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Strictly Business

Industry leaders converse about business deals, strategy and the future of media and entertainment.

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Roblox Global Brand Partnerships VP Stephanie Latham Talks Engagement, IP Hubs, Catering to Younger Demographics & More

Roblox isn't just a game you watch your kids play on your computer or console, but a platform in and... more

16 May 2024 · 30 minutes
NBCUniversal Ad Sales Chief Mark Marshall Talks Upfronts, Paris Olympics and Why NBCU is Becoming a Technology Company

Will casual sports fans tune into the Summer Olympics in Paris this summer? Will TV advertising’s traditional upfront sales protocol... more

08 May 2024 · 31 minutes
Paris Hilton Takes Time Out From 11:11 Media to Talk Business

With a new single out from her forthcoming album, a book partly about her own life just optioned for a... more

01 May 2024 · 22 minutes
Is There a Hollywood Use Case for Crypto and Blockchain Tech?

As cryptocurrency markets rebound and slowly but surely become more mainstream, two experts discuss the potential for blockchain tech to be... more

24 Apr 2024 · 41 minutes
'Abigail' Horror Flick Puts Project X to the Test

As its success with the "Scream" franchise can attest, Project X Entertainment knows its way around the horror genre. But... more

17 Apr 2024 · 23 minutes
Why the Movie Business is Poised for a New Golden Age of Filmmaking

Think the market for adult-focused specialty films is dead? Peter Kujawski, chairman of Focus Features, explains why you’re wrong. As... more

10 Apr 2024 · 34 minutes
Futurific Studios’ Ari Wallach and Kathryn Murdoch Give a Brief History of PBS Docu Series ‘A Brief History of the Future’

Premiering April 3, the six-part series hosted by futurist Ari Wallach seeks to counter pop culture’s dystopian view of life... more

03 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
High Fidelity: Audible Seizes the Moment to Grow with Original Content

Audible's Rachel Ghiazza (chief content officer), Kate Navin (head of creative development for North America) and Pat Shah (head of... more

27 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
TikTok Execs Reveal How Films & TV Shows Go Viral

As Congress debates the future of TikTok in the U.S., here's an encore episode of Variety's "Strictly Business" podcast from... more

20 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
Dealmaking in the Post-Peak TV Landscape

There may be far fewer TV shows being made in Hollywood these days than in the salad days of the... more

13 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
Betting on the Oscars: Why More States Allow Movie Fans to Place Wagers on Hollywood’s Big Night

Bill Speros, senior betting analyst for Bookies.com, explains why legal betting on the Oscars has grown in recent years thanks... more

06 Mar 2024 · 19 minutes
Confronting Sora: How Hollywood Should Heed Tyler Perry's AI Warning

Ever since OpenAI gave the world a glimpse of its upcoming new text-to-video software, the entertainment industry has been in... more

28 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
Anime Streamer Crunchyroll Is a Rare SVOD Success Story

Crunchyroll President Rahul Purini explains how the Sony-owned, Japanese anime-focused streaming service has found success through serving a so-called niche... more

20 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
“We’ll Be the French Fries to Anyone’s Happy Meal”: AMC Networks CEO Kristin Dolan Adapts Cable Channels for the Streaming Era

AMC Networks CEO Kristin Dolan offers a candid look at how the boutique owner of AMC, SundanceTV, WeTV, IFC and... more

14 Feb 2024 · 35 minutes
Paramount Just the Start of Media's 2024 M&A Mysteries

Who is going to buy Paramount Global? Is M&A best done before or after the presidential election? Can anyone compete... more

07 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
Food Network Chief and Warner Bros US Networks CMO on Future of Linear Business and Effects of M&A

Warner Bros. Discovery executives Betsy Ayala and Karen Bronzo break down big plans for Food Network, HGTV and the company's... more

31 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes
YA Media Star Alloy Entertainment is Ready to Grow Up

Alloy CEO Leslie Morgenstein, TV chief Gina Girolamo and film leader Elysa Koplovitz Dutton, leaders of the company behind such... more

24 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Emmy Ratings Low Delivers Awards-Show Gut Check

Just when last week's ratings resurgence for the Golden Globes had us all feeling good, along comes the Emmy Awards... more

18 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
CES 2024: Variety Gazes into the Future with Top Executives, Innovators and TikTok Creator Leenda Dong

Produced on the ground at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Variety’s Cynthia Littleton and Todd Spangler and Variety... more

12 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
Strictly Business 2023 in Review: AI Bites, Hollywood Strikes, Streaming Wars Turn Ugly and Taylor Swift Takes All

Co-hosts Cynthia Littleton and Andrew Wallenstein look back at the year that was and ahead at what’s to come for... more

03 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
Telly Founder Ilya Pozin Previews 2024's First New Features

Perhaps the most audacious new consumer-electronics product of 2023 was Telly, a new TV set that nearly half a million... more

20 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
Disney Gaming Chief on 'Dreamlight Valley' and 'Spider-Man 2' Success, Marvel's 'Blade' Plans and the Ups and Downs of User Generated Content

Disney's head of gaming Sean Shoptaw gives a deeper look at the Mouse House's top 2023 titles and reveals big... more

13 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
TV’s new math: Amblin Moves into Documentary and Unscripted Content

Amblin TV chiefs Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey detail why Steven Spielberg‘s television company decided to move aggressively into documentary... more

06 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Aaron Dessner, Producer for Taylor Swift and Member of the National, on Navigating Both Sides of the Mixing Board

Aaron Dessner’s Grammy-winning band the National has been one of the mainstays of rock ’n roll for a quarter-century now.... more

29 Nov 2023 · 43 minutes
Donald Passman, author of ‘All You Need to Know About the Music Business,' Talks About the State of Today's Industry

If there is a bible for the music industry, it’s Donald Passman’s book, “All You Need to Know About the... more

15 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Nebula Builds Streaming Platform with A24 Vibes

CEO Dave Wiskus details the growth ambition of the four-year-old streamer that is home to the buzzy original series "Jet... more

08 Nov 2023 · 34 minutes
Schmoozing with Chaiflicks CEO Neil Friedman About His First Original Series

Leave it to a streaming service that caters to a Jewish audience to make its first original series about food:... more

01 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Why Europe Sees Opportunity as Hollywood Struggles

Global TV trends were evident as industry heavyweights gathered in Cannes for the annual Mipcom market and conference. Host Cynthia... more

26 Oct 2023 · 33 minutes
There's More to the 2023 Concert Business Boom Than Just Taylor Swift, Beyonce

When Variety Intelligence Platform (VIP+) teamed up with UTA IQ, the research, analytics and insights division of the UTA talent... more

18 Oct 2023 · 43 minutes
How Studio71 Helps Creators ‘Become Their Own Media Company’

Adam Boorstin and Matt Crowley, co-CEOs of Studio71, offer insights on the growth trajectory of the creator economy from their... more

11 Oct 2023 · 35 minutes
The Creator Economy Grows Up: How Jellysmack Helps Talent Gain Scale

Sean Atkins, a TV and digital veteran who is president of Jellysmack, explains how demand for the company’s talent development,... more

04 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Barbie, Shmarbie: Mattel CEO's Media Strategy is More Than Just One Movie

The message from Ynon Kreiz's keynote Q&A at the Variety Entertainment & Technology Summit is that while "Barbie" may be... more

27 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Mo Abudu: EbonyLife Group CEO on ‘Local for Global’ Strategy to Grow Nigeria’s Media Infrastructure

The Nigerian entrepreneur and producer discusses the birth and growth of her EbonyLife Group content production business, known for the... more

20 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Reinventing the CW Network

Dennis Miller and Brad Schwartz, the new leaders of the CW Network, detail the major strategy overall at the broadcast... more

13 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
Producer Nah Yung Suk on Korea's Rise in the Global TV Marketplace

Nah Yung Suk, a seasoned producer whose latest hit is the Amazon Prime Video reality series “Jinny’s Kitchen,” talks about... more

06 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Scooter Braun Gets Free Advice in a 'Mogul Memo' Monologue

After a rough week in which the manager said adieu to his biggest clients including Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande,... more

30 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
TikTok Execs Reveal How Films & TV Shows Go Viral

Long before “Barbie” exploded at the box office this summer, it was clear on TikTok that the movie was going... more

23 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Twitch CMO Rachel Delphin on Fostering Community Alongside Platform Safety

Twitch has been the leading livestreaming platform for nearly a decade. While its command of community is tough to beat,... more

16 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil Make the Jump From Pro Athletes to Producers

One's a current Boston Celtic, the other a former Carolina Panther. Together, they are partners in Mortal Media, a production... more

09 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
Imagine Entertainment’s Justin Wilkes on Pushing into Premium Nonfiction, How Streaming Marketplace Terms are Changing and the Double-Strike Impact on Indies

The president of Imagine Entertainment details the company's recent growth with documentary and nonfiction content, kids and family, branded creative... more

02 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
Virtual Franken-stars: Part 2 of Soul Machines CEO Interview

In the second of a two-part interview that began on last week's episode, Soul Machine's CEO Greg Cross casts his... more

26 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
Ready for AI-Fueled Franken-stars? Soul Machines CEO Says Yes

Imagine being able to interact with a CGI simulation of your favorite celebrity powered by artificial intelligence. That day is... more

19 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
Media Stocks Midyear Assessment

With the leading media moguls hunkered down in Sun Valley this week for the annual Allen & Co. conference just... more

12 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
Foot Soldiers of the Creator Economy: Social Media Entrepreneurs Talk Shop at Vidcon 2023

How do people actually make a living in social media? Hear from seven entrepreneurs in the trenches of the influencer... more

28 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
The ROI of Made in NY and How it Changes Lives

In 2006, the Bloomberg mayoral administration in New York decided to fund a job training program, Made in NY, offering... more

22 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
HBO Chief Casey Bloys on ‘Succession,’ AI, ‘The Last of Us’ and the Rebirth of Max

Casey Bloys, the content leader of HBO and Max, engages in a wide-ranging discussion about HBO’s recent streak of pop... more

14 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
DeVon Franklin: ‘Flamin’ Hot’ Producer on His Mission to Uplift and Expand the Scope of Faith-Based Content

The veteran film and TV producer behind the Searchlight/Hulu release details the purpose that has driven his unconventional career in... more

06 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
Wiip CEO Paul Lee: How to Streaming Deals are Changing Amid the Great Correction

The end of the great streaming content boom has brought with it a responsibility by the entertainment industry to address... more

31 May 2023 · 30 minutes
Unpacking the Upfronts: How TV’s Big Week Reflected Broader Industry Turmoil

Variety’s team of television reporters offer a debrief on the 2023 programming presentations in New York. It was an upfronts... more

24 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Bose CEO Lila Snyder on Perfecting Sound and Silence

Lila Snyder, CEO of Bose Corporation, oversees all aspects of the company’s consumer electronics, automotive and related businesses and leads... more

17 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Toonstar Brings Web3 Entertainment to Strike-Era Hollywood

At a time when many showbiz scribes couldn't be more disillusioned with the traditional studio system, along comes Toonstar with... more

10 May 2023 · 47 minutes
Fandom CEO Perkins Miller on the Importance of IP as Hollywood Cuts Costs

Perkins Miller, the CEO of entertainment company Fandom and subsidiaries Fandom.com, Metacritic, GameSpot, Giant Bomb and TV Guide, advises on... more

03 May 2023 · 41 minutes
Latin Music Goes Global With Amazon’s Rocío Guerrero

Thanks in large part to top seller Bad Bunny, Latin music sawexplosive growth in 2022, exceeding $1 billion in U.S.... more

26 Apr 2023 · 31 minutes
Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein on why Hollywood is a ‘uniquely American enterprise’

The co-founder and co-chairman of the private equity giant shares his observations on the changing nature of Hollywood and how... more

19 Apr 2023 · 34 minutes
Fire TV More Than Just An Entertainment Strategy for Amazon's Daniel Rausch

Daniel Rausch, VP of entertainment devices and services at Amazon, provides an update on expansion plans for the Fire TV... more

12 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
Home is Where the Art is for 'Restored' Preservationist Brett Waterman

The Magnolia Network series "Restored" has returned for a seventh season with host Brett Waterman, who isn't doing just another... more

05 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Jeremy Garelick Gets a Hall Pass From 'American High' to Direct 'Murder Mystery 2'

The Netflix sequel featuring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston represents the highest-profile gig yet for this veteran helmer. But it's... more

29 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
Voices of SXSW: How ‘Adult Spring Break’ Helps Keep Austin Weird

SXSW 2023 participants and Austin locals talk about the annual gathering that brings together the worlds of film, TV, music,... more

22 Mar 2023 · 21 minutes
Evan Bogart Talks Writing Songs for Beyonce and Rihanna, and the "Spinning Gold" Biopic About His Dad, Casablanca Records Founder Neil Bogart

Evan Bogart is a first-class multitasker who's written hit songs for Beyonce and Rihanna, owns a publishing company that recently... more

15 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
‘I Produce Money’: Why a CBS Veteran Left the C-Suite to Become a Media Entrepreneur

TV distribution executive Scott Koondel details the launch of his Sox Entertainment banner and why it is well-positioned to take... more

08 Mar 2023 · 32 minutes
It’s a Wonderful Life for Specialty Content Distributor Fathom Events

Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events, explains how the Denver-based firm has managed to buck the box office downtrend with... more

01 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
In the Groove With Verve Records' Jamie Krents as Label Racks Up Grammys

Jamie Krents, a 25-year veteran of Universal Music Group, runs the Verve, Impulse! and Verve Forecast imprints, original home to... more

22 Feb 2023 · 34 minutes
'Unscripted' Book Authors Offer Lessons on Redstone Succession Drama

Pulitzer Prize-winning authors James B. Stewart and Rachel Abrams of The New York Times discuss their investigations into the downfalls... more

14 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
Super Bowl Kicks Off Pivotal Time for Barstool Sports Head Coach Erika Ayers

Barstool Sports CEO Erika Ayers returns to Strictly Business to discuss a big month for her company, which is set... more

08 Feb 2023 · 35 minutes
Fine-Tuning TV: Top Executives on Content and Distribution Strategies for the Streaming Transition

Pearlena Igbokwe, chairman of Universal Studio Group, and Erin McPherson, chief content officer of Verizon Consumer Group, discuss how their... more

01 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
Lead Execs At Netflix Ads, Pinterest Content Share Their Strategies

Netflix president of worldwide advertising Jeremi Gorman and Pinterest chief content officer Malik Ducard split a double-interview episode recorded earlier... more

25 Jan 2023 · 31 minutes
The Mind Behind Hartbeat, Kevin Hart's Media Venture

Thai Randolph is CEO of Hartbeat, the production company Kevin Hart founded with an eye on creating comedy across media... more

18 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
State of the Song Trade With Warner Chappell Music Publishing Co-Chair Carianne Marshall

As the Grammy Awards prepares to present its first ever Songwriter of the Year honor, Warner Chappell Music Publishing Co-Chair... more

11 Jan 2023 · 34 minutes
Deals, Disruption and Drive: Strictly Business 2022 in Review

Our 2022 retrospective highlights favorite guests, moments and most significant industry trends in media and entertainment, as selected by Cynthia... more

04 Jan 2023 · 36 minutes
The St. Jude Story: How Hollywood Stars and Immigrants Came Together to Save Lives

Producer Tony Thomas tells the story of how his father, entertainer Danny Thomas, pulled together Hollywood stars and Lebanese and... more

22 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Startup Story: Range Media Partners Builds a New Model Talent Management Firm

Peter Micelli and Jack Whigham of Range Media Partners outline their vision for the startup representation firm that aims to... more

14 Dec 2022 · 47 minutes
Hollywood Talent Agency APA Takes a Big Swing at 60

Jim Gosnell and Jim Osborne, CEO and president of APA, discuss the dramatic changes that have swept across the content... more

07 Dec 2022 · 35 minutes
‘Stranger Things’ Happened: Sony Music Publishing’s Amy Coles on Resurrecting the Kate Bush Classic; It’s ‘About Damn Time’ Lizzo Producer Ricky Reed Got His Due as an Entrepreneur

How did Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” become one of the most-consumed songs of 2022, 37 years after its... more

30 Nov 2022 · 59 minutes
“It’s All Upside”: A Hollywood Veteran Mines for Gold at Wattpad Webtoon Studios

David Madden, global head of entertainment for Wattpad Webtoon Studios, discusses his mandate to develop TV and film projects based... more

23 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
There's Life After ‘Dead’ for Skybound Entertainment

The TV megahit "The Walking Dead" will end its historic run on AMC this week, but that conclusion doesn't mark... more

16 Nov 2022 · 44 minutes
Riot Games Tackles TV Production Its Own Way

To make its animated Netflix series "Arcane," Riot Games didn't follow the typical Hollywood rules. Marc Merrill, co-founder and president... more

09 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
Wondery CEO Jen Sargent Explains Amazon Prime's Podcast Push

It's another double-dose episode on the podcast this week about...podcasts. First, Jen Sargent gives us an inside look at how... more

02 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
Hollywood's "Picks and Shovels": Why Hudson Pacific is Investing Big in Studio Space and Production Services

Jeff Stotland, executive VP of global studios for Hudson Pacific, explains why the real estate investment trust has been buying... more

26 Oct 2022 · 30 minutes
Now That You've Bought a Multi-Million Dollar Music Catalog, What Are You Going to Do With It? Primary Wave's Larry Mestel Explains

Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and many others have sold song catalogs for hundreds of millions of dollars. Primary Wave founder... more

19 Oct 2022 · 31 minutes
Rick Caruso’s Power Point for Hollywood: ‘The Future of L.A. is Tied to the Future of the Entertainment Industry’

The Los Angeles mayoral candidate discusses his policy agenda for the creative community, keeping production jobs in Hollywood’s backyard, making... more

13 Oct 2022 · 24 minutes
Former WWE Insider Sees Life After Vince McMahon

From Vince McMahon to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, TV executive Brian Gewirtz has worked with more than a few wrestling... more

04 Oct 2022 · 32 minutes
Women in Charge: CNBC’s Julia Boorstin on How Female Leadership Changes Companies, Moves Markets and Drives Profit-Focused Innovation

Julia Boorstin, CNBC’s senior media and technology correspondent, discusses her upcoming book, “When Women Lead: What They Achieve, Why They... more

28 Sep 2022 · 32 minutes
Down On the Movie Business? Don't Be, Says Jason Blum

A special doubleheader edition of the podcast begins with Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, and concludes... more

21 Sep 2022 · 55 minutes
Richard Gottehrer Talks Producing Blondie and the Go-Gos, Writing '60s Hits and 25 Years of the Orchard

Producer, songwriter and label executive Richard Gottehrer talks about working with Blondie and the Go-Gos, co-founding Sire Records and the... more

14 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
Hearst Television Goes Deep on Hyper Local Streaming Content

Andrew Fitzgerald, senior vice president of streaming video services for Hearst Television, details the broadcast TV station group’s growing investment... more

07 Sep 2022 · 26 minutes
Lakers Owner Jeanie Buss is Making Moves Off the Court

She may be best known in the NBA, but Jeanie Buss is making a name for herself in Hollywood, with... more

31 Aug 2022 · 24 minutes
Voices of KCON: How K-pop Fans are Fueling the Business of Fandom

K-pop can’t be denied. That was abundantly clear in downtown Los Angeles in August as thousands of die-hard fans gathered... more

24 Aug 2022 · 23 minutes
K-Drama-Rama: How the Global Streaming Boom Ignited Demand for Content From Asia

Sam Wu, CEO of the Rakuten Viki streaming service, discusses the surging demand for Korean dramas and other content from... more

17 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
Sports Brand Overtime Revises Its Playbook with New Funding

Flush with a Series D round amounting to $100 million, Overtime CEO Dan Porter talks the Xs and Os of... more

09 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
What Putting on 10,000 Concerts Has Taught Peter Shapiro About Life and the Live Music Business

Peter Shapiro, veteran concert promoter, venue owner and author of the new book “The Music Never Stops: What Putting on... more

03 Aug 2022 · 36 minutes
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Julia Boorstin, CNBC’s senior media and technology correspondent, discusses her upcoming book, “When Women Lead: What They Achieve, Why They Succeed and... more