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What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

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What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? Peter Kafka, one of the media industry's most acclaimed reporters, talks to business titans, journalists, comedians and podcasters to get their take. Produced by Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Language:

English


Episodes

Apple and Facebook's ambitious audio plans

4/20/2021
Apple’s selling podcasts. Facebook wants to distribute podcasts - and take on Clubhouse, too. It’s been a busy couple days for big tech and audio, so Vox Media producer Zach Mack stopped by to talk to Recode’s Peter Kafka and sort through the news. What does all of this mean for creators? What about listeners? And what happens next? Featuring: Zach Mack (@zachthemack), Senior Producer for the Vox Media Podcast Network Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode More to explore:...

Duration:00:24:15

Substack’s next target: Local news

4/15/2021
Substack is known for recruiting high profile writers to leave the big name publications and start their own newsletter businesses. Now it wants to recruit writers you haven’t heard of, and get them to cover local news. Cofounders Chris Best and Hamish McKenzie talk to Recode’s Peter Kafka about their plans — as well as criticism and controversy their startup has kicked up in the last year. Featuring: Chris Best (@cjgbest) Co-Founder of Substack Hamish McKenzie (@hamishmckenzie) Co-Founder...

Duration:00:41:43

How Hollywood and the NBA are betting on NFTs

4/13/2021
NFT’s have been rising in popularity in recent months with franchises like the NBA partnering with Roham Gharegozlou’s Dapper Labs to create Top Shot, or UTA’s Brent Weinstein assisting entertainers to take advantage of it as well. Recode’s Peter Kafka speaks to both of them about their journey getting into NFT’s and blockchain, as well as The Verge’s Mitchell Clark who breaks down the industry as a whole. Featuring: Roham Gharegozlou (@rohamg) , CEO of Dapper Labs Mitchell Clark...

Duration:01:17:32

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar on a wild first year on the job

4/8/2021
Warner Media CEO Jason Kilar started his job in the middle of a global pandemic. Things got even weirder after that. Kilar talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about his controversial plan to stream big movies on HBO Max, and how he’ll change that in 2022. Plus thoughts on sports, CNN, and Amazon, where he got his start. Featuring: Jason Kilar (@jasonkilar), CEO of Warner Media Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode More to explore: Subscribe for free to Recode Media, Peter Kafka,...

Duration:00:50:21

Media Merger Mania with Axios’ Dan Primack and WSJ’s Ben Mullin

4/1/2021
Why is every digital media company talking about a SPAC? Why now? And what, exactly is a SPAC? Axios’ Dan Primack and WSJ’s Ben Mullin talk to Recode’s Peter Kafka about the wave of deal-making, what it means, and how long it will last. Featuring: Dan Primack (@danprimack), Business Editor at Axios Ben Mullin (@BenMullin), Media Reporter at The Wall Street Journal Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode More to explore: Subscribe for free to Recode Media, Peter Kafka, one of the...

Duration:00:38:00

The rise and maybe fall of YouTube star David Dobrik; inside Facebook with the Markup’s Julia Angwin

3/25/2021
David Dobrik was one of YouTube’s biggest stars. Now his career is in peril after an expose by Business Insider’s Kat Tenbarge; she talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka to talk about her story. Then The Markup’s Julia Angwin talks about her site’s efforts to peer into Facebook’s black box and an update on her non-profit newsroom. Featuring: Kat Tenbarge (@kattenbarge), Reporter for Business Insider Julia Angwin (@JuliaAngwin), Editor-In-Chief of The Mark Up Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior...

Duration:00:51:24

How Christina “Tinx” Najjar became a TikTok star overnight

3/18/2021
Like many of us last year, Christina “Tinx” Najjar decided to download TikTok on a whim. Unlike many of us, she has become a TikTok star, with close to a million followers and lots of brands knocking on her door. She sits down with Recode’s Peter Kafka to detail her journey on how she did it. Then Vox’s Rebecca Jennings joins Peter to break down the business and economics of being an influencer. Featuring: Christina "Tinx" Najjar (@itsmetinx), Comedian and Social Media Influencer Rebecca...

Duration:00:50:04

How did - and didn’t - the pandemic transform media?

3/11/2021
The pandemic changed everything - including the media landscape. What happens when things get back to mostly normal? ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, The Verge’s Bijan Stephen, and Lightshed’s Rich Greenfield talk about the way big-time sports, streaming, TV, movies, and gaming all responded to the pandemic, and predict what happens next. Featuring: Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN), NBA Reporter for ESPN Bijan Stephen (@bijanstephen), reporter for The Verge Rich Greenfield (@RichLightShed), General...

Duration:01:19:00

Fubo TV is a Reddit meme stock. CEO David Gandler has bigger ambitions.

3/8/2021
Fubo TV wants to take on the giants in streaming and in sports betting. Investors have sky-high expectations and skeptics think it will never work. Fubo TV CEO David Gandler talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about the way his company has evolved since he founded it in 2015, and what it’s like to run a public company in the Gamestop/Reddit age. Featuring: David Gandler (@davidgandler), Co-Founder & CEO of Fubo TV Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode More to explore: Subscribe for...

Duration:00:45:41

Have we hit peak streaming? + NYT’s Kevin Roose on his new book “Futureproof”

3/4/2021
Paramount Plus and Discovery Plus are the latest, and perhaps the last big streaming services to launch in a very crowded market. Recode’s Peter Kafka asks The Verge’s Julia Alexander to assess the new entrants and the overall state of the Streaming Wars. Then, New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose talks about his latest book, Futureproof: Nine Rules For Humans In The Age of Automation. It’s a guide to thriving - or at least surviving - in a fast-approaching future where technology will...

Duration:00:57:24

Australia vs. Facebook; Al Madrigal means business about All Things Comedy

2/25/2021
Facebook and Google faced off against Australia and Rupert Murdoch. Who won? Recode’s Peter Kafka asks his colleague Sara Morrison to explain. Then, comedian and actor Al Madrigal stops by to discuss his career in stand-up comedy; what it’s like to make TV shows during a pandemic, and how he started the very popular All Things Comedy podcast network with fellow comedian Bill Burr. Featuring: Sara Morrison (@SaraMorrison), reporter at Recode Al Madrigal (@almadrigal), Comedian, Podcaster,...

Duration:00:45:28

Pandora founder Tim Westergren on the future of streaming

2/18/2021
Pandora founder and former CEO Tim Westergren is back in the music business with Sessions, a live-streaming service well-timed for the pandemic. He talks with Recode’s Peter Kafka about what happens when people start seeing live shows in person again - and the lessons he learned running a music service that used to be ubiquitous, but got side-swiped by Spotify and the on-demand era. Featuring: Tim Westergren (@timwestergren), founder of Pandora & co-founder of Sessions Host: Peter Kafka...

Duration:00:37:37

New York Times CEO Meredith Levien on the future of news, and her newspaper

2/11/2021
The New York Times has a thriving subscription business, award-winning journalism - and a staff that increasingly turns to Twitter and Slack to express its dissatisfaction. CEO Meredith Kopit Levien talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about managing all of that. This interview was recorded at Digital Content Next’s virtual summit. Featuring: Meredith Levien (@meredith_levien), CEO at The New York Times Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode More to explore: Subscribe for free to...

Duration:00:42:32

How To Make An Influencer In America with Nick Bilton

2/4/2021
Can you make someone famous on the internet by buying their fame? Journalist Nick Bilton tries to do just that in “Fake Famous”, a new HBO documentary. Bilton talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about bots, the influencer economy, and why he’s more convinced than ever that social media has outlived its usefulness. Featuring: Nick Bilton (@nickbilton), director of Fake Famous Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode More to explore: Subscribe for free to Recode Media, Peter Kafka, one...

Duration:00:40:35

Andrew Ross Sorkin on Gamestop, Robinhood, Reddit and how to fix the system.

2/3/2021
CNBC host and New York Times journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin sits down with Recode’s Peter Kafka to recap a wild week on Wall Street for Gamestop, Robinhood, and a lot of small investors. What happens next? Was this a one-off for the Reddit crowd, or will we see repeats? And what kind of steps should business and investing leaders take to make the system fairer? Also: The origin story behind Showtime’s Billions. Featuring: Andrew Ross Sorkin (@andrewrsorkin), NYT Columnist and Co-Host on...

Duration:00:39:33

How Jessica Lessin got people to pay for The Information

1/28/2021
In 2013, Jessica Lessin left her job as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal to start The Information, a subscription-based business publication. 7 years later, it’s thriving, and she’s more convinced than ever that her model can work for other publishers. Lessin sits down with Recode’s Peter Kafka to weigh to talk about what she’s learned, what she thinks about the Substack movement, and her concerns about tech leaders’ attempts to end-run journalists. Featuring: Jessica Lessin...

Duration:00:41:57

Trump vs the Press - a final report card from Jay Rosen

1/21/2021
The mainstream press spent the last four years trying to figure out how to report in the Trump era? NYU journalism professor joins Recode’s Peter Kafka to discuss the highlights and lowlights, and what political journalism in the Biden era should look like - what it might look like. Plus: Apple is talking about selling podcast subscriptions. How do you do that? Figure Four Online/Wrestling Observer’s Bryan Alvarez explains. Featuring: Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu), Journalism professor at NYU...

Duration:00:50:48

What the Capitol Riot tells us about online power

1/14/2021
It’s going to take a long time to come to grips with the January 6 Capitol Riot and what happened in its wake, but let’s start trying. Recode’s Peter Kafka talks to the New York Times’s Kevin Roose about big tech’s power and responsibility - and whether it is going to have accountability. And NBC’s Ben Collins provides an update on Qanon, the online cult that had a very large hand in the violence in Washington. Featuring: Kevin Roose (@kevinroose), Tech Columnist for The New York Times Ben...

Duration:00:49:18

Behind the making of The Dissident, the movie about Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

1/7/2021
Director Bryan Fogel’s first documentary, Icarus, won an Oscar. His next effort, The Dissident, details the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Fogel talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about why and how he made the movie - and why he thinks Hollywood and big tech companies didn’t want to distribute it. Featuring: Bryan Fogel (@bryanfogel), Director Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode More to explore: Subscribe for free to Recode Media, Peter Kafka, one of...

Duration:00:43:22

Zach Seward started Quartz, sold it, and bought it back. Now what?

12/31/2020
Zach Seward co-founded Quartz, the brainy business news site, in 2012. Six years later, it had a new owner, and two years after that, Seward bought it back. Now he’s trying to maintain Quartz’s inventive spirit while getting it on firmer financial ground; he talks to Recode’s Peter Kafka about what he got right early on, what he missed, and what he wants to do in 2021. Featuring: Zach Seward (@zseward), Co-Founder & CEO of Quartz Host: Peter Kafka (@pkafka), Senior Editor at Recode More to...

Duration:00:41:03