Will Blockchain Bring Big Change to Digital Media and Entertainment?

KOP looks at Digital Trends Transforming the Media and Entertainment Industry in 2020 and How Blockchain Will Transform Media & Entertainment.

Plus, Why Coronavirus Is Expected to Tank 2020’s Hollywood Studio Profits as the Observer reports:

 the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, costing the entertainment industry millions of dollars every day, it’s near impossible to accurately survey the landscape, but there’s one all-but sure prediction: this year looks grimmer than last.

Plus, Why Scripted TV Shows Are Becoming Scarce on Basic Cable as streaming platforms become the priority for dramas and comedies, traditional networks are relying on more cost-effective unscripted series to fill out schedules.

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WGA Sits Down With The Big 3; Where are the Girls in Country?

The WGA and the Big 3 talent agencies have agreed to try to resolve their ongoing legal dispute through mediation, says a new report.

Plus, KOP reflects on Bob Pittman’s keynote at Podcast Movement Evolutions and discusses the idea of national formats like BBC Radio on iHeartRadio stations.

KOP also speaks with Joshua Otten, CEO at Ronin Content Services and the Co-Founder of Content & Original Productions at PRØHBTD

Joshua spent the last 20 years as a trailblazing developer of premium entertainment, builder of digital media platforms, and creator of content marketing solutions. He assists entrepreneurs in building successful brands, planning for exits and liquidity events, and navigating capital formation. As a founder or board member in companies that have successfully raised more than $60MM in capital investments.

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Pulling the Plug on Public Broadcasting and International Media?

Deadline.com reports “President Donald Trump’s proposed new budget again calls for… slashing funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides funding to PBS and NPR. “

KOP breaks down the history of public broadcasting. He also weighs the value of replacing the CPB model and giving the public airwaves back to the people. We also debate why the Public Broadcasting Act needs an update to save local public media journalism

Plus Broadcasting and Cable reports on possible cuts to international media:

The Trump Administration is proposing to significantly cut funding to the U.S. Agency for Global Media, which oversees U.S. international broadcasting (Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia). 

USAGM got $810 million in 2020, but the Trump Administration wants to cut that to $637 million in 2021. 

Also, Kid Kelly Opens Up: Former SiriusXM Pop Guru on Why He Lost His Job and the ‘Very Bad’ State of Radio.

Programming note: Part 2 of my interview with Joshua Otten, CEO at Ronin Content Services and the Co-Founder of Content & Original Productions at PRØHBTD will conclude on next week’s episode.

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Stockpiling for a Hollywood Strike: Writers Guild Walkout Imminent?

Hollywood Reporter reports “the Writers Guild signals it is “ready for a battle” over streaming revenue, producers are giving early series renewals and extending episode counts in preps for a Hollywood shutdown.

KOP also speaks with Joshua Otten, CEO at Ronin Content Services and the Co-Founder of Content & Original Productions at PRØHBTD

Joshua spent the last 20 years as a trailblazing developer of premium entertainment, builder of digital media platforms, and creator of content marketing solutions. He assists entrepreneurs in building successful brands, planning for exits and liquidity events, and navigating capital formation. As a founder or board member in companies that have successfully raised more than $60MM in capital investments.

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iHeartRadio Layoffs: Congressman Probes Bob Pittman; PR Paints a Poor Picture

The radio world has been rocked by iHeartMedia’s recent announcement about nationwide layoffs in small markets. One U.S. Senator asks for answers from the iHeartMedia CEO.

Plus, KOP continues his chat with Entertainment & Culture Expert Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D.

Joanna Dodd Massey, Ph.D., MBA is a C-suite executive and management consultant, who has served as in-house communications counsel for more than 25 years in the media and digital technology industries at companies such as Condé Nast, Lionsgate, Discovery, Hasbro, CBS, and Viacom. She handles global brand reputation management, crisis communications and culture transformation.

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