What Should I Know About Hollywood?

Most of the calls, inquiries, and pitches I hear from faith-based filmmakers are flawed because they just don’t know how Hollywood works. You’d never launch a career as a lawyer without knowing how the legal system works, or become a brain surgeon without the right medical training; but when it comes to media and entertainment, everyone with an idea thinks they can get a film or TV studio to

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Should Christian Movies Use Profanity?

For some reason, I’ve had a number of questions on this subject recently. I’m not sure why, but a number of very sincere Christian filmmakers seem to be wrestling with the subject, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on the blog. There are plenty of filmmakers and critics who will give you a snarky, cynical answer, but the truth is, it’s a question worth answering – particularly if you’re

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Is Online TV Killing Traditional TV?

Let's Find Out the Facts

There are so many inaccurate reports on the “death of traditional TV” out there. There’s no question that millions are moving online, but it’s really a question of platforms more than content. In other words, programming created for traditional broadcast TV as well as movies are still the primary content being watched by most consumers. But now, people are watching it on multiple platforms. For creative producers and filmmakers, it’s important to know the facts about how people are engaging media today. So I asked my friend Drew Burstein, who’s the owner and director of a company called Frame Your TV in the UK.  He writes about these issues and he created this fascinating infographic to explain what’s happening:

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An Rare Interview with Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling

Most of my readers will be very familiar with the classic TV series “The Twilight Zone.”  Rod Serling, the series creator is one of the most famous television writers of all time.  So when I found this interview with Mike Wallace, I thought you’d enjoy seeing what writer’s go through – especially since this was recorded before the enormous success of The Twilight Zone:

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New Media’s New Passion for Old Television

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:

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How to Get Your Movie or TV Series on Netflix

Sometime last year, word started floating around that Netflix was accepting not just Christian movies, but Christian TV programs as well. Since then I’ve been deluged with Christian media organizations asking how to get their programming on the network. So I asked my friend Chris Bueno, CEO of Ocean Avenue Entertainment, a full service home video distributor for the inside story. Here’s what Chris had to say:

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How To Know It’s Time To Drop Your Idea And Move On

I’ve written about resilience, and how important it is not give up on your ideas, your projects, and your dreams – even in the face of opposition. I used my friend Producer Ken Wales as an example of someone who pitched a movie idea for years and years and eventually made it happen. But the truth is, there are situations when it’s actually better to let go of an idea and move on – even if you’ve spent years developing and writing it. The problem is –

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How to Pitch Your Ideas Successfully

The Key to Making Your Dream Happen

How can you make your dream their dream?  It’s a great question if you’re a creative person. In many ways, the ability to present or “pitch” your ideas is one of the most important things you can learn in business – or life. Whether you’re trying to produce a movie, publish a book, get a raise, launch a business, find donors, or whatever, your ability to inspire others to your way of thinking is critical. So to make you better at presenting your brilliant ideas, here’s 10 important principles to keep in mind:

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