5by5 | The Critical Path #24: Spidey Sense

We talk about Apple’s fourth quarter, Horace’s trip to California and his visit to The Colbert Report. It’s all leading up to a fusion of entertainment and technology to create something never seen before. Something wonderful.

via 5by5 | The Critical Path #24: Spidey Sense.

  • Anonymous

    Props for the “2010” reference.

  • There were no show notes (yet) so I am assuming this is the [Edward] Jay Epstein book you are referring to…

    “The Hollywood Economist 2.0: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies”

    So funny to be given “homework,” he he

    • Anonymous

      Epstein wrote a great article for Slate several years ago about how Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was financed.  Long story short is that if you start with owning the film rights to a sufficiently popular media franchise, you can basically make the movie for free, because perceived demand shovels money toward whoever has the rights and the means, and because in 2005 governments were shoveling money at their media companies.

      Note however: Several of the tax loopholes he mentions in the article have since been closed or curtailed, like the German foreign co-pro and British Section 48 DCMS tax relief rules, both states now apply much stricter rules to what is considered indigenous product.

  • Anonymous

    What a travel story you where telling! You got me caught as well as any “Western” can do. 

    It did surprise me a lot that talented people only wanted to work on startups. What a change!And you’re teasing me a lot on the Amsterdam event. Don’t count on me to sitting still at the audience…

  • Anonymous

    In TCP#24, you mention that Samsung no longer releases data on number of mobile devices sold, or revenue from various devices. You say “nobody knows why’. You contrast this with Apple and Nokia, both of which release quite detailed data on these sales.

    I find it interesting that Samsung previously released such data, but ceased doing do early last year. What could be the reason?

    Could it be that Samsung expects to lose its legal battles with Apple, so doesn’t want to furnish the market with handset volumes? If Apple wins the right to a license fee or compensation per handset, Samsung may be able to convince arbitrators that their actual Android sales were only a small subset of their business.

    • The problem with this hypothesis is that a court of law could easily subpoena that information and keep it sealed. There is no obstacle to courts finding out how many smartphones Samsung shipped.