Reading the trades, I discovered that only about 1100 writers worked on films in Hollywood last year. Sure, more than that worked on TV, but most elite members of the WGA only work about one year in three (if at all). And, when they do find work, their pay is still less than many less […]
The following story is true, except for the typos and bits I don’t remember correctly. The first Penguin was in Paramus, New Jersey.
You may have heard of Beaumarchais. He was a watchmaker, publisher of Voltaire’s works, gun runner for the rebels in the American Revolution, but most notably a playwright of works such as The Barber of Seville (which Mozart adapted into an opera.) In Beaumarchais’s time, writers were not well paid. The theatres of Paris held […]
A Special Purpose Vehicle, or Single purpose vehicle, is a company that is created for a single project. Single Purpose Vehicles are used in construction, public works and many other ventures. While they are becoming less popular for other ventures, SPVs have become increasingly popular in film production. Now, in the old days, film companies […]
There are many great films about entrepreneurship, and the importance of a great team. Two of my favourite are the first Ghostbusters (1984) and the first Cool Runnings (1993). I haven’t seen the remake of Ghostbusters, I’m not a real fan of remakes. Now, here’s a little game: Which of these are you?
I hate the tech-heavy narcissism of the Internet. Yes, Shakespeare mentioned the theatre in his plays, but none of his protagonists were full-time stage actors. Montaigne acknowledged what he was doing, but he didn’t go on and on about the craft of writing essays. Did Caxton repeatedly publish books about publishing? No. Not even film is […]
“Hi, I’m stupid.” We’ve seen it again and again. Workplace “scandals” that involve public spats, arguments over bad management that end in someone getting fired. Some “gurus” claim this shows a lack of “emotional intelligence.” I think it’s more to do with economic intelligence. But, if you need a primer in emotional intelligence, here you […]
“I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” – James Madison.
How ironic it is, that during his first term in office, Congress spent taxpayer money on uch an act of benevolence.
St Patrick’s day “a day always precious in the estimation of the Irishman, was celebrated yesterday at the Free Mason’s Tavern.” Reported the Morning Chronicle. So the famous playright Sheridan, the Mayor of London, and a few other notables celebrated St. Patrick’s, so what? Well, unlike in previous years, British newspapers in 1812 saw trouble […]
2nd of January, 1812. London was the world’s financial capital, and “Boldero and Lushington” were one of the biggest and best known financial firms in 19th century London. The firm started in 1738, under the name of “Thomas Miners.” In 1742, when Charles Boldero joined the firm, it became “Miners and Boldero.” As the Boldero […]