Entertainment is Becoming a Serious Business

Of course, then in October 2015 Reed Hastings went and raised the price to $10 then later … . But still, you didn’t have to tolerate those growing bundles of repetitive ads. “Overnight” people around the world were watching their content and studios/tech firms were thinking, “Hey that looks easy.” Bezos figured he’d add Amazon…

The Pandemic Accelerated the Focus of Serving the Viewer

Tenet painfully clawed itself to maybe $80M in ticket sales in the US and perhaps $400M globally while most major projects were slid into next year or worse, slipped into various D2C options. Studios and all but the most ardent theater goers said, “You know that I love you … I just don’t like you…

Only the Best Will Thrive on the Theater, Home Screen

Despite the fact that movie theater attendance has been decreasing for the past 10 years, the new screens have increased. At the same time, there’s no indication that the industry will slow the opening of more theaters or that folks will return to the movie houses on a regular basis in large numbers. IMAX’s Aron,…

Content Piracy Is Not A Victimless Crime

Without in-person sports attendance, online viewing has been off for football, basketball, baseball, tennis, hockey … well, you get the point. It just didn’t have the same excitement. But when the word got out that unreleased episodes of the Netflix-ESPN The Last Dance highlighting the Michael Jordan era with the Chicago Bulls, free stuff sports…

International Production Suddenly Looks More Attractive

2020 was tough! Sure, we watched Outbreak and Contagion last year, but no one really took this whole pandemic thing serious until mid-to-late March when Tom Hanks announced he and his wife, Rita Wilson, tested positive for COVID-19 while he was in Australia filming an Elvis Presley biopic. Suddenly, people were saying, “Holy S*** this…

Good Streaming Entertainment Deserves Great Ad Support

Early in the Spring the upfronts – where networks talk big spenders into getting theirs first – were basically cancelled because no one knew what (if any) shows were going to be ready for the fall season. The Euro football championships were cancelled. The Olympics were pushed to this year…maybe. Then things got bad. Networks…

It’s Time for the Next Generation of Streaming Service

While growing up in the US’s west coast, a big deal every fall was going to the annual county fair, every day. We became enthralled one year watching a barker hawking knives or pots/pans or something. What intrigued us was that he would have this crowd gathered and then would switch to looking at/talking to…

Authority! #1 International Best Selling Non-Fiction Book – January 9th 2021

Pleased to be one of the 15 authors for this best seller International Best Seller! This insightful book, you will find the collective wisdom of 15 international thought leaders, scattered across three continents and multiple industries, as they share their best strategies for building influence and authority. Covering everything from video and print media to…

Content is getting better because of the pandemic

Getting in to Jurassic World Pinewood studio now looks a lot different than entering before production was shut down in March!

Streaming Evolution Is Fast, Some Can Be Disingenuous

“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” – Margo, “All About Eve,” 20th Century Fox, 1950 Like the M&E industry, what is considered acceptable and what is frowned upon is constantly evolving. We’re not certain if the changes are good/needed or we’ll simply become numb and ultimately accept it as the “new…