Posts tagged as business

To Whom It May Concern: The Contents of This Email Are Rather Concerning, by Taylor Sade

To Whom It May Concern,

I use that phrase it all of its reality. No seriously, what I am about to say is extremely concerning.  I didn’t just say that introductory phrase because I was unaware of whom to make this letter out to. Truly, the contents of which this letter are going to address are drastically concerning and deserve your concerned thoughts.

I beg you good sir, or madam, to please direct your attention to the proceeding context I will get to in this letter with your upmost attention. Certainly a person in your position of power would be worried about the fact of which [...]

Quotes from Lori's Goodbye Card on Her Last Day at Paramount Diagnostics, by Ryan Krebs

“All the best!” – Mike, Sales

“Lori, you’ll be missed! Who am I going to high-five when the Molson Files are done every Wednesday??? HA!” – Linda, Billing

“Seems like just yesterday you sat down across from me at your cubicle, ready to start in the high-stakes world of Customer Service. Look at you now! Big time! Congrats on the promotion and don’t forget about us little people!” –Barb, Customer Service

“Way to go!” –Dennis, Maintenance

“Sad to see you go! (But not sad for the going away party! We love cake, and don’t you know it! Of course you do! Karen’s 45th birthday ring a bell??? )” – [...]

Aziz Ansari Is Pulling a Louie With His New Standup Special

Everyone's doing it! C.K., Gaffigan, and now Ansari. As you can learn in this helpful video, Aziz Ansari is selling his new standup special "Dangerously Delicious" for $5 on his website. You gotta wonder what Harris and Darwish think of this newfangled publishing technique. And then you gotta buy the special to find out.

Panic Starting to Set in at Cable Companies as More and More People Cancel

For the second straight quarter, a whole bunch of people cancelled their TV service and replaced it with the internet. The industry is trying to play this as the result of economic factors, but it seems that cord cutting is real, and it's just gonna get worse. Have you cancelled cable in the last few months?

The Economics of Internet Comedy Videos

Funny videos on the internet come from a plethora of sources, from established internet studios to TV networks to independent comedians. But how do comedy production studios fund their internet comedy videos? There’s no simple answer. In fact, one of the first answers I heard was “Our funding comes from everywhere.”

However, as I talked to representatives from CollegeHumor, Funny or Die, Jash, Above Average, UCB Comedy, and Comedy Central, a lot of common themes came forward. Branded content funds more than you think. YouTube revenue funds less than you think. Comedy studios, like everyone else, earn money so they can fund passion projects. Incubating new talent is also a [...]

TBS Purchases a Chunk of Funny or Die

TBS now owns 10% of Funny or Die or as Adam McKay put it: "We're thrilled by our acquisition of Turner." The relationship will largely be about ad sales but also FoD will begin working with TBS and Adult Swim to create original programming. Remember when FoD was just that site you watched to see that baby curse a lot? Baby's all growns up now.

With Jake and Amir's "Fired," CollegeHumor Tries a New Model for Online Video

Last week, CollegeHumor unveiled "Fired," a 30 minute episode of their popular web series Jake and Amir. The episode was made available both as a $2.99 stream and a $13 DVD that also included outtakes, behind-the-scenes content, commentary, and 10 other Jake and Amir episodes.

I talked to Sam Reich, CollegeHumor's President of Original Content, about why they're trying this new model. "We have no plans to move entirely to the pay-per-view model. Advertising is our bread and butter," he told me. "That being said, we wanted to experiment with making something big and devoid of advertising, and the pay-per-view model was the only way we [...]

Sony Announces Sure-to-Fail iTunes Rival

On the one hand, it'll be nice to have yet another way to stream TV shows and movies directly to our TVs. On the other, Sony's horribly-named Qriocity platform will probably never catch on enough to be relevant.

Letting My Parents Know, by Blake Henderson

Mom. Dad. Thanks for meeting me here.

I’ve wanted to talk to you about this for years, but I’ve just been pushing it off. I don’t even know why I couldn’t do it. I guess I was just scared of what you would do. How you would react. What you’d tell your friends. And I mean, it’s not like I didn’t tell you because I didn’t want you to be a part of my life. I didn’t do it because I wanted to protect you from the truth. And I know that was selfish— because I literally owe everything to you. But I’m sick of living in the darkness [...]

The Sad Details of The Onion's Exodus to Chicago

Jeez, the Onion's editorial staff is really leaving New York. Well, uh, five out of the sixteen of them are. This story has the details of who's staying (Joe Randazzo, Joe Garden, Baratunde Thurston) and who's going (Seth Riess, Will Tracy), as well as the story of the holdouts' failed efforts to find a buyer for the paper who would let them stay in New York. The move may eventually end up being a return to the paper's Midwestern roots, and a boost for the Chicago comedy scene, but right now tearing this staff apart seems like it's gotta result in a big loss of quality. [...]

How Your Comedy Sausage Gets Made

In this weekend's New York Times Magazine, there's a lengthy profile of Peter Principato, manager and discoverer of such people as Jonah Hill, Rob Riggle, David Wain, Will Arnett and Rob Corddry. It's a fascinating look into the deal-making side of the comedy business in Hollywood, including a peek inside a pitch meeting with the three guys from UCB LA improv favorites Convoy.

Idiotic TV Studios Think $1 TV Episode Rentals Are Too Expensive

I don't think Apple's new TV show rental plan is any great shakes, and neither do the studios not already on board with it. But we have very different reasons for not liking it! They, you see, think charging $1 to watch one half-hour of TV that you can not view again is too cheap and would start them down "the same slippery slope where the music business went." Ah-whaaaa?