MESA’s Burbank Think Tank Panel Draws Crowd at CES

How best to advance the production and distribution of entertainment content in 2012? As a MESA panel of major-studio technology executives advised at the International CES earlier this week: keep it simple. MESA's Burbank Think panel was part of the Variety Entertainment Summi... More

Microgen Platform Enables Monetization of Digital Entertainment

By Larry Jaffee With the recorded music industry’s recent focus on developing subscription and “freemium” services, it would appear that new MESA member Microgen plc is in the right place at the right time. The London-based company’s financial management solution organiz... More

MESA Announces 2nd Screen Summit; Chuck Parker Named Conference Chair

With film studios and television networks all eyeing the development of “second screen” consumer apps, the Media and Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) plans to host an executive summit dedicated to advancing best practices in this burgeoning field. The 2nd Screen Summit... More

Will Cord Cutting Go Mainstream in 2012?

Cord-cutting may not have reached worst-nightmare proportions for pay-TV providers in 2011. But one in five Americans has either already cut their pay-TV service, or is exploring cutting their service in the months ahead, according to findings of a new Deloitte survey. Deloitte ... More

Deloitte: Guiding M&E Companies Through the Digital Sea Change

by Larry Jaffee If content is king, then who is that trusted advisor to the throne? Based on the size and commitment to the media & entertainment industry, the individuals who are whispering in the ears of media and entertainment power-brokers work for Deloitte Consulting ... More

Content Protection Summit: Consumer Education Key to Prevailing Over Piracy

by Marcy Magiera UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.— The most important weapon against movie piracy may be consumer education, "The Hurt Locker" producer Nicholas Chartier said today at Content Protection Summit 2011, presented here by Variety and CDSA. If worldwide piracy is not control... More

Jargon Technologies Simplifies App Creation with JargonTalk

Jargon Technologies on Dec. 7  announced the launch of JargonTalk, a cross-platform technology designed to simplify the creation of advanced interactive apps for a multitude of devices. The new technology, Jargon says, is in response to demand for interconnected apps running on... More

At Blu-Tech Summit: Apps Provide New Marketing Momentum for Blu-ray

by Marcy Magiera UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.— Apps are poised to increase the interactivity of Blu-ray and provide new marketing momentum for the format, said a panel at Blu-Tech: The Blu-ray Innovation Summit held here today. “Second screen” apps to access features on Blu-ray... More

Nielsen: TV Ownership To Dip Among U.S. Households

“Second screen” devices appear to be the only screens in a small percentage of American households, judging from a new Nielsen report on the size of the U.S. television audience. Nielsen expects the number of television households in the U.S. to stand at 114.7 million at the... More

Spotify Apps Promise ‘New Direction’ for Digital Music Service, Raise New Monetization Issues

It’s easy for Spotify’s paid subscriber base to appreciate the new set of apps for the digital music service. To date users have largely been left to discover new artists, albums and tracks on their own, from a sea of licensed titles whose depth and boundlessness can be as da... More