With the data now behind us, looking at new ways in which Hollywood could treat online.
Mark Cuban, who created Broadcast.com before selling it to Yahoo, and Steven Sorderberg, who directed many box office winning pictures like “Ocean’s 11” and “Traffic” have decided to partner up and revolutionize the movie industry by offering “films that would debut simultaneously in movie theaters and on DVD, pay-per-view cable and satellite television.” Frequent reader of TNL.net will know that this is a move I have advocated for a long time (see here and here for examples). Part of the interesting issue here is how Mark Cuban is approaching the issue. In a recent Wired magazine interview, Cuban was recently saying: “People get frightened about all kinds of things in Hollywood,” he says. “That’s not my system. I don’t have a business to protect. I have a business to build.” This business has brought Cuban to fundamentally believe that bits are bits and is now putting serious money behind the idea. I would like to applaud the effort and hope that it will be successful. If it is, expect the rest of the movie industry to follow. Combined with the recent calls by Blockbuster Video executives to release movies on DVD at the same time as they are released in…Read More
Ed suggested in a Metafilter thread that we come up with a blogging vow of chastity similar to the one Dogme film-makers did in 1995. Here’s my stab at a first draft of this: Declaration of bloggerdom We are bloggers. We are individuals. We are not for sale We are not a target market. We link to sites because we find them interesting, not because we think we’ll get free goods or money out of our links. If we have a relationship with a product/company/service/person we link to, we will disclose it in the same post. We believe in contributing. We believe in truth. Our writing is our own. Our words are our own. Like them or not, our opinions are our own, too. It’s a start. But does it need more?Read More