Jason Hirschhorn, CEO of REDEF, Joins Me on Panic with Friends to Discuss Digital Content Creation and Other Media Trends (EP.142)

I was excited about having Jason Hirschhorn on the ‘Panic’ podcast and he did not disappoint. This interview turned into a two part series so lean back for this first part which covers Jason’s long history at MTV, Slingbox, News Corp and MySpace. Jason has some great stories that were fun for me to listen to because I have met a lot of the same people in my short media stint at CBS.

I have not met another person who is so passionate about movies, music and streaming.

In the second interview (live next week), Jason will cover the future of new media and streaming and the explosion of the creator economy.

Looking back from today I believe that YouTube created the first explosion in the creator economy and today it is a bunch of new media platforms combined with decentralization and tokens that will create an even bigger explosion which Jason predicts will be a ‘more equitable’ version of the creator economy.

You can listen to the first interview right here on Spotify or Apple.

For more details on Jason and this interview read on below…

Guest: Jason Hirschhorn

Profile: CEO and Chief Curator at REDEF

Where to Find Him: LinkedIn, Twitter

Fun Fact: Along with REDEF, you can read more of Jason’s thoughts on media, trends, culture, and more over on his personal website: https://jasonhirschhorn.typepad.com/

What’s the Panic About:

As a media geek, I was excited to have media legend Jason Hirschhorn on this episode. Jason has been in ‘new’ media business for a long time, holding previous presidential titles at MTV and MySpace. He’s also sat on some impressive directors and advisory boards, including MGM, Sundance Institute and Pandora. Jason has also probably watched every show across Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, or any other streaming platform you can think of. So, he’s taken his vast knowledge of the intersection of tech, media and culture to create REDEF – a curated mix of the best and smartest articles, videos, movies and music across a range of fields. Think of Jason and REDEF as like your own personal DJ, mixing the best of all the media out there for an incredibly thoughtful and engaging experience. In this episode, Jason and I go in depth about all things media, the coolest job he’s had, how to fight unfair battles and his take on streaming platforms. He also shares a story about Bono you absolutely don’t want to miss (but you’ll have to wait until the end of the episode to hear it). Enjoy!

The Takeaway:

Whether it’s a content curator like REDEF or round-ups like my Sunday Reads, it’s important that we don’t just passively consume content on the internet. Yes, it can be nice to mindlessly scroll on Twitter, but then what do we truly gain from that? Jason is a great example of how we find that balance between consuming mass quantities of content and still actively engaging with it and thinking critically about it.

Favorite Quote:

“I like to build things, not fix them.”
“I love “David and Goliath” type of fights, especially when David wins.”

Food for Thought and Note To Self:

Build the media mancave that Jason built for himself!

PS – I am now doing one ‘Panic With Friends’ podcast per week. Thanks for listening and make sure you subscribe over on Spotify or Apple.