Blockbuster – Monopoly to Bankruptcy

One of the most fascinating demises of a company in my lifetime was that of Blockbuster. I remember as a child going to my local Blockbuster just a few minutes from my house and renting Indiana Jones for the hundredth time. I would still pace up and down the aisles pretending I might get something […]

How Blockbuster Failed to Adapt

Before streaming services dominated the media consumption market, brick-and-mortar stores existed where people could go to rent DVDs and VHS tapes. In 1977, the first video-rental store was opened. Video rental stores quickly grew in popularity and became a massive revenue source for the movie industry. And “by 1992, Blockbuster was the undisputed video-rental leader” […]

Viacom’s Empire History

Viacom is one of the top entertainment companies in the entertainment industry. Viacom began as a spin off media entertainment company from CBS in 1971. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Viacom was becoming bigger and bigger with the strategy of merging with other programs. During this time, Viacom owned television and radio stations as […]

If Video Killed the Radio Star, What Killed the Video?

  The near-extinction of Blockbuster came as a surprise for many. It wasn’t long ago that “Blockbuster was practically untouchable,” says Jennifer Holt, author of Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996. According to her, it once dominated the home video market, owning 25% of existing video stores and still earning […]

Sequels Everywhere: Contextualizing the Fast-Burn of Recent Blockbuster Films

On July 30th, 2008, Zach Beane published a series of interactive stream graphs that display the box office earnings of major Hollywood films on a weekend-to-weekend basis. These graphs offer some interesting insight into the box office trends of a given year, especially regarding the staying power of certain films over others. Indeed, this ongoing struggle […]

Time Isn’t Money: Does Runtime Affect a Film’s Box Office?

Across the web, pieces about the supposedly ballooning length of films crop up every time the runtime of the next Hollywood picture is confirmed. Whether this is factual is contentious, as well as why. If films are getting longer, it would imply that Hollywood sees a correlation between the length of films and their box office […]

Devil Wears Prada – The Creative World and a Damn Good Movie

You know that song Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall? You know, the one that starts out with the lyrics, “Her face is a map of the world/Is a map of the world/You can see she’s a beautiful girl/She’s a beautiful girl”? Well, whether you know the song or you don’t, whenever I hear this […]