Tag: the wrap

12/30

Bob Iger’s Lessons for Radio

Disney chief Bob Iger is on the cover of the new issue of Fortune, pictured in front of Star Wars' legendary Millennium Falcon. I can't imagine a picture that could speak more loudly about content and branding and distribution and the role of fan passion in powering a media behemoth. Highlights of the piece in The Wrap indicate three lessons that should be heard loud and clear by radio broadcasters: 1. Iger focuses on both content and technology “There are a lot of companies that focus on content and lot of companies that focus on technology, but I think Disney is one of a few … [Read more...]

10/08

If CNN’s Ratings “Don’t Matter,” Why Do Yours?

The entire category of cable news is suffering a ratings slide. So acknowledges Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. But what's his solution? How will he turn the cable news ratings situation around? Well it turns out that's asking the wrong question. In fact, CNN's response has been to add specialty shows which are decidedly not "cable news" per se - shows like Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, a new show from Mike Rowe, and custom-produced documentaries. That is, CNN is broadening the definition of what its category can be. And viewers are responding. But the larger issue is a "mistake" … [Read more...]

05/13

The “Eventizing” of Radio

Here’s what radio can learn from Fox TV, courtesy of The Wrap: Fox's emphasis next season is on “eventizing,” entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said at the network's upfront presentation to advertisers Monday….“American Idol,” like sports shows, benefitted from fans who felt they had to watch for fear of missing a big television event. Now Reilly is trying to turn even regular scripted shows into big events. In Fox’s case, that means things like a “Simpsons”/ “Family Guy” crossover episode, Evil Knievel-style stunts, and the musical event “Grease Live,” among other concepts. Why bother … [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...]

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