145 episodes

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

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    • 4.6 • 74 Ratings

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

    Pandemic Conditions Accelerate a ‘Metaverse’ of Media Deal Opportunities

    Pandemic Conditions Accelerate a ‘Metaverse’ of Media Deal Opportunities

    Bart Spiegel, U.S. entertainment and media deals leader for PWC, offers his 2021 outlook on dealmaking in an industry that has buffeted and buoyed by pandemic conditions. Spiegel points to the rise of videogame usage and a “repositioning” of assets held by traditional media giants as trends to watch in the year ahead.

    • 18 min
    Introducing 'Must Watch: Netflix Edition'

    Introducing 'Must Watch: Netflix Edition'

    Each week, Observer senior entertainment reporter Brandon Katz and Hollywood Reporter contributor Jean Bentley highlight the new Netflix titles they're excited about. Recent guests: Daniel Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter, Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair, and Megan Vick from TV Guide.
    Click Must Watch: Netflix Edition to follow the show on your podcast app.

    • 1 min
    Aryeh Bourkoff: How Big Media Can Change the Narrative in 2021

    Aryeh Bourkoff: How Big Media Can Change the Narrative in 2021

    Aryeh Bourkoff, CEO of LionTree, offers insights into how the pandemic has reshaped the marketplace and what that means for media dealmaking in the near term. The veteran investment banker, who is on speed dial for such notable, media moguls as John Malone and Shari Redstone, weighs in on the convergence trends that he sees coming for Big Media and Big Tech, and he explains why LionTree is closely watching the gaming arena.  

    • 33 min
    Making Sense of a Wild Year in the Streaming Wars

    Making Sense of a Wild Year in the Streaming Wars

    Instead of the usual guest interview, this episode features co-host Andrew Wallenstein offering his no-holds-barred assessment of everyone who competed in streaming video in 2020, from the stratospheric rise of Disney+ to the ignominious end of Quibi. 

    • 28 min
    How Jessica Lessin Built a Digital Media Business by Covering Digital Media

    How Jessica Lessin Built a Digital Media Business by Covering Digital Media

    Jessica Lessin, founder and editor-in-chief of The Information, discusses the growth of the eight-year-old outlet that has distinguished itself through deep-dive reporting, analysis and scoops in the tech and media worlds. Lessin also offers her perspective on trends for the coming year at Facebook, Google, TikTok, and she weighs in on the prospect of some Silicon Valley stalwarts facing regulatory action next year, at home and abroad.

    • 24 min
    How Hollywood Dealmaker Thomas Dey Views the Streaming Wars

    How Hollywood Dealmaker Thomas Dey Views the Streaming Wars

    Thomas Dey, president and CEO of ACF Investment Bank, discusses the dealmaking landscape in media and entertainment, predicting that networks and services stuck between those with massive scale and those with niche audiences will get "washed away."

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

thatsmy2sense ,

Underrated Industry Pod

Always good interviews with interesting entertainment industry leaders. Direct and professional, without gossipy feel of ‘the business’ or others. Well done content. Sound quality could be improved.

ThatDaveGuy ,

Great content, tinny audio

I know budgets are tight in these troubled times, but a few hundred bucks spent on a new mic and some foam would really up the production value on this to the point where it matches the quality of the guests and the topics covered.

TheMartholomew ,

Great Ent. Business Podcast!

So happy to finally hear a quality entertainment business podcast! Great topics and easy to listen.

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