World of Equals

The Emmys gave me hope that equality for men/women was finally coming to the M&E industry and the end was in sight.  Then Sandburg’s Lean In organization and McKinsey Company issued a report saying it wouldn’t be achieved for another 100 years.  That bummed me because we have to quit counting skirts, color, relationship preferences sooner rather than later.  Most people want it all done now but we can’t change the world overnight.  Maybe if each of us make one positive progressive step we can do it before another century passes.  Complaining and wishing certainly hasn’t make it happen. Together we can accelerate the process. [Read more…]

Daily Filmmakers

Everyone talks about the great filmmakers who make movies – long and short – and they go nuts over the folks why make their videos for you to enjoy on YouTube, Yahoo, AOL, you name it.  And everyone does a lot of research on how big the market is…and growing.  But no one really puts a trade show on or sells research on the folks who do real filmmaking every day for digital signage, houses of worship, healthcare, company informational content.  But they’re filmmakers like the rest who hone their talents to educate, inform and sell you ideas and stuff.  They count too! [Read more…]

For Your Eyes Only

Imagine all the free things you use on the Internet – social media sites, apps, games, video, storage, whatever — yes it’s all there just for you.  Ok maybe you and about 2.3B other folks on the planet but then you really enjoy your stuff don’t you?  Yep life is good.You’ve got your sitable, carryable, wearable, driveable, doable devices that keep you in touch with all of your stuff.   Sure somewhere in the back of your mind you know people are gathering information about what you do, where you go, what you like/dislike but it’s OK because it’s just so they can serve you better.  It’s fine…as long as you don’t think about it too long, too hard. [Read more…]

All in 1000 Feet

It’s difficult sometimes to get youngsters interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) courses and even more difficult kids that come from neighborhoods where violence, drugs and poverty are a part of daily life.  But a New Jersey school found a way to make it fun and interesting and all in 1,000 feet — soapbox derby participation.  A team of volunteer independent filmmakers documented the project from beginning to end to help raise funds for future programs and show that good things can happen when young people are motivated.   These students learned STEM information without realizing it and their thirst for knowledge continues. Maybe their story will encourage others to take a proactive role in their communities. [Read more…]

It’s Delicate

You know it and I know it — there is inequality in business. If the business isn’t doing well one of the first things senior management will do is cut the workforce to save money. It’s called fiscal adjustment. Of course you seldom hear the boss say, “I’ll take a salary cut as will my senior staff first and we’re forgoing our annual bonuses.” If you earn $50 – $100K a year a 10 percent cut is felt in your household. According to a growing number of reports if you’re a female worker you’re already making less than your male counterpart so you feel it even more. If you rack up $5-$50M then a 10 percent cut is hardly felt. If we are going to have equality then we should have equality for all up and down the organization, in good times and bad. Only with the rare senior management team that respects the contributions of every member of the team does that happen. Pity is some are overpaid even if they only get a buck an hour! [Read more…]