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The Orchard Adds More International Labels

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire)– The Orchard, has entered into new partnerships with China-based Asia Markets Development Limited (AMDL) and Palestine-based New Sound. AMDL will help The Orchard source the best independent music from China and other Far East music territories,and will additionally serve as The Orchard's local liaison for label partners. Similarly, New Sound will significantly expand and deepen The Orchard's reach in the Mid-East. The addition of AMDL and New Sound enhance The Orchard's global network of aggregation partners, which include The Orchard Japan, Carmel Music (Middle East), EPSA (South America) and Amped Music (Australia).

AMDL was formed to protect Asian content, which is notoriously subject to piracy, and to establish overseas distribution for music and other forms of intellectual property originating from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. AMDL is helmed by a triumvirate of executives with significant music, media and local business experience. Daniel Cheung is a seasoned digital media executive with more than 20 years experience in telecom and global information technology. Jolland Chan is an accomplished songwriter and producer with 20 years in the music industry with more than 800 titles of Cantonese and Mandarin pop songs in the Greater China Region. He has received countless accolades, including Best Lyrics Award, 10 Golden Song Awards, and the Most Performed Work by Media and Society of the Year Award. Mike Davies is a management and tech executive with 25 years of experience in telecom and Internet development and has worked extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe and Russia.

New Sound is Palestinian company based in Ramalla and run by Yousef Khalaf. Established in the early 1960s, the company started as a manufacturer of audiocassettes. Currently, New Sound distributes music to the Arab countries and maintains strong relations with music companies there.

"Early on, we made a commitment to establish a powerful international network of savvy and strongly-positioned music companies to take advantage of The Orchard's market position and marketing capabilities," said Greg Scholl, chief executive of The Orchard and managing director of Dimensional Associates, the company that owns The Orchard, eMusic and Dimensional Music Publishing. "Music from international sources has historically been 'landlocked' due to the major labels structure and the way physical distribution has worked in the past. The Orchard is helping to change that, working with players woven into the fabric of local music markets. Our recent success with Saregama content on American iTunes, for example, where we accomplished an unheard of 20% share for Indian music in the Top 100 World Music charts, is testament to effectiveness of our approach and our ability to execute."

Other announced aggregation partners of The Orchard include:

  • Carmel Music – Carmel Music is based in Israel and headed by long-time
    music executive Miki Tunis. Prior to Carmel, Tunis served as CEO of
    Hed Artzi Israel, one of Israel's largest entertainment and media
    companies, and served as chairman of Tower Records, a subsidiary of Hed
    Artzi Israel. For The Orchard, Carmelis aggregating the top independent
    Israel and Palestinian labels as well as aggressively moving into the
    surrounding Middle Eastern countries and Northern Africa to source music

  • Amped – Amped Music serves as The Orchard's exclusive content
    aggregation and digital distribution partner in Australia. The company
    is headed by Gary Mackenzie (AC&T's co-founder and managing director)
    who has more than 25 years of music industry experience, including
    serving as managing director of the highly successful 90's label Def
    Records and now Blah Records;

  • Epsa – Epsa Music is a leading Argentinean record label and one of South
    America's largest CD manufacturing companies. Headquartered in Buenos
    Aries, Epsa is the dominant tango and folk label in Argentina with a
    large, diverse catalogue. The Epsa catalogue contains acclaimed and
    Grammy award winning artists such as Gerardo Gandini, Orquesta el
    Arranque and Color Tango.

  • Orchard Japan – Orchard Japan is helmed by digital music pioneer Hiro
    Watanabe, founder of DMI (Digital Music Initiative), the first and only
    advertising-based Internet solution able to stream major label music
    content in Japan. Orchard Japan serves the Japanese market,
    aggressively licensing The Orchard's catalogue to Asia's mobile music
    market while also aggregating top independent labels from Japan for
    global distribution through The Orchard; and

  • Saregama – The Orchard is continuing to build on its strong relationship
    with legendary Indian record company Saregama, the oldest and one of the
    largest music companies in India. The Orchard distributes and markets
    Saregama's catalogue worldwide and to western audiences through
    prominent placements on iTunes, eMusic and other digital music services.
    Saregama executives continue to support The Orchard in efforts to source
    the region's best music, expose it to new audiences for the first time,
    and build a strong Western market for contemporary Indian music and
    music representing India's rich and diverse musical heritage.

The Orchard has also established relationships with an array of content aggregation consultants throughout Europe:

  • Biz4Music – Biz4Music provides services including management of music
    catalogs, representation, licensing and synchronization, for producers
    and publishers. Owned by Francois Vautier, Dominique Rottet and
    Olivier de Simone, the company maintains a strong team of
    representatives in Europe, with a focus on France, Belgium and

  • The Orchard Scandinavia – The Orchard has appointed Michael Hoffman to
    be director, Artists and Label Relations – Scandinavia. Hoffman
    founded Stellar Artist Management in Malmo, Sweden in 1998. In 2003, a
    sister (head) office was opened in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stellar Artist
    Management represents a wide array of artists from all over the world;

  • Simon Lait (UK) – Simon Lait founded the pioneer video record label
    Radial choice and released the first ever long form music video
    featuring US artist Toni Basil, whose hit single "Mickey" became a pop
    classic. Recognized as an innovator with an instinctive feel for
    developing new opportunities in the music sector, Lait was an early
    player in online music with Al Teller's Atomic Pop label and consulted
    on the development of the online music licensing platform, Lait is a director of a number of prominent
    independent record labels and is a leading consultant on business
    development, financing, licensing and acquisitions in the music and
    media industries; and

  • Michele Forte (Italy)-Michele Forte is a former producer and major/indie
    marketing expert. At Universal Music, he's overseen marketing campaigns
    for Aqua, Aerosmith, Jakob Dylan, Tupac and more. He has co-founded an
    alternative label and served as Head of Alternative for Sony Music. He
    co-founded Italy's first online marketing agency, Semilla.

    –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen