For anyone here in Southern California who follows technology and Hollywood, there’s an awareness that technology is drastically changing the way that Hollywood is operating. It’s upset distribution, production, and many other parts of the business in a major way, and people haven’t yet figured out how or when it will settle out. Jonathan Handel is an entertainment and technology attorney at TroyGould in Los Angeles, and regularly blogs at Digital Media Law and the Huffington Post, and always offers keen insight into the intersection of the two industries.
California’s economy is at war with itself. Like the Civil War almost 150 years ago, the factions are split geographically, but this time, the two sides are Northern California and Southern California—more particularly, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. This battle turns on whether it’s true that “content is king,” as many people believe, or whether content is becoming a mere commoner while the technologies that distribute it become ever more valuable. The outcome of this struggle may determine the future of the entertainment industry.