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Wed, 22 Feb 2006 10:56:23 PSThttp://www.businessweek.com/mediacenter/podcasts/podcasting/podcastbiz_02_22_06.htm
Douglas Sarine and Kent Nichols, the co-creators of the Ask a Ninja video blog, talk about why they see an opportunity for video bloggers to break out. Veterans of the TV and animated world, they discuss their plans to help other video bloggers commercialize their works by creating a network. And they share some of the lessons they've learned about blogging, including the all-important need for consistency
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Mon, 09 Jan 2006 02:08:18 PSTA lot of people have been asking us to get better organized on the site.
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When you go to the post office a certain amount of abuse and neglect is
expected. The lines are long, the employees few.
You cussing loudly on your cell phone was a particular delight. Your
inability to call 411 was charming, the failure of your 1999-era cell
phone and wired-in earpiece was inspired.
Thank you for making our shared time in line just fly right by.
Thu, 29 Dec 2005 19:29:01 PST
I'm sitting in my car listening to Gene Wilder talking about Richard
Pryor and Mel Brooks.
Looking at the view of LA from the top of the Arclight's parking lot is
a small treasure. The structure is busier than I thought it would be,
and I found myself guided to the top level.
When I got here I saw the quiet, mist-shrouded city. This week LA gets
abandoned by its temporary lovers, the summer sun residents who return
to the hinterlands to visit their spawning grounds.
For those of us native to this sunny shangrila(sp?) we enjoy the empty
freeways and uncrowded malls. But it feels empty, less than whole. A
university town on summer break.
This view is the perfect small gift from the city I've grew up next to
and that I now call home.
Thanks LA, thanks Arclight.
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This is Terrence Malick's new film starring Colin Ferrell.
The opening sequence is amazing. No words are spoken and there's this
great music and it just builds a feeling like everything is going to
change. Two huge forces are about to collide and nothing in the world
will ever be the same.
So those first few moments are transcendant. Then the whole thing bogs
down into a swamp of boredom and malaise.
We left after two hours.
Sun, 18 Dec 2005 23:56:45 PSTLos Angeles—“Four Years Running” has raced to the top of the iFilm.com Viral Comedy Videos with over 12,000 views in just four days. This is a testament to the skill of emerging filmmakers who are showing Hollywood what works in this dynamic new medium. The film has stormed up the iFilm charts and boasts more views than many mainstream movie trailers.
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I went to go see King Kong at the midnight show at the Arc Light. Great
festive mood. A couple Xboxen 360 playing the Kong game, a Lexus 350 (a
car I've lusted after, but after sitting in it I'm way too tall to own
one) and a ton of people. Sorta shocking to see on a Tuesday night.
Thu, 15 Feb 2007 15:23:51 PSTWe have crossed a milestone with this weekend's announcement that TiVo has entered into an agreement with the popular web show Rocketboom. Finally a model for independent television is upon us.Right now the television shows are developed by a handful of trusted writer/producers in Hollywood who have become trusted enough to pitch there show ideas to the Networks. They've gained this trust by working on other television shows or by being incredibly success in another medium such as film, or books, or porn. If you're not one of these trusted people, the networks will not talk to you about your ideas. These pitches are then considered by the network suits and a few are chosen to be turned into full fledged pilot scripts. These scripts are then read and fewer still are made into actual pilots and then the best pilots make it to air where most of them fail to generate the 8-15 million viewers required to stay on the air. In the last year with maturity of mRSS and the wide dispersal of high-quality digital video production tools, video podcasting has exploded. For the new kids on the block, video podcasting allows programs like iTunes and FireAnt to automatically download video content. It's like signing up for a season pass on TiVo. Once you find a podcast you like, you can tell these programs to always download the newest content when it appears on the net. That's the groundwork, and now with this TiVo deal you can add that same sort of functionality to your television set through TiVo.Great. But how does that change anything? Well, it changes things because it gives TiVo an incentive to make other deals with indie producers so that they can distinguish themselves from the generic PVR boxes more and more cable and satellite providers are giving to their customers. It also will allow for a model where indie producers will have incentive to create longer DVD-length pilots for their shows on the cheap. Why go to a big network that's just going to shit all over your idea when you can produce your own content the way you want it and then take it to the network when you have built a following through TiVo and iTunes. If you can prove your show is being watched by a million people, you're getting close to what the average viewership is on basic cable. How will the producers make money? Subscribers, DVD sales, and small interactive ads for the people who don't subscribe. The subscribers is a simple extension of how people pay for cable today. ESPN gets around $2.50 out of your monthly cable bill to support it's programming. That works out to $30 a year and about eight cents for each day's Sports Center. If you charge people $5 or $10 a year to subscribe to your entire archive and get extra content and early access to your new shows you should see a fairly sizable subscriber base (10%-ish). It's important to not that you still give away your content freely on the net and TiVo, but you just charge a reasonable fee for subscription and you treat your free customers with respect. The market for DVDs is impressive. Sales of TV show DVD is very strong, and it costs under $2 to physically produce a DVD. Add the usual bevvy of special features and DVD only content and you should be able to sell enough discs to recoup your costs with a healthy profit. Advertising. Again this should not be intrusive. But a simple ad at the end of your content will bring in [...]
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