Month: September 2018

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 28 September 2018

I got to work on a fun (and paid) consulting project last week and like all good consultations, it hoovered up a lot of time, eventually going into the weekend and into the nights. But it warmed my heart to know that I’d have a classic story to return to: Comcast buying something. Ahhh. Good ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 21 September 2018

Was there a big awards show last week? There was! I should write a lot about that, right? Nope. My most important story of the week isn’t the Emmy, though it’s a story that is a few weeks old, so the “this week” part seems not quite right. But it’s a good story. The Most ...

The Myths of CBS…Debunked!

A few years back, I was at a party—more like a family get together—and the subject turned to TV. Everyone at the party started raving about the latest The Big Bang Theory. Then raving about other CBS shows. As an effete, Millennial, west coast liberal, with New York values, I joked about it with my ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 14 September 2018

Hypothetical question: in any given week, do more people in America watch CBS or Netflix? Think about it for a moment, but  you know why I’m asking: the firing of Les Moonves is the most important story in entertainment. Absolutely for last week, definitely for the month and in competition for the year. I almost ...

The Most Important Shape in Entertainment Part II: Logarithmically Distributed Returns

My dad didn’t like the ending of Empire Strikes Back. His felt that it didn’t finish the story, it left off with a, “See you next movie!” conclusion. That irritated him. He hasn’t seen Avengers: Infinity War yet, so you know he won’t like that. My article yesterday probably did sort of the same thing ...

The Most Important Shape in Entertainment Part I: Distributions Explained!

You want to know a secret? The underlying secret to all media and entertainment? The peak behind the curtain that explains all you see in film, TV, music and more? Here it is. “Logarithmically distributed returns.” Once you learn it you can’t forget it. Like how to do a magic trick, which is what I ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 7 September 2018

I try to write these updates to post by late afternoon on a Friday. Often–most weeks actually–I miss that optimistic target and finish them over the weekend/first thing Monday morning, then back date them to the week they cover. Obviously the biggest story of entertainment was Les Moonves being fired, but that happened on September ...

Disney-Lucasfilm Deal Part VII – Licensing (Merchandise, Like Toys, Books, Comics, Video Games and Stuff)

(This is Part VII of a multi-part series answering the question: “How Much Money Did Disney Make on the Lucasfilm deal?” Previous sections are here: Part I: Introduction & “The Time Value of Money Explained” Appendix: Feature Film Finances Explained! Part II: Star Wars Movie Revenue So Far Part III: The Economics of Blockbusters Part ...

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A Quick Addendum to Theme 2: Making it More Complicated

When I wrote “Theme 2: It’s Not Value Capture, It’s Value Creation” last week, I made things seem really simple. Probably too simple.That said, I hold to my core point: most businesses could benefit by pulling out that chart and answering three simple questions, “What price do we charge customers?” “What is their willingness to ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 31 August 2018

With this update, we’re officially out of the slowest, dumbest month of news, August. Here’s my round-up of the “Most Important Story of the Week”, a few days late because of that blasted long weekend. (I’ll save my rants on how much better America would be with more 3 and 4 day weekends for a ...