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Industry leaders converse about business deals, strategy and the future of media and entertainment.

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Industry leaders converse about business deals, strategy and the future of media and entertainment.

    How A+E Networks Bucked the Trend and Fell Back in Love With Lifetime Movies

    How A+E Networks Bucked the Trend and Fell Back in Love With Lifetime Movies

    Rob Sharenow, president of programming for A+E Networks, discusses the exercise is “brand focus” that led to the revitalization of A&E Network and History amid the general downturn in viewership for ad-supported cable channels. The longtime cable executive also weighs in on how Lifetime has grown by shifting its efforts away from the extremely competitive world of scripted drama series to a broad slate of made-for-TV movies -- yes those kind of Lifetime movies.

    • 37 min
    The Secret to Keeping 'Kardashians' Kontinuing on TV

    The Secret to Keeping 'Kardashians' Kontinuing on TV

    How has America's most famous family stayed on E! for 18 seasons? Bunim/Murray CEO Gil Goldschein has the secret to producing the long-running series. He also shares his take on the latest trends in the unscripted TV category, a business changing dramatically in the age of streaming. 

    • 29 min
    Why New TV Formats Present Challenges for Awards Mavens

    Why New TV Formats Present Challenges for Awards Mavens

    Adam Sharp, president-CEO of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, discusses how the digital revolution in television presents challenges for industry awards shows. He details NATAS’ response to questions raised about the eligibility of certain programs considered in the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards competition. The process of looking into what went wrong helped the organization develop uniform standards and best practices to protect the integrity of the Emmy statuette.

    • 25 min
    Pam Wasserstein Brings Her New York State of Mind to Vox Media

    Pam Wasserstein Brings Her New York State of Mind to Vox Media

    Now that she's a few months into the integration of her magazine business with Vox Media, she shares what the process has been like and how the newly combined company is navigating the treacherous waters of the publishing business. With 13 brands from Vulture to Polygon in the portfolio, Wasserstein discusses her diversification strategy, from podcasts to licensing intellectual property.

    • 28 min
    Mark Cuban is Bullish on AI, 5G, TikTok and...Movie Theaters!?

    Mark Cuban is Bullish on AI, 5G, TikTok and...Movie Theaters!?

    The "Shark Tank" star pulls no punches on a wide variety of subjects pertaining to the tech world, from the importance of artificial intelligence in today's business world to his misadventures in the film industry, where he believes theaters will stand the test of time. 

    • 29 min
    Endemol Shine’s Cris Abrego on Embracing TV for the Americas

    Endemol Shine’s Cris Abrego on Embracing TV for the Americas

    Endemol Shine North America CEO Cris Abrego explains why the company decided to integrate activity on Spanish-language programs with the rest of the core Los Angeles-based development team. Abrego details the growth of the company’s Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog operation and the lessons learned from working outside the U.S. He also weighs in on how changes in major Latin American TV markets are opening doors for all producers.

    • 33 min

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