Friday, September 30, 2005

Open Big

That's what Hollywood wants. Martha Stewart is a write off because her first episode of the Apprentice had horrible ratings. That female president show, on the other hand, is on a roll. The irony, of course, is that these ratings are based on the promotion and the premise, not the show itself - they reflect viewership before word of mouth or first-hand experience.
We all want to open big. We want our product launches to be instant successes. We want the resumes we send out to be opened in one day, a call the next, an interview the third and a corner office by the end of the week [or for actors a starring role].
The new marketing, it appears, doesn't work that way
(from Seth Godin).

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Eisner Says It's Not New to Worry Over New Technology

We cannot escape that Hollywood is in the middle of a wave of technological change, Eisner said, quoting from his 1981 speech. The current angst over all the implications of new entertainment technology is nothing new.
Eisner said that while technology changes have ushered in new ways of distributing entertainment products, the one constant is that all of those delivery systems have relied on Hollywood creative content to fill their pipelines
(from Reuters, via

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Monday, September 26, 2005

Slightly off-topic: You can use the USGS Zip Code earthquake ground motion hazard look-up page to get an idea of how dangerous where you live is in an earthquake (e.g., compare Hollywood to Beverly Hills).

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

The LA hotline for Actors' Equity Association is (323) 634-1776.

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Quote about illusion:
Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.
-E.H. Gombrich

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Monday, September 05, 2005

Hollywood Actors in London:
Welcome to London's West End, where a Hollywood reputation is now one of the quickest ways to land a place on the British stage.
Over the past five years, London, especially during the tourist-rich summer months, has become the home to a new kind of production which could very easily be perceived as a hipper, higher-priced form of dinner theatre
(from Toronto Star).

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Friday, September 02, 2005

Producer/writer Julie Marsh and author/screenwriter Steven-Elliot Altman speak at Alameda Writers Group Meeting on September 3:
They discuss how writers can succeed in books, film, TV, comics, and other media.
Saturday, September 3, 9:45 am-noon
Glendale Central Library
222 East Harvard Street, Glendale, California
Phone: 818-548-2030
This is all I know about this; caveat actor.

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