THE BACKLOT: WHOOPI GOLDBERG

THE BACKLOT: WHOOPI GOLDBERG

By Rodric David I was fortunate enough to spend some time with accomplished actress, comedienne, and TV host Whoopi Goldberg this past spring. Whoopi is an American icon and movie star. She is one of the few performers ever to have won an Emmy Award, Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Academy Award. Whoopi is probably […]

Why Is Thunder Studios All In on a Gaming Future?

Why Is Thunder Studios All In on a Gaming Future?

Recently Mathew Ball wrote an extraordinarily well written article titled, “Fortnite is the Future, but Probably Not for the Reasons You Think” that provides some significant insights into why I have invested so heavily in a Gaming focused content future. The article can be read here. Ask yourself – How is it a game that […]

The Backlot: Tyga Test Drives My Tesla

The Backlot: Tyga Test Drives My Tesla

Before filming with Justin Bieber in November 2013, Tyga took my new Tesla for a spin.   It was November 2013 when Tyga and Justin Bieber headed down to Thunder Studios to film the video for their single “Wait for a Minute”. The studio phones started running hot that morning after the “Beliebers” caught wind […]

Empowering Creators

Empowering Creators

The term content is broadly used in the entertainment industry to describe anything a consumer reads, views, plays, and engages with. Whether it is a blog post, short film, novel, or cute pet video, platforms exist for near seamless global distribution of that content to a potential audience. Distribution platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, […]

Does Copyright Matter in the Digital Age?

Does Copyright Matter in the Digital Age?

By Rodric David Irving Azoff, famed entertainment executive and musician manger, intensified his campaign against YouTube with a barrage of tweets on June 22, including a declaration of his support for the initiative of 180+ recording artists who had recently published an open letter to Congress. The letter lobbies for an update to the nearly 20 year […]

Paywalls and Gaming: The Canary in the Coal Mine?

Paywalls and Gaming: The Canary in the Coal Mine?

Paywalls in Gaming could predict the future of the entire content business. Blocking audiences from exploring content through subscription paywalls can be a double edged sword. There has been enormous consumer backlash against subscription fees (over $100/ year) for Xbox Live and PSN, and it took years for irate Xbox owners to actually be able […]