What the First TV Ad Ever tells us about our Technological Complacency

After years of unpaid experiments, the FCC officially opened up the airwaves to commercial television broadcasting on July 1, 1941.  NBC’s experimental W2XBS in New York City received the first commercial license becoming WNBT. That very same day, at 2:30PM just before a broadcast of a Brooklyn Dodgers – Philadelphia Phillies baseball game, NBC aired Read MoreRead More

Carroll O’Connor Once told Norman Lear he would ’Never go Near’ this one “All in the Family” scene

Norman Lear tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric that Carroll O’Connor, the actor who played Archie Bunker, was not a fan of a scene that ended up being one of Lear’s favorite moments from “All in the Family”. Via Go Into The StoryRead More

Adam Epstein Talks Editing for SNL and “The Cutting Edge” Workshop

SNL editor Adam Epstein opens up on the incredibly fast workflow of editing for a weekly sketch comedy show. Adam Epstein is a freelance editor. For the last five years, he’s worked with the Saturday Night Live film unit, editing parody pieces of all kinds. He’s just begun a nationwide workshop tour with “The Cutting Read MoreRead More

Why You Need to Pay Attention to the Video Game Industry (In Case You Weren’t Already)

Liz Shannon Miller explains how the gaming industry is starting to play a bigger and bigger role in entertainment and the film/television industries. Here’s some friendly advice for anyone who’s passionate about film, television and media in general: If you don’t pay attention to the video game industry, now might be the time to start. Read MoreRead More

Each TV Network Does Dramas Differently: Here’s How

Terry Curtis Fox examines the strategies each television network employs in their crop of scripted television shows. Thirty years ago, when I began writing episodic television, there were network dramas and syndicated shows. These days, when I’m teaching one-hour drama, that single catch-phrase encompasses everything that fits the time slot. But the explosion of different Read MoreRead More

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