New Forbes column: When Global Media Gets Personal: From Ethnic Media to the NBA’s Newest Coach, David Blatt

June 24, 2014

Here is my new column posted 6/23 (in case you have someone missed it in various other transmissions!), focusing on the importance of our personal connections in a global media world.  As always, I welcome your feedback….

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More on EDM business from Billboard (glad to see them following my lead!)

June 20, 2014

For those of you who read my column in earlier this week on the live event event business, you might also be interested in this piece today from Billboard, which references the same International Music Summit report I did for its $6.2 billion estimate…

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Big data doesn’t automatically equal big insights (again)

June 18, 2014

Interesting piece today in on how little we still really know about the effectiveness of online advertising.  Remember the oft-cited John Wanamaker line that “I know only 50% of my advertising is working, I just don’t know which half”? Amazing shelf-life for that quote, and fits nicely with…

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New column: Live! From….Everywhere! EDM, DigiFest, and Other Analog Shoots in the Digital Media Forest

June 17, 2014

Here is my new column.  I’ve been particularly fascinated with the newly emerging business models (and potential operational and legal challenges) surrounding a number of “live” businesses from DigiFest to Electronic Dance Music to business conferences, and the potential impacts on traditional and digital media.…

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New Column: John Oliver, #NetNeutrality, and the Ghost of SOPA-PIPA

June 10, 2014

Here is my new Forbes piece from 6/9. I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome your feedback.

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First column as Contributor to The Media Mogul’s Policy Calendar for 2014-15

June 4, 2014

I am proud to announce my new collaboration with and here is my first piece for them.  I hope you enjoy it, and as always I welcome your feedback.  I expect to be publishing roughly once per week with Forbes.

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A Shout-out for my favorite “bundle” – Spotify. An Apple for the teacher?

May 28, 2014

I just wanted to pass along a thoughtful piece on Mashable about one of my most addictive monthly expenditures, my subscription to Spotify.   Chris Taylor nicely captures the terrific benefits of the service, and lays out an interesting suggestion for Apple to switch out Beats…

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US Government Access to Data Posing Global Competitive Disadvantage? Interesting @nytimes piece

May 27, 2014

A good piece in the Times today on growing concerns among tech companies about the negative competitive impact of US privacy law protections.  The Supreme Court only formally recognized a constitutional right to privacy in the 1960s (Griswold v. Connecticut, for all you legal junkies out…

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Music Industry Future Lies in…..Cable TV?

May 22, 2014

So Spotify just hit 10 million subscribers.  Not Netflix territory (48 million and counting) but impressive nonetheless.  The cable television industry has enjoyed a run of 30+ years with dual revenue streams of subscriber fees and advertising to create and sustain its success, for both…

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PREMIERE Media Reporter Episode: Will Richmond on Online Video’s Dazzling Future (and Pretty Impressive Present)

May 20, 2014

This week marks the debut of a new episode of CITI Media Reporter with my guest Will Richmond, Editor and Publisher of VideoNuze (, the premiere destination for online video news and analysis.   We had a terrific discussion about the opportunities and challenges facing…

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