Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A bad week for Time Warner




It seems it's a bad time to be a Time Warner executive. As the new year approaches, the company is entering into one new legal and financial dispute after another...


http://www.tvweek.com/news/2008/12/warner_bros_tv_sues_cbs_to_rec.php (battle with CBS over "Two and a Half Men")

http://blog.newsarama.com/2008/12/30/watchmen-update/ (battle with Fox over "Watchmen")

http://www.variety.com/articleVR1117997849.html?categoryid=14&cs=1&nid=2563 (battle with Viacom over cable fees)

Can't wait to see what the new year holds...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What's Next?

As I prepare to teach another semester of my undergraduate Media Industries course, more than ever before, I find myself struggling to figure out what tenor to take about the state of the business. It isn't hard to figure out the media industries have been entering into "crisis mode" for quite some time due to fragmentation, rise of new technologies, increased piracy, etc.

What is striking is how the writers' strike combined with the larger economic crisis has moved much of the talk from anxiety to calamity. The loss of ad revenue from the auto business alone poses serious challenges to television...add that to the wave of bankruptcies we can anticipate in the new year in the retail sector, and the picture looks uglier still.

An initial response for some might be to say "huzzah! bye bye big media!" However, as someone soon to speak to many an undergraduate eager to make a living in a world in which downsizing and bankruptcies are the new state of being, I can only feel distressed by the emerging state of the media world.

Just a couple thoughts provoked by reading http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i935003166745e37d691b6c9a69c398dc

Ok, back to work on the class pitch...

Friday, December 19, 2008

My latest experiment

Having grown tired of updating lists & links on the media industries on Blackboard semester after semester, I decided to try something different...provided here are a range of resources I find useful, informative, interesting and (often) fun to peruse.

As time goes on, I hope to add citations for articles and books -- and link to some articles too. But this will happen bit by bit.

If you have any recommendations, please do forward 'em on to me.