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You’re Nobody ‘Till Somebody Kills You

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You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Kills You, is a forthcoming film directed by Spike Lee‘s protege Michael A. Pinckney, founder and Managing Director of Black Noise Media, a production house based in New York City[2]. The film began production in May 2007, however its release was delayed until 2011 for unknown reasons.”You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” is currently slated to premiere at Brooklyn‘s Williamsburg International Film Festival dubbed “WILLiFEST” on September 23, 2011. Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and Ed Lover make appearances in “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You,” which stars James McDaniel (NYPD Blue), Michael K. Williams (“The Wire” “Boardwalk Empire“), Michael Mosley (“Law & Order“) and Nashawn Kearse (“The Sopranos” “Entourage.”). Post production by Definition 6, NYC.

 Co-EP, Jon Accarrino.Director, Michael Pinkney.Live it Up Host, Donna Drake & Me At the Williamsburg International Film Festival (Willlifest) World Premiere

 

The 3 Fastest Guitar Players You will ever see!

 

This YouTube clip just might be one of the greatest guitar moments in history. It features Washington DC’s Danny Gatton, England’s Albert Lee and Nashville’s Vince Gill playing the song “One Way Rider.” Be sure to pay extra attention around the 3 minute mark. Great back-to-back guitar solos by all three guitarists.

Danny Gatton sadly died by his own hand before the rest of the world got to know him better. I heard him when I was a player in D.C. and even taught his former manager a thing or two on the bass guitar. Gatton’s music will live on in clips like this.

Enjoy!

Frank Radice

KATIE UHLMANN CHATS with FRANK RADICE

“Katie chats” sat with me while I was attending the 2012 Grammy Awards in LA where we talked about a wide range of topics for her Toronto based audience.

IS 9PM THE NEW 10PM IN PRIMETIME TV?

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Frank Radice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friday, April 27, 2012 by Frank Radice

With upfront season in full swing, I’ve been thinking about Primetime TV viewership and I had to ask myself – Is 9PM the new 10PM??

Five years ago if a network’s primetime show didn’t hit a 5 demo in 18-49 viewers, it would be in deep trouble.

Today, the 10pm demo, for the most part, seems to be around a 3 or lower.

Why is that?

A few things come to mind.

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Image via CrunchBase

One: DVR‘s are everywhere now. It’s not just a TiVo anymore. Every cable company has one, and they are quickly replacing the old set top box (and let’s not forget the Roku, the Xbox, the Boxee, Apple TV, and any of the other cool device out there).

And research is also showing that tablets like the iPad are quickly becoming the second screen of choice for content consumption, while services like Aereo allow you to watch and record your favorite show in their cloud for later viewing anywhere.

British Airways’ London City Airport Review


London's Tower BridgeTelevision and marketing executive Frank Radice recently flew to London from New York on British Airways.

On this flight, however, he didn’t take a 747, but rather flew a much smaller Airbus.

Rather than flying into congested Heathrow or Gatwick, he flew into BA’s best-kept secret. Keep reading for his report:

My wife, Vida, and I are frequent British Airways International fliers. In fact, I’m BA Executive Club Gold and she’s Silver.

We fly to London for business and pleasure seven or eight times a year, always from JFK to Heathrow. We usually fly Club but sometimes First and sometimes World Traveler Plus. This time we thought we’d change it up a bit and decided to try the new flight from JFK to London City Airport (LCY) in the heart of the UK’s financial district.

British Airways Airbus 318The flight is BA Flight 002, the number of the original Concorde flight from New York to London. And as soon as we entered the cabin we were greatly impressed.

Welcome to ‘The New Normal’ A look at Brexit and the Media

Broadcast Magazine U.K.

13 OCTOBER, 2016 | BY FRANK RADICE

Brexit changes everything, but it’s not all gloom, says Frank Radice

Brexit will have a tremendous impact on content creation, distribution, technology, innovation, and media and marketing: some good, some bad, and some yet to be considered.

Let’s start with the bad. If there is a continuation of the devaluation of sterling and a weak euro, creative investment will undoubtedly be adversely affected. There have already been rumblings that some major media groups and entertainment firms would relocate, although I think until all the unknowns about a hard Brexit are defined, this is just posturing.

But the truth is, when money gets tight, which it will, budgets will drop and fewer big productions will be made in the UK.

On the good side, smaller content creators and tech innovators, and those, like online producers, who understand the value of limited production, will have a clear shot at making a bigger mark on the ecosystem.

That will spawn a new generation of creative individuals who have a better understanding of what I call ‘The New Normal’.

What’s really good is that Brexit will set the UK industry apart, as it can be the keeper of its own flame.

But for the content creators, keeping their own flame is not enough. We can be in charge of our own destiny, but it is never going to work unless we can be part of the greater global community that controls technological innovation and content creativity. Brexit will force the UK creative community into a new direction.

As industries merge, those responsible for content distribution and creative tech will be forced to learn more about how new tech can better their world. That can only be a good thing. An already innovative industry will be encouraged to innovate further. It’s a wake-up call in which they will be pushed into new ways of thinking for more effective, and relevant, strategies.

So what we think of as TV and traditional media will morph into something different. Everything will be online. And once that happens, content creation and consumption will be able to live alongside what we know as linear distribution (even though it’s digital).

Streaming and OTT will combine with notifications, bots and apps. Virtual, augmented and mixed reality will merge with social media to create a new paradigm. Like dominoes, once the big tile (Brexit) falls, everything else will drop into place.

That’s just here in the UK. The rest of the tech and media world is already heading in that direction.

From self-driving cars and the internet of things, to voice, face and movement recognition and artificial intelligence, everything is changing.

This will help push the UK into an opportunity to take a leadership position, if for no other reason than that our creative community will have to make ‘The New Normal’ work after Brexit.

One final note: the UK has offered some tax relief for creatives but it’s too little, too late. It shouldn’t have taken Brexit to make this an issue and we still don’t know the extent of the relief. Governments should support creative industries. The US has done this for years and it encourages production and innovation.

So, there is some bad news, some unknown, but in the end, it will all be good for the creative tech community, and the people who consume the content. ­

Frank Radice is chair of PromaxBDA UK’s conference, The New Normal, which takes place next month. For details, visit promaxuk.com

The Social Media Lesson We Can Learn From Cats on the Internet

Thursday, April 14, 2011 by Frank Radice

There are nearly 40 million pet cats in America. Now that’s what I call a community! And it’s no surprise that the “Two Talking Cats” YouTube video has 39 million views. That’s what I call powerful social engagement.

So, why cats? What is it about cats that make people watch?

Dog owners will say that their pets have personalities, facial expressions, the ability to respond to commands, give undying love…And they will say that cats do not possess these qualities. To that, I respond “Bull @#$$!”

I can personally say that my cat, Sam, does all of that! And I bet your cat does too (to some extent).

Don’t believe me? All you have to do is watch the “Cat and the Dolphin” video and you will see what I mean. It’s Litter-ally (pun intended) a cat out of water video.

So what lessons can we learn from cats on the internet that will help inform us as social media users?

A THOUGHT FROM HERE: Frank Radice and David Foster at Promax|BDA 2010

 

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promax_dfosteratbooth.jpgMy David Foster / PROMAX odyssey began when I started working with ON-AIR Pro™in January. I took a trip out west for a meeting with Sandra Alex and Jonathan Mickelson, the heads of Thought Development / ON-AIR Pro™, and a shoot for the company’s website and newsletter.

As the Creative Advisor, I was to representON-AIR Pro™ at PROMAX|BDA 2010. So my next meeting would be with their CEO,Jonathan Block-Verk, to see what he thought I might do at the conference in June.

Jonathan Block-Verk asked me to interview someone notable in music, TV, film and web. I suggested David Foster, one of the most successful composers, musicians, and entrepreneurs on the planet.

I had gotten to know David and his beautiful friend Yolanda through a mutual associate, businessman and songwriter Tim Blixseth. We vacationed together a few times in Mexico, where David and I played together and again when I played on a recording with Hugh Laurie’s “Band from TV” on a soundtrack for “House, M.D.” that David produced forNBC/Universal.

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David Foster, Lester Holt (bass) and Frank Radice

Suffice it to say, I knew he’d be a killer guest for PROMAX/BDA 2010, so when I suggested him, both Jonathan Block-Verk and Sandra Alex (who also has a passing acquaintance with David from the music side of things) agreed!

So, I booked him!

It was decided he would be a keynote session on opening night. We called it “An Evening with the Hitman: David Foster.”

 

The event would include a special intro tape produced by Defintion6, followed by David and a grand piano with me on a tall stool (like Sinatra) on the main stage in the ballroom before crowd of a thousand or more eager attendees.

That morning we had a rehearsal. David sent his right-hand man (woman), Courtney Blooding, and his piano guy, Warren Huff (who, by the way, brought one of the celeb-signed Yamaha’s that benefited the David Foster Foundation to the tune of half a million dollars).

We went over the format with Jill Linderman, PROMAX|BDA’s General Manager, and arranged a later meeting with David in his room at the Marriott. Everything was going as planned—but things are never that easy.

The Definition6 piece “Inspiration”—a beautiful design by Jim Read and set to an original score—was made especially for the event as the premiere showing of http://www.Def6.TVwork for the first time to a big and targeted crowd. Although the piece didn’t play in its entirety (you could hear it on stage but not see it, and no one told me), Jill Linderman did play it later in the conference, just before “State of Our Art.”

 

Finally, David and I walked out, sat down, and started talking about inspiration and what inspires him. Then we showed a tape of him and the greats he works with—from Bocelli toMadonna, fromCeline to WhitneyMichael Jackson and more. He’s written and produced for the greats, and has the hardware to prove it: 15 GrammysEmmy’s—you name it, and he’s won it.

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After that he proved why he was such a great communicator. He got up off the piano bench, walked to the edge of the stage, and engaged the audience in a way I had never witnessed at Promax.

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He told stories about everything from his family(s) to his Foundation, from the greatest voices to the biggest divas. We talked about the state of the music business (he brought in the crowd participation here), we talked about the Internet (more crowd involvement), and then he surprised us all as he had Heather Porter, from the audience, a Manager at Fox Broadcasting, come up to show him she could sing. And she could! It was a Puccini opera of all things, and David knew it, transposing on the fly.

Some of the reaction on the Promax|BDA site and on my Facebook page ranged from, “The best session at the conference” to “I wanted to hear more.” That’s always the best way to end a session—leave them asking for more.

For me, this was the best way to do a presentation. One-on-one, with an engaging, and entertaining individual, someone who has a lot to say and can make it relevant to the audience, (and the time to do it right with Q & A at the end.)

David made it easy with his undeniable charm and talent. He augmented his stories by performing little pieces of the songs that made him rich and his wives very happy. He owned the stage. That made my job that much easier.

In the end, ON-AIR Pro™ sponsored one of the highlights of Promax|BDA 2010, and for me, one of the best interviews I have ever done.

Thanks again David, and thanks to Sandra Alex for having the faith to back me up on this.

 

 

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A Word From the President of Thought Development / ON-AIR Pro™

I would like to jump in on Frank’s article to highlight one moment that meant so much during the ON-AIR Pro™-sponsored “An Evening with the Hitman: David Foster” session.

Sitting right behind me: the Los Angeles-based KCET on-air promotion team. Anyone who is a fan of public broadcasting knows that David has been hosting the “David Foster & Friends” specials on the Great Performances series airing on PBS stations across the country. At one point during his interview, David mentioned a new upcoming special in October and asked if anyone from PBS was in the audience. The KCET group clapped and cheered vibrantly.

The next day Tené Harris-Duckworth, Director of On-Air Promotions at KCET, and one of this year’s Promax|BDA Award Winners, passed in front of the ON-AIR Pro™ booth. I had met Tené many years back and took the opportunity to give her a hug and re-connect. We talked about theDavid Foster session, and two of Tené’s sentences stayed with me:

“The session was almost like a spiritual experience!”
and

“Now I have renewed enthusiasm for promoting the new upcoming David Foster PBS Special.”

Although the focus was music, the session provided INSPIRATION for Tené and the promo department at “infinitely-more” KCET!

Thanks, Jonathan Block-Verk and everyone at Promax|BDA for helping make this moment happen. And thanks to Frank Radice for his vision, energy and tenacity!

It was a delight to sponsor a session that was intimate, warm, and inspirational to all of those present.

 

Something Great Should Happen now!

By Frank Radice
I worked side by side with Brian Williams as his promotion executive for many years.
It began with his anchor job at WCBS-TV in NYC in the 90’s, through to his time at NBC News and the transition with Tom Brokaw in the early 2000’s. I’ve been on a few of his assignment in the field, from the aftermath of Katrina, to the presidential debates and conventions.
Throughout that time I grew to know and respect Brian as a professional and as a person.
That hasn’t changed.
What has changed is the seriousness of Brian’s current predicament.
If Brian were to leave the anchor chair, NBC News will likely just replace him, maybe with someone younger…maybe not.
But there is a perfect storm that has been brewing for a long time now, and NBC News can take advantage of it and change their newscast entirely.
I believe NBC News has the opportunity to do something great…a real chance to remake television news for the 21st century. One without a single anchor, and a younger, more engaged audience.
I know it will be tough to lose all the pharma, but CBS can find a use for it! And if NBC gets it right, new advertisers will appear.
NBC has a chance to plant a stake in the ground.
How would it work?
Its Real-time, interactive, and social.
It’s YouTube, and streaming, and cool.
It uses different distribution platforms both in and out, it embeds social commentary, and more.
How would it look?
It’s about moving the program forward using the best of today’s technology, while still adhering to the standards of journalism.
I think there are models out there trying to do that.
From “Fusion,” to “TMZ,” and Local shows like, “Chasing,” and, on-line like “Vice,” or “Watchup.”
Possibly using Snapchat, or Instagram.
And yes….they could blow up the time period simply by hiring John Stewart!
The critical layer of oversight and vetting regardless of distribution platform will still need to be in place. Good vetting is essential. But the distribution model has changed, the consumption model has changed,
but the 6:30 network news has not.

Frank Radice is the Expert in Residence at the marketing firm, Definition6.
He has 15 plus years in journalism which including producing at ABC News, “Nightline,” where
He was assigned at times to conflicts in Central America and the Middle East.
He went on to produce programs for ABC News until 1991.

'Something Great Should Happen now!
By Frank Radice
I worked side by side with Brian Williams as his promotion executive for many years.
It began with his anchor job at WCBS-TV in NYC in the 90’s, through to his time at NBC News and the transition with Tom Brokaw in the early 2000’s. I’ve been on a few of his assignment in the field, from the aftermath of Katrina, to the presidential debates and conventions.
Throughout that time I grew to know and respect Brian as a professional and as a person.
That hasn’t changed.
What has changed is the seriousness of Brian’s current predicament.
If Brian were to leave the anchor chair, NBC News will likely just replace him, maybe with someone younger…maybe not.
But there is a perfect storm that has been brewing for a long time now, and NBC News can take advantage of it and change their newscast entirely. 
I believe NBC News has the opportunity to do something great…a real chance to remake television news for the 21st century. One without a single anchor, and a younger, more engaged audience.
I know it will be tough to lose all the pharma, but CBS can find a use for it! And if NBC gets it right, new advertisers will appear.
NBC has a chance to plant a stake in the ground.
How would it work?
Its Real-time, interactive, and social.
It’s YouTube, and streaming, and cool.
It uses different distribution platforms both in and out, it embeds social commentary, and more.  
How would it look?
It’s about moving the program forward using the best of today’s technology, while still adhering to the standards of journalism.
I think there are models out there trying to do that.
From “Fusion,” to “TMZ,” and Local shows like, “Chasing,” and, on-line like  “Vice,”  or “Watchup.”
Possibly using Snapchat, or Instagram.
And yes….they could blow up the time period simply by hiring John Stewart!
The critical layer of oversight and vetting regardless of distribution platform will still need to be in place. Good vetting is essential. But the distribution model has changed, the consumption model has changed, 
but the 6:30 network news has not.

Frank Radice is the Expert in Residence at the marketing firm, Definition6.
He has 15 plus years in journalism which including producing at ABC News, “Nightline," where
He was assigned at times to conflicts in Central America and the Middle East. 
He went on to produce programs for ABC News until 1991.'

We Meet Again: Frank “The Expert In Residence” Radice vs. Lloyd “The Toxic Avenger” Kaufman

Friday, February 25, 2011 by Frank Radice

Date: 7 April 2011
Subject: MI-6
Location: NOT LONDON!!!!
MI-6 is NOT the British Secret Service…it’s the name of the PROMAX/BDA Game Marketing convention in San Francisco.
That’s right, Gamers need marketing too!
And I will be there representing Definition 6 in my role as Grand Inquisitor, interviewing Lloyd Kaufman, President, CEO, Director and Producer of TROMA Entertainment, America’s longest running independent film production company.
Frank Radice interviews Lloyd Kaufman at MI 6
You may remember such films as “The Toxic Avenger (1-4),” “The Class of Nuke’em High,” and “Sgt. Kabuki-man, NYPD” (and if you don’t, you should) Well..Lloyd made them all and more.
This guy is an institution (and he’s hilarious) and he has a lot to say about the business, marketing, movie-making and on the serious side…Net Neutrality!
Joining us will be Def 6’s own Jon Accarrino, reprising his role as the Social Media DJ, brining to life everything Lloyd and I talk about on stage.
It should be a great time in history.  Hope you can make it there.
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