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About a dozen years ago, the UK’s most visited marketing news publication The Drum launched a very special awards program which has done much more than just stand up over time; with each passing year, it is proving to be of increasing importance. Well known as the only creative awards scheme with neither rules nor boundaries, the submission window for the 2015 Chip Shop Awards will close on April 2. Here’s what you should know. Read more

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As I write these words connecting to this year’s worldwide efforts commemorating World Water Day, I’m already thinking ahead to the 2016 edition. That’s because of a story I just read in Inhabitat making the case that California – which according to the LA Times is experiencing its warmest winter in at least 120 years – may have only a single year of water left. When I’ve focused on this event in the past, difficulties arising around the world’s supply of clean water have seemed much further away from touching my way of life. Clearly, water conservation and its management need to be priorities for us all.

Of course, research already tells us that 750 million people lack access to safe water, and that every minute, at least one child dies due to water-related illness. Whether you’re concerned about the issues being faced by people in America or in other parts of the world, you may be wondering what you can do to help. Read more

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I had some very good luck in my budding career about 22 years ago, when many disparate activities started leading in some positive directions for me. One of those new avenues was my first gig as a television writer, which came about because of prolific producer, director and videographer Randy Baker. Although that project never quite made it on the air, it led to a lot of collaborations with Randy over the next several years, all of which impacted me profoundly.

Before any of that happened, back when I was still a student at the University of Central Florida and president of the film club, Randy was one of the esteemed guest speakers I’d invited in. Already well known for his career achievements and knowledge, Randy’s knack for stepping forward as a local industry leader was in many ways just getting started. So all those years later when I was concepting shows, writing business plans, grant proposals and news releases and doing audio for him on shoots, he was also teaching me what it meant to be productive, to be a leader, to earn money, and to live as a freelance business professional. Read more

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The noble history of International Women’s Day began on March 19, 1911, when a million women and men in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland first united for a day honoring women’s equal participation in society. Today, it’s my privilege to embrace gender equality as part of my standing commitment to recognizing, celebrating and raising awareness for issues that are vital for women. For information on International Women’s Day events happening all around the world, please visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com.

Just in case you may be unfamiliar with it, I’m also seizing the occasion to call your attention to the MAKERS digital and video storytelling platform. Representing the most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled, this AOL and PBS co-production aims to tell the stories of the women who make America. Through its films, events and activities, the initiative is illuminating groundbreaking women who have sparked change, pioneered new fields of opportunity and blazed new trails… while also spotlighting ladies who are currently driving social change. Read more

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Featured Image: Santa Monica Color Wash, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

We hope you enjoy this March image selection from brothers Tommy, Bill and Tony Ewasko and their united businesses, Ewasko Studio and Aloma Printing. Please contact Tommy(at)ewasko.com to request your copy of their spectacular wall calendar.

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March 2015 Desktop Calendar

Posted on 02.27.15

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I love finding people who are so successful in business that I learn great deals and become inspired just by reading their blogs and following them on social media. A few years ago when I was getting up-to-speed for a new client based in Brooklyn, I learned about venture capitalist Charlie O’Donnell, who founded the seed-stage investment firm Brooklyn Bridge Ventures in 2012. I’ve been doing my best to keep up with Charlie ever since! Here’s an introduction to his background from his personal This Is Going to be Big blog, where he’s been writing about sales, hiring, the venture business, startup communities and New York in his very straightforward, no-BS style for over 10 years.

Charlie is a partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures working on very early stage investments in the Greater Brooklyn area, which also includes Manhattan and the other boroughs of New York City. He was previously with First Round Capital, where he sourced the firm’s investments in GroupMe (sold to Skype), Backupify, chloe + isabel, Refinery29, Docracy, Singleplatform, and Salescrunch. Read more

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Five months ago, I wrote a story discussing the rise of the Chief Digital Officer and the activities shaping-up from the CDO Club. Since then, I’ve kept a close eye on other announcements from CDO Club founder David Mathison, and in summary, he has been very busy. At present, the CDO Club is gearing-up for the Chief Digital Officer Summit in New York City, which is set to take place on April 29. After that, there are four more CDO Summits in the works:
. Chief Digital Officer Summit Amsterdam, set for July 29, 2015
. Chief Digital Officer Summit Toronto, set for Sept. 16, 2015
. Chief Digital Officer Summit London, set for Oct. 21, 2015
. Chief Digital Officer Summit Sydney, set for Feb. 24, 2015

The video I’m presenting here courtesy of David and the CDO Club allows you to experience the fascinating “Entertainment Ecosystem” session from last year’s CDO Summit in NYC. There, on April 22, the CDO Club united some of the entertainment industry’s most prominent architects of change Read more

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It’s been a year since I last spoke with the acclaimed photographer and director Sam Jones, who is the publisher, host and editor-in-chief of the Off Camera website, magazine, TV show and podcast. Sam launched his on-camera interview series in 2013 with these words: “…as much as I have tried to create a multi-platform technologically relevant episodic blogpodzine, I am really just using new tools to do the same thing I have always done; which is follow my interests, and try to get in the room with some really interesting people.” Last February, I published a story about Off Camera’s first anniversary, and Sam surprised me with a call to touch-base. That connection with such a respected and accomplished artist inspires me every day.

Over the past 12 months, new print/iPod issues and episodes of Off Camera have appeared with these fascinating guests… all sharing insights from in-depth conversations with Sam, who is their trusted friend: Michael B. Jordan, Sarah Silverman, Matt Damon, Ed Helms, Jackson Browne, Judy Greer, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Goldsmith, Laird Hamilton and Jon Brion. Sam’s thoughtful Off Camera theme builds on his experiences working with high-profile luminaries… where they would regularly discuss various subjects, including their work. The best conversations were happening off-camera, Sam observed… and this passion project is the result. Read more

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Esteemed DWA client company Flavor is a global collective of designers and visual artists with studios in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, New York City and Tokyo. Last August, the group celebrated its first birthday, and in the November issue of SHOOT Magazine, Cutters Studios CEO Tim McGuire discussed the strategy behind the new venture and some of the exciting developments shaping-up around its principals.

In McGuire’s words: “A little more than a year ago, together with my Cutters Studios colleagues, we recognized that something new and exciting was happening in the design industry, and we decided to refocus our talent and effort to make a statement. Together, after a lot of brainstorming we decided to relaunch our VFX and design brand as Flavor. That rebranding effort fit perfectly with the addition of executive producer Darren Jaffe and executive creative director Brad Tucker [both formerly of Superfad], and helped us create some considerable buzz across the industry at-large.” Read more

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Posted on 02.03.15

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Featured Image: Orangeine Sky, Newport Beach, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

We hope you enjoy this February image selection from brothers Tommy, Bill and Tony Ewasko and their united businesses, Ewasko Studio and Aloma Printing. Please contact Tommy(at)ewasko.com to request your copy of their spectacular wall calendar.

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February 2015 Desktop Calendar

Posted on 01.30.15

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Tommy Ewasko, Imagemaker Extraordinaire…

Posted on 12.14.09

Video: Trailer written, produced and edited by Roger Darnell. Imagery copyright Tommy Ewasko: All rights reserved. [watch video]

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