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Franklin Leonard

The founder and CEO of The Black List on rhetoric versus results on the path to meritocracy and true representation, international streamers and the next generation of filmmaking talent, art’s obligation to truth, and the improbably ‘perfect’ Ted Lasso

On the business of media, and beyond—through the lens of football

Julie Uhrman

The founder and President of Angel City FC on the football club as ‘platform’, maintaining a shared vision among stakeholders, sponsorship innovation, and a media- and tech-forward approach to a purpose-driven enterprise.

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Gay Footie: A Primer

An essay by Simon Doonan

Back Line

Tim Brown

The Allbirds co-founder/co-CEO on tackling carbon emissions and setting an industry standard with Adidas, the imperative of collective action, and how far business and government have come on sustainability in just a year’s time.

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Uzodinma Iweala

The Beasts of No Nation and Speak No Evil author on his new film, Waiting for Hassana, and nascent media enterprise, Ventures Africa.

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Foresight is 20/20

On risk—in the wake, and on the cusp, of industry gut checks. 

Analysis & Commentary

Benny Tran

The LAFC VP of Corporate Strategy and Development on the organization’s stakes in the historic Master Plan for the ‘crossroads of Los Angeles’—Exposition Park.

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Damian Lewis

The producer and Billions actor reflects on his affection for Liverpool FC, recounts a brush with a former CIA Director, mulls a Russia boycott, and reminisces about a tuna melt from a bygone Williamsburg.


Screen Capture

A flyaround of stories from the media-sphere shows a bumper yield of creative storytelling, suggests a soccer content land grab, and underscores an industry in rapid transition.

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Christopher Vollmer

The global leader of Media and Entertainment at PwC’s Strategy& on football’s strong position, the future of streaming, and why the sports media rights bubble might not pop. 

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Jonathan Emmett

The Gensler principal and global Sports practice lead on 21st-century sporting venues, and the groundbreaking Banc of California Stadium in the context of a rapidly changing downtown Los Angeles.



A day in the life of the California-born global creative agency.

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Kicking the Suburbs Out of the American Game

Street culture lights the way to a new soccer economy, contends Matt Jarvis, CEO of 72andSunny and founder of Electric Futsal.

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Bill Bratton

The chairman of Teneo Risk and former head of the Los Angeles and New York City Police Departments, on stadium safety and security in the 21st century.

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Blue Sky Thinking

A coalition led by New York City FC and Mayor Bill de Blasio revives idle public space to create a network of small-sided pitches throughout the five boroughs.

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Rob Reilly

The global creative chairman for McCann Worldgroup, among Ad Age’s ‘Creativity 50’ for 2016, on the changing world of advertising, the benefit of being nice, and why West Ham needs to win.

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Stephen Plumlee

The R/GA Ventures Managing Partner, R/GA Global COO, and twenty-year veteran of the firm on what makes his practice tick, and why football is prime for collaboration. 

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Richard Brown

The Catch-22, Outlaw King, and True Detective producer on revolutionary television, the new streamer paradigm, making the call to Clooney, and the Mourinho and Barça films that nearly were.


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