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Von Iva Hits the Big Time with Jim Carreynew

How do you amass a large audience from outside the traditional music industry? If you're San Francisco's Von Iva, the answer has moved from labels to licensing -- a direction that recently landed the group in the onscreen company of Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel.
SF Weekly  |  Jennifer Maerz  |  12-03-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Label X Closes Up Shopnew

Label president Todd Smith is a pretty circumspect cat these days. You would be too if you just pulled the plug on your own company.
LEO Weekly  |  Mat Heron  |  07-14-2008  |  Music

Will the Hassle of Dealing with MLB Bury a Documentary About a Cubs Superfan?new

Just days before the Cubs season opener in 2005, amateur filmmaker Paul Hoffman premiered his documentary about Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers at a gala benefit at the Chicago Historical Society. Hoffman figured it was only a matter of time before Woo Life: One Life Saved by the Game of Baseball found a distributor and brought further attention to a cause near to his heart, the plight of Chicago's homeless. But in fact, in three years' time he'd be sitting on a thousand copies of the film.
Chicago Reader  |  Jeff Carroll  |  06-16-2008  |  Sports

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