Thinking Out Loud
The New Wave of Peak TV is Crossing Borders to Compete

The New Wave of Peak TV is Crossing Borders to Compete

May 2, 2022

Peak TV has hit a new peak where different points of convergence are driving diverse programming for consumption and streaming platforms have created a space to connect with new audiences. Guest Catherine Tait, the CEO of CBC, provides a glimpse into Canadian viewing habits, examples of how their content has successfully crossed borders, and how collaborations allow them to continue to compete in the content race.

Hollywood 2022: How Will It Play Out?

Hollywood 2022: How Will It Play Out?

January 25, 2022

President & Chief Media Analyst of Variety’s Intelligence Platform, Andrew Wallenstein, recaps the trending topics of 2021 and predictions for 2022. Wallenstein and host Vicki Lins discuss navigating the three-dimensional metaverse experience; and its potential within entertainment, recent pandemic release strategy experimentations, what competing streaming services will have to do to get ahead and recent findings from Variety Intelligence Platform’s market research reports. 

Redbox streaming into digital with 40 million loyal customers

Redbox streaming into digital with 40 million loyal customers

December 21, 2021

For 20-years, Redbox has built a deep relationship with its 40 million customers. Their unique customer base, known for being late adopters of technology and 71% of them identifying as deal hunters, is devotedly following Redbox into a new world filled with endless entertainment options. In this conversation, host Vicki Lins explores how Redbox is almost effortlessly taking its customer base on a pilgrimage into the digital world. Galen Smith, CEO, Redbox, explains how their simplified, seamless process helps these late adopters shift to new offerings by the latest movies On Demand, free live TV channels, add supported On Demand and subscription channels all in one place.

Struum’s Unique Cross-section of Technology and Storytelling is Capturing Untapped Eyeballs

Struum’s Unique Cross-section of Technology and Storytelling is Capturing Untapped Eyeballs

October 4, 2021

Struum’s first-of-its-kind credit-based subscription streaming service enables users to sample content from dozens of participating streaming services from around the globe in one centralized platform. Struum, founded by accomplished Disney and Discovery executives, combines their passion for technology, storytelling, and research to create a leading-edge approach to monetizing assets. Struum’s “ClassPass” model serves consumers as the ultimate complimentary subscription with access to interest-based content. 

Guest Lauren DeVillier, co-founder, Struum joins host Vicki Lins to explain how the platform’s subscription model is reimagining the SVOD model to bring value to brands and viewers.

Peter Csathy: Rules of the Media Race Are Changing – Bold Predictions on Mega Tech & Future M&As

Peter Csathy: Rules of the Media Race Are Changing – Bold Predictions on Mega Tech & Future M&As

June 29, 2021

Peter Csathy, founder and chairman, CREATV Media delivers his performance scorecard of the media landscape with strategic predictions about the top streamers, recent M&A deals, and important trends. Peter defines a “great reopening” by detailing how companies are reimagining their business around IP franchising and applying transformational technology that enables improved content production efficiencies and localization for international markets like never before.

David Smyth, Founder and CEO, YouLook: Not so FAST, AVOD’s Global Rise

David Smyth, Founder and CEO, YouLook: Not so FAST, AVOD’s Global Rise

June 1, 2021
David Smyth, Founder and CEO, YouLook.tv, joins host Vicki Lins to outline the development and marketing behind launching the United Kingdom’s first independent AVOD service.
 
As VOD consumption grows globally, media companies and entrepreneurs are recognizing a shift to AVOD allows content to reach a highly engaged audience, connecting both viewers and advertisers with a model that delivers more relevant ads and a better customer experience. David expands on his background as a TV executive at Sky Media and 20th Century Fox, his entrepreneurial vision for YouLook.tv, and shares insights about the market dynamics happening across the pond and how he intends to scale the business for long term success.
Jon Giegengack, Hub Entertainment Research: The Evolution of Video Branding

Jon Giegengack, Hub Entertainment Research: The Evolution of Video Branding

May 10, 2021

The intersection of technology and entertainment has had a fundamental impact on the evolution of TV, transforming the way audiences consume content and how media companies compete for consumers' time and attention.

Host Vicki Lins sits down with guest Jon Giegengack to discuss Hub Entertainment Research findings on consumer awareness, understanding, and perceptions of the top players across the TV ecosystem—including both TV distribution platforms and TV networks as well as examining the impact of these brand perceptions on which services consumers use and viewing decisions. 

Tedd Cittadine, VP, Content Partnerships, Roku: How Content Providers Grow and Scale Their Audiences on the Roku Platform

Tedd Cittadine, VP, Content Partnerships, Roku: How Content Providers Grow and Scale Their Audiences on the Roku Platform

April 14, 2021

2020 kicked off the streaming decade, but the growth of streaming skyrocketed faster than even those at the front seat initially predicted. Guest Tedd Cittadine, VP, Content Partnerships, Roku Inc. unpacks what this transformational shift in viewing behavior means for content makers looking to connect with engaged audiences on TV streaming. Tedd discussed the growth opportunities that the Roku platform can offer both AVOD and SVOD services from user acquisition, customer retention, brand marketing, advertising, ad technology and more. Tedd also details the marketing strategy behind the success of the free AVOD service The Roku Channel, the acquisition of Quibi’s multimillion-dollar portfolio original programming and what the growth of streaming means for advertisers, content providers, consumers and the television industry at large.

Will Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, iHeartPodcast Network - The Podcast Renaissance

Will Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, iHeartPodcast Network - The Podcast Renaissance

March 9, 2021

Guest Will Pearson details the evolution of podcasts from a medium bound by Q&A formats, into a safe space for creators to develop uncaged storytelling, and where larger brands can harvest IP and reach diverse, untapped audiences. The television industry has certainly taken notice as evidenced by iHeartRadio's partnerships with talent, creatives and media giants like ViacomCBS and WarnerMedia to develop TV and streaming series into podcast franchises. Host Vicki Lins and Will explore the nuances of podcast content discovery, ad strategy and what’s on the horizon of the podcasting landscape.

Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group: The Upside to Disruption

Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group: The Upside to Disruption

February 10, 2021

Guest Kevin Beggs details an “undefined” television landscape that is creating a new breadth of programming. Known for the production of brand-defining shows such as Mad Men, Orange is the New Black and Weeds, Beggs describes an upside to the industry’s disruption. Consolidation and new distribution platforms have rejuvenated traditional programming, creating a world of opportunity for new voices, genres, and storytelling that can be heard anywhere, anytime. 

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