How has the digital revolution affected film, music and the wider entertainment industry? Has iTunes been a good thing or a bad thing for artists? And what should actors, musicians and entertainment professionals do to really utilize the web for their work?
Ariel “Ari” Emanuel addressed those questions and more in a 45-minute interview on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this week. Emanuel is the CEO of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, one of the world’s largest talent agencies. He’s represented everyone from Conan O’Brien to Martin Scorsese. He’s also the inspiration and archetype for Ari Gold, the blunt and savvy Hollywood agent in HBO’s Entourage.
Emanuel addresses everything from Apple’s dominance of the music market to the nature of content on the web. At one point, the conversation gets heated when Tim O’Reilly pushes Emanuel’s buttons over piracy and fair pricing for content.
Check out the video below if you want to learn more: