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9 Influencer Rep M&A Deals in 2023

Movers+Shakers Sells for $50M to Stagwell

RockWater Q4 Market Update + How to Prep for 2024

Betches Media Sells for 13.8x EBITDA + Why Supergreat Is Shutting Down

Pophouse Avicii Exhibit + Business Model of Netflix Houses

WTF Just Happened to FaZe Clan?

Wasserman Buys 3 Talent Firms in 3 Weeks

Gersh and A3 Artists in Deal Talks + Electrify Raises $85M for YouTube Rollup

Wasserman Acquires Brillstein + Personalities as the Future of Sports Media

Wasserman Buys Brillstein: Combo Logic and Talent M&A Learnings

Spotify’s $1B Podcast Bet: Mistakes & Learnings

Podcasts’ New Playbook + Prepping for 2024 M&A

19 Influencer M&A Deals Since 2019 + Hasbro Sells eOne for $500M to Lionsgate

The Math for Digital IP Roll Ups + Was $300M for Barbie a Good Investment?

Complex Has a Buzzfeed Problem + How to Value Podcast Networks

Capital Merges with Labor (LIV / PGA) + No Consensus on Livestream Commerce

How to Navigate Culture Wars + Newsletter Launches a CPG Brand

Electrify Invests in Veritasium YouTube Channel, Fanatics Pays $150M for PointsBet US

How Deion Sanders Uses Social Media to Transform College Football

India Overtakes China + Ryan Reynolds Invests in Nuvei

Ryan Reynolds Fast Follower Strategy

The Ryan Reynolds “Fast-Follower” Strategy

Path to profit

Path to Profit: Exec Playbook (Pt 2)

2023 Exec Playbook

2023 Exec Playbook: Thrive or Survive (Pt 1)

🎊Celebrating RockWater’s 2022 Client Wins and 28 Content Publishings

How Practical Are Livestream Shopping Applications for Whole Person Health & Wellness?

How Elon Musk’s $8 Blue Checkmark Subscription Strategy is a $9B Opportunity for Twitter

web3 and creator economy in esports

eSports Revenue Potential in Creator Economy and Web3 (Pt. 3)

eSports Leagues and Game Publishers – Monetization Playbook (Pt. 2)

How eSports Revenue Models Will Drive the $600B Global Sports Market (Pt. 1)

livestream commerce innovations

3 Innovations Social Incumbents Must Pursue to Win the “Livestream Commerce Wars”

What New Tech Will Solve the Challenges for US Livestream Shopping?

Livestream Commerce: How New Stakeholders Will Close the $436 Billion Gap with China

How Airbnb’s Redesign Will Grow Revenue for STVR Owners

Why Sticky Habits Will Unlock Billion $$ Potential of US Live Shopping Market

5 FAQs On Livestream Shopping

food media predictions

*A Chef’s Kiss*: How Food & Lifestyle Will Merge in 2022

2022 Prediction: Why Was $20B Invested in Sports Leagues and Teams in 2021? And What’s Next For this Soon-To-Be $825B Industry?

web3 predictions

2022 Web3 Prediction: Digital Goods with High Consumer Utility Will Rise to the Top

How Future IP Investments Will Super-Serve Under-Served Audiences, Like the 40% of Non-Whites

2021 Year In Review: Sticky Acceleration and Birth of the “Ownership Economy”

Why the “Creator Economy” is Now Worth $104 Billion (and Counting…)

Why MGM Sold for 28x EBITDA and How Private Equity Will Fund the “Bullet Makers” of the Streaming Wars

Netflix Shop and 4 Ways Streamer-Led Commerce Will Evolve

From 9-Figure Cash Grabs to Redefining Sport: The Evolution of Creator Competitions

1H 2021 Celebration

16 Podcasts, 13 Writings, and Celebrating 1H 2021

How Media Operators Capture the $60 Billion US Sports Betting Market

The Duality of Social Audio: How will the landscape unfold?

The Duality of Social Audio: Leaning In While Leaning Back

How To Buy an NFT (like an “NFTweet”)

Kids Screen Time Explodes, 20+ Deals, and How To Win the Next Generation of Viewers (and Their Parents)

2021 Predictions: How to Close the $150 Billion Livestream Commerce Gap Between US-China

2021 Predictions: Sportsbook Content Strategy for the $60 Billion Online Gambling Market

2021 Predictions: 4 New Audio Buyers + Food Commerce Gets “Re-stacked”

From Attention to Passion. A Look Back at 2020.

Surfline Gets $30 Million: Our Deal Concerns, the CEO on Growth, and the Future of Water Sports

Why Only 61% of Gen Z Watches Sports, and How to Future-Proof Sports Media by Unbundling Live Rights

How to Win the Next Frontier of Consumer Engagement with At-Home Audio (Part 2)

How 640 Million Smart Speakers by 2024 Will Reinvent At-Home Audio (Part 1)

How YouTube Is Playing Catch-Up in Online Shopping, $825 Million of Sports SPACS, Kroger’s New Ghost Kitchens

Why Every Brand Needs a Livestream Media and Selling Strategy in 2021

Explained: 4 Deals Powering the “At-Home-ification” of Stadium Foods and the War Against the Couch

How “Player Empowerment” Will Unlock Billion-Dollar Sports Brands: The Rise of Athlete Podcasters (Part 2/2)

Sports Media Enters 3rd Wave: The Rise of Athlete Podcasters as the Next Billion-Dollar Brand Builders (Part 1/2)

Why Only 10% of Beauty Sales are Online, and How to Fix the Consumer “Trust Gap”

Winning in Livestream Shopping: The RockWater Playbook (Part 2/2)

Exploding Kittens and What Surprises Us About Tabletop Games and Lo Fi Media

Can the US Replicate China’s $63B Livestream Shopping Industry?

The Future of Food & Beverage: When Will Manufacturers + Media Converge?

Profits and Purpose: Crooked Media, Black Rifle Coffee, Ben & Jerry’s

Leadership Traps and How to Discuss Racism

Leadership Principles During Crisis: How to Steer to Better Times

Winning in Nextgen Sports Media: The RockWater Playbook (Part 3/3)

Lessons from Call Her Daddy: IP, Food, Talent, Leadership

What Does Joe Rogan’s Exclusive Spotify Deal Signal for the Future of Podcasting?

How to “Follow Your Fans” – Lessons from Fortnite, NFL, WWE (Part 2/3)

Explained: Amazon (Not) Buying AMC

How Will Eko’s Litigation Against Quibi Result in Hedge Fund ROI?

How Gambling and ‘Live’ Impact Fandom, the Real Money Maker in Sports Media (Part 1/3)

How WarnerMedia’s CEO Pick Will Change the Hiring Strategy for New Hollywood

What COVID-19 Means for the Future of the Dining Ecosystem

How to Be an Industry Leader During COVID-19

Explained: The Future of Ad-Supported TV

Time Out, MeatEater, NY Times, Complex: The Role of Commerce in Food Media

Barstool Sports & The Ringer: Lessons About Growth

RockWater 2020 Predictions

Breaking Down SiriusXM Video vs. Spotify Video

KSI vs. Logan Paul Rematch: The Most Aggressive New Bet in Sports Media

Is Spotify Kids a Smart Growth Bet?

Is Nike Adventure Club, a Subscription Service for Kids, a Winning Commerce Strategy?