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Sharing Secrets: 2016 Cannes Lions Live Sessions of the Day


It has been an exciting week for me, even though I am once again missing the annual Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity currently underway in France. Fortunately for us non-attendees, the Festival running 18-25 June has teamed-up with global media agency network Mindshare and YouTube to provide two live-streamed sessions every day this week. I’m embedding a YouTube playlist here featuring every one of these sessions… new videos will continue to 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.

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Mark your calendar: High-profile events coming to London, Brooklyn, Santa Fe, NYC, LA and Cannes

I am relatively certain that this is the busiest time of the year for major industry networking events. With that in mind, I hope you will find the following information on upcoming happenings that are highly valuable and especially inspirational to be of good value. As always, feedback on any of these events and news sources is most welcome in comments or by direct message. Wishing you great times… and safe travels!

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Mark your calendar: Momentous events happening in Sydney, NYC, LA, London, San Diego and beyond

I’m very happy to share this update reflecting my commitment to providing timely information on upcoming, highly valuable and inspirational opportunities for thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, creatives, producers and artists. Feedback on any of these events and news sources is always welcome in comments or by direct message.

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Something SXSW special just for you


Thirty years ago, the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival began in Austin, Texas. Having grown to essentially become all things to all people, the event’s concurrent film, interactive media and music festivals and conferences attract 85,000 attendees, which includes the lion’s share of the entertainment and advertising industries, as well as the brand marketers wanting to engage with them. This year’s SXSW will launch on 11 March and run on through the 20th. Perhaps slightly less well known is the fact that SXSW, Inc., also runs the SXSWedu conference on educational innovation (running 7-10 March this year in Austin), the SXSW Eco environmental conference (set for 10-12 Oct. in Austin), and SXSW V2V focused on innovative startups (future dates and locations TBD).

I’ve just taken a fresh look at all the relevant news feeds to point you to the pure gospel. Enlightenment awaits: Read more

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It’s time to catch-up with Sam Jones, “Off Camera”

This has been a spectacular day for me. I began preparing for it a couple of years ago, when I was able to reconnect with one of the most phenomenal people I’ve met in my career – the acclaimed photographer and director Sam Jones, who is the force behind Off Camera. Sam launched his original on-camera interview series back in 2013 as a website, magazine, TV show and podcast, and when I wrote about it, he sent me a warm response. Knowing that the show is now beginning its fourth season, today I made a plan to look-in on it again. After spending the whole day binge-watching clips from the show’s YouTube channel, here is my takeaway: Sam Jones is profoundly influential to me, and I am certain that everyone else watching his show must feel the same way. Here’s why. Read more

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Sharing secrets: How to write stories for The Associated Press

Back in 2000 when I was working for The Terpin Group in Los Angeles leading PR campaigns for dot-com companies with extremely high aspirations, my colleagues and I knew that there was absolutely one way of hitting a home run, and that was placing a story with The Associated Press. AP stories generate massive exposure, as they are syndicated in major media outlets across the country and around the world. And of course, if you have a story that’s good enough for the AP, it’s good enough for everyone. With this in mind, imagine how powerful it would be if you had the chance, today, to meet with Paul Caluori, the AP’s Global Director of Digital Services, and Philana Patterson, the AP’s Small Business and Breaking News Editor, to learn what they look for in story submissions. Thanks to Business Wire, it’s on.

Back in February of this year, Business Wire hosted a webinar featuring Paul and Philana, where they shared exactly these types of insights. I am embedding the webinar here, and I’ll also pass along a few of the bullet points from the secrets they shared. 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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Interested in being a guest speaker? Start early!


If you have the goal of becoming a successful guest speaker in the business world, I have some tips to share about getting started. These are based on my experiences working with some very talented people who are currently on-the-rise as star presenters, including Sarofsky Corporation’s Erin Sarofsky – and Chad Hutson and Jason White, the principals of Leviathan. Here are the preliminary tips (two more follow below):

. Start early
. Focus on these efforts as a key business activity
. Set your sights strategically to target the right opportunities
. Have a very specific vision for your proposed presentation and communicate it with the correct person before the deadline while also providing a well-organized summary of your speaking history Read more

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Sharing secrets: Venture capitalist Charlie O’Donnell

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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“Off Camera” enters year three of the best conversations

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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