It’s no secret that Twitter’s data has been shown to predict box office performance weeks before a movie opening. However, the company’s latest venture takes it much further back in the production cycle. Adam Bain, president of global revenue at Twitter, said he was making the rounds in the Hollywood studios recently when a producer gave him a proposal: “One studio chief said ‘This is amazing. I’ve got a film in production right now and I’m making casting decisions. What can Twitter tell me about a movie that’s going to appear two years from now?'” That led Twitter to take part in what Bain calls a Moneyball-style effort to find undervalued actors. Bain didn’t go into specifics, but said the actors are being considered not because of their follower counts, but because of their engagement. Bain declined to say which studio and which film Twitter is working with.
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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.