To be honest, I am still recovering from your underwhelming response to last week’s photo blog. When I last looked, there were just 4 comments, mostly from friends. Let’s face it, that was a risky blog and I’m very lucky that some (though not all) of my colleagues have a good sense of humor. My good friend David Kleeman had the decency to step up and guess (correctly) at the faces in the mash-ups and thereby save me from complete humiliation.
Thank you, David. The check is in the mail.
I did get a few responses to the blog in my personal e-mail from various colleagues this week. Here’s an example and I have omitted the author’s name to protect my career from any further damage.
“I may never speak to you again after that mash-up photo you did!!!!! The very thought of it gave me nightmares last night.”
Well, all I can say is: so much for games involving the faces of high-powered television executives. Perhaps I should have known that this wasn’t the smartest thing for an independent producer to do during a global economic downturn.
Live and learn.
So this week I will return to my usual fare of sentimental ruminations on preschool TV and self-help pointers on nurturing one’s own creativity. As Sam Walton said, “Give the people what they want.”
Today I am heading to Brazil where I feel very honored to have been invited as a speaker at an International Training Program for Brazilian TV Producers. I don’t know exactly what to expect from the conference but I do know that my best friend and mentor, Cathy Chilco, will also be there so I anticipate samba dancing and caparinhas between sessions. And if Cathy spreads a little reiki around the hotel who knows what will happen.
As I write this, I am actually on a TAM Airlines flight from New York to Sao Paulo. (I have been trying to figure out what TAM is short for. “Total Airborne Madness?” “Tomato And Mozzarella?”) I will say that I have never been on an airplane with less space between the rows. Every time the guy in front of me puts his seat back, I fart.
And to take my mind off the global pandemic, I begin to ruminate on this week’s blog. Usually I have a topic or two in mind before I start writing but today, dear readers, I have to confess, I got nothing.
So, instead, to fill my 500-word quota (and to entice you to write your 4 measly comments), I will share with you a few of the unfiltered blog topics that are running through my mind as we speak.
Possible Blog Topics, w/o 5/4:
- Greg Childs, does he like me or hate me?
- My own proposed names for the recently announced Discovery/Hasbro children’s channel:
The Toy Channel
- Would Fred Rogers be proud of the state of children’s television or would he throw a shoe at us for selling our souls to the licensing business?
- Why there are more children’s channels in Australia than there are children.
- Can I use Skymiles to help me cover Little Airplane’s overhead?
- Things to see and do in Salford.
- My own proposed names for the recently announced partnership between Hulu and Disney:
The Toy Channel
- The rumor that Kidscreen Magazine will soon have a “personals” section. (I just started that rumor.)
Well, that’s it! 500 words. I’m done. Next week I’ll give you the full report from Brazil. I have spent some time with the Brazilians in New York and Cannes and I must say they are an amazingly talented and passionate group of producers.
So, what about you? What are you thinking about these days?
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