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HBO Chairman & CEO Richard Plepler (top l.) will keynote DEG's Spring Membership Meeting on April 4 at HBO's Manhattan headquarters. Following the keynote, analyst Michael Nathanson (top r.), Founding Partner & Senior Research Analyst, MoffettNathanson Research, and Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass, will participate in a fireside chat titled "The Siren Call of Subscription." Nathanson and Lowe, who previously was President...

Alliance Strives to Engage Consumers and the Press to Broaden the Marketplace for UHD Five months after being named the first full-time President of the UHD Alliance, veteran consumer electronics executive Mike Fidler will lead the inter-industry group into CES with a broad mission to expand membership, increase consumer education and maximize device interoperability in service of improved user experience. UHDA will host a pre-party...

This post excerpts a December 5 research report by Michael Nathanson, Senior Research Analyst, MoffettNathanson Research, and his team, focusing on key takeaways for investors heading into 2018. For more information, please visit www.moffettnathanson.com. Last week, we toured Hollywood and met with a broad cross-section of the film and television production industry. Unlike any other prior trip, we came away convinced...

As subscribers to Netflix, Hulu and other subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services continue to increase, so too does the amount of time viewers watch television and movies on their TVs, personal computers and mobile devices. In fact, consumers viewed one more hour per week of television and movie content in August of 2017 than they did the previous year. “Digital content continues...

By Greg Tarr Special to DEG A Twitter conversation started last month by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn and other prominent Hollywood content creators demanding all new television sets have their motion-smoothing settings turned off by default continues to be a hot potato with TV makers. Representatives from some of the leading television brands including Samsung, Vizio, Sony, and...

Finding opportunities amid growth and fragmentation As new digital technologies, rising consumer expectations, and shifting cultural habits upend business models, many media companies find themselves struggling to adjust to the ongoing disruption. Consumers are seeking clarity, too. [caption id="attachment_2677" align="alignright" width="217"] Kevin Westcott | Deloitte[/caption] How can you respond to the developments now taking place across the industry and prepare for new...

Movies have always offered us a window into the future. From silent pictures to today’s special effects wizardry, film has consistently displayed our advances in technology. Yet while the technology of movie production continues to evolve, the technologies and approaches related to how cinema is marketed and monetized have not kept pace. Traditional models for distribution, marketing, ticket pricing, and...

Daniel Dobrygowski is Lead for Trust and Resilience, Future of Digital Economy and Society System Initiative, World Economic Forum. He delivered this keynote speech at DEG's Fall Membership Meeting on October 3, 2017, in Los Angeles.  I’m not here to talk to you about standards or to scare you with cybersecurity horror stories. Rather, I’m here to talk to you about...

Major security breaches have become an almost daily occurrence and pretty much all industries are at risk. But Hollywood content producers in particular have been recently targeted. Getting content before its official release can be a big payoff for hackers as it can be used to extort the content owners. Hundreds of millions are at stake due to impact on...

When it comes to streaming video and content packaging, “one size fits all” doesn’t exist. Today’s consumers thrive on customized recommendations: they’re happiest when they’re given a bespoke solution that’s been tailor-made for their needs. That’s why subscription-based models, which allow customers to subscribe to the media plan that’s right for them, are booming. [caption id="attachment_2391" align="alignleft" width="266"] Jason Friedlander   ...

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