Puck News co-founder and The Town host Matthew Belloni is my go to on show business goings on. Nobody is better versed on this fast moving industry during a particularly turbulent epoch, and he conveys it all with panache. So, in this episode, I picked Belloni’s brain Timestamps provided by the astute Sam Schuette….
Writers strike and the role of Twitter social pressure (1:40)
How did Twitter facilitate the strike?
Why is streaming such a bad business? (16:10)
How the vanishing of windowing and bundling made revenue more difficult
Taylor Swift and 4 Quadrant Marketing (22:05)
Is Taylor Swift leveraging the NFL to get guys to see her movie?
Barbenheimer Shattering Expectations (24:46)
Why Barbie’s success was a triumph of the brand, not the genre of comedy
The difficulty of making “new” (30:00)
The same people who run Hollywood now are the same people who ran Hollywood decades ago
ESPN vs. Fox – Who Fails First? (36:55)
Why the stakes are higher for ESPN
Will the Leagues get Saved by Big Tech? (40:45)
ESPN’s problem with renting the leagues instead of owning
Netflix dipping their toes into the sports world
Is Wrexham’s Popularity Real or Fake? (47:25)
How it may set a trend for celebrities in sports
Winning Time’s Death (49:55)
The expenses of getting non-sports fans to watch the show
People not taking sports seriously (51:10)
The complexities of covering sports that get ignored