Superstore Righteousness or Legit Concern?



I just overheard a fascinating rant.  A Barnes & Noble employee was going off on Amazon (and its customers).  With no hint of irony at all, he was whaling on about how Amazon was killing bookstores, how “Jeff Beezos is the devil,” and how customers who “just want to save $3” need to think about how that extra money equals somebody’s job.

All may be perfectly legitimate points… if only it weren’t coming from the mouth of a superstore employee whose company is also partially responsible for the demise of the small bookstore and even fellow-superstore Borders.  Beyond that, there’s already a drastic difference in the amount and variety of physical books to be found at Barnes & Noble, thanks to its devoting 1/4 of the store space to Nook promotion.

What also struck me was that this was a fairly young guy - mid-20’s, most likely.  I guess it just goes to show that every level of employee has to adapt to this digital world.

Taking it all in at Sundance. So far I’ve seen two really great documentaries - both very different. One observation though?  Still a lot of “dinosaurs” walking around up here - ie. everyone’s avoiding the topic of how digital distribution is changing their world.

Taking it all in at Sundance. So far I’ve seen two really great documentaries - both very different. One observation though? Still a lot of “dinosaurs” walking around up here - ie. everyone’s avoiding the topic of how digital distribution is changing their world.

Wow, didn’t realize how long it had been since I’d posted.
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Hulu Rakes in $420 Million, but How Much Profit?

Here’s a nice breakdown from Tubefilter about how Hulu MIGHT have made its $420 million in revenue last year:

http://news.tubefilter.tv/2012/01/12/hulu-revenue-420-million/

But if you’re like me & trying to figure out all the new media models, don’t you wonder how much PROFIT Hulu made?  I’d like a better look at what Hulu pays out for licensing their content - either on a per-view basis or overall.  Hulu CEO Jason Kilar states in his blog post that they pay content providers “50% more in licensing fees per subscriber when compared to other similarly priced online subscription services.”  On top of that, Hulu has put a lot of resources into creating mobile apps and other ways for viewers to access the content.

Finally, even with the comparatively higher license fees, is it enough for the content providers to stick with Hulu given the possible de-valuing of its reruns/syndication that occurs from having the episodes available after airing?  It’ll be interesting to watch how this plays out in the next year.

I Don’t Get Whitney

I mean, I do get it, it just don’t think it has legs.  So far, each episode’s storyline is this: Whitney feels insecure about the relationship.  Whitney dresses up in sexy outfit to role play & try to fix it.  Role play goes awry.  Whitney & Alex realize they like things just the way they are.

That’s all well & good… for one episode.  What I’m wondering is, where do we go from here?  The core problem in the setup of this series is that neither of these characters seems to have anything else going on.  Alex apparently sold an internet company, so he just hangs out or something.  Whitney is a photographer who, as far as we can tell, doesn’t get any work.

With no outside world to influence this couple’s lives, the story we’ve seen may be the only story this show has to tell.  Yes, it can be fixed, but hopefully the other episodes they’ve shot are set to really propel the series.  Ratings were down 24% from the first week.  A week-two drop is normal, yes, but after seeing basically the exact same two episodes back-to-back, how many more will leave the show next week?

Stay tuned to find out.  Or don’t.

A pilot I produced just got named an Official Selection at the NY TV Festival!  Check it.
UPDATE:  Josh Jennings for Congress WON FX’s “There Is No Box” Pilot Competition!

A pilot I produced just got named an Official Selection at the NY TV Festival!  Check it.

UPDATE:  Josh Jennings for Congress WON FX’s “There Is No Box” Pilot Competition!

The Homeless Guy in Santa Monica was right… “They know where you are, man!”

More background available at Mashable.

I know I’m supposed to be in an uproar about the location tracking on all the iphone & Android devices.  But I’m not.  First off, are you really surprised?  Apps & functions within the phone constantly ask to record your location.  Secondly… so what?

I guess I don’t have that much to hide.  Furthermore, I know that companies want to know my habits, and I’m fine with it.  The way I look at it (as a marketer), if you can filter all the crap that’s targeted at me & deliver me products or deals that are actually intriguing to my specific needs, I’m all for it.  This technology has the potential to get us closer to that vision.

Everyone says they hate advertising.  But that really only pertains to advertising that is deemed “clutter.”  Location tracking just might help get rid of some of the clutter.

PREMATURE REVIEWS: Fox’s “I Hate My Teenage Daughter”

What happens when two unpopular, nerdy high school girls raise their own daughters to be the utter opposite?  Two teenaged terrors, that’s what.

Annie (Jaime Pressly) is a divorced coffee shop manager who was “anti-fun” in high school.  Her friend Nikki (Katie Finneran), also divorced, was 300 pounds with terrible teeth.  (Both are little tough to buy from the linked pictures.)

Both women, in an attempt to save their kids from suffering through high school, have accidentally managed to turn their daughters Sophie (Kristi Lauren) and MacKenzie (Aisha Dee) into spoiled, mean bitches.

My tumblr needs more photos.

My tumblr needs more photos.

I hear there have been issues with the medical drama starring Rachel Bilson. First, while gorgeous on screen, I hear Bilson is not particularly believable as a doctor.

(from Nellie Andreeva at Deadline Hollywood)

Shocking, eh?