THE BROADBAND REVOLUTION
Profiles - 20 Top Players in the Broadband
By Margot Carmichael Lester,
Los Angeles Business Journal, August, 1999
Jonathan Taplin Co-Chairman, Co-CEO, Co-Founder Intertainer Inc. Santa Monica
Americans spend billions of dollars to buy movies, music and video
games to take home and enjoy whenever they like.
Jonathan Taplin is convinced that will change with the advent of
broadband, which will let consumers directly access movies, music
and other entertainment through their TVs and computers.
"We want what we want when we want it," says Taplin. "With
broadband technology, there's no reason we can't get (entertainment)
With that in mind, Taplin co-founded Intertainer Inc. in 1996 to begin
assembling the massive entertainment libraries that will be necessary
to satisfy what's expected to be a huge demand. He already has
agreements that will supply content from media giants like MGM,
Disney, PBS, ESPN, Universal Studios and Dreamworks SKG.
And in recent months, Intertainer has assembled selections of films
and music videos that were used as part of broadband trials in
Manhattan, Philadelphia and Denver.
After becoming convinced that broadband will revolutionize the
delivery of home entertainment, Taplin formed Intertainer with Richard
Baskin and Jeremiah Chechik.
It was a logical step for the 52-year-old Taplin, who graduated from
Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in English literature and
who has been part of the entertainment industry for a quarter century.
He has done everything from work as a tour manager for Bob Dylan
to produce the film "Mean Streets" for director Martin Scorsese.
He also spent 10 years with Disney helping develop entertainment