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Digital Production Buzz – May 16, 2019

On tonight’s Buzz, we talk with producers about the current state of producing programs today. We discuss the obstacles they face, the trends they embrace, and what they expect in the future.

There’s also an extended discussion on the impact of increased media viewing on the small (mobile) screen.

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Join host Larry Jordan as he talks with Aaron Semmel, Yvonne Russo, Tom Jennings, J.J. Kelley and James DeRuvo.

  • Distribution Awash in Chaos
  • Untold Stories from Ignored Audiences
  • The Challenge of the Small Screen
  • Documentaries for All Audiences
  • James DeRuvo’s Journal

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Guests this Week


Distribution Awash in Chaos

Aaron Semmel
Aaron Semmel, Executive Producer/CEO, BoomBoomBooya, LLC
Aaron Semmel is a television and feature film producer with more than 20 years of experience in producing all forms of TV, from unscripted reality shows to scripted episodic to long form mini-


Untold Stories from Ignored Audiences

Yvonne Russo
Yvonne Russo, Producer/Director, Company
Yvonne Russo is an award-winning producer, director and writer of film, television and digital, currently working on projects with Warner Brothers, Bad Robot and Handmade Films. She shares her thoughts on diversity, under-represented audiences and discovering untold stories.


The Challenge of the Small Screen

Tom Jennings
Tom Jennings, Executive Producer, 1895 Films
Next, Tom Jennings is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist. Tonight, he gives us an inside look at the current state of executive producing in today’s media landscape.


Documentaries for All Audiences

J.J. Kelley
J.J. Kelley, Senior Producer and Correspondent, National Geographic
J.J. Kelley is a twice-Emmy-nominated director and correspondent. He is also a Senior Producer at EXPLORER, National Geographic’s flagship documentary series. Today, he provides a global perspective on what the media industry looks like for producers today.


James DeRuvo’s Journal

James DeRuvo
James DeRuvo, Editor-in-Chief, doddleNEWS.
James DeRuvo, Editor-in-Chief at doddleNEWS, has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. With experience covering technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James presents our weekly doddleNEWS Update.
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David Newman, Senior Director of Software Engineering for GoPro, announced their new acquisition of Cineform.