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Jun
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Film in the Future and Fan Uploaded Content

Film in the Future and Fan Uploaded Content

I recently did a radio interview with Spark, hosted by Nora Young, on CBC Radio One.

If you live in Canada you can hear it today at 1PM NT or you can hear it now on the Spark blog under Film in the Future.

She is a great interviewer and they did a splendid editing job (which made me sound smarter).

Nora also did a compelling interview with Lewis Ball of Broadband TVabout how Hollywood is dealing…

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Jun
14th
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Jun
9th
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Will Hollywood learn from The Fault in Our Stars?

Will Hollywood learn from The Fault in Our Stars?

In June of 2012 I wrote Another Crack in the Mass Media Wall, a post which detailed how Lionsgate effectively used social media for the first time to get a huge opening weekend for The Hunger Games.

It is worth noting that two years later Hollywood decided to follow up on its own innovation with the release of The Fault in Our Stars.

As described in How “The Fault in Our Stars” Movie became a…

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Jun
2nd
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The Comcast Tax and Broadband Confusion Game

The Comcast Tax and Broadband Confusion Game

Cable companies operate two distinct lines of business.

Traditionally they bundle and resell linear TV networks.  The cable company feeds these networks into our homes and provides the interface that lists the content for our selection.  The cable company pays each network a fee for each subscriber.  The consumer pays a monthly fee to the cable company.

The cable companies also provide high speed…

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May
27th
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Movie Piracy: Surprising Tips from a Hollywood Insider

Movie Piracy: Surprising Tips from a Hollywood Insider

My recent post, The Movie Studios: Blinded by Piracy, generated many public and private comments.  One very smart one came in an email from a highly placed executive within the movie and television business. He has allowed me to quote him as long as I do not reveal his identity.

He writes,

 “Unlike the vast majority of my colleagues, I believe that the anti-piracy crusade (irrespective of where…

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May
21st
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The Movie Studios: Blinded by Piracy

The Movie Studios: Blinded by Piracy

When a bull enters the ring, the matador pulls out a red cape and waves it in front of his eyes.  Predictably the bull goes mad and charges toward the cape.  He leaves all his better instincts behind. 

We all know how the bullfight ends. Not well for the bull.

Replace “bull” with “major movie studios” and replace “red cape” with “piracy” and you have in a nutshell the bind within which the movie…

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May
19th
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Indie Film needs an Open Internet

Indie Film needs an Open Internet

Recently I watched the new movie IN YOUR EYES on my large screen TV in HD.  I paid $5 to rent it from Vimeo and stream it on my Apple TV.  The movie was very good and the experience was seamless.

 The idea that you can rent a movie on the Internet and watch it on your TV is still a very new one, especially on a mass scale.  How long have we been doing this? A year? 5 years, tops?

And it is…

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May
14th
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The Crowd Funding of Sports on Cable TV

The Crowd Funding of Sports on Cable TV

We assume that crowd funding first appeared when Kickstarter launched five years ago.

We may be wrong.

You see, the cable television business invented crowd funding a long time ago, when they created the basic cable bundle.

The basic cable bundle is really a work of genius. 

Charge every cable subscriber for each channel that comes with the basic cable bundle even if they never watch it.

So the…

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May
1st
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Pay by the Size of the Screen? Not Likely

Pay by the Size of the Screen? Not Likely

This was recently reported by Variety.

“DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg thinks the windowing model of feature films will become a “pay by the inch you watch.” During the Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Corporate World panel at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Katzenberg explained what he thinks is the future of scheduling and distributing feature films.

“I think the…

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Mar
28th
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The Audience Fund for Indie Film

The Audience Fund for Indie Film

“If you’re gonna make it, LEARN HOW TO SELL IT!”

Bob Lefsetz

Platforms, like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, VHX, Vimeo, Tugg and YouTube are designed for indies who are prepared to reach their audience through “direct distribution”.

It is not the responsibility of the platform to get your audience—it is yours.  Each platform gives you tools that help you achieve success but in order to succeed you…

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