New Media Council
1. WHAT DREW YOU TO THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS?
student of traditional storytelling and I love using the power of technology to
educate and inform, but after working in news for a decade I’m developing more
creative ways to tell people’s stories and deliver much needed information on
2. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB IN THE INDUSTRY?
Editor, Newsweek Broadcasting Service, translating articles from Newsweek
Magazine for television. We used UPI Television News crews and writers like Peter
Benchly, who was writing ‘Jaws’ at the time, as talent, and had access to the Movietone
3. HOW DID YOU START OUT AS A PRODUCER?
Working with a Production Manager shooting exteriors for ‘Paradise Alley’. I learned production budget breakdown,
how to scout locations and pay off unions in cash when we burned through lunch
and breaks and I met Stallone. It was his first directing gig.
4. WHAT LED YOU TO JOIN THE PGA?
As an editor and independent producer, I wanted more contact with colleagues in
the field. It’s great to talk shop with some of the most prominent producers in
the business. I have not been
5. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER/COMMITTEE WORK YOU DO FOR
I’m a founding member of the Online Content Committee; which is Producers Guild
members working together to document seminars and events and to interview
members about their work. We interviewed six PGA members on the set of the new
Morgan Freeman movie directed by Rob Reiner, which is the first film to display
the Producers Mark. I also moderated the ‘Brick City Event’, as a member of the
6. WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
an urban media lab I’m calling New York Media Lab, designed to mine the
creativity and ingenuity of urban life as the basis of developing new
technologies. Look out MIT.
7. WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR MOST INTERESTING PROJECTS, AND WHAT
DID YOU LEARN FROM THEM?
online video channel for Pulver Media. I learned not to edit video on a laptop,
in a cab, or try to upload it over wireless from Sweden, what makes it
prohibitively expensive to build a video studio in an office building on Long
Island, how to make telecom technology fascinating, and how to build a
community around video content.