NYU Stern School of Business

Undergraduate College


Fall 2011

Instructor Details

Narayanan, Sunder


R 2-3

901 Tisch


Course Meetings

W, 3:30pm to 4:45pm

Tisch T-UC25

Final Exam:

Schedule exceptions
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Course Description and Learning Goals

This course is designed to provide you with a framework for understanding the industry dynamics in several major sectors within the entertainment industry.  In addition, the course will also explore recent trends in these sectors and their implications for all elements of the industry value chain.  Specifically, this course will help you:


1.                  Analyze and identify opportunities in key sectors of the entertainment industry.

2.                  Understand the basic economics, concepts, terms, measurements, and principles that apply to marketing in the entertainment industry.

3.                  Appreciate recent trends within the industry such as globalization, convergence and cross-media synergies.

4.                  Understand the strategies followed by some key global media conglomerates.


These objectives will be achieved through a combination of lectures, readings, discussions, and case analysis.


Course Outline




Readings and Assignments

Module 1:  Theories and Concepts

Sep 6

The Media Business

Chapter 2

Sep 13

The Media Business

Chapters 5 & 6

Sep 20

Films and Television

Case:  Marvel Enterprises

Chapter 12 (pp. 413-440)

Case write-up due

Sep 27

Films and Television

Case:  Netflix

Case write-up due

Oct 4

Films and Television

Case:  Hulu.com

Chapter 13 (pp. 452-483)

Case write-up due

Oct 18

Music and Radio

Chapters 10 (pp. 337-363) & 11 (pp. 376-403)

Oct 25

Print Publishing


Case:  Opening Pandora’s Box

Chapters 7 (pp. 235-256); 8 (pp. 271-294); and 9 (pp. 305-325)

Case write-up due

Nov 1

Print Publishing


Nov 8

Quiz 1


Nov 15

Project Discussions


Nov 22

Project Presentations

Presentation Slides Due

Nov 29

Project Presentations


Dec 6

Project Presentations


Dec 13

Quiz 2



Required Course Materials

 “Media Today,” 4rd edition, by Joseph Turow, Routledge Publishing.

Casebook from Harvard Business School.


Assessment Components

1.                  Class attendance and participation15%

2.                  Group project presentation                        15%

3.                  Quiz 1                                            35%

4.                  Quiz 2                                            25%

5.                  4 Individual case write-ups                        10%


Group Projects

Guidelines for Group Projects

Business activities involve group effort. Consequently, learning how to work effectively in a group is a critical part of your business education.

Every member is expected to carry an equal share of the group’s workload. As such, it is in your interest to be involved in all aspects of the project. Even if you divide the work rather than work on each piece together, you are still responsible for each part. The group project will be graded as a whole:   its different components will not be graded separately. Your exams may contain questions that are based on aspects of your group projects.

It is recommended that each group establish ground rules early in the process to facilitate your joint work including a problem-solving process for handling conflicts. In the infrequent case where you believe that a group member is not carrying out his or her fair share of work, you are urged not to permit problems to develop to a point where they become serious. If you cannot resolve conflicts internally after your best efforts, they should be brought to my attention and I will work with you to find a resolution.

You will be asked to complete a peer evaluation form to evaluate the contribution of each of your group members (including your own contribution) at the conclusion of each project. If there is consensus that a group member did not contribute a fair share of work to the project, I will consider this feedback during grading.



At NYU Stern we seek to teach challenging courses that allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter. Assigning grades that reward excellence and reflect differences in performance is important to ensuring the integrity of our curriculum.

In general, students in this elective course can expect a grading distribution where about 40% of students will receive A’s for excellent work and the remainder will receive B’s for good or very good work. In the event that a student performs only adequately or below, he or she can expect to receive a C or lower.

Note that the actual distribution for this course and your own grade will depend upon how well each of you actually performs in this course.



The process of assigning grades is intended to be one of unbiased evaluation. Students are encouraged to respect the integrity and authority of the professor’s grading system and are discouraged from pursuing arbitrary challenges to it.

If you believe an inadvertent error has been made in the grading of an individual assignment or in assessing an overall course grade, a request to have the grade re-evaluated may be submitted. You must submit such requests in writing to me within 7 days of receiving the grade, including a brief written statement of why you believe that an error in grading has been made.


Professional Responsibilities For This Course




In-class contribution is a significant part of your grade and an important part of our shared learning experience. Your active participation helps me to evaluate your overall performance.
You can excel in this area if you come to class on time and contribute to the course by:




Classroom Norms


Stern Policies

General Behavior
The School expects that students will conduct themselves with respect and professionalism toward faculty, students, and others present in class and will follow the rules laid down by the instructor for classroom behavior.  Students who fail to do so may be asked to leave the classroom. 


Collaboration on Graded Assignments
Students may not work together on graded assignment unless the instructor gives express permission. 


Course Evaluations
Course evaluations are important to us and to students who come after you.  Please complete them thoughtfully.


Academic Integrity

Integrity is critical to the learning process and to all that we do here at NYU Stern. As members of our community, all students agree to abide by the NYU Stern Student Code of Conduct, which includes a commitment to:

The entire Stern Student Code of Conduct applies to all students enrolled in Stern courses and can be found here:

Undergraduate College: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/uc/codeofconduct
Graduate Programs: http://w4.stern.nyu.edu/studentactivities/involved.cfm?doc_id=102505

To help ensure the integrity of our learning community, prose assignments you submit to Blackboard will be submitted to Turnitin.  Turnitin will compare your submission to a database of prior submissions to Turnitin, current and archived Web pages, periodicals, journals, and publications.  Additionally, your document will become part of the Turnitin database.


Recording of Classes

Your class may be recorded for educational purposes


Students with Disabilities

If you have a qualified disability and will require academic accommodation of any kind during this course, you must notify me at the beginning of the course and provide a letter from the Moses Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD, 998-4980, www.nyu.edu/csd) verifying your registration and outlining the accommodations they recommend.  If you will need to take an exam at the CSD, you must submit a completed Exam Accommodations Form to them at least one week prior to the scheduled exam time to be guaranteed accommodation.


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