Gaming VCs survey: esports

I compiled responses from several VC investors on where they see opportunities for esports startups right now: Peter Levin, Griffin Gaming Partners Beth Ferriera, Firstmark Ethan Kurzweil, Bessemer Venture Partners Jens Hilgers, BitKraft Ventures Doug Higgins, Sapphire Sport Rick Yang, NEA Kevin Baxpehler, Remagine Ventures Read it here on TechCrunch >> 7 VCs talk about today’s esports opportunities

Deal News: April 29, 2020

(This was originally shared in today’s Monetizing Media newsletter. Sign up here.) Digestible Media Film/TV/Video  WarnerMedia‘s Turner Broadcasting Europe division acquired The Widget Company (aka TWC), an Amsterdam-based, 30-person firm that designs OTT applications for media companies. (Read more)  Sony is negotiating to make a large investment in Eleven, the UK production company behind Netflix hit show “Sex Education”. […]

The decline of the theatrical window

(This was originally published as a section in today’s newsletter. Sign up here.) The news: Universal Pictures animated film “Trolls World Tour” has earned $95m in its first 3 weeks on-demand, having skipped its theatrical release due to Covid-19. Universal said they will release more films direct to VOD as a result. US and European cinema […]

Deal News: April 28, 2020

(This was published in today’s Monetizing Media newsletter. Sign up here to receive it each day.) Digestible Media Film/TV/Video  Endeavor is raising $250m to help cover operating costs, according to the NY Post. PE firm Silver Lake, which already owns 42% is not planning to increase its stake, per the report. (Read more) Moody’s downgraded Endeavor’s credit […]

There are few people actually enforcing GDPR

(This was originally published in today’s Monetizing Media newsletter. Sign up here.) There are few people actually enforcing GDPRThe EU’s GDPR data privacy rules have caused fear and headaches for the media industry given the hefty fines for violating it and the costs to comply. It turns out there are very few people actually assigned to […]

Spotify’s monetization misstep with its new fundraising feature

(This was originally published as a section in today’s Monetizing Media newsletter. Sign up here.) Hi everyone – Last week, Spotify added a feature called Artist Fundraising Pick for artists to add a fundraising links to their profile. It’s done in partnership with Cash App, GoFundMe, and so when a user clicks it, they are redirected to […]

The Covid-19 crisis should push musicians to own their audience and invest in virtual concerts and membership models

(This was originally published as a section of today’s Monetizing Media newsletter) This crisis is an opportunity for the music industryMusic has been hard hit by Covid-19 because live events comprise such a large proportion of artist earnings. But working from home is forcing artists and their teams to confront how under-developed their business is […]