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#Hollywood and Technological Innovation

January 14, 2012

An interesting post arguing that it was Hollywood’s success in using political routes to protect its buisness that has lead it into a corner where it seems unable to innovate well:

In the 1920’s individual states were beginning to censor movies and the federal government was threatening to do so as well. The studios set up their own self censorship and rating system keeping most sex and politics off the screen for 40 years. Never again wanting to be at the losing side of a political battle they created the movie industry’s lobbying arm, MPAA.

By the 1960’s, the MPPA achieved regulatory capture (where an industry co-opts the very people who are regulating it,) when they hired Jack Valenti, who ran the studios’ lobbying efforts for the next 38-years. Ironically, it was Valenti’s skill in hobbling competitive innovation that negated any need for studios to develop agility, vision and technology leadership.

As a previous post pointed out, getting too comfortable is a recipe for disaster long term…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2012 9:34 am

    Did you quote something you wrote yourself or did I miss the link to the actual post? 🙂

  2. January 19, 2012 11:21 am

    I did quote another article, but forgot to save the version with the link on. Fixed now and thanks for noticing that! The link is here too: http://steveblank.com/2012/01/04/why-the-movie-industry-cant-innovate-and-the-result-is-sopa/

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