Photo: SAG AFTRA Last month, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists — the labor union better known by its acronym SAG-AFTRA, though it’s my understanding most people just call it SAG — approved an “ influencer agreement ,” setting up a pathway for the now-ubiquitous creative class to gain membership and access protections typically afforded to more traditional forms of creative work. I learned this, of course, the same way I learn about most other economic developments in the influencer space, which is by reading Taylor Lorenz, who wrote an informative piece on the matter for The New York Times. What happens in influencer-land is increasingly pertinent to what happens here in podcast-land, in part because influencers as a talent ecosystem have flowed quite a bit into the podcast business in recent years, as they have just almost everywhere else as part of their search for greater revenue diversification. It’s also just interesting to see SAG-AFTRA, a staple component of the broader mainstream entertainment ecosystem which formed out of a 2012 merger between two unions that originated in the thirties, open its doors to this thoroughly modern creative class. It’s a move that theoretically creates value going both ways: As much as this story amounts to some mainstream recognition of this new influencer economy, it’s also about SAG-AFTRA working to keep up with the times. “Making it easier to cover this type of work has been a top priority for our organization,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris in the press release about the approval . “As new ways of storytelling emerge, it’s imperative that we embrace and lift up these artists.” That’s all well and good, of course. The question, however, is the extent to which the union will adequately do that embracing and lifting for all other kinds of emergent artists and industries as well. Around the time the influencer agreement was approved, I spotted a … [Read more...] about Can the Screen Actors Guild and Podcasters Get Along?
February 28, 2021 - 08:16 GMT Sharnaz Shahid GBBO star Nadiya Hussain on why lockdown was special for her children and husband Abdal as she unveils exciting new venture with Next Since winning Great British Bake Off in 2015, Nadiya Hussain 's career has gone from strength to strength with a number of hit TV shows, book deals, and now, a brand new campaign with high-street fashion brand Next. Despite her success, the 36-year-old is first and foremost a doting mum to three children; sons Musa, 14, Dawud, 13, and daughter, Maryam, ten, whom she shares with husband Abdal. READ: Nadiya Hussain's 'no frills' second wedding was so romantic Loading the player... WATCH: Nadiya Hussain plays HELLO!/Goodbye! The couple, who have been married for nearly 16 years, found themselves among the thousands of parents who have had to navigate through the perils of homeschooling during the three nationwide lockdowns. DISCOVER: Here's why Nadiya Hussain rejected Strictly offer MORE: Celebrity bakes giving us lockdown inspiration - from Holly Willoughby to Nadiya Now, in an exclusive chat with HELLO! , the 36-year-old has opened up about how her family made lockdown life a little bit easier. Reflecting on the past 12 months, she shared: "I think we've all learnt lots of lessons. But equally that being said, we all just want to get back to something that's normal. We don't really know what normal is going to be like anymore after all of this. "I think in the last five or six years and certainly since having children, it's been go go go as I had my children in quick succession. And now I have realised how my nest is going to leave as quickly as they came into the world." The celebrity chef has teamed up with Next Having sacrificed so much this past year, Nadiya believes everyone should be kinder to themselves and give themselves a break. "It's about kind of taking stock of what … [Read more...] about Nadiya Hussain on why lockdown was special as she unveils exciting new venture – EXCLUSIVE
“I’m always speechless when I talk about being nominated. I can’t really wrap my head around the fact that I’m making stuff here, where I’m sitting.” Photo: Iris Gottlieb Kaytranada has what every producer strives for: an in-demand signature sound. His records glide fluidly between four-to-the-floor house beats, hip-hop sample-flipping, and P-Funk style 808 bass lines. He honed the technique as a teenager, and it has since grabbed the attention of some all-star collaborators: Pharrell Williams, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Anderson .Paak, and Kendrick Lamar. This year, he’s nominated for three Grammys, including Best Dance/Electronica Album for his 2019 sophomore release, Bubba , and Best New Artist. But Kaytranada is hardly new to music ; at 28, he has been building a career in the industry for more than a decade. Although the recognition may be overdue, the thrill of it hasn’t worn off. “I’m Kaytranada, all the way from Montreal, Canada — been making beats since I was young. And now here I am, [one of the] Best New Artists for the Grammys. It’s really crazy and exciting,” he says. On this week’s episode of Switched on Pop, co-host Charlie Harding spoke with Kaytranada about how his DIY approach to production led him to music’s biggest stage. Charlie: Take me to the start. What got you into making music? Kaytranada: Music was always in me. I always wanted to make music. When I was 14, I found out about software like VirtualDJ, Traktor, and FruityLoops, and I just really went into production and making beats. In my mom’s basement, we had a PC that we had to share with the whole family, and I was making my beats there. Charlie: And you were heavily into DJ culture and remixing songs for SoundCloud; it’s how you took off. What’s the backstory to the one that went viral first, your 2012 remix of Janet Jackson’s “If”? Kaytranada: I was really inspired by this Flying Lotus show that I’d just seen. And that night, I made that remix. Posted … [Read more...] about Kaytranada’s Decade-Long Journey to Best New Artist