2020 is the year to step up

(This originally appeared as the opening to today’s newsletter. Subscribe here.) We can do more With massive protests across the US over police brutality and systemic racism against black Americans, it’s worth us remembering how central a role media companies have always played in promoting racial prejudice. Not just news media but films, TV shows, […]

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

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 […]

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 Paypal.me 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 […]

Webinar on the state of kids media

I hosted a webinar on TechCrunch about the state of kids media amid the Covid-19 crisis. My guests were: Craig Donato, chief business officer of Roblox, the $4 billion gaming platform that counts the majority of U.S. kids age 9-12 among its active users. Nancy MacIntyre, co-founder and CEO of Fingerprint, the company behind Kidimo, a leading subscription video […]