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?

Why the TV Networks should start their own MCNs.

While Hollywood was sleeping against a backdrop of cat videos, the democratization of media delivered power back into the hands of the content creators. Multi-Channel Networks (MCN), a combination of digital channel curators and digital talent agents jumped at the opportunity to sort the (YouTube) wheat from the chaff. The MCNs signed on the best […]

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 […]

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 […]

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…

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 […]