Disney recently refined its segment reporting into two major categories: "Media and Entertainment Distribution" and "Parks, Experiences and Products" detailed in this filing. We have advocated for a separation of Parks from Media, most recently in March 2020. The requisite leadership is in place to manage two separately-traded public companies post-spin. Disney's Parks, Experiences and … Continue reading Disney Getting Closer To Spinning Parks from Media?
A Big Tech vs. Big Government showdown is far less likely than a marriage of the titans. Whether it be Google's search monopoly, the Facebook/ Twitter/ TikTok social media oligopoly, the AWS/ Azure/ GCP oligopoly, the App Store/ Google Play duopoly, or the iOS/Android duopoly, the amount of power and influence concentrated among the world's … Continue reading The Marriage of Big Tech and Big Government
AWS, Azure and GCP are to thank in large part for the proliferation of applications powered by broadly-defined AI. The big three remote server platforms have made it increasingly easy for companies of all sizes from all industries to build applications that incorporate core AI, machine learning, deep learning and related capabilities. A wide variety … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence Is Electricity 2.0
A WarnerMedia sale is not likely to happen before Q4 2021. A WarnerMedia sale is likely to occur, but not before calendar Q4 2021. The WarnerMedia business unit is a significant drag on AT&T's (tkr: T) ability to invest in its core, capital intensive, distribution/data/fiber business. Disney (tkr: DIS) is the natural buyer. Apple (tkr: … Continue reading Don’t Expect AT&T to Sell WarnerMedia In The Near-Term
Netflix should acquire video game companies to better compete with the wide variety of alternatives available to its customer base. Investors often mistakenly define Netflix's business too narrowly. Netflix is in the broadly-defined "entertainment" business and therefore competes for viewers' attention. Netflix competitors include traditional television, streaming services (video, music, video games), social media, reading … Continue reading Netflix Should Acquire Video Game Companies
WarnerMedia ("WM") and AT&T (tkr: T), leadership teams should take note. WM/AT&T completely botched its summer movie release schedule, failing to adapt to the post-COVID reality. The company took the "wait-and-see" approach rather than controlling that which it could. The result? Market share lost to Netflix and DisneyPlus. WarnerMedia's summer tentpole film - Tenet - … Continue reading Muscles, Viruses, Nature and People Adapt. So Do The Best Leadership Teams.
Market leaders may iterate and experiment with less risk of customer churn than upstarts working to establish market position. Amazon Prime is a good example. I am toying with the idea of grouping some of our TEK2day writings as an Amazon Kindle book. While playing with the Kindle direct publishing feature I noticed a new … Continue reading Market Leaders Should Experiment Like Amazon
Whether or not Co-CEO arrangements work in general is a mixed bag. Co-CEO arrangements can be effective when responsibilities are clearly defined. Less than optimal outcomes occur when responsibilities are not well-defined. Below are a number of current and recent Co-CEO arrangements primarily across the Technology industry. Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos of Netflix (ticker: … Continue reading Co-CEO Arrangements Are A Mixed Bag
COVID-19 is forcing people, companies and economies to adapt. Many companies have recalibrated their business models to better compete in this new COVID reality. We have yet to see one of America's great export industries - Hollywood - evolve to better capitalize on the current reality. Back in October 2019 we wrote that the future … Continue reading The Best CEOs Are Willing To Break With Tradition
When compared to Netflix and Disney+, Amazon Prime is the most durable revenue stream of the three. We cover Prime's attributes and where we believe leverage points exist, including Amazon's strategic investment in "COVID-proofing" its distribution and customer-facing operations. There could be an AWS-like opportunity if Amazon decides to commercialize its COVID response. Part I … Continue reading Pt. I: Amazon Prime vs. Netflix & Disney+. Pt. II: Is Amazon Sitting On AWS 2.0?