Netflix Hires a Former EA Exec and Damien Hirst Drops His First NFTs in This Week’s Business and Crypto Roundup

While the ‘Space Jam’ theme song is up for grabs as an NFT.

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Many brands are starting to see a recovery despite the challenges initially brought on by the pandemic. Some businesses, especially ones that focused efforts on expanding e-commerce ventures, have even seen profits rise even higher than before.

HYPEBEAST has rounded up the top business and crypto stories of the week so you can stay in-the-know about trends across industries.

Business

1. The winner of the first seat on Blue Origin‘s upcoming spaceflight cancels due to ‘scheduling conflicts’

Blue Origin announced the news in a press release on Thursday, saying that 18-year-old Oliver Daemen will make the journey instead. The unknown auction winner had paid $28 million USD for the opportunity.

2. Burberry said it is ‘very confident’ that Riccardo Tisci will stay as creative director 

Burberry shared its first quarter trading reports, showing a return to pre-pandemic levels of growth. CFO Julie Brown revealed that the house was “very confident” Tisci would remain in post following the surprise decision of CEO Marco Gobbetti to join Ferragamo.

3. The Weeknd invested in a company that allows people to buy personalized songs from artists

The Chicago-based company promises to provide customers with an original recorded song within three to seven days. Songfinch’s website advertises that for $199 USD.

4. Netflix hired a former Electronic Arts and Facebook executive to spearhead its new venture into gaming

Mike Verdu — the former Facebook vice president heavily tied to working with developers on Oculus — joins Netflix as vice president of game development.  Amongst the many titles worked on, Verdu was also instrumental in the Star Wars and Sims video game franchises for Electronic Arts.

5. LeBron James’ SpringHill Co. was rumored to hit $750 million USD in valuation

The video production company is in talks with potential investors for the sale of a piece of the firm. Its portfolio includes the new Warner Bros. film Space Jam: A New Legacy staring James, a remake of the 1990 classic comedy House Party for New Line and Adam Sandler’s upcoming film Hustle for Netflix.

Crypto

1. A co-creator of dogecoin offered a scathing rebuke of the cryptocurrency industry

Dogecoin co-creator Jackson Palmer recently resurfaced on Twitter to offer his thoughts on the current state of cryptocurrency. He said “cryptocurrency is an inherently right-wing, hyper-capitalistic technology,” among other things.

2. ASICS released its ‘Sunrise Red’ collection as NFTs

ASICS launched its new “Sunrise Red” collection, with each of the nine silhouettes releasing as digital sneakers. Overall, 189 NFTs will be available.

3.Ukrainian police busted a massive Sony PlayStation 4 cryptofarm

The large-scale cryptofarm was set up in the former warehouse of JSC Vinnytsiaoblenerho where it is estimated to have stolen up to $260,000 USD in electricity from the city. Over 5,000 computers and 3,800 Sony PlayStation 4 consoles were seized by police.

4. Damien Hirst is dropping 10,000 Hand-Painted Works as NFTs

Damien Hirst has joined the NFT party with a collection set to release through art sales platform HENI. Dubbed “The Currency,” the drop consists of 10,000 hand-painted works of art, each with a corresponding NFT that you can apply for the chance to purchase.

5. The original theme song for the 1996 ‘Space Jam’ movie is up for grabs as an NFT

In honor of the film’s 25th anniversary, Quad City DJs — the musicians behind the high-energy jam — are releasing several NFTs. The offering marks the first NFT of a major motion picture theme song.

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