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As a kid, Jeff Blackman loved to see the animated artwork that would air between shows on networks like MTV and Nickelodeon.

Now, as the senior vice president of creative, entertainment cable creative & marketing in NBCUniversal’s Television and Streaming Department, Blackman wants to make his own networks just as visually engaging. And he wants fans to be part of the creative team.

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In 2014, LeBron James made roughly $30 million doing absolutely nothing.

He’d begun an endorsement partnership with Beats Electronics back in 2008, taking an equity stake in the company over cash payment for doing nothing more than just wearing the headphones in public. Six years later, when Apple acquired Beats for $3 billion, James got to cash out — big time. Beyonce did the same with Uber. And the artist David Choe, with Facebook.

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