Watch out for big changes in the media business. First Netflix shakes up network TV status quo by launching House of Cards all at once in its entirety, and now Rovio Entertaimnet—the creators of your favorite time-kill, Angry Birds, are offering a cartoon based on their app.
With over a billion downloads, Angry Birds is one of the most profitable apps ever. Simple and addicting, people of all ages love to play it so there’s an immediate fan base already built in. Rovio plans to roll out 52 weekly episodes of the 3-minute cartoon, which you can watch from the game itself or from other-on-demand platforms.
Sidestepping regular channels of distribution seems to be the name of the game in the media industry these days. Last night we were talking to my kids about what they might like to do when they grow up. There’s just no way to predict the types of jobs they’ll be doing or the crossover they’ll experience between industries.
Every 10-year-old boy’s dream job of “video game creator” might pan out pretty well! Do you like your entertainment to come through a variety of screens or are you more old school? And what do you think about the implications of this shift in the media industry for your kids? Do you think the jobs they will end up doing even exist now?