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Are You Telling ALL The Right Stories?

As entertainment professionals, we tell stories all the time. We spend most of our time thinking about the stories we’re going to tell to our fans, to the people who watch, listen to, or read the stories we create. We tend to spend less time thinking about all...

Content Is Important, Relationships Are More Important

In entertainment, we like to talk about how we make “content”, and technically, that’s what we do. After all, content is a business word, and we’re in show business. The problem is that “content” is a totally non-emotional word, and...

You Don’t Have To Steal This Book

  If you like reading my thoughts on the future of media and entertainment, you’ll also be reasonably fond of the book I’ve written.  Better still, you’ve got a few days to get it for free. Yep, unlike my cousin Abbie Hoffman, who I’m not...

Mad Scientists Make Major Media Magic

Let’s talk about one of my favorite types of people: mad scientists. In an era of massive change in entertainment and media, it is the crazed experimenters who will develop successful products, and you don’t have to be one solitary scientist sitting in...

Dear Television: Worry About Profit, Not The Other Guy’s Ratings

It’s been amusing to see the meltdown over the alleged outing of Netflix’s closely-guarded audience metrics. As someone who programmed radio stations for over 20 years, living and dying with new ratings data every single week, I can tell you that in our...