Seth Shapiro

Seth Shapiro

Seth Shapiro is a two-time Emmy® Award winner and a leading voice in digital media. His work includes projects with Disney, Comcast, Intel, IPG, Showtime, Verizon, Universal and Goldman Sachs and many others. Shapiro is Principal of New Amsterdam Media, President of Village Green Network and an Adjunct Professor at USC and a Senior Advisor to The Palmer Group.  As Head of Production at DIRECTV Advanced Services, Seth launched over 25 services including NFL Sunday Ticket Digital and TiVo by DIRECTV.  A Governor at the Primetime Emmy’s Academy of Television of Arts & Sciences, he is a Magna cum Laude graduate of NYU and author of Television: Innovation, Disruption, and the World's Most Powerful Medium (The Broadcast Age and the Rise of the Network) Volume 1 (New Amsterdam Media 2016).

The Cloud Network Era

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For the first ten years of the consumer web — circa 1994 to 2004 — internet video quality was laughable. Those of us who predicted that the Net would disrupt television were laughed at. How could a video the size of a postage stamp compete with ESPN? We queued up tiny videos to buffer on […]

Too Much TV? Depends Where You Look

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The entire digital ecosystem attends the NAB Show 2017 (April 24-27 in Las Vegas), including Broadcast, Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Telecom, Post-Production, Academia, Mobile, Houses of Worship, Advertising, Military, Government, Retail, Security, Sports, Live Events, Online Video, IT, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and so many more. Seth Shapiro, Senior Advisor, The Palmer Group, offers his […]

Gandolfini and the End of the Platinum Age

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On February 7, 1999, an anxiety-ridden thug went from padding down his driveway in a fluffy white bathrobe to garroting an enemy while his daughter interviewed for college. No one did that on television. Television was for Jennifer Aniston, for evil twins, for apartments the characters could never afford. Not for middle-aged fat men and Oedipal […]

Does Netflix’s “House Of Cards” Change Television? Yes. And No.

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Let’s break it down. 1. Exploding Commercial TV? House of Cards and Netflix have not exploded the restrictions of commercial TV (show length, plot resolution) that endured for decades. The Sopranos and HBO did that. Pre-Sopranos, a show’s hero leaving his daughter’s college interview – to murder a long-lost colleague – was unthinkable. In retrospect, it kicked […]