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Sundance U.S. Grand Jury Winners: A Taste-based Analysis

This week marks the beginning of the 40th Sundance Film Festival. In honor of such a major milestone, we analyzed the past five winners of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for dramatic features in an attempt to find any correlation between them. Perhaps we can predict what film might win this year, as well.
January 17, 2024

Laughs, Shocks, and Needle-Drops: Teen Movies Through the Decades

For seventy years, teen movies have been a staple of film. From the counterculture films of the 50s to the Riverdales of today, public interest has never waned. In honor of Mean Girls, we’re looking at teen films through the decades in the hopes of finding trends from generation to generation. Who knows; maybe our film tastes are just like our parents, after all.
January 17, 2024

From Snow White to Wish: A Taste-based History of Disney Films

In 1923, Walt Disney and his brother Roy founded what would become Walt Disney Studios. This past November, the Walt Disney Company released Wish, their 62nd feature film and a tribute to a century of animation history. Naturally, we at Katch used our data to see what traits might be shared across such a vast catalog. No pixie dust required; just our Genome.
December 19, 2023

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: A Taste-based Analysis on Why We Love Holiday Movies

When we reflect on the holiday season, our hearts are drawn to the allure of timeless classic films. These cinematic treasures have gracefully evolved, adapting to our ever-changing perspectives. But what is it about these movies that captivate us? The answer lies in our innate yearning for warmth and comfort, reminiscent of a reassuring embrace.
December 18, 2023

The Hunger Games: A Taste-Based Analysis

November marked the release of Lionsgate’s new film, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. With the source novel released in 2020, and the last film in the franchise premiering eight years ago, what’s luring audiences back to Panem? We analyzed the defining traits of each film to find out just what they had in common, and the odds were ever in our favor.
December 8, 2023

Hit Like a Girl: Gender in Action Films

Since The Great Train Robbery (1903), action films have been an integral part of cinema. However, nearly all starred men, until Sigourney Weaver paved the way for leading women as Ripley in Alien. Today, we’ll be looking at sixteen action films to spark a conversation of gender playing a role in the type of film produced or the content within.
November 15, 2023

Dracula Through the Decades

Katch thought it wise to take a look under the cape at seventeen of the more iconic appearances of Dracula in film – as well as some interesting genre outliers – through the decades in an attempt to ascertain just what keeps us coming back, hungry for more.
October 31, 2023

Toil and Trouble: A Taste-based Analysis of Witches in Film

For centuries, witches have been ever-present in art and literature. It makes sense, then, that as film and television became popular these stories would begin to be told at 24 frames-per-second. As part of our multi-piece tribute to Halloween, we at Katch analyzed twenty-five films to determine just what has kept audiences under their spell for so long.
October 31, 2023

Defining the Final Girl

Through the chaos and the haunting screams, a survivor emerges, having triumphed over monsters, whether supernatural or deranged. This is our protagonist, having made her way through hell and back. This is our Final Girl.
October 30, 2023

Defining the Taste of The Exorcist Franchise

For fifty years, the world has been haunted by the stories of Regan MacNeil, her mother Chris, and Fathers Karras and Merrin in the Exorcist franchise. What has compelled audiences to keep coming back for so long? The power of Christ? Or has Pazuzu been more persuasive? Join us as we take a look at the series’ defining traits. Don’t worry, none of them are in Latin.
October 30, 2023

Saw: A Taste-based Analysis

On September 29, Lionsgate released Saw X, the tenth film in a franchise spanning twenty years. What keeps audiences coming back for more? We here at Katch waded elbow-deep into the sea of gore these films have made famous to sift out the traits that really define them. After all, data is much more than skin-deep.
October 5, 2023

Getting Things Right: The Success of Netflix's One Piece

Over the past several years, Netflix has focused a portion of its original content on producing live-action adaptations of beloved anime series. Their latest venture, One Piece has been a surprising success, with a second season already greenlit for production. So, why did this show succeed where others have failed?
October 4, 2023

Katch and AI

Katch is pioneering taste-based data - the revolutionary approach to finally understand why people like what they like. Taste-based data gives brands a scientific understanding of the identity of their content and products, which in turn gives greater knowledge about why consumers identify with specific content, products or brands. Learn more about how Katch is utilizing AI to scale.
September 7, 2023

Taste-based Analysis: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

On August 2nd, Paramount Pictures released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, marking the seventh theatrically released film starring everyone’s favorite heroes in a half-shell.
September 6, 2023

Ryan Halprin on Taste

Last month, SVP of Production at Rideback, Ryan Halprin, spoke to Katch University about his career journey. Check out this clip where Ryan talks about his personal taste in movies.
August 29, 2023

Analyzing Time and Dreams: A Genomic Look at the Films of Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan. His style is pronounced and his talent formidable, but what is it about his films that grabs the attention of audiences worldwide? What is it about this director that is so immediately recognizable?
August 24, 2023

A Taste-based Analysis of the Mission: Impossible Franchise

A taste-based analysis about what led critics to finally see what audiences see in the Mission Impossible film franchise.
August 15, 2023

Katch University

Katch’s internship program, KatchU, is back! This summer, KatchU, Katch’s internship program, welcomed a class of 104 Media Genome Interns from over 70 schools around the world.
July 7, 2023

The Genomic Traits of Pixar

Pixar has created films that have entertained and even defined generations - and their films have earned more than $15 billion worldwide. Can we understand what defining traits of their films might have lent to their storied success?
July 7, 2023

Collision Conference

Katch attended Collision Conference, one of the world’s biggest tech conferences, according to Bloomberg.
July 7, 2023

KatchU Alumni - Where Are They Now?

Meet KatchU Internship Program alumni and see where they are currently working.
June 1, 2023

The Genomic Traits of the Fast & Furious Franchise

The Fast & Furious franchise is one of the most lucrative film franchises in history. Looking at the franchise genomically, what lent to the increased success of each proceeding installment?
June 1, 2023

Katch's Nolan Gasser Speaks at the TV of Tomorrow Show

Katch’s Chief Genomic Officer, Nolan Gasser, was invited to speak at the annual TV of Tomorrow show.
June 1, 2023

Meet Our New Board Members and Senior Advisor

Meet Drew Lipner and Sarah Lucas, our new board members and Fred Grauer, our newest Senior Advisor.
May 11, 2023

Katch Featured in "PROMPT for Movies & TV"

Katch is featured in Richard Bowman and David Boyle’s new book “Prompt for Movies and TV.”
May 10, 2023

Meet Our New Hires

Meet Donovan Bass, Paul Childers, Lauren Cortizo and Allie Shaffer.
May 9, 2023

Katch Partners with Warner Bros. Discovery

Katch is thrilled to establish a long-term partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery.
May 9, 2023

Katch TV Training Site is Live

Katch has added TV training to its asynchronous training site.
May 9, 2023