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Mike Robuck
Mike Robuck
4/29/2016 10:22:27 AM
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Re: Of Course
@John Barnes I didn't know that about Ball. I used to drive by a Ball factory in Boulder, Colo. many years ago, and we have third and fourth generation Ball canning jars. 

 But back to Comcast, I think this is a hedge against video declines down the road. Comcast wants to be a content provider like Disney. There was a lot of doom and gloom along the same lines when it bought NBCUniversal. The FCC attached some strict rules on that purchase (more diversity programming was one.) I agree with afwriter, here's hoping Comcast doesn't squash DreamWorks creative thinking. 

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afwriter
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4/29/2016 10:14:42 AM
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Re: Of Course
@JohnBarnes I enjoy your shared skeptism about anything Comcast does.  Is it possible that we have some "comcast customer only"  Dreamworks material coming?  I also wonder what this will do with Netflix's deal with Dreamworks?

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JohnBarnes
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4/29/2016 7:57:51 AM
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Re: Of Course
@afwriter, every day on my way to work I drive past the company headquarters of Ball, which started out making jars for home canning (they don't anymore but their trademark is licensed by a spinoff company), and made artillery shells for WW2, built satellites for NASA in the 1960s, and today is big in avionics -- and recyclable aluminum cans.

They're currently making major investments in big data and data science.

The difference may or may not be that some companies diversify to gain expertise and opportunity, and some seem to diversify to narrow it. Comcast has had a pretty stodgy leadership; it will be interesting to see whether the Dreamworks spirit invigorates them, or they excercise the sort of slow crush-and-dampen that Sony seems to have done on creative companies.

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JohnBarnes
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4/29/2016 7:45:44 AM
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Re: Virtually Breathless :)))
I don't know, @mpouraryan, I kind of hope that somebody somewhere in the Big Content world will be willing to exercise their power irresponsibly. Socially, politically, and most of all artistically, it's getting to be a pretty closed loop; does anyone really think radio is better and/or does more good since ClearChannel and its competitors got big enough to standardize the product? Or really want to go back to three networks (one only kept alive for antittrust purposes)?

At some point we'll tip back into a Price's Law situation for content; this just looks like another step in that direction to me.

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afwriter
afwriter
4/29/2016 2:06:08 AM
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Of Course
Of course a day after I predict Comcast's demise they go an pull this.  They wouldn't have become the company they are without business savvy.  Diversification like this will keep them going for years; heck, Nintendo started off in the 1800s as a playing card company. 

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afwriter
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4/29/2016 2:04:19 AM
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Re: Virtually Breathless :)))
If Time Warner can do it Comcast can do it.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
4/29/2016 12:04:58 AM
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Re: Entertainment Domain
It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve--I only have to "temper" my enthusiasm at times...

 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/29/2016 12:02:42 AM
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Re: Entertainment Domain
It surely is an inspirational one !

Absolutely agree with you that there is lot to learn in such stories. Keep sharing good stuff like this and really appreciate that.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
4/28/2016 11:58:01 PM
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Re: Entertainment Domain
It is indeed quite a story--and an inspiring one.

Lessons to be learnt by us all who are students and travelers in this continuous transformation road!!



:))

 

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/28/2016 11:54:20 PM
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Re: Entertainment Domain
@mpouraryan:

Very interesting read, Thanks much for sharing.

It was good reading through Katzenberg's journey to date and this deal with  DreamWorks, his  baby. I am very impressed to know the way he wore many hats through his efforts to reach his accomplishment. That rage from his Disney's departure is a clear factor for his hunger to prove himself and reach places. He surely did that today. Just would like to mention I was an Ex-Disney employee and his name didn't ring a bell, my bad.

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