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The Orange Dog Thing

I’m fortunate that I get the chance to do some occasional (and not so occasional) traveling for work, mostly to Los Angeles. Recently I had the chance to stay at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, which has a storied history in rock and roll, but now they just include these orange dog-like things in every hotel room. There’s zero chance I notice somethign like that and not figure out something weird to do with it…so I took the dog and make a little Instagram story with it over the three nights I stayed at the Andaz.

First encounter with ODT

ODT blocks the TV

ODT drinks from toilet

ODT wants to come too

ODT likes to be scratched

ODT wakes me up

ODT drinks from sink

Bye ODT

No, ODT, stay here.

ODT: The End

Reaction on my Facebook (mostly family and closer friends) was mixed. Instagram didn’t care that much as I don’t have many followers, but Twitter (mostly people I don’t know) seemed to enjoy it. Not sure if picture storytelling via Instagram is something I’ll dabble in again, but it was a fun experiment even if I have to deal with people asking my why I didn’t buy the dog to take home with me (it was $250 and a bit like this had a 3 day shelf-life).

Over the Moon Pie

Over the Moonpie Video

The family went to Charleston, South Carolina for Thanksgiving and swung by the Downtown Market and the Moon Pie General Store.

This Hotel is Awesome

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In my continuing effort to make more videos, I give you a whirlwind tour of the hotel I visited while speaking at the Streaming Media West conference earlier this week.

Molly and Daddy Review "Superman" for Nintendo (1987)

Molly and Daddy Review Superman

We tried, but Superman for the Nintendo, released in 1987, is just terrible. What are you supposed to do? Why are those guys shooting at Clark Kent? How do you become Superman? …and when you finally do become Superman, how are you so easily hurt? How do you get off this door?!

Click the image above to watch the video. We should do more of these I think.

Speaking at the Variety Big Data Summit

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My career in technology has taken me to some interesting places over the last 10+ years: St. Louis (less interesting), Mountain View, Jerusalem, New York, San Francisco, and Beverly Hills, but this last trip to Beverly Hills was the first time I got to speak at a Hollywood event. I recently had the opportunity to be on a panel at the Variety Big Data Summit, and it was…well, I’m pretty sure I’m officially a fancy media executive now.

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The overall goal of the summit was to discuss how data can and should be effecting the business of Hollywood. My panel was entitled “The Transformation of Content Through Data”…

The transition to digital production has brought wholly new processes in storytelling, often involving formulas and equations as much as scripts and story boards. How are technology chiefs managing the digital transformation to ensure increasingly complicated assets are successfully produced and distributed across platforms? What are differences between managing data in animation versus live action production and distribution? Top studio and platform technology leaders will explore how they ensuring a great digital storytelling experience for audiences.

Moderator:

Jay Tucker, Chief Marketing Officer, Institute for Communication Technology Management, USC > Marshall School of Business

Speakers:

Mike Flynn, CTO, Collective Digital Studio

Aaron Sloman, CTO, OWNZONES

Paul Davidson, SVP Film & TV, The Orchard

Susan Cheng, Senior Vice President, Content Management & Distribution, Warner Bros.

Kaliel Roberts, SVP Product and Technology, Digital Media, Discovery Communications

Matt Kautz, Head of Business Intelligence, Analytics and Research for Machinima.

…and I think it went well, but who can tell on panels with 6 people, one of which was an event sponsor, on the stage talking about a wide ranging topic in under 45 minutes. In short, the answers our panel came up with where the same answers almost all the panels decided on: Collect data; Experiment; Collect more data; Experiment again; Repeat forever for every different content target.

I could have done the usual speaker thing and came and went, but I attended the whole summit and it was worthwhile. Eli Roth was impressive, as were Philippe Dauman and Irwin Gotlieb. Listening to them speak about data from the Entertainment executive (and in Roth’s case, a director) side was helpful to bridge that gap between my technical Bay Area world, and my fellow executives in LA. Simply being able to phrase the opportunities companies like Collective Digital Studio have right now in regards to technology in industry relate-able terms makes my job easier.

Cocktail hour and group networking lunches aren’t my thing (though I’ve been working on that), but speaking to the group, either independently or on a panel, is always fun and helps those networking lunches go a little more smoothly. My goal was to speak a few industry (either entertainment or tech) events year, and I’ll mark a panel as a 75% completion (I have one more panel coming up in a couple of weeks). I would still love to present at a tech conference, so maybe that’s in the cards for 2016 along with writing in this space about my thoughts on technology and the entertainment space. It’s different than Punching Kitty articles, but maybe I’ll work in a few “Breakin 2” references for old time sake.

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