Will Showrunners run directly to consumers?

Will the traditional side of the entertainment business follow their digital upstarts and start to distribute directly to their audiences without a television network intermediary?

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 – […]

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 […]

A last word on Aereo & the right to access live TV via an antenna.

The Broadcast Networks, in cahoots with an archaic government, have shut down Aereo for not being able to comprehend the fact that: a) Aereo was simply renting antennas – enabling consumers to access free, legally broadcast HD signals, in addition to providing a cloud based DVR service. b) As viewership across all Broadcast Networks declines, […]

Nielsen ratings across digital will bridge gap between TV & Digital Advertising.

Soon there will be no distinction between the two and in fact most offerings will be via digital on-demand delivery. The next hit shows and stars are just as likely to come from the digital ecosystem as they are from traditional. I don’t believe ads as we know them today are the future as technology allows […]

Why are the Digital NewFronts starting to look more and more like the UpFronts?

This week will wrap up the iab’s Digital Content NewFronts in NY for 2014. The digital marketplace, originally founded by Digitas and a core group of digital networks in order to connect media buyers with original digital video content marketing opportunities is now attended by every media luminary in the business. As the digital content powerhouses (full […]

‘We’ are the network now…

Is Social Media as a marketing tool simply the next stage of our marketing evolution and the ‘highest’ medium in which we now get to connect with the consumer? Advertising began as a form of marketing communication used to encourage, persuade, or manipulate an audience to take some action towards the advertiser…hopefully leading to purchase. […]

70% of buyers see TV$ switching to digital within the next year.

70% of media buyers see TV budgets switching to digital within the next year according to the IAB survey from Digital Content Newfronts. http://ow.ly/nMJjc Highlights of the survey from Cynopsis Media Digital Insider: 78% said they came away from the week of 17 presentations with at least one opportunity for their company or a client. […]

The Problem with Native Advertising…

I’m all for contextual content & digital media allows for better integration but you cannot put lipstick on a pig – the format is still an advertorial and the consumer will not be fooled. Is this just another desperate attempt by publishers to monetize? The problem with Native Advertising is the fact that it is […]