Generation Z is on “the precipice of a loneliness epidemic,” according to Sima Sistani, co-founder and CEO of the “face-to-face” video chat app Houseparty. The video app aims to help ease that loneliness. This...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. David Llorente wasn’t happy. Day in and out his writers were grinding out repetitive online gaming news in their Tallinn,...
Facebook’s response to fake videos has been tested again, this time with a 20-second AI-generated video of Mark Zuckerberg published on Instagram over the weekend. The social network has again decided to leave it up for the...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Backed by private equity sponsors, large talent agencies are expanding past strictly the traditional media sector in pursuit of greater vertical integration. Key Market Movements CAA (Creative Arts Agency), an entertainment and sports agency, received an undisclosed amount of...
Impact investment funds and ESG strategists often struggle to distinguish between good intentions and good marketing. It’s not a new idea: tobacco firms once pushed menthol cigarettes as a healthy alternative, and to this day some people...
Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Delays and interruptions in the delivery of content mean the loss of viewers, which can deeply hurt the financial performance of media companies. But Streamroot believes that...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Fluctuating NFL broadcast ratings have spurred an increase in the number of independent football leagues around the United States. Brian Woods is...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Retailers are using AR to unlock the organic influencing power of end consumers. AR can help brands minimize traditional and emerging risks associated with influencer marketing campaigns. When brands create AR experiences people want to share socially,...
KEY TAKEAWAYS User-created content has revolutionized how we create and view content, but control and monetization of that content remains centralized in the hands of a very few platforms. Total global media deal volumes were slightly down to $19.6B...
KEY TAKEAWAYS User-created content has revolutionized how we create and view content, but control and monetization of that content remains centralized in the hands of a very few platforms. Total global media deal volumes were slightly down to $19.6B...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Backed by private equity sponsors, large talent agencies are expanding past strictly the traditional media sector in pursuit of greater vertical integration. Key Market Movements CAA (Creative Arts Agency), an entertainment and sports agency, received an undisclosed amount of...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Backed by private equity sponsors, large talent agencies are expanding past strictly the traditional media sector in pursuit of greater vertical integration. Key Market Movements CAA (Creative Arts Agency), an entertainment and sports agency, received an undisclosed amount of...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Backed by private equity sponsors, large talent agencies are expanding across the media sector in pursuit of vertical integration. Key Market Movements CAA (Creative Arts Agency), operator of an entertainment and sports agency, received an undisclosed amount of development capital...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Retailers are using AR to unlock the organic influencing power of end consumers. AR can help brands minimize traditional and emerging risks associated with influencer marketing campaigns. When brands create AR experiences people want to share socially,...
KEY TAKEAWAYS Sub-Saharan Africa has one of the lowest rates of math and reading proficiency among primary school students in the world, which has bred high unemployment rates for adults. To combat poor education rates, a number of edtech...
Martin Basiri, CEO of ApplyBoard, started the company as an international student from Iran in 2015. ApplyBoard, an Ontario-based edutech company, snagged $55 million in series B funding. As more money is pouring into...
It’s been nearly two months since Apple launched its $9.99 a month Apple News+, but the debate over its offering to media companies and the public at large is far from over. In exchange...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Despite the growing importance of the startup culture in keeping the US economy competitive, academia lags behind, preferring the tranquil process of...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Netflix has made only four acquisitions in its history: the comic book company MillarWorld, Albuquerque’s ABQ Studios, the historic Egyptian Theatre in...
Delays and interruptions in the delivery of content  mean the loss of viewers, which can deeply hurt the financial performance of media companies. But Streamroot believes that its video-delivery systems can eliminate these...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. The tongue-in-cheek tagline of Hulu’s first national ad campaign, “we’re about to ruin TV for you,” may ring true for TV fans...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. When Sizmek filed Chapter 11 in late March, concerns expressed privately for years by many investors in the ad tech space broke...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Spencer Gerrol is the founder and CEO of SPARK Neuro, a neuroanalytics company that measures emotion and attention to optimize advertising and entertainment. Years...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. In a twist of that old saying, “You can’t fight City Hall,” ad tech pioneer Sizmek announced that its efforts to compete with Google’s DoubleClick platform...
Key Takeaways: ● Podcast advertising is growing. Revenues are projected to reach $659 million by 2020, compared with $169 million in 2016. ● Measurement difficulties have slowed industry growth — but analytics are improving. ● The audio advertising market will transform from...
On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. Since the New Oxford American Dictionary named “podcast” its word of the year in 2005, podcasts have become big business. Media outlets, such as National Public Radio and the...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Fluctuating NFL broadcast ratings have spurred an increase in the number of independent football leagues around the United States. Brian Woods is...
Strategic Investors: Profiles of investors with strategies to consider. As an investment bank specializing in the media sector, Palazzo is navigating stormy seas. M&A activity is brisk and there has been no shortage of IPO activity, with both Pinterest and Zoom going...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Open Screenplay, a new screenwriting platform, launched earlier this year with hopes to democratize the screenwriting process. The Toronto-based startup has already...
Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. It has been a rough freshman week for podcasting’s first $100 million VC darling. Luminary, the buzzy new startup heralded as “the Netflix...
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