THE BACKLOT: Commercials, Commercials, Commercials

THE BACKLOT: Commercials, Commercials, Commercials

It was a summer of commercials at Thunder Studios! We were proud to be the venue of choice for productions of a number of the world’s most recognizable brands. Some of the companies Thunder recently hosted include Calvin Klein, Target, Apartments.com, Heineken Beer, one of the world’s largest tech companies (I can’t disclose), and automotive […]

Nine Eleven Completes First Week of Production

Nine Eleven Completes First Week of Production

We are excited to announce that the first week of production on Nine Eleven, Thunder Studios’ latest feature film, is in the books. Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg lead an ensemble cast also featuring Luis Guzman, Olga Fonda, Wood Harris and Gina Gershon. The story centers on a group of strangers trapped in an elevator in the […]

Does Copyright Matter in the Digital Age?

Does Copyright Matter in the Digital Age?

By Rodric David Irving Azoff, famed entertainment executive and musician manger, intensified his campaign against YouTube with a barrage of tweets on June 22, including a declaration of his support for the initiative of 180+ recording artists who had recently published an open letter to Congress. The letter lobbies for an update to the nearly 20 year […]

Empowering Creators

Empowering Creators

The term content is broadly used in the entertainment industry to describe anything a consumer reads, views, plays, and engages with. Whether it is a blog post, short film, novel, or cute pet video, platforms exist for near seamless global distribution of that content to a potential audience. Distribution platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, […]

THE BACKLOT: WHOOPI GOLDBERG

THE BACKLOT: WHOOPI GOLDBERG

By Rodric David I was fortunate enough to spend some time with accomplished actress, comedienne, and TV host Whoopi Goldberg this past spring. Whoopi is an American icon and movie star. She is one of the few performers ever to have won an Emmy Award, Tony Award, Grammy Award, and Academy Award. Whoopi is probably […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

Paywalls and Gaming: The Canary in the Coal Mine?

Paywalls and Gaming: The Canary in the Coal Mine?

Paywalls in Gaming could predict the future of the entire content business. Blocking audiences from exploring content through subscription paywalls can be a double edged sword. There has been enormous consumer backlash against subscription fees (over $100/ year) for Xbox Live and PSN, and it took years for irate Xbox owners to actually be able […]

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 […]