Category Archives: Television

Sweepstakes: Stepping and Singing in 2014

After four years as a student worker, I’m pleased to announce I’ll be returning to Samford to serve as executive producer for Step Sing 2014. It’s an honor to serve my alma mater in this way and it’s also a thrill to continue my production career and gain more valuable experience.

Most of our team will be returning. Our student producer and director are returners and should develop a strong product. Most of our contract crew has been with us for 15-plus years, so they’re great to be around and to guide our student team. Dan Harb, of Harb Productions, will be back with us providing a brand new 30′ expandable truck. If you need an EIC for your broadcast event, I highly recommend Dan. Not only is he incredibly knowledgable, but a pleasure to be around.

We’re about to roll in pre-production meetings to start programming the nights. Our “Countdown to Step Sing” pre-show is back again and should have some strong improvements upon last year’s shot in the dark. As we approach February and more details become available, I’ll update here, so be sure to check back and see how things are unfolding prior to the biggest event on campus at Samford.

Also, as an aside, check back here tomorrow for an update on the status of the blog and some vision and hopes I have for here on out. We’ll be back on a consistent posting schedule beginning tonight.

Thanks for following along!

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Orange is the new “Today”

Morning television is a die-hard world of politics, money and ratings.  After celebrating its first full year at No. 1, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” longtime morning leader “Today” had finally grown looking up at its younger counterpart.

NBC execs hope “Today’s” new set, new logo and new face will help it reclaim the spot it had once known, in an age where viewers are opting for their smartphone before the remote control when they wake up.

For those “Today”-lovers that left, however, it’s the content — not the packaging — that will get them back.

MV5BMTM0MTc0Njk2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTIxMTAzNQ@@._V1_SY317_CR11,0,214,317_Former “TRL” face and current host of the ever-popular “The Voice”, Carson Daly, will anchor the “Orange Room,” “Today’s” effort to intersect internet and television.  Daly will be regular, sometimes remote from L.A., updating anchors on what viewers are saying online.

Lead set designer Jeremy Conway did a fantastic job.  The set has a more modern look to it and feels as if the “Today” cast were in an real living room.

For more on this story, here’s a great story from Brian Stelter of the New York Times. You can also see more of the renovated Studio 1A here.

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FOX News Channel revolutionizes technological advances with FOX News Deck

Shepherd Smith signed off of his afternoon time slot just over a month ago. He’s returning now as lead anchor and editor of FOX News’s new breaking news entity, the FOX News Deck.

It’s a very impressive venture for what has historically been an old-school news organization. I believe the idea and format will prove viable enough to stick around.

Check this video and article out from Mashable here.

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