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38th Sundance Film Festival


Welcome to another year where I will be viewing all the excitement of the Sundance Film Festival from afar. What happens in Park City between Jan. 21 and 31 is sure to define the sensational in independent film for the immediate future. It’s been awhile since I attended, but I’m confident it’s still a whirlwind of snow, screenings, parties, great meals, skiing, and distribution deals. Now, thanks to Nate von Zumwalt of the Sundance Institute, the Festival news stream is at our fingertips. Read more

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Our common fascination with uncommon videos

I firmly believe that life is as different as all of the organisms that experience it, and even if we’re just talking about humans, that is an infinite amount of diversity. What’s important or interesting to me may be the last thing in the world you want to think about. Still, when you find a piece of video content that has made it onto one of YouTube’s “Most Viral” charts, there’s a pretty good chance that most people will want to watch it.

As you probably know, YouTube released its latest news about these charts about a month ago. The news and accompanying videos were subsequently splashed in feature stories in these media outlets, to name but a few. Read more

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Making history: CES 2016

Owned and produced by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the 2016 International CES will kick-off soon in Las Vegas, where it will run from Jan. 6 through Jan. 9. Well established as the essential annual gathering for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, CES has served as the proving ground for innovators and their breakthroughs for more than 40 years. It’s truly a global stage, where the marketers behind next-generation innovations make great efforts to create splashes of epic proportions. With CEA standing as the technology trade association representing the $200+ billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, the media blitz we’ll witness provides amazing insights… proving that this largest hands-on event of its kind is extremely important in identifying and addressing this far-reaching industry’s key issues.

For access to more CES 2016 insider intelligence, keep your eyes on these pundits in the hours ahead. Read more

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December 2015 desktop calendar


Featured Image: “Snow Nightfall” Park City, Utah, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

Tommy writes: “My favorite professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, Wes Kemp, answered a question with a question one day, and it affected me forever. On that day, a fellow student complained, ‘Aww, why give us an assignment that has been photographed a million times?’ Prof. Kemp replied, ‘Yes it has, but have YOU ever photographed it?!’ Park City has been a destination for me since 1980, and I had never really tried to visually explain the phenomenon of the large snowflakes that fly to earth in the night to provide the abundant beautiful powder. Read more

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Add your voice to 24 Hours of Reality

It’s not every day that you can say you were there when the world changed for the better… that your voice made a difference. On 13 and 14 November, much of the world will come together to demand our global leaders act on climate change and set us on the path to a better future. Join the cause for 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth. This movement is on the road to Paris, with the goal of shining a light on climate solutions from around the globe in preparations for this year’s critical UN Climate Conference. Together, we will make it loud and clear to our leaders that The World Is Watching.

Tune into http://24hoursofreality.org to watch the live webcast beginning at 12pm EDT today, and add your name to the global voice calling for intelligent, responsible action from our leaders. Among those scheduled to perform Read more

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November 2015 desktop calendar


Featured Image: “Mountain Rays” Angeles Crest, California, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

Tommy writes: “This beautiful mountaintop view at campsite #23, with warm beaming rays of light, was waiting for me to compose its portrait. I am very grateful for the ability to bring you to this truly special place on earth. There is a lot to take in — enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving!”

We hope you enjoy this November 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.

Click the image above to download a high-res November 2015 calendar for your desktop.

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53rd New York Film Festival

Now celebrating its 53rd anniversary, the New York Film Festival has firmly established its legacy as the city’s premiere showcase for the best new cinema from around the world. All the excitement for the renowned event’s 53rd edition kicked off at Lincoln Center on 25 Sept., and the festivities will run on through 11 October.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to Read more

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NYC’s Advertising Week begins on 28 September

Proudly marking its 12th year in New York, Advertising Week is a hybrid of inspiring thought-leadership and highly entertaining special events featuring the industry’s best and brightest. With the world’s greatest city as its backdrop, Advertising Week draws from the brand, agency, technology, startup, media and broader cultural communities, advancing key conversations designed to drive the ad business forward and influence industry globally.

For 2015, Advertising Week will once again shine the spotlight on critical business drivers shaping and influencing these combined industries worldwide. In the words of its organizers, “Measured by breadth, scope and impact, Advertising Week transcends standard industry conferences and moves the needle on essential industry challenges like talent and diversity.”

What to expect: Read more

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ADCOLOR Conference, Awards and excitement hit NYC 16-19 Sep.


This week, the ninth annual ADCOLOR(R) Industry Conference and Awards will rock Chelsea Piers, 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 champions diversity and inclusion in creative industries. The schedule is filled with festive and formal social engagements advancing ADCOLOR’s vibrant FUTURES program, with gala conference events running through Saturday. As highlighted below, many of those are awards-focused, set to honor dozens of amazing people. To learn more and register to attend, visit http://adcolor.org.

Here are just some of the 2015 ADCOLOR Award honorees and nominees. Read more

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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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