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More, Better Content Drives Demand for Better, Faster Service

“Jeezz, this thing is slow!” Our son was complaining about downloading a TV show from Hulu. It took about 10 seconds before it began streaming. I bit my tongue and refused to say, “You think you’ve got it tough? I can remember…” I reminded myself that comScore recently reported that online ads have 5-6 seconds [...]



Between the sessions at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications and Entertainment Conference and IBC, it’s obvious that folks aren’t just coming to play (think Field of Dreams). They are determined to annihilate their opponent(s). Studio/network execs were ecstatic when Disney’s Igor told the world they were taking their major toys (Disney Motion [...]


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First, it was Al Gore inventing the Internet. Then, Tim Berners-Lee came up with the Web. Finally, we were able to do things on a global basis. Motorola’s Martin Cooper showed off the mobile phone and phone booths started to disappear. Then, Jobs introduced the iPhone and folks mashed all of the communications tools together. [...]

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With this year’s Emmys, it was still obvious that diversity and equality come slowly for the M&E industry – heck, every industry – except for one area. People prove there is diversity, equality in the stuff they watch. They’ll almost any piece of professional content they can get their eyeballs on without paying for it! [...]



“I think your experiment just got a mind of its own.” – Eddie Kasalivich, “Chain Reaction,” Chicago Pacific Entertainment, 1996 I don’t want to say that the AV (autonomous vehicle) is old news but … it’s old news. One of the first videos on the subject, “The Automatic Motorist.” was back in 1911 when filmmaking [...]

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Small Screen Viewing is Becoming a Very, Very Big Deal

The first thing you discover at IBC is that TV isn’t dead. It has just morphed into a dizzying array of ultra-confusing solutions … that’s right, everyone has the answer. Take the simplest – screen size. Streaming to the big screen has shown an increase. No, smartphone is the preferred way of watching your stuff. [...]

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“You have no idea what you have unleashed.” – Dr. Henry Jekyll, “The Mummy, 2017,” Universal Developing, delivering, and using a new technology like VR isn’t easy; but gawd, is it fun. At IBC, we’ll see – and hear from – people who can see it, almost touch it. And we’ll hear a ton of [...]

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IBC Media Coverage … They’re Not Just Coming for You, Honest!

IBC is probably the best and worst trade show in the world. It’s the best because: – It’s the place where M&E firms of every size launch new product concepts, new products. – It attracts the best potential business partners from around the globe. – It is the one main event that anyone who is [...]

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Creative Movies Come from the Heart, Not the Budget

Sure, people like big-budget movies and TV series. They’re interesting, entertaining and give us a chance to see some bleeding-edge stuff that leaves us in awe. But what really leaves a lasting impression is when a project is done that sticks with you weeks, even months, after you’ve seen it. You just know they were [...]

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More, Better Content; More Screens… Now Comes Delivery

“You’re gonna get me in trouble AGAIN. You’re the worst shopping partner EVER.” – Ofglen, “The Handmaiden’s Tale,” MGM, 2017 Just recently enjoyed what has become one of my annual “gotta watch” activities–Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. It’s a great program because it shows that sharks really aren’t the mindless killing machines movies have made them [...]

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If you want to punish your kid today; you don’t ground them, don’t send them to their room, don’t take away their Big Wheel, don’t withhold their allowance. Nope, you cut them off from the Internet – no streaming TV, no computer, no tablet, no smartphone … zip, zero, nada. Of course, their lawyer will [...]


Customers are Hard to Win, Harder to Keep

Companies are running so fast today developing new (sometimes even great) technology that they often lose sight of most important part of the firm’s growth … the customer. But Intel’s Andy Grove (one of the founders and CEO who passed away last year) and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (founder, CEO, chairman) share a common focus, even [...]

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We’ll Spend Time in the Clouds, Even with the Storms

Before the always-on, always-connected online world, folks would spend summer afternoons lying by a creek staring at the clouds and identifying them – planes, dragons, bunnies, snakes, hawks, and mermaids, anything they could imagine. It was all in the mind of the beholder. According to last year’s IBM survey, three-quarters (72 percent) of C-level executives [...]

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Your Future is in Gen Zers’ Hands

“This place… it’s not what we thought it was. It’s not a prison, it’s a test. It all started when we were kids. They’d give us these challenges.” Thomas, “The Maze Runner,” 20th Century Fox, 2014 Recently, I had one of those friendly discussions that never go anywhere – disagreeing about which set of market [...]


You’re in this for the Long Haul, Choose Solution(s) with Care

Whether you’re a movie fan, TV binge-consumer, episodic series viewer, ad lover, stupid dude tricks connoisseur or VR thrill seeker; there’s content out there for you to enjoy, thanks to the bullet train changes in the entertainment industry. Around the world and coming from every corner of the globe; there is a growing volume of [...]

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I think there`s a part of us that is attracted to the bright, shiny, marketing ideas, strategies and concepts that have sprung up in recent years. Gone are the days of good old-fashioned, religious calling through the phone book. This has been replaced by social media, webinars, podcasts, instagram, what’s app – and I’m sure [...]



“For those of us climbing to the top of the food chain, there can be no mercy. There is but one rule: hunt or be hunted.” – Francis Underwood, “House of Cards,” Media Rights Capital, (2013) You may not have noticed it, but your grandfather’s and father’s “Golden Age of Television” has evolved a bit [...]



Normal people don’t know – or care – about the difference between a CPU (central processing unit) and a GPU (graphic processing unit). They simply want to use their computers to create and view great content. But since I was still in a conference mode following the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show, I wanted [...]

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Data, Message, Person….

Over the past few months, we’ve been working with a graphic designer company to revamp our brand. It’s taken a while to come to fruition but we got there in the end. Sometimes, marketing can be a bit like that too – you have a lovely plan and strategy in place, but for some reason, you don’t [...]

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Sometimes my daughter and I don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to movies. After seeing the tentpole fiction movie Wonder Woman, she summed up the movie saying, “She was a total badass!” (I think she picked that line up from Rotten Tomatoes) Yes, it was all about female empowerment; but what was also celebrated was [...]