Google Alphabet Soup. Guide to all companies Google.

There has been so much discussion around the restructuring of Google I thought it would be helpful to post a complete list of all of the Google companies along with some key articles to better understand the restructure. The depth and breadth of their holdings are massive. The ratio of innovation and disruption across the […]

Using Brand Data to develop the right content.

The traditional television networks had to be all things to all people. In order to distribute their content, they needed deep infrastructure along with multiple broadcast, cable and FCC licensing agreements. Today everyone is a broadcaster and the costs are minimal. Brands used to have to buy their way into a network’s broader audience – […]

The next big thing in digital content…those little cable channels you never heard of.

And they thought cable was dead…well it is…kind of…at least as a bundled content package… …but everything is now migrating OTT… …and content is king…giving those little guys a huge opportunity. Think about all of the little cable channels you never heard of. Niche networks serving niche audiences with specific programming that never got the […]

Is #VR our new reality?

Let me get a bit esoteric for a minute. We hunger for things that have the promise to transform us. Our search for meaning has always led us to want to understand the origin of life itself. We use science and technology to play creator in order to get us closer to the answer. Advancements in […]

Rising Stars! Digital Celebrities Rewrite the Rules of Fame.

A new crop of celebrity, born out of digital – not so long ago laughed at – but now revered, is crossing over into the inner sanctum as they surpass their traditional peers.

Reinventing a traditional category via digital storytelling.

Classical Dance. An art on the short list for extinction if it cannot be made relevant to the next generation. So much a reality that the industry formed Center for Ballet and the Arts just for the sake of finding new ways to connect with new audiences. Like most of the performing arts, patronage has […]

Why direct funding of entertainment will come from Brands.

Content Marketing via Branded Content may finally hit the mainstream as Marriot, the most unlikely of Brands, announced the global launch of its content marketing studio. Prior to this, Brands more connected to lifestyle and entertainment categories like Pepsi, Coke, RedBull and GoPro have been the ones to set the stage. Anheuser-Busch had a very unsuccessful […]

The untapped potential of the infomercial.

Infomercial. The word alone is enough to make any traditional ‘Madison Ave’ creative shop cringe. When you think about branded entertainment or brand content, you don’t think about Infomercials – even though the entire model integrates content and brand marketing. Mostly known for cheesy & cheap production values, unknown products and midnight showings, the segment […]

How I Watched YouTube

Originally posted on BING CHEN:
tl;dr Tomorrow is my last day at YouTube. It’s hard to describe leaving your birthplace–this is the only full time job I’ve ever known (I’m spoiled!). I suppose you could say that Bing was born at Google (too easy). Part of this will be platitudinal (I love cheese), and part…