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Former Larry Brody student Stephanie Olivieri Bourbon has found great success as a writer and illustrator. Now she’s branching out into video with a series of extremely helpful ones about – surprise! – writing and illustrating.
Looks like we at TVWriter™ aren’t the only ones lovin’ on TVWriter™ alum writer/editor Herbie J Pilato’s new Amazon Prime series Then Again with Herbie J Pilato. Here’s one of the most enjoyable articles we’ve read in a long time.
Go Herbie J!
“THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO” – THE PERFECT SHOW FOR RETRO-SCIFI FANS
by Nicholas Varies
Amazon Prime has recently become home to Then Again with Herbie J Pilato. Hosted by Herbie J Pilato (a prolific historian of popular culture), each episode is a discussion with legendary figures of television and film about a specific show. The first season is still rolling out on Amazon Prime but it will have three episodes dedicated to old school science fiction, fantasy, or related genre shows. Of these three specific episodes, one features Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, and David Selby of Dark Shadows (1966 – 1971); another stars Robert Conrad of The Wild Wild West (1965 – 1969); and the third features Burt Ward of Batman (1966 – 1969).
More Than Nostalgia: Understanding Entertainment Escapism
One of the many things that stood out to me about this series is that in an era of never-ending reboots and sequels, fans rarely get a moment to reflect on and thoroughly explore what shows in the 1960s and 70s were like. In addition to Then Again with Herbie J Pilato offering a nostalgia trip, it is also dedicated to exploring why certain television programs have stood the test of time. As Herbie J Pilato explained, “Beyond the homespun/nostalgic element of classic TV shows, there is a certain clarity in their presentation. The storytelling has a beginning, a middle, and an end, and most of those endings are happy. The characters are more distinguished from one another; more defined. They don’t all look alike, sound alike, or act alike, which is the case with much of new TV shows. The majority of classic TV characters are not sarcastic, mean-spirited, or edgy, as they are today. And when it comes to the actors and their performances on the classic series, the likability factor is huge.”
Building on Pilato’s words, Joel Eisenberg (one of Then Again’s executive producers) added that the show’s that Pilato is covering have remained important because they represent pure escapism that many wanted in entertainment during the 60s and 70s. “The shows we feature from our first season were from the 60s and 70s. Turbo-charged times that called for escapism in its entertainment,” Joel explained to ScifiPulse. “The shows we’ve featured still stand out as they remain some of the most purely entertaining shows on TV.”
Yeah, that’s it, baby. Aural, as in “of the ear.” Whether you call them audio series or audio dramas or entertainment podcasts, scripted series of the type that once dominated the airwaves way back when your grandparents were kids are in the midst of a rebirth, and we’re glad to see it.
Podimo raises 6 Million euros to become Europe’s ‘Netflix for podcasts’
by Steve O’Hear
Podimo, a Copenhagen-based startup building what it hopes will become Europe’s “Netflix for podcasts,” has raised €6 million in seed funding prior to launch. The round is co-led by Germany’s E.ventures and Denmark’s Heartcore, reflecting the young company’s two planned country launches later this year.
Founded by Morten Strunge, who has a track record in subscription media products via audio books service Mofibo (which he sold to Storytel), Podimo is hoping to capitalise on the rise in consumption in podcasts. Ambitiously, this will include both a free and paid version of its product, with the aim of creating a reliable revenue stream for podcast producers. The startup’s other founders are Nikolaj Koppel, Andreas Sachse and Sverre Dueholm.
“Podcasts have finally come of age and we are seeing a lot of demand for audio content globally across many different demographics,” Strunge tells me. “Consumers are increasingly looking for premium, ad-free services and we see a huge potential in the podcasting space.”
The Podimo app has been designed to provide a “superior experience” in discovery and recommendation compared to existing podcast streaming and download services. The idea, says Strunge, is to make it as seamless and easy as possible to find your next podcast.
“We believe that with the fast increasing amount of podcasts available, curation and discovery becomes more and more important to both unfold content in a relevant context and to the right individual user, which will benefit both podcast creators and consumers,” he says.
By launching a freemium model, where a paid version provides unlimited listening and features, Strunge believes there is an opportunity to work closely with podcast creators to strengthen the podcast ecosystem and make it less reliant on advertising revenue. “We want to become the preferred partner for creators, by both working closely with their content, curate and match it with each individual user, but also by offering a superior monetisation model,” he explains….
ReviewGeek.Com is looking for a few experienced writers to join their team on a freelance basis. We’re talking about a technology website focusing on saving everybody time and money when it comes to picking the best and most suitable “toys” to shell out hard-earned money on.
The site puts it this way:
Whether you’re standing in a store aisle debating between products on the shelf or shopping in bed with your phone, we’re here with the best recommendations, tips, and guides. We pore over every new product so you can quickly find the best fit for your needs and lifestyle instead of wasting your free time sifting through endless reviews, comparisons, and comments.
Review Geek’ pay scale starts at $100/article, and their ideal candidates “can contribute four or five articles ” a week ranging from 800 to 1600 words each.
Clearly, this is an entry-level gig, but, hey, if you get it, you’ll definitely be able to smile at yourself in the mirror and go, “I’m really a writer!” or “Yeah, baby!” or whatever it takes to get you through the day.
Interested? Just about everything you need to know, including the specific requirements and how to apply, is HERE
As usual, we’re reporting, not recommending. If you follow up, please let us know how the experience went, and if you get the job, don’t forget to tell us so we can enjoy your good fortune with you.