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My First Big Break

Antoine Fuqua: My First Big Break

So what happens when you take a kid from Pittsburgh, PA, put him in the wrong place at the wrong time, sprinkle in some college basketball, a little Caravaggio, some Akira Kurosawa and a few rap music videos?

Antoine Fuqua, director of the new action film “Olympus Has Fallen” recently sat down with mediabistroTV and told the crew how the odd mix of bad luck, athletics, an acclaimed Japanese director, and the influence of a 16th century bad boy Italian painter led him to a career as one of Hollywood’s premiere action film directors.

Fuqua’s latest movie, “Olympus Has Fallen” opens in theaters March 22.

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Honda Fit Turns Into a Mixing Deck, Tries to Convince You That It’s Cool

I have no idea what’s up with the recent trend of marketing brightly colored subcompacts exclusively to DJs, but the streak continues with this new spot from Brazil-based F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi.

Above, we DJ duo N.A.S.A. (AKA L.A. based Squeak E. Clean and Brazilian DJ Zegon) given the “Drivemixer,” a Honda Fit Twist (exclusive to Brazil) outfitted with a bunch of obnoxious sound effects that the DJs eventually mold into a cohesive obnoxious beat. This continues for a little over three minutes, at which point all other Brazilian DJs black out due to a filthy womp overload and awake to find themselves face down in the parking lot of their local Honda dealership. That’s what the whole “Twist” part means.

I don’t know how “street” the Honda Fit is in Sao Paulo, but in Chicago, I have heard tales of five different Honda Fits all getting their wheels stolen in the middle of the day. Perhaps if the Twist makes it to the U.S., the spot will look a little more like that. Credits after the jump.

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Ken Burns: My First Big Break

When you hear a letter written by Thomas Jefferson being read by actor Sam Waterston or see a photograph showing the intensity in the eyes of a Civil War soldier, you know you’re watching a Ken Burns documentary.

In this episode of My First Big Break, the iconic filmmaker tells the MediabistroTV crew how he channeled his feelings of humiliation into his first masterpiece on the Brooklyn Bridge and reveals how his mother’s death sparked his need to bring the dead back to life, shaping the style we know today as the “Ken Burns Effect.”

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Susan Blond: My First Big Break

How many people can say their career launched the day they met Andy Warhol? In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break”, we talk to the legendary Susan Blond, the most famous person you’ve never heard of.

The New York City based PR maven was once the “It Girl” of Warhol’s party playland that was New York in the 70s. Painting, starring in Warhol’s films, appearing in an erotic public access series, being named the first female VP at CBS Records and finally opening her own PR Company, Blond was wild and knew how to network. Selfishly, we at mediabistroTV are also excited that she brought us just two degrees of separation away from Kevin Bacon!

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Glenn Beck: My First Big Break


In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we hear from radio personality, author, former Fox News host and GBTV founder Glenn Beck. While he has found tremendous success across many different forms of media, did you know that he almost left the business to go to cooking school? If it wasn’t for a heart-to-heart conversation with his father, he may never have found his professional voice.

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Bonnie Fuller: My First Big Break


In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we hear from HollywoodLife.com editor Bonnie Fuller. Fuller gained international acclaim as the editor of magazines such as Marie Claire, US Weekly and Cosmopolitan, but did you know that she started out as a beat reporter writing about sports clothes? Or that a friendship with an upcoming fashion designer named Tommy Hilfiger led to a meeting that would change her professional career? Watch below, as Fuller explains how she went from a young cub reporter, to one of the most powerful women in publishing.

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Deborah Norville: My First Big Break


In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” we talk to “Inside Edition” anchor Deborah Norville. Now everyone knows her as the face of the syndicated CBS news program, but before she got her shot nationally, she started in Georgia, working at CBS affiliate WAGA. As for her break, it came before she even graduated from college, and involved a little bit of luck, and former President Jimmy Carter.

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Dan Rather: My First Big Break


In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s series “My First Big Break,” we speak to HDNet “Dan Rather Reports” anchor and former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather. Did you know that if it weren’t for a hurricane that struck near Galveston, Texas, he might never have had his shot at working in network news? That among other things, he had to deal with thousands of snakes in order to report on the story? That he helped create a weather-reporting graphic that has become ubiquitous on TV news? Below, Rather talks about the event that brought him to the attention of CBS in New York, and changed his professional life.

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Brian Williams: My First Big Break

MediabistroTV debuts a new series today, “My First Big Break” where we talk to media heavyweights about that break that got them to where they are today. Our first episode features Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.” You know what he’s doing now, and you may know a bit about his past. But did you know he maxed out his credit cards and finally went bankrupt? Williams then took a job in technical operations until that First Big Break came along. He tells us who gave it to him, and how it changed the course of his career.

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