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Can Bikers, Zombies and Amazon Save TV?

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100404722 TV as we know it has been under assault. Commercials are skipped via DVR or ignored by looking down to check Facebook on your smart phone or pad. Cable revenue is under pressure as consumers shun that dreaded $100 a month bill for streaming alternatives such as Netflix and Hulu Plus. Share this article […]

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Movie Studios: Have They Gone the Way of Dinosaurs?

http://www.cnbc.com/id/48223725 Ben Silverman, Chairman of multi-media producer Electus recently keynoted a Venture Capital and New Media Summit in Los Angeles. Ben noted that 100 years ago in order to make a film you needed 50 acres of land in the San Fernando Valley, an army of various craftsmen, sprawling soundstages, expensive specialized cameras, film labs […]

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Air For Shares

The Shark Tank: ABC’s reality show about a room full of high-powered executives listening to ideas from entrepreneurs in exchange for a percentage of the company.  But what if instead, ABC offered some of its advertising inventory, maybe even a spot or two on The Shark Tank, in exchange for a piece of your company? […]

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First Music, Now Films Caught in End of Obsolescence

http://www.cnbc.com/id/46467956 Originally Published on CNBC.COM on February 21, 2012 Everyone knows who murdered the record labels. Not Professor Plum in the study with a wrench, but Napster on the internet with piracy. Although this case was solved over a decade ago, I’ve been scouring the cobwebbed files and I believe Napster had an accomplice that […]

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Four Lingering Questions From CES 2012

After reflecting on the recent tech-gasm that is CES, some unresolved issues have been rattling around in my noggin. How Does SpongeBob Have More Likes Than the Leader of the Free World? For those of you keeping score at home, SpongeBob has 30,484,228 Facebook likes to President Obama’s 24,683,199.  However, President Obama does have a […]

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Mirror Worlds

The term “Mirror World” was coined by Yale computer-scientist and futurist David Gelernter in his 1992 book of the same name which accurately predicted websites, blogging, tablets, streaming video, cloud computing and even, perhaps most impressively, the online social networks of today.  In a memorable quote from the book, Gelernter wrote: “I can’t be personal […]

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5 / 19 / 11
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How To Market Yourself For Roles

Originally published in Backstage Unlike in most professions, it is not sufficient for actors to be skilled at their craft. To succeed, actors must also be effective at marketing themselves. It is a valuable exercise to view marketing from the perspective of your target audience. Fortunately, talent agent Steve Muller of Innovative Artists, talent manager […]

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4 / 7 / 11
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Turning Pro When it Comes To the Biz, Forget Stella, Strasberg, and Stan.

Originally published Backstage Acting school is a fundamentally important tool to help you become an artist. However, a professional is defined as “one who follows an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain.” Acting classes are great at teaching you how to succeed in the “show” of showbiz. But much of what they […]

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8 / 25 / 10
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The Big Renegotiation Can an Actor Escape From a Contract That’s No Longer Fair?

Originally published in Backstage Charles de Gaulle said, “Treaties are like roses and young girls; they last while they last.” The same can be said of entertainment contracts. Over the years, I have become an expert in the art and science that is the fabled Big Renegotiation. This is when an actor refuses to honor […]

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7 / 30 / 09
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The Top 10 Mistakes Actors Make When They Sign a Contract

Originally published in Backstage 1. They don’t read it. Your primary focus as an actor is your craft. So when you get that part and a deal comes your way, your first instinct may be to sign, sign, sign before the contract evaporates. But take a moment to read it. This thin piece of paper […]

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