THE BACKLOT: WHOOPI GOLDBERG

By Rodric David In todays installment of The Backlot, I was fortunate enough to spend some time with accomplished actress, comedienne, and TV host Whoopi Goldberg this past spring. Whoopi is an American icon and movie star. She is one of the few performers ever to have won an Emmy Award, Tony Award, Grammy Award,…

Big Media is Missing the Big Picture, but it’s Not Too Late

Mathew Ball’s excellent article explores the failure of traditional media companies to recognize pressing risks to their businesses due to the upheaval in content distribution systems. The article makes the argument that technological changes are driving a wholesale shift in content distribution infrastructure. I’ve also addressed this topic in an article of my own.   Mr….

Does Copyright Matter in the Digital Age?

By Rodric David Irving Azoff, famed entertainment executive and musician manger, intensified his campaign against YouTube with a barrage of tweets on June 22, including a declaration of his support for the initiative of 180+ recording artists who had recently published an open letter to Congress. The letter lobbies for an update to the nearly 20 year…

Great content? That’s only the half of it.

The next ten years of wealth creation in media will equally be determined by mastery of emerging platforms. By Rodric David OVUM, a leading analyst house across converging media, telecoms, and IT markets, recently released its research analysis on the coming 10 years in the media business from the consumer perspective. Based on the content…

THE BACKLOT: ROBBIE MADDISON

By Rodric David   Last August, legendary Australian motorcycle stunt rider Robbie Maddison spent the day at Thunder Studios filming for a Kia campaign with Blake Griffin. Maddo is probably best known to American audiences for breaking the world record for distance jumping live on ESPN on the 40th anniversary of Evel Knieval’s jump over…

THE BACKLOT: BAFTA BRITANNIA AWARDS

By Rodric David BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, hosts an annual gala dinner to honor the achievements of distinguished individuals and companies in the entertainment industry. The Britannias were most recently held on October 30, 2015 at the iconic awards venue The Beverly Hilton. Thunder Studios was delighted to be a…

DISTRIBUTION 103: The Tipping Point

By Rodric David I believe that we are now at the tipping point of massive change in the global distribution of video content in all its forms. Within the next 10 years I predict the complete overhaul of global video content distribution which will radically change the way we consume it and the way we…