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TradeVine – October 23rd, 2009

Your Host Danika Quinn
Published: Friday, October 23rd, 2009

 

THE PURPOSE OF THE TRADEVINE IS TO ENCOURAGE THE INDUSTRY TO READ THEIR TRADES: VARIETY, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, & BACK STAGE. EACH TRADE PROVIDES YOU FREE ONLINE INFO! OR, SUBSCRIBE LIKE WE DO. EITHER WAY, ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT YOUR INDUSTRY.

EACH FRIDAY, THE TRADEVINE SEEKS OUT A FEW OF THE INFORMATIVE ARTICLES THAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED. GO TO THE TRADE, ITSELF, FOR THE ENTIRE ARTICLE. FIND THE LINKS TO YOUR TRADES BELOW OR IN OUR ACTORS RESOURCE SECTION.

 

 

The Back Stage, National Edition, October 15th-21st, In the Advice section, “Oh, What a Tangled Web … With hundreds of sites to choose from, where should you post your headshot and resume?” by Paul Haber. There seem to be a never-ending number of websites claiming that theirs is the best place for actors to post their pictures and resumes. The pricing plans vary from site to site, and it’s not as if one site really has the edge in terms of presenting your material better than any other site, at least according to the article’s author Paul Haber. Haber suggests using Breakdown Services’ Actors Access for theatrical work, which is located at www.actorsaccess.com and Casting Networks www.castingnetworks.com for commercial headshots and resumes.

 

And, don’t forget IMDb.com, where you can post your resume, including your theatre credits. A special feature for IMDb is that it is part of the Amazon.com family, along with Withoutabox.com, the handy site for submitting your short or feature film to thousands of festivals around the globe. Wow, it’s really a high tech world.

 

The Hollywood Reporter, International Weekend Edition, October 16th-18th, “Twitter jitters … Skittish studios aim to curb tweeting creatives,” by Andrew Wallenstein and Matthew Belloni. Apparently, celebrities have embraced Twitter and studio execs aren’t thrilled about it. The authors of this article suggest that you check your contract before your next tweet. There’s a growing number of studio deals with new language aimed specifically at curbing actors, executives and other creatives’ use of social media outlets. The goal, of course, is to plug leaks of disparaging or confidential information about productions via the social networks such as, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

 

The Daily Variety, October 19th, In the V-Plus section, Entertainment &Technology Summit, we learn that the once simple home video market now comprises of dozens of devices and formats. For example, in the article titled, “Platform Plethora … Beyond DVD and TV, pics now play many screens, in as many as 250 formats,” by Susanne Ault, we are reminded that a movie used to enjoy a second life on DVD. Now, that has exploded into third, fourth, fifth and more lives on digital platforms as studios adjust to the new ways people watch movies outside of theaters. To capture that emerging business, studios must distribute movies to dozens of new digital retailers that were virtually unheard of just a few years back, including Xbox Live, PlayStation Store and Amazon Video on Demand.

 

The Hollywood Reporter, October 21st, In the CLIPS section, if you don’t already know by now, Harpo productions announced that Sarah Palin will appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Nov. 16th. The interview will be about Palin’s first new book about herself and it will be the first time that Sarah Palin and Oprah Winfrey will meet. That should be interesting.

 

The Daily Variety, October 22nd, in the article entitled, “Backlots moonlight,” by Peter Caranicas. As budgets tighten and pressure mounts to squeeze revenue out of every possible asset, the studios, who before occasionally rented their back lots out to other companies for various events, now are making their sites more attractive to event planners. For example, Paramount has just opened a refurbished Stage 3, dressed specifically for events and it is offered for $125-$150 per person, including food and beverages. Universal like many studios, often uses its back lot to host various events in order to draw in extra revenue. The Universal venue holds up to 2500 people. John, Pepper, let’s have a party!

 

Entertainment Weekly, October 23rd, the Michael Jackson movie, “This Is It,” may just be the film phenomenon of the decade. Of the decade? Well, time will tell.

 

Also, in the same issue of Entertainment Weekly, congratulations to Allison Iraheta, who earned 2nd place of EW’s “Must List … The Top 10 Things We Love This Week.” Ally McBeal on DVD was number 1. Allison’s single, “Friday I’ll Forget U,” was just released last week, and her album entitle “Just Like You” has a scheduled release date of December 1st. According to Entertainment weekly, “the booted-to-soon season 8 “American Idol” contestant is already earning comparisons to Idol alum Kelly Clarkson for her slamming new single.” EW’s quote: “She’s psyched. We’re sold.” Well, Actors Reporter is also sold on Allison Iraheta.

 

Today: Danika’s favorite shoes are Black and white animal-like pattern with almost cork-like tan toe, from Naughty Monkey. http://www.naughty-monkey.com/

 

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