My favorite LA tech site, Lalawag.com, asked me to do a monthly Q+A. This month, I shared my thoughts on what to expect in 2011 from the digital world- from top trends, to sites sure to get some buzz in the new year. Plus, my thoughts on journalism in the digital age.
I’ll be heading to the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas soon! The yearly show has been around for over four decades, with our favorite blue chip companies and thousands of others featuring their nex-gen tech gadgets and products. This year, over 120,000 attendees are expected. Last year, I did some coverage for CBSNews.com, which you can read right here.
This year, I’ll be doing the same, as well as presenting the Best Web Video award at the Mashable Awards on January 6th.
This week was crazy. Not only are the holidays coming up and everyone is wrapping up the year to welcome 2011, but I launched my new weekly series on YouTube called, “The Partners Project”. The show is the talk interview show of YouTube and each show profiles one of its stars. For the first episode, we spoke to Daneboe who has built his character The Annoying Orange into a full out brand with over 1 million subscribers, over 6 million fans on Facebook and over 300 million upload views.
Here’s the 1st episode:
But go to our channel to watch behind the scenes footage and subscribe to stay up-to-date with upcoming episodes. Plus, every Tuesday we’ll be releasing Partners Pro Tips aka YouTubers tricks of the trade.
First and foremost, I want to thank my amazing team who helped to put this whole project together. My co-creator and EP Damon Berger (the show is produced by our company Disrupt/Group) and Christian Bretz for producing and editing up a storm.
Thanks so much to Dane for being so awesome and making me a Peach in an episode that aired yesterday with the incredible James Caan:
Thanks to all our interviewees you’ll be seeing in the next coming weeks for their time and fantastic contribution to this new series.
Thanks to Tubefilter.com for a fantastic writeup of the show and to everyone who has showed support by watching, tweeting and spreading the word.
Thanks to Kurt the Cyber Guy and his awesome producer Darwyn Metzger (@darwynstheory) for having me on a segment yesterday to talk about online holiday shopping and deadlines (Sorry folks, national Free Shipping Day was yesterday)
Other recommendations: Zappos.com is a great site that always provides free shipping. You should also check out FreeShipping.org, which has a list of other places you can shop online and get free delivery before Christmas:
I have to admit as a broadcaster and brand, Ryan Seacrest, is an idol of mine. So I was really excited to see that he had posted a recent video interview I did with YouTube viral star Graham Stookey on his site.
The 18-year old singer/songwriter/high schooler from Littletown, Colorado was taped playing an incredible acoustic guitar set, which he then posted on YouTube. Someone sent me the link and after watching the video it was easy to acknowledge the amazing raw talent and chops this kid had. After seeing the views begin to rise, I knew it was time to snag the story before it hit the morning and talk show circuit. So I found Graham where every teen is these days—on Facebook (thank god for social networks).
Due to the fact that I’m a web savvy digital reporter, I also don’t need to wait for my ideas to get the green light by execs for TV. If I see something I want to cover, I can jump on it and post the story as quickly as possible and get that so-called “exclusive” or story before it really hits the mainstream.
This year specifically, I’ve become really fascinated by viral culture and stardom online and its proliferation on sites like YouTube. From Double Rainbow to Antoine Dodson and Graham, I’ve had the opportunity to share the stories of these personalities that have since embedded themselves into the pop culture ether. Some are just that– personalities—and others are truly gifted. In the past, they would have no opportunity to be heard, but we have entered into a different time where you don’t need to come to Hollywood to get discovered. Instead, they might just come to you, blog and tweet about your video. And so the domino effect of online discovery begins and continues to spread. That’s why I love the Internet!
The Brothers Strause have become a go-to pair for sci-fi effects for years working on blockbusters like Iron Man, Avatar and X-Men. They made their directing debut in 2007 with Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, and now they’re back with the Skyline. While people might have different opinions about the movie, I was still impressed and fascinated by their process. They were inspired by Paranormal Activity, and so they shot the whole film in their house, with an under 1 million dollar budget and then sold the rights to the studio. They call it the new wave of filmmaking– the independent blockbuster. Here’s my interview for GeekChicDaily on IFC’s The Grid, airing tonight on TV:
Ben Stiller’s parents are the funniest couple. They’ve been married for 57 years and have been performing improv together for decades even appearing frequently on the Ed Sullivan Show back in the day. Their son is now taking their comedic charm to the web with a Yahoo! series called Stiller and Meara. Here’s my skype chat with them for CBS News. Remember, I post awesome stories there throughout the week so GO THERE and subscribe!
After 6 weeks, 6 contestants and 3 challenges, we ended The Tastemaker competition today. The 11th and final episode was posted on MSN announcing the winner. For those of you who may be out of the loop, I’ve been hosting, The Tastemaker web series on MSN for the past 2 months and I must say it’s been a blast. I’ve been able to flex a different muscle hosting this show and feel so fortunate to have worked with an incredible team of people. From the contestants who literally gave up their lives to partake in our time consuming social media savvy challenges, to our 3 awesome judges (biz guru Kelly Perdew, Twitter maven Stefanie Michaels and filmmaker Jason Pollock) and the wonderful crew. Our EP Scott Ehrlich is also the wiz behind the incredible franchise launched on Hulu, The LXD. An additional shout out to MSN and Reed Price for supporting this project completely!
Looking back, there’s a lot that we could improve on, but I do believe this is a concept that resonates in this world where we’re all looking towards social media and the online space to connect and create new opportunity. When describing the show, I would tell people–”it’s like The Apprentice, but for social media”. I really do believe the time is now for a show like this and it’s something the public not wants to watch but participate in as well.
If you missed the series, you can still watch it in its entirety at TASTEMAKER.MSN.COM. In the meantime, the finale is below. Enjoy and remember to stay connected… at least until you’re done watching the video