Change, Disruption And Feedback

In this episode of Context is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan and Rebecca Brayton discuss whether likeable leaders are more effective in the workplace. How do effective leaders deliver feedback? When is the right time to stop projects if they don’t meet results?

Wall Street Journal’s Sahil Patel interviews WatchMojo’s Ashkan Karbasfrooshan

On November 13, 2019, WatchMojo founder and CEO Ashkan Karbasfrooshan sat down with Sahil Patel of The Wall Street Journal for a Q&A session on:

  • all things WatchMojo,
  • the odds of survival for independent media,
  • fundraising drawbacks and trade-offs,
  • the failed pivot to video,
  • what the Deadspin writers should be doing,
  • why WatchMojo hired an investment banker, and much more!

Recorded at Betaworks Studios in New York City:

New World Order: Streaming Wars

On this episode of Business Battleground, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan discusses a major sea change in the media business that has led to a so-called “New World Order” and the streaming wars of our time. At the forefront of the competition: Netflix and YouTube, two distinct forces changing the way we think of Hollywood, and embracing AVOD and SVOD models. Where does WatchMojo find itself in the streaming wars?

Follow Your Passion: Good or Bad Advice?

In this episode of Context is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan and Rebecca Brayton discuss why the old adage of ‘following your passion’ may or may not be the best way to determine your career path. How does the rule of supply and demand impact your future?

Entrepreneurship, Depression & Suicide

In this episode of Context is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan discusses the tragic passing of a fellow entrepreneur and friend. It’s clear that founders, managers, and employees need to have meaningful conversations about mental health and wellness in the workplace. How do we find purpose in our everyday lives and where do we find it?

If you feel you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. It is a free, 24-hour hotline, at 1.800-273-TALK (8255).

Keeping The CEO Role When You Raise Funding?

In this episode of Context is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan and Rebecca Brayton explore whether or not CEOs should keep their role in their company when they raise financing from investors. Should founders step down once they sell their business, or should they remain involved?

How To Manage While Going Into Recession

In this episode of Context is King, Ashkan Karbasfrooshan and Rebecca Brayton discuss how companies like WatchMojo manage to stay afloat during potential downturns, or even through a possible recession in the near future. How does economic instability impact the ways we consume entertainment? Do you think we’re headed for a recession in 2020?

Doctor Sleep Review: A Worthy Addition to the Overlook Universe

Mike Flanagan’s adaptation pushes horror boundaries, while paying homage to “The Shining” and Stephen King’s celebrated source material

Just shy of 40 years since Stanley Kubrick’s original, modern horror master Mike Flanagan has taken on the daunting task of following up the iconic 1980 film The Shining while also adapting Stephen King’s ambitious source material. Confused yet?

While the film does have some great ideas when it comes to trying to tackle both these problems, Flanagan trying to pull off this difficult juggling act is where Doctor Sleep becomes the most muddled. Tonally the film ends up a little messy with offering audiences a punch in the face worth of nostalgia for the 1980 film, while also adding in some bizarre fantasy elements featured in the Doctor Sleep novel. On top of this, at a runtime of 152 minutes, the film could have benefitted from a bit of trimming, but by the end, Flanagan offers enough thrills and chills to make the journey worthwhile.

Apart from the slight pacing and tonal issues, Doctor Sleep proves to be one of the better Stephen King adaptations in recent years, due in large part to Flanagan’s knack for blending horror and drama. Backed up by a killer performance by Ewan McGregor and some set pieces that will stick with you long after the film closes, Doctor Sleep ends up having a lot to say about the effects that our parents have on our upbringings.

One other highlight of Doctor Sleep, is it’s willingness to push the boundaries, most notably when it comes to on screen violence. One scene in particular involving a young baseball player is sure to leave audiences a little queasy, while another scene involving a filing cabinet may remind viewers of another Stephen King classic in Gerald’s Game (also adapted by Flanagan).

Surely, Doctor Sleep won’t convince any Shining haters, but for diehard Stephen King fans, and fans of the abstract nightmare that is Stanley Kubrick’s original, Doctor Sleep is a worthy addition to the Overlook universe.