a serious push into TV. Dawn Ostroff joins from Condé Nast where she was president of entertainment. The exec joined the publisher in 2011 where she helped found Condé Nast Entertainment and […]

Spotify appoints ex-CW exec as chief content officer

Spotify has appointed Condé Nast’s president of entertainment, Dawn Ostroff, as its chief content officer, overseeing partnerships across music, audio and video. Ostfoff, who has a strong background in television, replaces Stefan Blom, who was the music streaming service’s New York-based chief strategy and content officer until earlier this year. Ostroff helped to found Condé […]

Ex-VH1 boss leaves Spotify video chief post

Spotify’s head of video content, Tom Calderone, has reportedly left the company in an apparent winding down of its video content efforts. Bloomberg, which first reported news of the departure, said Spotify will “narrow its video ambitions” and instead focus on expanding video offerings on popular Spotify playlists like Rap Caviar and Rock This. Digital […]

Ex-Netflix exec joins Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. Digital Networks (WBDN) has expanded with a trio of hires, including hiring a former Netflix original content exec. Eric Besner, Greg Salter and Katie Soo have all joined the Warner Bros. Entertainment division, reporting to executive VP of WBDN Jay Levine. Besner has been named senior VP of business development, working on a […]

Starz adds Spotify to TV Everywhere app

Starz has done a deal with Spotify that will allow users of its updated premium app to access music from the premium cabler’s shows. Starz playlists will be added to Spotify meanwhile, as part of the agreement. The music available on Spotify will come from Starz original series including 50 Cent-produced show Power (pictured). There […]

UK gov’t: streaming services up, piracy down

A “steep rise” in the use of streaming services like Netflix and Spotify has coincided with a decline in online copyright infringement, according to UK government research. The Intellectual Property Office-commissioned report claims that 52% of internet users now use streaming services to consumer content online and notes there has been a “small but significant” […]

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