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From the Editor: Markee Needs You


There are few industries that have been impacted by technology more than film and video. From new ways to make them to new ways to show them, the market has been demanding change, change, and more change.

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From the Editor: Behind The Scenes of My Favorite Movies


Recently, while watching the bonus material on my Blu-ray copy of Star Trek Into Darkness, it struck me how lucky we are to have the opportunity to see how our favorite movies are made. 

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From the Editor: The Walking Dead Returns


This unexpectedly successful show about a zombie apocalypse has become a pop culture phenomenon, spawning a talk show (AMC’s Talking Dead), video games and board games, a web-only series, a fan-produced podcast, and a convention.

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From the Editor: Robots to the rescue?


Earlier this year, while speaking to students at the University of Southern California, Steven Spielberg foretold of the impending “implosion” of the movie industry as we know it. His reasoning was the failure of many “megabudget” movies to turn a profit.

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From the Editor: Share Your Knowledge


With increasing frequency, I have been attending web-based seminars (webinars) on how to be a better editor/journalist (with topics as varied as social media metrics and entrepreneurial journalism). I find that these sessions can be quite instructive, especially when they’re hosted or presented by working journalists who have learned by doing. And the webinars certainly are easy to attend since I don’t have to leave my office. Plus, technology and the publishing industry change frequently, so it is important to stay on top things.

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From the Editor: An Exciting Time For The Industry


If you’ve picked up this issue of Markee while attending the 2013 NAB Show (April 6-11, 2013), then allow me to welcome you to the show and to Las Vegas. This is an exciting time for the industry, and this show is the event of the year.

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From the Editor: Southeast Success Stories


As a Georgia native and proud Southerner, I am thrilled at the thriving film, television and music production industry that has developed in the Southeast. As I have stated before in these pages, this region is many things to many people. To some, it is the heart of religious and political conservatism; to others, it is a growing economic force and the headquarters for many of the world’s largest companies. But to filmmakers, the Southeastern United States is a painterly landscape of white-sand beaches, majestic mountains, dense forests and foreboding swamplands that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

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From the Editor: Music and Cinema


Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), but it wasn’t just any performance. To be clear, this group of talented musicians could bring the most knowledgeable and experienced symphony aficionados to their feet. But on this night, the ASO was playing the music of legendary composer and Academy Award winner John Williams, and Mr. Williams was their conductor!

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From the Editor: Men in Hats


If you watch a great deal of television, you’ve probably noticed a trend of late: There are a lot of men in hats. And I don’t mean some character trying to look hip by wearing an ill-fitting straw fedora. I am talking about characters who wouldn’t be the same without their hats; the hats are an extension – or perhaps a reflection – of who they are. Such accouterment helps viewers get into the story – and certainly helps the actors get into character. I’m rarely seen without some sort of chapeau, so this is a trend I can get behind.

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From The Editor: Meet Me In Las Vegas*


If you’ve picked up this issue of Markee while attending the 2012 NAB Show, then allow me to welcome you to the show and to Las Vegas. I hope you’re as excited to be here as I am! Actually, this year marks my first as an attendee at NAB, having only stepped in as executive editor of this publication late last year.

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From The Editor: Most Anticipated Movies of 2012


2012 looks to be a banner year for filmmakers and moviegoers alike. There appears to be a great number of potential blockbusters on the calendar, which may help to alleviate headaches among studio executives who view 2011 as a not-so-banner year for box office successes (the rampaging Harry Potter and Mission Impossible sequels notwithstanding).

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From The Editor: Fairy Tale TV is ‘Must-See’ TV


With few exceptions, compelling TV dramas used to be the exclusive property of cable/satellite channels. This was not because network shows were subject to more stringent regulations regarding colorful language and nudity. Often, the cable shows simply had bigger budgets for their original dramas, because they may only be producing a few at a time – and for a shorter season than is typical of network TV.

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