A VERY Interesting BuZZ This Week

It’s Thanksgiving in the US this week, where many of us take time off to visit friends and family.

To give our staff some time off, we pre-recorded our podcast – the Digital Production BuZZ – this week. And, as I was creating this episode, it quickly became one of my favorites. If you have some spare time this weekend, give it a listen!

Click here to listen to podcast.


Les Perkins, a long-time producer and editor for Disney, describes his experiences searching through the Disney film vaults looking for long-missing footage from the original Mary Poppins film. If you think your media managment is messed up, wait till you hear Les’ story!

Philip Hodgetts, CEO of Intelligent Assistance, and I have been having an on-going conversation on advertising and production funding. This week, Philip has distilled his thinking into four questions that need to be resolved to stop the free-fall in production spending.

By the way, you can read more about this on Philip’s blog – click here.

Thinking of money, Stacey Parks, CEO of Film Specific, provided some extremely helpful pointers on what you can do to make your projects more attractive to distributors. In fact, I’ve already started applying two of these. Stacey always has good information, but these I thought were especially helpful for independent producers.

Scott Gordon, CEO of Word Wizards Inc., and I had a long conversation on the benefits of using transcripts as part of the editing process; especially for documentaries. Scott also has suggestions on how to work with a transcription house.

And I would be remiss if I did not mention that Mike Horton had some especially helpful, um, cooking tips as he was beating up his Thanksgiving turkey. (Yes, I know, sometimes its hard to tell Mike and the turkeys apart…)

I liked this show a lot – it has lots of good tips and some great guests and Mike was hysterical.

Give it a listen here — and, as always, let me know what you think.

Have a great Thanksgiving!


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