Owen Gleiberman writes for Variety that Ben-Hur bombed because it did not have any “movie stars”. or not the right ones or some such. I’m here to tell you that’s not the reason at all. It has nothing to do with the actors. It has to do with the fact the book Ben-Hur is practically unknown even in fundamentalist Christian circles today. No mass group of people are filled with a pressing need to go watch another cinematic interpretation of it.
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It seems the vast majority of movie reviewers today live in some kind of Bizzaro World where good is bad and bad is good. It’s become blatantly obvious that the reviewers whom media publications hire to inform the public are failing to do so. My guess is they are using a separate set of criteria to judge the movies than the consumer does and this is coming about due to a collusion among them. Secret journalist email lists are not unheard
I am not a conservative person. I’m totally okay with gender-neutral bathrooms, paid maternal leave and the right for women to have access to birth control / abortions. I’ve never factored in a person’s gender, race or sexual orientation when I considered them for employment, having only cared about if they had the necessary skills to do the work I needed of them. I’m not particularly interested in the personal lives of individuals unless studying their life helps me better
As I predicted back in March, Ghostbusters (2016) failed at the box office. Its Thursday opening in the States was only $3.4M. Throughout the weekend the film continued to play to largely empty rooms. Other recent Thursday openers: Finding Dory (200m budget) made 5.9 million. The Secret Life of Pets (75m budget) made 5.3 million. Jurassic World (150m budget) made 18.5 million. Deadpool (58m budget) made 12.7 million. Man of Steel (225m budget) made 21 million. Batman V Superman (250m
As the founder of a successful YouTube multi-network (which sold last year to a film studio) I am often asked to consult for companies that want to understand how to launch their own networks. I’m generally happy to share my knowledge and assist, but sometimes people can’t afford my consultation fees. I’m reluctant to offer free advice because explaining how multi-channel networks work and how to start one from scratch is a very time consuming process, and I just don’t
I’m posting this ahead of the Ghostbusters reboot launch because I want Hollywood to wake up. I want the industry to stop making movies that the market very clearly does not want, and start focusing on films that people actually want to see. I believe focusing on films that people actually want to see will lead to a more stable film industry and avoid the costly mistakes such as the Ghostbusters reboot will be. Also, I’m a Ghostbusters fan. I
I’ve been writing a storm on my laptop these past few weeks and now I am happy to announce yet another book. This book is on the subject of using the social network app Instagram and how to grow a larger audience with it. Instagram can be a powerful weapon in your online social media marketing arsenal and with so many people using it nowadays from all ages and backgrounds, it really has a vast potential to help you reach
My book, ‘The Lean Channel: YouTube For Entrepreneurs‘ is on the first page of a best-seller list. At the time of writing this post it’s currently the 7th best selling book in the ‘Video Production’ category. You can buy your own copy here.
Today I release yet another book for the Amazon Kindle marketplace, YouTube Sponsorships: How Creators Like You Can Fund Your Channel. This straight-forward guide details the method behind how to identify, approach and pitch brand sponsors to secure deals for your YouTube channel. Each year companies spend $17 Billion on sponsorships. This is an ideal source of funding to tap into for any YouTube creator. However, many video bloggers simply have no idea what a good sponsorship deal is. They
Introduction to SCRUM for Filmmakers SCRUM is a method of agile workflow designed to empower team members to complete tasks by making decisions at the individual level. It offers a system of breaking complex tasks down into simpler tasks that, once completed, result in the complex task to be accomplished. It is called ‘SCRUM’ because the process was inspired by the way rugby teams work together during games. Though SCRUM is primarily used by software development teams, its process can
Having Trouble Writing a Good TV Pitch? You’re Not Alone During my time as Vice President of the Thunder TV division at Thunder Digital Media I listened to a lot of pitches for films and shows. While much of the material was created by YouTubers and indie film producers, there was some material produced by seasoned industry pros that I found to be just……well, not good would be the nicest way to put it. Laughably bad would be my honest
One of the most popular articles on my blog is my guide for creating a YouTube gaming channel. Considering this, several months ago I started writing a detailed book that explains how to build a business around a YouTube channel. The result is The Lean Channel: YouTube for Entrepreneurs. The book is basically an expanded version of the blog article, with information not covered in the article. You can order the book off Amazon, as a Kindle eBook or the
By this point in my life I’ve had a lot of experience with startups. I’ve started several companies which had successes and failures, and I’ve been part of startups created by others. I’ve even done a fair amount of consulting to other people’s companies. Consistently I’ve noticed 10 things that will doom a startup to failure, and I’d like to share this list with others in the hopes these common mistakes can be avoided. #1: Mismanage your Resources With a