In last week’s column, I reflected on what television has become over the last decade—a trend that has become even more solidified in 2012. With the rise of DVRs and streaming video-on-demand, we’re seeing a pronounced rise in serial dramas, shows with complex storylines and impeccably-developed characters. As television shows are devoured, in many cases,
Necessity, according to the old adage, is the mother of invention. I’ve spent countless hours at this keyboard, railing against broken business models—the “record” industry, cable & satellite programming packages, and even certain branches of the publishing world. These are all industries that have struggled to adapt in the digital age, have failed to acclimate
It happens all the time. However, it’s less common for behind-the-scenes contract negotiations to spill across the front pages of newspapers and business journals across America. The ongoing contract renegotiations between DirecTV and entertainment giant Viacom have turned ugly—with both sides attempting to win customer allegiance in a white-hot PR war.