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Digital Production Buzz – February 22, 2018

This week on The BuZZ we look at creating budgets. Budgets are essential to production, but that doesn’t mean we like to build them. Tonight, we talk with producers from TV, film and theater about how they build a better budget and how their budgets allow them to “bring their creativity to life.”

Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Aaron Semmel, Andrew David James, Cirina Catania and James DeRuvo.

  • An Executive Producer’s View of Budgets
  • Budgeting for Theater
  • Budgeting for Studio Projects
  • The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

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Guests this Week

An Executive Producer’s View of Budgets

Aaron Semmel
Aaron Semmel, Executive Producer/CEO, BoomBoomBooya, LLC
It’s the same money, but you spend it differently when you are working in film or TV. Tonight, Executive Producer Aaron Semmel, describes the differences and how he approaches a budget.

Budgeting for Theater

Andrew David James
Andrew David James, Actor/Fight Choreographer
Budgeting for theater has challenges which are different from film or television. Tonight we talk with Andrew David James, a director who has worked in both arenas, about what makes theater budgets different.

Budgeting for Studio Projects

Cirina Catania
Cirina Catania, Founder and Lead Creative, The Catania Group
Filmmaker Cirina Catania has worked with major studios and TV networks for a long time. Tonight she talks about the unique challenge of planning and revising a budget for a major studio project.

The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

James DeRuvo
James DeRuvo, Editor-in-Chief, DoddleNEWS.
James DeRuvo Editor-in-Chief at, has a multi-faceted career spanning radio, film and publishing. With experience covering technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James joins us every week to present the latest industry news.
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