Episode 52: Anniversary Edition

This week Jake and Hunter celebrate one whole year of successful podcasting, somehow managing hit 52 episodes in 52 weeks. To commemorate the occasion, they look back at some of the last years most defining themes and what they mean, as well as hit on all the hot Vox news. Listen in and celebrate!

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Episode 51: Antitrust And Tamagotchi

Regulation, innovation, and the end of an institution. This week Jake and Hunter hit on antitrust, Microsoft phones, and Google’s server failure, plus plenty more. There’s a lot of news this week; don’t miss a minute of it.

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Episode 50: Face Off

A picture speaks a thousand words, but now a picture and can do even more than that. Jake and Hunter break down the latest in AI fakery, its possible uses and the potential downsides as well. Plus, more streaming speculation. Check it out.

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Episode 49: On Edge On Endings

Game of Thrones: Over. Big Bang Theory: Over. Grumpy Cat: Over. This podcast? Still going strong. Jake and Hunter take on the issue of endings, with plenty of time left over to hit on a fan-favorite topic: subscription content. From HBO to Disney, big changes are coming. Tune in this week to find out what they are.


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Episode 48: New Media, New Problems

TV isn’t healthy. No, not just for you, but the industry, too. Nielsen reports bode ill for prime time, and Jake and Hunter discuss the ramifications. It gets even weirder, though, with the recent report of many New Media publishers taking a flying leap from their previous evaluations. Is nothing sacred anymore? This episode evaluates the publisher landscape, from TV to digital. Listen in!


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Episode 46: Cordcutting And Snapchatting

Where do you watch video the most? The numbers are in, and, honestly, you probably won’t be surprised. This week also examines the satisfaction of cord-cutters, the state of stats in the ad industry, and Snapchat’s surge. Don’t miss this info-heavy episode!

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Episode 45: IP Trip


Which is better, branded content or user generated content? If they hadn’t been distracted by Lord of the Rings, maybe Jake and Hunter would have been able to answer that question. Tune in this week to listen to them try and to hear the special announcement at the end of the episode.

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Episode 44: In The House Of Mouse

In this episode, Jake and Hunter get down to the minute level and look at Disney+’s proposed offering, price point, and projected future for the coming year, as well as eMarketer’s quickly changing mind on the state of Snapchat.

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Episode 43: The One About Game Of Thrones

Spring may have sprung, but winter is coming! In anticipation for the final season premiere of HBO’s smash success, Hunter and Jake are taking a producer’s look at just a few of the expenses Game of Thrones has accrued over the course of its eight year run and ask the big question: was it worth it? Plus, they also hit on Pinterest’s IPO and the EU’s passing of Article 13 AKA “The Meme Ban.” All that on this episode of the Slate and Main Podcast.

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Episode 42: Apple News And April Fools

Jake’s on vacation this week, so filling his seat is Intern Jess. She and Hunter explore video’s endangered species list, several brands’ April Fools hijinks, and Apple TV+. Then they launch into the hard work of making Jess form opinions about the complicated world of video marketing. Listen in!

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Episode 41: Spend, Trends, And Corn Syrup

This week’s episode is piled high with facts and stats, batted back and forth between co-hosts as they discuss Google’s newly announced Stadia, Amazon’s newly announced video ad options, and Netflix’s ballooning budget. And somewhere along the way, the Beer Wars make and appearance, but don’t worry- this podcast is corn syrup-free. Listen now!

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Episode 40: Spilling That OTT

No one knows the future, but it sure is fun to guess! Jake and Hunter speculate wildly about several returning topics like platform responsibility (this time for a terrorist attack) and the future of streaming, as well as new topics, such as Hollywood’s business of relationships. Listen in!

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Episode 39: Anti The Anti-Ad

Once you take a thing apart, it’s not that thing anymore. It’s now a pile of pieces, brimming with potential and meaning, but pieces nonetheless. So, what then is an anti-ad? Post-modernism has deconstructed many things, but is advertising actually one of them? Jake and Hunter discuss this, some new aspects of Disney+, and more on this episode of the Slate and Main Podcast.

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Episode 38: Hello, Fellow Kids!

Authentic. Everything has got be authentic. Brands, however, are struggling over what this actually means and how to incorporate authenticity into their marketing. The end result has been a lot of weird ads and tactics but very little relational material. Jake and Hunter use Ridley Scott, the Mona Lisa, and Fortnite to examine what’s going on and what can be done to make it better.

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Episode 37: What Is Wrong With YouTube?

Brands are pressing pause on YouTube again after allegations that their algorithm is aiding creeps on the internet watch videos. Big shock. What’s more unpleasant, though, is the creeping realization that there may not be a cure. Jake and Hunter wax conceptually about freedom, safety, and the weird place in between that society has placed YouTube. Listen now.

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Episode 36: LinkedIn Is Live And The Oscars Are Dead

Q: What do Live Video and the Oscars have in common?

A: They’re both back and no one is sure why or who asked for it.

In this episode, Jake and Hunter crawl over the value and drawbacks of live video on LinkedIn, the implications of streaming fatigue, and the yearly challenge of identifying who exactly the Oscars are supposed to be entertaining. Listen now!


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Episode 35: Turkish Airlines and Ridley Scott's Journey

Some ideas take off and never look back while others are land with all the grace of a dead duck. In this episode, Jake and Hunter discuss where on the spectrum of success to place Turkish Airlines’ #TheJourney, a Ridley Scott directed short film that previewed during the Super Bowl. Plus, they also dig in to a recent study by eMarketer on how much platforms are leaning on video ad revenue.

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Episode 34: Super Bowl Ad Autopsy

Super Bowl 53 has come and gone, and if you watched the game (there’s no shame if you turned it off) you probably also saw the ads. Whether you watched or not, there’s a conversation to be had about the state of ads in general. What better context than advertising’s biggest day of the year? Jake and Hunter have the best, the worst, and answers to the current state of creativity. Listen now!

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