Month: May 2019

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 31 May 19: Is Broadcast TV Dead?

I really wanted to figure out a way to make FX turning 25 my biggest story of the week. Fox launched a cable channel that helped define the prestige TV era as much as any other twenty-five years ago tomorrow. (Decider had a good roll up of the top 25 that brought this to my ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 24 May 19: The Writer’s Breach the Agency Lines (while One Agency IPOs)

Here’s the most important narrative question of the entertainment industry: Are we overusing war metaphors in our articles on streaming? Just off the top of my head: Will Netflix kill the studios? Is Disney Plus the death of Netflix? Is the bundle is dying? The #StreamingWars. War, death, murder. Clearly the disruption of the media ...

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How HBO Made Billions on Game of Thrones – Director’s Commentary Part I

One of my guilty pleasure TV series to watch is Forged in Fire on the History Channel. Like Making It, there is something really enjoyable about watching people make things, but especially when they do it really well. Especially in a positive atmosphere, which is what Forged in Fire and Making It emphasize. Well, if I ...

GoT vs LoTR vs Narnia – Appendix: Subscription Video Economics… Explained! Part 2)

(This is an “Appendix” to a multi-part series answering the question: “Who will win the battle to make the next Game of Thrones?” Previous articles are here: Part I: The Introduction and POCD Framework Appendix: Licensed, Co-Productions and Wholly-Owned Television Shows…Explained! Appendix: TV Series Business Models…Explained! Part 1 Appendix: TV Series Business Models…Explained Part 2 Appendix: ...

Read My Latest at Decider – How HBO Made Billions on Game of Thrones

I’ve been in a bunker these last couple of weeks and that bunker was an Excel bunker with internet access where I had one quest: to estimate how much money HBO made off Game of Thrones. As I was writing my big series, “The game of thrones for the Next Game of Thrones”, I realized ...

GoT vs LoTR vs Narnia – Appendix: Subscription Video Economics… Explained! Part 1)

(This is an “Appendix” to a multi-part series answering the question: “Who will win the battle to make the next Game of Thrones?” Previous articles are here: Part I: The Introduction and POCD Framework Appendix: Licensed, Co-Productions and Wholly-Owned Television Shows…Explained! Appendix: TV Series Business Models…Explained! Part 1 Appendix: TV Series Business Models…Explained Part 2) Consider ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 17 May 19: The CW Ends Their Netflix Deal (and that Hulu/Disney news)

Distracted by a new birth in my (extended) family, and a big article that will launch next week, I didn’t get to write a lot for this website this week. But I’ll be back in a big way next week. In the meantime, I had lots of stories to choose from for this week’s round ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 10 May 19: M&A in Media and Entertainment Stayed Flat in 2018

Let’s get this update out on a Friday like it is intended. Most Important Story of the Week – Mergers and Acquisitions in 2018 Update (Finally!) For some reason, PwC never released their 2018 update for Media and Telecommunications merger & acquisitions update. Or if they did, I never saw it. But PwC did release ...

GoT vs LoTR vs Narnia – TV Series Business Models (Scripted)…Explained! Part 2

(This is an “Appendix” to a multi-part series answering the question: “Who will win the battle to make the next Game of Thrones?” Previous articles are here: Part I: The Introduction and POCD Framework Appendix: Licensed, Co-Productions and Wholly-Owned Television Shows…Explained! Appendix: TV Series Business Models…Explained! Part 1 Appendix: TV Series Business Models…Explained Part 2 Appendix: ...

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Most Important Story of the Week and Other Good Reads – 3 May 19: Sinclair Buys Disney RSNs

Since I took off two Fridays ago, I had a lot of content to sift through for this week’s update. If you have to know, I took off to see Avengers: Endgame (loved it), then, my wife and I threw a baby shower (she threw it; I cleaned), and then we both got sick (and ...