Industry News: August

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Kathryn E. Darden
Aug 28, 2008

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Seneff Law Office Opens in Nashville

Greg Seneff, Sr., an attorney concentrating in entertainment law, has moved his office from the Brentwood area to Nashville. Greg represents artists, songwriters, publishers, authors, and actors. He is also an adjunct professor at Delta State University, hosts a podcast discussing the arts and arts industries at www.ArtistInsider.com, and produced MusicLawBiz, a 12 CD, 400 page educational product for music artists and songwriters or anyone interested in learning about how the music industry works. It can be found at www.MusicLawBiz.com. Greg can be reached at (866)
966-9984 or greg@senefflaw.com.

8/27/8 Original Soundtrack to the Billy Graham Biopic,
Billy: The Early Years, Set for Release on October 7 with Film Opening October 10

Some of music’s most respected artists, including Brooks & Dunn with Third Day’s Mac Powell, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Roy Orbison, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, and Josh Turner, join together in tribute to one of the world’s most admired men, the Reverend Billy Graham, for the October 7 release of Billy: The Early Years, the original motion picture soundtrack to the film opening on October 10. A 13-track collection spotlighting artists from the worlds of gospel and contemporary Christian music, country music and beyond, the soundtrack thoroughly captures the mood and spirit of the film’s portrait of Graham’s early life and ministry.

8/26/8 ISC Announces Judges

A total of 55 high-profile music icons and industry executives will judge the 2008 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). This year's judges include Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), Tom Waits, Ray Davies (The Kinks), Ricky Martin, McCoy Tyner, T-Pain, Loretta Lynn, Chaka Khan, Robert Smith (The Cure), and many more. An equally impressive group of top-level music industry executives rounds out the panel. Consistent in its tradition of having such esteemed judges, ISC continues to raise the bar for songwriting competitions. ISC offers songwriters the opportunity to have their music listened to by some of the most high-profile celebrities and industry executives in the music arena. ISC also offers recognition, exposure, and prizes (more than $150,000 in cash and prizes will be shared among the 62 winners in 20 categories - including an overall Grand Prize of $25,000 (US) cash and $20,000 in prizes). ISC accepts original songs from musicians, artists, bands, and songwriters at every level - from amateur to professional.


8/14/8 How to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring Budget Inks Deal with NovelMaker

How to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring Budget, the book and workbook for authors who are self-publishing books, has signed an agreement with NovelMaker to print and distribute the book. Written by Christian Activities publisher, Kathryn E. Darden, the book will be available in September. Check out the Promote Your Books website for frequent updates.

8/13/8 Zondervan Sponsors Motor Racing Outreach

Zondervan announced it’s an official sponsor of Motor Racing Outreach (MRO), a Christian organization serving the NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Series. MRO is best known for hosting Sunday morning church services from their Mobile Fan Trailer immediately following the traditional driver’s meeting. The 30-minute MRO chapel services take place on the infield of the racetrack and feature an invocation, music, and a sermon from an MRO minister.

8/12/8 Don Moen Company Buys MediaComplete

The Don Moen Company announced the acquisition of MediaComplete, publisher of MediaShout, the market leader in media presentation software for the Church.

8/1/8 BigChurch.com Owned by Penthouse Media Group

Newsweek reported earlier this year that Christian dating web site BigChurch.com is owned by Penthouse Media Group Inc. According to the article, Penthouse, founded in 1965 by Bob Guccione, was acquired in 2004 by a group of investors led by entrepreneur Marc Bell. Bell's agenda for revitalizing Penthouse evolved significantly last December when Penthouse acquired social-network giant Various, Inc. for $500 million in cash and stock. Its subsidiaries now include a number of online dating sites—from BigChurch.com to Bondage.com—that have signed up a combined 250 million members since they were founded. Its biggest subsidiary, AdultFriendFinder.com bills itself as "the world's largest adult sex and swingers site"and is one of the most highly trafficked Web sites in the world with more than 18 million members, the company says. Bell says in the coming months Penthouse Media Group will be renamed FriendFinder Networks, Inc., and he plans to take the company public by the end of the year. Read the complete article at Newsweek.


How to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring Budget to Be Released in August

How to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring Budget, the book and workbook for authors who are self-publishing books, is scheduled to be released in August. A new website has been set up to provide more details and ordering information at the Promote Your Books website.

Christian Activities Now on ZoeCity, Xians, Facebook, Twitter

Taking a page out of its own book -- literally (How to Promote Your Book on a Shoestring Budget has a chapter devoted to social networking), Christian Activities has recently created pages on several popular online social networks. On the Christian social networks, you can find us on ZoeCity at Christian Activities Group at ZoeCity, and on Xianz at
Christian Activities Group at Xianz. Christian Activities is also now on Facebook as both a group and a page. To discuss Christian music, personalities, entertainment, books and other topics on Facebook, join the
Christian Activities Group or the
Christian Activities Page. Better yet, if you are on Facebook, join BOTH! You can follow us on Twitter at ChristianActs. And we are on MySpace at Christian Activities on MySpace


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