Matthew Ball is CEO of Epyllion Industries, a venture and corporate advisory firm, a Venture Partner at Makers Fund, and advisor to Telefilm Canada. From 2016-2018, he served as the global Head of Strategy for Amazon Studios, and prior to that was a Director at The Chernin Group’s Otter Media. He holds bylines at New York Times, The Economist and more.

Videos and Interviews

Marketing in the Age of the Streaming Wars

Feb. 2020

This Sundance Panel touches on how each streaming service will initially and then need to position themselves, the flaws of the “race to scale” and the overlooked importance of execution, why Disney+ was so successful, and more.

The Future of Cloud Gaming, Interactive Streaming and the Metaverse

April 2020

Insights and future predications about cloud gaming, interactive streaming and the metaverse in context of COVID-19.


Content, Cars and Comparisons in the “Streaming Wars”


Streaming content spend needs to be handicapped based on the ability of a network to create hits and a library of value. As a result, the gap between the biggest and smallest spenders is tighter than the topline numbers suggest.

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The Flaws of Subscription and SVOD Fatigue and the Streaming Wars

The most popular narratives hide the truth of competition, scalability, and monetization.

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11 Lessons from the Success of Disney+

For all of Disney’s success in the media industry and with Disney+, its SVOD lessons are remarkably conventional and broadly applicable

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“There are plenty of smart media moguls. But the smartest of them ask Matt what he thinks they should do next.”

Gady Epstein, Media Editor, The Economist

[Matthew Ball] is probably the most insightful Netflix analyst out there… I never learn so much about the media business than when I’m reading [him]”

Felix Salmon, Chief Financial Correspondent, Axios