Derek Thompson explains how major creative industries work.

The Economics of the Film, Book, and Music Industries

The Economics of the Film, Book, and Music Industries

Slate’s weekly business and finance podcast.
Feb. 11 2017 2:02 AM

The Creativity Edition

Slate Money discusses the economics of the film, book, and music industries with Derek Thompson.


Listen to Episode No. 144 of Slate Money


On Cathy’s final episode, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann chat with Derek Thompson, author of Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction. They decipher what it takes to produce a hit in three major creative industries, including:

  • film and television
  • book publishing
  • music

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Production by Zachary Dinerstein.

Cathy O'Neil is a former hedge fund quant and blogger at

Felix Salmon is a journalist.

Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.