Xytech After Dark is a (not too serious) look at the world of Media and Entertainment through the lens of software solutions.
XAD Ep 22 – What's a Tubi?? Exploring the Mysterious World of Free Streaming Services
Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by Greg Dolan to discuss the mysterious world of Tubi & lesser-known streaming apps. But first, they talk about “what we’re watching” followed by Gregg’s “shocking” reveal that he’s never been a farmer (6:17), take a slight detour into the recent KISS biography airing on A&E and what people want from a music documentary (9:59). Then they take a deep-dive into the vast ocean of free streaming platforms (17:13), how Tubi works and what makes it so appealing to movie buffs (17:55), what is the ‘end game’ for all of these free streaming apps (24:00), is launching a streaming service in 2021 like opening in records store in 2001 (31:05)? Lastly, they discuss the new wave of pandemic-themed-content being woven into Films and TV and what’s the audience’s willingness to go on these journeys (42:40)?
XAD Ep 21 – Restoring and Protecting the Classics with Theo Gluck
Gregg Sandheinrich is thrilled to be joined by Visual Data’s film restoration expert, Theo Gluck, to discuss the joys and challenges of restoring and preserving some of the most legendary titles in the history of cinema for The Walt Disney Studios (3:51). They discuss ‘where to begin’ when bringing a classic film back to life (8:31), the great lengths studios can go through to track down materials (12:29), what’s it like to bring the original director into the restoration process (15:25), how directors reckon with content that hasn’t aged well ‘culturally’ (22:30), how the explosion of streaming services effect the world of restoration (33:28), the ‘dilemma’ of shooting digitally (52:33), and the ‘weird’ state of cinema in the 2020’s (1:00:58).
The Letterboxd List of all films discussed in today’s ep:
XAD Ep 20 – The Impact of eSports on M&E, Where it’s Headed, and Why Aren’t We There Yet? Plus! The Debut of the…Sandheinrich Sisters??
Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by eSports experts, Josh Rizzo and Taylor Zeller, to talk about eSports’ place in the Media and Entertainment industry (3:54), why it feels under-represented (8:19), eSports’ “boxing problem” (28:07), are the games “too complicated” for casual fans? (37:54), why no “superstars” have emerged (51:16), and can eSports grow without traditional TV Networks? (1:02:50). Lastly, Gregg has some VERY special guests on the pod (Gregg’s daughters!!) to chime-in on last week’s pod topic “what the heck does Dad do for a living????” (1:15:30)
Josh’s presentation on eSports can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6NiC2tfshs
XAD Ep 19 - Fixing The Oscars, Re-Opening Offices, and Wielding the Power of our Podcast!
Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by Greg Dolan talk about after 14 months of working from home, does our family have a better understanding of what we do for a living? (5:08) Then they ponder the ripple-effects of a bad awards show on the M&E industry while Gregg offers-up some half-baked ways to fix it (9:53). As LA moves into the ‘yellow tier’, we discuss re-opening the Xytech LA office (34:26). Lastly, they marvel at the undeniable power the XAD Podcast wields in the M&E Industry and the magical appearance of a “pause button”!! (54:39)
XAD Ep 18 – Xytech/ScheduALL Updates, 147 Films in 98 Days, and Who Loses in a Streaming War?
Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by Greg Dolan, live from Florida, to talk about the official closing of Xytech’s acquisition of ScheduALL and what that means for both companies going forward (:45). Then they discuss the overall sensation of things...
XAD Ep 17 - Talking the HPA Tech Retreat with Joachim "JZ" Zell!
Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by Joachim “JZ” Zell from the Hollywood Professional Association to talk about this year’s HPA Tech Retreat (March 15th thru the 24th). Gregg and JZ talk about what makes the HPA and the Tech Retreat so unique (3:50), how...
Tying software to culture in a way the only the Gregg & Greg can do. I waited with baited breath to hear if my movie made the discussion. Good news they did, tune in to hear about NAB NY.
Entertaining and insightful!
Gregg and Greg dive deep into the trends, hot topics and latest news in the industry and give some insight into Xytech, all the time injecting some humor and fun discussion. A great listen for anyone in the industry.