Back in 1993 I (Mark) was working on Steven Spielberg’s NBC series seaQuest DSV as the story artist.
On one episode, Playtime, the director gave me a camera crew and told me to direct the second unit. “You broke down all the shots. You know it better than I do.”
And I did. Here’s a shot of me, in the foreground, going over the shots with our FX supervisor and one of our producers on location in Lakeland. This was my first shot at directing and it WAS FREAKING AWESOME!
#marksimon #storyboards #spielberg #seaquest #directing
We had a GREAT time at Kidscreen Summit in NYC. Lots of great meetings.
In case you missed it, here’s a video of the event. You’ll also get to see our clients meeting with lots of studio execs.
So, you still don’t believe decision makers take meetings at TV conferences? Take a look at this…
Pitching at Kidscreen Summit
It’s amazing what you can find when you Google yourself. (Man, that sounds dirty. I googled myself. Hmmm)
I’ve been interviewed a few times on Live It Up with Donna Drake, but haven’t seen my interviews. This morning I took a few minutes to look, and lo and behold, I found one from last year.
At NATPE 2013 in Miami, Donna interiewed me in our booth at the conference and she shows a bit of me working with people on their pitch.
Here’s the link. I show up at 8:52 into the show.
Mark on Live It Up
The opening night of Kidscreen Summit always has an awesome party hosted at the Little Airplane studios. It’s an amazing loft studio. Every floor is packed with creative people. This year we were all happy to get out of the storm that starting hitting the city.
One guy we met was from Germany. I don’t remember his name, but he looks like and sounds like Gru from Despicable Me. Really. Take a look at this photo. I swear they used this guy as their inspiration.
Luckily, he has a great sense of humor, because our entire Hit Maker Tour group just called him Gru for the entire conference.
He’s pictured here with 3 of our clients. I don’t think I need to tell you which one he is.
What do you think? Do you see a resemblance?
Long-time friend and client Kenny Taht, on the right, gets a chance to meet Ted Biaselli, programming exec for The Hub at #KidscreenSummit2014.
I’ve known Ted for a number of years and he was very receptive to new ideas. Ted is looking for all sorts of projects. He told us the types of shows he’s looking for and lucky for Kenny, it’s just what Kenny has developed.
Is Kenny a happy boy? You bet your ass he is. Moments like this are priceless.
#pitchtv, #kidscreen2014, #hub, #thehub
Mark and Jeanne hanging with Nickelodeon Animation’s head of development Jenna Boyd at the Kidscreen Summit. Jenna just finished giving her 30 minutes with… session where she described how to work with Nickelodeon.
We worked with Jenna many years ago when she first started working at Nickelodeon in Orlando. Great to catch up with her.
It was a brutally cold night. So cold there was actually a little room on the sidewalk for our big Hit Maker Tour crew to walk in Times Square.
The snow falling made it that much more special. It was a great way to end the first day at Kidscreen Summit.
Every conference is different. They differ in layout, who shows up, how to land meetings, etc.
Here I’m showing client Kristin Fairfield around the #NATPE2014 conference floor. Some of the buyers were so great to her. She spoke to a guy from Shoreline Entertainment and even though her show wasn’t for them, he offered to take her stuff and show it to a friend of his at Starz when he met with her that afternoon. How cool was that!?
I love my Hero camera. It’s so easy to sneak great photos. I had a private suite at #NATPE2014 that made it quiet to bring in buyers so we could talk and they could review my projects. Here I’m pitching to Andrew Fitzpatrick (the guy who doesn’t look like me, but DOES look like David Crosby with brown hair) from Monster Distributes. It went well. He’s interested in 4 of our properties. Now we do the back and forth to see if we can finalize a deal.
Amazon just greenlit more pilots. They are becoming a major player.
The cool thing is they are doing all sorts of programming, except reality. They are doing comedies, dramas, animation and kids shows.
They just announced 10 more full pilots, including 2 hour-long dramas. Awesome!
More opportunities for all of you.
Here’s a link to more details: http://streamdaily.tv/2014/02/06/two-hour-long-dramas-among-new-amazon-studios-pilots/?utm_source=stream-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=two-hour-long-dramas-among-new-amazon-studios-pilots