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Scott Moore on How His Career Led Him to Deepak and Oprah

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Scott E. Moore has quite the resume: He’s an accomplished musician with five solo albums under his belt and has worked for big networks like MTV/VH1, TNT and Turner Movie Classics as a director and producer. For the past five years, Moore has been the creative director of a site that provides visual medical information.

He just completed his latest project — creating two hours of original music for Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey‘s 21- Day Meditation Challenge. In the latest Mediabistro feature, Moore explains how he came to be a part of the project:

So how did you go from creating videos for TheVisualMD to working on Deepak and Oprah’s Meditation Challenge?
Deepak was one of our colleagues on a project on the physiological science of emotional bonding between mother and infant. An old colleague who was working with Deepak on this meditation challenge told me they wanted to raise it up a couple of notches. Even though a lot of people participated, the product wasn’t at the quality level they felt it should be… So the person who handles the Chopra Center Digital Properties was in a crisis. And I just so happened to have just started my agency, and this project would be right up my alley. Ironically, I had started playing atmospheric, soul music live in a yoga studio, which would sell out every month. I played Deepak some of that music, and that’s when it all kind of came full circle and I got the opportunity to do this project.

To hear more about Moore’s eclectic career, read: Hey, How’d You “Score” That Job With Deepak and Oprah, Filmmaker Scott E. Moore?

– Aneya Fernando

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Arianna Huffington Says Media Needs More Good News, Launches Vertical

What seems to be dominating headlines these days? War. Political mudslinging. Economic distress. Prejudice diatribes. Pure foolishness.

Does media need more feel-good stories?

Arianna Huffington thinks so.

So much so that today, The Huffington Post is getting into the good news arena.  Huff Post Good News is being billed as a one-stop shop for inspirational stories that will circumvent media’s tendency to focus on negativity and what sells (or captures eyeballs) versus highlighting people who are doing good in their communities.

This has been a passion project for Huffington. About its importance, she told FishbowlNY:

“There is obviously a lot that is dysfunctional and destructive in our world, but there are also millions of people doing amazing things, overcoming great odds, and facing real challenges with perseverance, creativity and grace. HuffPost Good News will be devoted to these stories, using a variety of storytelling tools to bridge the gap that separates the world as it is from the world as portrayed by the bulk of the media.”

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Bodhi Tree Bookstore Set for Nearby Reincarnation

At least that’s the prediction offered by co-owners Stan Madson and Phil Thompson in an LA Times article marking the closure of their West Hollywood Melrose Avenue sanctuary. After 41 years in business, just west of celebrated Entourage hang Urth Caffé, the New Age crossroads closed its doors at 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

According to the article, the number of items sold daily at the Bodhi Tree had diminished in the past two decades by roughly 90%. But the seventy-ish owners tell reporter Teresa Watanabe that they weren’t that interested in embracing new retail paradigms:

The store could have added more non-book items, such as yoga clothing. It could have set up a live-streaming capacity to expand the audience for Bodhi Tree speakers — who have included Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, world religion author Huston Smith, medium James Van Praagh and spiritual teachers Marianne Williamson, Carolyn Myss and Deepak Chopra. But, Madson said, he wasn’t quite comfortable or interested in evolving.

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Author Jeanne Darst Makes for a Great Interview

The photo adorning Echo Park author Jeanne Darst‘s AP interview immediately confirms that she’s not your run-of-the-mill literary Q&A type. There she stands, next to an open closet door, perched atop the various manuscript drafts for her critically acclaimed, alcohol-soaked memoir Fiction Ruined My Family.

At one point in the article, reporter John Rogers refers to a hilariously politically incorrect passage in the book about Darst’s drinking making her “so unpredictable, sloppy and sometimes violent that even men known to take sexual advantage of drunken women didn’t want to sleep with her.” But FishbowlLA’s favorite snippet relates to the time she worked as a limo driver:

She lost the gig after she was dispatched to an airport to pick up Deepak Chopra and mistakenly collected members of the New York Giants football team instead.

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Nightline’s ‘Does God Have a Future?’ Segment Airs Tonight

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The discussion at Cal Tech between skeptics Michael Shermer and Sam Harris and new age religion pitchers Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston hosted by Dan Harris airs tonight on Nightline. The entire debate, all two and a half hours of it, we are told will be available online later tonight.

Previously on FBLA: Nightline’s Chopra and Shermer Showdown at Cal Tech

The ‘Does God Have a Future?’ Round Up

ntl_godsfuture_100316_ms-300x225.jpgWe covered Nightline’s “Does God Have a Future?” panel at Cal Tech over the weekend between religion denouncing yet God touting Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston and religion denouncing yet atheists Michael Shermer and Sam Harris.

Now, everyone has written their takes on the panel which is set to air on March 23rd and be posted in full online the same day:

  • Houston’s The ‘Future of God’ Debate post on Huffpo.

  • Chopra’s “Does God have a future?” piece up at SFGate.com

  • Shermer just posted his “My Debate Date with Deepak (and friends)” on True/Slant.

    We are told Harris hasn’t blogged about his take yet because he has a manuscript due.

  • Nightline’s Chopra and Shermer Showdown at Cal Tech

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    Nightline filmed a two and half hour debate between True/Slant blogger (Skeptic publisher) Michael Shermer and Huffpo blogger (best selling author) Deepak Chopra titled “Does God Have a Future?” at Cal Tech yesterday. An edited version will air on March 23rd with the entire conversation to be available online on the same date.

    The two men, while going back and forth online for many many years had never met in person before the event moderated by Nightline’s Dan Harris. Chopra has appeared on the cover of Skeptic for his claims about quantum mechanics and consciousness. Chopra often getting irritated by the call out.

    It was clear from the sold out crowd at the Beckman Auditorium full of mostly science students that Michael Shermer with his wingman Sam Harris of The Reason Project, were the home team. Chopra and his partner Jean Houston also had their fans in the audience, just far fewer.

    The debate, heated at times, was largely civil. Chopra was the only person on the panel booed by the crowd, twice. Shermer commented,”How very unspiritual of you.”

    Chopra shot back,”You bring out the worst in me.”

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    WIYSW Scribe Sightings

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    At the “What is Your Self-Worth?” book release party we also ran into Huffington Post blogger, Mallika Chopra, Deepak Chopra‘s daughter (pictured on the left). She disclosed that she’s a sugar and caffeine enthusiast, which is now our happy thought of the day. Her new project is Intent.com: My Path to Wellness.

    The hot blond chick you may recognize from Entertainment Tonight, freelance editor, producer and writer Cheryl Woodcock. Just a note about Woodcock and her kind – you know who’s not worried about the economy or the media meltdown? Freelancers who can write, edit, produce and read on camera. We’re just saying. After the nuclear holocaust there will be two things left – cockroaches and freelancers. Serious.

    NYT Confirms Pretty Much What FBLA Reported

    38907-Microsoft.jpgOur person on the inside gave us a sneak peak at the new Microsoft campaign. As we’ve been reporting there are more celebrities beyond Jerry Seinfeld that are going to appear in them. Plus real people…

    Today the New York Times reports:

    Mr. Gates makes a cameo appearance in the new Microsoft spots, along with celebrities like the actress Eva Longoria, the author Deepak Chopra and the singer Pharrell Williams. (Mr. Seinfeld is gone, at least for now.)

    But the stars are everyday PC users, from scientists and fashion designers to shark hunters and teachers, all of whom affirm, in fast-paced, upbeat vignettes, their pride in using the computers that run on Microsoft operating systems and software.

    Ok, in all fairness, none of the names and scenarios we reported are the same as the ones mentioned in the NYT although the general idea is the same.

    But when it comes to this stuff you just can’t blink.

    See, we live right next to the studio. We’re are the closest in the United States geographically to where they film them. So we therefore have television commercial experience. We know what’s at stake.

    Sundance Iconoclasts: About as Daring as Mayo on Pastrami

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    Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Vodka are foisting a new season of Iconoclasts on the world. We love these pairings, largely because they’re so easy to mock.

    Robert Lloyd loves this because it’s pretentious worthy high-production value television, unlike everything else he’s forced to review.

    Maureen Ryan likes the longer format of celebrity chit-chat.

    Tonight, professional edgy guy Sean Penn chats with author Jon Krakauer about Penn’s movie based on Krakauer’s book. Synergy.

    Alicia Keys and Ruby Dee are fine, if only because their names rhyme.

    Mike Myers, who’s working on a movie about a self-help expert and Surprise! self-help expert Deepak Chopra.

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    Norman Lear and Howard Schultz–moguls.

    Wynton Marsalis meets Iron Chef John Besh — wanna bet they talk about what it means to miss New Orleans?

    And since this series is all about “the world’s most fascinating and controversial minds”, who better than:

    Madeleine Albright and Ashley Judd. What’s the connection? They both color their hair? They both photograph taller than than they really are? We can only hope this will be as embarrassing as the Renee Zellweger and Christiane Amanpour session last season.

    The SNL version with Bjork and Charles Barkley is priceless, but NBC, the spoilsports, have pulled their content from YouTube.

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