NYU Stern School of Business

Undergraduate College

MKTG-UB.0046.001 (C55.0046): GLOBALIZATION OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

Fall 2011

Instructor Details

Lieberman, Alvin

alieberm@stern.nyu.edu

212-998-0548

Wed 1:00-3:00 pm & by appointment

40 West 4th Street, Room 903

 

Course Meetings

T, 3:30pm to 4:45pm

Tisch T-UC21


Final Exam:

Schedule exceptions
    Class will not meet on:
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Course Description and Learning Goals

This is an elective course for the Undergraduate student in the BEMT minor program.  It will provide students with a framework for understanding the dimensions of globalization achieved by the Media and Entertainment companies and their system for expansion worldwide.  The significant impact on the US economy is due to the export growth of American leisure products and services.  The Entertainment & Media Industries course MKT.UG.0040 is recommended as a core course for the BEMT minor specialization.

The course will analyze the strategy of several of the leading multi-national EMT conglomerates and the development of various sectors of the Entertainment, Media & Technology industries within the five world economic zones, Europe, Pacific Rim, Latin America, Middle East, and North America.  We will also examine emerging markets, including Eastern Europe, South Africa and Russia.

We will selectively cover movies, home video, network broadcast in TV and radio, music, cable, live entertainment, legitimate theater, sports, and theme parks and their development in the major countries worldwide.

We will also explore the impact of technology on the entertainment companies operating in most countries  with a comparison of these companies from country to country. We also include the importance of culture, and the responsibilities of cultural ministers in administering these industries.  We emphasize a critical analysis  of  the disparity between have's and have- nots, lower income vs. middle  income regarding new media (i.e. computers, cell phones, cable tv,  wireless) particularly in Latin America: the Middle East and  developing nations

 

Course Objectives

To provide students with an overview through case studies, lectures and readings of the importance of worldwide expansion for the American entertainment industries, and the opportunities for foreign multinational EMT companies to export leisure products and services to North American consumers.

To examine multi-media companies’ international growth, the relationship of this development to the political, social and economic changes taking place in countries around the world (due to increased GNP’s, a rising middle class, and the growth of discretionary spending and leisure time).

As an example of the far reaching influence of the emerging EMT multinationals, we will explore the Chinese entertainment industry, the new consumer for leisure time products, and the transition from a closed society with few rules, covering intellectual property distribution, to the expansion and change of the Chinese media and telecommunication industries necessary for world power status.

 

Required Course Materials

Available at the Professional Bookstore, HBS Course Case Pack: TARA SWANN, Nickelodeon Latin America, ZEE TV, India, Google in China, Microsoft in Korea

Handouts, Articles, Lecture Notes

 

Assessment Components

Cases                                   20/20%

    Class participation                   10%

    Paper/Presentation                 30/20%

                                             Total    100%

 

Course Outline

WEEK          DATE                                                  SUBJECT

     1        Sept. 06    GLOBAL OVERVIEW OF THE ENTERTAINMENT &   MEDIA  SECTORS

Introduction and Framework for Course

Definitions/Economic Factors

Trans National Media Companies

Student Teams/Projects

2.      Sept. 13     EUROPE I:  Continued Growth in English Speaking Countries (UK, Ireland , Wales, Scotland)         

Is the BBC keeping up with modern technology? Who is providing the direction for web based television, downloading programs? What has been the impact of the new cable channels on the basic British Networks? Discussion on ITV, Granada, Rank, Acorn Media, Covent gardens- West End, Live Theater

Music sales are facing the same issue of declining CD sales –where is the British music scene? How has Murdoch’s Sky TV DBS system changed the viewing habits of the European consumer?

Why has British TV Entertainment suddenly become a successful US import?  Are American movies and tv programs still a major part of British entertainment? What is BAFTA?

How much power and  control over media & entertainment is vested in  the     Office of Communications (OFFCOM)

3       Sept. 20EUROPE II:  Mediterranean Countries: France & Italy

                                  Disney Paris                                   

Is French Cinema fading  or is it just poor marketing? Who are the leading auteurs in France, Why is the Cannes Film Festival so important and the Deuville FF not so important? What are the mistakes Disney made with DisneyParis?

Now that Berlesconi is once again  prime minister, how has Italian  public television expanded in quality and content? Where is Berlesconi’s Media and Entertainment Empire headed? Why is RAI TV, the public television network asking for producing credits in film? Who is funding Italian movies? Will the Rome Film Festival eventually replace the Venice Film Festival?

Sept. 20: ARTICLE ON GLOBAL MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT OR TECHNOLOGY

FROM THE ECONOMIST, FINANCIAL TIMES, NYTIMES OR WSJ

ONE PAGE – 3 PARAGRAPHS REVIEW - ANALYZE

THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

4          Sept. 27   EUROPE III:  Germany & Spain

Germany:  Why did the Kirsch Media company fail? Who owns the  ProSieben cable channel, and what do they plan to do with it, in the  face of heavy competition in German cable What are the Monn families  plans for the privately held Bertelesmann company , now that it is the leading worldwide publisher. Is the Springer Newspaper Empire poised to expand into new media?  

 Spain:  What is the impact on Spanish media as television programming has expanded, and advertising has been allowed?   Is Spain the new frontier for new wave Movies, and how will they market this genre? Does the powerful Spanish Telecom company “Telefonica” have designs on the cable industry? Is Architecture in Spain really destination entertainment?              

5.         Oct. 04     MERCOSUR COUNTRIES –

                        Brazil, Argentina & Venezuela

Has Brazil become too passive about exporting its huge entertainment and media business? The export of Brazilian music continues or is it less important? What is the impact of Carnivale on the culture of the country? Who is making, selling and exporting Brazilian telenovelas

Can the big two in South America create an Entertainment and Media power and build their business in Europe, Mexico, and the US? Is the middle class growing sufficiently to fuel the Home Video and CD markets? Is the PC, Internet, and Home Shopping making any inroads or is it still too expensive.

Has Argentina become the headquarters for many multi-natonal Companies, including Disney, FOX, Universal, Warner/ What is the threat to the domestic media conglomerates,  CLARIN and Telefe. Can an independent like  RGB entertainment productions thrive and prosper,  and how successful have they become?

Case #1 TARA SWANN: Nickelodeon in Latin America

Due Oct.04

October 11 NO CLASS University Day

THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

6             Oct. 18  NAFTA  COUNTRIES

Mexico & Hispanic Media in Worldwide Expansion:

Canada’s Identity Crises      

What has been the impact of NAFTA on Mexican entertainment and Cable TV? What is the challenge to Ascaraga’s TV Empire? Televisa and Azteca are large conglomerates with a great deal of political clout? Can they export product to the US?  Is entertainment a vehicle for  change in Mexico?

Canadais a country divided by language, culture, and affiliations with France and England. However, the US is a looming presence. There are large companies to be studied. Why are US movies being made in Canada? Are they content to be overrun by US  media and entertainment product, or can they  navigate their own identify?

7          Oct. 25     EMERGING COUNTRIES: Eastern Europe

Is Eastern Europe the next Entertainment frontier? Why are American movies being made in Prague?     Making movies with private/public funds.  What are the differences or similarities between Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, etc.

                        TERM PAPER outlines Oct .25

8          Nov 01     MIDDLE EAST: Focus on India, Dubai & Israel

                                    Impact of Customs, Cultures & Religion  

India: What are the problems and opportunities. Bollywood – 2000 films a year, and no export? Is it changing? What are reasons for the  growth of a major music industry? Export of film and programming to expatriates is a revenue stream.

Dubai: Is there a future for the Media City – who is the competition

Israel:  The Film Festival establishes the imprint of films made in Israel to large audiences in the US both in New York and Los Angeles. American, and European programming dominate the tv channels content.

Case # 2:  Discussion of ZEE TV, INDIA Due Nov 01   

9.        Nov. 08          Scandanavia: Sweden, Denmark, Norway

The Bonnier company is a mini entertainment conglomerate. How did it grow in such a small country? What was the impact of changing network television from preventing advertising to moving ads to television. Where did the idea of a free subway newspaper come from?

Digital revolution started here with Ericson and Nokia.

THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

9          Nov 15     ASIA I:  Japan and the Asian Nations

Is Kiretsu still a strong force in the Home Entertainment & Media industries. Why was Gadzilla a Success at Home and Failure Abroad ? How important is Anime in the rest of the world? What is holding SONY back from its once dominant position? What are Disney’s plans  for the distribution of Japanese animation feature films?  How important are the Advertising agencies in media and entertainment? Is reading Shimbum a national habit that has not disappeared or is OnLine a factor?

 

Nov 15   Hand in Case # 3 and 4:  Google in China

& Microsoft in Korea

 

Nov. 22           NO CLASS   Thanksgiving Holiday   

10          Nov. 29  ASIA II:  China and its Partners

Olympics 2008, The WTO, Foreign Films?

Will the China-Hong Kong combination create a Media and Entertainment Superpower?  What are Rupert Murdoch’s plans following his acquisitions in Star TV Asia? Is music a local artist phenomenon in Asia, or are American live concerts fueling the CD industry?  What are the new issues regarding intellectual property rights in China?  What are the by- products of The  Disney/Japan theme park in Tokyo’s success? How does  it compare with Universal in Osaksa

Nov 29                       TERM PAPERS DUE

11        Dec. 06     PRESENTATIONS   Teams: 12-15 minutes each 

12        Dec. 13        PRESENTATIONS   Teams: 12-15  minutes each

                                                 

 

Grading

At NYU Stern we seek to teach challenging courses that allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter.  In general, students in undergraduate core courses can expect a grading distribution where: 

Note that while the School uses these ranges  as a guide, the actual distribution for this course and your own grade will depend upon how well  you actually perform in this course.

 

Re-Grading

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

Attendance

 

Participation

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:

 

Assignments

 

Classroom Norms

 

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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.

 

Assignments

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Two Cases for each student. No case write-up should exceed two pages.   Every student is expected to read all the cases so we can have an interesting and informed discussion.                                                                             These are not meant to be essays and can be answered with phrases, sentences, or charts.  Please make sure to use the Question numbers, so we can see what you are answering. We will ask students to provide some insights to the case and gain class participation.

 

GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT

 

  1. All papers are to be typed, double spaced.  

 

TERM PAPER: Fifteen (15) pages plus appendix, charts, bibliography

PRESENTATIONS: Team presentations of :15 minutes with Power Point slides or Overheads. Timing and the essence of the reports is essential. Six – Eight slides maximum.

 

  1. Please take time to organize your work so that it is clear and concise.  Your opening statement should be an introduction, which states what, your objective is and what you’re going to discuss.  The main body should present your findings in a logical and straightforward way.  Summarize your findings or recommendations at the end in a conclusion.  Break up your work into subheadings.

 

  1. Make sure that your work is proofread and edited. 

 

  1. Some of you may want to use your work as a tool to help you in your career planning.  This can be a very persuasive “calling card.”  It’s well worth your time to develop this assignment into something you can use beyond this course.

 

  1. Your assignment is expected to reflect your understanding and comprehension of the material covered in this course.  This includes all the readings, supplementary handouts, and the lectures.  Most of the detailed information concerning the various aspects of the course is contained in the syllabus .  Your assignment should represent the cumulative work product of this course and incorporate that information.

 

  1. The assignments are due on the classes noted in the syllabus, so please review carefully.   Late assignments will have grade penalties

 

 

THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

 

                        TERM PAPER

 

TEAM COUNTRY/COMPANY PAPER

 1. BACKGROUND OF THE COUNTRY AND THE COMPANY

2. WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE COMPANY

3. WHAT ARE ITS CORE COMPETENCIES

4. WHAT ARE THE MAIN PROBLEMS THEY ARE FACING

5. WHAT IS THEIR TRANSNATIONAL ACTIVITY, i.e.,  IN WHAT OTHER COUNTRIES ARE THEY DOING BUSINESS

6. WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE COMPANY

7.   CONCLUSIONS,EXECUTIVE SUMMARY,  RECOMMENDATIONS

 

 

                                    POSSIBLE TEAMS (suggested)

  1. SCANDANAVIA – DENMARK, SWEDEN, NORWAY
  2. RUSSIA
  3. PACIFIC RIM: AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND
  4. SMALLER  Latin America: CHILE, PERU, COLUMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
  5. CENTRAL AMERICA: ECUADOR, PARAGUAY, COSTA RICA
  6. ASEAN COUNTRIES: MALAYSIA, INDONESIA, PHILLIPINES
  7. JAPAN
  8. CHINA+ MACAO
  9. TAIWAN
  10.  KOREA
  11.  HOLLAND &SWITZERLAND
  12.  ENGLISH SPEAKING EUROPE: IRELAND, SCOTLAND & WALES
  13.  ISRAEL + GREECE + TURKEY

 

Case Questions

questions “tara swan @ nickelodeon latin america”

 

  1. explain the “big bets” strategy – evaluate if it was a success or a failure, list the pro’s and con’s
  2. what were key ingredients of  swann’s business plan for launching nickelodeon in latin america?
  3. what were the weaknesses in the launch strategy?
  4. why did bryne have to be replaced?
  5. analyze tara’s personnel selection and recruiting process
  6. what were swann’s personal strengths?
  7. what is the creative portfolio on which nickelodeon was based?
  8. assess tara’s willingness to stay in bed and still run nickelodeon while waiting to give birth.
  9. evaluate the total continent “pan-latin america program : vs. a single country plan.

 

 

2. MUST ZEE TV (HBS)

  1. what are the challenges facing ZEE TV?
  2. how did ZEE achieve its success?
  3. what part did the Government play in TV development in the past? what is the Government’s role today?
  4. who is the competition?
  5. what are the opportunities for ZEE in the future?
  6. what are the unique characteristics of India that help and hurt a television company?
  7. what are the plans for  content, distribution and export/import of the programming?
  8. what are your recommendations for this company

 

3. Google In China Questions

 

  1. how does google define itself –i.e. what is its core competency?
  2. how has google evolved into a monolithic corporation?
  3. what does their mission statement “do no evil”mean and how does that principle impact doing business with china?/
  4. what was the key issue or problem identified by google that caused the major problem and crises related to continuing to do business in china?
  5. who is the major chinese competitor to google?
  6. do you think google was correct in making a public announcement/threat to the chinese government?
  7. is the china market viable for google?

THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES

 

4. The xbox launch in Korea Questions: STANFORD CASE

 

a. What is the basic problem that Microsoft is facing in Korea?

b.Where has Microsoft been successful with Xbox?

c.Analyze the research in detail and explain the findings?

d.What is missing from the research?

e.Who are the major competitors, what is the competitive advantages or disadvantages of Xbox vs the competition.  Provide a SWOT analysis.

f.What should Microsoft do next? Recommendations



 

 

CASES/ASSIGNMENTS

DUE DATES

Reminder

TARA SWANN & Nickelodeon

10/04

A -L

ZEE TV

11/01

M- Z

Google in China

11/15

A- L

Microsoft/XBOX in Korea

        11/15

M-Z

Term Papers Due

11/29

All Teams

Presentations

  12/06, 12/13

All Teams

 

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