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Saturday, April 24, 2010

How can you own an intangible?

The future of your video collection may be somewhere in the ethernet, in cyber storage. Low cost rentals, video on demand, and personal storage are all trends taking the profit and cash flow out of DVD's and personal video collections. Services such as Disney's Keychest are popping up, Hulu and Netflix are now stables of the on-line world and Apple is not the top music and video sales generator soundly defeating the closest "brick and mortar" competitor, Wal-Mart.

Rental or own but keep it on a cloud computer, a computer that is not on your desktop but in come super server farm, which you can access from anywhere on your smart phone, iPad, netbook or even less costly interface yet to be released on the market. You can access your "computer", your collection, your video and your audio from anywhere in the world, anytime,

Record collections, stacks of brittle 78's, 45 singles, LP's (33 1/r rpm), and CDs have given way to MPEG and iPods.

The generation that could not own movies unless they were wealthy, and even then poor Super 8 prints with scratchy audio tracks, were the innovators who gobbled up DVD's and now Blue Rays so they could own a piece of their own history, their own memories and their own passions. VHS started the trend, but it was a poor substitute for today's 720 and 1080p universe.

And now comes the next step.

Will we let go of knowing we own secure copies you can file, touch, possess and move on to "owning" digital files stored on our computers or out there in cyber space?

There were those who swore that CD's would never lose their magic, yet most music is now delivered computer to computer to portable player and cell phone.

We are growing ever closer to owning the intangible, the non-physical and feeling the pride of ownership without every touching a physical wrapper or product.

What will the future hold?

Ghoulish Fun on Broadway!

The Addams Family

A scene from “The Addams Family,” featuring Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane, which opened at April 14th at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in New York,  to luke warm and cold reviews but sold out audiences. In the course of "fixing" the show between its Chicago birth and Broadway, much of the cartoonist humor and color were replaced by shades of the popular TV show and movies. The name of the show even changed, from "Addams Family Values" to "The Addams Family."

More at New York Times.comAddams Family Musical home page (watch the videos if you want to see classic Addams Family cartoons), Wikipedia (plot spoiler), New York Times very negative review, The New Yorker Take (Addams penned some of his classics for the New Yorker), Washington Posts pan of the musical (again audiences love it, critics do not)Wikipedia on the television show (disclaimer, I am bias since Ted Cassidy, who played Lurch on the television series, was a friend of my wife's Uncle Jack and played on the Florida State Basketball team with Uncle Jack - "Lurch" a.k.a. "Jaws" was the center)

Photo below is from The Washington Post : Addams' bland: The cast members can't compete with the TV show's macabre family. From left, Adam Riegler, Jackie Hoffman, Bebe Neuwirth, Nathan Lane, Kevin Chamberlin, Krysta Rodriguez and Zachary James. (Joan Marcus/the Publicity Office)

Drawings are the original cartoon family by Charles Addams; caption for larger drawing is "Just the kind of day that makes you feel good to be alive!" 

Understand Show Biz as if you were young and starting out!

Young Performers Go on Line. Check it Out!

As of today young performers and their parents have their own on-line home at the Screen Actors Guild:
The site includes video interviews, interactive features, fun facts, important links and resoureces.
The SAG Young Performers handbook is now on-line, answering key questions and offering resources for parents and older young performers.
A glossary of terms (see also the right hand column of this blog).
Information on the Coogan law, child labor laws and work permits.
Links to Actors Fund resources and the AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union.
Plus some general tips for performers.
All actors face the daunting task of protecting one’s career and image while confronting the need for prolific exposure of their likeness and name to sustain that career. And while new technologies are creating great opportunities for all Screen Actors Guild members, it is important to take pause and recognize that the Internet does, in fact, leave our youngest members most susceptible to peril. We’ve all heard stories about innocent cyber exchanges and Web postings gone bad. The realities of promoting the careers of young performers in cyberspace leave these children more vulnerable than most.

Tips and Tools for Young Performers

Parents and guardians of young performers frequently face issues that most parents do not have to address. In the course of your child’s acting pursuit, you are frequently asked to provide personal information to agents, casting directors and production companies. As your child’s union, the Guild urges you to be very cautious.