Hello. I’m Eric Peckham — a media & entertainment industry analyst in Los Angeles who writes for TechCrunch as their in-house columnist, advises companies/VIPs, and occasionally makes investments.

I’m fascinated by how humans shape hearts and minds in their societies, so I focus on companies in five areas: 1) interactive media, 2) digestible (non-interactive) media, 3) creator tools, 4) communications, and 5) education.

Monetizing Media is my personal newsletter for sharing research & commentary with a relevant group of senior executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and bankers. It looks at media from both an investor perspective and a product perspective. You can sign up here:

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Common themes I repeatedly come back to:

  • media industry realignment in the streaming-first era and how much it rewards incumbents vs. new startups
  • applications of AI in content creation, distribution, and moderation
  • use of new interactive technologies (like voice interfaces and augmented reality) for entertainment and learning
  • audience revenue models like memberships and in-app purchases as better alternatives to dependence on ads

I hope to tap the collective knowledge of this email group to create more resources like this database of media investors. If you have suggestions for my research or an idea for collaboration, feel free to reach out.

“In this ever-changing media environment, Monetizing Media is a valuable resource for media executives and entrepreneurs.”

Rick Hess, Managing Partner @ Evolution Media Capital

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Rafat Ali, Founder/CEO @ Skift