This episode launches a multi-episode consideration of public media--media that are not media businesses, but a vital part of our media ecosystem nonetheless. In this opening episode, Amanda and Alex explore what counts as public media in the U.S., how it is funded and organized, and its different purpose and measures of success. This article by Jesse Romero also provides some great background.
Amanda and Alex take on the annual rite of end of summer doom and gloom stories about the box office to explore whether the domestic box office is a meaningful measure of anything for different sectors of the film industry. We also talk MoviePass and what it might tell us about new strategies in exhibition.
Amanda and Alex explore some of the many ways digital distribution is leading media industries to adjust their global strategies. In particular, we discuss the emergence of services such as Netflix (of course) that are redefining the previously national boundaries of television distribution and discuss some of the complexities for film as well.
Amanda and Alex recap the bounty of portal news breaking in early August and the various strategies emerging. CBS All Access, Disney's announced portals (ESPN), Seeso shutting down, FX+, the future of Hulu...Amanda explains what is and isn't happening in these deals. And we only talk a very little bit about Netflix.
Amanda and Alex catch up and think big in this supersized podcast. We pull out key themes that emerged in the Future of Digital Media Businesses talks and Alex's interviews with theater executives. Amanda hints at some new preliminary thinking and uses Alex's insights from the theater industry to reimagine a future for film.
Alex talks with Barry Grove of the Manhattan Theatre Club to learn more about the business strategies useful to not-for-profit theaters competing alongside Broadway.
Alex talks with Mark Hoebee of the Paper Mill Playhouse to learn more about how the theater business continues to adapt to our changing media world.
Amanda and Alex return to form and catch up on shifts in revenue strategies in the television business. We talk about why "stacking rights" became part of series pick-up discussions and the consequences studios face if they make shows too easy to watch in the first window.