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How Often Do Celebrity Production Companies Launch Hit Shows?

(Welcome to the Entertainment Strategy Guy, a newsletter on the entertainment industry and business strategy. I write a weekly Streaming Ratings Report and a bi-weekly strategy column, along with occasional deep dives into other topics, like today’s article. Please subscribe.) I didn’t realize that the centerpiece of my “Most Important

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My Third Renewals, Cancellations and Un-orders/Removals Update

(Welcome to the Entertainment Strategy Guy, a newsletter on the entertainment industry and business strategy. I write a weekly Streaming Ratings Report and a bi-weekly strategy column, along with occasional deep dives into other topics, like today’s article. Please subscribe.) I recently received some reader feedback. One of the shows

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The EntStrategyGuy US Subscriber Estimates for Q2 of 2023

(Welcome to the Entertainment Strategy Guy, a newsletter on the entertainment industry and business strategy. I write a weekly Streaming Ratings Report and a bi-weekly strategy column, along with occasional deep dives into other topics, like today’s article. Please subscribe.) How about this…I’m getting my U.S. paid streaming subscriber estimates

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What I Got Right and Wrong in 2023 So Far

(Welcome to the Entertainment Strategy Guy, a newsletter on the entertainment industry and business strategy. I write a weekly Streaming Ratings Report and a bi-weekly strategy column, along with occasional deep dives into other topics, like today’s article. Please subscribe.) Today’s article is free for all to read. If you’d

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The EntStrategy Guy US Subscriber Estimates for Q1 of 2023

(Welcome to the Entertainment Strategy Guy, a newsletter on the entertainment industry and business strategy. I write a weekly Streaming Ratings Report and a bi-weekly strategy column, along with occasional deep dives into other topics, like today’s article. If you were forwarded this email, please subscribe to get these insights

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15 Thoughts On Disney’s Big Content Purge

Last summer, when Warner Bros. Discovery started removing TV shows from Max, people weren’t worried. Everyone blamed the famously cost-conscious David Zaslav, since he’d just taken over Warner Bros. Discovery. Folks just assumed that this move was a cynical tax ploy from a famously cost-conscious manager, not a harbinger of

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Is the End of Copyright Protections Good, Bad or Mixed?

Whenever the subject of “copyright” comes up, one character inevitably comes up: Mickey Mouse! Mickey’s copyright protections are ending! Next year! And the horror stories are limitless.  Non-Disney companies will be printing off Mickey Mouse shirts like crazy! There will be new “Mickey Mouse” shorts and films. And unscrupulous creators

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