Top 10 Iconic moments that changed the entertainment industry.


Top 10 Iconic moments that changed the entertainment industry.

Mon, 8 Jul 2024

The entertainment industry changes constantly and quickly, evolving to reflect wider changes, from political movements to technology. These are the Top 10 iconic moments that have made a big impact over the years.

  1. The Failure of John Carter (Feb 2012). Remember that movie John Carter that cost Disney $300 million to make and was supposed to be a 3D science fiction blockbuster? No, us neither. This movie followed on from the 3D smash hit Avatar but proved that it would take more than a bit of fancy tech gimmick to make a film popular. 
  2. The Avengers signals the start of the shared film universe (May 2012). With this big superhero movie came the idea that franchises don’t have to be linear sequels but can incorporate all sorts of overlap across various different films. This opened the door to cross-selling in a big way.
  3. Netflix’s House of Cards (February 2013). This release arguably changed how we watch TV (the whole series dropped in one go) and what we came to expect from TV in the future (e.g. dialogue straight to camera).
  4. Game of Thrones Red Wedding (May 2013). This was the first moment when social networks exploded in response to a TV release. It created huge publicity at the time but, unfortunately for HBO, also meant that fans knew exactly how to come together to complain about the GoT finale years later too.
  5. #oscarssowhite (January 2015 and 2016). Activist April Reign led this movement calling out the lack of diversity at the Oscars. Today, the Academy’s new-member process has been totally refocused and new diversity goals introduced.
  6. Fortnite Battle Royale (Sept 2017). This innovative game changed the face of the gaming industry when it arrived in 2017. It combined intricate worlds, gameplay, high-level skills, humour, and action in ways that hadn’t been achieved previously.
  7. Courts support the Time Warner and AT&T merger (June 2018). Although the US Justice Department argued that this merger would put too much power in the hands of a single entertainment entity, the US courts didn’t agree. The $85 billion merger was not an antitrust concern, according to a federal court.
  8. Harvey Weinstein (October 2017). This was the point when the New Yorker and The New York Times ran articles about Harvey Weinstein, revealing decades of abuse and assault. #MeToo and #TimesUp movements were born and accountability finally arrived in entertainment.
  9. Disney buys Fox (December 2017). This acquisition paved the way for the Disney-Plus streaming service and meant that many fan favourites now came from the same place.
  10. The beginning of the end of network TV? (May 2019). It’s not definitively the beginning of the end. However, this was the point at which wildly successful network TV shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy and American Idol, started to slide, potentially indicating the start of the decline of network TV.

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