Media & entertainment is a fast-changing space. It can be hard to keep track of everything that’s happening in terms of new technologies, media, formats, and consumer behaviors.

The goal of this page is to serve as a single repository for the best resources on the industry. Most of them are articles and essays, but other formats may include podcasts, videos, presentations, scientific papers, books, and, yes, tweetstorms.

My focus is not on collecting every piece of news, but on sharing insights that can stand the test of time. Some of those resources may be more time-sensitive than others, but still point to larger market dynamics.

My goal with this list is to be able to identify weak signals, understand long-term trends, and articulate my own thesis for the future of the space. I’m hoping it can help others navigate the industry as well.

For the time being, I’ve divided those resources into three categories: Industries, Topics, and Companies. Sub-categories may come to change as I refine my view of the space, but suggestions are welcome.

Happy reading!

Industries

Advertising

Ads Don’t Work That Way
Kevin Simler / Sept 2014

Animation

Animation Is Eating The World
Michael Dempsey / July 2019

Film

Future of Film (Part III): The Crash of ‘Film as a Platform’
Matthew Ball / Ivey Business Review / March 2014

Gaming & esports

a16z Podcast: Gaming Goes Mainstream (with Bobby Kottick, CEO of Activision Blizzard)
Bobby Kottick, Marc Andreessen / Andreessen Horowitz / Feb 2019

The eSports Landscape
Blake Robbins / Medium / Feb 2016

Why the Next Sports Empire will be Built on eSports
Prashob Menon, Matthew Ball / REDEF / Apr 2015

Mobile

Ecommerce as Video’s Killer App
Connie Chan, Avery Segal / Andreessen Horowitz / Aug 2019

When Advertising Is Not Enough
Connie Chan / Andreessen Horowitz / Dec 2018

When AI is the Product: The Rise of AI-Based Consumer Apps
Connie Chan / Andreessen Horowitz / Dec 2018

Money as Message
Connie Chan / Andreessen Horowitz / July 2017

Music

Music Superstars Are The New One Percenters
Neil Shah / Wall Street Journal / June 2019

The Economics of Rihanna’s Superstarsdom
Alan B. Krueger / The New York Times / June 2019

Streaming Services Finally Care About *Old* Music
Cherie Hu / Water And Music / June 2019

New media

Avatar-First Products & Platforms
Michael Dempsey / Medium / Sept 2018

Podcasting

Investing in the Podcast Ecosystem in 2019
Li Jin, Avery Segal, Bennett Carroccio / Andreessen Horowitz / May 2019

Publishing

Gutenberg’s moving type propelled Europe towards the scientific revolution
From: Jeremiah Dittmar, Skipper Seabold​ / LSE Business Review / Mar 2019

The Cost of Apple News
Ben Thompson / Stratechery / Feb 2019

Social Media

Status as a Service (StaaS)
Eugene Wei / Feb 2019

The death of the newsfeed
Benedict Evans / Apr  2018

Streaming

Technology

Disruption Starts With Unhappy Customers, Not Technology
Thales S. Teixeira / Harvard Business Review / June 2019

Strong and Weak Technologies
Chris Dixon / Jan 2019

If You’re Not Too Early, You’re Too Late
Michael Dempsey / Medium / Dec 2016

Pipelines, Platforms, and the New Rules of Strategy
Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Geoffrey G. Parker, Sangeet Paul Choudary / Harvard Business Review / Apr 2016

TV

TV, mobile and the living room
Benedict Evans / Nov 2015

The Changing – and Unchanging – Structure of TV
Ben Thompson / Stratechery / Mar 2015

The Jobs TV Does
Ben Thompson / Stratechery / June 2013

Topics

Attention economy

The Destructive Switch from Search to Social
Nat Eliason / Medium / Sept 2017

The Coming Battle for Long Attention Patterns
Matt Locke / Medium / June 2017

The Future of Medium Should Be Episodic
Matt Locke / Medium / Jan 2017

Brand & Marketing

Split Personalities and Atomized Brands
David Sherry / Art & Attention / Aug 2019

Beyoncé’s Streaming Strategy, Explained
Dan Runcie / Trapital / Apr 2019

Naked Brands
David Perell

Celebrity & Fandom

5 Things I Learned Studying Fandom
Matt Locke / Medium / Sept 2017

Stan down: When superfans move on
Ann-Derrick Gaillot / The Outline / Jul 2017

Welcome to Poppy’s World
Lexi Pandell / Wired / June 2017

Consumer behavior

The World Needs Netflix Minis
Daniel H. Pink / The Atlantic / June 2018

a16z Podcast: The Internet of Taste, Streaming Content to Culture
Ted Sarandos, Marc Andreessen / Andreessen Horowitz / Feb 2018

a16z Podcast: Addiction vs Popularity In The Age of Virality
Derek Thompson, Adam Alter, Hanne Tidnam / Andreessen Horowitz / July 2017

Formats

The musical genre is dead, gen z killed it
Megan Evershed / i-D / Apr 2019

The Instagram Aesthetic is Over
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic / Apr 2019

‘Stranger Things’ and the Limits of the Netflix Model
Ciara Wardlow / Film School Rejects / Nov 2017

The Linguistics of ‘YouTube Voice’
Julie Beck / The Atlantic / Dec 2015

YouTube: The Medium Is The Message (video)
Evan Puschak / The Nerdwriter / Aug 2015

Economics

Intellectual Property

Ryan ToysReview Is This Generation’s Mickey Mouse
Chris Stokel-Walker / Medium / Aug 2019

SpongeBob is fashion now
Marc Bain / Quartz / Dec 2018

Investing

Announcing Audiocamp (by Betaworks)
Danika Laszuk / Medium / Sept 2019

Is this the real life (by Betaworks)
Danika Laszuk / Medium / Nov 2018

Monetization

The Monetization of Digital Content
Tanay Jaipuria  / Medium / June 2018

You still don’t understand today’s media industry
Anthony Bardaro / Medium / Sept 2017

Companies

Disney

Disney and the Future of TV
Ben Thompson / Stratechery / Apr 2019

A Modern Marvel (podcast)
Web Barr, Noah Chestnut / The Kingdom / June 2018

Kingdom Come (podcast)
Web Barr, Noah Chestnut / The Kingdom / May 2018

Disney’s Choice
Ben Thompson / Stratechery / Aug 2017

Netflix

Nintendo

Snap

Ben Thomson / Stratechery / Feb 2017

Ben Thomson / Stratechery / Mar 2016

Spotify

Ben Robinson / June 2019

Ben Thomson / Stratechery / Feb 2019