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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Backlot: Tyga Test Drives My Tesla

The Backlot: Tyga Test Drives My Tesla

Before filming with Justin Bieber in November 2013, Tyga took my new Tesla for a spin.   It was November 2013 when Tyga and Justin Bieber headed down to Thunder Studios to film the video for their single “Wait for a Minute”. The studio phones started running hot that morning after the “Beliebers” caught wind […]

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 […]