Author Archives: Chris Dorr

About Chris Dorr

I consult with companies on digital media strategy and business development. Clients include Samsung, MTV Networks, Tribeca Film Festival, Shaw Media and Canadian Film Center. I created the Future of Film blog for Tribeca. I have worked in the movie business for Disney Studios, Universal Pictures, Scott Free and in the digital media business for Intertainer, Sony and Nokia. Contact me at chris@digitaldorr.com or follow me at @chrisdorr

What is Premium (Video) Content?

Video content continues to proliferate online. None of us can keep up with all of it, let alone most of it. In this environment, we hear the phrase, “content is king” uttered by countless defenders of the Hollywood industrial complex, … Continue reading

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Advice For a Potential Client (creating new IP in the age of social mobile video)

Last week I had an extensive discussion with a large cable network who wants to launch a new franchise online. Ideally this new franchise would work in many markets across the world, playable in multiple languages. We had a long … Continue reading

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Does TV Have Any Gifts Left for Its Viewers?

Netflix continues to challenge the distribution model of traditional, linear TV. Rich Greenfield points out in a recent blog post that plain old TV cannot catch a break from this onslaught. As he writes, “If you think of the core … Continue reading

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1 Man, 8 Starbucks and 6 Conversations about Race

My friend, Ron Gross, is an expert on conversation. He knows how to start them and guide them. He is the founder and director of a group called Conversations New York. So it is not surprising that he visited a … Continue reading

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What Fred Wilson Thinks Today

Fred Wilson writes on his blog, AVC, every day. He has done so for over ten years. Some might consider this activity a full time occupation. Not Fred. He really spends his time searching for the next company in which … Continue reading

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Gradually, Then Suddenly: The Pay TV Bundle Erodes

“How did you go bankrupt?” Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” —-Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises The Internet does one thing very well (among others). It destroys business models, particularly those long held by legacy media companies. Two years I … Continue reading

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The Achilles Heel of the Cable Networks

In Betting Against the Cable Bundle, Emily Steel captures some of the fault lines that exist in today’s mass media ecosystem. A cable TV provider, Suddenlink Communications, is in a dispute with Viacom, the media conglomerate that owns several cable … Continue reading

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Media and a Strong Culture of Experimentation

Sometimes you read something that says it all. A group of sentences that you wish you had come up with (but sadly did not).   Yesterday I came across one of those gems while reading an interview with Amy O’Leary, recently … Continue reading

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What Taylor Swift Gets Right

Taylor Swift’s new album opened big last week and everyone is talking about how she pulled her music off Spotify. As usual most people are looking in the wrong direction. Many argue that the web and streaming services don’t pay … Continue reading

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Film in the Future and Fan Uploaded Content

I recently did a radio interview with Spark, hosted by Nora Young, on CBC Radio One. If you live in Canada you can hear it today at 1PM NT or you can hear it now on the Spark blog under … Continue reading

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