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While Hollywood Fiddles With Gigantism, Apple and Netflix Burn it Up

David Bloom

This week's frantic maneuvers between (most of) the CBS board and Shari Redstone's National Amusements remind that the owners of companies aren't always in command of that which they putatively control. More importantly, the week's court fights are yet another illustration that Hollywood's focus on gigantism has left them distracted by M&A when they could be investing and building the new businesses they'll need to compete with the giant tech competitors transforming their industry. Simply put, Hollywood's biggest guns are fiddling an ode to oversized-ness worthy of Nero.