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Transforming the Media and Entertainment Industry with Drupal

I’ll admit it. I was initially a skeptic.
My colleague at NBCUniversal, Chris Herring, really wanted me to attend DrupalCon Chicago. It was 2011, and many of the developers and product managers across NBCUniversal had started to advocate passionately for Drupal. Chris really wanted me to experience firsthand the community and all it had to offer.
We’d historically been a ‘build it ourselves’ type shop, but he convinced... Plus

The Emmys, Grammys, SAG Awards and Acquia

As Media and Entertainment director at Acquia, I have been very busy this quarter evangelizing Drupal as the future proof, flexible, and robust digital content platform of choice for the industry. Acquia of course offers premier hosting, support, services and products for companies running Drupal and this quarter we have on boarded many new media brands as customers. One media industry segment we focused heavily on this second quarter of 2014: professional entertainment associations such as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and... Plus

Top 5 Media and Entertainment Trends: Update on Consolidation, Video

Over the next month, I’ll be revisiting some of my earlier blog posts to see how media and entertainment trends have developed. One of 2013’s major themes in the media and entertainment industry is consolidation. Back in September, I highlighted $6.78 billion dollars in 2013 mergers and acquisitions in just one media segment: companies that own local TV station affiliates. This segment seems to be the most heavily affected by consolidation this year, and the result is companies like Gannett, Sinclair and many others face complex CMS integrations or replatforming to new CMS systems.... Plus

Top 5 Media and Entertainment Trends for 2013: No. 3: Social Curation

Are social channels with media and entertainment content disrupting audiences away from media owned branded web sites? This was one of the main topics of conversation at Acquia’s recent Media Entertainment and Publishing-Focused Digital Disruption event in New York City.
It’s a difficult question to answer, but with the trend of social content curation rising this year, media companies have found ways to integrate social channels into their own branded experiences. Media and entertainment companies use technology to aggregate the best content about their brands from social channels and... Plus

Top 5 Media and Entertainment Trends for 2013: No. 2, YouTube Video

(Part 2 of the "Top 5 Media and Entertainment Trends for 2013" blog series)
What the biggest challenge for content management systems these days? It’s video, video and more video. Tackling the challenge of video also poses the question of what is more important: Building your own Great Digital Experience vs. sacrificing brand presence for the established success of YouTube video epicenter.
In this second blog about this year’s Media and Entertainment Trends, I’ll address the phenomena of YouTube video, which will cover the boom in the growth of video consumption and how media entertainment... Plus

Top 5 Media and Entertainment Trends for 2013: No. 1, Consolidation

I’ve been at Acquia now for five months now as Media Entertainment and Publishing Director. In this role, I enable and grow Acquia's engagements with the various segments of these industries including music, TV, filmed entertainment, book and magazine publishing, broadcasting and digital media. In order to do so, I spend countless hours studying the industry. During this period, I have identified five key trends in content management that apply to this media vertical. While these trends directly impact the content management industry, they will, more importantly, change the way consumers... Plus