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Digital Production Buzz- May 18, 2017

Working in media, it is easy to become cynical and depressed. Constant change, decreasing budgets and increasing competition make it hard to stay cheerful. So, tonight, we talk with industry thought-leaders to get their view on how we move forward. Hopefully.

Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Paul Babb, Carey Dissmore, George Hall, Norman Hollyn, Louis Hernandez, Jr. and James DeRuvo.

  • Reasons for Hope: Visual Effects
  • “The Storytellers Dilemma”
  • Reasons for Hope: Post-production
  • Reasons for Hope: Get Noticed
  • Reasons for Hope: Education
  • The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

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Guests this Week

Reasons for Hope: Visual Effects

Paul Babb

Paul Babb, President/CEO, MAXON US

Paul Babb, is the President/CEO of Maxon US. No part of our industry is under more stress today than visual effects, so tonight Paul shares his thoughts on ways we can respond without getting crushed.

“The Storytellers Dilemma”

Louis Hernandez, Jr.

Louis Hernandez, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Avid

Louis Hernandez, Jr., is the Chairman and CEO of Avid. He’s also the author of “The Storytellers Dilemma.” This book is an in-depth look at why the people who create content are making less money than ever – and the stress this puts on the entire creative process. His interview is a fascinating analysis of how we got here and what it will take to get back out.

Reasons for Hope: Post-production

Carey Dissmore

Carey Dissmore, Founder, IMUG, MediaMotion Ball

Carey Dissmore is legendary in the industry as the co-chair of IMUG. But he’s also a full-time professional editor and colorist. Tonight, he explains why he’s still excited to get to work every day, along with what each of us needs to do to recapture our enthusiasm.

Reasons for Hope: Get Noticed

George Hall

George Hall, President, Video Streaming Services

George Hall, President of Video Streaming Services, began his career with Supercomputers, back when those were a “thing.” He’s seen the downs and ups of our industry and tonight, reflects on how to stand out from the crowd, get noticed, and enjoy your work.

Reasons for Hope: Education

Norman Hollyn

Norman Hollyn, Teacher, Editor, Writer & Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts

Norman Hollyn is an editor, writer and professor at USC. He’s deeply involved in enabling the students of today to succeed in the job world of tomorrow. Tonight, he explains how life-long learning is the key to staying competitive.

The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

James DeRuvo

James DeRuvo, Film and Technology Reporter, DoddleNEWS

James DeRuvo, Senior Writer at DoddleNEWS, has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. Covering technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James presents our weekly DoddleNEWS Update.

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