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Part 1 the new dial tone
Marc Ostrick and Michael Sean Wright set out to document a day at Blog World Expo in Las Vegas. Ostrick, Co-Founder of eGuiders teamed up with fellow documentarian Wright, founder of nicefishfilms, to take the pulse of what some are calling the new media revolution.
The gathering of bloggers, lifestreamers and seasoned journalists provided an opportunity to dialog with media producers from around the world. Ostrick and Wright attempted to push the limits of the current technology, shooting with Kodak Zi8 and Flip Ultra HD cameras.
The short doc is part of the conversation focused on the shifting landscape of media. The new dial tone is a dialog among media producers, technologists and bloggers who are looking to express their ideas into the stream of the real-time web.
The filmmakers shadowed Robert Scoble, early technology blogger-evangelist as he interacted with the influencers in social media.
Social media is the new dial tone, according to author Chris Brogan.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I was also honored to be interviewed for Robert Scoble's new venture with RackSpace, Building43.com. The interview should be live soon. Michael Sean Wright, who is also a core eGuider, was filling in for Scoble since he was unable to attend due to the birth of baby Ryan.
It was great to meet up with Brian Wong, who is the CEO of FollowFormation.com, a great Twitter tool for novice Twitter users and I got to meet iJustine, who was very sweet. She should join th eGuiders team.
Here are a few pictures. Enjoy!
Here is Tony's headshot. He really does have amazing teeth. I was skeptical at first, but man can this guy tell a story. "If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. " Good to remember when you're in the middle of chaos, challenge & fear. :-)
He had us on our feet, jumping for joy!
It was really incredible.
Hamming it up for the
Rocky, the cameraman, with the rock steady hand.
Michael Wright with the hard-hitting questions.
Talking Twitter with iJustine. A new LA transplant from Pittsburgh, PA - now living in Santa Monica.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
NATPE, the National Association of Television Program Executives, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, development and distribution of digital video content in all forms across all mature and emerging media platforms.
I was fortunate to be able to represent eGuiders during a panel discussion entitled "Deepening The Audience Experience With Online Programming." It was a packed house and I shared some of my experience about what works and doesn't work when trying to extend a TV show online with video.
I cursed a little, I laughed a little, I even at one point was going to throw a chair into the audience just to mix it up a bit. There were some really smart people on the panel as well. David Bloom form Words and Deeds was moderating and he did a fantastic job at keeping the conversation moving. Marc DeBevoise, SVP, Digital Media of Starz Network was there, Greg Goodfriend, Co-Founder of EQAL (LonleyGirl15 & Harper's Globe) gave some good feedback about creating story extensions for TV shows online. Lisa Hsia, SVP, Bravo Digital Media dished some knowledge about Real Housewives of NJ and Hardie Tankersley was there, he is the VP of Innovation and Partnerships for Fox.com.
Overall, we agreed that value added content needs to be done creatively from every aspect - budgets, story, marketing, etc... I know Greg and I agree that the more the vision can come from the showrunner and organically expand the characters and themes of the show, audiences will be more engaged with the programming. As always, content is king. However, the need to be able to market and get the word out about this type of programming is still essential to its success.
Thanks to Daisy Whitney and Jordan Ryder for inviting me to participate. Some of the highlights included our panel (of course), Gavin McGarry's presentation on disrupting the old guard of TV. Running into my old friend Adam Steinman from IMG, Ross Levinsohn from Fuse Capital gave an insightful talk about finding VC money. And the debate over "What is considered a "view" when discussing online video" is always good for a few laughs and cringes. Both parties were a ton of fun and lots of quality schmoozing. Here's a few pictures from the event. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Miley Cyrus and her dad Billy Ray were on Regis & Kelly Show live from New Orleans... My buddy Jamie plays guitar in Miley's band. He's a super talented musician who is also in the band American Hi-Fi. Jamie is also a fan of eGuiders and when he told me that he was doing some promotional gigs with Miley, I couldn't help but get him a t-shirt to wear for a couple of the performances... Of course I don't expect to get any traffic from people seeing our "e" logo on Jamie's shirt, but subliminally the logo will be imprinted into the minds of millions of Regis & Miley Cyrus fans. Plus it's always fun to see our logo on national TV... Now if we can just get Miley to be a guest eGuider!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The 1st annual Streamy Awards were held last night in Los Angeles to honor kick-ass awesomeness for original web content. It was an excellent event that helped validate the efforts and creativity of those participating in original online videos. Congrats to all the winners all the good people who put this show together. I think it was a huge success.
The nominees, winners and everything you need to know about The Streamys can be found HERE.
The after party at Palomar's really was a blast. I was happy to see a bunch of people I knew and that people had been checking out eGuiders.com. The party reminded me of a Hollywood-themed Bar Mitzvah, which I mean in the highest of compliments. The one beer I had was delicious and the snacks went pretty quick.
I wish I had taken some more pictures, but I was too busy having fun and schmoozing it up.
Lisa Kudrow (who stars in Web Therapy) presents the audience choice award.
Tay Zonday (Chocolate Rain) and I outside the after party.
Tim Street from FrenchMaid.tv & Blake Calhoun, Director of Pink.
Damon Berger (Dir of Branded Content at Moderati), Ask A Ninja Co-Creator, & Jesse Cowell (Creator of Drawn By Pain).
Dan Meth (Animator and Creator of Meth Minute 39) & Shira Lazar (Web and TV Host, Lifecaster, and Online Video Power Player).
Friday, March 27, 2009
I'm also experimenting with writing this post center justified.
I thinks it's going pretty good so far.
We've been getting some good feedback and will continue to add shows to this one-stop shop for people who want to discover what their favorite TV shows are doing with online content.
CHECK IT OUT HERE.
While I'm on my promotional kick,
Sign up for the eGuiders newsletter and get some good karma points.
The NY Post picked up the feature and gave it a little love.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I'm finally getting settled and back into the work groove after 5 days of intense, mind-expanding conversations, introductions and celebrations in Austin.
It's true that I Twittered more than I ever Twittered in my life and was partially responsible for crashing the AT&T servers. Whoops.
While I did attend a handful of panel discussions and keynote addresses, I think the most interesting aspect of the SXSW conference was meeting people in the convention center hallways, the introductions at the parties and random conversations that were popping up everywhere...
The highlight of the trip for me was hanging out at the Ustream.tv Studios where they were streaming live video all day and evening long. This is where I was pulled into a panel with Jeff "The Dude" Dowd and Robert Scoble. Jeff is the real life Big Lebowski (Jeff helped launch the Cohen Bros first film, Blood Simple & is one of the founders of the Sundance Institute). Robert is a social media pioneer and celebrity blogger / photographer. After our discussion that night, we hit some great parties and met a ton of wonderful people.
It was so powerful to be in a place where everyone with similar interests and passions converged to discuss, share and celebrate the web.
Here are a couple of pics from Robert Scoble. I'll post another blog post soon about some other adventures and tweets from SXSW.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Happy Friday. I wanted to share some more good news about eGuiders. Yesterday afternoon a story about the site came out in the Associated Press. Jake Coyle, the writer of the article, got some great quotes from Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. Many thanks to Jake for getting the human element of our story. I don't know, but I'm thinking a Pulitzer Prize could be in his future for this piece... The article has since been picked up by over 100 news outlets in North America. It may reach 200 –300 by Monday. Here are the outlets that ran the story so far:
Austin American Statesman
Contra Costa Times
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Myrtle Beach Sun News
Winnipeg Free Press
Merced Sun Star
The State (SC)
The Times Picayune
San Jose Mercury News
Seattle Post Intelligencer
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Canadian Press
Belleville News Democrat
Centre Daily Times
The Southern Ledger
Monterey County Herald
The Salinas Californian
Times Union (Albany)
NJ.com (Newark Star-Ledger)
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
The Patriot News
KTLA.com (Los Angeles)
Fox4kc.com (Kansas City)
Bay Ledger News Zone
WTOP.com (Washington, DC)
CFnews13.com (Central Florida)
Omaha World Herald
The Express Times
Medicine Hat News
Traffic for the site has been through the roof since the 17th of February. Our first newsletter also went out today. Please visit eGuiders.com and subscribe. It's a great way to stay in the loop for all the latest videos.
A new spotlight section is also going live on Monday and it's gonna be a good one!
Okay, it's time to play with little Mitzi. She's just too much fun!!
Monday, February 23, 2009
It's tough to stare directly into a camera (with a 1970s smiley face taped on top) and pretend like I am talking to a person who I can't see. I had an earpiece jammed into my ear and could only hear their tinny audio - the audio feed sounded as if it was coming from China.
Overall, it went well, but the two hosts, Tom Sullivan and Cheryl Casone I don't think visited the site over the weekend just to get the idea of what eGuiders.com was about. They busted my balls a bit, but what do you expect at Fox. I'm just happy to have a platform to get the word out. It took a few seconds for me to loosen up a bit, but by the end I was getting the hang of it. I'm curious to hear your thoughts...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The second piece - "eGuiders' human voice' leads the way to worthwhile videos" - highlights the human element that makes eGuiders unique and discusses the talent involved, including a sidebar of video suggestions from eGuiders.
Videos - New Web site organizes the seemingly endless numbers of videos
eGuiders is currently one of the top tech stories on ABCNews.com and is
the lead segment on Tech Bytes.
Last Friday, we were also very fortunate to have a mention in Time Magazine. The article is entitled "Viewing Outside The Box" and it looks at the various websites that are giving consumers additional choices for where they can watch their favorite programming online.
We also got a great nod for eGuiders on David Bianculli’s blog, TV Worth Watching. The whole day was quite thrilling, full of hugs and high-fives...