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Spoken Giants signs Bob Hope and Lucille Ball / Desi Arnaz estates as royalty business grows – Deadline

Spoken Giants, the first royalties administrator for spoken word content, expands its roster by announcing Wednesday that it has signed the estates of Bob Hope and Desilu (Lucille Ball / Desi Arnaz) as well as Gabriel Iglesias, Larry the Cable Guy, Elayne Boosler , Jackie Fabulous, Eddie Pepitone, Nephew Tommy, Jeff Dye and Todd Barry.

Previously announced members include Don Rickles Estate, Ralphie May Estate, Mike Birbiglia, Lewis Black, Dan Cummins, Gerry Dee, Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, Kathleen Madigan, Leanne Morgan, Theo Vona and hundreds more in the thousands. individual comedy works. .

Spoken Giant was created in 2019 by former BMI executive Jim King and 800 Pound Gorilla comedy label founders Ryan Bitzer and Damion Greiman, in response to the fact that online stores, streaming services and other distribution platforms do not compensate the creators of spoken word. as the authors of their works as they do for musicians and songwriters. The company makes quarterly royalty payments for the use of the underlying compositions and acts as an advocate for the comedy community. It is looking to expand to creators of podcasts and other spoken word resources.

“Our rapid growth underscores the need for the community,” King said. “Over the past year, when touring revenue was non-existent, we were happy to know that we were able to help creators stay afloat. Over the long term, our work will allow comedy and other spoken word writers to fully benefit from the same basic, often lucrative sources of income that songwriters and their estates have long enjoyed. “

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