Archive | March 2014

State of Entertainment: Hollywood Must Ride the Wave of Change, Not Resist It by Peter Guber CEO of Mandalay Entertainment reprinted from LinkedIn Pulse

My comment– whatever industry you are in, you have to pay attention to change. I’ll admit, I am just adjusting to Instagram. I have to do better. Mr. Guber talks about the “interactivieness” and “real time” of the film and television industry

Read On. Traci M.

This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers analyze the state and future of their industry. Read all the posts here. 

Once upon a time, Hollywood lived by the golden rule – he who had the gold, made the rule. Studios, networks and other gatekeepers enjoyed the keys to the kingdom for a long time and earned enormous economic success. But a funny thing happened on the way to eternal domination – the digitization and subsequent democratization of content creation and distribution which forever changed and continues to change who is holding those keys to success.

This is the current state of the filmed entertainment industry.

The walls that separated the artist from their audience have come down. Artists can now talk directly with the audience without gatekeepers, and the audience can connect directly with the artist. Both the artists and the audience can talk with each other – in real time – whenever and wherever they are. While networks and studios once enjoyed an audience of millions or hundreds of millions, it’s now an audience of 1 one hundred million times over. Each one of these people is, in fact, a niche. When they come together socially, they become a tribe. And when enough tribes come together, it’s called a hit.

These individuals and their tribes want a say in what entertainment they watch, how they watch it, what the ads are, and when they see the ads. They want to interact with both the programs and the ads, and each other. And most of all, they want to pull it rather than be pushed it. They no longer want to be passengers. They want to be participants in this storytelling mechanism.

Today, the entertainment business is no longer an evolution. It’s a full out revolution. And revolutions can be lethal. But, they can also be opportunistic. Success in this new world of constant disruption and lightning fast and three-dimensional change requires mobility, agility and sometimes, even hostility.

  • Mobility – the entertainment audience is physically mobile and is always connected. While you must leverage all of the state-of-the-art technologies for contact, connection is only earned through state-of-the-heart technology – your ability to emotionally reach them. It’s not the digital 0’s and 1’s or features of your offering, but its ooh’s and aah’s or benefits that will result in viral advocacy and sustained success. 

  • Agility – the audience is always changing. What got you “there” won’t keep you “there.” In fact, there is no “there” there. So you must be agile in responding to the shifting needs of your audience – their geography, age, desires, needs and fears. Success requires constant curiosity, active listening and iterative course correction to meet and beat the expectations of your audience, customers or patrons.
  • Hostility – you must constantly press the envelope to propel change even though you will face hostility from your team, executives, boards, media, partners and other stakeholders seeking to maintain the status quo. As your innovation or vision or art takes off, you will face hostility from your competitors who are envious of your success. And, in your efforts to sustain success, you must be hostile with yourself and ruthless in challenging your incumbency by reinventing your offering before someone else does it better and faster than you. Face it. If you’re not facing hostility, you’re not facing reality and you’ll unlikely face success.

        This isn’t the end of these changes. It’s not even the end of the beginning. It’s the beginning of the beginning. And the pace will only increase. The entertainment business, in the largest sense, has already been incredibly disrupted – look no further than the book publishing and music businesses as examples. They’ve been beaten to death by this rapid change. But, if you choose to ride the wave of change rather than resist it, the opportunity for larger audiences, deeper connections and more robust economic rewards will arise. This is not only true for the entertainment business, but for all industries facing this tsunami of technological change.

Warner Bros.: Majority of ‘Veronica Mars’ Downloads Were ‘Successful’

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The Veronica Mar’s Kickstarter campaign is a perfect example of handling the business of donors. See Variety article on the download glitches to donors. This is what I like about the ordeal:
1) The download glitches were handled quickly by Warner Bros who obviously are integrated into the campaign.
2) We the public really see how Kickstarter campaigns are properly handled.
3) We the public see donor campaign follow up.
I can’t tell you how many filmmakers and musicians approach me about helping them with a Kickstarter campaign. Folks– these campaigns take work! The Veronica Mars movie may have used donor monies to produce the film, but Warner Bros’ staff is being used to handle the follow up to the campaign. In addition to the publicity (free and otherwise) the Veronica Mars movie enjoys, most campaigns are undertaken by a committee of one, maybe less than 10. The work? Doable yes, but it takes commitment. Is your campaign ready to that?

Wall Street Bonuses Soared 15% Last Year

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Why is Time showing this? To breed envy, or show injustice? or perhaps to congratulate these pool of professionals. Whatever the reasons, all of us should take note. The economy is on the upswing and none of us want to be left behind. I just finished reading another article from a reputable magazine which stated that start up companies will be the way most of us forge ahead financially. Read this but let let Time fool you. This is there message to let all of us know the uptick is here and you don’t want to get left behind.

TIME

Wall Street bonuses catapulted upward in 2013, rising 15% to an average of nearly $165,000 even though firms like JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley paid billions of dollars in legal and regulatory settlements.

New York securities firms will pass out $26.7 billion in cash bonuses and deferred compensation for 2013 performance, bringing the average bonus to $164,530. The increased estimate by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli does not include stock options or deferred compensation for which taxes haven’t been withheld.

Wall Street bonuses increased in 2013 despite lower profits than the year before and expensive legal settlements.

“Wall Street navigated through some rough patches last year and had a profitable year in 2013. Securities industry employees took home significantly higher bonuses on average,” Mr. DiNapoli said. “Although profits were lower than the prior year, the industry still had a good year in 2013 despite costly legal settlements and higher…

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Read this link– Overstock false advertising

Read this link– Overstock false advertising

Online shopping has changed the existence of mall shopping for most of us, especially at Christmas. For those of us who don’t care if we buy “off season”, please buyer beware and just read moneytalksnews.com about Overstock being fined for false advertising. Basically, Overstock falsely relayed the original price of an item to make it seem like the buyer was saving more than she was. Okay. They all may or may not do this. But it isn’t fair. I’d be happy if the savings was $1.00. It’s the principal. Overstock is still saving the buyer money, did the web company have to inflate the price?

All for now!