Worth Reading: Securing privacy, Showrunner DIY TV promos, Legal strategies in Charlie Sheen case, High noon in i4i-Microsoft fight

Monday, 18 April, 2011

* Guardian, Cory Doctorow: ‘The most powerful mechanism we have for securing the privacy of individuals is for them to care about that privacy’ – video – “Blogger, writer and activist Cory Doctorow on social networking, revolution and how to avoid haemorrhaging personal information online”

* The Hollywood Reporter, Q&A: ‘Cougar Town’ Boss Bill Lawrence Airs His Frustrations With Disney

THR: So what does work?

Lawrence: There are some shows like Modern Family or American Idol where lightening strikes. Otherwise, you have two options. First, you build word-of-mouth.

THR: And the second?

Lawrence: Keep your loyal fans interested by giving them as much access, content and interaction as possible. That’s what I like as a TV viewer. For me, every show that I’ve felt like, “Wow, they actually care what the fans think” or “they’re actually writing for somebody,” I’m more loyal to. On Scrubs, we gave our fans extra content and access to the cast and writers. And in return, we could count on them to find the show on a network that moved the show about 20 times. Read the rest of this entry »


Barb Higgins vs. Mike McCourt on BT (2010 Calgary mayoral election)

Thursday, 14 October, 2010

My major problem with the interview of Barb Higgins by Mike McCourt on BT (CityTV Breakfast TV) this morning only starts at the 3:34 mark in the following YouTube clip.

[Oct 15 update: I was on BT this morning, check out “Breakfast TV at 6:45am (View from the front row with Ric McIver)“]

Asking tough questions are ok. But attacking someone NOT in the room, and insulting someone as a “screwup” is inappropriate and unbecoming of a person who calls himself/herself a “journalist” and supposed to be conducting an unbiased “interview”.

It is honourable for Barb to defend her former campaign manager. Have a listen to Barb‘s graceful “push back” (from 3:43 to 4:33) to Mike‘s attacks. To me, the clip also shows how tough Barb can be. This is not “thin skin” but standing up against a bully.

Mike unfortunately failed his job as an interviewer this morning, not just because he asked biased questions. More importantly, Mike, as a journalist, detracted voters from important issues at hand and got us to think and talk about whether he was out of line and BT’s clarification that the questions were not from @artsvoteyyc.

Make sure you vote in the Calgary 2010 election in the advance polls or on election day Monday Oct 18th, 2010. By the way, also check out ads of leading Calgary mayoral candidates.

Here is Barb Higgins vs. Mike McCourt on BT this morning.


Rookie Blue – First 6 episodes

Tuesday, 3 August, 2010

If you haven’t seen the new Global/ABC show Rookie Blue yet, go check it out and you can watch it online in Canada. After watching the first 6 episodes, I am totally loving it. Very well made. Watch it.


The Last Call Sheet of 24 the Series – Good Night, Good Luck, & Thanks to all the casts and crews of 24

Friday, 9 April, 2010

The Last Call Sheet of 24 the Series (pix)

I still remember those lovely sleepless nights when I first discovered 24 on DVDs. To me, the only proper way to watch 24 is to watch all 24 episodes back to back. So during that ~24 hours, I had a few frozen quick meals, instant noodles, and very optional showers.

Good Night, Good Luck, & Thanks to all the casts and crews of 24!

[HT Rodney]


William Shatner to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Banff

Tuesday, 2 March, 2010

From Banff World TV Festival,

William Shatner to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

Best known as Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek, William Shatner will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Banff World Television Festival. With a career spanning more than 5 decades, Shatner has leveraged his fame to build enduring properties as a director, producer, author, recording artist, screenwriter and spokesperson.

A brand unto himself, Shatner’s next project is the recently announced Sh*t My Dad Says, based on the popular Twitter account that’s infamous for quotes like “A parent’s only as good as their dumbest kid. If one wins a Nobel Prize but the other gets robbed by a hooker, you failed.”

This reporter is excited and look forward to bring you some report when Captain Kirk attend Banff in June.


John Adams (HBO TV miniseries)

Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Few days ago I borrowed (from the Calgary Public library) and finished watching John Adams (HBO TV miniseries). According to the Wikipedia entry of John Adams, the show, as of 2009, has won more Emmy awards, thirteen, than any other miniseries, and four Golden Globe awards.

Since John Adams the TV miniseries was based on John Adams the biography by historian David McCullough, I expect the show gets all of the historical details right. And the producers managed to make it an interesting show to watch. Bravo to them.


CRTC’s online consultation on TV

Monday, 30 November, 2009

Go share your thoughts with the CRTC.


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