Screamers Before The Streamers

By Dom Serafini

When the television industry was a product of “Main Street,” and making billions in the international arena, the sector was populated by “screamers,” executives who liked to yell (…)

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By |June 7th, 2021|Categories: WaterCooler|0 Comments

The BBC Under Attack: An Analysis

By Dom Serafini

The BBC, the U.K.’s public broadcast system, has two components: a bureaucratic and inadequate management and a respected and objective news staff. Now the news staff is under (…)

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By |June 3rd, 2021|Categories: WaterCooler|0 Comments

Remembering All Our Former Friends & Colleagues

Those we loved don’t go away

They walk beside us every day

Unseen, unheard but always near

Still loved, still missed & very dear 

(Poem by Richard Milnes)

The 17th annual Veterans Luncheon, like last year’s 16th edition, was celebrated (…)

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By |May 30th, 2021|Categories: WaterCooler|0 Comments

What the U.S. Studios Are Up To

Leafing through the May/June 2021 Issue of VideoAge, readers will notice that TV sales executive rosters have been reduced at some of the Hollywood studios. They will also notice the (…)

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By |May 27th, 2021|Categories: WaterCooler|0 Comments

My Take on the Warner and AT&T Sagas

By Dom Serafini

The news is still reverberating around the world as a sort of Shakespearean Comedy of Errors seems to be coming to life. Discovery is paying AT&T $43 billion (…)

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By |May 24th, 2021|Categories: WaterCooler|1 Comment

Albert Whitman Media: A New Old Kid On The Block

By Attila Gazdag*

It was a logical move for the Park Ridge, Illinois-based Albert Whitman & Company to expand into all media platforms with the establishment of Albert Whitman Media. The (…)

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By |May 20th, 2021|Categories: WaterCooler|0 Comments

NAB Switches From a Republican to a Democratic CEO

Gordon Smith, a 69-year-old former Republican Senator from Oregon, is set to step down as CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), a major lobbying arm of the U.S. (…)

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By |May 16th, 2021|Categories: WaterCooler|0 Comments

Post-Brexit Rules In a Nutshell

The Strasbourg-based European Audiovisual Observatory has published a detailed report on post-Brexit rules. Below is a partial summary.

Both the E.U. and the U.K. provide for visa-free travel for short-term visits. (…)

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By |May 13th, 2021|Categories: WaterCooler|0 Comments

Confessions of a Closet AOL User

By Dom Serafini

Do you remember the expression, “Would the last one to leave, please turn out the lights?” Well, it might possibly refer to me… as well as former Disney (…)

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By |May 10th, 2021|Categories: WaterCooler|0 Comments

U.S. Studios’ Value Went from Millions to Billions, Aided By Political Actions

By Dom Serafini

The U.S. entertainment industry, like many other sectors, went from being valued in the millions to evaluations in the billions in just over 34 or so years. In (…)

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By |May 6th, 2021|Categories: WaterCooler|0 Comments