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Reference no. IMD-7-2388
Published by: International Institute for Management Development (IMD)
Originally published in: 2022
Version: 01.06.2022
Revision date: 27-Jul-2022

Abstract

The case tells the story of Sami Arpa a young entrepreneur with a passion for the movie industry. Sami Arpa and his start-up Largo leverage technology to improve the movie industry. Largo launched in 2018 with the platform for short films called Sofy.tv. In 2020 Largo launches its own SaaS B2B platform providing an AI algorithm for the film-making industry. The algorithms support scriptwriters, producers, and artists with insights on the genre, content, and dramaturgy of their film, a character analysis, casting propositions, and a financial forecast. Largo's early success is confirmed by awards from the San Sebastian and Berlin Film Festival. It is central to evaluate geographical markets which could be attractive for Largo to play in such as Europe, the US, Latin America, India, and China. Facing in addition different new opportunities from a variety of industry segments such as advertising, broadcasting, scripts, and social media, the challenge is how to strategically focus given the resources at hand. Largo must position itself within the different geographical markets and the various industry segments to gain a competitive advantage against strong competitors like StoryFit and Cinelytic.

Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2017-2021.

Geographical setting

Region:
World/global

Featured company

Largo
Employees:
2-10
Turnover:
CHF 1 million
Industry:
Media

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Abstract

The case tells the story of Sami Arpa a young entrepreneur with a passion for the movie industry. Sami Arpa and his start-up Largo leverage technology to improve the movie industry. Largo launched in 2018 with the platform for short films called Sofy.tv. In 2020 Largo launches its own SaaS B2B platform providing an AI algorithm for the film-making industry. The algorithms support scriptwriters, producers, and artists with insights on the genre, content, and dramaturgy of their film, a character analysis, casting propositions, and a financial forecast. Largo's early success is confirmed by awards from the San Sebastian and Berlin Film Festival. It is central to evaluate geographical markets which could be attractive for Largo to play in such as Europe, the US, Latin America, India, and China. Facing in addition different new opportunities from a variety of industry segments such as advertising, broadcasting, scripts, and social media, the challenge is how to strategically focus given the resources at hand. Largo must position itself within the different geographical markets and the various industry segments to gain a competitive advantage against strong competitors like StoryFit and Cinelytic.

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Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2017-2021.

Geographical setting

Region:
World/global

Featured company

Largo
Employees:
2-10
Turnover:
CHF 1 million
Industry:
Media

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