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Heinz College
Carnegie Mellon University
4800 Forbes Avenue, HBH 2204
Pittsburgh PA, 15213
Email: mds@cmu.edu
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Office: Hamburg Hall 3028
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Updates:

  • May-17: I explained the cost of piracy and whether anti-piracy legislation has an effect on consumer behavior on an episode of NPR’s Marketplace Tech.
  • April-17: My paper with Rahul Telang and Daegon Cho analyzing the impact of digitization on music concerts has been accepted for publication in Information Economics and Policy. In the paper we show that the reduction in music sales caused by digitization and piracy has led to both an increase in the number of concerts artists perform and an increase in the geographical diversity of touring locations.
  • March-17:  I will be giving a talk to open the ACA Summit 2017 session titled, “Bumpy Seas:  Leveraging Disruption in the Video Market” and participating on the panel with key players who face the challenges and opportunities of digital viewing and its marketplace.
  • March-17: Michael Smith was featured in an article by Swedish news publication IDG about the negative effects that piracy, illegal downloads, and file-sharing has on the entertainment industry.
  • March-17: Michael Smith and Rahul Telang spoke to CBC Radio about how big data is increasing creative opportunities for the entertainment industry
  • March-17: Michael Smith and Rahul Telang were featured in an article by The Shorthorn about how streaming platforms such as Netflix are significantly changing how entertainment is consumed.
  • February-17: Brett Danaher, Rahul Telang, and my article was featured in Communications of the ACM.  In our article, we conclude that the most effective response to piracy involves combined efforts from both rightsholders and governments.
  • February-17:  Rahul Telang and I discussed digital media distribution from our book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment” on a podcast episode with MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy.
  • January-17: I shared the research Seth Stephens, Hal Varian, and I did that movies that are advertised on the Super Bowl experience an increase in U.S. box office sales with Heinz College.
  • January-17: I spoke to Raw Data about the “perfect storm” of change and shift of power in Hollywood driven by big data with the rise of powerful players such as Netflix and Amazon who use customer data to create content.
  • January-17:  My paper with Seth Stephens and Hal Varian appeared in this month’s Quantitative Marketing and Economics Journal.  In the paper we show that movies that are advertised on the Super Bowl experience about an $8.4 million increase in U.S. box office sales from a $3 million Super Bowl advertisement.
  • January-17: I gave a talk to Gary’s Book Club at the 2017 Consumer Technology Association Conference on technological disruption in the entertainment industries from Rahul Telang and my book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • December-16:  Rahul Telang and I were featured in an article by CTXT, Context and Action, about big data’s impact on television.
  • December-16: My paper with Daegon Cho and Alejandro Zentner titled “Internet adoption and survival of print newspapers:  A country-level examination” appeared in Information Economics and Policy.  Our analysis shows that increased Internet adoption explains a large proportion of the recent decline in print newspaper circulation and the number of newspapers, and that Internet adoption hurts the survival of local newspapers much more than national newspapers.
  • December-16:  Rahul Telang and my book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment” was reviewed on the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Scholarly Kitchen blog.
  • November-16:  Rahul Telang and my book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment” will be showcased at Consumer Technology Association’s event, Gary’s Book Club, on January 6, 2017.
  • November-16:  I gave a talk on Rahul Telang and my book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment” to Kory French of BTR Today.
  • November-16:  Rahul Telang and my book “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment” was reviewed by Small Business Trends.
  • November-16:  I was featured in an article by The Ringer titled “How to Avoid a Box Office Disaster” on streaming services’ use of algorithms to market content to “exactly the right audience.”
  • November-16:  I gave a talk at TEDxHarvardCollege titled “Is Big Data Killing Creativity?”
  • November-16:  Brett Danaher, Rahul Telang, and I were featured in an article by The Register about our research on the effects of blocking piracy websites in the UK in November 2014 on consumer behavior.
  • October-16:  Rahul Telang and I were featured in an article by Forbes about our research on Netflix’s data-driven business model from our book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • October-16:  Rahul Telang and my book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment” was reviewed by Netopia Forum for the Digital Society.
  • October-16:  Rahul Telang and I spoke to Talks at Google about how big data is changing power in the entertainment industry from our co-authored book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • October-16:  I will be giving a talk later this month with Rahul Telang at Live Talks Business Forums on our book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • September-16:  My paper with Miguel Godinho de Matos, Pedro Ferreira, and Rahul Telang titled Culling the Herd:  Using Real-World Randomized Experiments to Measure Social Bias with Known Costly Goods appeared in Management Science this month.  In the paper, we partner with a major Cable Company to conduct a randomized field trial designed to analyze herding behavior for online movies reviews.
  • September-16:  I was interviewed by Media & Entertainment Services Alliance about my upcoming keynote presentation at the HITS Fall: Digipalooza Conference.
  • September-16:  I was featured in an article by The Wall Street Journal about my study of delaying international DVD releases after the domestic debut reducing foreign sales.
  • September-16:  I was interviewed by Fortune about the book Rahul Telang and I co-authored, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • September-16:  I was featured in an article by Fortune titled “Netflix Could Win Big at the 2016 Emmys” about Netflix’s notable contribution in creating content for entertainment.
  • September-16:  An excerpt from Chapter 11 of Rahul Telang and my book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and Future of Entertainment” was featured on the Digital Cinema Report website.
  • September-16:  Rahul Telang and my book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment” was reviewed by Copyright and Technology.
  • September-16: I was interviewed by Yahoo! Finance on how big data is disrupting Hollywood’s entertainment industry.
  • September-16:  I was interviewed by Digital Cinema Report about data challenges Hollywood studios face, and the book Rahul Telang and I co-authored, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of the Entertainment.”
  • September-16:  I was interviewed by TheStreet TV’s Gregg Greenberg about big data transforming the entertainment industry from Rahul Telang and my book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of the Entertainment.”
  • September-16:  The Financial Times published a review on the book Rahul Telang and I co-authored, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • September-16:  Rahul Telang and I were interviewed by Breakthrough Radio about data-driven marketing and our co-authored book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • September-16:  I was interviewed on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show about the book Rahul Telang and I co-authored, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • September-16:  I was interviewed by Business News Network about big data and how it is reshaping the entertainment industry.
  • September-16:  I was interviewed by Nasdaq Reads on Facebook Live about the book Rahul Telang and I co-authored, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • September-16: I discussed the book Rahul Telang and I co-authored, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment” on The Bloomberg Advantage.
  • September-16: Rahul Telang and my book, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment” was featured in an article titled “If You Want to Run an Entertainment Company, Here is Your New Bible” on the Cultural Weekly website.
  • September-16: Rahul Telang and I contributed to a piece by the Chicago Tribune titled “Should you share your Hulu, Amazon Prime passwords?”.
  • August-16: Rahul Telang and I were interviewed by The Digital Show about how big data is changing the entertainment industry.
  • August-16: Rahul Telang and I wrote a column for Publisher’s Weekly about how major publishers can use big data and bundling strategies to take control of the future of their industry.
  • August-16: Rahul Telang and I co-authored an article for the website 52 Insights titled “Why The Entertainment Industry Is Now Competing For Your Attention.”
  • August-16: Rahul Telang and I co-authored an article titled “Hollywood’s Moneyball Moment” which appeared in this month’s “ChangeThis Manifesto.”
  • August-16:  I was interviewed on NPR Marketplace Tech about my upcoming book with Rahul Telang, “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • July-16: I was interviewed by NPR Marketplace about the effectiveness of anti-piracy strategies.
  • June-16: I gave a presentation to Sony Pictures Entertainment titled “Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • June-16: I gave a presentation at Salesforce headquarters titled “The Netflix Effect:  How Technology is Changing the Business of Entertainment.”
  • June 16:  I gave a presentation at LinkedIn headquarters discussing my new book with Rahul Telang:  “Streaming, Sharing, Stealing:  Big Data and the Future of Entertainment.”
  • June-16: Brett Danaher, Rahul Telang, and I authored a blog post for the Technology Policy Institute discussing our research into two broadcast strategies for encouraging consumers to switch from pirated content to legal content.
  • May-16: Rahul Telang and I have a new research paper analyzing the impact of delayed international windows on DVD sales.
  • May-16: Brett Danaher, Rahul Telang, and I had research studying whether UK blocking was effective in driving the adoption of legal channels covered by The Australian Business Review.
  • May 16: Brett Danaher, Rahul Telang, and I had research analyzing the impact of site blocking policies in the UK featured in an article by Forbes.
  • May-16: I gave a talk on website blocking research at Harvard Business School’s Digital Initiative Discussion & Symposium.
  • April-16: Rahul Telang and I authored an entry titled “Piracy Myths Debunked” that was featured on the CreativeFuture blog.
  • April-16: I gave a keynote presentation titled “Customer Data and the Future of Entertainment” at the 2016 Cable Academy conference.
  • April-16:  Alan Montgomery, Liye Ma, and I had research mentioned by Gale Anne Hurd, Producer of The Walking Dead in an editorial on USA Today.