Insights Interview: James Petretti, SVP, Research & Analytics, Sony Pictures TV

In our recent insights interview, we sat down with James Petretti,
Senior Vice President, U.S. Research and Analytics to discuss how to reach the new
age media consumer.
Here’s what Petretti had to say:
What is the state of
the media research industry in 2017?
Petretti: Media Research is more complicated than ever
before ‘ more platforms, more channels, more kinds of content and more measures
than ever before ‘ the different types of data sets, and sheer amount of it
that  we are required to work with today means we need to bring in new
skill sets and core competencies ‘ so it’s a constant learning process on top
of trying to stay on top of an ever-increasing amount of information’ it’s exhilarating
and exhausting at the same time.
What have been the
biggest changes in the industry since you started your career?
Petretti: We’ve
moved from an analog to digital world ‘ that’s changed everything.
Have the influx of
social media and mobile made your job easier or harder?
Petretti: Both ‘
there’s more data to have to consider ‘ but it’s often a rich data set that
allows us to have immediate feedback
How has the media
consumer changed in the past few years?
Petretti: The
Consumer is King today’ they’re in control
How can media
companies do a better job reaching the new age consumer?
Petretti: We need
to make sure we respect the consumer today ‘ when Media was a one to many
medium, media companies were driving the relationship ‘ but that’s changed and
we must respond in kind ‘ we can’t just look at consumers as ‘audience targets’
‘ we must understand them as individuals and consider how we can help satisfy
their needs and expectations.
What is the biggest
challenge in the media industry today?
Petretti: The
Business Model has not yet evolved to meet today’s realities ‘ the ad supported
television model is based on a captive audience trapped in linear time ‘ but
today viewers are liberated with extraordinary options that empower individual
control and increasingly asynchronous viewing.
Where do you see
media research moving in 5 years?

Petretti: Analytics,
Data Science and Data Visualization continue to become increasingly important
disciplines for media researchers ‘ we need to incorporate core competencies
from each to meet the demands of the new media world today and beyond.