Blog Posts

blog post

New Blood Can Give Theaters a New Lease on Life

by / 10-Aug-20

“If I don't touch you soon, I'll go out of my mind.” – Phil Potter, “Starting Over,” Paramount, 1979

Truthfully, if it weren’t for the fact that our daughter had to see Trolls World Tour, we wouldn’t have given the film a second thought.

She would have had to force us (pout) to take her to the theater but dropping $20 for something special for her to watch OTT wasn’t that bad.

blog post

AVOD Will Become Consumers Everyday Viewing Choice

by / 05-Aug-20

 “This may come as a shock to you, but I've never been in a beauty pageant before! I don't even own a dress! I don't even own a brush!” – Gracie Hart, “Miss Congeniality,” Castle Rock Entertainment, 2000

I couldn’t believe my ears … my wife said I was right!

She’s been okay with our switching from Pay TV to streaming.

blog post

Streaming Firms Must Address Lost Revenue Issues

by / 27-Jul-20

 “This is the best bad idea we have, sir. By far.” – Jack O’Donnell, “Argo,” Warner Bros., 2012

Back in 2017, the company that is synonymous with streaming video entertainment had this stupid idea of putting up the full season of shows at one time and people stayed up round the clock to binge/watch it all-- BAM!

It was the ultimate proof of the benefit of VOD entertainment - watch what you want, where you want, when you want, how you want. 

blog post

Moving Streaming to the Next Stage of Global Service

by / 20-Jul-20

 “Fathers were expected to be silent and absent and unreliable and selfish and can all say we want them to be different. But on some basic level, we accept them.” – Nora Fanshaw, “Marriage Story,” Netflix, 2019 

Some/most things you get into with your eyes wide open but not exactly what it’s really going to be like … really.

Take marriage or your cable contract.

Look back on marriage after 20, 30, or more years and you tell yourself it’s been good, whole lot different than you imagined but … good (we hope).

Look back on 2, 3, 5 years of your cable contract and jeezz!

blog post

It's Time for a New Normal on Serving Up Creative Content

by / 13-Jul-20

“We're meant to die - that's what makes anything about us matter. Living like this is torture - we're just ghosts...” -- Æon Flux, “Æon Flux,” Paramount, 2005

People around the globe have had 14-16 weeks of getting their daily entertainment escape simply by turning on their screen, tapping into the show lists on the roster of their ad-free, ad-supported streaming services while the world goes “a little” nuts just outside their door.

blog post

Film, TV Production Begin to Emerge in Unknown Territory

by / 07-Jul-20

 “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the Unknown.”  H.P. Lovecraft, “The Endless,” Snowcroft Pictures, 2017 

O.K., we’ve had it!

We’ve watched all the “new” movies (that we really thought were worthwhile), we’ve scanned “the trades” and discovered there is nothing coming out of the pipeline until … a vague “soon.”

blog post

Great Content is Driven by Viewers, Not How it's Delivered

by / 29-Jun-20

 “And there’s a million things I haven’t done.  But just you wait, just you wait.” – Hamilton, “Hamilton,” Disney, 2020

Broadway theaters didn’t close for the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic and have only shut down 13 times due to labor strikes, natural disasters and tragedies like 9/11.

But on April 12 the icons of rich personalized entertainment closed their doors to slow/stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), shutting down great shows like Tina, Hamilton and other plays and shows.

blog post

The Network of Networks was Built for Times Like These

by / 22-Jun-20

 “All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.” – Nikola Tesla, “Tesla,” Passage Pictures, 2020

Sitting at home under semi-house arrest (hey, if it ain’t voluntary, it’s confinement), we took a break from a break and watched a movie on one of our streaming services.

The kids take this stuff for granted – some on the TV, better one on their iPads, Instagram or Qubi or YouTube on their phones. It’s nibbling, not consuming.

For them, it’s second nature.

blog post

New Paths Open Up for Indie Filmmakers, But it's Still Tough

by / 15-Jun-20

“Thank you for this journey, no matter how it ends.” – Queen, “Queen & Slim,” BRON Studios, 2019

The M&E industry won’t hit all the glowing numbers that were projected this year ($324+B), even though the streaming industry is running full steam and filmmakers in most of the world are once again busy pitching, developing, or in pre-production/post production on their projects.

 

blog post

Storage Needs Grow as Indie Filmmakers Find New Opportunities

by / 08-Jun-20

“Don't cry in front of the Mexicans.”  -- Cliff Booth, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Columbia, 2019

It’s always a kick when a studio shoots a major project in your own backyard (O.K., not literally your backyard); and we’re looking forward to seeing Matrix 4, which was being filmed in San Francisco until the entire industry shut down but when it’s released next year.