Bloom in Tech

41 EpisodesProduced by David Bloom

I talk with (and about) smart, innovative people about where they and their companies are headed in tech, media, entertainment, VR/AR, esports, AI, blockchain and advertising. Become a supporter of this podcast:

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41 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Critical Role's Leaders On Its $7.7 Million Kickstarter Hit, The Legend of Vox Machina

March 21st, 2019


Critical. Role started as a group of actor pals playing Dungeons & Dragons while a camera rolled on Twitch and YouTube. That unlikely start has …

Facebook's Fake Pivot, Amazon's Ascendance and Social Media's Inflection Point

March 13th, 2019


Mark Zuckerberg wants people to believe Facebook is pivoting toward privacy. It's not, and I explain why. More importantly, however, social media as we know it is undergoing significant shifts to new paradigms that put …

Digital Media Sports Spending, Jeff Zucker's Rise, And Conde Nast Catches Cricket Fever

March 7th, 2019


The business of sports online is taking off, with lots of venture capital coming to numerous sites and AT&T making a big statement by centralizing all its sports operations under CNN chief Jeff Zucker. I also sat …

How Netflix Won The Oscars Even Though It Lost Best Picture

March 1st, 2019


Netflix spent heavily during this awards season, but didn't snag the biggest prize of all, the Best Picture Oscar. But it still ended up a big …

Cinemark CEO On VR, Esports and The Future of Theaters

February 25th, 2019


Cinemark CEO Mark Zoradi joined me during Oscar Week on Bloom in Tech to talk about the big theater chain's new ventures in virtual reality with Spaces and The Void, its esports venture with Super League Gaming, …

Surveillance As Art, Gender As Boundary: Jill Soloway and Jill Magid at Frieze LA

February 17th, 2019


Amid all the art and craziness of Frieze LA and seeming countless satellite fairs, openings and events, I was most intrigued by a panel at Neuehouse …

Fortnite, Dollar Shave Club And The Future Of Content Marketing

February 10th, 2019


I hosted a great panel on the future of content marketing at this week's Digital Entertainment World conference in Los Angeles, with top executives with Twitch, Fandango, Machinima and CreatorIQ. Content marketing can …

Tom Cruise, Callie Khouri and the Dog Days of Hollywood's Awards Season

February 2nd, 2019


Late January is the dog days of Hollywood's long, expensive awards season. Smaller events unfurl several times a week, and every win becomes a chance …

Baseball All Star Adrian Gonzalez and PopFly XP's New Fan Apps

January 27th, 2019


Adrian Gonzalez has had a long and distinguished career as an All Star first baseman for the L.A. Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. Now he's taking a swing at another kind of game, creating fan-friendly custom apps that …

Netflix's Awards Strategy Pays Off With Roma's 10 Oscar Nominations

January 23rd, 2019


Netflix has spent heavily this awards season on several films, part of a strategy to differentiate it from competing media companies that soon will have their own video-streaming services. The strategy paid off big time …

Can Influencers Reach Their Fans Beyond Social Media Platforms?

January 20th, 2019


Companies such as EscapeX, Whalerock Industries and Beachfront have standalone apps that help big influencers generate more money from their most devoted fans. What are the opportunities here? I talked with the CEOs of …

NBCU's Bluprint And The E-Commerce Future of Online Video

January 11th, 2019


I talked recently with two top NBCUniversal executives about Blueprint, their revamped hobbyist learning site, which combines lessons in nearly dozen categories with lean-back content, community, e-commerce operations …

Netflix's Many Holiday Moves Set It Up For Challenging 2019

January 8th, 2019


Over the holidays, Netflix debuted its biggest ever hit and an intriguing interactive experiment, picked up multiple Golden Globes, saved hundreds of …

Five Trends Shaping Influencer Marketing In 2019

January 3rd, 2019


Influencer marketing was bigger than ever in 2018, despite a string of scandals hitting some of the major platforms. I talked with several top …

Virtual Reality's Improved Reality At End of 2018, With Dreamscape Immersive

December 27th, 2018


In this episode, I look at a  string of virtual-reality projects, technologies and venues that have arrived in Los Angeles recently, as the bad mojo …

Looking Back At Hollywood's 2018 and Its Momentous Makeover

December 23rd, 2018


Two media companies went away, and most of another is buying bought for parts. #MeToo and tech giants continued to reshape the physical, fiscal and …

What Netflix's $100 Million 'Friends' Deal Might Be A Bargain

December 6th, 2018


To keep showing the 25-year-old TV series 'Friends' for another year, Netflix agreed to pay WarnerMedia $100 million for one year. Crazy as it …

Giving Tuesday and NewsMatch - Funding Accountability Journalism

November 24th, 2018


Nov. 27 is Giving Tuesday, when hundreds of non-profits in 55 countries get a chance to double the value of donations with matching funds. It's also …

Making Esports A Cultural Happening - DreamHack, Subnation and VRTL Summit

November 17th, 2018


Esports are growing fast, for a lot of reasons. This weekend's DreamHack Atlanta festival shows some of those reasons why, partnering with Subnation and big brands such as Red Hat and Twitch to bring music, art, …

The Bear Chasing Streaming Video's Would-Be Giants

November 11th, 2018


The race for primacy the streaming video business is getting more and more crowded, and the basis for deciding who has "won" is ripe for a rewrite. Can CBS All Access outrun HBO, which needs to compete against numerous …

Has Donald Trump Actually Been Good For The Media?

November 5th, 2018


Amid all his complaints, criticism and even craziness, Donald Trump's attacks on the media have hardly hurt the beast. Instead, many major media companies are reporting rising profits, revenues, subscribers and viewers. …

Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley on Future TV and the Video Sea of Blood

October 29th, 2018


The head of the nation's largest group of local TV stations, CEO Chris Ripley of Sinclair Broadcast Group, took the stage at the recent NAB NY conference to talk about how ATSC 3.0 will supercharge local broadcasting; …

Vogue's 73 Questions and DP Vincent Peone

October 24th, 2018


Last night's Streamy Awards say the smart video series "73 Questions" recognized for its cinematography (it's one long take where 73 questions are lobbed at a celebrity). In accepting the award, both series creator Joe …

Snapchat's Future & A Talk With Thrillist's Ocean MacAdams

October 1st, 2018


Snap's been in the news a lot lately, not all of it for good, but for plenty of good reasons. Some are saying the Snapchat parent is ripe for buyout, perhaps by Amazon, which just did a partnership for in-app product …

Mobile's Future In Apple, Big Smartphones and 5G Networks

September 21st, 2018


On the day Apple rolls out its next generation of cellphones, I offer some thoughts on where mobile is heading, fast. Apple's new smartphones are …

Julia Maes of VidCon On Influencers, Dodging Cannes Lions, And London

September 12th, 2018


In this episode, I talk with Julia Maes, executive producer of VIdCon, the huge annual gathering of online influencers. The Viacom-owned company just …

Influencers and Fighting Follower Fraud, with James Creech

September 8th, 2018


Influencer marketing is big these days, but so too is follower fraud, as people try to game the system to make more money from brands. It's a …

How Brands Can Win At Fortnite: Subnation's Seven Volpone

September 4th, 2018


Fortnite is the world's most popular videogame, raking in $300 million a month selling digital goods. At the same time, Fortnite is transforming the …

Steve-O and Sam Macaroni on VR talk show "Headset Hotshots"

August 21st, 2018


I talked with "Jackass" alum/survivor Steve-O, who headlines the first two episodes of a new virtual-reality show produced by pal Sam Macaroni's production company, focused on some of the best VR experiences out there, …

Emmy Nominee Alexis Denisof of "I Love Bekka & Lucy"

August 20th, 2018


After time on the London stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Alexis Denisof made his name in the United States initially as Wesley Wyndham-Pryce in both "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its spinoff "Angel." Since …

Amazon, Downstream and the Value of Transaction Data

August 9th, 2018


TBS CMO Michael Engleman on Social Good, The Last O.G. and Tracy Morgan

August 2nd, 2018


TBS and Tracy Morgan's new show "The Last O.G." undertook a series of social-good initiatives in the Brooklyn area that "did good and did good business." I talked TBS (and TNT) Chief Marketing Officer Michael Engleman …

Comic-Con Panel: Creating Our Future Through Science & Art

July 21st, 2018


I'm at San Diego Comic-Con, reconnoitering the epic craziness for stories and moderating panels for Tech Future Live!, a sort of show within the show. This panel on Friday evening featured a NASA scientist …

deadmau5 on Music, Games and Merging the Two

July 5th, 2018


This is a material from a conversation I had with the electronic music star deadmau5 around E3, the big game conference. He was in town to check out the conference, but also to perform as part of Subnation Live, a …

Musing on Social Media, Memoir and McLuhan

July 4th, 2018


A few days hanging around a writer's retreat in the mountains east of Los Angeles got me thinking about what the memoirs of our future look like in an era where lives are transcribed on social media in near-real time. …

Big Block's Seven Volpone on Subnation, E3 & Gamer Culture

June 12th, 2018


The giant gamer convention E3 opens today, and host David Bloom talks with Seven Volpone, CEO of Big Block Capital Group, about esports, brands, and …

Why Hollywood Should Focus on Getting Better, Not Just Bigger

May 19th, 2018


A wave of mergers and acquisitions has hit Hollywood, as companies try to scale up to compete with the tech giants. But they're taking on debt and …

Hollywood and Games - Bloom in Tech at the LA Games Conference 2018

May 9th, 2018


I moderated a great panel at the Los Angeles Games Conference, featuring top executives from Blizzard, Skydance, Studio 71, Jam City and Seismic Games. We talked about the new Harry Potter and Marvel mobile games, Guava …

Healing American Democracy: Can "Constitutional Localism" & Tech Break the DC Logjam?

May 4th, 2018


Host David Bloom talks with authors Mike Hais and Morley Winograd about their latest book, "Healing American Democracy: Going Local." It proposes that young Americans (Millennials and their successor generation, the …

Rising Tide Summit - Oceans, Brands and Good Business

March 25th, 2018


Bloom in Tech host David Bloom talks with Vipe Desai about the Rising Tide Summit, which brings brands, businesses, researchers, non-profits and …

Bloom in Tech: David Bloom with Tubular Labs Allison Stern

March 13th, 2018


I sit down with Allison Stern, CMO and co-founder of Tubular Labs, which tracks 4 billion videos across social media. Their latest State of Online …

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