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Bloom in Tech David Bloom

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I talk with (and about) smart, innovative people and companies in tech, media, entertainment, VR/AR, esports, AI, blockchain and advertising. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/davidlbloom/support

    Paket Media's Raffi Bagdasarian On Solving Subscription Video's Sign-In Chaos

    Paket Media's Raffi Bagdasarian On Solving Subscription Video's Sign-In Chaos

    Raffi Bagdasarian is founder and CEO of Paket Media, which is building a product designed to simplify what’s emerging as a significant headache for millions of streaming-video consumers, and for the streaming services they buy into.

    The headache: dealing with managing multiple subscriptions from numerous media companies, especially as we shift away from traditional pay TV bundles. The complications of managing all those subscriptions are made worse because none of the big new services want to rely on a competitor such as Roku or Amazon to do it for them. Just look at what happened when HBO Max debuted without being part of either of those giant streaming platforms.

    I talked with Raffi as part of this episode, and more generally discuss some of the challenges emerging as more of us turn to streaming video, especially subscription services, to get more and more of entertainment. The shift brings lots of benefits, but its own set of headaches. 


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    Building and Buying Into the Metaverse with Peter Levin Of Griffin Gaming Partners

    Building and Buying Into the Metaverse with Peter Levin Of Griffin Gaming Partners

    Peter Y. Levin is a partner in Griffin Gaming Partners, which invests in the game business, and chairman of Immortals, the big esports team with backers such as AEG, Meg Whitman and Michael Milken. Before all that, Levin was a founder of Nerdist, and former head of interactive for Lionsgate and Legendary, among much else. I talked with Peter about building the Metaverse, and how games such as Fortnite and Minecraft are helping us get there. We also talk opportunities in esports, mobile, marketing and educational content in games and much else. The real opportunity may be in building the Metaverse, which we're thinking about more and more as the pandemic forces us to spend more and more of our lives online in virtual environments. 


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    Ken Jennings, Richard Garfield, Half Truth The Game, and Studio71 CEO Dan Weinstein

    Ken Jennings, Richard Garfield, Half Truth The Game, and Studio71 CEO Dan Weinstein

    I talked with Dan Weinstein, the head of Studio71, the big online-video distributor, about "blocking and tackling" during the pandemic, new opportunities in streaming, why the OTT industry is loving what's on Studio71's shelf, and what's up with Quibi. We also talked about just-launched trivia board game "Half Truth," created by Jeopardy star Ken Jennings and Magic the Gathering creator Richard Garfield, and the challenges the company is finding launching a game meant for groups of grownups at a time when the pandemic has turned our social lives upside down. . 


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    Duncan Trussell on Netflix's Animated Mind Trip "The Midnight Gospel"

    Duncan Trussell on Netflix's Animated Mind Trip "The Midnight Gospel"

    I talked recently with comedian and long-time podcaster Duncan Trussell about his newest project, The Midnight Gospel, now available on Netflix. It's an extremely unlikely mashup of Trussell's deeply philosophical podcast conversations with some of the most interesting thinkers out there and the DayGlo animation of Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time, in collaboration with animation house Titmouse. Together, they've wrought a fascinating piece of work. As part of our conversation, Duncan and I talked about such relevant cultural touchstones as John McPhee's Annals of the Former World, N.K, Jemisin's Hugo-winning science fiction, Nick Park's Oscar-winning Creature Comforts,  Ram Dass, Trudy Goodman, Roshi Joan Halifax, Anne Lamott, and, well, quite a few other things. The Midnight Gospel is a unique animated show, unlike anything else out there, and that's a good thing. Give a listen. 


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    • 56 min
    Facebook's Phil Ranta on The Booming Opportunities for Video Game Influencers

    Facebook's Phil Ranta on The Booming Opportunities for Video Game Influencers

    Facebook is seeing a flood of celebrities interested in creating video game content for their fans during the coronavirus lockdown, Phil Ranta, the company's head of gaming creators, told me last week. Our conversation also got into the new tournaments capabilities at Facebook, the potential for virtual reality, and how former UFC/WWE fighter Ronda Rousey and Kingslayer are bringing new approaches to a sector ready for innovation in viewing experiences. Because of that opportunity and the huge interest in esports and live-streaming amid the pandemic, it's a great time to jump into the sector, he told me. 

    This podcast is an excerpt from my conversation with Phil last week as part of Let's DEW Lunch, a new daily video webinar from tech-conference organizers Digital Entertainment World Expo. This week, I'll be doing a similar conversation with Dan Weinstein of Studio 71, the big online-video production and talent-management company. You can register for that at https://www.dewexpo.com.


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    • 54 min
    Talking With UTA Chief Innovation Officer Brent Weinstein on Hollywood And The Pandemic

    Talking With UTA Chief Innovation Officer Brent Weinstein on Hollywood And The Pandemic

    Brent Weinstein is a partner and Chief Innovation Officer at one of Hollywood's biggest talent agencies, UTA. I interviewed Brent this week as part of the just-launched live-stream series Lets DEW Lunch, from the folks behind the Digital Entertainment World conference series. Brent has been closely involved in UTA's significant presence in technology and digital entertainment. Our conversation ranged widely, from esports to the new streaming services to celebrities launching their own social-media feeds to the long-term prospects for all those music live-streams, among much else. It's an extraordinary time in Hollywood, which already was undergoing wrenching changes even before the pandemic turned the business upside down. Check out our conversation, and if you get the chance, check out the Let's DEW Lunch conversations, which happen at mid-day (PST), and involve some high-profile executives from across the industry. 


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