DIC Hits Right Notes with Online Music Service

DIC Ent. is expanding its empire with a new online production music business called Cuetunes (www.cuetunes.com). The new site, which debuted this month, offers quality, cost-effect production music to film and TV professionals, indie producers, teachers and students.

One of the biggest selling points of this new service is that it is a one-stop music source’and it’s royalty-free! Users can buy quality, affordable (beginning at $21.95) production music for various types of production projects, including station themes, news and commercial music and animated shows and shorts.

‘DIC owns literally thousands of music cues, and cuetunes.com provides a vehicle to monetize the valuable asset,’ says Deb Clark, DIC’s VP of royalty and music publishing administration. ‘One of our most important goals is to make the user’s experience as simple and enjoyable as possible by providing myriad searchable song criteria, user-friendly customer service support and through our Preferred Patron Program.’

Cuetunes.com uses a state-of-the-art search and delivery system that leverages Counterpoint Systems’ MusicSource Online software. Users are able to search and select professional music cues by keywords or a broad range of genres, styles and instrumentations for a one-time fee for both the publishing and master recording rights. Selected music tracks may be managed by project, viewed by associates and purchased in MP3 and/or WAV formats for $21.95 (10 seconds or less) or $39.95 (longer than 10 seconds) per track through PayPal, which accepts bank debit and credit cards MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover. Through the Preferred Patron Program, approved registered users have the option to ‘test-drive’ (download and evaluate) selected tracks for up to 14 days before buying.

Last month, DIC launched its first online video channel, Kewlcartoons.com, which is billed as a one-stop children’s entertainment destination that serves to bring together the web communities for DIC’s array of renowned brands, including Dino Squad, Inspector Gadget, The Littles and Liberty’s Kids.