WSC Show #107 - Interview with Jamie Masada, Owner of the Laugh Factory

In today's episode, I talk with Jamie Masada, the owner and founder of the Laugh Factory, a comedy club on the Sunset Strip for over 25 years. Every Wednesday throughout the strike the Laugh Factory turned over all door proceeds to the Writers Guild Foundation Industry Support Fund. This fund was set up through the Writers Guild Foundation for all below-the-line personnel in need of financial help
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Internet Vs. Printing Press Revisited (Part 2)

Media Conversations is a channel from The Conversations Network. It was here I found this great podcast about how one traditional book publisher is taking on new media to survive the the disruption that the digital revolution has brought to the print industry.Retooling HarperCollins for the 21st Century[runtime: 00:28:13, 12.9 mb, recorded 2007-06-19]As one of the world's leading English-language
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WSC Show #106 - Interviews with Jasmine Love and Becca Bryan

In today's episode, I talk with writer Jasmine Love at the Writers Guild offices in Los Angeles. Then I talk to Becca Bryan, who heads up the www.TheUnitHQ.com, a fan website for the show of the same name. Recorded Friday, 15 February 2008. CreditsProducer/Host: Tanja BarnesMusic: "Ay Mambo" by Falikavailable on Magnatune.com
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Internet Vs. Printing Press Revisited

There's something to be said in defense of the Internet in the above referenced argument.Today blogger Steven Levy of Newsweek posted this to his blog: Rip This Book? Not Yet.The very existence of a book scanner for consumer use is one of those early warnings of turbulence to come.As always, the comments always intrigue me more than the actual post.
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So I'm Gone For A Day...

...and like all hell breaks loose.It looks like the scheduled maintenance I blogged about yesterday is turning into more than a 24 bug. The audio files and the embedded player for the podcast are not working on some browsers, but hey try FireFox is all I have to say.Until it gets fixed, have patience. The podcast series is not quite over 'til it's over and believe me you don't want to miss the last
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Black Kettle Pot

"The Internet has evolved from open standards, having a diversity of companies… And when you start to have companies that control the operating system, control the browsers, they really tie up the top Web sites, and can be used to manipulate stuff in various ways. I think that's unnerving."-- Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google onMicrosoft's takeover bid for Yahoo.
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WSC Show #105 - Strike TV Project: Interviews with Michael Tabb, Peter Hyoguchi, and Del Casher

In today's episode, I visit California Digital Post in Burbank California where writer Michael Tabb is directing the voice talent for his animated short film entitled The Academy now in production for Strike TV. While I was there, I meet up with Peter Hyoguchi, one of the co-founders of Strike TV and Del Casher, the owner of the facility. Recorded Thursday, 21 February 2008. CreditsProducer/Host:
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Notice of Scheduled Maintenance

This website and, more importantly, the podcasts that it offers is temporarily down for scheduled maintenance. All the podcasts including the latest episode for Friday will be available after 1:00 a.m. on Friday, February 22, 2008.
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"On Writing" by Plato

"Writing creates forgetfulness and a tiresome company!"-- From The Phaedrus by Plato
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FWIW: Funny Or Die's Dirty Little Secret

It's worth noting that the hugely successful comedy video website "FunnyOrDie.com" that's spearheaded by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy and funded to the tune of $15,000,000 by Sequoia Capital is not a union shop. This, despite the fact that the Screen Actor's Guild (of which Ferrell is a member in good standing) has done outreach to his production offices.When I asked the SAG rep WTF outreach
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Come With Me

The writers strike (and the music industry before that) has revealed how the entertainment industry is in the midst of radical change unlike anything seen since Thomas Edison invented motion pictures or Philo T. Farnsworth invented the television. I suppose we now have Nikola Tesla to thank as media convergence redefines how we stay connected with friends and family, how we get our news, and how we
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WSC Show #104 - New Media Discussion with Justine Bateman, Peter Murrietta, and Michael Heister

In today's episode, I talk to actor Justine Bateman, writer Peter Murrietta and actor Michael Heister about new media. This recording took place at the United Hollywood's swag photo shoot. Recorded Friday, 15 February 2008. CreditsProducer/Host: Tanja BarnesMusic: "Ay Mambo" by Falikavailable on Magnatune.comAs mentioned in this episode: Nokia predicts 25% of entertainment by 2012 will be created
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