In the movie industry, critical acclaim and commercial success often don’t go hand in hand. As the chart above illustrates, most Best Picture winners of the past ten years didn’t sell nearly as many tickets as the respective year’s biggest box office hit. The last true blockbuster to win the Oscar for “Best Picture” was the third and final part of Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which raked in $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide.


The App Economy

Posted: March 7, 2018 in Uncategorized


The App Store has more than two million apps and many third-party developers have made a fortune building apps for Apple’s mobile ecosystem. As the chart above illustrates, iOS developers have earned more than $86 billion since the App Store’s inception in 2008, the starting point of what has been the gold rush of the early 21st century.

Spending on Television

Posted: March 2, 2018 in Uncategorized


The chart above explains, in part, the high quality of so many television dramas these days. But can the “golden age of television” last?

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See this article on how the “golden age of TV”, with fierce competition between Netflix, Amazon and Apple, is driving up production costs — reaching $20 million per episode.

How to Measure TV Audiences?

Posted: February 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

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The TV-advertising industry is wrestling with a massive challenge: how to measure the audience for its shows on digital platforms. See this article, “Nobody seems to know how many people watch TV shows these days — and that should be terrifying for advertisers”. 


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Being the most popular music streaming service in the world, there is probably no better company than Spotify to crown the song of the year. And so it has become a nice tradition for the Swedish company to publish its Year in Music list every December, treating us to some interesting insights about what the world was listening to in the year gone by.

According to this year’s list, Ed Sheeran was clearly the most popular artist of 2017. Not only did the British singer-songwriter single-handedly rack up 6.3 billion streams this year (Drake clinched number one with 4.7 billion streams in 2016), he also took home the trophies for the most streamed album (Divide – 3.1 billion streams) and the most streamed song (Shape of You – 1.4 billion streams). See “Spotify’s most streamed artists of 2017″.

As the chart above illustrates, the most-streamed songs of the past five years also tell us something about the increase in music listening on Spotify. While Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” was the most-streamed song of 2013 with “just” 160 million streams, this year’s smash hit from Ed Sheeran was played nearly nine times as often.