The Business of Entertainment
This introductory course examines the changing business issues associated with the entertainment industry through lectures, discussions with industry guests, and case studies.
What you can learn.
- Understand the cutting-edge distribution and media consumption platforms that dominate entertainment today
- Assess the remarkable array of opportunities available in this new age of entertainment
- Learn the new business and operation models that keep companies profitable in this rapidly changing media landscape
- Learn firsthand from industry guests how they have adapted and succeeded to these changing trends
About this course:With the entertainment industry converging into a worldwide mass media, both business and operation models continue to rapidly evolve. This introductory course for producers, directors, writers, development personnel, and aspiring media executives examines the changing business issues associated with the entertainment industry. Through lectures, discussions with industry guests, and case studies, instruction focuses on current business and production issues and introduces new business models to navigate content onto new distribution platforms. Some history is highlighted to provide a context for current practices and potential. The course also features opportunities to meet senior entertainment industry executives in various sectors. Topics include financing, contracts, intellectual property issues, licensing, worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution, worldwide home entertainment marketing and distribution, worldwide television production and distribution, multi-channel network distribution and opportunities, the impact of piracy, and leveraging new distribution platforms. By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of the opportunities available in the business of entertainment.
Fall 2019 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.
Internet access required. Materials required.