ESPN layoffs next step to its doom?

ESPN layoffs next step to its doom?

ESPN layoffs next step to its doom? Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 26 April 2017 ESPN layoffs demonstrate lack of vision The ESPN layoffs announced today came as no surprise. But it still hurts to see good people let go. The number of layoffs and length of...
The finale for Girls came six seasons too late

The finale for Girls came six seasons too late

The finale for Girls came six seasons too late Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 18 April 2017 Our long national nightmare is over: Girls Hate is a word I try not to use. But I hate the HBO series, Girls. Really, I shouldn’t use the word hate at all. But...
The HBO brand kicks butt in new ad

The HBO brand kicks butt in new ad

The HBO brand kicks butt in new ad Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 11 April 2017 It takes advantage of a brand equity The HBO brand is simply one of my favorites. For years, it offers a breath of series, documentaries and films that are worthy of my time....
Spectrum is new, but means zilch

Spectrum is new, but means zilch

Spectrum is new, but means zilch Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 29 March 2017 Spectrum just looks like any other cable network What does Spectrum mean? The dictionary says, “a band of colors.” The new cable system, a merger of three networks, means zilch....
Alternative Facts and Newspaper Rebranding

Alternative Facts and Newspaper Rebranding

Fake News and Alternative Facts Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 9 February 2017 Alternative Facts and Newspaper Rebranding Alternative Facts and fake news are the new headlines. (Read a blog I wrote on fake news here.) The White House has created a new genre...
Super Bowl problem. Super Bowl 51.

Super Bowl problem. Super Bowl 51.

Super Bowl Problem #51 Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 2 February 2017 Super Bowl problem. Super Bowl 51. The Super Bowl Problem The Super Bowl problem is a new one but it is not the only one. The NFL has a lot of problems on its docket. CTE. Falling...
AT&T Time Warner merger could be huuuuge

AT&T Time Warner merger could be huuuuge

AT&T Time Warner merger could be huuuuge Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 8 December 2016 The AT&T Time Warner merger could change everything The proposed AT&T Time Warner merger is now being considered by a Senate panel. And the companies’ CEOs...
A market study in the era of Peak TV

A market study in the era of Peak TV

Peak TV A market study in the era of Peak TV The winners and losers of Peak TV, and what Apple TV can do about it We are living in the world of Peak TV, a term coined by FX President John Landgraf a few years ago – and he was right in many ways. We are living in an...
Facebook as news. Where will it stop?

Facebook as news. Where will it stop?

Do we now view Facebook as news? Is it a news source? After a live, 10-minute video of a police officer shooting a black man (Philando Castile) in Minnesota was posted on Facebook, there is a great deal of chatter about Facebook’s role in news and its responsibility...
How Netflix has killed the sequel blockbuster

How Netflix has killed the sequel blockbuster

How Netflix has killed the sequel blockbuster Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 27 May 2016 Netflix is changing the industry in more ways than one The present-day adage is that there are no original thoughts anymore. That is, if something has been done or...
Hulu ups the TV ante

Hulu ups the TV ante

Details are sketchy at the moment, but Hulu announced last week that it will unveil a TV streaming service next year that shows live programming, including sports. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed that the streaming service is negotiating with Fox, ABC, ESPN, FX and...
Game of Thrones feels like a soap opera

Game of Thrones feels like a soap opera

Game of Thrones feels like a soap opera Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 3 May 2016 Game of Thrones feels like a soap opera Game of Thrones returned to HBO a few weeks back Like most fans of the series Game of Thrones, I could not wait to watch. I’m a fan of...