Huh? Time Warner Chief Says That for HBO's 'Game of Thrones,' the Fact That It's Among the Most Pirated TV Shows in the World Is 'Better Than an Emmy' Variety
"Studies have shown that 'Game of Thrones' is among the most pirated TV shows around the world. In the final analysis 'that’s better than an Emmy,' [Time Warner chief Jeff] Bewkes said today [Aug. 7, 2013], speaking on the media conglom’s second-quarter earnings call," reports Variety.
The story adds: "Global Internet piracy actually helps spread the word about original programming like HBO’s 'Game of Thrones' -- ultimately leading to more paying subscribers for the premium cabler, according Bewkes."
The piece also adds that his "comment may have been somewhat tongue-in-cheek but Bewkes’ point was that buzz is good for the HBO brand."