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Digital Production Buzz – February 9, 2017

Our industry is based on a story. Which means we wouldn’t be anywhere without writers. Tonight we talk with writers from several media genres about the challenges they face in creating their words and stories.

Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Cirina Catania, Jonathan Handel, Philip Hodgetts, Anne Toole, Andrew David James, and James DeRuvo.

  • Even Non-scripted Shows have Scripts
  • Writing Stories for Children
  • The Accidental Journalist
  • Automating the Scripting Process
  • Writing for Webisodes and Video Games
  • Blackmagic Design Announces New Products
  • The Weekly DoddleNEWS Update

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Guests this Week

Featured Interview #1: Even Non-scripted Shows have Scripts

Cirina Catania
Cirina Catania, Founder and Lead Creative, The Catania Group

Cirina Catania is an independent filmmaker specializing in non-scripted shows. But, even non-scripted shows have scripts; plus a whole lot of planning and organization to turn a series of clips into a story.

Featured Interview #2: Writing Stories for Children

Andrew David James
Andrew David James, Actor/Fight Choreographer,

By day, he choreographs fights. By night, though, Andrew David James writes children’s books. Discover how the creative process of acting infuses his stories with remarkable insight and warmth; and how writing for children is different from writing for adults.

The Accidental Journalist

Jonathan Handel
Jonathan Handel, Entertainment/Technology Attorney & Labor Reporter, TroyGould and The Hollywood Reporter,

He calls himself the “accidental journalist.” But, when a strange sequence of events offered Jonathan Handel the opportunity to write for “The Hollywood Reporter,” he said: “Yes!” And 900 stories later, he’s still going strong.

Automating the Scripting Process

Philip Hodgetts
Philip Hodgetts, President, Lumberjack System

Writing is hard, but transcribing is harder still. Now, new technology is automating the process of transcribing audio into text, then linking that text back to the source media for editing. Tonight, Philip Hodgetts, CEO of Lumberjack System, explains how this process works.

Writing for Webisodes and Video Games

Anne Toole
Anne Toole, Writer, The Write Toole

It began with a degree in Archeology. From there, it expanded into writing science fiction and fantasy. From there, it grew into writing webisodes, video games and television. The writing career of Anne Toole followed an unusual path – but one that was driven by characters, stories and scripts.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Products

Dan May
Dan May, President, Blackmagic Design, Inc.

Dan May, President of Blackmagic Design for the Americas, announces new products specifically designed for live video streaming.

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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