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Posts Tagged ‘Felicia Day’

Neil Gaiman Film Noir Already in the Kickstarter Black

With a few days still left at the Kickstarter end, 1940s-set indie vampire drama Blood Kiss is already well on its way. Amber Benson and Neil Gaiman are attached to star; the initial target-budget of $50,000 has been surpassed; and a companion graphic novel is in the works.

The script for Blood Kiss comes from Michael Reaves, an author and veteran writer-producer on TV shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Father Dowling Mysteries. Because of Parkinson’s disease, Reaves is now wheelchair-bound and must speak through an electronic voice box. Several celebrities have rallied around the Kickstarter campaign, but the biggest angle remains the fact that this will put Gaiman in front of the cameras:

“I’m willing to pretend that the prospect of acting doesn’t terrify me in order to help Michael make his film,” Gaiman says.

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United Talent Agency Hosts Breakfast of Media Champions

The timing couldn’t be better, what with the announcement of Apple’s iPad Mini.

At Hollywood talent agency UTA Wednesday morning, after some opening 8:45 a.m. remarks by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) senior vice president Karen Chupka, there will be a panel discussion titled “Smart TVs, Tablets and Phones: Oh My! The New World of Direct-to-Consumer Media.” Gathered to discuss the impact of the iPad Mini and other technologies on artists and Hollywood content development will be:

- Felicia Day, creator-star of The Guild;
- Ron Gellar, vice president, worldwide content relations, Dolby;
- Shari Covens, executive director, IAWTV;
- John Lehr and Nancy Hower: Creators-star-director of 10 Items or Less (TBS) and Jailbait (Crackle);
- Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and director of research, CEA.

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MC Hammer Can Touch This Award

It ain’t exactly the Grammys. But considering where rapper MC Hammer has risen from, he will no doubt gladly accept the Social Media Marketer of the Year Award as part of the 3rd annual Gravity Summit industry conference at UCLA.

We think organizers of the February 22nd, 2011 event are missing a killer opportunity. Instead of handing out the hardware at Covel Commons, shouldn’t they be busting the podium moves at the adjacent Hammer Museum?

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Felicia Day Gets ‘Mortified’

Mortified’s David Nadelberg has this amazing talent for creating his unique brand of “shoebox therapy.” It’s story telling through artifacts from childhood – made hilarious. Now he’s interviewing celebrities and important people with this device. Great stuff. Way better than the usual bubble gum celebrity back and forth. This should be a television show.

Writer/Producer Jenni Powell Explains ‘Celebrate the Web’

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Many had a visceral reaction the the second annual Streamy Awards. On Twitter it was nicknamed “The Steamys” (as in pile of). Fans were angry. Attendees were angry. Participants disappointed and confused. Actor/writer Kim Evey called fellow web TV writer and producer Jenni Powell the day after the ceremony, Monday morning to discuss something unrelated. The two ended up talking about how they felt about this year’s Streamys. “It blew passed the mark,” Powell tells FBLA. “It should have been focused on rewarding the work.”

Evey agreed and between the two women they knew every single winner of a Streamy Award. They sent out emails talking to others who shared their sentiment about the show. “There were too many distractions going on in the background,” Powell notes. By that afternoon the conversation was going as to how to make everyone feel better. It was decided they would have another show. A small one. They invited all the winners to the Acme Theater in Hollywood the Thursday after the Streamys. Sometime around Wednesday night a fan asked about the hashtag. The phrase “Celebrate the Web” was given as their goal. Minutes later the domain was registered and donated, less than 24 hours before the show.

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Google Profiles So Yester-Minute

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We were reading about the new Google Profiles – a feature for when someone Googles you they can see your own profile that you created first. This is new news. This is something that we just heard of and was only announced hours ago. Right?

So who’s profile is ALREADY up on Google Profiles? Felicia Day. Star of the first annual Streamy Awards. The tech chick writer/actor who had a web only project in just about every category. This Geek Chic Chick moves fast.