Month: July 2020

Most Important Story of the Week – 31 July 20: CAA Fires Some Agents…What Does it Mean?

Let’s zig while everyone else is zagging, shall we? Sure, PVOD is officially a thing for one theater chain and one studio. But we knew a compromise was coming eventually. Meanwhile, I’m looking at the power brokers of entertainment for my story of the week. Most Important Story of the Week – CAA Finally Lays ...

Read My Latest “5 Insights from Netflix’s Viewing Data for its Original Movies” at Whats-On-Netflix

If you’re up for some more Netflix data, I got you covered over at Whats-On-Netflix.com. I essentially wrote up this long Twitter thread… 1/ Time to dig deep into some Netflix data. #Netflix #Datecdote $NFLX @Netflix A Thread on Netflix' Feature Film Performance — The Entertainment Strategy Guy (@EntStrategyGuy) July 20, 2020 …into a full-blown ...

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Most Important Story of the Week – 24 July 20: The Incredible Shrinking Libraries of Peacock and HBO Max

The initial draft of this weekly column went very long in the “data of the week” section. So long it’s going to be its own article next week. (It isn’t that time sensitive.) Meanwhile, the biggest story is one of omission… Most Important Story of the Week – The Incredible Shrinking Libraries of Peacock and ...

The 2019 Star Wars Business Report – Theme Parks

This is part III in a multi-part series estimating how much money Disney made off “Star Wars” in 2019. Go here for my larger series on Disney purchasing Lucasfilm in 2012.) – Introduction and Feature Films – Television – Toys As a tremendous Star Wars fan, I couldn’t shake the feeling that Star Wars had ...

Visual of the Week – The Performance of Netflix Top Films Over Time

(This is a new feature from the Entertainment Strategy Guy. It’s a weekly “visual of the week” that will come out every two weeks. If you like it, consider sharing it on social media, just toss me credit.) The big Netflix news last week was their earnings report. But the most fascinating story for a ...

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Most Important Story of the Week – 17 July 20: Peacock Symbolizes the Battlegrounds of the Streaming Wars

We have a special treat today…an interview with Matt Strauss, head of Peacock’s launch. Kidding! I guess I’m the one entertainment outlet that didn’t get that interview. (Seriously, how many interviews did he do over the last month or so?) Like America in World War II, our last entrant joins the streaming wars and that’s ...

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An Aggressively Moderate Take on Coronavirus and Sports

On Wednesday sports in America made their triumphant return! “The MLS Is Back” tournament declared that, well, the MLS is back. This follows the June return for most of European soccer, starting with the Bundesliga and continuing to the English Premier League, the most popular global sports league. Yet not all is sunshine and roses. ...

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Most Important Story of the Week – 10 July 20: Sports Streaming Price Hikes

I hope everyone–and this probably just applies to the Americans–enjoyed the long weekend. The only thing missing really was America’s pastime of baseball. Or any sports really. But all that has changed. Sports are back! Which is really the story of the week. But I’ll tackle that next week in the next installment of “Coronavirus ...

Should You Release Your Movie Straight to Netflix? Part II: The Streaming (nee Netflix) Counter-Arguments

Last December, I started a series whose goal was to valiantly defend the theatrical distribution model. This doesn’t come (only) from some soft spot in my heart for theaters, but from the economics of making movies. Studios can earn a lot more money by releasing their films theatrically. I’ve taken to calling this the “Booksmart ...

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Long Reads for the Long Weekend – 2 July 2020

This isn’t my usual column, is it? I’ll be honest, I plan to take the July Fourth Weekend off, and I wrote this gem ahead of time. (Just like I did last year.) Instead of commenting on the week’s news, I made a list of the best articles I read over the last year or ...