Tag: hollywood

08/15

Media Unplugged: 6 Second Ads – B.S. or the Future?

6 second ads...B.S or the future? And... How Hallmark conquered Hollywood. Plus, rants and raves about what happens when you remove "donuts" from Dunkin Donuts, the scathing critique that almost doomed TV classic Seinfeld, and the billboard that features 43,412 movie nude scenes. It’s episode 69 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at … [Read more...]

03/05

Media Unplugged: Here’s what YouTube TV REALLY Means

Here's what YouTube TV really means... And... Is Martin Scorcese too risky for Hollywood? Fugetaboutit! Plus, movie theaters are really in the SEAT business, and the limits of asking your friends to try a podcast (#trypod is well-meaning, but will it be enough?). It’s episode 59 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do … [Read more...]

01/13

Media Unplugged: Apple is the New Hollywood!

Apple is the new Hollywood! And... You can't fix Twitter. Plus, rants and raves about new products at CES that make perfectly good items too complicated, advice on writing stronger that should be more strongly written, Tom's great new book, "I Am Keats," and more. It’s episode 56 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you're reading this by email, click here for the audio. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at iTunes. Or do … [Read more...]

02/04

Snapchat goes Big Media and Amazon becomes a Movie Studio

Snapchat introduces Discover and goes from messaging to big media. Also: Amazon’s making their own original movies – here’s why the movie business will never be the same. Plus, Tom raves about Taylor Swift’s move to gobble up trademark protection to many of her phrases, while Mark rants about the utter absence of ideas for season two of the popular podcast, Serial. Mark also raves about the most popular Superbowl commercials – many of which didn’t even exist. It’s episode 12 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go … [Read more...]

10/03

Media Unplugged: BuzzFeed’s Viral Secrets / Netflix vs. Hollywood – Again

It's episode 4 of Media Unplugged, and Tom Asacker and Mark Ramsey reveal the secret to BuzzFeed's video success and uncover the real story underlying Netflix's attack on the movie business. First, we discuss the magical pixie dust that makes BuzzFeed's viral videos go viral and what that has to do with tapping consumer desire. Second, Netflix fires a bullet to the heart of theatrical distribution with their first-ever original motion picture, a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Also, Tom raves about the quality of TV content, but rants that they all seem to air on … [Read more...]

07/22

What Hollywood Knows that Radio Doesn’t

"Hollywood Studios' Message to Executives: Embrace Digital or Die." That was the title of the piece in The Wrap. It focused on the ascent of two newly upped Hollywood execs, one heading Paramount's TV division, the other leading Warner Bros. They didn't get their new gigs because of their "traditional" experience, writes The Wrap: They got these positions because of their handle on new business models, new opportunities and new talent. In other words, they have a vision for where Hollywood is going, not where it’s been. Rich Raddon, the former director of the Los Angeles Film … [Read more...]

07/07

Radio is Ignoring “Pre-Awareness”

In Hollywood, they call it "pre-awareness." It's the idea that you're already familiar with the concept of the movie, thus the studios don't need to waste those precious marketing resources making you familiar with the concept. Even before you see it, you know enough about it to know you really want to see it. It's why so many of our cinematic tentpoles are followed by roman numerals, and why international territories in particular (the source of 70% of Hollywood's revenues) are eating them up. In television, CSI spawns CSI: New York and CSI: Miami. In music, hits are produced by … [Read more...]

03/01

Tell to Win: Peter Guber on Story and Radio

Peter Guber is the former chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures and currently heads the Mandalay Entertainment Group which presents hit films such as The Kids Are All Right and recently partnered in acquiring the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.  Among the award-winning films Guber has produced or executive produced are Midnight Express, Gorillas in the Mist, Batman, and Rain Man.  Peter is the author of a great new best-selling book called Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story. As Peter writes: “Move listeners’ hearts and their feet and wallets will … [Read more...]

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