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Strictly Business

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

  • From ‘La Bamba’ to Bad Bunny: How Latin Music Conquered America, With CAA’s Bruno Del Granado
    by iHeartPodcasts on May 11, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Latin music tips the spear of media consumption for Spanish-speaking Americans, asserts Bruno Del Granado, the head of Latin music touring […]

  • Pachinko' Producer on the Future of Series for Global Audiences
    by iHeartPodcasts on April 29, 2022 at 12:21 am

    When Michael Ellenberg left HBO to start his own production company, In Media Res, five years ago, the streaming wars had barely reached […]

  • When Worlds Collide: A Dealmaker’s View of the Emerging Metaverse Economy
    by iHeartPodcasts on April 20, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Carlos Jimenez, managing director of Moelis & Co., explains his view that the entertainment economy is in the midst of a massive […]

  • Billie Eilish's Longtime Agent Tom Windish on Booking Coachella, Touring Post-COVID and Working at Wasserman
    by iHeartPodcasts on April 13, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Ahead of the thrice-rescheduled Coachella music festival, Billie Eilish’s longtime agent Tom Windish talks about his star client’s […]

  • Mid-Budget Films Are Dead? The Producer of 'Scream,' 'Ambulance' Begs to Differ
    by iHeartPodcasts on April 6, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    William Sherak and his partners at Project X Entertainment think there's room for success in movie theaters beyond Marvel franchises; […]

  • Dr. Seuss Enterprises CEO Susan Brandt Expands a Beloved Brand That ‘Really Represents Childhood’
    by iHeartPodcasts on March 30, 2022 at 11:00 am

    The longtime leader of Dr. Seuss Enterprises discusses the responsibility that comes with managing the valuable vault of books and IP left […]

  • 'Content Influences Everything': Kevin Mayer and Michael Kassan on Media's New Roadmap
    by iHeartPodcasts on March 23, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Candle Media co-CEO Kevin Mayer and Medialink chief Michael Kassan offer a 30,000-foot view of making deals and building businesses in the […]

  • Producer Charles Roven Takes ‘Uncharted’ Path Through a Changing Movie Business
    by iHeartPodcasts on March 16, 2022 at 11:00 am

    The Atlas Entertainment chief details the 13-year journey to bring the popular PlayStation video game to life on the big screen as the […]

  • How Fox's Blockchain Creative Labs is Unlocking Media's Web3 Future
    by iHeartPodcasts on March 9, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    CEO Scott Greenberg and COO/president Melody Hildebrandt discuss how they've built an NFT-focused unit within the Fox conglomerate, […]

  • Kara DioGuardi Conquered the Music Business, and Has the Battle Scars to Prove It
    by iHeartPodcasts on March 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Kara Dioguardi is a songwriter, producer, music publisher, former artist, scholar, advocate for creators, two-season “American Idol” […]

  • Mattel’s Makeover: CEO Ynon Kreiz Reshapes the Toy Giant as a Content Factory
    by iHeartPodcasts on February 23, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    The media veteran who took the reins of Mattel in 2018 outlines the toymaker’s recent turnaround strategy and his focus on mining the IP […]

  • WetaFX CEO on Growing Peter Jackson’s Production Empire: ‘We’re a Household Name in Households That Make Movies’
    by iHeartPodcasts on February 16, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Prem Akkaraju is leading the charge to transform Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh’s Weta Digital visual effects firm into a full-fledged […]

  • Kevin Liles on 300 Entertainment's $400 Million Warner Deal, Mary J. Blige and Gunna's Big Looks and More
    by iHeartPodcasts on February 9, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    After holding top posts at Def Jam and Warner Music and managing Mariah Carey and D'Angelo, Kevin Liles went back into the label world a […]

  • Saltbox TV Isn't Your Father's Streaming Service. More Like Your Grandfather's
    by iHeartPodcasts on February 2, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    A new video-streaming service targeting senior citizens is betting that advertisers will finally wake up to the purchasing power of a […]

  • Why Audible Is Courting Celebrities for Its Original Podcast Slate
    by iHeartPodcasts on January 26, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Rachel Ghiazza, Audible's U.S. head of content, discusses content strategy amid podcast competition on Variety's Strictly Business […]

  • Electronic Arts’ Laura Miele on Gaming’s Big Moment: ‘We Have Significant Runway Ahead of Us’
    by iHeartPodcasts on January 19, 2022 at 3:23 pm

    Laura Miele, chief operating officer of Electronic Arts, details how the video game giant is leveraging disruption to expand the reach and […]

  • Chip and Joanna Gaines Renovate Their TV Business With Magnolia Network Launch
    by iHeartPodcasts on January 12, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Allison Page, president of Magnolia Network, offers behind-the-scenes details of how HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines returned to TV with […]

  • Soundtracking Music’s Creator Economy With Splice Founder/CEO Steve Martocci
    by iHeartPodcasts on January 5, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Even if you’ve never heard of the online music marketplace Splice, you’ve certainly heard its sounds in hit songs by Dua Lipa, Doja […]

  • How Hollywood's Top Films Benefit From Audience Testing Revealed in New Book
    by iHeartPodcasts on December 22, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Kevin Goetz, founder and CEO of audience-research firm Screen Engine/ASI, has written a book, "Audience-ology: How Movie-goers Shape the […]

  • How Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra Realigned the Studio for the Streaming Future
    by iHeartPodcasts on December 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    The studio chief details the moves he’s made since 2017 to sell or shutter underperforming assets and to bulk up in content production […]

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