The man is a gift from the comedy gods, we all know this—but if this isn’t the truest thing ever said about smart phones, then I’ll eat mine. Louis C.K. you’re in the pantheon of the greats. I salute you, sir and revere your dangerous mind. No way is my kid getting a smart phone. This settled it in my mind! From last night’s Conan:
Two recent studies have found that women are more active in social media than men. After a fairly slow growth over the past few years 2013 has seen a sudden surge in men using social networks, according to Pew Research.
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The end of summer got you down? Let these great links cheer you up!
It’s Sunday. How about some great fodder from to brighten your day?
Thanks, Funny or Die!
Anastasia Leng had a great job at one of the world’s most desirable places to work. Then she split to start her own company. Was this a step back or step up? Depends on how you look at it.
In this powerful talk from TEDGlobal, Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control?
She believes the internet is headed for a “Magna Carta” moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection.
Congrats to DHCS panelist, Alison Klayman, has made the NY Times list of 20 Directors to Watch. The youngest director to make the list, Alison’s adventurous storytelling is making waves. We couldn’t be more excited about what’s up next!
When the New Yorker Alison Klayman moved to China in 2006, she spoke no Chinese. She spent years making “Ai Weiwei” and now she speaks Mandarin. Next up: a move to Japan and a “narrative feature that takes a comedic look at Hollywood’s deepening relationship with China.”
With Station to Station, Doug Aitken will spend three weeks traveling from New York to California aboard a nine-car train filled with visual and musical artists.
Here’s where Aitken messes with our expectations—he will also stream the action online for the world to see, recording moments on the train, editing them while they roll along, and then putting it all on a website.
Kevin Spacey urges TV channels to give control to viewers
We are pleased to announce we have been asked to be a part of the 2013 NYFF Convergence. For the second year in a row, DHCS will be curating a series of panels during the three-day interactive conference. With a focus on transmedia, the discussions will highlight new, immersive storytelling projects.
"The core of Convergence is interaction—audiences and creators coming together to explore, play, and debate the future of entertainment," said NYFF Convergence co-programmer Matt Bolish.
Held at the Lincoln Center, panels will run parallel to New York Film Festival's opening weekend (September 28 - 30), and will feature content relating to technological innovation, crowdfunding, micro-finance, business models, and producing transmedia content geared towards a multi-platform audience.
We are excited to be included in this great conference with so many esteemed projects and panelists, and look forward to some fascinating discussions.
Big news for Los Angeles!
Los Angeles’ new mayor has vowed to help stanch the flow of film and TV production jobs out of Hollywood, starting with the appointment of a film czar at City Hall.
Disney has treated its video games like accessories for a long time. Piggybacking on the marketing and creativity of its feature films, most have been treated like character lunch boxes and developed on short deadlines in order to match movie release dates.
The company’s latest title, Disney Infinity, however, signals a dramatic shift in the way Disney’s executives think about gaming. Infinity’s budget, the largest the company has ever allotted a game, is on par with a motion picture.