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Are You Sure You Want to Friend Facebook?

The media business (and yes, since Facebook and Google put content on screens, they are part of it) is entering a Brave New World where marketers are learning with extraordinary specificity your occupation, state of health, social status, hobbies, favorite movies and music, sexual proclivities and practically every other piece of meaningful information about you. We are told that this will improve the rate of return on advertising by orders of magnitude, and I believe it.

But the downsides are potentially enormous, and haven’t been thought through. If information is power, we are handing power on an unprecedented scale to the people who control what we see and hear on those broadband pipes. When Barack Obama joked at Facebook last week that “I’m the guy who got Mark Zuckerberg to put on a coat and tie”, he was a lot closer to the truth of his position in the scheme of things than he realized. Continue reading

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TV in 2020: Best Guesses

So where will television be in 2020? I posed the question last week at a panel I led during NAB with execs from DreamWorks, Sony Electronics, Starz, Nielsen and  Technicolor. Of course, nobody really knows what TV will look like in two … Continue reading

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This Time, Hollywood Will Get Hurt

This time, Hollywood’s getting hurt by the recession. “Production will fall significantly,” said D. Jeffrey Andrick, Managing Director of Continental Entertainment Capital, which arranged co-financing in September for independent film “Give ‘Em Hell, Malone” starring Thomas Jane and Ving Rhimes. “Deals that looked like they might come together a certain way, that relied on a certain equity source, have been paralyzed.” Continue reading

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CBS/CNET and the Re-Alignment of News

As I was reading about CBS’ $1.8 billion purchase of CNET on MarketWatch.com, I couldn’t help but remember when CBS purchased MarketWatch. Today, MarketWatch is owned by Dow Jones. And Dow Jones, of course, is owned by Rupert Murdoch. Meanwhile, … Continue reading

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Win an Online Contest, Make a Feature Film

Nuru Rimington-Mkalif is a 21-year-old, unknown, London-based filmmaker who suddenly finds himself represented by William Morris Agency and positioned to make a Hollywood feature film — because of an online contest.  Filmaka.com, the online studio created by former Fox TV chief Sandy Grushow … Continue reading

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Big Brother in the Living Room?

Talk about a tempest in a teapot. A Comcast executive’s revelation at Digital Living Room last week that the cable company is testing cameras in its DVRs in the living room set off a storm of angry blogs. It began … Continue reading

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Broadcasters Behaving Narrowly

When I was a TV reporter seven years ago, us journalists used to pose hard-ball questions to broadcasters about how they were going to deal with their plummeting audience share. Lower CPMs presumably meant lower ad dollars. These days, I’m surprisingly … Continue reading

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Content is King…Except When It’s Crap

When I first started iHollywood Forum with my wife six years ago, my Uncle Irv from Castro Valley was skeptical about the idea of public conversations about digitized Hollywood content. “Hollywood just makes crap for TV and movies,” he groused, showing … Continue reading

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IPTV Mea Culpa

When I used to interview job applicants, I’d ask them if they know what IPTV is. "It’s television over IP,” they’d reply. "You know, Internet television." "It is not," I’d snarl. "It’s the telcos getting into television. TV over phone … Continue reading

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Imus vs. the Cloggers

I wrote a blog a few weeks back entitled "The Fifth Estate" that said citizen journalists deserve to be the "Fifth Estate" behind the executive branch, Congress, the courts and "real" reporters. That’s because these citizen bloggers — or cloggers, as … Continue reading

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