If What’s New is Old & What’s Old is Obsolete, Then What Does That Make the New?

by Larry Brody

If I get it right, Shane Smith is telling us that a big problem with New Media is that it is spending all its resources imitating Old Media. Web TV, he says as the keynote speaker at something called IWNY HQ 2012. Same kind of programming. Same kind of publicity. Same kind of business practices. Same kind of sales tactics.

I say, “If I get it right,” because Shane Smith, the founder of a New Media company called Vice, which recently made a deal to produce a show on Old Media’s HBO and tells us about it in a way that reveals a man incredibly proud of being ashamed of not being original and is described in the “New York Times” as “a robust storyteller, the type who wears a few extra pounds as if they’re a trophy from good living,” but I found his presentation, including the clips from his new show, so dull that I couldn’t watch more than the first five minutes. read article

Thanks for the Fish…

…And for your support of the 21st PEOPLE’S PILOT
and 18th SPEC SCRIPTACULAR writing contests.

The contests are closed now, and if all goes well
we’ll begin judging them soon enough to start
announcing Semi-Finalists and Finalists in September
and October, and Winners right afterward.

In the meantime, some data, and even a few thoughts,
about how these most recent PPs and SSs (?) have
gone down. read article

Last Day to Enter TVWriter.Com Writing Contests

Gang–

The fat lady sings tonight at the stroke of midnight.

Today, June 1st, is the last day to enter the the 21st
PEOPLE’S PILOT and 18th SPEC SCRIPTACULAR
contests, so it’s time to get your stuff together and
upload it. read article

1 1/2 Days Left to Enter the People’s Pilot & Spec Scriptacular Contests

Gang–

That’s, right. Entries in the PEOPLE’S PILOT and SPEC
SCRIPTACULAR Contests are due by the end of the day
tomorrow, June 1st.

The PEOPLE’S PILOT is for spec pilot scripts for original
series. Entry forms and full info are at
http://peoplespilot.com read article