The Backlot: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Eight Livery

The Backlot: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Eight Livery

This 650 HP Ford Fiesta glows in the dark and goes 0-60 in under 2 seconds Wowza, check out Ken Block’s insanely exciting Gymkhana Eight: Ultimate Exotic Playground; Dubai filmed in my old UAE stomping grounds.  Just wait until you see Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta obliterate a Bugatti Veyron in a drag race before drifting its […]

THE BACKLOT: BAFTA BRITANNIA AWARDS

THE BACKLOT: BAFTA BRITANNIA AWARDS

By Rodric David BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, hosts an annual gala dinner to honor the achievements of distinguished individuals and companies in the entertainment industry. The Britannias were most recently held on October 30, 2015 at the iconic awards venue The Beverly Hilton. Thunder Studios was delighted to be a […]

Star Trek – An Inspiration for Creators

Star Trek – An Inspiration for Creators

By Rodric David I am a Trekkie! I’ll admit it, I am an unabashed fan of all things Star Trek and have been since I was a little boy watching the first series, created by Gene Roddenberry, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. September 8, 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the premiere of the […]

A Content Revolution

A Content Revolution

By Rodric David 9 June 2016 A tipping point was reached in 2015 when consumers spent more time engaged on mobile devices (198 minutes per day) than they spent watching programming on television (168 minutes per day). I find it extraordinary that this fact remains largely under reported in the mainstream media, as it is […]

Big Media is Missing the Big Picture, but it’s Not Too Late

Big Media is Missing the Big Picture, but it’s Not Too Late

Mathew Ball’s excellent article explores the failure of traditional media companies to recognize pressing risks to their businesses due to the upheaval in content distribution systems. The article makes the argument that technological changes are driving a wholesale shift in content distribution infrastructure. I’ve also addressed this topic in an article of my own.   Mr. […]

THE BACKLOT: ROBBIE MADDISON

THE BACKLOT: ROBBIE MADDISON

By Rodric David   Last August, legendary Australian motorcycle stunt rider Robbie Maddison spent the day at Thunder Studios filming for a Kia campaign with Blake Griffin. Maddo is probably best known to American audiences for breaking the world record for distance jumping live on ESPN on the 40th anniversary of Evel Knieval’s jump over […]

DISTRIBUTION 103: The Tipping Point

DISTRIBUTION 103: The Tipping Point

By Rodric David I believe that we are now at the tipping point of massive change in the global distribution of video content in all its forms. Within the next 10 years I predict the complete overhaul of global video content distribution which will radically change the way we consume it and the way we […]

Technology Driven Change to Distribution Will Disrupt the Media Industry

Technology Driven Change to Distribution Will Disrupt the Media Industry

  Since time immemorial technological advances that disrupt and improve the efficiency of the distribution of goods, services and information have spurred the advancement of civilization. Historically, these technological advances in distribution methods were significant contributing factors to the outcome of wars between civilizations. History records that ‘All roads lead to Rome’ which refers to […]

DISTRIBUTION 101: A Very Brief History of Civilization

DISTRIBUTION 101: A Very Brief History of Civilization

This is the first of a three-part series by Rodric David For over 5000 years technological advances that disrupt and improve the efficiency of the distribution of goods, services, and information have spurred the advancement of civilization.  Written language is believed to have been invented in Mesopotamia around 3200 BC creating the first method of recording […]