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Evan Shapiro on the parallels between Hollywood’s woes and his own illness

Today, we hear from Emmy-winning producer Evan Shapiro –  a former NBCUniversal and Participant Media exec turned industry luminary – about the parallels between the struggling Hollywood studio system and his own experience of cancer.

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Evan Shapiro is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer of series including Portlandia, Please Like Me and Brick City, plus movies like This Film Is Not Yet Rated – some of these titles stemming from his days as president of AMC Networks’ IFC and Sundance TV channels.

Shapiro then became chief of Pivot – the US cablenet set up by philanthropist Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media – and later went on to spearhead the launch of NBCUniversal comedy streamer Seeso.

He has since set up his own consultancy called ESHAP, taken a number of advisory roles and works as a professor for several business schools. And it’s through these activities that he became a self-styled ‘media cartographer’ – mapping the entertainment industry universe and delivering a series of lectures on how its centre of gravity has moved from Hollywood to big tech.

He delivered one such speech at the IBC broadcast and technology convention in Amsterdam last September, where he drew parallels between the struggles of the Hollywood studio system with his own experience of cancer.

With the annual US upfronts and LA Screenings here again, and high-level consolidation once more on the agenda as Paramount Global entertains offers, Shapiro spoke to Jonathan Webdale about why he believes the system is broken, how those who don’t adapt will die, and why Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon exemplify the new user-centric era.

In a wide-ranging conversation, Shapiro also shared his thoughts on why the likes of Disney’s Bob Iger and Warner Bros Discovery’s David Zaslav need to move on, his sadness at the recent closure of Participant Media and what it says about the state of the industry, and how he felt about drawing on his personal experience of cancer as a metaphor.

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