Forbes Column 11/26/14: Taylor Swift, Apple, And Giving Thanks In Media

December 2, 2014

Relax, I’m not giving you my media “top ten” for 2014 (pause for murmurings of “whew”). Well…not yet. But Thanksgiving is still a pretty wonderful time for reflecting on things we are grateful for, and why should interesting developments in media be left out? So,…

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Forbes Column: 11/18/14: Al Franken, Ted Cruz and Net Neutrality Rights and Wrongs

December 1, 2014

I’m not sure if it’s the Polar Vortex causing it, but in the epic mano a mano between Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on net neutrality, I’m actually with Ted! In the mainstream media world (OK, most of the mainstream world, period),…

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Forbes Column: 11/11/14: CBS Leaps Into Streaming News: Tearing Down Another Wall?

December 1, 2014

On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, like many a news junkie, I’ve enjoyed reliving some of the great footage from on the scene news coverage of that historic event. I’ve also found it an interesting coincidence (or perhaps intended confluence)…

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Forbes Column 10/31/14: Marvel, Mega Movies, And Media’s Missing Middle

December 1, 2014

We should all be glad we don’t have to write residual checks to the estate of Charles Dickens. The legendary author wrote “A Tale of Two Cities” over a hundred and fifty years ago, and his metaphor that “it was the best of times, it…

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Forbes Column 10-22-14: Balancing Freedom and Wisdom at The Metropolitan Opera

October 23, 2014

The Met was in an unusually controversial position as it premiered its new production of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”  Here is my piece from Forbes on the controversy.  To summarize, it’s not about having the freedom to say what you want; it’s about how you…

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Forbes Column 10-16-14: Cable Industry Asks It’s Old Friend “Et tu, HBO?”

October 23, 2014

HBO (and CBS) announced their intent to go “over the top” with video streaming services, and it was huge news.  Here’s my early take on likely winners and losers.

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Forbes Column: Merger Lessons from Streisand, Bennett and Gaga

October 23, 2014

So you wanna identify and manage a great strategic partnership? I’ve drawn some key lessons from the #1 selling CD “Cheek to Cheek” from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga!

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Forbes Column: Derek Jeter and the Five Fabulous Farewells

October 23, 2014

Here’s my take not only on Yankee Derek Jeter’s classy farewell but some of the best in the media biz in the last generation.

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Forbes Column: My Best Media Innovation Tip

September 24, 2014

Here’s my Forbes piece on what I learned at the knee (almost literally) of Tip O’Neill during my time on Capitol Hill and it’s extraordinarily useful lesson for media innovation today – namely – don’t just learn from the young to sell to them –…

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Forbes Column on Apple iphone 6/Apple Watch launch

September 24, 2014

Here is my column on the latest Apple launch spectacular: Apple Watch/iPhone 6/Apple Pay – Is The Thrill Gone? Yes, I’m a little disappointed, but no I won’t rule out getting these and more Apple products forever!

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