When television came in, everybody thought that was the end of the movie business, which was not and is not.

— Henry Blodget

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The definition of strong leadership is not about making decisions that are popular. Making popular decisions is easy - you don't need to be a leader to do that. The definition of strong leadership is to make decisions that are unpopular, but are nevertheless sound.

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In the era of networks only, I cannot tell you the number of shows that we don't know about that did not survive. They got canceled. But there are a few that survived by accident, because they didn't have anything else to do, and they stayed with it.

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People have been predicting the death of television for 20 years now, and so far it's been entirely wrong. But it does seem viewership habits are starting to change.

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Television is like the movie business.

It's not the least-objectionable program - it's the best program that gets positioned. Same in the movie business. It's not just everything automatically gets done by the "in" crowd.

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The tech folks have seen WiFi as the way to untether.

And what better reason to untether than entertainment content? So there's nobody better positioned than the in-home Wi-Fi purveyor.

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Almost any show that has reviewers behind it, Rotten Tomatoes behind it, will find a way to survive.

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Arrogance follows distribution strength.

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Some things go slow, slow, slow, and then - wham! - they're over.

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There's too much bad. The worst is mediocre. Bad is easy. There's high quality, there's pornography, and then there's bad.

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Television is not hurting. Television is in fantastic shape. It's just a golden age for other people.

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This sounds crazy, I know, but you can make a billion dollars - very few people do - but you can make a billion dollars on a product. It can be "Lion King," it can be "Simpsons," it can be "Family Guy," who knows what it is. Or you can make zero. But you can't make a billion dollars if you don't own it.

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Pornography works to a degree, high quality works, bad is obvious.

Nobody goes for bad. The terrible middle ground is the mediocre. That was kind of the essence, in a way, of broadcast television when there were only three channels.

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About Henry Blodget

Quotes 25 sayings
Profession Editor
Birthday 1966

[T]here's a difference between confident leadership and empty-headed delusion or cheerleading. And this is a difference that many CEOs miss.

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Some people have made a fortune by being employed.

Jerry Bruckheimer does not own his content. Warner Bros. owns his shows. They are on CBS, and he makes a fortune.

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Digital advertising is now larger than TV.

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It's very hard to be good. It is self-destructive thinking to think that there is too much good.

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Everything I have is a private company.

And even though a public company's a great thing, it's great for financing and all of the stuff you need to do. I'm not answering to anybody but my wife and my children and the people who work for me, and my partners.

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I'm no expert in vibrators, but I was surprised to learn that one could fit in that little box.

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The first reaction is, get defensive. Second reaction is, what are we going to do about it?

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I think the water cooler is more important than ever.

"Oh, did you hear that 'Inside Amy Schumer' is fabulous?" Where do you find it? It's on Netflix, it's on iTunes, it's on places nobody ever heard of five years ago.

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You have to have a business model you believe in and like.

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People don't have to go to cable news or network news.

Live sports is the one of many things that's kind of community television. There are a lot of people who still tune in to "Sunday Night Football" or "Thursday Night Football" the way they did before.

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The content defines the platform, so whereas when I was working at ABC from '66 to '76, people said it was the "great wasteland." It was the least-objectionable program that succeeded. It was, if you could get behind "All in the Family," you were successful.

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It's all about who your team is and who your people are.

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