Situational Awareness • After The Hub & Beyond Traditional TV

Two interesting items in this morning's NYTImes:


Hasbro Apres le Hub

The toymaker Hasbro is in advanced talks to buy DreamWorks Animation, potentially gaining a new big-screen outlet for its wares...
...Hasbro’s four-year joint venture with Discovery Communications to establish a children’s cable channel, the Hub Network, ended in October when Discovery bought a controlling stake and rebranded the channel Discovery Family.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE @NYTIMES, reported by ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED • November 12, 2014 8:23 pm


Skating To Where The New Media Puck Is Going

"...with broadband coming in, the future of television is apps, smart TV, cord-cutting, so my goal is not to become a big network in the traditional sense.”
In producing content for the website, Mr. Harris is recruiting people who are already successful in the realm of video, whether on television, online or on social media platforms like Vine and YouTube.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE @NYTIMES, reported by By  STUART ELLIOTT • November 12, 2014 

Inspiration • Donald Palumbo

I worked in the wardrobe department at Opera Theatre of St. Louis in the late 80's. It was my summer job while completing my BFA in Musical Theatre at Webster University. The opera company, as it does to this day,  worked on the same main stage as the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. And my school.

Donald Palumbo, the Metropolitan Opera’s chorus master, rehearsing about 150 chorus members for “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.”  Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

Donald Palumbo, the Metropolitan Opera’s chorus master, rehearsing about 150 chorus members for “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.” 

Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

I started as a chorus dresser and graduated up to principal male dresser over two seasons. I loved it. I learned so much. I was surrounded by object lessons in art and life. 

Donald Palumbo was one of those who taught me, though I'm sure he wasn't aware of it. Because he was the chorus master he was backstage. A lot. Just as he continues to be in his current tenure at The Metropolitan Opera. He was, therefore, the artistic leader/creator whom I could most closely observe from my position backstage.

Donald Palumbo, the Metropolitan Opera’s chorus master.  Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

Donald Palumbo, the Metropolitan Opera’s chorus master. 

Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

What I learned from him then, like most lessons in my life, I continue to try and try and try to remember and integrate into my life and work today. I'm not a great student. I feel like I never really finish learning any lesson. Sometimes I remember, sometimes I don't.

No detail is too small. They all count.

The work is never done.

The work is not theoretical. It is actual.

They (the audience) may not know it, but they will feel  it.

The wings are still the world of the opera (the play, the dance).

I am so fortunate to have had the chance to witness this man's work up close.

He is a part of the artistic compass I carry with me now.


Video : The Pulse of Amazing Grace

Here's a lovely video (by the lovely Beatrice Copeland*) featuring Grant Braddock, the percussionist on Amazing Grace here in Chicago.

Love that in the final shot from the top left to the lower right of the frame you can see all four of our core music staff: MD Joe Church in the conductor video monitor, Grant, Associate Conductor/keyboard Julie McBride, and Assistant Conductor/keyboard Dan Pardo.

*Follow Beatrice Copeland on Vimeo, Instagram, and check out her site at www.beatricecopeland.com.

I'm On A Podcast!

Not just a podcast, but the wonderful creation of Nikka Graff Lanzarone and Mo Brady, The Ensemblist. I've been loving this podcast since it's launch last year. And recently I got the call to be a guest. Only one Broadway credit to my name, but they asked anyway. 

Christopher Gurr, Leah Hofman, Nick Corley

Christopher Gurr, Leah Hofman, Nick Corley

Ukulele Zen • Spencer Moses

If you don't have Spencer Moses' uke videos showing up in your on-line stream… well, I'm just sad for you. That's all. Here's a recent one to give you a peek into his loveliness:

I'll See You In My Dreams (1924, music by Isham Jones, with lyrics by Gus Kahn)

For more Moses, head over here - www.spencermoses.com

Video • Kevin Spacey's NOW

Looks interesting. As does the distribution model. And AEA members (or really anyone who uses the code) can get a buck off the the digital download. Code : ACTORS

Come on, Spacey, you can give us a better break than a buck, don't you think?

For the showing dates and times at IFC in NYC click HERE.

The Work • AEA Council Nomination Petition

**UPDATED**

Thanks for all your help, people. I'm now an official candidate. Check out my campaign HERE.


Hi, Guys. If you're a paid-in-full, member in good standing of Actors' Equity Association, I need your help.

I've decided to put my name in to run for AEA council for the first time. Though I'm technically qualified to run either as an Ensemble or a Principal candidate, I've decided for a few reasons to run to fill one of the three open Eastern Region Principal 4-year term seats. 

The first step in the process is collecting Nominating Petition signatures. If you're in NYC and care to add your name to my petition there are two ways to do so.

1) Hunt me down. I've got copies of the petition on me and a working pen.

2) Print out the PDF below, sign it (including your AEA member #), and drop it off at the Neil Simon Theater stage door, my attention, by noon next Friday, March 7th, 2014 . Or, if you're far away but still want in, you can snail mail it to me:

15 Magaw Place
Apt 1C
NY, NY 10033

Scanned, emailed, and faxed copies don't count, so this takes the death of trees and some leg work. 

click on the image to download the PDF

click on the image to download the PDF

If you decide to print it out and sign it, check around you to see if there are any other friendly AEA members who might care to sign as well. I mean, let's kill as few trees as possible. Right?

I appreciate any help you can throw my way. 

Christopher

 

Video • All The Way TV Ad

At drinks last night, Jonathan Hadary (I love that man) told me about the new version of the tv commercial for All The Way. Besides the primary "hey, look, that's really Bryan Crantson" pitch they're also flogging the size of the cast. So my name (though I'm truly in a minor role) is right there on the screen. Blink and you'll miss it, but it's there. Bizarre. 

And, yes, he really is a great guy.

(Cranston not Hadary. I'm mean they're both great but you're probably wondering about Cranston, right?)

Video • The Executive Assistant

Why, oh WHY am I so fascinated with this world?

"When Sergio Kletnoy, the executive assistant to the Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles, saw “The Devil Wears Prada” years ago, he knew this was the industry he wanted to work in."

 

(video by New York TImes' Matthew Orr)

Sergio Kletnoy, executive assistant to the Cosmopolitan editor, Joanna Coles photo : Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

Sergio Kletnoy, executive assistant to the Cosmopolitan editor, Joanna Coles

photo : Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times

For Christine Haughney's piece on Sergio Kletnoy and others in The New York Times, click here.