Category: Most Important Story of the Week

Our weekly highlight of the news, focused not on the buzzy stories, but on the most important story for entertainment industry professionals.

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Netflix Is Getting Into Video Games Because It Is The Best Option Left – Most Important Story of the Week – 19-July-21

If you pushed me, the most “fun” story this week would be the fact that streaming in 2021 finally had a better week than the same time in 2020. But I covered that in my streaming ratings report. Fortunately, when Netflix leaks that they may radically expand their business, that’s easily my story of the ...

Comcast Gets Wishy-Washy with Its Universal Films – Most Important Story of the Week 9-July-21

Last week gave me “gut thinking” whiplash. What started as a brilliant strategic move one day turned into a muddled mess by the next. Let’s explain why Comcast’s decision to split its feature film rights between Peacock and Prime Video is such a confusing move. (Sign up for my newsletter to get all my columns, ...

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Long Reads for the Long Weekend – 2021

One of the casualties of 2021 was my newsletter edition that featured links to my favorite stories, podcasts and newsletters every so often. Adding the “Streaming Ratings Report” every week was enough extra work that something had to go. Add that lots of other newsletters curate entertainment business news better, and it made sense to ...

What Does Hot “Ad” Summer Mean for Entertainment?: Most Important Story of the Week 25-June-21

Spielberg. The Supreme Court and NCAA. Conan ending his TV show. This week in entertainment didn’t want for big names. But were any of them truly the “most important” story of the week? No. For that, let’s pull back and look at a slightly longer view. (Sign up for my newsletter to get all my ...

Consolidation Meets Antitrust: How the Flurry of Antitrust News Will Impact Entertainment – Most Important Story of the Week – 18 June 21

Someone sent me the headline about the flurry of House antitrust bills last Friday, and said, “Story of the week?” That’s close. It was a big, important move, but just shy from being “actual” news since it hasn’t passed the Senate yet. And most bills go to die there. But then, someone else sent me ...

AMC (Theaters) Is The Latest Meme Stock…and What That Means for The Entertainment Industry – Most Important Story of the Week – 11-June-21

Sometimes, a statistic is just crazy enough to make it the story of the week. This month that’s this: At various times in June of 2021, AMC Theaters was more highly valued than half of the S&P 500. That’s crazy enough to be… Most Important Story of the Week –  Please, Please, Please Do NOT ...

Why Did Amazon buy MGM? – Many Musings on May’s Media M&A, Part 1

May was truly “media merger madness month”. On May 17th, Discovery announced they were merging with Warner Media. (I was on vacation.) On May 26th, Amazon announced they were buying MGM. (Then it was Memorial Day weekend.) Then last week I had a consulting gig I couldn’t say no to. (And I had a trip ...

The Merger That Defines The Streaming Wars: How Discovery Merging With Warner Media Illuminates the Key Schism in the Entertainment Industry

What a time to be alive and writing a column on the business of entertainment. I get back from vacation, and not only do I get a mega Hollywood divorce, but I get a mega Hollywood marriage. In the same story! This deal—AT&T selling Warner Media to Discovery—has me bursting with thoughts.  As you’ll likely ...

When Going “All In” Is Bad Strategy – Most Important Story of the Week: 14 May 21

Ever get a phrase stuck in your head? Like an ear worm? I had one of those this week, as I debated between anointing ViacomCBS, Comcast or Discovery as the “most important” story of the week. To exorcise that mental demon, and to mix metaphors, I plan to debunk it today. (Sign up for my ...

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Are Theaters Dead or About to Come Back to Life? – Most Important Story of the Week – 7 May 21

Two and a half months back, I made a bold call. Looking at the pace of vaccinations, the growth of that growth and the incredible effectiveness of vaccines, I said, “By May, theaters will be back!” Since the only thing more valuable than making predictions is checking to see if they were right, given that ...