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  • The Orchard Promotes Mary Ashley Johnson, Katie Studley Named New VP, Nashville

    Jan 13, 2023

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    The Orchard Promotes Mary Ashley Johnson, Katie Studley Named New VP, Nashville

    Jan 13, 2023

     The Orchard today announced the promotion and hiring of two key executives to lead strategy for the Company’s offices in New York and Nashville. Mary Ashley Johnson has been elevated to Executive Vice President, Sales and Artist & Label Management, U.S. and Canada. Katie Studley has been named Vice President, Nashville. They are based in New York and Nashville, respectively. Both will report to Colleen Theis, The Orchard’s Chief Operating Officer. 

    Collectively, both executives will provide local distribution expertise, release strategy, and regional support to The Orchard’s extensive roster of artist and label clients, while focusing on expanding their reach to global audiences.

    As SVP, Sales and Artist & Label Management, U. S. and Canada, a post Johnson held since 2019, she has driven revenue and market share for The Orchard to record highs, while managing teams responsible for client relationships and high level strategy on key releases across the territories. Johnson will continue that trajectory in the EVP position. Prior to joining The Orchard, Johnson spent over 28 years as an employee under the Sony Music umbrella, including 11 years at RED Distribution which was incorporated into The Orchard in 2017.

    Johnson said, “I look forward to continuing to deliver record-setting success in both market share growth and artist development for The Orchard and providing best in class service to our clients.”

    As The Orchard Nashville’s Vice President, Studley will oversee the office’s day to day operations. Her responsibilities include developing new business relationships as well as providing on the ground support to existing clients in the market, further expanding the company’s presence in Nashville. She will be instrumental in driving The Orchard’s mission of empowering independent creators and entrepreneurs. 

     “I am equally excited to develop new relationships within Nashville’s independent creative communities as I am honored to foster growth for the Orchard’s incredible existing roster. I’ve long appreciated the Orchard’s quality of service and the good people behind it, and I am proud to join their impressive global organization,” said Studley.

    Studley joins the Orchard team from a ten year tenure at Jack White’s Third Man Records where she acted as VP, Operations and Marketing Director. In her roles, she assembled a record breaking label team, strategized the diversification of Third Man’s operations, and worked on album campaigns for artists including Margo Price, The Raconteurs, Sleep, Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Paul McCartney, and more. Previously, Studley worked in artist development and marketing at a nascent Thirty Tigers, contributing to the rapid growth of artists like the Avett Brothers and Jason Isbell. Both Third Man Records and Thirty Tigers have distribution agreements with the Orchard. 

    “We are proud to appoint these two well-deserving women to key executive roles in the company,” said Theis. “Mary Ashley’s leadership, business savvy, and proven expertise has led The Orchard to unprecedented heights in 2022. In her newly expanded role, she will spearhead even bigger opportunities for our artist and label partners. We’re excited to welcome Katie to The Orchard family. As an instrumental partner on the client side, she comes to us with a deep understanding of our business strategy. Her relationships in the Nashville market and beyond will help us further connect local artists and labels to global audiences.” 

    In addition to the new executive promotions, The Orchard celebrated its 25th year with record breaking successes. In 2022, The Orchard had chart-topping debuts from Bad Bunny Jack White, Nas, $uicideboy$, Blxst, Bizarrap, Sturgill Simpson, and Kelsea Ballerini. The Orchard also delivered over 200 Billboard Top 200 releases; its distributed artist and label clients had over 518 billion total streams, and the company’s market share hit an all time high.

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  • Santa Fe Klan’s ‘May y Tierra’ is Certified Gold in Mexico

    Dec 14, 2022

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    Santa Fe Klan’s ‘May y Tierra’ is Certified Gold in Mexico

    Dec 14, 2022

    Rapper Inks Global Distribution Deal With The Orchard

    Chart-topping Mexican rapper Santa Fe Klan scored his first AMPROFON certified gold record for the hit single Mar y Tierra,” initially released on April 4th. The song marked the breakout artist’s first entry on Billboard‘s Hot Latin Songs, with over 65 million streams worldwide. Additionally, Santa Fe Klan recently signed a global distribution deal with The Orchard, a move that will provide him with access to the company’s full suite of services. The Orchard presented the artist (whose real name is Ángel Quezada), with a plaque to commemorate reaching gold status at his recent performance at Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City. 

    Claudia Ochoa, Vice President of The Orchard Mexico said, “We are proud to be a part of the developing history of  Santa Fe Klan. Ángel is an artist with unique talent, and this recognition for “Mar y Tierra ” is the first of the many milestones we will achieve together.”

    Santa Fe Klan added, “I am very happy to start this new stage with The Orchard as partners. My music is the most important thing to me, and I will always want to give my best to my fans.”

    Hailing from Guanajuato, México, Ángel is an emcee capable of connecting with millions of people through his reality: that of a young man from Santa Fe (the neighborhood where he was born and raised) who explores all the vices and virtues of his neighborhood through music. Santa Fe Klan blends hip hop, Mexican rap, cumbias, accordion, and sonideros to achieve his signature “sound from the barrio.” He collaborated with regional Mexican, EDM, and pop artists, and is actively exploring other musical genres. Santa Fe Klan’s fifth studio album Mundo features ballads and piano songs including “Luka,” a lullaby for his newborn son. Harboring a deep respect for his namesake neighborhood, Santa Fe Klan owns a music studio in Guanajuato where residents – especially young men – have the opportunity to record their music for free. 

    In August, Mundo debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums Chart and sat at No. 11 on the Latin Rhythm Albums and in the top 20 on the Top Latin Albums chart. Santa Fe Klan is the second artist to earn a Latin Pop Albums chart Top 10 appearance in 2022 after his single “Soy” (featured on Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Prologue EP ) landed at No. 8 on the Latin Digital Songs.

    Santa Fe Klan told Billboard Magazine,“My songs are emotions and feelings that I write at the moment. Writing for me has been very simple because it’s my truth.”

    About The Orchard:
    The Orchard, now in its 25th year, is a full-service music distribution company operating in more than 45 cities worldwide. The Orchard’s comprehensive artist & label services offering harnesses innovative technology, transparent data analysis, and expertise to reach fans and grow audiences. Offerings include digital and physical sales and marketing, advertising, sync and brand partnerships, rights management, video monetization, collaborator splits and royalty accounting, publishing administration and more. Championed by an exceptional community of music lovers and experts, The Orchard empowers creators and entrepreneurs to grow and adapt in the dynamic, global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com

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  • MAGIC STAR TO BECOME THE ORCHARD’S NEW GLOBAL CHILDREN’S AND FAMILY DIVISION

    Oct 14, 2022

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    MAGIC STAR TO BECOME THE ORCHARD’S NEW GLOBAL CHILDREN’S AND FAMILY DIVISION

    Oct 14, 2022

    The Orchard today announced Magic Star will become its official global division of children
    and family entertainment. Under the new partnership, Magic Star’s roster of children’s brands
    will have access to The Orchard’s full suite of artist and label services and global distribution network.

    Originally launched in 2019 by Sony Music Entertainment UK, Magic Star developed music and strategy
    for celebrated family brands L.O.L. Surprise!, The Rainbow Collections, YolanDa Brown, and more.
    Will Speer will spearhead the new division as Managing Director, reporting to Prashant Bahadur,
    Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy at The Orchard. Magic Star will remain in London.
    The new division will expand upon The Orchard’s current children’s roster, which includes The Wiggles,
    The Kiboomers, Rockabye Baby, and Kidsongs to create a robust, expanded global pipeline. Magic
    Star will work closely with The Orchard to develop strategy across family entertainment and support new
    music releases.

    “We are thrilled that Magic Star has joined The Orchard. Our expertise in the kids and family music
    space coupled with the existing global infrastructure and leading technology of The Orchard will lend
    itself to how we work with our artists and brands. We are looking forward to working with the labels
    currently within The Orchard as well as developing new partnerships,” said Speer.

    “The Magic Star team has helped build timeless children’s brands that resonate with audiences,” said
    Prashant Bahadur EVP, Head of Strategy, The Orchard. “With the new division under The Orchard,
    we will continue to build upon the ideas of education, culture, and digital and social tools to reach
    children and families on a global scale.”

    Magic Star has amassed vast knowledge of the family content marketplace. The brand’s approach to
    music release strategies lies within the four pillars of discovery when it comes to kids: educational,
    digital, social, and cultural. This offers brands unparalleled expertise in tailored marketing campaigns for
    both audio and visual content which specifically target the family audience.

    Speer continues, “Kids and family audio consumption grew tremendously during the pandemic. Magic
    Star understands that the streaming behavior of children is very different from that of adults. We have a
    deep knowledge of how families spend their time as well as how, when, and why they interact with audio
    content.”

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    About Magic Star:
    Magic Star is the Global Division of children’s and family entertainment at The Orchard. Launched in
    October 2019 as part of Sony Music Entertainment UK, Magic Star is dedicated to children’s audio and
    audiovisual content from pop music and spoken word to live events for the whole family. Magic Star’s
    partner offerings include music engagement & marketing strategy, video creation, distribution, brand
    partnerships, spoken word production and press/publicity campaigns. www.magicstarkids.com.

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  • The Orchard Inks Global Distribution Partnership Deal With Glassnote Records

    Jun 21, 2022

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    The Orchard Inks Global Distribution Partnership Deal With Glassnote Records

    Jun 21, 2022

     The Orchard and Glassnote Records today announced a global distribution partnership. Under the agreement, The Orchard will provide the indie giant’s full artist roster with a worldwide network of services and capabilities. Started in 2007 by Daniel Glass, Glassnote Records is home to Grammy Award-winning acts like Mumford & Sons and Phoenix, as well as CHVRCHES, AURORA, Two Door Cinema Club, Daughter, and more. The label originally joined RED Distribution, a subsidiary of Sony Music Group in 2008 and now returns to the Sony Music Group family with The Orchard partnership.  

    Within the last decade, Glassnote Records garnered success with releases like the Grammy-Award Winning Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009) album by French indie pop band Phoenix; Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More (2009) and Babel (2012), which won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 2013; and Childish Gambino’s Camp (2011) Because The Internet (2013) and Awaken My Love (2016) albums. 

    “The Glassnote Records team has built a home for artists that supports and cultivates creativity,” said Brad Navin, CEO, The Orchard. “As a strategic partner, The Orchard will continue to empower and reinforce their creative vision, and help all artists under the partnership expand their reach in international markets.”

    “The Glassnote Team is thrilled to be working with The Orchard,” said Daniel Glass, President & Founder, Glassnote Records. “The global reach and expertise of their team in both digital and traditional distribution will be an asset to our talented roster and the slate of incredible releases we have coming.”

    About Glassnote
    Glassnote Records is the proud home to Grammy Award winning Phoenix, Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling Mumford & Sons, CHVRCHES, AURORA, Two Door Cinema Club, Hamilton Leithauser, Ripe, Daughter, Flight Facilities, The Strumbellas, Dylan Cartlidge, Jade Bird and more. Glassnote has been hailed as the “Best Indie Label” by Rolling Stone, “Label of the Year” at the A2IM Libera Awards, “#1 Independent Label” by Billboard and Pigeons & Planes has described them as “a powerhouse in the world of indie labels.”

    About The Orchard
    The Orchard, now in its 25th year, is a full-service music distribution company operating in more than 45 cities worldwide. The Orchard’s comprehensive artist & label services offering harnesses innovative technology, transparent data analysis, and expertise to reach fans and grow audiences. Offerings include digital and physical sales and marketing, advertising, sync and brand partnerships, rights management, video monetization, collaborator splits and royalty accounting, publishing administration and more. The Orchard empowers creators and entrepreneurs to grow and adapt in the dynamic, global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

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  • Artist Distribution and Services Company Human Re Sources Opens Workspace in Atlanta

    Apr 13, 2022

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    Artist Distribution and Services Company Human Re Sources Opens Workspace in Atlanta

    Apr 13, 2022

    Los Angeles-based artist distribution and services company Human Re Sources announced today it will be expanding and opening a new communal workspace in Atlanta, GA. The new workspace will house two new recording studios, which will be used for artists to record music, and will provide meeting and event space. 

    Mark Jackson, who is currently the Creative Director for the Trap Museum, joins the company as Vice President, Head of Human Re Sources, Atlanta, reporting to J. Erving, Executive Vice President, The Orchard/CEO & Founder, Human Re Sources. As the new Head of Atlanta, Jackson will provide local expertise, and build out Human Re Sources’ roster of artist clients in the region with support from The Orchard.

    Prior to joining Human Re Sources, Jackson led the A&R division for Grand Hustle Records, founded by rapper T.I. During his time, he worked with artists Travis Scott, Trae tha Truth, Young Dro, Tokyo Jetz and Doe B. With more than 15 years of music experience, Jackson lent his expertise as a consultant to EMPIRE Distribution.

    In December 2020, Sony Music Entertainment acquired Human Re Sources. The company then became part of The Orchard’s global distribution and artist and label services brand. Under J. Erving’s leadership, Human Re Sources has signed and developed artists such as Brent Faiyaz, Cordae, YBN Nahmir, Pink Sweat$, Baby Rose, Bren Joy and added artists like 2Tone and Grip, Jensen McRae, and Grammy-nominated Ant Clemons to The Orchard’s roster. 

    “Human Re Sources has always been for the culture. I look forward to expanding its presence across the South and finding raw talent that will move the needle,” said Mark Jackson. “This workspace will offer a home for artists, and we hope to inspire creativity as well as engrain the Human Re Sources brand into Atlanta’s musical DNA.”

    “With this expansion, Human Re Sources will now have an official home in the South. Atlanta is a hot bed for Hip Hop, and for some time now has been leading the charge in the music industry,” said J. Erving, Executive Vice President, The Orchard/Founder and CEO, Human Re Sources. “Having a major player like Mark, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge, will help us build vested relationships in the region and develop the best talent.”

    About Human Re Sources
    Launched in 2017 by founder and CEO J Erving, Human Re Sources is a formidable independent powerhouse of talent development. The black-owned Los Angeles-based digital-distribution company has quickly become a key player and ranks among the Top 10 independent distributors in the music industry. Human Re Sources is recognized for routinely shepherding previously unknown talent into major-label ready stars, as evident from their work with YBN Nahmir (two Platinum single certifications), to Pink Sweats, whose single “Honesty” was certified Platinum in July 2020, and gold singles with both Brent Faiyaz and Cordae. 

    About The Orchard
    The Orchard, now in its 25th year, is a full-service music distribution company operating in more than 45 cities worldwide. The Orchard’s comprehensive artist & label services offering harnesses innovative technology, transparent data analysis, and expertise to reach fans and grow audiences. Offerings include digital and physical sales and marketing, advertising, sync and brand partnerships, rights management, video monetization, collaborator splits and royalty accounting, publishing administration and more. Championed by an exceptional community of music lovers and experts, The Orchard empowers creators and entrepreneurs to grow and adapt in the dynamic, global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

     

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  • Sony Music Entertainment Acquisition of AWAL and Neighbouring Rights Cleared in CMA Final Report

    Mar 16, 2022

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    Sony Music Entertainment Acquisition of AWAL and Neighbouring Rights Cleared in CMA Final Report

    Mar 16, 2022

    On March 16, 2022, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its Final Report on the acquisition of AWAL and Neighbouring Rights. The full press release from the CMA can be found here.

    This Final Report approves Sony Music Entertainment’s (SME) acquisition of Kobalt’s recorded music operations, including AWAL, a leading provider of services to independent recording artists, and Neighbouring Rights, one of the leading performance rights collection agencies for artists and independent labels worldwide, announced in February 2021.

    Sony Music Entertainment said:

    “We welcome the decision by the CMA to clear Sony Music’s acquisition of AWAL and Neighbouring Rights, allowing us to focus on offering the best service for their artists, in an intensely competitive market with multiple competitors and many offerings. This is the start of an exciting new venture for SME, AWAL and Neighbouring Rights, and ensures we can continue to deliver real benefits for artists globally as the music industry continues to evolve.”

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  • The Orchard Expands its Artist & Label Roster and Global Operations Across The African Continent With Key Local Hires

    Jan 06, 2022

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    The Orchard Expands its Artist & Label Roster and Global Operations Across The African Continent With Key Local Hires

    Jan 06, 2022

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    The Orchard Expands its Global Operations Across The African Continent With Key Local Hires

    Mpumi Phillips, Ikechukwu Onuorah and Beth Achitsa join the company in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria

    Local artist and label signees include Busiswa, Naira Marley, Juls, Ambitiouz Entertainment, 

    Ghetto Ruff, Bongo Records and more

     

     The Orchard today announced its continued growth across the African continent with key executive hires: 

    • Mpumi Phillips, Director of Distribution, will lead the company’s Johannesburg, South Africa office;
    • Ikechukwu Onuorah, Director, Nigeria in Lagos, Nigeria; 
    • and Beth Achitsa, Artist & Label Relations Manager in Nairobi, Kenya. 

    Collectively, these new executives will provide local distribution expertise, release strategy, and regional support to The Orchard’s extensive roster of artist and label clients, while focusing on expanding the reach of African artists to global audiences. Phillips, Achitsa and Onuorah will report to Ben Oldfield, Vice President, Africa.

    Mpumi Phillips comes to The Orchard with almost 20 years of industry experience, starting her career as a label manager at Ghetto Ruff before spending 10 years at Sheer Publishing. Ikechukwu Onuorah started his career in London where he gained experience in booking, artist and stage management, festival planning and more. Onuorah previously held positions at Urban Soul Orchestra, Artiste Manager Association Nigeria and the Gidi Culture Festival. In East Africa, Beth Achitsa brings to The Orchard years of festival experience including her position as the Production Lead for the East Africa Music Summit and work with the Lola Kenya Screen festival. 

    “The Orchard’s expansion into this musically rich continent will connect artists to fans all over the globe,” said Ben Oldfield, Vice President, Africa, The Orchard. “Growing our presence with local leadership in these three key markets cements our long-term commitment to artists and labels in Africa, and ensures we have trusted leaders on the ground who truly appreciate, value and understand these varying cultures.”

    “I am so excited to have this opportunity to work with South African artists and labels while expanding their global reach through the innovative network that The Orchard has to offer,” said Mpumi Phillips. “The company is renowned for always putting its clients first and my focus will be to build long term relationships and empower entrepreneurs in South Africa through all the work that we do.”

    “The Orchard’s key strength is its ability to support clients while pushing them to achieve maximum exposure through global reach, whilst at the same time being flexible in its approach and tailoring services to the unique circumstances of the continent,” said Ikechukwu Onuorah. “Most importantly, the company is strongly committed to contributing to the expansion of West Africa by supporting initiatives that empower and sustain economic growth.”

    “The Orchard’s expansion into East Africa means we can be much more hands-on with our artists on the ground,” added Beth Achitsa. “For such a young market where the streaming business is on the rise, it gives me great pleasure to be a part of a global team, serving our labels and partners with local solutions while enabling them to build their businesses globally.”

    In addition to these new executives, The Orchard has also grown its artist and label roster across the continent. Dubbed by Rolling Stone as the leader of the Amapiano genre, Busiswa joins The Orchard in South Africa along with artists BlaQ Diamond, Babes Wodumo and Vusi Nova, and labels Ambitiouz Entertainment and Ghetto Ruff. In West Africa, Lady Donli, Wavy the Creator, Zinoleevsky, Mohbad, Ghanaian Banku producer Juls, Naira Marley and Marlian Music have joined; and in East Africa, artists and labels that have joined The Orchard include Tetu Shani, Maurice Kirya, Bushali, Eric Wainaina, Green Ferry and Bongo Records. 

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    About The Orchard
    The Orchard, now in its 25th year, is a full-service music distribution company operating in more than 45 cities worldwide. The Orchard’s comprehensive artist & label services offering harnesses innovative technology, transparent data analysis, and expertise to reach fans and grow audiences.  Offerings include digital and physical sales and marketing, advertising, sync and brand partnerships, rights management, video monetization, collaborator splits and royalty accounting, publishing administration and more. The Orchard empowers creators and entrepreneurs to grow and adapt in the dynamic, global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

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  • Priya Dewan Promoted to VP, International Marketing, Asia Pacific and MD, Southeast Asia and Korea at The Orchard

    Nov 15, 2021

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    Priya Dewan Promoted to VP, International Marketing, Asia Pacific and MD, Southeast Asia and Korea at The Orchard

    Nov 15, 2021

     Today, The Orchard announced Priya Dewan has been promoted to the Vice President of International Marketing, Asia Pacific (APAC), in addition to Managing Director of Southeast Asia and Korea. The newly appointed Vice President position marks the company’s first Pan-Asian management role. Dewan’s promotion follows the company’s substantial growth in the market, and the need for expansion to provide additional on the ground support to artists and labels in the region. 

    Previously, Dewan held the Vice President of Southeast Asia and South Korea position, and was responsible for leading The Orchard’s teams in the region, providing expertise, release strategy, and regional support; as well as creating a pipeline for artists locally to new international audiences.

    Dewan is responsible for signing The Orchard’s priority labels in the region, including BTS’ label BIGHIT Music and JYP Entertainment – whose roster includes ITZY, Stray Kids and more. In addition to being recognized by Billboard as a 2021 International Power Player, she has 18 years of music industry experience, and previously held a position at UK-based label Warp Records as the Label Manager for North America. Dewan has also represented artists touring in Asia, including CHVRCHES, YUNA, Flying Lotus and Bicep. She will report to Colleen Theis, The Orchard’s Chief Operating Officer.

    Recently, The Orchard launched its office in Indonesia, with Arie Legowo, as Head of Indonesia, and Gyscha Rendy, as Client Services Manager, Southeast Asia, leading operations. Both Legowo and Rendy will report to Dewan in their new roles. In addition to South Korea, The Orchard’s newly expanded reach across Asia now includes an on-the-ground presence in Greater China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines. 

    “The Orchard’s Pan-Asian expansion further amplifies the amazing success we’ve had connecting artists and labels from the region with fans around the world,” said Colleen Theis, COO, The Orchard. “Priya’s leadership and proven expertise at identifying and developing talent will continue to create new opportunities for our clients.”

    “In this new role I look forward to helping more clients from across the region achieve greater success by providing more access to our global tools and teams,” said Priya Dewan. “This also includes exploring bigger opportunities for our entire catalogue with our international Digital Service Providers across the Asia-Pacific region.”

    About The Orchard
    The Orchard is a leading music distribution company operating in 45 offices worldwide. With a comprehensive artist & label services offering including full-service marketing, sync licensing, video services, transparent data analysis, advertising, rights management, digital and physical distribution and more, The Orchard empowers creators and businesses to grow and adapt in the dynamic global industry. For further information, visit www.theorchard.com.

     

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