FastCompany: Hit Man.

An interesting article about HBO's original programming success of the last few years. It illustrates the advantages media companies who's customers are their audience, instead of advertisers, have in creating good stuff—and, therefore, getting the audience that everyone craves in the first place. A quote: "When it comes to creating hits, there's TV -- and then there's HBO. The difference is that the last thing HBO programmers think about is making a hit. At the networks, it's the first thing (and, some might argue, the only thing )."