My friend DeVon Franklin was the Senior Vice President of Columbia Tristar Pictures in Hollywood, and then launched his own movie production company. If you haven’t read his book “Produced by Faith” then I highly recommend it. I recently asked him his opinion of the single most important skill it takes to reach the top in the entertainment and media industry. His answer?
Just when most critics of TV were convinced online platforms had nailed the TV coffin shut, a resurrection of sorts is happening. And of all places, that TV resurrection is happening because of the online platforms we thought would would kill it. This year alone, online companies like Vice Media, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post and others are moving into new territory:
One of the biggest surprises of the last couple of years has been the explosive popularity of YouTube stars. As first reported in Variety Magazine in July, 2015: “YouTube stars have tightened their already impressive grip on U.S. teens since last year, demonstrating more influence than ever even when compared with mainstream household names including Taylor Swift and Johnny Depp.” Q Scores are essentially
Last week, our team participated in Variety Magazine’s Entertainment and Technology Summit hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. It featured representatives from the top media companies in the digital space today, all discussing what’s working and what’s not. I asked Wendy Wong, our digital strategist at Cooke Pictures to share with our readers her key insights from the event. Here’s her thoughts:
Over the years, I’ve produced and directed programming on location in more than 50 countries around the world. For everyone that spends lots of time on a film or video set – particularly in far away places – there are certain things you just don’t leave behind. Novices could do well to learn what more experienced filmmakers consider “must have” items during a shoot. For me? The top 3 would probably be my laptop (I’m always writing), a raincoat, and a great bag. In fact, I’m a little obsessive about bags and have way more than I should. But on location, a bag is my office, so I’m not afraid to spend money for one that does what I need. So I asked some other experienced professionals what were the top 3 absolutely “must have” items they take to every location. Here’s a few answers:
If you’re a regular reader of this blog you probably love media, and have a passion to produce films, TV programming, or online content. But very often, that passion gets in the way of success, and it opens the door to the biggest reason most films fail:
I was reading the Samson story the other day from Judges 15:14-17: “As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the LORD came upon him in power. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men. Then Samson said,
With the creation of the YouVersion Bible App, Christians were once again at the forefront of technology. As a result, the extraordinary Bible app is closing in on 250 million downloads, and makes the Bible available in 927 languages and 1,277 versions. Millions of people around the world are now reading the Bible from their mobile devices. But in so many cases, when it comes to media and technology, we leave it to other organizations to take the lead. World Magazine reports that’s exactly what’s happened with