Distribution Revolution: Conversations about the Digital by Michael Curtin, Jennifer Holt, Kevin Sanson, Kurt Sutter

By Michael Curtin, Jennifer Holt, Kevin Sanson, Kurt Sutter

Distribution Revolution is a set of interviews with top movie and television execs about the many ways that electronic supply structures are reworking the leisure company. those interviews supply energetic insider debts from studio executives, distribution pros, and inventive expertise of the tumultuous transformation of movie and television within the electronic period. the 1st part good points interviews with best executives at significant Hollywood studios, supplying a window into the big-picture issues of media conglomerates with admire to altering enterprise types, profit streams, and viewers behaviors. the second one makes a speciality of cutting edge organizations which are supplying path-breaking versions for brand new modes of content material construction, curation, and distribution—creatively meshing the techniques and practices of Hollywood and Silicon Valley. And the ultimate part bargains insights from artistic expertise whose specialist practices, reimbursement, and daily operating stipulations were remodeled during the last ten years. Taken jointly, those interviews reveal that almost each element of the movie and tv companies is suffering from the electronic distribution revolution, a revolution that has most probably simply begun.

Interviewees include:

• Gary Newman, Chairman, twentieth Century Fox Television
• Kelly Summers, Former vp, worldwide company improvement and New Media approach, Walt Disney Studios
• Thomas Gewecke, leader electronic Officer and govt vp, procedure and enterprise improvement, Warner Bros. Entertainment
• Ted Sarandos, leader content material Officer, Netflix
• Felicia D. Henderson, Writer-Producer, Soul foodstuff, Gossip Girl
• Dick Wolf, govt manufacturer and writer, legislations & Order

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These sorts of things. It does enable feedback from the audience in a more timely fashion. You are not relying just on your own instincts anymore and I think that’s a good thing. If you start seeing that fans are not liking a story or they are not believing a story or they are bored by a relationship or whatever it may be, we want to know that and at least consider whether we ought to make an adjustment in the shows sooner rather than waiting to see our ratings impacted. Some critics have suggested that television may be at a tipping point due to the disruptions caused by digital media.

In this environment, no one really thought about interoperability across systems and devices. It just wasn’t needed. As digital began to grow, ser vice providers would come to Sony Pictures and say, “We are building this platform, and we want to license your content for it. ” Then, we would talk to them about the usage model, sometimes for months. This really became much more complex when we began to offer electronic sell-through (EST). ” We were trying to enable a new business but needed to guard against unauthorized sharing of content, so managing the digital rights was an important part of the conversation with our licensees.

It’s the best of both worlds. Ultimately, our goal is to provide something for everybody. We won’t stop making DVDs or Blu-rays any time soon. They are great products, and for consumers in the United States, the most efficient way to bring HD (high definition) into your house is to buy a disc because bandwidth constraints remain an issue. Another executive told us the most valuable consumer was the consumer who purchased his or her product on iTunes because it had the highest profit margin. Is that the same for you?

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