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Nokia's Ojanpera To Deliver MidemNet Keynote

Nokia's Tero Ojanpera is set to deliver the keynote address at this year's MidemNet when it kicks off on this Saturday in Cannes.

Zavvi Administrators Close More Stores

British music and entertainment retailer Zavvi will close another 18 stores and cut 353 jobs, the collapsed company's administrators said Wednesday.

HMV And Mama Group Join Forces

HMV has partnered with venue operator the Mama Group on a joint venture that will see the U.K. entertainment retailer sharing profits at 11 mid- to large-size venues.

Festival Republic Warns Against Ticket Sites

Live Nation-UK promoter Festival Republic has posted a warning for ticket purchases that there appear to be several firms selling unauthorized tickets to Festival Republic events, including the Leeds, Reading and Latitude festivals.

Promoter China West Entertainment Halts Operations

Shanghai-based promoter China West Entertainment has announced that they are suspending operations, citing an inability to "maintain a profitable bottom line."

Salzburg Festival's Theatrical Director To Stay On

Austria's prestigious Salzburg Festival says its theatrical director will not step down this autumn as previously announced.

Hypebot @ MidemNet and Midem

I fly to France on Wednesday to attend both MidemNet and Midem. While in Cannes, I'll be helping to host MidemNet as part of its Visionary Chair Committee along with Ted Cohen, Terry McBride, Harvey Goldsmith, Chris Anderson, Sam Dunn and Ralph Simon.

Live Nation Lawyers Take Issue WIth Jamaican Jazz Musician

Lawyers for Live Nation have reportedly sent a letter to Jamaican jazz musician Seretse Small, requesting that he stop using the phrase "Live Music Nation" in connection with performances produced by his company, Griot Music.

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