I want to write and tell stories.

Friday, March 31, 2006

PSP Movies

I have never really been a fan of watching movies on a PSP, they are small and portable, but to me you would just use those portable DVD players instead. I don't own one, but have seen one played. Was not overly impressed when I saw it. I am all for alternate distribution models, but I never thought this one would take off.

Interesting article about them, here .

They are looking at making the PSP capable of connecting to your TV to play the movies, but again I ask, you (well nearly everyone does) have a DVD player already, what's the attraction.

Will it save the PSP UMD movies? Not sure.


Thursday, March 30, 2006

You know you want one.

Anyone writing an action thriller? You'll probably want to put one of these in.

I love the remote bit, so casual.

Can't remember where I found this link, but thanks to whichever site it was.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


This post outlines how Lost producers have formulated the strategy of engaging the audience outside of the actual show, and they even have a visual map, so to speak, of how that information is disseminated across the internet and other areas.

If you open up that map to it's larger size, you can see one very interesting area.

They have actually factored in Bittorrents. I am assuming if they have included it, they see it as a positive....interesting.

I wonder if they see it as a positive, that people who may have missed it on TV and are therefore interested enough to download, will hopefully become regular viewers, etc.

Just interesting.
PS it was interesting that I could not find one more way to put the word interesting in this post.

Don't annoy the Koala.............



I don't do this often

I rarely posts out and out jokes, but I had a good belly laugh over this one and thought I would share.

Alice and Frank are Bungee-jumping one day. Alice says to Frank, "You know, we could make a lot of money running our own Bungee-jumping business in Mexico." Frank thinks this is a great idea, so they pool their money and buy everything they need: a tower, an elastic cord, insurance, etc.

They travel to Mexico and begin to set up on the square. As they are constructing the tower, a crowd begins to assemble. Slowly, more and more people gather to watch them at work When they had finished, there was such a crowd, they thought it would be a good idea to give a demonstration.

So, Alice jumps. She bounces at the end of the cord, but when she comes back up, Frank notices that she has a few cuts and scratches. Unfortunately, Frank isn't able to catch her and she falls again, bounces, and comes back up again. This time, she is bruised and bleeding. Again, Frank misses her. Alice falls again and bounces back up.

This time, she comes back pretty messed up - she's got a couple of broken bones and is almost unconscious. Luckily, Frank finally catches her this time and says, "What happened? Was the cord too long?"

Barely able to speak, Alice gasps, "No, the Bungee cord was fine... it was the crowd.
What the hell is a piñata ?????!!!"

Screenwriter's Showcase

Just in case you missed it, a few of the boys from the Scribosphere, (Warren, Bill and Phil) are going to be on panels at this event. I obviously wont be there, but if you can make it, check out this link for further information.


There is no truth to the rumour that there will be a sharpened, spinning-DVD duel to the death between the Mad Pulp Bastard and Sid "Silly" Ganis in the carpark. Mind you, if there is, can someone put $100 on Bill for me, I reckon he's a shoein! :) I'm good for it.

PS damn I've posted a bit over the last few days......time to up the meds again.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Aeon Flux Review....and a few more.

Got to see Aeon Flux last night. It was certainly worth every cent we paid to see it :). We had been planning a movie and dinner night for a few weeks, so the double pass I won was just a bonus.

I didn’t feel the movie was that bad, my wife actually enjoyed it. She does enjoy movies where there is a kick-ass female hero, so that was in her favour. It is the type however, that you won’t miss anything by waiting for the DVD.

It just seemed to me, that they were working through the good old 3 act structure, ticking things off as they went.


That scene near the beginning were she and a bloke swap a metal pill by kissing and playing dance of the tongue fairies actually made me grimace a bit. It looked like two flesh coloured, naked Jabba the Huts wrestling on screen.

I have not read the source material so I went into it with an open mind. I enjoyed the story, some of the dialogue was okay, at best. I never figured out Frances McDormand's character though.

I found it funny that you call the chairman and saviour of your world....Trevor......gday Trevor, got anymore of that life saving anti-virus stuff hanging around. It just seemed slightly odd. But again, that could come from the source material, and there could be a good reason for it. I realise it may have meant to portray all those leaders as close buddies, and familiar with each other, but it didn’t quite work for me.

Not the worse movie I have seen lately, Kingdom of Heaven wins that one hands down, I made it through about 20minutes on the DVD before more important tasks could be had, like writing my own script.

I finally got around to seeing Wedding Crashers as well the other day as well.. It was a lot of fun and I can see why people enjoyed it. The only part that I didn’t enjoy, and this is more of a personal issue is that I detest people who imitate, in any form, war hero’s or wear false decorations. Those guys and girls who earn them do so in often horrific situations, and to use that method is deplorable. It had the effect of making me have to get over that issue to enjoy the characters.

One thing I realised in the movie is Bradley Cooper, who I first saw in Alias, and recently he has been in Kitchen Confidential, made a great antagonist. I can see him when he is a bit older filling the role of some sort of mad evil criminal very well. Great eyes for evil. In saying that he did a great job in Alias and was totally convincing as the lovable goofball friend to Sydney.

I mentioned this on Richards site, Scriptweaver, Rachel McAdam’s could play Jennifer Garner’s sister. Very similar mouths and dimples. Could be a successful movie if you could team those two up!

Pity about Kitchen Confidential being axed, but I can see why. I had read the book and was looking forward to it, but caught one episode here recently and it just didn’t capture what I felt was the spirit of the book, the grittiness and craziness that is a busy kitchen.

That’s it.

My writing area.

Lee Goldberg asked people to post pictures of their writing areas, just got a digital camera so thought I would try it out. Apologies for poor lighting.

My Dad who is a retired builder helped me build, and install that bookcase. It's my favourite place in the house.

I like to call it My Wall of Knowledge. :) Yes, it may be the Wall of Crap, but it is cosy. Yes, Twister does get a workout sometimes. Love my joystick longtime :)

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I now give you, opposite the Wall of Knowledge, the Couch of Inspiration, where many a good idea has come from. :)

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The couch is low enough that my children can hit me in the face to wake me in the event I have too much inspiration. Yes, that is washing at the end. It doubles as the Couch of Anything. It has a busy life.


Memed by a Westie

How's that happen?

Four Jobs I’ve Had
Company Director/Sales Director
Front Office Manager
Banquets Manager
Business Development Manager

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Again
Apollo 13
Something’s Gotta Give (I agree with Konrad on this one)
Grosse Point Blank
The Matrix (not the sequels)

Four Places I’ve Lived
Normanton, Queensland (find nearly the most remote place in Qld, then turn left for a few hundred k’s)
Cairns, Qld
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Sydney, Australia (glad to leave it)

Four TV Shows I Love
West Wing
Frontline (Aussie Current Affairs comedy from mid-late 90’s, get it if you can)

Four Places I’ve Vacationed
Port Douglas
Canberra (luckily I was extremely young and therefore cannot recall much, it’s our capital)

Four of My Favorite Dishes
Steak (MSA –Nolan’s, same steak as at the Breakfast Creek Hotel, follow this link to see where you can buy it, part of my research when looking at buying that restaurant http://www.nolan.com.au/where/ , don't you love research like this!)
Curry – virtually any
Atlantic Salmon
Cheese plate, creamy, blue, and smelly!

Four Blogs I Visit Every Day
Ken Levine
Bill Cunningham
John Rogers
Phil Morton

I am not providing links, because if you are reading this and don’t know them, and you want to write screenplays for film or TV, FIND these blogs NOW(all links on the right) and start reading yesterday!

There are many additional ones that I visit everyday as well, but these are the first four that popped into my head.

Four Places I’d Rather Be Right Now
Celebrating sale of first screenplay
Restaurant with Jessica Alba/Angelina Jolie/Wife (so would my wife, so I ain’t in trouble)
At home writing, rather than here working.

There you go, nothing earth shattering, I don't prefer to eat babies to cheese plates or anything like that.



Monday, March 27, 2006

First Drafts

As we all know, first drafts of anything are shit, someone famous said that, may have been Hemmingway, may have been Haliburton talking about contracts to Iraq, not sure.

You may have seen the trouble that has been stirred up in the UK, Canada and the US about the latest tourism ad from Australia. Basically, the trouble is over the last line spoken by a beautiful girl in a bikini, "so, where the bloody hell are you". Why anyone is actually listening to her is beyond me, but I digress.

Well, if you want to see what the first draft looked like, click here. I think you'll agree the second draft was much better.

Edited to add: If you haven't found this already, go now and download it. Recording of time in the writers room for Battlestar Galactica.......big shout out thank you to Michael at http://redrighthand.net/ for this one. He comes up with some great finds.


The Future?????????

Read this article recently.

I have printed it below as well.

Bill over at DISC-ontent has, for as long as I have been reading him, been discussing new methods of delivery and what impact they will have. I agree with what he says. New ways will be found, and I have been saying to my friends and family for years, once most of the world has access to broadband, it is going to be huge, not just for movies and TV, but it will impact many areas of our lives. Blogs, email have already altered so many things. That time is coming very fast(not including the developing nations) and we are getting a taste of things to come.

One example is this idea of thinking global, act local.
When I was in the process of buying that restaurant, one idea I was going to put in place was the following. Setup a broadband hotspot....(wow, so original Dave),..just wait. The next phase was a computer with webcam setup somewhere quiet, and contact a similar restaurant/bar in the US or England. Have them setup computer and webcam. You can now tell your mate in that part of the world, go into that pub, and we'll have a drink together. Yes, video conferencing, but on a personal level, and accessible in a public place.

Now, take this one step further. Thousands of restaurants and bars throughout the world linked via say a website, touchscreen at the bar, with plasma, you click on the link of the bar you want and hey presto, maybe even conference with a few friends. Global drinks with friends, real time in comfort. yes, there would be background noise, so you might have it in quiet place in bar. Whatever, those little problems can be overcome, the technology and infrastructure are here now. Just needs someone to do it.

Think how popular the independant film festivals are nowadays. What happens when Yahoo, with their reach through the search engine, decides to run a film festival, hell for all I know they are already doing that, and which everyone with a computerm and broadband, can view AND vote for? I reckon there is one word to cover it ....HUGE.
Food for thought. buurp.
story below if you don't want to click the link.

Terry Semel, the former movie studio chief who now leads Yahoo Inc., is back in show business. His Web portal has filmed a pilot for a reality series called "Wow House" that will be broadcast online within the next few months.

The program, which follows two families as they refurbish their homes with $10,000 in new electronics, is the most concrete example yet of Yahoo's Hollywood ambitions. It's just an early step, analysts said, in Yahoo's ultimate goal: creating television of the future.

Semel is betting that online video's popularity is about to take off. Internet users would flock to Yahoo to watch shows on their computers or other Internet connected devices, creating a potentially lucrative opportunity to sell advertising.

No longer would show times be dictated by television networks. With online video, Yahoo's millions of users could stream or download programs whenever they want from a range of channels.

"You can go to news, to finance to sports -- almost one-stop shopping for your entertainment needs," said Ira Kurgan, chief business officer for Yahoo's media group.

The idea isn't new. Music videos, Victoria's Secret fashion shows and the C-SPAN public affairs channel have been available online for years, including on Yahoo.

What's different now is the convenience. A proliferation of high-speed connections has made downloading or streaming video much faster, opening the door to a wider audience.
Semel will probably address Yahoo's video strategy in a speech Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Until now, he has spoken mostly in broad terms about his company's plans.

Yahoo, in Sunnyvale, is up against a host of others in its Web television dreams. Rival Internet companies are all starting online video initiatives.

Noticeably distant in the competition is Google Inc., in Mountain View. Although a juggernaut in search, the company was late to online video and started offering streaming only six months ago.
"Wow House," Yahoo's new show, will be broadcast in an area for technology coverage that the company is carving out on its Web site. Families participating in the show compete to outfit their homes with the latest electronics, such as theater systems, high-definition televisions and stereos. The family that wins, as voted by viewers, will keep the merchandise.

The pilot cost around $100,000 to produce, far less than the millions it usually costs for a scripted, star-studded show such as "Desperate Housewives." Revenue will come from advertising and, potentially, companies paying to place their products on the show.

Video is also a component of other Yahoo initiatives, including a war correspondent, an adventure writer, a weekly NFL football wrap-up show and exclusive rock music performances.
Kurgan said more original programming is coming. Most, he said, will be in short form, in bites of only a few minutes, which makes them quick to download and more digestible for people who are multi-tasking.

Don't expect Yahoo to morph into another major Hollywood studio that creates 60-minute dramas, at least for now. And forget about big budgets.

"The audience isn't expecting the helicopter shot and a mass of special effects," Kurgan said. "It's an opportunity for good writers to show what they can do."
Television, cable companies and small production companies are expected to contribute some shows in partnerships with Yahoo. Videos created by users will round out the selection.
For years, Internet industry executives have predicted the coming of Web television. But the reality never lived up to the hype.

To get to this point, Yahoo has made some notable stumbles, including the $5.7 billion acquisition of Broadcast.com, a video streaming service that failed to catch on. FinanceVision, a business news program hatched during the dot-com boom, was canceled.
More recently, in 2003, Yahoo started a subscription-only streaming video service called Yahoo Platinum. It was shuttered a few months later.

At the time, relatively few Internet users had broadband connections, a situation that has been reversed, with high-speed connections in nearly 60 percent of households. Quality shows were also in short supply because entertainment companies were unwilling to make them available.
Yahoo executives admit to being too early. Meanwhile, they have continued to focus on entertainment (albeit in a more modest way), a strategy that may bode well in this latest renaissance in online video, according to analysts.

Simply streaming video online isn't enough, analysts said. Chat, sharing and interactive advertising need to be incorporated into the picture to make the experience more compelling than simply watching traditional television.

"We have all been waiting for someone to figure out how to do video online," said Andrei Jezierski, an analyst with i2 Partners, a research firm specializing in the Internet and media industries, said. "People say, 'It's going to be like an interactive video game.'

"But when you ask to see the experience, you can't," he said. "These guys at Yahoo seem as able as anyone to crack the problem."

Internet executives are newly excited about online video partly because of the potential for advertising. Spending on video ads is expected to nearly triple to $640 million in 2007, according to eMarketer, a research firm.

The business could get bigger if it becomes common for televisions to be connected to the Internet, as many analysts predict. If that happens, online ads and commercials could become one and the same.

Semel's hiring nearly five years ago foreshadowed Yahoo's embrace of Hollywood. One of his contributions has been to fill Yahoo's ranks with other Hollywood veterans, most notably Lloyd Braun, a former head of ABC television.

Braun, who engineered the blockbuster television series "Lost," among others, oversees Yahoo's sprawling media group, which is based in Santa Monica, to be near the major studios. His team has landed some notable deals lately.

In December, Yahoo broadcast shock jock Howard Stern celebrating his departure from FM radio to Sirius satellite radio. Viewers watched 4.4 million video streams on the day of the event, 214,000 of them at one time, a record for live Webcasts on the site, according to Yahoo.
Last week, Yahoo scored another coup by joining with CBS to stream some reruns of the network's prime-time comedies, "Two and a Half Men," staring Charlie Sheen, and "How I Met Your Mother." The programs, shown without commercials, will be available in Yahoo's television area until Monday afternoon.

"We are going to put our content in every form on every device," said Larry Kramer, who leads CBS' online arm. "We're testing them all."

Television network executives are torn about making shows available to the likes of Yahoo. Are the portals friends, enemies or something in between?

Network executives would prefer to have users go to their own Web sites, where they can offer more bells and whistles like games and splashy graphics and don't have to share advertising revenue. But Yahoo's has far more traffic.

"That's the dilemma we have with the portals," Kramer said. "I want a younger and bigger audience, but I don't have an instant messenger or e-mail to build as much of an audience on my own Web sites."

So far, the networks have been cautious. Until recently, most avoided putting entire shows online because of piracy, complex ownership rights and a fear of cannibalizing television viewers.
For them, online revenues today are minuscule compared with those of television. Plus, putting shows on the Web could hurt future syndication deals.

An obvious way to make money is online pay-per-view, which has gained some traction through the new iTunes video downloading service by Apple Computer Inc. It now sells some ABC and NBC hits for $1.99 an episode. But the business is still in its infancy.

Television has been more comfortable going halfway with Yahoo. The portal has struck deals to host the official Web sites for "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Apprentice" reality show, where visitors can get video outtakes and short clips -- not entire shows -- plus games and blogs.

Kramer says that it will be a long time before television goes full throttle on the Web. But even then, he doubts hat his company will put all of its shows online.

For now, Robert Hayes, senior vice president of new media for Showtime Networks Inc., the cable channel, doesn't consider Yahoo to be a rival along the lines of traditional television networks. Indeed, he made a landmark deal to stream the pilot episode of the now canceled comedy series "Fat Actress," staring Kirstie Alley, on Yahoo for five days.

Viewers could also watch the show online simultaneously with its television broadcast premiere.
But he's unsure about Yahoo's threat over the long run.

The evolution of online television has been extremely fast, he said, even just during the last 90 days.

"Right now, we don't see Yahoo as a rival, Hayes said. "In the future, that may change."
Source: Yahoo, Chronicle Research

The Matrix

A lot has been shooting around lately about the Matrix and the sequels, whether they be good, bad, terrible etc. Not going to go into that, but it brought it into the forefront of my mind(a very empty space normally) when I was reading a post on Phil's blog about structure, and Maryann asked a very pertinent question regarding spirtual reality.
I was thinking about this, and related it to the Matrix as it has a number of "rules" that you must accept to enjoy this movie, and I realised something (you guys and girls must have realised this as well, but I am just catching up, so bear with me) I don't know if it was intentional, but when the movie was establishing the rules, ie Trinity's scene at the beginning was one part of this, and then the training section was another, I just realised that not only did these scenes establish the groundwork for us to believe in this set of rules, (well for now I will say my, don't want to drag all you guys and girls into it unless it also applies) but my sense of anticipation was also heightened, because i am watching all of this and thinking, if these guys can accomplish these feats, with the standard set of rules, and Neo is the chosen one, the super-special one, what the hell can he do? Hell I NEED to see this! That was what really hooked me, I can see it clearer now, even though I saw it a long time ago.
So with the boring rule setting, exposition, whatever you want to call it, they turned that into a way of increasing the anticipation. Nicely done.
That's all.
PS Try the veal.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


My wife just called, I won a double pass to Aeon Flux.

That's a good thing right?

Monday, March 20, 2006

First there was Numbers...........

the TV show, or you could do a thriller movie, she'd make an excellent witness on the run! :)

Woman declared a 'human calendar'
From: The Daily Telegraph

SCIENTISTS have been left astounded by a housewife dubbed the "human calendar" because of her remarkable ability to remember absolutely every detail of her life from the past 25 years.The woman has such a powerful memory that given any date since 1980 she can instantly remember whom she met, what she did - and even the weather and what she ate for dinner.
Scientists have never encountered anyone with a similar ability before, and have had to devise a name for her condition: "hyperthymesia".

Yesterday, the 40-year-old American woman, who asked to be identified only as AJ, told Britain's The Mail on Sunday: "Let's say someone asks me about March 1, 1981. All they have to say is the date and then - boom - the day appears in my head just like that.

"No tricks, no counting backward or forward. It is as if I put a video of Sunday, March 1, 1981 in the VCR and then watched the day."

Her ability to recall events accurately and in such detail, without the use of any memory tricks, stunned Californian researchers.

Asked for the dates of Easter from 1980 to 2003, AJ produced a faultless list, and even wrote down what she did each Easter. Because she had kept a diary scientists were able to check her recollections.

Given the date October 3, 1987, AJ said: "That was a Saturday. Hung out at the apartment all weekend, wearing a sling - hurt my elbow." She was also able to tell researchers immediately the dates of world events, including a minor earthquake and the final episode of television show Dallas.

AJ first became aware of her skills in 1978, when she was 12.

It was not until 2000 that AJ, fed up with the "running movie" in her head, decided to find out why.

She wrote to James McGaugh, a Californian expert on memory, describing her case: "It is non-stop, uncontrollable and totally exhausting," she wrote. "I run my entire life through my head every day and it drives me crazy."

Although initially sceptical, Dr McGaugh recognised AJ's near-perfect powers of recall were unique. "She never looks at the sky or puts her hands to her forehead, as people often do when remembering something. It is very relaxed," he said.

Dr McGaugh's research has shown humans have vivid memories of emotional or traumatic events because the body releases stress hormones that enhance memory. This explains why people can recall where they were on occasions such as the 9/11 attacks. But it does not explain AJ's case.

Scientists believe she may have a disorder of the same part of the brain affected by autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and schizophrenia. They hope brain scans will provide answers.

For AJ, her talent is both a blessing and a curse. "I never forget anything, good or bad, so it is hard to move on - but the flip side is I am comforted by my memory," she said.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Wonder no more........

...as to why new shows have it so tough downunder. This article relates to Channel 9 here in Oz. Think CBS, NBC as relative comparison(only in percentages, not actually size). ABC here is our Public Broadcaster, think PBS(I presume), CBC, BBC as comparison.

New Drama development budget down from $1million to $100K.

WTF are you going to get with $100K?

Enjoy, don't cry too much.

PS also interesting about the battles fought inside the TV network.


Why Sandra Levy has had enoughWhen the programmer traded the ABC for Nine, she got less than she bargained for, Errol Simper reports

March 16, 2006

SANDRA Levy was Sam Chisholm's trophy. The Nine Network's then boss didn't poach the ABC's former director of television because he desperately needed her.With no great love for the ABC or its managing director Russell Balding, Chisholm pinched Levy because he could and because he figured it would weaken a rival broadcaster.

Levy, who left her position as Nine's head of program development on March 10 - after just six months at Nine - to become a drama consultant for the network, was a disillusioned trophy almost from the beginning. Her move from the ABC didn't work and, sources say, never looked like working.

Her abrupt, unexpected change of workplace didn't succeed on any level. Chisholm had wooed Levy with pledges of vast, if unquantified, riches with which to make the kind of programs that would all but obliterate the Packer-controlled network's commercial rivals. The reality was that Nine was reluctant to grant Levy even a secretary or personal assistant.

Levy's prime interest has always been drama. Conveniently, Nine's head of drama, Posie Graeme-Evans, was swept from office within a few weeks of Levy joining. But the money Levy envisaged Nine was preparing to spend never materialised. As Chisholm cut costs, there always seemed to be a financial hitch. Money for creative purposes came to resemble a desert mirage. Levy is said to have concluded within six weeks at Nine that her practical, day-to-day role bore little relation to the job description painted for her by Chisholm. It seemed to be less about creativity and ideas than about fast ratings and a quick buck.

Levy didn't even feel needed. She is said to have rapidly discerned that the independent program producers who mattered had long ago forged channels through which to approach Nine with programming ideas, not least to its chief scheduler, Michael Healy, or Chisholm. Thus she could easily be by-passed, her bulging contact book all but useless.

There was also a culture clash. It's understood Levy had been at Nine only a few weeks before she was being asked what was coming up in the way of new, ratings-friendly program ideas. Levy, as a drama producer for the Southern Star group and as head of programming at the ABC, was used to developing projects over time and with some care. Levy liked to view pilots and to review and revise scripts. At the ABC she was wont to assess material, do a critique, then send producers back to the drawing board to get it how she wanted it. She found it difficult to sell this concept to executive colleagues at Nine.

Almost as a retaliation against such elitist principles, her development budget is said to have suddenly shrunk from a projected $1 million to $100,000. Nine simply wanted ratings-winning material and it wanted it yesterday.

The sharp-tongued, polarising Levy is also said to have had regrets at the personal level; in terms of her working environment. She found Nine just as political as the ABC had been.
The work environment was no small factor. Because Levy, 59, had told the then managing director of the ABC, Jonathan Shier, she'd resign as director of program development if she didn't become head of television in the wake of Gail Jarvis's abrupt resignation in June 2001. Shier promptly appointed Levy to what is effectively the corporation's No.2 position. But it was a rough road to travel. Levy, along with other executives - notably the then head of news and current affairs, Max Uechtritz - found Shier difficult to work with. He lacked a public broadcasting background, his decision-making was erratic and his fuse was short. The ABC became faction-ridden and internal political skills became as important as job competence.
Well-placed sources suggest Levy almost immediately experienced an uncomfortable, disconcerting feeling of deja vu at Chisholm's Nine. Having replaced David Gyngell in May, Chisholm had promptly informed several people the network had more individuals trying to run the place than the European Union had bureaucrats in Brussels. Out went senior people such as the news director, Uechtritz (who had preceded Levy in defecting to Nine), Glenn Pallister (the head of variety programming), Steve Wood (in charge of daytime television), Stuart Clark (director of lifestyle and reality programming), Paul Barry (a well-regarded 60 Minutes reporter), Graeme-Evans and numerous other Nine stalwarts with less public profiles. Some insiders claim Chisholm's decision-making process began to resemble that of Shier.
Employees spoken of in glowing terms on the Wednesday were unceremoniously fired on the Friday as Chisholm racked up what some estimate as about $20 million worth of redundancy payouts.

In short, Nine often had a similar atmosphere to that which Levy had experienced at the ABC under Shier and she enjoyed very little of it. She had made up her mind to go long before the more popular Eddie McGuire took over from Chisholm last month. Levy is said to have told McGuire she wanted to leave during their first meeting. McGuire is understood to have pressed her to reconsider. They compromised on a consultancy. They'll talk again.

The question some have been asking is whether Levy is due to eventually resurface at the ABC, this time as its managing director. And the job she has eyed from time to time became available in January when Balding announced he would leave later this month to become chief executive of the Sydney Airport Corporation. Though Levy may like the job, there are at least two solid reasons she won't get, and probably won't seek, the position.
Levy has been unavailable to Media this week but you can assume, with some certainty, she'd agree to be Balding's successor only on her terms. She's believed to have strong reservations about some recent ABC boardroom machinations. And the board is extremely likely to have strong reservations about the waspish Levy.

Whatever her perceived faults, Levy is credited with loyalty to the fundamental concept of independent public broadcasting. Strangely enough, that may not be seen as a strength just now at board level. There's a pervasive view that after five years of calm and stability under Balding, a strongly political, right-leaning board is in the mood for what some bluntly refer to as "a head-kicker". Levy is quite capable of kicking heads. But she'd be unlikely to kick them to order. This is a board that was extremely unlikely to have granted the accommodating, pragmatic, apolitical, competent Balding a second contract. The likelihood of it now endorsing an outspoken, single-minded former Balding executive as its managing director of choice is pretty well beyond the bounds of all reasonable credibility.

Suggesting future boards may want to consider the national broadcaster accepting advertising, Communications Minister Helen Coonan told yesterday's The Bulletin: "It won't be the same ABC it is today in a year's time. We are in for some very exciting changes."
It's unlikely that Levy would ditch the concept of commercial-free, independent public broadcasting. She probably won't even enter the starting-stalls.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Someone's pissed........

If you want to learn what else you can use sparkplug's for go here...is funny.



Monday, March 13, 2006

Next Years Oscars

Occured to me the other day whilst reading Ken Levine's blog, since there seems to be this idea that the Oscar's were not very compelling this year(some say every year), one way you could liven the whole show up, is to have Ken use his skills from baseball announcing, combined with his observational powers as shown in his Oscar wrap up's...and well,.... you would have an interesting night that no-one would be missing!

Sure, stars leaving and never returning would be the norm.....but what a hell of a way to go out! :)

You could add to the atmosphere by having Tom Cruise, cruising the carpet throwing packets of peanuts up into the crowds. He would probably attach scientology pamphlets, but hey, we all make sacrifices for the greater good. What about Arnie with one of those shirt shooter things, yelling I'll be back.....Ken in the background....that's what you think.....


Wednesday, March 08, 2006

24, 23. 22, 21...........

Unfortunately I have not had the time to be devoted to this show as much as I would like to be. Instead of missing some, I'll just grab it on DVD one day in the future. However, I did just read that CTU was having nerve gas injected into it.

Now, isn't this the same CTU that got bombed?

Is it just me, or should they move addresses? Every terrorist in town must know where they are by now.

Even the guys from the Cell, could find these guys. Big thankyou to Michael Patrick Sullivan at Red Right Hand for the link to this script. I was hoping it would pop up somewhere. Apparently, it did the rounds of Hollywood, keeping many a development exec laughing. It is funny, so if you want a laugh, grab a copy while you can!

Charlie and Dave at B Movie Writers are having some success, I only found their blog recently, and they're a funny read, so drop by there as well if you like. They put me onto the best blog, Waiterrant.net , if you have ever waited on tables, go read, is good, is funny, is sad, is funny, and enlightening. The guy studied to be a priest and ends up as a waiter in New York. A waiter who has studied theology writing a blog....fantastic combination! Thanks for that link you two! It brought back many memories of when I started out in hospitality. I might post some of the funnier ones here for a laugh. I'll get round to updating my blog list one of these days.

Unfortunately I did not get home in time for the Oscars the other night, as I was starting my first exercise class in quite a few years. Had to start sometime, and Oscars is on Monday nights here. My exercise....well tried gyms, but I get bored too easy at them. I like the idea of TV's there, but can they at least turn the sound on, current affairs shows are not improved by trying to read their lips, even though Naomi Robson has nice lips(and she likes rally cars, so she can't be too bad :) ) even though current affairs here in Oz like to concentrate on the little scams, etc. rather than going after big stories(except for some on ABC and Sunday, there is always an exception to the rule!)

So, what do I do instead of gym, well, I went back to my old karate school. I looked at some others but there are too many bad instructors and meat heads out there. I saw one class where this guy was teaching beginners quite dangerous choke holds, etc. They are beginners, who could not even kick or punch properly, and you don't really know if they are lunatics or not yet, but hey, lets teach 'em the old grand master from ancient china, monkey-crane-cockroach- death choke hold so they can go home and practice on the missus.

Just rubs me the wrong way. My old school is quite traditional, friendly and they hammer you with the basics. It has been 20 years......(oh god) since I trained seriously, and yet I was not a total embarrassment the other night. Okay so I nearly puked a couple of times, but that is my horrendous fitness level......damn office jobs! :) All in all, did okay, the basics are still there, and I still have the desire to keep going back for more. I can still walk and type so I am doing okay today.

Who should have won the Oscars? Well, everyone who got one. Seriously, every movie ever made has people who either love it, or hate it (except Gigli I believe, that one is universal, even friendly Aliens would destroy us if that was the first signal in outerspace that they received) so it has to be the same with the Oscars. It is great for those who were nominated, and even more so for the winners. Congratulations to them all.

Warren and Neal were fortunate enough to actually attend the Oscars,and provide wrapups on all the coke they did with various starlets, and whatnot at their blogs. I believe Neal was embarrassed as he turned up in the exact same outfit as David Straitharn, he may have left early due to this social fau pax.

There is also no truth in the rumour that they were seen prostrating themselves in front of Jessica Alba, and chanting please be my Dark Angel.


Saturday, March 04, 2006

Stop licking the mirror

is a phrase I never thought I would use in my real life.

Kids bring variety. :)


Thursday, March 02, 2006

Not a bad job if you can get it........

Nice lifestyle this guy has. I know the Howard Stern move to Sirius has been a fairly big discussion over in the US, so thought you might find this interesting.


Radio Waves
By Sue JavesMarch 2, 2006

WHEN American Howard Stern announced he was switching to satellite radio service Sirius for a gobsmacking $US500 million ($675 million) over five years it was big news.
For an Australian comparison, think Neil Mitchell moving to the ABC and multiply by 100. And that doesn't come close.

So it's extraordinary to consider that much of the audio theatrics that American listeners heard in the build-up to Stern's dramatic debut on satellite radio last month were produced in a small recording studio in the Sydney suburb of Newport.

Dressed in baggy shorts, T-shirt and thongs, audio production whiz Jeff Thomas begins his day with a surf at the local beach before heading to his modest studio above a surf shop to produce and mix the sounds that punctuate Stern's performances 12,000 kilometres away in New York.
It's difficult for Australians to understand just how big Stern is in the US.
About 13 million people tuned in to his nationally syndicated show when it was on free-to-air radio.

He is both the highest-paid radio celebrity in the world and the most controversial. The so-called shock jock has often been in strife with the US Government broadcasting watchdog for his outlandish sexual and racist comments.

His huge American fan base has been eagerly anticipating his new satellite show, which is free of broadcasting restrictions.

Thomas was production manager at Triple M in the early 1990s before moving to London to help Richard Branston launch Virgin's London FM station.

From there he moved to Los Angeles as creative services director for KIIS FM, before returning to Australia in 2000. KIIS allowed him to bring his job back with him, which he did for the next five years, combining a Sydney beach lifestyle with a job in the world's biggest radio market.
His company also delivers an online sound design service to FM radio stations in the US, Europe, Africa and Australia.

"We provide the packaging or imaging for stations, which is basically all the audio that gets played around the commercials and songs," he explains. "It's that indefinable sound which can create the same sort of emotion you get watching a movie trailer."

Thomas has signed for one year to produce material for Stern's two channels on Sirius.
Leading up to the January launch, his audio creations featured breathless news anchors crossing to hysterical crowds chanting, "Howard, Howard". Each segment ended with an ominous voice announcing, "The revolution is coming".

Thomas drew inspiration from the opening scene in Blade Runner to create the final countdown. Normal programming was replaced by the sound of a throbbing heartbeat.

As the heartbeat grew stronger, it was interspersed with eerie sounds, a baby's cry, static, subliminal messages, archival clips from Stern's early life, building to a climax.
Extraordinary production for a mere radio program. But very Howard Stern.

Happy Birthday..

to my son. He has reached the grand old age of two, and hasn't been in trouble with the police at all so far. Good parenting I reckon.

We are celebrating with milk shots and cake. We know how to party downunder.

His favourite gift so far is a close race between the Wiggles guitar and the Tigger that does cartwheels and sings. He has crash tackled Tigger once mid-cartwheel, so my bets on Tigger becoming firm favourite. Either that, or he'll be playing for the Bronco's or Qld Reds when he is older.

Cheerios and fairy bread for the party on the weekend..wooohooo! :)


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