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Digital Production Buzz – June 28, 2018

User groups were at the heart of the personal computer revolution – but where are they now? What makes a user group successful? What are the challenges in running a group? This week, we talk with user group leaders across the US to learn what it takes to run a user group, how they pick topics and how they see the future of user groups.

Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Michael Horton, Sue Lawson, Wendy Woodhall, Carey Dissmore and James DeRuvo.

  • There from the Beginning: LACPUG
  • ChiCPUG: A Chicago User Community
  • LAPPG: Ten Years, Still Going Strong
  • IMUG: A World-Wide User Group
  • The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

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Guests this Week

There from the Beginning: LACPUG

Michael Horton
Michael Horton, Head Cutter, LACPUG
Running a user group is not for the faint of heart. But, Michael Horton, Head Cutter of the Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group, has been doing it for 18 years. He was there at the beginning of the digital video revolution and is legendary in our industry for his energy and … raffles. Tonight, he joins us to talk about the evolution of user groups and how he sees their future.

ChiCPUG: A Chicago User Community

Sue Lawson
Sue Lawson, Editor/President, Chicago Edit/ChiCPUG
Another user group that celebrates their 18th anniversary this year is the Chicago Creative Pro Users Group. Tonight we talk with its president, Sue Lawson, about the value of user groups, what keeps her interested in running a user group, and how the dynamics of user groups have changed over the years.

LAPPG: Ten Years, Still Going Strong

Wendy Woodhall
Wendy Woodhall, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Los Angeles Post Production Group
The first meeting of the Los Angeles Post Production Group (LAPPG) was in the lobby of Allied Audio and Larry Jordan was their first speaker. Ten years later, the group is attracting 100 people to each monthly meeting. Wendy Woodhall, Executive Director of LAPPG, joins us tonight to talk about what makes a user group successful.

IMUG: A World-Wide User Group

Carey Dissmore
Carey Dissmore, Owner, Carey Dissmore Productions (and Founder of IMUG)
Media user groups exist around the globe and none is better known than the IMUG (international media user group). Tonight we talk with Carey Dissmore, co-founder of IMUG, who shares his thoughts on what a user group should be and what makes IMUG different from traditional user groups.

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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