Month: October 2018

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 26 October 2018

The last two weeks have featured key new moves in the multi-dimensional chess match that is the future of TV viewing. (For some of my thoughts in general, check out my NBA-to-entertainment translator where I throw a lot of fun analogies out about old and new media.) Most Important Story of the Week – AT&T/WarnerMedia ...

NBA-to-Entertainment Company Translator: Part II “The Western Conference”

In the heyday of Grantland, they featured a piece from the good people at Men in Blazers to develop an “NBA to English Premiere League” translator. It helped novices to soccer pick a team in the most popular sports league in the world. It worked so well, I adopted Chelsea as my premiere league squad ...

NBA-to-Entertainment Company Translator: Part I “The Eastern Conference”

Basketball is back! And the town of glitz and glamour, the home of showtime—Hollywood—is back! The stars aligned this off-season and the Lakers lured the biggest star in basketball, possibly the world (if you’re an American and ignore soccer), to the greatest franchise in sports history, the Los Angeles Lakers! Here’s The Hollywood Reporter basking ...

The Most Important Shape in Entertainment Part III: The Examples

(This is Part III for a multi-part series on “Logarithmic Distribution of Returns”. Read Part I HERE and Part II HERE.) I come across the flaw of averages in reporting quite a bit. Take my article on MoviePass. The CEO said in an interview with The Indicator that the “average MoviePass customer sees 1.7 movies ...

About Me…My biography

I’m a huge believer in “data”. I’ve noticed, though, that sometimes this bias towards data is interpreted as a sole focus on data in databases. Or it’s interpreted as a bias against case studies, or, more specifically, anecdotes. Here’s the thing: anecdotes are both powerful and awful at the same time. On the “awful” side, ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 5 October 2018

Ever think you published your weekly column, then realize you imagined it Friday afternoon? Bummer. Well, these have been coming out on Monday’s pretty reliably anyways, so it’s all good. The theme of last week (and then some) is pretty clear: turnover and people movement! Usually, I’d call one or two hirings and firings “lots ...

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Applying “VORP” to the Entertainment Industry: A Step by Step Guide

Think about your team right now. Either the people reporting to you or your peers. The people sitting around you in your cubicle or open office desk farm. The ones who should be working, but are probably reading the internet, like you are right now. How many of them could you “replace” and see your ...

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The Most Important Thing Business Can Learn from Sports: Value Over Replacement Player Explained!

Do sports provide good examples or case studies for the oft discussed topic of “leadership”? If we want to excel at leadership, should we study coaches? On the surface, it would seem so. We cite coaches in particular for leadership all the time in the press. Having gone to UCLA, I was indoctrinated early on ...