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 suite of interviews with best movie and television pros in regards to the some ways that electronic supply platforms are remodeling the leisure company. those interviews offer full of life insider money owed from studio executives, distribution pros, and artistic 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, offering a window into the big-picture matters of media conglomerates with admire to altering enterprise types, profit streams, and viewers behaviors. the second one specializes in leading edge agencies which are delivering path-breaking versions for brand new modes of content material production, curation, and distribution—creatively meshing the options and practices of Hollywood and Silicon Valley. And the ultimate part bargains insights from inventive expertise whose expert practices, repayment, and daily operating stipulations were remodeled during the last ten years. Taken jointly, those interviews show that almost each element of the movie and tv companies is suffering from the electronic distribution revolution, a revolution that has most likely simply begun.

Interviewees include:

• Gary Newman, Chairman, twentieth Century Fox Television
• Kelly Summers, Former vice chairman, international company improvement and New Media technique, Walt Disney Studios
• Thomas Gewecke, leader electronic Officer and govt vp, approach 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 author, legislations & Order

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We really had no expectations of making any money on the DVD. And when it just blew off of the shelves, we realized that something very special had happened. The DVD was a great marketing platform for season 2, but it was also a remarkable way to monetize a show early in its life span. But it’s important not to allow the business side of things to drive the creative side. At the end of the day we have to have passion for the shows we produce, and produce them even if we are unsure whether they will have ancillary value.

Of course, not everyone is going to buy every movie. It’s about getting the right mix of transactions, both rentals and sell-through. Apple has moved aggressively into cloud computing, and it opted not to plug into UltraViolet. Is that a serious challenge, or do you think Apple has done itself a disservice? Richard Berger, Sony Pictures / 45 Apple is not currently a member of the DECE consortium, but membership is open, and Apple can always join any time they want to. UltraViolet has just launched.

With these shows, we made different types of deals that are more lucrative to us. We refer to them as syndication deals rather than the output deals. I know the same is true with shows at other studios, such as Mad Men over at AMC and Lionsgate. But not all studios executives are enthusiastic about the prospects of SVOD. They feel it devalues the content quite a bit. Well, they are probably talking about half hours and procedural dramas where you hope to still get that syndication play. We kept Modern Family off Netflix.

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