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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Auditions and Background needed for SAG-AFTRA film

Project: Burned in the Derert
Contract: Has not been verified yet
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Start Date: February 3, 2014
Casting: Lear Casting - Email headshot and resume to mlear@learenterprises.com
If you have a reel, please send it along also with your headshot and resume. Must be available next Thursday and Friday for callbacks. That’s the 16th and 17th of January. Those selected will be sent lines which will need to be prepared for the audition.

Casting:
There are 34 day players to be cast.
Women between the ages of 25-55 and men between the ages of 25-65.
Looking for cowboy types, surfer dude types, attorney types, fighters with good bodies and a heavily tattooed drug dealer type. All ethnicities. Also looking for a roulette dealer.

John Wayne and "The Shootist", behidn the scenes


Fox’s Abolishment Of Pilot Season: Practical Guide To How Will It Work


Nellie Andreeva
Fox is switching to the cable development model. That is the takeaway from today’s announcement by Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly that the network will be bypassing pilot season this year and going forward. I sat down with Reilly to discuss how the changes will be implemented and what it means for writers, actors and agents.
First, “we are abandoning pilot season, not pilots,” Reilly stressed. “Pilots still are a helpful tool, especially on the comedy side where the alchemy is fragile, and you really Kevin Reilly 1need the casting to inform your decision on the project.” But going forward, “we will be ordering pilots geared towards series,” he said. That means picking up fewer pilots, which is the cable model. “Instead of making 10 pilots hoping to get one series on the air, I’d like to make it more 1-to-1 ratio,” Reilly said. That means fewer pilot roles for actors but a better chance for those who get pilots to get on the air. The switch also means likely buying fewer scripts, Reilly said.
This will be a transitional year as Fox has a stockpile of scripts, some of them with big commitments. “There will be a few more drama pilots ordered in the next month or so, with another half dozen pushed forward for the next cycle with further investment,” Reilly said. That involves a pilot order plus backup scripts and/or funds for a writing staff, or, in some cases, just extra scripts and a bible for a straight-to-series consideration. On the comedy side, “we’ll have a leaner slate, we will order a few more pilots.” There is no mandate for any of those fox-tv-logo__130727010919-275x119to be ready in May for fall consideration, though, if magic strikes and a pilot comes quickly and knocks it out of the park, it could make it on the 2014-15 schedule. Expected to be on the schedule are Fox’s current pilots, drama Gotham and comedies Fatrick and Cabot College (Matt Hubbard), with Reilly expected to formalize their series orders next month. With those three, plus comedy series Mulaney and drama series Hieroglyph and Ben Affleck’s The Middle Man, there will be no much shelf space for new series anyway, especially as Reilly said he wanted to bring back most of the network’s current series and only has 15 hours of primetime versus 22 for the other major nets.
Related: 2014 Fox Pilots
Going forward, Fox will not make series pickups based on one episode, as has been the pilot season tradition. Also like cable, Fox plans to commission backup scripts and set up small writers rooms while work on the pilot is going on — as it is currently doing with The Middle Man and Gotham — to get a detailed road map for the series before proceeding with an episodic order. That is not a ploy to make creators do more for the pilot fee and wait longer, Reilly said. “Fox wants to do more work in order to get their projects on the air.” He feels that message will attract talent under the new model, which is being widely used in cable. Fox also is adapting the straight-to-series template based off multiple scripts and a bible, which it used on adventure drama Hieroglyph.
As pilots shoot throughout the year, July-October is expected to be particularly busy, with the beginning of the year and spring also earmarked for pilot production activity. Fox also will try to be buying scripts year-round the way cable networks do. However, if the other broadcast networks don’t follow Fox’s lead and remain constrained by the traditional pilot season, Reilly anticipates more active buying during the so-called pitch season in summer and fall. He also plans to continue doing event series alongside traditional drama series.
The move away from pilot season had been years in the making, ever since Reilly returned to what he calls an “antiquated broadcast system” after a stint at FX. “The success ratio on broadcast is not great, so we can’t do any worse,” he said.
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Employers Googling Potential Employees...

BUSINESSES MIGHT SUFFER IF THEY GOOGLE PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES

On the Media (click here)

Scientific American reports on a study that shows job applicants who know their prospective boss viewed their social media profiles are more likely to think that their hiring process was unfair. This is even true in cases where the applicant gets the job. 

Half of this is obvious. No one wants their fitness for a job to be judged by a deep read of their online life. But what I found interesting about this study in particular is that the authors suggest pre-employment online snooping hurts the businesses that do it:
“There could be all kinds of negative consequences for creating a selection process that is perceived as invasive and unfair,” says Lori Foster Thompson, a psychology professor at N.C. State and one of the paper’s co-authors. “When you think about the fact that top talent usually has a lot of choices as to where they want to go to work, it begins to really matter.”
Of course, the only way an employee is going to find out that their boss looked them up before hiring them is if their boss tells them. Which they don’t have to do, and likely won’t. 
It feels like in this case the study’s authors are trying to do the lord’s work through a tiny bit of chicanery.  We’d all like to live in a world where our Google trail is never held against us, and the authors are trying to convince businesses that getting caught snooping might make them lose out on the best possible employees. But it’s hard to imagine that really happening, which means that bosses will Google. 
Also, while I personally would love it if no prospective employer ever looked at my Facebook before hiring me, I also get that the onus is on me to manage my own privacy settings so that that doesn’t happen. In my own life, if I’m in front of a computer and talking to a stranger on the phone (for work) I’ll often almost reflexively Google them. It seems painfully optimistic to expect employers to refrain. 

PS. A more extreme way to deal with the problem of your Google trail haunting your job prospects is to kill your name. Awhile ago, Nazanin Rafsanjani did a story about a guy who held a funeral for his own name. I still think about it a lot. 

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Net neutrality ruling has implications for telecoms, Hollywood, Users, Economic Systems and Assumptions.

Net Neutrality Overturned...back to drawing board for FCC (or appeal to top court).



Tom Wheeler
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (Bloomberg)



Slow movie downloads will get worse, with a court overturning FCC protections for equal access to the Internet.
A federal appeals court has tossed the Federal Communications Commission's open access rules, which require Internet providers to treat all Web traffic equally. 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/#ixzz2qQF6FyjP
Without the so-called net neutrality rules, Internet providers will be able to charge companies a fee in return for putting their content in the fast lane of their pipelines.
The 2-1 decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has the potential to upend the telecommunications and entertainment industries, but the court left plenty of room for the FCC to come up with a different plan to regulate the Internet.
The ruling was in response to a Verizon suit looking to overturn the FCC's 2010 rules.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), cheered the ruling.
“I support today’s decision by the D.C. Court of Appeals, ruling that the FCC overstepped its authority in its attempt to regulate the Internet with so-called ‘net neutrality’ principles through anti-blocking and anti-discrimination rules," he said. "This decision also sends a strong message to federal agencies that may attempt to direct by regulation that which is not authorized by Congress.”
The ruling has "open Internet" advocates, telecommunications industry watchdogs and some Hollywood groups up in arms. They worry that companies that provide Web service will slow down or block access to competitors.
Service providers could create "fast lanes" on the Web and charge competitors more for access to the faster speeds. Consumer advocates fear that the restrictions could make the Internet resemble the cable TV industry -- that is, disproportionately controlled by a few major players. 
"Internet users will be pitted against the biggest phone and cable companies -- and in the absence of any oversight, these companies can now block and discriminate against their customers’ communications at will," said Craig Aaron, the president and chief executive of Free Press, a media watchdog group.
One argument is that a video and Internet provider would have an incentive to bog down a video streaming service such as Netflix in favor of its own sites. Or it could charge a toll to those who want their content delivered at a higher speed, which media watchdogs say would stifle innovation and favor big and powerful companies.
Netflix declined to comment. 
The issue of companies playing favorites with their own content came to the forefront when Comcast announced plans to acquire NBCUniversal in 2009. 
Comcast, the nation's largest cable and Internet distributor, said in a statement Tuesday that the court ruling would not change the company's policies. At the time of the acquisition, the cable giant agreed to abide by the FCC's open Internet rules for seven years, even if the courts changed them. 
"We have not -- and will not -- block our customers’ ability to access lawful Internet content, applications or services," the company said. "Comcast’s customers want an open and vibrant Internet, and we are absolutely committed to deliver that experience."
In a statement, Time Warner Cable its practices also would not change.
Hollywood has weighed in as well. The Writers Guild of America said the ruling hurts consumers and people who make content such as television programming and movies.
"To allow the Internet to succumb to corporate forces who seek to control what consumers can access undermines the open, democratic principles on which the Internet was founded," the industry group said in a statement. 
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement that the agency would "consider all available options, including those for appeal, to ensure that these networks on which the Internet depends continue to provide a free and open platform for innovation and expression, and operate in the interest of all Americans.”
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FCC Chairman Wheeler Sees Great Opportunities For Broadcasters

Tom Wheeler
Tom Wheeler
The National Association of Broadcasters generally argues that broadcasters are better off keeping all of their spectrum and using it to deliver advanced services, but there is a group of at least 70 stations that have expressed interest in giving up spectrum at the right price.
In a congenial interview with Consumer Electronics president and CEO Gary Shapiro at the International CES in Las Vegas Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler stressed his commitment to innovation and competition and laid out some of his key priorities.

Those priorities included pushing forward the transition to IP networks; E-Rate and 21st century educational initiatives; spectrum auctions; and dealing with disability issues.

On the issue of spectrum auctions, Wheeler argued that “there never has been a time for greater opportunity for America’s broadcasters,” adding that he was a “strong believer in the great national service broadcasters provide.”

He argued that the spectrum auctions provided broadcasters with an opportunity to reinvent themselves as digital players by sharing spectrum and using the savings in capital and operating expenses to invest in new digital services. The FCC is trying to get broadcasters to give up as much as 120 MHz of spectrum to auction for wireless broadband.

“I don’t think there has ever been a more risk-free opportunity for incumbents to morph into new entities, and I hope broadcasters will begin to see those opportunities,” he said.

The National Association of Broadcasters generally argues that broadcasters are better off keeping all of their spectrum and using it to deliver advanced services, but there is a group of at least 70 stations that have expressed interest in giving up spectrum at the right price.

Wheeler called the U.S. the leader in LTE and attributed that status to the fact that the U.S. government had not tried to impose a path to high speed wireless networks on the private sectors. “We are pro-innovation and pro-competition and we want to protect both,” he said.

He generally declined to be drawn into controversial subjects, refusing to say whether the FCC should intervene in carriage disputes, and joked with Shapiro about his age. “This isn’t my first rodeo,” Wheeler said, referring to his involvement in earlier auctions.

Wheeler welcomed recent pronouncements by some members of Congress that they might consider rewriting the 1996 Telecommunications Act, saying it would produce a helpful discussion on new digital landscape. One of Wheeler’s first initiatives as chairman was to commission a report on potential regulatory reforms.

Wheeler, an amateur historian who has written about Lincoln’s use of communications–the telegraph–discussed some historical developments in technology and, not surprisingly, called Lincoln his favorite president, noting that he was the only president to have a patent.

Wheeler is the author of two books including the Lincoln book, and was working on a third covering the history of networks when nominated to the FCC.

—John Eggerton contributed to this report.
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News And Information For Millennials Plus

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“It used to be a hit song and a Walkman. Now it’s a big story and a tablet.” —Lee Abrams
CHICAGO—TouchVision is a fledgling video news and information service that has no anchors or reporters.

It runs music under all its stories, no matter the subject—from train wrecks to a graphics-enhanced non-verbal feature on the latest price list for street drugs. It’s available 24/7 and most of its items are unfailingly brief: It’s to the traditional network newscast what Twitter is to Facebook.

Above all, TouchVision is geared to the “Millennials Plus” generation that has never lived in a world without digital technology and social media. The service can play out on four media platforms: linear TV, apps for smartphone and tablet, and its Web site. Launched last summer, it recently hired its 100th staffer at its Chicago headquarters.

‘NEWS MOVIES’

“We’ve identified and focus on a new mainstream of viewers and their information consumption habits, which are essentially wherever and whenever they want to know something,” said Steve Saslow, TouchVision’s co-founder and CEO. “And we’re leveraging the growth of smart, screen-based devices that are converging with the power of information. It’s an interesting and unique time for a new kind of offering.”

TouchVision receives raw footage from a wide range of sources such as AP, CNN, Reuters and Getty, where mostly young editors subsequently “storyboard” the stories into “News Movies” for viewing. Saslow said editing equipment includes state-of-the-art video and sound production tools, workstations and studios “designed to create a compelling look, sound and attitude.”

TouchVision has its fingers crossed its digital broadcast/cable component will expand rapidly from its current two markets. It began programming in July in Milwaukee (WDJT-TV multicast Channel 58.4, Time Warner Cable Channel 984, and Charter Channel 966) and plans to enter Chicago in early 2014 via cablers Comcast, AT&T, WOW and RCN.

A sampling of stories viewed in a recent week did not include any commercial spots, but TouchVision says it plans to announce some major advertising partners in early 2014. “Advertisers benefit by reaching an engaged and influential viewer on their terms within their lifestyle,” Saslow said.

Jim Hall, former vice president/general manager of WDJT-TV (and currently a vice president at Weigel Broadcasting in Chicago), said WDJT’s carriage of TouchVision as a 16:9 SD multicast channel was simply based on the strategic partnership that developed between the two companies. “We were a perfect match for TouchVision, given our experience with digital multicasting.”

WDJT-TV currently has one HD and three SD channels. “We use a Harmonic Electra 8141 encoder configured for ‘HD plus 3 SD,’” Hall said. “Our inputs are all SDI and the output is ASI, and our picture quality is excellent on all streams.” All four digital channels are carried by Time Warner Cable and Charter Cable.

“I believe it’s important that broadcasters really maximize their broadcast spectrum with multiple programming streams,” Hall said. “It gives broadcasters the ability to provide a wide range of programming to viewers and offers an excellent platform for additional ad revenue. TouchVision adds a unique sales option for us, and that’s reaching viewers across multiple screens—broadcast, desktop, smart phones and tablets. TouchVision allows a client the ability to buy all four screens at once… a single point-of-purchase to buy both broadcast and digital platforms.”

GETTING THE WORD OUT

TouchVision has a promotion campaign now underway in 18 markets and currently claims a collective audience approaching about 1 million monthly, while it faces competition from a growing list of other “Millennial Plus” start-ups—including VICE, Fusion, Now This News, and Pivot—not to mention long-established competitors.

James McQuivey, principal analyst at Forrester Research and author of “Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation,” said “people want digital access, they want news, and TouchVision aims to give them both. However, it turns out people have plenty of news sources now—ranging from [Jon Stewart] to their Twitter feeds, and that’s going to be a challenge for TouchVision to overcome. TouchVision appears to want to focus on a younger style of news, but it should be warned: Al Gore already failed with that once when his Current TV channel flopped because younger people don’t spend a lot of time on traditional news, which TouchVision seems a lot more like than not,” McQuivey said.

Still, McQuivey adds, “news provides continuous content opportunities and it’s something that nearly all people value. By targeting news, TouchVision is borrowing a page from CNN—one of the early and most successful models for introducing a new content channel.”

TouchVision Co-founder/CCO Lee Abrams said his service is not really competitive with traditional TV news, per se, and likens it to the gradual emergence of FM a few decades ago. “A giant AM station targeted an older audience with a comfortable, older-skewing position,” Abrams said. “[Then] many smart AM operators mobilized their FM to target younger audiences with a more radical and edgy approach. Combining their FM and AM now gave the two stations enormous demographic range without sacrificing or overlapping. We see the same scenario today.”

TouchVision’s growing staff represents a “United Nations of skill-sets, ages and backgrounds,” according to Abrams, including journalists, internet aggregators, filmmakers, graphic artists, narrators and content managers.

“News and information is the new rock and roll,” Abrams added. “It used to be a hit song and a Walkman. Now it’s a big story and a tablet.”

A sample of TouchVision’s stories can be viewed at http://touchvisiontv.com/slot5.html.
- See more at: http://www.c2meworld.com/distributiondelivery/news-and-information-for-millennials-plus/#sthash.0pBTKB87.dpuf

On computers, cell phones, ovens and technology

Swept Away in the Technology Vortex 
by Scott Simon
NPR News
Weekend Edition Saturday Host
To listen to his very comforting and interesting voice:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121373343

"December 12, 2009
 
My wife and I live in a Technology Vortex.

Things that work for everybody else go dumb and useless in our hands, which means just about everything these days: computers, phones, clocks, and TVs, coffee makers, stoves, and children's toys.

Our hard drives fizzle, wither and die. Our Wi-Fi connections wander and fade. Our Internet connection drops out more than John Edwards.

My wife and I reboot more than most jockeys.

This time of year, we get our daughters dolls and mechanical animals that are supposed to cry, laugh and yelp. But most of them just sit around, as sad and silent as discarded department store mannequins.


The philosopher Jonathon Schorr coined the term Technology Vortex for an invisible whirling mass that hovers over some of us to suck the vitality out of our technological devices.

I know there are some Technology Vortex deniers. But my wife and I are confronted with many inconvenient truths.

I have so many computer problems at work that that our Information Technology department gave me a Frequent Caller card.

When I do interviews during the week, we think we've made a satellite link to famous authors or film stars in London or Paris, then suddenly hear a lot of stomping boots from a live performance of the Ukrainian Army National Ballet.

At home, my wife and I spend as much time talking to technical support personnel in Bangalore as we do our cousins in California.

Our Tivo routinely ignores our careful instructions to record "Law and Order" reruns, and instead saves us the weekly meeting of the Mississauga Town Council.

Every time we try to use a Global Positioning System to get to Canarsie or Skokie, it routes us through Katmandu.

We have a couple of atomic clocks that tell time to the millisecond — in Tajikistan. Our clocks are locked on that time zone. The most advanced timing technology, and we still have to count on on our fingers, "Well, if it's midnight in Dushanbe, then it's 1 in the afternoon in Des Moines, and noon in Moab . . . " Some technology.

We have a digital oven thermometer that always seems to read 850 — the average temperature on Venus. Interesting, but not relevant for our rye bread.

When this vortex descends, its arch powers suck the energy out of all that surrounds us.

Our mobile phones run out of power, our landline goes down, our internet connection goes ker-thunk, and the clock on our microwave starts the countdown to North Korea's next missile test.

The other day, my wife reached up to pull the string that turns on our pantry light.
It broke in her hand. We have to hire a highly-paid professional engineer to reconnect a string to a light bulb switch.

She went downstairs to retrieve some holiday decor from our storage room. When she reached out to turn on that light—that string came off in her hand, too.

When the vortex strikes, no work of science or technology is safe. 1910 or 2010 mechanics, it doesn't matter in the Technology Vortex."