Court Crandall of WongDoody/LA likes to make movies. He has a story credit on Old School (2003) and was the screenwriter on A Lobster Tale (2006). His latest project, Free Throw, takes Crandall and crew into Compton where high school kids with good grades will compete to win college scholarship money. I discussed the project […]
Movie-related merchandise is big business. And it’s not all schawg. Now, thanks to “TRON: Legacy”, which opens in theaters on Friday, movie fans can shell out for high-end merchandise like a $2,600 Rotenier necklace and $795 spiked sandals from Rousseau. With the haute-couture flourish, Disney’s marketing machine is reaching beyond the core science-fiction and fantasy […]
The Toyota Highlander will be starring in a new show from TBS this summer. According to Multichannel News, Turner Entertainment and Toyota are working together to produce upcoming original series Are We There Yet? ACE Media Corp. and Burrell Communications Group put the deal together. Toyota is the exclusive auto sponsor of the series, which […]
Iron Man 2 opens in theaters and IMAX today and LG is ready, thanks to a little help from Young & Rubicam/New York.
I had really low expectations of “Trust Me”, so I recorded it and didn’t watch it until last night. Then, when I saw the opening scene, with two scruffy 30-something white guys with Starbucks cups in hand and laptop bags slung around their chests, I figured at least the set designers knew what they were […]
Here’s what you see this week as you leave the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport and head into the Twin Cities: Minneapolis is the site of the Republican Convention next week.
That every copywriter has a screenplay in her desk is a tired, old cliché. If you’re one of those copywriters, or would like to be one, consider this insightful Adopt A Writer interview with Nina Bargiel, a Guild member with 17 episodes of Lizzie McGuire to her credit. Q. What do you think would surprise […]
I really don’t have a strong opinion on branded entertainment on TV–it’s really nothing new. But this story in the New York Times, written by Louise Story, certainly has a odd tone to it: One of the more popular tricks — oops, I meant to say tactics — advertisers are using today is branded entertainment, […]
…and of the funniest sitcom bits ever, IMHO. God, I wish they’d clear all the music rights and get this show back out on DVD.
The Writers Guild strike is basically a debate about how creative types can (or can’t) make money in the new media era, where content is everywhere. In my new column for Talent Zoo, I take a look at agency compensation and the fact we’re all feeling pinched these days. Since there’s no legitimate quantifiable method […]