This view is so widespread that when asked, all of the consultants but two said they haven’t even had a conversation about the possibility of distancing from Trump with any of their candidates or campaign teams. Another put it this way: “The idea of distancing, if it’s discussed, it’s discussed very quietly, it’s discussed one-on-one. You wouldn’t talk about it on a conference call…maybe someone would, but let’s just say it hasn’t happened yet and I’m on a lot of those calls.” … [Read more...] about What 9 GOP Campaign Consultants Really Think About Republicans’ Chances in November
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A rash of acquisitions of European and U.S. independent production companies has been steadily spreading over the past year and a bit. One exec says, “We joke that there’s a transaction a day.” Leading the charge is the UK’s ITV, which has been on a shopping spree since it first bought a controlling stake in Duck Dynasty maker Gurney Productions in late 2012. Also acquisitive has been the Pro Sieben-owned Red Arrow, which recently bought Say Yes To The Dress maker Half Yard Prods. But it’s a two-way street: NBCUniversal already owns Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films in the UK as well as Monkey Kingdom and Chocolate Media, among others. Warner Bros last month entered an agreement to take over the global interests, outside the U.S., of Dutch company Eyeworks, and has a majority stake in UK production group Shed Media. Core Media is also known to have its eyes open to UK purchases. What’s more, many of these outfits also own companies in … [Read more...] about The Indie TV Production Company Buying Spree: What’s Behind It? When Will It End?
Everyone threw themselves into it in a way that, honestly, could only have been a coping mechanism. People generously lent their time to give us all they had. Egos were shelved — a true miracle — and everyone pulled triple duty. Original songs were written by folks who had never worked on songs before, biblical material was adapted by atheists and blasphemous jokes about Moses were penned by people who keep kosher. Once we figured out what we wanted to do, we made a talent wish list that would fill a verse or two in Adam Sandler’s “Chanukah Song,” sent the word out and hoped a few would come through. … [Read more...] about ‘Saturday Night Seder’ Organizer on Remote Producing as a Religious Experience