PGA NMC with Steve Rosenbaum (Magnify.net)

Posted: September 23rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA NMC with Steve Rosenbaum (Magnify.net)

This coming year – 2009-2010 – marks our 5th season of NMC East programming, and we are very pleased to bring our membership and guests some of the leading digital media producers, executives, and industry gurus through our event series which, as always, is recorded and webcast for posterity by Scribe Media (www.scribemedia.org/pga).

Once again, we are very pleased to have the Core Club welcome us back for another season, and our first salon event is next Wednesday, September 30th, from 7:00-9:00 pm, at the Core Club.

Chris Pfaff will be interviewing filmmaker and Magnify.net founder and CEO Steve Rosenbaum (a PGA East member), who will discuss the latest trends regarding digital video aggregation, including his new iPhone app, Magnify Mobile.

The explosion of user-generated video content both professional and amateur has spawned a new generation of video archive and curation tools that offer a wide range of filters for producers and viewers alike.

The melding of editorial and filtering has created a new metric for how the public views news and actualities today, the most discussed piece of video may not be shot by a professional news crew, but produced and or captured by an amateur.

As the mainstream media races to catch up to the shifting video viewing habits of a voracious public appetite for video, companies ranging from Mediaite to Weather.com offer new ways to syndicate and cull video for a wide range of tastes and applications.

Steve Rosenbaum, a noted documentary filmmaker and CEO of New York based Magnify.net, will discuss the landscape for video curation, and talk about his company’s video publishing platform, which enables the integration of user generated video into company websites and provides tools for building video communities.

We hope to see you next week. Please bring a qualified PGA member as guest, if you an.

RSVP IS REQUIRED.

The first PGA New School panel event will be on Tuesday, November 10th (‘Open Source for Producers’).


PGA – Producing Powerful Sizzle Reels

Posted: September 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on PGA – Producing Powerful Sizzle Reels

DEVELOPMENT INSIDER SERIES: PRODUCING POWERFUL SIZZLE REELS

One of the fastest ways to greenlight a series is with a compelling sizzle reel.

What does it take to create a sizzle reel?

What makes a sizzle reel stand out?

What are the pitfalls to avoid when producing a sizzle reel?

This DEVELOPMENT INSIDER SERIES: PRODUCING POWERFUL SIZZLE REELS workshop will screen reels submitted by successful production companies and PGA members. Interested PGA members are invited to submit in advance any finished reels or works in progress they would like to share with the group.

Producers who attend this event will leave with a strong understanding of the secrets that can make your reel sizzle.

PGA MEMBERS ONLY. RSVP REQUIRED.

October 3, 2009 at PGA Postworks Conference Room.


INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

Posted: March 19th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

PGA NMC East Presents the 2009 Panel & Salon Series

INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING IN THE DIGITAL WORLD:

A Conversation with Ira Deutchman, CEO, Emerging Pictures

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 7:00pm

The independent filmmaker today has more options for distribution than ever before. Some things, including film financing, have not changed. How does the independent film producer adapt to a universe that includes mobile and Internet-distributed films, digital cinema, and videogame tie-ins? And, what are the opportunities for independent cinema in the age of Hulu and YouTube? These questions, and more, will be addressed during a conversation with one of New York’s leading independent film producers.

IRA DEUTCHMAN, CEO, Emerging Pictures

Ira Deutchman has been making, marketing and distributing films for thirty-one years, having worked on over 150 films including some of the most successful independent films of all time. He was one of the founders of Cinecom and later created Fine Line Features—two companies that were created from scratch and in their respective times, helped define the independent film business.

Currently Deutchman is President and CEO of Emerging Pictures, a New York-based film distribution and digital exhibition company.

Among the over 60 films he acquired and released at Fine Line were Jane Campion’s “An Angel at My Table,” Gus van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Night on Earth,” Robert Altman’s “The Player” and “Short Cuts,” Roman Polanski’s “Bitter Moon” and “Death and the Maiden,” Alan Rudolph’s “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, ” Mike Leigh’s “Naked,” and the award-winning “Hoop Dreams,” which until recently was the highest grossing non-music documentary in history.

Other films Deutchman has worked on were “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” ”To Sleep with Anger,” “Metropolitan,” “A Room with a View,” “Stop Making Sense,” “El Norte,” and “The Brother from Another Planet.”

Deutchman is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Film Division at Columbia University. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America East.

Moderator: CHRIS PFAFF, President, Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC; board delegate, PGA New Media Council

A board delegate of the PGA New Media Council since 2006, and a PGA NMC member since 2004, Chris Pfaff leads a consultancy – Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC – that represents some of the leading service providers, audio/video technology firms, networking vendors, and media companies in the world, from PRIMEDIA and Eastman Kodak to Cantor Telecom. A veteran of the venture world, Chris helped launch more than 20 ventures from the Lucent New Ventures Group, including iBiquity Digital; Flarion; Lucent Digital Video, and GeoVideo Networks, among others. In addition, he has helped launch AT&T’s Internet strategy; the Viacom New Media division of Viacom, Inc.; Sony Electronics’ Digital Betacam format, and Sharp Electronics’ LCD product division.

7pm Networking mixer with wine and light refreshments

7:45 (Starts promptly) Conversation with Ira Deutchman

The Core Club

66 East 55th Street

Between Madison and Park Aves.

www.thecoreclub.com

Space is limited; RSVP required. Please RSVP to rsvp@pga-ny.org.

NOTE: PGA members are encouraged to bring a qualified prospective member as a guest. Guests will be asked to reconfirm their RSVP 24 hours prior to event.

PGA and the NAB Show

The PGA and the NAB Show, the annual conference and expo for filmmakers passionate about what’s next in content creation, production and distribution, have entered into a sponsorship relationship. Together, the two organizations are providing PGA members with innovation-themed screenings and seminars, culminating in a soon-to-be revealed event on location at the 2009 NAB Show. Stay tuned for more announcements. Discover the latest tools and techniques at the 2009 NAB Show, April 18 – 23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


World Builder

Posted: March 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Films, IA & UX, Transmedia | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on World Builder

Bruce Branit has been fortunate to enjoy two viral videos.

His first one, perhaps the first real “web short” was 405 The Movie, which depicts a 757 landing on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. At the time of its release in June 2000, it was an amazing production.

The latest short film he has made, which has also gone viral, is “World Builder”. The “official” description says “A strange man uses holographic tools to build a world for the woman he loves.”

Bruce presents a very interesting “holodeck” and the way the environments user interface is depicted is very well conceived.


POLITICAL SATIRE CHANGES THE (NEW MEDIA) WORLD

Posted: February 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , | Comments Off on POLITICAL SATIRE CHANGES THE (NEW MEDIA) WORLD

The Producers Guild of America New Media Council

presents the

2008 – 2009 Panel and Salon Series



**SPECIAL INVITE – RSVP DETAILS BELOW**

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 7 pm – 9 pm

POLITICAL SATIRE CHANGES THE (NEW MEDIA) WORLD: An Evening with Ben Relles, Founder of BarelyPolitical.com

The political arena has been one of the heaviest contributors to the social media revolution. The 2008 presidential election saw a groundbreaking new media campaign from President Barack Obama, including mobile marketing, liveblogging, and online video, but was also at the epicenter of a groundswell in online political satire, including ëThe Last Republican,í endless user-generated parodies of candidates, and one of the most compelling viral video campaigns of all time ñ ëObama Girl.í The singular creation of BarelyPolitical.comís Ben Relles, the Obama Girl phenomenon (due in no small part to the performance of actress Amber Lee Ettinger) captured the public fascination with then-candidate Obama and helped lay the foundation for online discourse that, in many ways, rivaled mainstream mediaís attempts to keep up with netizens.

Ben Relles, founder, BarelyPolitical.com
Ben†Relles launched his political satire website BarelyPolitical.com†with the hit video “I Got a Crush on Obama.” In total, he has produced more than 150 online videos, which have been viewed more than 200 million times worldwide. †Recently, Ben launched BarelyDigital.com, an online video network satirizing the world of technology. †He has spoken at conferences that include: Forbes MEET, Streaming Media East, and NATPE; has guest lectured on college campuses nationwide, and appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News, and†CNN.†Born in Wisconsin, Ben was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After college,†Ben†co-founded MarketVision, Inc., where he was a partner from 1997 – 2002. Later,†Ben†received his MBA from the Wharton School, and has spent time working for Omnicom marketing agencies.†

Moderated by Chris Pfaff, President, Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC; board delegate, PGA New Media Council
A board delegate of the PGA New Media Council since 2006, and a PGA NMC member since 2004, Chris Pfaff leads a consultancy ñ Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC ñ that represents some of the leading service providers, audio/video technology firms, networking vendors, and media companies in the world, from PRIMEDIA and Eastman Kodak to Cantor Telecom. A veteran of the venture world, Chris helped launch more than 20 ventures from the Lucent New Ventures Group, including iBiquity Digital; Flarion; Lucent Digital Video, and GeoVideo Networks, among others. In addition, he has helped launch AT&Tís Internet strategy; the Viacom New Media division of Viacom, Inc.; Sony Electronicsí Digital Betacam format, and Sharp Electronicsí LCD product division.

A wine and cheese reception beginning at 7pm will precede the programming, which will begin at 7:45pm.

The Screening Room at The Core Club
66 East 55th Street
Between Madison and Park Aves.
New York City

Space is extremely limited and a confirmed RSVP for this event is required. Please email: rsvp@pga-ny.org to RSVP. RSVP’s are for one person only.

Event hosted by the Producers Guild of America, New Media Council East.

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is the premier industry association for entertainment producing professionals.

For more information about the PGA New Media Council and to access a membership application, please visit:www.pganewmedia.org.

For the most up-to-date information on the PGA New Media Council East, visit the blog at http://pganmc.blogspot.com.

For more information about the PGA and to access a membership application, please visit: www.producersguild.org.

Previous events in our series can be accessed in both webcast format at: www.scribemedia.org/pga.

For more information about ScribeStudio Productions, please visit: www.scribemedia.org/about/.



Suburban Auto Group – The Trunk Monkey

Posted: January 22nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Entertainment, Funny Pictures, Video | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Suburban Auto Group – The Trunk Monkey

An entertaining collection of Trunk Monkey commercials from Suburban Auto Group. There are 8 videos in all.




#1 Road Rage#2 Throwing Eggs#3 Want a Donut?#4 Thrown off a Bridge#5 Pediatric Edition#6 Chaperone#7 First Aid#8 Alien Abduction


MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY-MAKING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Posted: October 30th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: PGA | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY-MAKING IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Producers Guild of America – New Media Council East

Presents the

2008-2009 Panel and Salon Series

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 7pm – 9pm

MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY-MAKING IN THE 21ST CENTURY:

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, IT WILL BE OBSOLETE

The convergence of media and technology in the 21st century has led to such accelerated pace of change in the behaviors of consumers that both content producers and device manufacturers have had to adapt in nothing less than a paradigm-shift-per-day schedule. The men and women who help shape government policy for the U.S. media industry are facing enormous challenges in the development of regulations and frameworks for an industry whose audience has seemingly more control than ever before.

With a new administration entering the White House in January, 2009, and the looming February 17, 2009 digital t.v. switch-over upon us, the landscape for new media is exploding with opportunity – and potential policy headaches galore. From the future of the Internet and Net neutrality to open source development and content syndication and the battle over digital copyright, the environment in which content producers find themselves today is more weighted with intellectual property questions and policy issues than ever before.

The Producers Guild of America New Media Council East presents a snap-shot of the future of media policy, and the coming changes in Washington’s outlook on the role that new technology plays in media, with some of this country’s leading technology policy experts.

Eli M. Noam, Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia Business School

Eli Noam has been Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia Business School since 1976. In 1990, after having served for three years as Commissioner with the New York State Public Service Commission, he returned to Columbia. He is the Director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. CITI is an independent university-based research center focusing on strategy, management, and policy issues in telecommunications, computing, and electronic mass media. In addition to leading CITI’s research activities, Noam initiated the MBA concentration in the Management of Entertainment, Communications, and Media at the Business School and the Virtual Institute of Information, an independent, web-based research facility. He has also taught at Columbia Law School and Princeton University’s Economics Department and Woodrow Wilson School. Noam has published over 19 books and 400 articles in economic journals, law reviews, and interdisciplinary journals. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Justin Hughes, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Justin Hughes is a law professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. He also serves as Director of the law school’s Intellectual Property Program. In 2003, he was the Hosier Distinguished Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property at DePaul College of Law in Chicago. From 1997 to 2001, Professor Hughes worked as an attorney-advisor in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, focusing on the Administration’s initiatives in Internet-related intellectual property issues, Eleventh Amendment immunity issues, intellectual property law in developing economies, and copyright appellate filings for the United States (including the Napster litigation).

At the policy level, Professor Hughes is frequently credited with slowing down legislative proposals for “database protection” that circulated in Washington following the European Union’s 1996 Database Directive. On the other hand, the Congressional Record names him as one of the administration officials who helped craft the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. (DMCA)

Since 2006, he has been chairman of the board of the Thomson Foundation for Cinema and Film Heritage, the corporate foundation of Paris-based Thomson SA, the parent company of Technicolor.

Jonathan Askin, General Counsel, pulver.com Enterprises

Jonathan Askin is General Counsel to pulver.com Enterprises, which controls approximately 20 operating companies touching various aspects of IP-based communications. Mr. Askin oversees the legal, policy, and regulatory affairs for the pulver.com enterprises including Free World Dialup, LibreTel, pulver Innovations, pulver Radio, pulver Consulting, WHP Wireless, VON Magazine, and the VON Conferences. He is also an adjunct associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School.

He also is the Executive Director of the Global IP Alliance, the international consortium of IP-based communications providers. Before joining pulver.com, he was President and General Counsel to the Association for Local Telecommunications Services, the leading national trade association representing facilities-based competitive local exchange carriers.

Before that he was a senior attorney in the FCC s Common Carrier Bureau. Prior to the FCC, he was a Deputy Public Advocate with the New Jersey Public Advocate and Ratepayer Advocate, where he represented the public on telecommunications and cable issues. Mr. Askin also practiced law with the New York offices of Davis, Polk and Wardwell.

Ray Beckerman, Partner, Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP

Ray Beckerman is a partner at Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP, practicing complex commercial and copyright litigations. Additionally, he supervises litigations and other proceedings taking place in other geographical areas, advises businesses and not-for-profits, incorporates start-up entities, negotiates contracts, and assists in obtaining copyrights and trademarks.

Ray began his legal career with Phillips Nizer Benjamin Krim & Ballon, and then went on to serve as a litigation associate with Lowey Dannenberg & Knapp P. C. and Squadron Ellenoff Plesent & Lehrer, as the sole principal of Ray Beckerman P.C., and as a partner in Gallet Dreyer & Berkey and Beldock Levine & Hoffman, before finding a home at Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP.

In 2004 Ray became a ‘blogger’, first creating the blog “Ohio Election Fraud” relating to the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. In 2005 he created the blog “Recording Industry vs. The People,” (http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com) which collects information about the copyright infringement litigations prosecuted by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) against owners of internet access accounts that are linked to peer-to-peer file sharing.

Moderator: Chris Pfaff, President, Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC; board delegate, PGA New Media Council

A board delegate of the PGA New Media Council since 2006, and a PGA NMC member since 2004, Chris Pfaff leads a consultancy – Chris Pfaff Tech/Media LLC – that represents some of the leading service providers, audio/video technology firms, networking vendors, and media companies in the world, from PRIMEDIA and Eastman Kodak to Cantor Telecom. A veteran of the venture world, Chris helped launch more than 20 ventures from the Lucent New Ventures Group, including iBiquity Digital; Flarion; Lucent Digital Video, and GeoVideo Networks, among others. In addition, he has helped launch AT&T’s Internet strategy; the Viacom New Media division of Viacom, Inc.; Sony Electronics’ Digital Betacam format, and Sharp Electronics’ LCD product division.

Wine and light refreshments will be served during a networking mixer prior to the programming.

Wollman Hall

Eugene Lang Building

The New School

65 West 11th Street, 5th floor

(enter at 66 West 12th Street)

New York City

www.newschool.edu

Space is limited so a confirmed RSVP for this event is required.   Please email: rsvp@pga-ny.orgto request a seat. All RSVPs are for one person only. All RSVPs must be re-confirmed to be considered valid.

Event hosted by The Producers Guild of America, New Media Council, New York Chapter.

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is the premier industry association for entertainment producing professionals.

For more up-to-date information on the PGA New Media Council East, visit the blog at http://pganmc.blogspot.com

For more information about the PGA New Media Council and to access a membership application, please visit:http://www.pganewmedia.org

For more information about the PGA and to access a membership application, please visit:http://www.producersguild.org

Previous events from our 2005-2008 event series can be accessed in both webcast and podcast format at:http://www.scribemedia.org/pga

For more information about ScribeStudio Productions, please visit: http://www.scribestudio.com.


405 The Movie

Posted: February 14th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Films, Transmedia | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

This short film by Bruce Branit and Jeremy Hunt was release in June 2000. It is one of the short films released on the web and had a huge viral following. For many years I have used this web film as an example of the reach and potential of web video.