“Winning at life is mastering knowing yourself and the value of your relationships.” – me
I thought I would start this post off with my favorite tweet from June. I feel very gracious and blessed to have so many great people in my life – from friends to business partners and mentors I am very happy to be working with so many amazing people. I have decided to give a few “shout outs” in this post and invite you to check out some of these people and what they do.
June was a great month that started off with a trip to San Fransisco to meet with the team at Catalyst SF. If you have not had a chance to check them out you should visit their website. The company is headed by CEO John Durham and employs some of the smartest strategic thinkers on the planet. I am honored to have the chance to collaborate and work with them.
I am working with a good friend and seasoned actor Nels Lennarson and his business partner Ryan Wiancko on launching a new virtual world for children. If you are a serious geek check out Ryans Blog Netflow Developments. As we are in very early “Stealth – mode” stage there is not too much I can discuss about the concept. We have branded and launched the new studio site for Meaning in Motion Studios that will be the company that produces the virtual world. We are working with some great VC groups to put together additional funding, and are looking for a few more strategic partners we can work with at this point. I am very excited and can’t wait to share more on this venture! If you are reading this and it resonates with you, please reach out and lets see if there is a synergy to work together.
Our feature film Branded is coming along really well. We are in negotiations to secure our cast, finalize the production schedule and lock down locations in New Mexico. I will share more on this once all the contracts are in place. I would like to invite you to join the Fan Page on Facebook or follow the updates on Twitter as we work on this awesome project. We had some interesting press on Splatter Container – a big horror film blog on this last month, which I thought was pretty cool at such an early stage on the project. Way to go Richard Kenyon for writing such a great script that is the foundation of everything that is coming together!
I have gotten involved with a really cool startup called Raptify. It’s a new contesting and marketing technology platform that will be launching some big campaigns in the next few months. I invite you to check it out at www.raptify.com – the company is based in Vancouver, Canada and is going to be doing some big things. Keep your eyes, ears and keyboards ready.
I finished the month off in Santa Monica at the iMedia Entertainment Marketing Summit. This was the 6th annual gathering of the top Entertainment Marketing Executives from the major studios and networks. The day was kicked off by a keynote from USC’s Henry Jenkins on trans-media storytelling, followed by 8 enlightening case studies and research presentations. My old friend Keith Pape from Ayzenberg Group did a great presentation on a campaign they did for Capcom, and new friend Dean Donaldson from MediaMind shared insights on “the Intrinsic Value of Interactive Display”. Laurel Bernard from Fox was honored with the 2010 Visionary Entertainment Marketer Award over lunch, and the day finished off with a gripping agency shoot out that Matt Cooper from Neoganda won with a very over the top presentation on how to market the Fox property “Mirrors 2” using Chatroulette.
That’s *WhatsApp in my world.
(*WhatsApp is also a really cool app for the Blackberry and iPhone – that lets users of both devices chat similiar to BBM)
Have a great Summer!