The Changing Face of Professional Organizations

Since the end of World War II, professionals in all endeavors often found a great way to expand their contact with people who share similar interests was by joining professional organizations. Not only was it a place to network with others for possible job opportunities, it was a primary source to become exposed to new products and services that were available in their specialty. It was no different for people working in film, TV, radio, theater or print—what we today call 'the Media'.

For media professionals there were a handful of universities and fewer still community colleges that offered media or film studies. Today, there are hundreds of 4 year, community college, and even high school programs that offer quality training and the opportunity to network. With growing student bodies that go out into the workforce, their fellow students make an excellent network to look for job opportunities.

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Do VO People Really Have More Fun?

Chuck Anne G Stacy 1Chuck is THE Producer Director at Chuck Duran at Demos That Rock and Guitarist For Rock Sugar. He and stacy have done hundreds of interviews with top VO talent as you will see when you visit their site, http://www.vobuzzweekly.com/episodes.html. Stacy J. Aswad is a multi-talented threat (or should that be TREAT?) as an actress, spokesperson and VO artist. (just LOVE her Voice!...as do hundreds of National Sponsors!)  Anyway, their friend, (or victim) Joe Cipriano is one of the busiest guys in VO.(Is there any Sitcom for which he hasn't yet done a promo?) and a willing accomplice here. No matter what your role in media you'll enjoy this video. Thanks to Anne Ganguzza  (seen here lovingly crushed between by Chuck and Stacy) of VO Peeps for leading me to it!

Agents of Negativity

 

         After the usual niceties on the phone, which take all of five seconds, they launch into a mantra I’ve heard dozens of times before, going back to the early 1980s when I had the first of my 15 books published, that last being two years ago: “The business has changed! Publishers don’t operate the way they used to.  They want a proven commodity with a platform and a track record.  They won’t take a chance if they don’t think they have a sure thing.”

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The Power Of Collaboration

MCAi's MediaProCamp is a unique opportunity to share and be rewarded multi-fold. The annual get-together is based on the 'bar camps' of the IT industry, adapted for media professionals. At its core, it is an ad hoc series of roundtable discussions with topics chosen by the participants. Everyone brings their problems, needs, questions, etc. in the form of discussion topics and the most common are chosen (voted on) and become a roundtable. Invariably every roundtable —whether 3 or 30 attend—is populated by people interested in the subject. Some may be experts but all will have something to contribute. It's this collective wisdom focused on a single problem that is the power of collaboration. If you've never experienced a MediaProCamp you're in for a treat. The next one happens June 11th at Santa Ana College's Digital Media Center.

The event also features nationally and regionally known experts speaking about a broad range of tipics important to pros working in media! Read the details at www.mcai-oc.org  It's All FREE--including morning coffee and lunch! RSVP at MCAI's Meetup Site It may be free but if you don't RSVP we won't have enough food for you! Seating is limited!

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Marcelo Lewin The Dude of DIGIMEDIAPROS

 

The following narrative was the keynote delivered by Marcelo at last June’s MediaProCamp run as an annual event by the MCAI-OC at Santa Ana’s Digital Media Center. Marcelo is a master of reinventing himself and is an inspiration to all who know him. There will be a short Q&A with Marcelo at the end of the keynote.

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How To Handle The Good And The Bad On Review

            Let’s say you are invited on a press trip to the Caribbean or by a hotel company that just opened a lavish resort in the Maldives.  And let’s say you go and find plenty of wonderful things to write about:  the natural beauty of the place; the tremendous effort and expense that went into a unique design that distinguishes the resort from its competitors; a golf course cut out of the contours of the land and sea it sits on; and highly personalized service from the front desk to the bar—all of which you cannot wait to write about with unalloyed enthusiasm.

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RoundTable's Media Headlines Are a Great Resource!

i used to get dozens of industry newsletters and feeds I never read because my in-box was too full! Now I just go to RoundTable's Media Headlines page and scan the top stories from close to 20 top publications every day! It's amazing! I love it! For instance, I've got coverage of this year's NAB from all those sources in one centralized place - my bookmarked RoundTable Media Headlines page! I also use it for research on dozens of topics including talent! Check out the recent article in Backstage I saw on Scott Aukerman Holds Comedy Court. Roundtable's Media Headlines is a unique resource for your business so I hope yu will use it regularly! —John

Tech Never Stops!

And thank goodness for that! Even if you're not a tech geek, we all get to play with newer and better toys as a result. And that usually includes the fact they're easier to use as well! Making better images, capturing better audio and creatively manupulating them for fun and profit! Go TECH!

 So one of my new tech heros is Michael Kammes. I love his Vlog, "5 Things." His latest episode in on HDR. If you don't yet know what that is, Michael will tell you at: http://5thingsseries.com/hdr/ I also caugt it on the Moviola.com website. That Kammes boy get around!

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What Are Your Services REALLY Worth?

There are many contributing factors to help define the “value” of services. 

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Adding Resonance to Your Voice

A healthy voice is a resonant voice.  Depending upon the type of resonance, a resonant voice likely is a healthy voice. When resonance is not present, or is not consistent in the voice, the speaker or singer is probably using less than efficient technique that is leading to poor habits that may be causing tensions in the muscles supporting vocal function.

So what do you do about it? How do you find and maintain resonance in your voice?

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Perspectives On CES 2016

All at once, the show is exhilarating and exhausting, new and original, and at times redundant. It is also crowded, but even in the midst of 160,000 + wall to wall people, we still manage to see people we know as we check out the exhibits.

There were aspects of the show that were leaps ahead of where they were last year, specifically the significantly larger exhibit area devoted to automotive technology and the area dedicated to all manner of products and services related to virtual reality and augmented reality.

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Dateline Orange County

Michelle started at NBC News as a production associate with The Today Show in New York in 2003.  She ran scripts to the anchors, assisted with the rundown of the show, and learned from the show’s talented producing team – surviving the round-the-clock hours with lots of coffee. After a year with The Today Show, she moved over to Dateline NBC, the network’s primetime newsmagazine, as an assistant producer. 

For the last 12 years, she has covered breaking news, murder trials, hurricanes, a presidential inauguration, and a royal wedding.  After five years in Manhattan, she transferred to NBC’s Los Angeles Bureau, returning to her California roots and staying with Dateline NBC.  She was promoted to producer in 2014.Michelle graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Masters of Science in Journalism.  She minored in Sociology and completed journalism residency programs in Spokane, Washington, Washington, DC, and Dublin, Ireland.  Michelle lives in Orange County, California with her husband, two kids, and jindo/lab mix.  She enjoys travelling, discovering new restaurants and wines, entertaining, yoga, purple, and cheering for the Wildcats.

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Are Queries to Editors Useless?

          I haven’t seen any transoms in a long while, but the idea of sending an editor a query or Ms. by mail or delivery is now as outdated as tuning up a  carburetor.  Using the phone never was and never will be an option for any but the most noted writers whom editors would be happy to speak to.  Trying to get an editor on the phone these days at a publishing house or magazine is as unlikely as trying to make a reservation at the hottest new restaurant in town by calling the chef.

         E-mail rules, and it’s not entirely a bad thing. It’s efficient, it forces the writer to focus his thoughts and get to the point, and, unless there’s a bounce-back, you know it got delivered—unless it dropped into spam, which is what an editor might well lie about, say, weeks later.

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HOW DO YOU HANDLE A PRESS TRIP GONE TERRIBLY WRONG?

         This, however, happened recently when a new cruise ship line named Haimark invited me and my wife (I had to pay her airfare) on what sounded like a wonderful autumn cruise on the Saint Lawrence Seaway, from Montreal to Quebec, on to several smaller ports, to Halifax, Portland, and home.  Neither we nor anyone on the small, 200 passenger boat (which had already had an accident that summer smashing into the locks of the canal) had any idea that the boat, named the Saint Laurent, was in no way prepared for what turned out to be moderately rough autumn seas that promised to turn fierce by the time we sailed into the North Atlantic. So uneasy was the captain and crew about sailing on the schedule that we had to spend an extra day in Quebec (not such a bad thing), but ended up missing four scheduled ports along the way.

         By the time we got to Halifax we were told that sailing further would be very risky and that if we wished, Haimark would send us on a rain-soaked 12-hour bus ride to Portland, OR, so we could drive or fly back from there, which 190 people did.  Having asked Haimark to re-book out plane tickets back to NYC, including my wife’s, I found upon arrival at home that she was charged for the return trip, even though she had originally paid for it, plus a service fee.

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MOET Film Festival Winner Adam J Richman

 

Adam J. Richman is an Orange County native who resides in Los Angeles (and Berkely).  A graduate of Chapman University, he is now a working cinematographer and graphic designer with experience in 35mm, 16mm, RED One 4k, HD, and HDSLR.  Adam has been working at perfecting the craft of visual storytelling since before his high school years.  Concurrent to high school, he attended various Saddleback College film programs, winning several awards for his submissions.  He is a prime example of recent film school graduates that are extremely competent in many aspects of the filmmaking process - from pre-production to post and everything in between.

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Best Cinematography of 2015

The PLAYLIST, on Indiewire (which by the way is on RoundTable.Media's Daily Newsfeed) bills itself as "The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more." It's a great site for cinemaphiles! One of their recent posts is "The Best Cinematography of 2015" and is worth reading whether you're a fimmaker or film fanatic.

Their choices (the ever-obscure PLAYLIST Staff) are no doubt impeccable as judged by their well-researched references. I can certainly agree with their opinions on #9 Steve Jobs (cinematogropher Alwin H Kuchler), #10 Brooklyn (cinematographer Yves Belanger). #7 The Hateful Eight (cinematographer Nic Knowland) as well as #5 through their number one pick, Todd Haynes's Carol (cinematographer Edward Lachman), though I may well quibble over the final ranking. For instance i think their #12 pick, Son of Saul (cinematographer, Matyas Erdely) should move closer to #1.

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Strategizing CES 2016​

CES is an enormous show. More than 160,000 reportedly attended in 2015, a total that may represent the attendance cap for this year.Attending requires planning and a strategy to cover the exhibits. One cannot just walk around aimlessly and hope to meet the objective of seeing hot new technology from long established companies and increasingly with ...
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

This is a great time of year, filled with good tidings and hopeful outlooks for an even better future. There's no doubt that Christmas is the main driver behind the holiday sentiments, but Hanukkah with its miracle of lights contributes considerably. Even the non-religious, who celebrate the Winter Solstice as an alternative, join the majority with...
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How To Write A Screenplay: 7 Things Agents Want To See In Your Script - Part 2

LAST TIME we left off with the first three things Screenplay Agents want to see in your script...ONE terrific role for a movie star ("actor bait")The project fits easily in ONE genreSuper short pitch...that's "Super-short"...and as we continue,  remember ALL AGENTS ARE BROKERS.  This means that when an agent encounters a new pro...
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How To Write A Screenplay: 7 Things Agents Want To See In Your Script - Part 1

Before I get to the list of seven things, I want to make sure we're on the same page about this: all agents are brokers.In the same way stockbrokers buy and sell stock and are paid on commission, agents in Hollywood arrange transactions between buyers and sellers and are paid only when the deals go through.This means that when an agent encounters a...
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Convergence is so ...BOOMER

...as in Baby Boomer! Remember that old buzzword, Convergence? What was it, the 90's when the industry was agog with change? Probably before that…But today it's old news. It's here, fait accompli, done deal, it's soup, es ist neue Welt.In the context of our digital age when theaters are projecting features in 4K and directors have to actually ...
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23 Meeting Questions You Should Expect

By Stephanie Palmer, author of "Good In A Room" Many people think of "the pitch" as the part of the meeting where you explain your idea to the decision-makers. But that's only the first part. Your pitch has a second part as well–and that's the secret.The first part is where you deliver the prepared component of your pitch. The second part is t...
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Producing A Commercial: When The Inevitable Bump In The Road Happens

No two productions are exactly the same but similarities are common. Here's a case study you may find interesting, with lessons which may apply to your next production. Producing commercials (documentaries, events, shorts, and feature length films) almost always have a crisis that needs to be addressed, no matter how well it is pl...
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Predicting TV Success

Do you read the Roundtable.Headlines page? We created it to give you an easy way to stay on top of our extremely dynamic industry. EVERY DAY Roundtable aggregates the top stories from over a dozen of the top trade rags—close to 150 stories a day covering a wide variety of industry topics. So, today I was scanning the headlines and came across an ar...
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Film Market Success: The ONE Thing You Must Do To Succeed At A Film Market

By Stephanie Palmer, author of "Good In A Room" www.goodinaroom.com  Let's say you are a screenwriter, filmmaker, or producer. You're attending a film market, film festival, or pitchfest (e.g. American Film Market, Cannes Film Festival, Sundance) to sell your film or find investors for your next project.The ONE thing you must do (and it's...
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5 Important Tips To Look Professional On Your Webcam

I was on a video conference call the other day—altogether eight working professionals—and I noticed the wide variety of picture quality, from below average to just awful. So much business is done on skype or zoom and other video situations using our built-in computer cameras that it's worth talking about. It's important to know how to use these too...
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LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i Sponsors Joomla Meetup Group

One of the most important forms of communication for media professionals is a good website. That's why when the Orange County Joomla Meetup Group went up for grabs, MCA-i member (and a Joomla developer) Grace McKay quickly approached the LA/OC Chapter of MCA-i to help save it. The meetup group, dormant for over a year, has over 150 interested membe...
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Screenwriters - How To Write, Pitch, And Sell Screenplays

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Good in a Room

One of the best experts we've come across regarding screenplays is former MGM executive Stephanie Palmer. She offers tips for screenwriters who want to write and sell screenplays as well as personal consulting. Stephanie has been featured by NBC, ABC, CBS, and Los Angeles Times and has a website with lots of good information including a lit of highly recommended books (including hers) We met her a few years ago and she's the real deal. Meanwhile, Stephanie has given us permission to post some of her helpful articles on Roundtable.media, so you'll get some of her wisdom and advice from us. Check out Ms. Palmer's website and let us know what you think. Stephanie Palmer's Good In A Room

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Our Ad System Specifications

ad positionsWe are using standard IAB ad specs on this site, so if you already have ads designed, they should fit right in. The following is the list of the IAB standard sizes.

Horizontal Online Banner Ad Sizes

728 x 90 Leaderboard

Rectangular Online Ad Banner Sizes

300 x 250 Medium Rectangle

Square Online Ad Banner Sizes

125 x 125 Button

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Mission Statement

The Mission of RoundTable.Media is to bring together professionals working in every corner of the media landscape for networking and collaboration by providing Media Professionals with functionality which helps them grow their expertise and business by providing original content and curating valuable information.Like the Classic RoundTable discussi...
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