Archives help bridge the gap in the “Content Desert” that will follow COVID production shutdowns

I’m reading in The New York Times about the complex system of COVID-testing and armband ID’s used by the director Baltasar Kormakur to get his Sci-Fi series back into production. According to Mr Kormakur, as well as a rigorous protocol for testing, temperature-taking and masking, “those wearing yellow armbands could be near the camera; the …

Footage.net’s David Seevers Interview: “Making the world’s best stock, news and archival footage searchable from a single site”

Footage.net is dedicated to making the world’s best stock, news and archival footage searchable from a single site, and to giving footage users the tools they need to discover and license the most relevant footage for their particular needs. David Seevers, Chief Marketing Officer and footage industry veteran shared his company’s vision and operations in …


U.S. Consumers & Viewers in a “Twilight Zone”. The Key Data & Takeaways in a PACT Webinar with Dr John Morse

Dr John Morse likens the consumer’s COVID experience to living thru an episode of “The Twilight Zone”. He analyzes U.S. media usage trends during the pandemic in a PACT (UK Producers) webinar hosted by Dawn McCarthy-Simpson (Wednesday 20th May). John takes us on a deep dive into the data, highlighting the Big Trends: Viewing has …

Get Ready for the Content Desert! with programmer Dan Salerno & producer Michael Hoff. Podcast

Here is the audio / podcast of the webinar moderated by PACT‘s Dawn McCarthy-Simpson with veterans — programming exec Dan Salerno and prolific producer Michael Hoff. We explored the COVID-disrupted condition of the production and programming pipeline for U.S. Factual networks. The big question: Are we heading into a “Content Desert?” Listen to the May …

PACT Webinar: U.S. Networks & Factual Producers: Get Ready for the Content Desert! with Dan Salerno and Michael Hoff

In a webinar moderated by PACT‘s Dawn McCarthy-Simpson, the veterans Dan Salerno and Michael Hoff joined me to explore the COVID-disrupted condition of the production and programming pipeline for U.S. Factual networks. The big question: Are we heading into a “Content Desert?” Watch the May 19 webinar or read our detailed notes here! My guests …

Quibi’s $1.8 Billion Fiasco: Founder blames coronavirus, not flawed business model

Quibi is a dud, as I predicted. Even with a free 90-day trial, the Quibi app has been installed by less than 3.5 million consumers. It ranks #125 among free iPhone app downloads. That’s behind Duolingo, the language app where I recently failed to learn much Swedish (“Hej, hej!”). Founder and Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg …

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News: An ANZAC Day Reflection on the How a Kingmaker Father Inspired the ‘Aussie Prince’

Rupert Murdoch stepped into his father’s shoes when he took aim at global power and profit.   Rupert’s father Keith was the Australian kingmaker who taught the young Rupert how to blend media ownership and political influence. The son differs from the father by promoting racial and class resentment mixed with bigotry to build profitable audiences …

Netflix: Tiger King’s Joe Exotic vs David Attenborough for the Most Popular Launch of a Series

David Attenborough went head-to-head with Joe Exotic in the battle for the ‘Most Popular Launch of a Netflix Unscripted Series.’ Tiger King failed to deliver a knockout blow over Our Planet, instead winning on points. That’s the finding from Parrot Analytics‘ online Demand analysis — a methodology that scoops up and ranks all of a …