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Lana Del Rey and Dua Lipa's Managers on the Success of 'Future Nostalgia,' Handling Haters and Music-Biz Misogyny

Dec 1 • 35:04

TaP Music's Ed Millett and Wendy Ong oversee the careers of some of the most popular and powerful female artists in the business, including Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa and Ellie Goulding. They also see first-hand the online abuse female artists receive, which is far worse than it is for male counterparts. Here, they talk about keeping their artists focused and positive — and th...

TikTok’s Bryan Thoensen on Building the App’s Entertainment Future

Nov 24 • 45:09

Bryan Thoensen, head of content partnerships at TikTok, talks about expanding the popular short-video app’s work with creators and entertainment companies — to capitalize on its recent momentum. TikTok now has 1 billion monthly active users, challenging the likes of YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat for viewing time with its personalized video feed....

SPAC Speculation in Hollywood and Beyond From Harry Sloan

Nov 17 • 44:38

If there's two things Harry Sloan knows, it's special purpose acquisition companies (SPAC) and the media business. He co-founded a record seven SPACs as the co-founder of Eagle Equity Partners, including the most successful such venture to date: sports-betting hub DraftKings, and is also a well-known name in Hollywood, where his highest-profile stints including chairman/CE...

ViacomCBS Streaming Chief Tom Ryan Sees 'Squid Game'-Sized Hit Potential

Nov 10 • 41:40

The head of Paramount+ and Pluto TV offers an optimistic update for the growth prospects of his streaming services as the parent company expands its overseas capabilities. Meanwhile, Ryan sticks up for sticking with Amazon Channels and touts the early success of kids programming from "Paw Patrol" to "iCarly."...

The State of the Music Industry, Fall 2021

Nov 3 • 42:20

Nearly 20 months into the pandemic, how is the music industry doing? The short answer? Finding silver linings everywhere it can. For the Mondo NYC conference last month, Variety assembled four people — rising singer-songwriter Brittney Spencer, WME agent Lucy Dickins, artist manager Binta Niambi Brown and Sony Music Publishing VP Kristina Hedrick — for a far-reaching and i...

The Operator: Joe Ianniello Carves a New Path With a Media-Focused SPAC

Oct 27 • 36:09

The longtime CBS executive has reteamed with a handful former colleagues to launch Argus Capital Corp., which has about $300 million in funding so far to acquire media properties. Ianniello explains he’s on the hunt for corporate carve-outs, or assets that media giants may be ready to shed as they plow resources into new streaming platforms. Argus brings an experienced man...

Conde Nast's Pam Drucker Mann Ready to Double Down on Livestream Events

Oct 20 • 44:36

Steve Ballmer Builds a Basketball Mecca for the Future

Oct 13 • 30:50

Los Angeles Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer outlines his vision for his “mecca” of basketball with team’s new arena that is scheduled to open in Inglewood, Calif. in 2024. Ballmer enthusiastically describes the cutting-edge tech touches and focus on sustainability that went into the design. And he weighs in on the future of NBA’s television rights deals at the national and...

Why Business is Booming for Hollywood Life Rights Deals

Oct 6 • 32:46

Jason Richman and Keya Khayatian, co-heads of United Talent Agency's media rights group, scour the world for news books, long-form journalism, podcasts and individual life rights to find source material for your next streaming obsession. The industry veterans discuss the growth in demand for life rights, the supreme power of the suburban book club and how media rights sale...

Attorney Dina LaPolt Tackles the Music Industry’s Historic Wrongs, Scoring Big Wins for Songwriters, Black Artists and the Recovery Community

Sep 29 • 42:52

Attorney Dina LaPolt founded her own firm 20 years ago and went on to represent music stars like Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, rappers 21 Savage and Cardi B and the Tupac Shakur estate. As her practice grew, so did LaPolt’s conviction for righting the music ecosystem’s wrongs. She’s tackled songwriters’ rights and access to digital royalties; she campaigned for federal COVID r...

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