Legendary Entertainment: Moneyball for Motion Pictures
Legendary, the Hollywood studio responsible for such hits as Jurassic World and The Dark Knight, decides to take the marketing of its films in-house, and to market them fan-by-fan. Owner Thomas Tull acquires the big-data-in-sports firm started by Matt Marolda and appoints him to run marketing analytics for Legendary. The methods perform well in the motion picture market. Other Hollywood studios want to lease its services, and firms outside of entertainment express interest. Marolda and Tull consider setting up Legendary Analytics as an independent consulting business. At that point Dalian Wanda, China's largest entertainment and real estate conglomerate, buys Legendary. Should Marolda focus on China or the diversified U.S. market?