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  • Great Content is Driven by Viewers, Not How it's Delivered

     “And there’s a million things I haven’t done.  But just you wait, just you wait.” – Hamilton, “Hamilton,” Disney, 2020

    Broadway theaters didn’t close for the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic and have only shut down 13 times due to labor strikes, natural disasters and tragedies like 9/11.

    But on April 12 the icons of rich personalized entertainment closed their doors to slow/stop the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), shutting down great shows like Tina, Hamilton and other plays and shows.

  • The Network of Networks was Built for Times Like These

     “All that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.” – Nikola Tesla, “Tesla,” Passage Pictures, 2020

    Sitting at home under semi-house arrest (hey, if it ain’t voluntary, it’s confinement), we took a break from a break and watched a movie on one of our streaming services.

    The kids take this stuff for granted – some on the TV, better one on their iPads, Instagram or Qubi or YouTube on their phones. It’s nibbling, not consuming.

    For them, it’s second nature.

  • New Paths Open Up for Indie Filmmakers, But it's Still Tough

    “Thank you for this journey, no matter how it ends.” – Queen, “Queen & Slim,” BRON Studios, 2019

    The M&E industry won’t hit all the glowing numbers that were projected this year ($324+B), even though the streaming industry is running full steam and filmmakers in most of the world are once again busy pitching, developing, or in pre-production/post production on their projects.


  • Storage Needs Grow as Indie Filmmakers Find New Opportunities

    “Don't cry in front of the Mexicans.”  -- Cliff Booth, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Columbia, 2019

    It’s always a kick when a studio shoots a major project in your own backyard (O.K., not literally your backyard); and we’re looking forward to seeing Matrix 4, which was being filmed in San Francisco until the entire industry shut down but when it’s released next year.

  • Beginning the New Uncharted Era of Entertainment

    “Had you, for example, been only concerned with staying alive, you would have fled from this mountain as fast and far as you could. Instead, you chose to come and climb it.” – Liu Cinix, “The Wandering Earth,” Beijing Dengfeng International Culture Communications Company, 2019

  • We're Proving Virtual Postproduction Really Works

     “This is no enemy. It’s almost family.” – Aunty Entity, “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” Kennedy Miller Productions, 1985

    So, what do you want first?   The good news or the bad news?

    The good news is the M&E industry has changed – dramatically – almost over night, opening up new opportunities for creative folks, studios, content distributors/aggregators and consumers.

  • Pandemic Breaths New Life into Old Entertainment

    d was full of wonder. It was adventurous. It was exciting. And most of all, there was magic.” – Wilden Lightfoot, “Onward,” Disney, 2020

    Staying at home, working from home was fun … until it’s wasn’t.

    Face it, you acted/looked like a hibernating bear.

  • Video Projects May Be Put on Hold, but Indies Find a Way

     “There’s a lot of destruction and failure at the door of a successful picture. I find joy in sorrow. And sorrow is greater than laughter. You know, an angel is not far from those who are sad, and illness can sometimes heal us.” Vincent Van Gogh, “At Eternity’s Gate,” CBS Films, 2018

    Last week we were Zooming (weird how tech names like this have become a part of our conversations) with an indie filmmaker friend when she said, “Just a few months ago, I would come home from a day on the set, open the door and my huskie would streak out and run madly around the yard.  Now, if someone opens the door, I want to run out and tear around the yard.”

  • The maddening World of Content Distribution

     “Wherever you go, I’ll be standing right behind you.”  Adrian Griffin, “The Invisible Man,” Universal, 2020

    Ever since our early days working with DVD manufacturers, we’ve always had a begrudging respect for pirates.  

    They were much more polished than the thief who would figure out a way to sneak into a theater to film the movie on the screen, copy it and then sell or give it away – crude dude, real crude.

  • Good Leaders Constantly Evaluate Themselves, Personal Growth

     Building loyalty for your organization, your products and your goals isn’t easy.  When it feels as though the entire world is on hold and you can’t walk down the hall and talk with someone it’s even more difficult.

  • Video Storytellers Often Forget Tomorrow's Viewers

     “There’s a way to lose more slowly.” – Jeff, “Out of the Past,” RKO Radio Pictures, 1947

    The other day, we received an email from “Your Old Friend.”

    It gave us a link to a “free online downloader” to save your friend’s story from Instagram, or your grandma’s cat video from Facebook

  • Outside Forces Can Shift the New Normal of Entertainment

     “Life is for the strong. It is earned, not given.” – Tau, “Alpha,” Studio 8, 2018

    My kids and wife swear I’m not wired right because I always see something positive when things look bad … really bad.

    China’s coronavirus epidemic brought the country to a virtual standstill.