Archive for 2016/08

Viacom Lessons

CREATIVE TRUMPS FINANCIAL Tom Freston is one of the best managers of all time. Not only did he oversee the spectacular growth at MTV Networks, he left his charges alone, they made the decisions, he was the cheerleader, the advisor, but they were empowered. MTV ruled the music business, its programmer was the most powerful […]

Universal Ends Exclusives

Lucian Grainge sent out an email to Universal executives today ending all future exclusives with Universal artists.

Frank Ocean Exclusive

So this is what it’s come to. A recorded music industry battered for 16 years, which has seen 60% of its revenue evaporate, has learned nothing, circled the wagons and left the customer out. That’s right, Napster was a consumer revolution. At this late date, only Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker are demonized, but if […]

Ron Howard’s Beatles Documentary

“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years” Every artist should see this movie. It could ignite Beatlemania all over again. But it’s the arc that gets to you. Four lads with no future forced to believe in themselves turn into jaded men who just can’t do it the same way anymore. That’s […]