Month: November 2018

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 30 Nov 2018: Slight Tweaks to the Netflix Model

This week was a battle for the most important story between three related streaming stories. Who won? Well, Netflix, but not for the story you think. Most Important Story – The First Netflix Original on Linear Broadcast To steal from my own Twitter feed, Netflix is lauded as THE truly innovative company in entertainment. I ...

Don’t Kill Mickey Mouse! A Simple Solution to Copyright Law EVERYONE Will Love

Let me paint a nightmare scenario: “Evil corporations realize they have extremely valuable intellectual property. Famous characters like Superman, Batman, and most of all, Mickey Mouse. These corporations employ armies of lawyers and lobbyists and they get to work on Congress. They extend the copyright on all works indefinitely. This means potentially millions or tens ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 23 Nov 2018: Here Comes the Retailers

If you own a retail company, you know what you should do? Enter the TV business. In the glorious tradition of electric companies and liquor salesmen, now the big box and online retailers are entering the biz. Here come the retailers! Other Contender for Most Important Story of the Week – Retailers Enter the Streaming ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 16 November 2018: Goodbye to FilmStruck

The streaming wheel keeps spinning. More and more companies want to join the future of entertainment and release their shows on-demand. Yet, what intrigued me most was one of those massive conglomerates not announcing new businesses, but shuttering old ones. Most Important Story of the Week – WarnerMedia shut down FilmStruck Wait, did Warner Media ...

NBA-to-Entertainment Company Translator: Part III “The Rest”

(Read Part I and Part II here and here. The only downside of my NBA-to-Entertainment translator was that I only had 30 NBA teams to unleash my snark. In entertainment, we have many more companies that just couldn’t make the cut. So I had to expand the world of the NBA just a little bit ...

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Disney-Lucasfilm Deal Part VIII: The Theme Parks Make The Rest of the Money

(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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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 9 November 2018: How the Elections Could Impact Hollywood

Over the last few weeks, there were big stories (elections), tragic stories (devastating forest fires in the southland), and heart-breaking stories (the shooting in Thousand Oaks). So many stories that it gets hard to stay focused on the business of media and entertainment. So a few days/weeks late, here is my round up of stories ...