Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Producers Planned Since 2007 to End Paying Residuals

From July 12, 2007 NYT:

...several of Hollywood’s highest-ranking executives called for the end of the entertainment industry’s decades-old system of paying so-called residuals for the reuse of movie and television programs after their initial showings.
The executives stopped short of saying they would demand an immediate end to residuals... But they were emphatic in calling for the dismantling of a system under which specific payments are made when movies and programs are put on DVD, shown abroad or otherwise resold

(emphasis added, from The New York Times). A video about ending residuals points out that all TV will be "New Media" and therefore not pay residuals under the AMPTP's current offer.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Create Projects Yourself

To all the actors and writers out there, you have to get over the idea that someone else is going to promote you. This is an old school Hollywood relic of an idea that has to go. It's time to find your own audience and connect with them directly.
You are the only one who owns your brand and you are the only one who can make real connections with it. This isn't an easy idea to fully embrace. We are ingrained with the arcane and stupid idea that we just need to be discovered or seen by the right people and our careers will suddenly be awakened. Get that load of crap out of your heads right now

(from tubefilter.tv). Some of my ideas about making a web series are on my blog Details.

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Strike Won't Stop Many Productions

In the event of a TV/Theatrical strike, work done under other SAG contracts would continue to be governed by those contracts, not the TV/Theatrical contracts. That means jobs in commercials, basic cable, video games and industrials would continue during a TV/Theatrical strike. Also, jobs would continue on more than 800 independent movie projects by producers not associated with AMPTP companies, and on more than 800 independent new media projects under SAG's new media agreement

(emphasis added, from sag.org). Shows already under AFTRA contracts would also continue shooting.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Motivation and Creativity

I have a friend who referred to acting to please others or letting your want be to get the role (get a good review, etc.) as "extrinsic" motivation. Twyla Tharp talks about motivation and creativity in a video online and has a similar perspective.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

SAG Awards Nominations Announced

Nominations for the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2008 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood

(from SAG Awards website).

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SAG Wants New Media Residuals

SAG has made a video about new media residuals, and how they'll replace traditional residuals (if producers pay residuals for new media).

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Settle Money First

No matter how much you love it, a pro settles on the money up front

(from Bob Fraser's blog).

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Check Your Props

Actor Daniel Hoevels almost died on stage, he stabbed himself with what turned out to be a real knife. He's okay now. Caveat actor.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

YouTube Videos Make Real Money

One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become "partners" and added advertising to their videos, the most successful users are earning six-figure incomes from the Web site

(emphasis added, from The New York Times).

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Auditioning from Producers' Perspective

Remember, we want you to be great. We're pulling for you more than you can ever imagine

(from Ken Davenport's blog).

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

SAG Referendum Doug Allen Video

Doug Allen on the Referendum on video on SAG TV, YouTube and Viddler; he is the Screen Actors Guild's national exec director and chief negotiator. Among other details, he points out that residuals are in peril.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Warner Movies on Mobile TV in Korea

Warner Bros. is to become the first Hollywood studio to see its movies distributed directly to mobile TV in Korea.
Earlier this month, Warner closed its Korean home video business unit due to falling revenues from the country's collapsing DVD market

(from VarietyAsiaOnline.com).

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Monday, December 01, 2008

Assistant Casting Editor Sought by Back Stage

Back Stage: The Actor's Resource is seeking an Assistant Casting Editor.
The Assistant Casting Editor position requires an individual with knowledge of the entertainment industry (especially film and theatre) along with outstanding journalism, marketing, website, and word-processing skills.

This is all I know about this; caveat actor.

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