When it comes to the "second screen" or co-viewing, television execs think it's just a matter of time.
Digital Kitchen co-founder and president, Don McNeill, said its an inevitability that advertisers and television networks alike will come to embrace viewer distraction and place content on mobile devices and tablets which will in turn create to social-media chatter, instant messaging, and similar digital cross-talk centered around the TV programs they love.
Ogilvy Entertainment director -exec producer Jamie Schutz and Smithsonian SVP, Digital Media, Joseph Giraldi to speak about the topic on a panel focused on television at Tuesday's Film Finance Forum East presented by Winston Baker in association with Variety in New York.
Problem is, according to McNeill, "too many people aren't aligning."
"The (talent) wants to get paid and the consumers don't want to pay for (second screen content)," McNeill said. "So no one is paying anything additional for it. At the end of the day, if you link it to the consumer, they need to be the ones to align the point of view. I do think brands will pay for those things if you do it right. We are like four or five months away."
But getting big name brands like Coca Cola to invest and believe in second screen media might take a bit more time.
"A lot of these brands are very, very strategic and conservative," Schutz said. "I sit with them all the time and pitch them on new ideas and sometimes we win and a lot of the time we lose. But I think we are getting there slowly. It's definitely going to take some more time."
McNeill considers the second screen an "incredible opportunity" to get feedback from viewers.
Schutz added that 2014 Oscar host, Ellen Degeneres' recent "selfie" (pictured) at the kudofest with actors including Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, will work to help the second screen experience.
"I love how the walls are breaking down between the audience and the performers," Schutz said. "You would have never seen (what happened at the Oscars with Ellen) breaking the fourth wall 10 years ago. I think people want that."
But on a later television panel, Bruce Tuchman, AMC/Sundance Channel Global Networks prexy expressed doubt.
While he admitted that social media helped people all over the world appreciate and spread the word about "Breaking Bad," he said he wasn't sure how influential the second screen actually is -- yet.
"When I'm negotiating carriage deals, probably 98% of the time is spent on all of these new media rights," Tuchman said. "But in most international markets 2% of people's time is spent even think about that in terms of consumers. It's not everywhere. Some markets - Korea, maybe the U.K. - but in most markets its still a minor aspect. But I have no doubt it's going to become a bigger aspect."
Indomitable Entertainment's Jon Ferro said he was surprised how long it's taking some companies in particular to see the value in co-viewing.
"I was at a luncheon with the international head of Hulu and I asked him how he was approaching second screen? He said, 'We're not. We don't do second screen.' And I thought, you should be at the forefront of that experience because you can integrate it into the viewing experience so seamlessly but it was not in his train of thought."
Tuchman said he wasn't that surprised.
"I think we are going to see a change and I think it is going to be seismic, but with a younger generation.