Dispatch from SXSW: The Need for Impactful Entertainment Experiences

| March 15, 2017

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We are living in a world where entertainment is omnipresent. Cable networks, streaming services, gaming devices and even social platforms are constantly vying for people’s attention. This continual bombardment of content makes it difficult for entertainment brands to break through and capture the attention of current and potential viewers.

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Lucky Strike Entertainment

Lucky Strike Entertainment is the creator and operator of a variety of entertainment concepts throughout the world, featuring premium bowling, restaurants, bars, live music, dance clubs, billiards and game rooms. Lucky Strike Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Steven and Gillian Foster and Kevin Troy, with the opening of the first Lucky Strike in the heart of Hollywood. The global entertainment company continues to grow, with over twenty venues.

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IDC:AR/VR market will still see eventual growth in 2020

Article | March 23, 2020

AR/VR market will see a 10.5% decline in the first quarter of 2020, followed by a 24.1% decline in the second due to supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, according to IDC.However, IDC’s ‘Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker’ states that assuming production ramps back up by midyear, a rebound in the second half of 2020 will result in total shipments of nearly 7.1 million units for the year, up 23.6% from 2019. Long-term growth will be strong throughout the forecast period with shipments growing to 76.7 million units in 2024, resulting in a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 81.5%.

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FILM PRODUCERS FLIP BARGAINING TABLE WITH UNIONIZING EFFORT

Article | May 21, 2021

Movie producers often find themselves negotiating with talent and crew members, and/or their production union representatives, over pay and benefits. But a group of 108 producers flipped the script Thursday in announcing they were looking to form a union of their own.Higher minimum pay and health benefits were cited as the two major reasons. While the group, called the Producers Union, boasts some heavy hitters such as Chris Moore (Manchester by the Sea) and Rebecca Green (It Follows), they made it clear that the traditional image of a Hollywood producer is misleading. Many are just getting by, project to project, looking for a breakout hit to up their quote. According to a survey released this year, 41% of producers made less than $25,000 in the pre-pandemic boom times of 2019. The Producers Union has developed a constitution with provisions for dues and diversity initiatives, with the aim of eventually negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with distributors and other film financiers. Previous efforts by producers to unionize have been thwarted by the courts and the National Labor Relations Board, according to Variety, as the NLRB saw them as supervisors and employers – which creates a high barrier to organizing.

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Game (still) on: How coronavirus is impacting the gaming industry

Article | March 19, 2020

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, movie theaters shuttered, Hollywood delayed some of its biggest films indefinitely, numerous productions across movies and TV halted, and virtually every major pop culture event planned for the next couple months either shut down or picked a new date. One might imagine that videogames would be the least affected branch of the entertainment world. Self-isolating in front of the TV screen does pair well with quarantines. While the industry remains one of the few not completely stunted during these uncertain times, the coronavirus has indeed affected players, developers, and studios, both for better and worse.

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The rise of the introverted salesperson

Article | May 25, 2021

The shift to virtual selling has upended the status quo for many sales teams across the country and around the world. I firmly believe, as I’ve said before, thatnearly everything can be sold over video— and in many ways the virtual sales process makes it easier for sales reps to connect with customers and build trust.Still, there has been a great deal of resistance, and some organizations have just tried to wait it out, hoping that once COVID passed, they could go back to normal.

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Lucky Strike Entertainment

Lucky Strike Entertainment is the creator and operator of a variety of entertainment concepts throughout the world, featuring premium bowling, restaurants, bars, live music, dance clubs, billiards and game rooms. Lucky Strike Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Steven and Gillian Foster and Kevin Troy, with the opening of the first Lucky Strike in the heart of Hollywood. The global entertainment company continues to grow, with over twenty venues.

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