AMC’s Sarah Barnett Fires Streaming Wars Warning: “The Magic Is In What The Algorithm Can’t Find” – TCA

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AMC’s Sarah Barnett Fires Streaming Wars Warning: “The Magic Is In What The Algorithm Can’t Find” – TCA
AMC boss Sarah Barnett has warned that the streaming wars and the drive towards data-led commissioning will hurt the quality of television.

Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios, opened the company’s afternoon of panel sessions at the Winter TCA with an eloquent and punchy take-down of big data and the increasingly global commissioning strategies of the major Svod services.

“The streaming wars have exploded and I often get asked how AMC will compete against our massively bulked up competitors and their data driven might. We think that in an industry led by volume and data-led decision making, it will hurt the quality and diversity of television and we stand to counter to that. Optimization begets imitation. If something needs to work as well in India as in America, then everything starts to look the same. If you try to talk to everyone you’re not
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