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May 10, 2013
My latest “Deadline Big Media, with David Lieberman” podcast is up on Deadline now.
Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman and I look at out-of-whack CEO pay and what it can suggest about a company’s corporate culture; a Washington threat to the Pay TV oligopoly; YouTube’s launch of 30 subscription channels; and why Jeff Bewkes thinks blockbusters make sense financially.
We’ve also begun posting our podcasts with both David and Awards Columnist Pete Hammond (along with occasional podcasts with other Deadline writers) on SoundCloud. You can find those here: https://soundcloud.com/deadline-com
You can subscribe at either site for a regular heaping helping of David’s deep understanding of the business of big media, or just visit us on Deadline.com each week (though David won’t have a new podcast this week for the holidays).
Our latest “Deadline Big Media” podcast is here, as Executive Editor David Lieberman and I talk about News Corp. plans to launch the Fox Sports 1 channel; Time-Warner’s plans to spin off Time Inc.; and Bob Iger’s wins at the Disney annual meeting over several shareholder proposals.
Hear the whole thing here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/03/deadline-big-media-with-david-lieberman-episode-26/
My latest “Deadline Big Media” podcast with Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman has arrived, hot off the digital foundry at which I labor so ceaselessly for your entertainment and enlightenment.
We had a good chat about some hot news this week, including look at that somewhat out-of-nowhere antitrust suit by Cablevision against Viacom and what it might mean for the pay-TV oligopoly. We also talked whether a stand-alone Starz can be a star on its own; growing shareholder opposition to Bob Iger’s dual role as Disney’s CEO and chairman; and whether quality films can still sell lots of tickets or we seeing yet more scary signs of collapse in the exhibition business model.
Our latest “Deadline Big Media” podcast with David Lieberman looks at the suspiciously large number of stock buybacks and special dividends by Big Media companies that had mediocre quarterly earnings; looks at the ticking clock that one report says is hanging over the current Pay-TV economic model; and how one bright investor/inventor is looking at ways to bring talk radio’s audience engagement to lower-tier cable channels.
The really smart ones among you will note there’s a bit of a through line on this week’s podcast. All of the conversation is ultimately about where the big moneymaker for Big Media is, is going, and can continue to thrive.
We’ve just posted the latest podcast with Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman, “Deadline Big Media” episode 22. Today, David and I are discussing how Disney ended up having a pretty good quarter, and a lot of big news around planned “Star Wars” spinoffs; how animation archrival DreamWorks Animation is getting hammered to near-historic low share prices over schedule problems; and what’s happening with the high-flying News Corp., which is near its own records for prices ahead of a big split of the company.
Listen to it all here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/02/deadline-big-media-with-david-lieberman-episode-22/
This week, we talk News Corp.’s fast-rising stock price; Moody’s moody take on the exhibition business; Mark Cuban’s predictions for the future of TV (which, not wholly coincidentally, align with where he’s spending his money); and RIM/Blackberry’s efforts to ensure it HAS a future.
Catch my latest conversation with Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman about media, entertainment and tech on Wall Street and far beyond, in episode 20 of our podcast “Deadline Big Media.”
This week, with earnings season chugging along for tech companies (media companies coming in the next 10 days or so), we talk about the very different responses investors had for the earnings reports by Apple and Netflix; whether Fox should consider starting its own national sports networks; and a very bad week for the videogame industry, especially the bankrupt Atari and THQ.
Listen to “Deadline Big Media” episode 19, my latest podcast with Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman about media, entertainment and technology on Wall Street and far beyond.
This week we talk about about the potential impacts on Hollywood of President Obama’s initiatives to reduce gun violence; the different (though now both upward) paths of former corporate siblings CBS and Viacom; and the major expansion plans of Aereo, the Barry Diller-backed startup that’s causing lots of upset among the networks.
Check out my latest “Deadline Big Media” podcast with Deadline Executive Editor David Lieberman. We talk about what David saw in Las Vegas at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show; whether the Ultraviolet initiative can save the struggling business of selling DVDs and Blu-ray discs; and what happens to Hulu now that its CEO is leaving.
Listen to it here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/deadline-big-media-with-david-lieberman-episode-18/