Porn’s Frightening Impact on the Media Industry

Way back in 2006, the Los Angeles Times tracked the impact of the pornography industry on the emerging technology of the time.  I’ve written before on the history of the battle between industry giants VHS and Betamax, back in the early days of home video. Back then, when home video was new, someone could purchase an X-rated video on the phone, and have it mailed to his doorstep in a plain, brown wrapper. For the first time, you could purchase sexually explicit videos without being seen publicly, and the industry literally

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The Secret to Successful Buzz

If you work with religious or non-profit organizations, you know just how limited marketing and media production budgets can be. That’s why I’ve always kept an eye out for alternative marketing and promotion avenues. Things that create a “buzz” without costing an arm and a leg.  A few years ago, Keller Fay Group, in association with BzzAgent released a study that indicated the

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The 10 Commandments of Career Success in the Media World

I spoke to a class of university film students at Biola University in Los Angeles, who asked me to give them some career advice before graduation. A friend, award winning advertising writer David Morgenstern, shared some tips with me for the class that he had given to USC film students a few years ago, and they were so fantastic, I wanted to share them with you:

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Want Great Ideas? Use Smaller Creative Teams

I work with a few clients who feel like “the more the better” with creative work. They want everyone they can think of to be part of our creative or marketing meetings. But when it comes to brainstorming and creative teams, Jeff Bezos at Amazon.com says to keep them small.  Usually, when I’m involved in creative meetings with clients, most organizations want 20-30 people in the meetings and that’s just too

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What is Blocking Positive Change In Your Organization?

Recently we polled a number of organizations across the country and asked them “What is the biggest obstacle to positive change in your business or organization?”  We discovered the answer is poor leadership.  It’s the #1 obstacle to change in most organizations. What does that mean? I believe a visionary leader is the single most important issue in making organizational change happen. You can have a great team in place, the best funding, the right resources, and more, but without great leadership,

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Moses Znaimer’s 10 Commandments of Television

If you’re read my post about Mary Hutchinson’s “10 Random Thoughts” about Christian media, I found these from Canadian media mogul Moses Znaimer. He’s a founder of CityTV in Toronto, an experimental TV station that I’ve been a fan of for many years. In many ways Moses invented reality TV, and today he owns a museum where he indulges his collection of rare, vintage TV’s. For all your media thinkers out there, here’s his list. It’s taught in media programs throughout Canada. It’s unusual, and I’d be curious about your thoughts:

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