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The Movember Foundation’s growing effects

The Movember Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. Started with a single conversation 11 years ago, that dialogue has grown into millions of others taking place on the subject of men’s health each November, when men are invited to grow moustaches to spark new discussions and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

Together with its expanding community, the organization has so far raised over U.S. $550 million and funded over 800 world-class programs in 21 countries, and its commitments to changing the face of men’s health are growing. Read more

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Living artistically: Mary Elizabeth Williams

Welcome to my newest series of blog posts. With “Living artistically,” I plan to shine some light on artists I admire who are living in ways that seem to be lifted to higher levels by creative sensibilities, talent and character. First up, I’m proud to feature NYC-based writer Mary Elizabeth Williams, who brought the awesome video I’m embedding above to my attention a couple of years back and has been on my regular reading list ever since.

On her personal blog, Mary Elizabeth describes herself as a writer, consultant, and radio commentator, “with about a thousand years experience, give or take a century.” On Twitter, she adds even more color: “Melanomaniac. Clinical trial lab rat. Uptowner. Instigator. Caller of shenanigans.” A writer for Salon.com, she has also written for The Nation, Read more

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YouTube insights for fun, inspiration and success

Earlier this year, our 10-year-old son told us his career aspiration: More than anything else, he wants to be a YouTuber. In all honesty, our knee-jerk response was not 100% positive, but as the conversation continues, it’s clear that the boy’s onto something. We actually have two highly active young YouTube aficionados in our household (adding our 13-year-old daughter), and as you can see in the sources listed below for this article, my views on YouTube reference multiple perspectives. For anyone wanting to actively participate in the self-broadcasting revolution, here are some noteworthy insights from my latest research. Feedback is most welcome and very much appreciated. Read more

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Sharing secrets: Film finance and distribution tips from Emily Best

Seed&Spark is a new, LA-based crowdfunding and digital distribution platform for independent films that is already winning major awards and large-scale investments, while rapidly breaking new ground in what founder and chief creative Emily Best calls “fair trade filmmaking.” According to Emily, Seed&Spark selects independent films for fans to back, then helps filmmakers raise funds and distribute their films through partnerships with the likes of the American Express Amex Now cable network. Seed&Spark differs from crowdfunding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo by handling both funding and distribution. Since launching the company in December, 2012, Emily has raised more than $1 million to help 70 films get made, won the 2013 season of New York Observer blog BetaBeat’s “The Pitch” competition, been named one of Indiewire’s Top 40 Influencers of the past year, and most recently, helped the company close a U.S. $1-million round of seed funding.


Currently touring film and tech festivals around the world (“Sundance and SXSWV2V to Sheffield and Galway”) to educate filmmakers and learn best practices for connecting with audiences, Emily’s background also includes feature film production, strategic consulting for large companies, managing restaurants, and anthropology. Clearly, we all can learn something from this enterprising and hard-working young entrepreneur and her colleagues, right? Read more

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NYC’s Advertising Week begins on 29 September

This year’s annual Advertising Week gathering of marketing and communications leaders is set to begin in New York City on 29 September. Offering over 250 distinct events, “The Week” is a hybrid of thought-leadership seminars presented by some of the industry’s best and brightest, as well as highly engaging special events which aim to unite and galvanize bright and diverse audiences.

Originally established in 2004, The Week draws from all facets of the creative communities and shines the spotlight on key business drivers shaping and influencing these industries worldwide. In the words of its organizers, “Measured by breadth, scope and impact, Advertising Week transcends standard industry conferences and The Week moves the needle on key industry challenges like talent and diversity via GeneratioNext and Advertising Futures.”

Learn more at http://www.advertisingweek.com

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ADCOLOR awards, conference and excitement hit LA this week

This week, the eighth annual ADCOLOR(R) Awards and Industry Conference will rock the Beverly Hilton, uniting leaders and change-makers from the advertising, marketing, media and communications industries to rise up and reach back in countless exciting and vitally important ways. A 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, ADCOLOR proactively champions advertising workforce diversity. This week’s schedule is filled with festive and formal social engagements advancing ADCOLOR’s vibrant FUTURES and University programs, with gala conference events running through Saturday. As highlighted below, many of those are awards-focused, set to honor scores of very impressive individuals. To learn more and register to attend Read more

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Hybrid creative agency ENVOY goes to the movies…

Irvine, California-based ENVOY is the hybrid creative agency that advises bold partners on innovation, taking new products to market and the long term strategic direction of their organizations. In an ever-changing digital world, ENVOY’s team of creators, developers and strategists partners with bold leaders to make experiences and products that define the future.

Today ENVOY is proud to present its latest work: The official website for Frank Miller’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” from co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, online at http://sincity-2.com.

Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller’s 2005 groundbreaking film, Frank Miller’s “Sin City.” With the film arriving in theaters this Friday, 22 August, you can now visit the site to immerse yourself in what’s to come. The responsive HTML5 website was created by ENVOY in association with Mr. Miller, Dimension Films and The Weinstein Company.

ENVOY is growing at a record pace Read more

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Great to know: Allison Dollar

It’s safe to say that the illustrious Allison Dollar has had a huge impact on my professional career, beginning with assignments she gave me in 1993 and 1994 to write the annual Florida Regional Production Guides for the national film and television industry trade magazine “In Motion,” which was published by Phillips Business Information (PBI). Allison and I have kept in-touch over the years, and her unique expertise and first-hand knowledge of cutting-edge innovation across the media landscape is a constant reminder of how lucky I am to know her. Read on for more of Allison’s background, and to learn about a fascinating upcoming panel discussion she is co-hosting on 21 August through the Interactive Television Alliance (ITA), the non-profit she established in 2002 to represent the interests of companies that create, distribute and enable interactive programming. Read more

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Marketing Innovation: Under Armour


On July 17, top executives from the world’s major sports marketing companies gathered in New York City to honor the best in sports advertising, design and communications at the first-ever Clio Sports Awards. That night, Steve Battista proudly accepted the Brand Innovation Award on behalf of Under Armour, where he serves as senior VP brand creative. Behind the scenes, I know that many of the companies and talents I have had the privilege to work with are also celebrating this monumental win. For example, global creative agency ATTIK provided key support for Under Armour’s launch of Armour39 (wearable tech that helps you track your workout intensity), as did creative production company Shilo… which also produced many of the epic brand films (including the one above) that have made Under Armour’s YouTube Channel must-see TV for serious athletes.

A story by Austin Siegemund-Broka for The Hollywood Reporter chronicles the brand’s growing success, and offers this insight Read more

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Case Study: Leviathan

Leviathan’s Reputation Soars Worldwide as Phenomenal Conceptual Design Company Rocking Broadcast, Experiential and Screens of All Sizes

Close Cooperation Between Management, Reps and DWA Maximizes Stellar Opportunities, Positions Company as Legitimate Rockstar
See also: LEVIATHAN MEDIA COVERAGE . LEVIATHAN MEDIA SITE

Leviathan is a conceptual design company that creates engaging narrative content and experiences for brands and entertainers worldwide. The bold images it conceives appear on stages and architecture, in themed destinations and on screens of all sizes, accompanying famous faces and household names. Its teams build experiences to enthrall audiences, initiate conversations and keep crowds coming. Every day, Leviathan’s artists and engineers help transform the worlds of commercial advertising, live events, film, television and environments. Read more

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