Local Media: A Conversation with Neil Chase, Bay Area News Group

Alex and Amanda talk with Neil Chase, Executive Editor of the Bay Area News Group. He is a veteran journalist and marketer with deep experience in print and digital news, who got his start at the San Francisco Examiner, and has been as a professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and held top spots at the business news site MarketWatch.com, The New York Times and Federated Media Publishing. 

Neil gives us a nuanced look at the role of ownership and types of local--it might not be about who owns you, but their approach to the business.

Local Media: A Conversation with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith

Alex and Amanda talk with Evan Smith, CEO of The Texas Tribune, a digital-only, not-for-profit news organization that operates in Texas. Evan joins us to discuss what he's learned about the opportunities and challenges for local, digital journalism, and be sure to note his definition of journalism around the 16 minute mark.

Inside Cinetopia – A Look at the Business of Film Festivals

In this episode, Alex goes to the Cinetopia Film Festival in Ann Arbor and Dearborn to learn more about the business of film festivals and the role they play in getting films distribution. First, Ariel Wan, Director of Marketing and Programming for the festival joins him in North Quad Studios to talk about the festival. Then, later in the episode, we hear from filmmakers whose films screened at the festival. The voices you'll hear in that segment: Bo Burnham (writer/director, "Eighth Grade"), Qasim Basir (co-writer/director, "A Boy. A Girl. A Dream."), Michael Curtis Johnson (writer/director, "Savage Youth") and Michael Dweck (director, "The Last Race"). 


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Aymar Jean Christian Talks Open TV and the Creative Possibilities of Internet-Distributed Television

Aymar Jean Christian joins Amanda in North Quad Studios to talk about his book Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television which looks at the opportunities for web series in the early phase of internet-distributed video. We have a wide-ranging chat about the business behind these shows, the storytelling they made possible, how quickly the portal ecosystem changes, and our concerns about a post-net neutrality U.S.

David Craig Talks the Business of YouTube and Social Media Entertainment

We've been lucky to have some guests come through North Quad Studio in recent weeks. The first is David Craig from USC to talk about his ongoing collaborative research project on Social Media Entertainment. David drops a whole lot of knowledge in this podcast that spans discussion of many social media platforms and revenue models.