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The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at www.aftra.com.""About AFTRA The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO,... more
Retail Camp Los Angeles will take place on Oct. 24, 2010 in CoLoft in Santa Monica, featuring speakers from SenseOFashion.com, Kaboodle, Elle Communications, the California Fashion Associaton, MadisonBuyer.com, FindFashionRep.com, and more. Topics of discussion will revolve around all things digital media and fashion.
Read the full article: http://fashionablymarketing.me/2010/08/retailcamp-los-angeles/Retail Camp Los Angeles will take place on Oct. 24, 2010 in CoLoft in Santa Monica,... more
WITNESS staffers Ryan Kautz and Violeta Krasnic traveled to Macedonia to provide training and to facilitate the establishment of a Macedonian Video Advocacy Network Team and its Action Plan. The team will serve as a focal point in developing and implementing video advocacy strategies aimed at challenging the newly adopted Macedonian Anti-Discrimination Law, galvanizing civil society and mobilizing affected communities to demand legal and policy amendments from Macedonian authorities.WITNESS staffers Ryan Kautz and Violeta Krasnic traveled to Macedonia to provide... more
"...including fragile diaries back three and a half centuries...focusing on historic events in the 19th century."
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=10687437"...including fragile diaries back three and a half centuries...focusing on... more
If there's one thing a fledgling technology needs, it's good marketing. That aside, the next most vital thing is industry support. Today, an even dozen broadcast groups have banded together in order to back the soon-to-launch Mobile DTV format (ATSC-M/H), with Belo, Cox, E.W. Scripps, Fox, Gannett, Hearst, ION, Media General, Meredith, NBC, Post-Newsweek and Raycom forming a joint venture to develop a "new national mobile content service." The service will utilize the broadcast spectrum already set aside in order to allow member companies to "provide content to mobile devices, including live and on-demand video, local and national news from print and electronic sources, as well as sports and entertainment programming." That's pretty big news for a tech that's been struggling to gain acceptance in America, and if all goes to plan, Washington, DCers will get a chance to indulge first when it goes live in the nation's capitol on May 3rd. A showcase on that date will demonstration a Mobile DTV-capable Samsung Moment and Dell Mini 10 (amongst others), though we're still having a tough time digging up firm pricing for any of those. Get ready, folks -- Pimp My Ride is about to get a huge second wind.If there's one thing a fledgling technology needs, it's good marketing. That... more
The evolution to digital is almost complete, the last step being the written word. This includes everything from newspapers to novels. Some people seem to think that by going against this inevitable transition from print to digital, one would simply be acting from a “fear of change” however I am of a different school of thought. As I see it, there is one huge problem with moving away from hardcopy paper versions of our books, newspapers and magazines. At the point where all print media becomes digital, is the point where history becomes malleable and subject to editing down the road. There is a reason why writing has stayed around as long as it has; it has always been a way of recording current events and passing those events down to the latter generations. Lessons that were learned in the past were forwarded to its descendents hoping to help them avoid the same horrible mistakes.
If you have read 1984, you are familiar with the concept of erasing and changing history in order to suit the needs of whomever is in power at the moment. Do you think there is an increased risk that our history will be altered in the future and what can we do to prevent it if anything?The evolution to digital is almost complete, the last step being the written word.... more
Editor & Publisher has been sold, and its new owners plan to shift the focus out of the newsroom and towards business and technology in the industry. They've even shut down the popular newsroom blog, where journalists, editors and other industry insiders could hold discussions on how the industry is struggling and evolving. But YPNation contributor Genevieve Long is troubled by this decision:
"From a business angle, it is only natural to seek a niche on the Internet. McIntosh might think they can do this by taking the tech-business savvy angle and backing off on newsroom action. Yes, of course that makes sense--E&P's audience of mostly journalists, editors, and publishers never set foot in a newsroom.
The decision-makers at McIntosh might benefit from checking out a recent study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism that illuminates just how important the information that comes out of newsrooms is to the public. And thus, how important the life of the newsroom is to industry professionals. In fact, the newsroom and economic survival go hand-in-hand.
Among the most key findings of the study was that the majority of new information comes from traditional sources, and that new media, with which the new E&P is so enamored, plays only a limited role in disseminating information."
Read more: http://bit.ly/6BFtMJEditor & Publisher has been sold, and its new owners plan to shift the focus out... more
Alister & Paine Poised for Continued Rapid Growth
Digital magazine publisher, Alister & Paine, INC. announced today the results of a recent audit revealing 400% return on investment (ROI) over the first six months of operation, with a monthly recurring return of 1,125 percent.
Under the leadership of Brian Aitken, the company is poised to continue its growth into the New Year as publisher of THE digital magazine for 21st century executives.
“While many new companies struggle in this tough economy and have a difficult time realizing profits even within a few years, Alister & Paine is quite the opposite,” said Brian Aitken, CEO of Alister & Paine. “This recent audit shows strong growth for us and proves Alister & Paine as a credible partner for our clients.”Alister & Paine Poised for Continued Rapid Growth Digital magazine publisher,... more
Six months ago Brian Aitken, a 26-year-old entrepreneur, launched Alister & Paine Magazine: a digital magazine for 21st century executives. The company, which specializes in providing a web-optimized distribution channel for B2B and high end consumer goods, realized a 400% return on total investments after its first six months of operations.
A recent audit reveals that the company has been experiencing, and is projected to continue, a monthly recurring return of 1,125%.
"The key to any successful business is sticking to the plan, keeping the costs low and providing value to your clients. Alister & Paine does exactly that by providing high-quality editorials to a very hard-to-reach demographic. It doesn't hurt to have fun and love what you're doing...then the 90-hour weeks don't feel so bad," said Brian D. Aitken, Founder and CEO of Alister & Paine Magazine.Six months ago Brian Aitken, a 26-year-old entrepreneur, launched Alister & Paine... more
Beautiful digital manipulations of photographs. http://www.sweet-station.com/blog/?p=9062
Meet Koh and Yurie. They're a happily married young Japanese couple who moved from Tokyo to San Francisco a year ago due to a job transfer. In early September, while on a business trip back home, Koh bought a new game cartridge for his Nintendo DS. It was mostly out of curiosity — the Japanese Twitterati were all abuzz over a new dating sim called Love Plus, and he just wanted to see what the hype was about. "I've tried the other dating sims before just for kicks, but I never got hooked," he says. "I didn't expect this to be any different." He was wrong.
During that one week in Tokyo, Koh found himself fully committed to his virtual relationship with Rinko, a pouty, hard-ass high school girl who hung out at the library. The relationship was formal at first, consisting of awkward whispered conversations in which she sent mixed signals and called him by his last name. As things got more heated, though, she started calling him Kohichi (calling someone by the first name still carries a degree of intimacy in Japan) and became more demanding of his attention. "I felt like I might get sucked into this world," Koh, who is an engineer at a major game manufacturer by day, tells me. "It's not like any dating sim with young girls in it becomes a hit, but this one is really well-made."
An article posted on a Japanese tech site in September told the story of several women who had complained on an online bulletin about how their family lives were disrupted by husbands addicted to Konami's hit game. Last weekend, I invited Koh and Yurie over to my house to talk about Koh's virtual relationship with Rinko, and how — if at all — it had impacted their real world husband-and-wife dynamic.
Interview at link.Meet Koh and Yurie. They're a happily married young Japanese couple who moved... more
The Wall Street Journal reports that Disney is close to releasing a new system that will sell permanent, multi-device access to digital media. The system, dubbed Keychest, is being positioned as an answer to consumer concerns about purchasing digital media that are locked to a small number of devices, and thus as a way to finally shift media sales from an ownership model to an access model. They claim that such a service would reduce the risk of losing access to content as a result of a single vendor going out of business, as purchased content would remain available from other vendors. However, they do not seem to have addressed the question of what happens to customers' access to purchased content if the Keychest service itself is discontinued.The Wall Street Journal reports that Disney is close to releasing a new system that... more
To help promote its new show SportsNation, ESPN is encouraging fans to prove they can talk sports by inviting them to take an online Screen Test. To highlight a new level of fan interaction (the show features, polls, youtube vids, call in and skyped in fans, comment boards and lots and lots of tweets) ESPN is following in current's footsteps (albeit very slowly and cautiously) by allowing fans to create their own mini show segments. I wonder if they will actually use these "auditions" to find people who will end up on the show live (weekdays on ESPN2 @ 4:00).
You take the test using your web cam. You choose a general sports category (like the NFL), a producer will throw a specific topic at you and you’ll have 30 seconds to prove that you can talk sports. She’ll also throw a curveball at you to see how well you think on your feet. After you’ve tried it (you can retake if you flub as many times a you like) and submit your video you’ll receive a video where it will look like you Skyped into the show with the hosts. You end up with a video of yourself on a ESPN show that you can link to, or embed or send around or do with what you will.To help promote its new show SportsNation, ESPN is encouraging fans to prove they can... more
This video takes an authentic and exciting look at the monthly Downtown L.A. Art Walk. The Downtown L.A. Art Walk is a self-guided tour that showcases the numerous outstanding art exhibition venues and artists in Downtown Los Angeles.This video takes an authentic and exciting look at the monthly Downtown L.A. Art Walk.... more
Shopping is really fun when you don’t have to actually spend any money, right? This magazine editor has a bit of fun and does the online shopping for you as if she were going to the soiree herself, but sadly, can’t buy the pieces. But, maybe YOU can! Last week she rocked http://www.oneof365.com/category/net-a-porter/ and this week it’s J.Crew.com. The look is “garden Party Chic” and she’s picked out a glam look that’s sleek and sweet—perfect for any summertime “do.” She gives you a great background on the brand, excellent styling tips, and puts together an amazing outfit you can buy online right now. She has zero affiliation with any of the sites she “shops” from so this isn’t her hocking the goods, it’s just her having a bit of fun as a magazine editor.
Really fun fashion page that shows off trends in a really unique way. Blogger has an amazingly eclectic site with everything from beauty, fashion, diary style entries, poetry, life in the magazine world----this girl has everything. Already winner of the prestigious “Blog Of The Day Award” (some people take years to earn this—she’s only had her blog up 3 weeks!) and on top level blog rolls of awesome bloggers, this girl is amazing. A+++++
.Shopping is really fun when you don’t have to actually spend any money, right?... more
The video-sharing Web site YouTube is probably best known as the place to find silly home videos of klutzy cats, clever babies and lip-syncing soccer moms. But YouTube is becoming increasingly important to the music business. In fact, some industry professionals say it has become the MTV of the digital generation.
In the old days, new bands created buzz by playing clubs and getting on local radio. Today, record labels often gauge a new band's popularity by looking on YouTube. Jeff Dodes, head of multimedia for a division of Sony Music, says that's where one of his talent scouts saw the video for the song "The Stanky Leg," by The GS Boyz. "The Stanky Leg" had created so much excitement on YouTube that Sony decided to sign The GS Boyz. And Dodes says that when the group makes its record for the label, he'll take The GS Boyz back to YouTube to promote it.
But once a group is signed to a label promotion teams use a number of tricks to make sure that YouTube users actually see videos by their artists. Jeremy Maciak of Vagrant Records points to a video by the label's band A Cursive Memory. Maciak says the production is simple, consisting of "the band jumping in front of paparazzi and behind velvet ropes all throughout Hollywood with a boom box on their shoulder, singing their song, which is called 'Everything.' "
The video is filled with shots of well-known celebrities, all of whom are named in the video's tags, which Maciak says garnered a lot of exposure for the video. The video was viewed hundreds of thousands of times, but not necessarily because people were looking for the song.The video-sharing Web site YouTube is probably best known as the place to find silly... more
"I was appalled when I read that school inspectors say boys are turned off art when it's too heavily focused on drawing and painting," Hockney told the paper."It's a bit like saying schools shouldn't be bothering with grammar. The only reason people aren't stimulated is because they have got bad, boring teachers." He may, for once, have a point."I was appalled when I read that school inspectors say boys are turned off art... more
The hip hop industry is adopting to the new technology and the digital media. Soulja Boy web phenomenon it’s the best example of what I've seen of an artist utilizing the power of the Web to break his career. Web rapping is the new underground trend that is reshaping the industry giving artist the power to control their destiny. By being unique anybody able to put some lyrics together can build their own online community. If their message can speak their audience slang. This is the first artist I've seen who's song was relevant and able to merge the tech lango with a beat i could knock my head to, his own style and flow. Through his swag is no Jay-z, Lil' Wayne, Kayne West, etc. This is the next phase of what I believe is going to be know as Rap 2.0.The hip hop industry is adopting to the new technology and the digital media. Soulja... more
"High-end filmmakers aren't just making movies these days. They're building virtual worlds before shooting a single frame of film, using digital tools that blur the lines between animation and live-action, virtual sets and physical soundstage, photorealistic cartoon characters and motion-captured human beings.
Over the past few years, digital moviemakers have mastered new technologies and learned to micromanage massive teams in order to bring complex collaborative visions to the screen. The goal: to create truly immersive movies that knock the socks off even the most jaded moviegoer.
"Every technological advance in filmmaking points directly to something like Star Trek's holodeck, where you don't go in and watch the stories — you are actually in the bar or you're climbing the rock or whatever is there," said Phil "Captain 3D" McNally, the stereoscopic supervisor, who handled the 3-D elements in DreamWorks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens, which opened Friday. "That's lucid dreaming as realized by Star Trek technology. If you have a choice between watching a movie and going on the holodeck, I guarantee you'd be going on the holodeck."
As with earlier advances — from silent films to "talkies," from black-and-white to color and from sound to surround sound — the new technological tools at moviemakers' disposal are changing not just what audiences see and hear, but the way directors and their crews work.
Unlike previous 3-D cartoons, Monsters vs. Aliens was conceptualized from the get-go as a story designed for depth.""High-end filmmakers aren't just making movies these days. They're... more