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Great to know: Lee Goldberg

Author and television producer Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar and Shamus Award nominee who has written and produced scores of highly successful TV series, as well as being the author of more than 40 novels and nonfiction books. An international TV consultant, Lee has advised networks and studios across North America, Europe and Asia on the creation, writing, and production of episodic series. While some references list him as an ex-Navy SEAL, freelance sexual surrogate and a professional impersonator of Pierce Brosnan, because I worked closely with Lee and his frequent writing partner William Rabkin during the production of “seaQuest 2032” at Universal Studios Florida back in 1996, I suspect those are just rumors (grin). My experience with him? He is a great guy… and that goes for Mr. Rabkin, too.

After seeing the video embedded here where Lee appears on-camera discussing the publishing success he’s achieving with Amazon KDP, I know it will be of major interest to established and aspiring authors. Here’s the introduction courtesy of Amazon: “Even with the success of Monk and Diagnosis: Murder, it wasn’t until author Lee Goldberg revived his backlist that he saw the potential in indie publishing.” Read more

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Top film schools 2015, and my take as a grad (UCF ’90)

I’m surprised that everyone who goes to college doesn’t decide to study show business in one way or another. Those niches of the world need all types of talents, and while people who aspire to be directors are semi-rare, for anyone wanting to do work that’s interesting, what’s more exciting than the entertainment industry? I completed the University of Central Florida’s BFA Film program 25 years ago. While the techical aspects of filmmaking are very different nowadays, in my experience, applying effort, time and focus to the school’s curriculum went a long way toward helping me achieve my dreams. Looking back, I view my personal decision to formally study film production through an accredited degree program as one of the best choices of my life.

If you can’t get your hands on the Aug. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, here is where to find the publication’s latest feature coverage Read more

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Passion projects: “What a Difference Your Love Makes”

The phenomenal music video for this fantastic Basement Jaxx song came to my attention a couple of years ago, thanks to writer Emily Beber of It’s Nice That. In her story, Emily warned us that the presentation was very likely to induce us viewers into both dancing and smiling. To me, those are great achievements for “passion projects,” the typically non-commercial things we take-on as artists to feed our souls.

At the core of this heartfelt project are its celebratory rhythm and its lovely, emphatic sentiments. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote that love doesn’t make the world go round – it’s what makes the ride worthwhile. Writing and making music about requited love, Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Major Buxton (the duo behind the Grammy Award-winning Basement Jaxx) tapped into the type of joy we all aspire to know ourselves, to make our own rides through life worthwhile: “You make me happy, make me come alive, my running reason to survive…” The song also features vocalist Sam Brookes. Read more

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Media Spotlight: The Creators Project

The Creators Project is a global celebration of creativity, arts and technology. Launched in 2009 with Intel as founding partner, the platform features the works of visionary artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology to push the boundaries of creative expression.

The Creators Project includes daily video and editorial content, an official YouTube Channel developed in partnership with Intel and VICE, original artwork commissions and global events. Read more

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Don’t ever give up: ESPY Day 2015

It’s almost ESPY Day, friends! Benefitting The V Foundation for Cancer Research, this week’s ESPY Day festivities will once again feature integrated fundraising messaging across ESPN networks, culminating with a special simulcast of the ESPYS on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Wed., 15 July. The simulcast will include fundraising elements and heavy social media integration of the hashtag #DontEverGiveUp, inspired by Jim Valvano’s iconic speech at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.

As a key part of this, The 11th Annual V Foundation Auction is now LIVE with many bids closing very soon! If you act quickly, you can still bid on hundreds of unique experiences and items, Read more

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Promo video primer: 30 first-class examples

A year ago, a story from Chris Trimble appeared in the Guardian proclaiming video as the future of content marketing, with this dire warning: “small businesses who ignore it do so at their peril.” As video usage continues to climb, we will see a lot more people and businesses trying to engage, entertain and educate us with their on-screen storytelling. Bearing this in mind, I wanted to share some videos I’ve collected over the past five years in the course of working beside some above-average storytellers.

For your reference and enlightenment, I have chosen 10 examples apiece for three well-established niches of corporate communications. While most of these videos were designed for business audiences, their creators invested some artistry to try to make them appeal to all of us. Read more

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What’s the impact of winning a Cannes Lion?

Happy Friday friends! I hope your work week is wrapping up nicely and that you’ll soon be able to enjoy some well-earned downtime, like a lot of people have been doing all week in Cannes (kidding, of course). Before ending this week, I wanted to share this video I’m embedding here from experience design agency FreeState, and a few more comments about the significance of winning a Cannes Lion award.

As you can hear first-hand from FreeState’s creative director Adam Scott in this video directed by Ilan Metev, FreeState won a Gold Design Lion at Cannes in 2013 after designing the world’s largest kinetic sculptures for Blackpool’s promenade. Under the heading of “Why Winning a Lion Matters – An Agency’s View,” Mr. Scott enlightens us while pedaling his bike around the city: “Sometimes it’s hard to find your way, and especially hard given it’s so darn crowded out here…. How do you stand out,” he asks.

And about the results of winning Cannes Lion Gold, he continues: “I would say people are far more interested in our approach, and that has to be a good thing. And well, if it can happen to us then it can certainly happen to you.”

Isn’t that lovely? Also, to me, it’s a perfect summation to what it means to win a Cannes Lion.

Meanwhile, the image I’m providing here offers a newer angle into this discussion. Taken hours ago Read more

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Sharing Secrets: 2015 Cannes Lions Live Sessions of the Day

It’s going to be an exciting week for me, even though I will once again miss attending the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity currently shaping-up in France. Fortunately for us non-attendees, the Festival running 21-27 June has teamed-up with Mindshare and YouTube to provide one live-streamed session every day over the next week, beginning today. I’m embedding a YouTube playlist here featuring every one of these sessions… so new videos will go live here over the days ahead. Hopefully these presentations – streamed in real-time for a global audience – will be rich with valuable secrets and insights.

Here is the complete rundown of the sessions that were chosen by almost 20,000 voters: Read more

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Uniting entertainment and advertising at headline events in LA and Las Vegas

When I graduated from college, I wound up earning two B.A. communications degrees instead of one, without really having to take any extra classes. After studying the degree requirements, I saw that the ones for a Bachelor’s degree in Film were close enough to the ones for the same degree in TV/Radio that by taking the right classes and submitting the paperwork properly, I could earn them both. That experience taught me to look for overlaps between the various areas represented by my interests… in the hope of finding more advantages and synchronicities. This week, I’m happy to share some tips with you that have grown from these types of confluences. Read more

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June 2015 desktop calendar


Featured Image: “Purple Majesty” Key West, Florida, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.
Tommy writes: “One of my favorite locations … Key West, Florida, is the exotic temptress of the American seascape, and a world-renowned travel destination. Read more

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