The face of change: European Commission Announces Digital Single Market Plan

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Source: Pat Saperstein,

The European Commission announced 16 steps Wednesday to help Europe embrace the digital revolution and open up more digital opportunities for businesses. Though the commission has assured that the single market will not mean the end of selling territory-by-territory or of window holdbacks, many film and television business observers continue to question what effects the plan will have on their business.

“The aim of the Digital Single Market is to tear down regulatory walls and finally move from 28 national markets to a single one,” said the commission’s announcement, which it says could contribute $471 billion to the region’s economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. Read More

Licensing Entertainment: Strategies for the Global Marketplace

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Licensing Entertainment: Strategies for the Global Marketplace

LIMA_logoLicensing is an integral strategy in the marketing and monetizing process of an entertainment property. Learn what it takes to fully leverage an entertainment property across channels of distribution, locations, and media platforms. For professionals who have a fundamental understanding of licensing, I am instructing alongside a select number of the industry’s top professionals to deliver a definitive course on how to license entertainment properties in this increasingly competitive marketplace.

Ken Markman will be the Instructor with featured speakers including:

  • Elie Dekel (Saban Brands)
  • George Leon & Greg Economos (Sony Pictures Consumer Products)
  • Henry Stupp (The Cherokee Group)
  • Tim Kilpin (Mattel)
  • Russell Binder (Striker Entertainment)
  • Howard Ballon (Networked Insights)
  • Jim McCafferty (JMP Creative)
  • Fred Fierst (Fierst, Kane & Bloomberg LLP)
  • Dan Romanelli

The course is presented in association with LIMA, the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association, the leading trade organization for the global licensing industry. LIMA’s mission is to foster the growth and expansion of licensing around the world, raise the level of professionalism for licensing practitioners, and create greater awareness of the benefits of licensing to the business community at large.

The early registration discount expires on Dec 6th!

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Four Seasons Magazine 2014 a portrait

By steven Beschloss Photography by  Dave Lauridsen


In the early morning hours, a soft, rose-grey fog rolls in from the Pacific Ocean, shrouding beach communities like Santa Monica and Venice in a moist murmur. By noon, the warm sun will burn away the clouds, but that gentle feeling often lingers, dewdrops on leaves, reminding residents of nature’s presence amid the urban setting. This is one of those special, seemingly immutable things about living in Los Angeles—just one of many reasons people come and stay. “Over the last five years, LA has experienced its share of tumult, dealing with a troubled national economy and a fresh wave of Californians heading eastward for new opportunities. People began to wonder and worry: Could it be that LA, which has exerted such a powerful pull on the global imagination, was losing its sway? More than a century after Hollywood began spinning out stories here, was this town still a magnet for dreamers and a window to the future? ”  Through a series of portraits, we take the city’s pulse to rediscover what draws people here, and what keeps people here. A marketing mogul, a radio personality, a painter, an acting coach, an environmentalist, a musician. What we find with each is an intensified entrepreneurial mind-set, in which there is rarely one singular path to success. This is enriched by a city that inspires—indeed, demands—passionate self-expression. With an openness to new ideas, an expanding sense of possibility and a readiness to work hard, these ambitious Angelenos are not looking back at the city that was, but looking forward to what can be. Read More

Finally a Sustainable Idea

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“Our industry is global and powerful because of its reach across multiple industries. Many would suggest that the responsibility rests within each sector of business. Others don’t really care. However, before we get influenced by any single entity or regulated by the government, perhaps we could take a defining step in shaping our own economic, social and environmental responsibility.

After all, sustainability, even if regarded as enlightened self interest, is ultimately about survival; both personal and profession.”
—Ken Markman

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Art: Time, The Infinite Storyteller

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Time, space and place are seminal plot-points in every archetype of story-telling. We found this New York Times article compelling, because we are story-tellers and technology is influencing our plot. Roberta Smith takes us beyond screenplay to tell us the real story.

NYT ARTS / ART & DESIGN | January 01, 2010
Art:  Time, the Infinite Storyteller
By Roberta Smith

There are certain artworks that make us experience time with particular sharpness, deepening our emotional understanding of its nature.

Time and Place; a fusion of technology, location and experience…

In a way it seems a trifle odd that artworks are such superb instruments of time travel. Time is not visual, after all, unlike space.

Time’s Progress

One way or another, much art tells a story. That is, it depicts time on the move, at different rates, in slices of various thickness. Sometimes a narrative is so deeply embedded in cultural consciousness that a single moment from it, or maybe two — as in a before and after — can stand in for the epic whole.

In art as in physics, time isn’t necessarily linear. It can be compressed by memory, and some art reveals its simultaneity.

Mortal Time

Such anxiety tends to be tied directly or indirectly to the end of real time, a k a mortality. It is hard to feel, in an art museum, alone in your fear of death, since it is one of the most common motivations for artists. To say that art has long tried to placate death, its gods or the dead themselves, or to achieve a comfortable afterlife, would be an understatement; think of the Met’s Egyptian wing, filled mostly with items from royal tombs, or its galleries of European medieval art, where the lives of Jesus or the Christian saints are reiterated in work after work. And it could be argued that just about every object at the Met not intended to placate gods or commemorate the dead is an effort to live on beyond death in human memory. (Of course there’s no penalty for trying to do both at once: the Raphael Madonna, to cite one of many examples.)

Mortality is made especially palpable by the deaths of our predecessors, starting with our parents, and paying respects has long been a way to ease our relationship with our own impending end.

Material Time

Some artworks make us especially conscious of the time they took to create. The Gubbio Studiolo speaks of awe-inspiring skill, patience and the desire for beauty. So does the tughra, or calligraphic signature, of Sulaiman the Magnificent, who ruled Ottoman Turkey in the 16th century, on view in the upper level of the Great Hall. Its sweeping strokes of blue, filled in with intricate blue and gold floral patterns, are the result of painstaking mastery and of a cultural sophistication refined over centuries. Appearing at the top of each of Sulaiman’s edicts, it lists all his titles and fittingly suggests a proud peacock.

Jackson Pollock’s dazzling drip painting “Autumn Rhythm” also awes, but with its sense of velocity. It conveys the painter’s movements and gestures, his “dance” around the canvas and his successive choices of color. As startling as the implied speed of its production is the way it so clearly expresses a new conception of painting.