The Shindler Perspective: Looking Forward

In the 20+ years we have been providing advisory services to companies at all points on the entertainment and technology value chains, we have observed many common challenges that affect growing entrepreneurial organizations in the hyper competitive world of production, distribution and exhibition of movie and TV content.

Starting a new business or maintaining one, for that matter, can be risky. If it was easy, everyone would do it and they would all be successful. If only that was the case.

While each engagement in which we are involved is unique in many ways, there are certainly some similarities. Many of these were identified in Ten Steps to a More Profitable Company and The Seven Steps Beyond, both published over two decades ago. Even though there have been many changes in technology since then, these articles have stood the test of time as the fundamentals remain the same.

Another challenge that we have encountered numerous times is the concept of management and ownership. This issue was in the forefront recently in the discussions and news reports surrounding Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg and what his advisors may be suggesting to him. <<<Continued at iShindler.com>>>

As for The Shindler Perspective

NAB – The National Association of Broadcasters Conference is next week.

Broadcasting has changed dramatically through the years and seemingly at an accelerated pace of late. Among the reasons for this are the decline in traditional linear TV and the increase in cord cutting amidst the emergence of the multitude of streaming services in the marketplace, many of whom have done award winning work.

We’ll be there to watch and to listen as to the changes that the many companies in the industry envision for the future.

Digital Hollywood – Next month is Digital Hollywood Spring.

The Future of Film continues to be a hot topic for lots of reasons, not the least of which is the aforementioned presence of the major streamers.

We’ll be discussing this and related subjects with the panel on May 23, 2018 at 2:30 PM at The Skirball Center in Los Angeles. The exceptional panel of industry execs at present includes:

• Matthew Bakal, co-founder + Chairman, Atom Tickets 
• Craig Dehmel, EVP, Head of Global Distribution, IMAX 
• Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst, comScore 
• Gene Munster, Managing Partner, Loup Ventures, previously managing director and senior research analyst, Piper Jaffray 
• John Rubey, CEO Rubey Entertainment LLC. 
• Ted Schilowitz, Futurist, Paramount Pictures 
• Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Moderator

On the topic of Future of Film, incentives have played a key role in recent years. ICYMI, here is our take on Incentivized Growth, a blog we published at year end.

Other events – In the coming months, the future thinking events, Display Week and CineGear, both of which are relevant to our work and to our clients', are on the agenda.

Trends and stats – As April 2018 begins, it signals the beginning of earnings season as companies report the statistics that form the basis for many trends in the marketplace, many of which directly and often indirectly impact the companies with which we work and the readers of this newsletter.

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN and Google + where I regularly post the stats and comment on the trends inherent in them.

Comics reflect reality – While not generally recommended, sometimes when the boss makes a request, and time does not permit completing it, the “to do” goes away as in this recent Dilbert comic.

Comics reflect reality – One does not need to be an attorney to read an agreement. Understand Before You Sign has long been a discussion point with our clients. If La Cucaracha had read his contract, he might have saved himself a headache.

Feedback and comments on this newsletter, prior newsletters, our posts, etc. is always welcome.

Roberta Shindler and I look forward to an opportunity to discuss with you how we can contribute to your success.

For The Shindler Perspective, Inc.

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Marty Shindler 
Chief Executive Officer

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