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Friday, Apr. 20, 2012
I had a classmate in college who quipped that she wanted to bring about positive change and to do good for society--that's why she had narrowed her career choices to either real estate or advertising. The joke still brings a smile to my face but thankfully there's some truth to her tongue-in-cheek...
Friday, Mar. 23, 2012
The title of this installment of spot.com.mentary is a prevalent theme throughout this Directors Series issue as filmmakers ranging from emerging to established continue to be sparked by their passions, yielding notable work. On the established director front, consider the POV below this column in...
Friday, Feb. 17, 2012
There's a debate over how much California's economy benefits from its Film & Television Tax Credit program. A report issued last summer by the L.A. County Economic Development Corp . and financed by the Motion Picture Association of America pegged an impact of $1.13 for every dollar the state...
Friday, Jan. 20, 2012
Congress and politicians in general have all-time low public approval ratings in what's become an age of polarization, divisiveness and dysfunctional government. Yet before you think this is a contemporary phenomenon, consider some wit and wisdom from yesteryear. Mark Twain observed, "It could...
Friday, Dec. 16, 2011
Our "Agency of the Year" coverage in this issue features the observations of several key players at TBWA\Chiat\Day and TBWA\Media Arts Lab, none more key than Lee Clow, global director, Media Arts TBWA Worldwide, and chairman of TBWA\Media Arts Lab . An icon in his own right, Clow offered...
Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
This week, the second installment of our ongoing "The Road to Oscar" series appears, and these first two previews share an inspiring common ground that's a departure from the red carpet, glitz and glamour norm typically associated with the Academy Awards. Consider the feedback from directors Chris...
Friday, Oct. 21, 2011
The passing of Steve Jobs has elicited numerous testimonials to his genius, his innovation, his historical impact on society, and in our corner of the world his prowess as a master marketer and his lofty standing as the client whom every agency dreams of having. His innovations made his competitors...
Friday, Sep. 23, 2011
Looking back on our coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their impact on different facets of our industry, I recall nurturing a budding hope 10 years ago that certain positive media developments might come out of the tragedy. For one, I thought 9/11 could serve as a wake-up call for mass...
Friday, Aug. 19, 2011
A recent report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. (LAEDC) concludes that California's Film and Television Tax Credit is paying off handsomely for the Golden State. The LAEDC study estimated that the first 77 productions approved for the initial tax credit allocation of $198.8...
Friday, Jun. 17, 2011
In this week's issue, we recap the panel discussions from the daytime SHOOT Directors/Producers Forum and evening New Directors Showcase; both events were held on May 10 at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theatre in New York (see separate section). This is the ninth year of the Showcase; the...