NEW ZEALAND: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Avatar are Hollywood box-office hits made in New Zealand. The economy’s small size prompted some of its best minds to emigrate in the past. Now, the nation’s international ambition in movies, TV, music, games and sport is luring in talent at home and abroad
RIDLEY SCOTT ASSOCIATES: This UK production powerhouse co-founded by and named after the Hollywood filmmaker has worked with the best in global entertainment and brands, including Daniel Craig, Lady Gaga, Kathryn Bigelow, BMW and Sony. Head of sales Damiano Vukotic discusses filmmaking’s future in digital media
BERTELSMANN: Europe’s biggest media conglomerate is nearly two centuries old, and continues to rely mostly on old media for its revenues. But it declared war in the digital space when it recently agreed for subsidiary Random House, the world’s biggest consumer-book publisher, to merge with the iconic Penguin Books. Its ethos: to win in the age of e-books, tablets, smartphones and anything else, you need the best creative content
THE BILLION DOLLAR BLAST: David Grover is the kind of money man the international media industry loves. ING Bank’s head of media finance handles media-investment opportunities for the billion-dollar financial group. In MTF’s fantasy game, see why his imaginary no-expenses spared dinner guests would include Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Vincent van Gogh, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Elon Musk
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