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The Writers' Hangout
PAGE Awards Judges Reveal How They Evaluate Your Script: Part Four

The Writers' Hangout

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 32:20


We continue our conversation on how PAGE Awards Judges evaluate your screenplay with Karen Craig and Scott Barkan.  Next week to wrap up this four-part series we'll be talking to Kristin Overn, the Founder and Executive Director of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.   Karen Craig is a professional screenwriter and script doctor whose credits include such films as AMERICAN PSYCHO II, starring Mila Kunis and William Shatner, and FORBIDDEN SECRETS, starring Kristy Swanson. Karen has served as a judge for the PAGE Awards for the past 12 years, reviewing both Thriller/Horror scripts and Family Films. Scott Barkan is a professional screenwriter with several produced films and sold scripts to his name. He has worked with Blumhouse and Lionsgate and is repped by Mainstay Entertainment and CAA. Scott is also a university professor, teaching music and communications. As a PAGE judge, he primarily reads Action/Adventure, Thriller/Horror and Science Fiction scripts.

Inside The Crazy Ant Farm
Inside The Crazy Ant Farm Vol 5 Ep 200

Inside The Crazy Ant Farm

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 87:59


On this, our HUGE 200th, and first ever LIVE episode, we're talking all about Disney's 3 year contract extension for embattled CEO Bob Chapek, Warner Bros.' controversial decision to move forward with the release of its upcoming "The Flash" film despite more troubling allegations against star Ezra Miller, Taylor Sheridan's surprise move into the showrunner position of his upcoming Paramount Plus series, "Lioness", Universal Pictures' strong box office performance for "Minions: The Rise of Gru", the premiere date for Sony's "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" sequel, the latest casting announcements for Lionsgate's "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes", Netflix's "Stranger Things" record breaking streaming numbers, Amazon's plans for the "Who's The Boss?" revival, and more!. Plus, our "Top 5 ___________"!. segment; this week it's All Time Favorite ITCAF Moments, and of course we have our box office results, and the IMDbPro Starmeter toppers!

Cosmic Scene with Jill Jardine
July 2022 Astrology Update and Sun Sign Forecasts

Cosmic Scene with Jill Jardine

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 16:46


Welcome to the  Episode on the Astrology of JULY 2022. Stay tuned to the end of the episode when I give my sun sign forecasts for each sign.  Can you believe 2022 is half-way over? Outer planets Saturn, Neptune and Pluto are traveling retrograde and Jupiter joins the retrogression on July 28th.  What has been done can be undone. Time really seems to be warping up as linear time and quantum time merge. Choose your reality this month as the 3rd dimensional power plays increase and higher dimensions beam in thanks to the late June rare planetary alignment.JULY 2022 Key dates: U.S. EDTJuly 5: Mars transits into Taurus until August 20July 5: Mercury transits into Cancer-July 19July 13: Full Moon with Sun in Cancer/Moon in CapricornJuly 17: Venus transits into CancerJuly 19: Mercury into LeoJuly 28:  NEW MOON with Sun in LeoJuly 28:  Jupiter goes retrograde until November 23Martial Mars and genial Jupiter have been igniting fires, and stirring conflict as old boy politico policies in fiery, impulsive, Aries tries to force their agendas.  When Mars topples into the Taurus, the sign ruled by Venus, the feminine and the Goddess, Mars' fiery fanatical flames will get grounded. Mars in Taurus simmers down now while karmic lord Saturn, revels with retribution.   The Venusian Goddess in Cancer cages Mars in Taurus to train him in better behaviors. Give Mars a job to do, like fulfilling desires, or acquiring more money, or throwing a lavish party, and he'll be quite content, until August 20th when he jolts into Gemini and jousting jargon hits the media!Mercury creeps into Cancer on July 5th, bringing awareness to to the home front and real estate values. Real estate markets dip and recessionary realities creep in leading up the the Full Moon on July 13 with the Sun in Cancer and Moon in Capricorn. Moon and Pluto in Capricorn force re-evaluation of the outer life, specifically business and money matters, while Sun and Mercury in Cancer focuses on the inner life and comfort.  This Full Moon asks us to look at how we can feel more comfortable and secure in our life, whether it is from reorganizing the business and financial life to provide more security, or looking inward for a sense of peace and stability from within. This Full Moon in Capricorn occurs at 21 degrees Capricorn:  The Sabian Symbol for 21 degrees Capricorn is:  PHASE 291 (CAPRICORN 21°): A RELAY RACE.The whole of civilization is a vast kind of relay race in which groups of people and generations carry the torch of what we call "progress." Major achievements result from the sum total of human strivings. Lately it looks like progress made in the last 50 years here in the US is going backward.  Retrogressions made by the small minds of men.  We will see a reversal of these 3D power plays by the patriarchy. Venus joins the Cancerian crew on July 17, sprucing up the home environs for summer soirees, and relaxing respites. Venus in Cancer, is prone to overindulge with sweets and treats. She's worked so hard in Gemini, and now just wants to relax before she comes back into the Limelight in Leo.July 28 is an astrological action day, but most will want to just play, as Jupiter goes retrograde at the New Moon in Leo. Jovial Giant Jupiter retreats in Aries, backtracking for the next four months, quelling collective fires. Re-evaluate, re calibrate, realign your plans for expansion and financial futures.The Leo New Moon of July 28 inspires, uplifts and opens portals through the Lionsgate of 8/8 on August 8th.  Get your creative groove back and don't procrastinate. Leo rules the heart, so find your heart leading you in your activities this time and don't overthink. This is a good time to go out to play and have some fun in the sun. www.jilljardineastrology.com

Monday Morning Critic Podcast
(Episode 312) "Cobra Kai" Actor: Dan Ahdoot.

Monday Morning Critic Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 63:17


Episode 312."Cobra Kai"(Anoush)Actor: Dan Ahdoot.Cobra Kai's Dan Ahdoot is a standup comic, actor, writer and producer based out of New York City and Los Angeles.  Dan is a national headliner who is a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, and is currently acting on Netflix's Cobra Kai.  He has been on NBC's Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, Showtime's Shameless,  Comedy Central's Workaholics and Disney Channel's Kickin' It.  Dan has a diverse writing career as well.  He wrote the Lionsgate feature film Public Disturbance, and has previously developed with FOX, CBS, NBC and Freeform.Welcome, Dan Ahdoot.Instagram: Monday Morning Critic Podcast.Facebook: Monday Morning Critic Podcast.Twitter:@mdmcriticEmail: Mondaymorningcritic@gmail.comYouTube: Monday Morning Critic Podcastwww.mmcpodcast.com

Film Addicts
Brendan Foley *Award Winning Writer, Director & Showrunner* Int. Juror for the Emmy Awards! Films: Johnny Was, The Riddle & TV show Cold Courage Pt. 1

Film Addicts

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 29:32


Brendan Foley is an award winning writer and showrunner from Northern Ireland. Pt. 1 His first indie feature and directorial debut is the hit film "Johnny Was" with Vinnie Jones, Lennox Lewis Heavy weight Boxer Champ and Roger Daltrey the lead singer from The Who. Brenan's supernatural thriller The Riddle has outstanding actor Sir Derek Jacobi. Brenan wrote Great Escape "Under the Wire a bestselling book. Brenan was a journalist for 15 years traveling and working in 77 countries. His most recent writing work is on 2020s Nordic Noir series Cold Courage (2020), for Lionsgate, Viaplay, AMC+ and Britbox; the upcoming dark comedy The Man Who Died (2021) for Finland's Luminoir, streamer ELISA and ndF; Holmesian detective series Sherlock's Daughter for Mediawan (France) and Starlings TV LA; crime series Body of Water for ZDFE Germany, Nucleus Media UK and 3ZERO2 Italy; and MAD for Lord Michael Grade's StoryFirst, Viaplay and Denmark's Arena Film. Other recent development work for Blue Ant Canada, the BBC and Croton Huace China. www.filmfoley.com Thank you for listening and supporting the podcast :) https://www.buymeacoffee.com/sneakies or https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/anonymouscontent, https://enchantedbooks.godaddysites.com/ Other awesome podcasts: Girl's Guide To Investing, Enchanting Book Readings (Top 1%), Thrilling Stories and "Ghostly Stories & Strange Things." Please Subscribe to our YouTube:) https://www.youtube.com/user/Fellinijr/videos Subscribe & Support ;) https://tinyurl.com/5h6xkwp9 Zombie Diaries: https://youtu.be/tBmgi3k6r9A Buy our books :) Young Adult wizard book series: "Margaret Merlin's Journal" by A. A. Banks at Amazon! :) Margaret Merlin's Journal ~The Battle of the Black Witch ~Book I https://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Merlins-Journal-Battle-Black-ebook/dp/B01634G3CK Margaret Merlin's Journal ~ Unleashing the Dark One ~Book II Science fiction action adventure https://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Merlins-Journal-Unleashing-Dark-ebook/dp/B01J78YH6I Margaret Merlin's Journal ~ The Mask of the Parallel World ~Book III An Adventure in Italy https://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Merlins-Journal-Parallel-World-ebook/dp/B01KUGIZ8W/ Margaret Merlin's Journal ~The Quest for the Golden Key ~Book IV https://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Merlins-Journal-Quest-Golden-ebook/dp/B076FTTDQN Children's Books at Amazon: Jack the Bear and Golden Hair by Sir Herbert Sneakies Skip Boots Big Safari Adventure by Sir Herbert Sneakies Adventures of Mooch the Pooch by Sir Herbert Sneakies Blueber Goober the Monster In My Closet! by Sir Herbert Sneakies https://www.instagram.com/margaretmerlinsjournal/ TikTok: Sneakies Instagram: marylinartist If you would like to be a guest on the show email: jobsmh(@)live.com If you would like to sponsor the show email: mystuffmah(@)gmail.com Thank you for listening. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/filmaddicts/support

Inside The Crazy Ant Farm
Inside The Crazy Ant Farm Vol 5 Ep 199

Inside The Crazy Ant Farm

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 82:02


On this episode we're talking all about Marvel Studios' plans for its upcoming phases as well as Kevin Feige's hints to what the next big "Saga Event" might be, Warner Bros.' big win in the bidding war for Zoe Kravitz's upcoming film, "The Sundance Kid Might Have Some Regrets", Paramount Pictures' continued historic box office run for "Top Gun: Maverick", Universal Pictures' plans for its upcoming "The Green Hornet and Kato" film, the latest additions to the cast of Lionsgate's highly anticipated, "The Hunger Games: Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes", Netflix's continued financial troubles, Moses Ingram's casting in Apple's limited series, "Lady in the Lake", and more!. Plus, our "Top 5 ___________"!. segment; this week it's All Time Favorite ITCAF Top 5 Lists, and of course we have our box office results, and the IMDbPro Starmeter toppers!

ON THE CALL
ON THE CALL - GENE GRAHAM

ON THE CALL

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 24:04


GENE GRAHAM: After earning his B.S in Advertising and Marketing Communications with a 3.6 gpa in 2003, and an Activities and Societies Presidential Scholar, Gene began his editing journey at Alphamedica in Tarrytown, NY, as in-house video editor/producer, with duties such as: patient & HCP interviews/testimonials, sourcing crews, locations, travel, editing/finessing all digital, social and live events, working closely with marketing and writing teams. He created sizzle reels and manifesto videos for business development. Then in 2010 he began freelancing first at Razorfish, then at 360i and a number of large digital, traditional amd pr communication firms with the New York agency universe and worked on productions for Mercedes Benz, Ford, PNC Bank, Morgan Stanley, Oreo Cookie, Capital One, Oscar Meyer, Celebrity Cruises, Oral B, Allergan, Unilever, Pfizer, Warner Bros, HBO, Showtime, Telepictures, In Demand, Ralph Lauren, Macy's and more. He also worked on the Biden/Harris campaign, the 2020 Pulitzer Prize Announcement, the Education Writers Association and more. This is the backstory to his evolving into an award winning filmmaker which began in 2006 as Winner, BlockBuster Audience Award for Best Picture/Feature and Best Performance by Actor, Loretta Devine, Dirty Laundry from the American Black Film Festival which he edited and associate produced and was distributed by LIONSGATE; in 2007- Winner, Jury Award for Best Documentary and Winner, Emerging Filmmaker Award,The Godfather of Disco, from the Fire Island Film & Video Festival; in 2008- Nominated, Best Independent Film, Dirty Laundry, NAACP Image Awards and Nominated, Best Feature Film/Limited Release, Dirty Laundry from GLAAD Awards; 2018- Winner, Special Jury Recognition for Best Cast, This One's For The Ladies, from SXSW Film Festival and was acquired for worldwide distribution by NEON and released theatrically nationwide, and streamed on HULU and available VOD/SVOD platforms, as well as Nominated, Best Documentary, This One For The Ladies from both SXSW & IndieMemphis; 2019- Winner, Best Documentary, This One For The Ladies from NC Black Film Festival and Filmmaker in Residence, from Docs In Progress, Washington DC. In 2021, Gene wrote, directed and edited his short film, Jac On The Come Up, which is presently on 2022's festival circuit, while his new film Born Again Reject is about to be shot this summer. He enthusiastically looks forward to more in the feature realm within the near future. Great director to work with. Follow his journey at: https://determinedpictures.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ozzie-stewart/support

Inspired Minds
Neil D'Monte

Inspired Minds

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2022 54:51


Neil D'Monte is an American artist, SAG-AFTRA film actor, musician, producer, creator of the Hellbilly clothing line, and director born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the USC School of Fine Arts, Neil began his career as a comic book and storyboard artist, which segued into a successful acting career. The multi-hyphenate made his feature film debut in 2003 with "Vampires Anonymous," followed by the box office blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." His theatrical training at Chicago's prestigious Goodman Theatre allowed him to develop his skill at portraying offbeat and eccentric characters, for which he is quickly gaining notoriety among his peers in the film industry. In addition to his work as an actor and as a sought-after artist, he is currently recording as a drummer with guitarist Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros/Satellite Party), industrial-metal band Tweaker and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist/bandmate James Iha (A Perfect Circle), playing music festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and SXSW. A staple at San Diego Comic-Con, Neil is also the co-creator/artist behind the graphic novel/vampire epic Clan of the Vein which was featured in the Lionsgate film "Cooties" and in MTV's "Teen Wolf" – Seasons 5 and 6. Neil's latest artwork can be seen in the Summer Blockbuster, "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard," and on Netflix with Awesomeness TV/Paramount's "The F**k It List." Storyboard/concept artist credits include: "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Rambo: First Blood" and "Jurassic World."

Friends & Fiction
Friends & Fiction with Julie Clark & Erica Ferencik + Karen Cleveland on the after show

Friends & Fiction

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022


It's edge-of-your-seat time! We're in for a thrilling episode as we talk to three female thriller writers—Julie Clark, Erica Ferencik, and Karen Cleveland.Julie Clark is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Last Flight, which has been translated into more than 20 languages, and the 2018 debut novel, The Ones We Choose, which has been optioned for television by Lionsgate. She joins us to discuss THE LIES I TELL, a twisted con-woman thriller about two women out for revenge―or is it justice? Called "riveting" by Laura Dave and "a knockout" by Mary Kubica, the book is hot off the presses and we can't wait to hear all about it. There is nowhere on earth award-winning author Erica Ferencik won't go to take you out of your head and into the great wild world. Her adventure novels feature women who brave not only internal struggles but face extreme challenges in their environment: remote forests, steaming jungles, and desolated icescapes. She joins us to talk about this spring's Arctic-set GIRL IN ICE, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice, an Indie Next Pick, and an Amazon Editors' Pick that got starred reviews in Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Book Page.On the after show, we will give a warm F&F welcome to returning guest, former CIA counterterrorism analyst, New York Times bestselling author, and sister of our own Kristin Harmel, Karen Cleveland. Karen joins us to preview her forthcoming domestic thriller, THE NEW NEIGHBOR, which Ballantine will publish on July 26th.

Inside Mental Health: A Psych Central Podcast
Microdosing with Netflix and FX Star Theo Rossi

Inside Mental Health: A Psych Central Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 29:42


Today's guest is Netflix and FX star Theo Rossi. Rossi is known for portraying Shades on “Luke Cage” and Juice on “Sons of Anarchy.” But what is he really like? He is a father of two and, in his own words, had a “rough go as a kid.” Listen in as he discusses how he is a proponent of microdosing, or using small amounts of psilocybin, to better understand himself and manage his mental health. To learn more, please visit the show's official episode page. Guest Bio THEO ROSSI can currently be seen on the popular Netflix limited series “True Story” opposite Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes. The series debuted at #1 globally for streamer and Rossi received great critical and fan acclaim. Other recent credits include Zack Snyder's Netflix global hit feature “Army of the Dead” which also hit #1, falling into Netflix's Top 10 films of all time and ending 2021 as one of IMDb's Top 10 most searched movies of the year.  He next stars in the independent feature “Emily the Criminal” opposite Aubrey Plaza which was just announced for Sundance 2022.  Future credits include the independent feature “Dear Zoe,” where he stars opposite Sadie Sink. Other credits include Nate Parker's “American Skin,” which won the Sconfini award at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and was produced by Spike Lee. Rossi co-starred opposite Demián Bichir and Eva Longoria in “Lowriders,” produced by Jason Blum and Brian Grazer, and in the Lionsgate film “Vault” opposite Don Johnson and Samira Wiley, as well as the Netflix release “Rattlesnake” opposite Carmen Ejogo.  On the television side, Rossi is well known for playing Shades on the hit Marvel Netflix series “Luke Cage” and Juice on FX's cultural phenomenon “Sons of Anarchy.”  When not filming, he resides in Austin with his wife and two sons.   Inside Mental Health Podcast Host Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, "Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations," available from Amazon; signed copies are also available directly from the author. Gabe makes his home in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. He lives with his supportive wife, Kendall, and a Miniature Schnauzer dog that he never wanted, but now can't imagine life without. To book Gabe for your next event or learn more about him, please visit gabehoward.com.

Office Hours with Dorm Room Fund
Jonathan Chang, XIR at Brex + Founder of Gen Z Scouts

Office Hours with Dorm Room Fund

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 25:03


Jonathan Chang is a XIR at Brex, where he works with startups and venture funds. He's also the founder of GenZScouts, a startup sourcing platform and quarterly fellowship for college students to leverage their networks and identify burgeoning startups. He previously worked in data and analytics roles at NBC and Yumi, as well as numerous venture and investing roles at Lionsgate, Ground Up Ventures, and Global Silicon Valley. -- To get in touch with Jonathan, shoot him an email at jchang@brex.com

PR 360
How to Create Avid Enthusiasm on Social Media for Your Brand with Dan Quitério

PR 360

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 27:44


In This Episode…In this week's PR 360, we talk with Dan Quitério who specializes in social media marketing. We discuss social audio, espresso drinks, creating avid followers, social media, and more! A little about Dan: Dan Quitério's 15-year marketing career has spanned both the agency and client sides, working for agencies 360i and Ogilvy, followed by roles with The WNET Group and Paramount. Specializing in social media marketing in the entertainment industry, the brands and clients he's represented include NBCUniversal (USA Network, Bravo, E!), PBS, and Lionsgate. He's currently the Senior Director, Social Strategy for Paramount+ in international markets. Dan holds a Master of Arts degree in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Show Notes· [01:06] Are you a coffee or tea drinker?· [01:28] Do you like drip coffee or espresso?· [02:05] Can you summarize your expertise?· [03:47] What is the current state of social media?· [03:31] What are some ways for PR pros to create stories?· [05:20] What have you learned from creating avid fans from Psych and Burn Notice?· [08:03] How would someone new go into catch up with everything?· [09:27] How can PR pros create that enthusiasm for their brand?· [12:10] Should PR pros create a social voice within their brand guidelines?· [13:46] Any other tips to create engagement?· [16:01] What should PR pros focus on when creating content in 2022?· [18:22] Look at videos from fans to get ideas?· [19:01] How do you fit social audio into the content strategy?· [22:20] What is next for social media?· [24:22] Fun question: What social network do you love to use personally?· [25:47] Final thoughtsPeople and Companies, We Mentioned in the Show· Dan Quitério was our guest today.Episode Length: 27:44Thanks so much for tuning in. Join us again next week for another episode!Download Options· Listen and subscribe to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcast, or your favorite podcast player for free!· If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review!Contact Us!● If you want to get involved, leave us a comment!● Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Skip the Queue
Attraction partnerships and rivalries, with Dominic Jones

Skip the Queue

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 47:55


Skip the Queue is brought to you by Rubber Cheese, a digital agency that builds remarkable systems and websites for attractions that helps them increase their visitor numbers. Your host is  Kelly Molson, MD of Rubber Cheese.Download our free ebook The Ultimate Guide to Doubling Your Visitor NumbersIf you like what you hear, you can subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, and all the usual channels by searching Skip the Queue or visit our website rubbercheese.com/podcast.If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave us a five star review, it really helps others find us. And remember to follow us on Twitter for your chance to win the books that have been mentioned in this episode.Competition ends October 1st 2022. The winner will be contacted via Twitter. Show references: https://maryrose.org/https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/https://twitter.com/DominicJonesUKhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/dominicejones/ https://www.nmrn.org.uk/https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/news/item/1152-buoyant-bounce-back-bodes-well-for-portsmouth-historic-dockyard Dominic Jones was recruited to the Mary Rose in 2019 ago as Chief Operating Officer, and became CEO in 2021.  He brings an excellent background in commercial visitor attractions (Disney, Merlin) and creative visitor experience development.During his time at the Mary Rose, he has already driven an excellent commercial and operational performance and worked closely with previous Chief Executive to create the new Portsmouth Historic Dockyard joint venture with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, which launched successfully in August 2020.  Transcriptions: Kelly Molson: Welcome to Skip the Queue, a podcast for people working in or working with visitor attractions. I'm your host, Kelly Molson. In today's episode, I speak with Dominic Jones, CEO of the Mary Rose Museum and Director of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Dominic shares the amazing impact of the joint venture between the Mary Rose Museum and the National Museum of the Royal Navy and his advice for any attractions looking to start and improve their partnership arrangements. If you like what you hear, subscribe on all the usual channels by searching Skip the Queue.Kelly Molson: Dominic. Welcome to Skip the Queue. Thanks for coming on.Dominic Jones: Thanks for having me. I'm looking forward to it, I think.Kelly Molson: You are looking forward to it. You don't need to think about it. Can we just point out, I know, listeners, you can't see this, but if you're watching this on YouTube, can we just see, you've got a lovely little, "I love Skip the Queue" graphic in the background there. Look at that.Dominic Jones: Yeah, I think it's important to get across that I do love Skip the Queue and it's important to get that across before the icebreaker questions, I think, just in case you had a couple and you were thinking, "Oh, I'm going to be a bit tough." And then, so I did that and I tweeted this morning how excited I am about your forthcoming website attraction questionnaire, so that's a double. That's a double positive, right?Kelly Molson: Thank you. Thank you. Don't worry, listeners. I've got a special little recording so you understand what we're talking about that will be coming out in the next week or so, so you'll find out more about that soon.Dominic Jones: And I bought you a rubber for your rubber collection. Can you see that? Mary Rose rubber?Kelly Molson: Wow. Look at that.Dominic Jones: You may or may not get that depending on how the icebreakers go, so that's my third attempt.Kelly Molson: Gosh, I've never been bribed for a good icebreaker question.Dominic Jones: It's not bribery. It's a nice gift. It's a nice gift.Kelly Molson: Right, well, let's get cracking on the icebreaker questions, shall we? I think I've been quite kind to you. Tell us something that you are really great at cooking.Dominic Jones: I really like cooking. I actually find cooking really relaxing, so on a Friday or Saturday, I often cook at home, so it depends, really. I quite like making my own recipes, so just using what we've got in the house. So for example, scallops with chorizo, or if you're doing a steak, might do it with some sort of watercress and various cheese, or just sort of experimenting. I really like sort of seeing what we've got, putting it together and making it work. I think it's important, when you're cooking, to drink some wine as well.Kelly Molson: Oh, I agree.Dominic Jones: So cooking with wine is something I enjoy doing.Kelly Molson: We can be friends, Dominic.Dominic Jones: There we go.Kelly Molson: Absolutely, we can be friends. Also, really great choices of food there. I would definitely eat both of those. You'd be really good on Ready Steady Cook, then. That would've been your show.Dominic Jones: Yeah. Do you know what? I used to... So I once applied for a game show, which I didn't get on, I was very disappointed, but Ready Steady Cook was one I think I could have done. Because it's not hard, is it? Most things go with things, and it's also about having the confidence to carry it off and knowing... The only time it went wrong was I wanted to cook for my girlfriend, who's now my wife, a lemon pasta dish and it tasted awful and it had lemon rind in it and stuff, so... But apart from that, it's always worked out.Kelly Molson: Well, I mean, you must have done all right. She married you.Dominic Jones: Yeah.Kelly Molson: She married you in the end.Dominic Jones: True.Kelly Molson: All right. Well, our next one, I've gone topical for this. If you were the captain of a pirate ship...Dominic Jones: Yeah?Kelly Molson: What would be the name of your ship?Dominic Jones: That's a good one. Oh. I do like pirates. I think, because I'm Welsh and because I'd want to be a pirate who... A bit like sort of the Warrior in the Dockyard, which isn't a pirate ship, by the way, but when it came in, people normally surrendered, I want to be a scary pirate that people would think, "Oh, don't..." Maybe, like, Smoking Dragon or something like that. And then we'd light smoke as we came in so people are like, "Oh, here's the Smoking Dragon."Kelly Molson: Yeah, I like that. And there'd be a big dragon's head on the front with flame and smoke coming out of it.Dominic Jones: And people... Because a lot of pirates were Welsh. I don't know whether you know this, but a lot of pirates were Welsh.Kelly Molson: I didn't know that.Dominic Jones: Yeah, it's massive.Kelly Molson: Wow.Dominic Jones: Massive.Kelly Molson: Okay. All right. This is great. That's an excellent answer.Dominic Jones: I have to say, these are slightly biased questions because I was listening to a few of your podcasts recently and, like, you had someone from the zoo, "Oh, what's your favourite animal?" Or you had someone from IAAPA, "What's your favourite ride?" And I'm getting a "name a pirate ship"? Know what I mean?Kelly Molson: All right, what's your favourite boat?Dominic Jones: No, only joking. I'm not going to answer that. I'm not going to answer that.Kelly Molson: All right, but what is your favourite smell? That's my last question.Dominic Jones: Genuinely, we're looking at smell now for the museum, because smell is so important, it's something that can make a difference. When I was at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, we used smell, as well, as part of the experience, because it just creates that emotive moment. I do like cookie dough and cookies and the smell of that sort of baking which you get pumped in in Disney parks. I quite like the smell of red wine.Kelly Molson: Yeah. Yep.Dominic Jones: Yeah, so I think it's food or drink smells I like, but yeah. Good question.Kelly Molson: Good answer. We are at Unpopular Opinion Point. What have you got to share with us?Dominic Jones: This is a hard one because I've decided to go work on this and I did have some really cool ones about lager and N-Dubz and stuff, but I decided to go with work because one of the things that through my whole career, anyone who knows me will know is I get really frustrated when people blame the weather, so I think you shouldn't blame the weather for anything because what happens is when someone blames the weather, when the weather's... So I've worked in theme parks and in museums and aquariums, indoor and outdoor attractions, and you probably know that when it's bad weather, it's great for indoor attractions, when it's good weather, it's good for the theme parks, right?Dominic Jones: So you get people that, when it's good weather in theme parks or bad weather in museums, they say, "Oh, our marketing and our everything we're doing is brilliant because the visitors are coming." And as soon as it's the bad weather or the good weather, depending on what you are, then it's all about the weather. So, "Our visitors are down because the weather was good." If you're in an indoor attraction and it really, really irritates me, and it's one of those things, they're mutually exclusive, you can only blame the weather if you give the weather credit when it's good, and it's one of those things, if things are good, I always think you should look outside the window and think, "Right, what's the reason for that?" And then if things are bad, you should look inside your organisation. It's one of my pet hates, but probably doesn't work for the podcast, so I should probably go with the lager or N-Dubz one, but anyway, there we go. But it is important, right? I think it's a good one.Kelly Molson: It is important. No, I think, yeah, that is important. It's really interesting. I've never really thought about that before. We need to give the weather more credit.Dominic Jones: Well, you need to give the weather credit if you're going to use it to blame. For me, it's a constant. It's something... And these days, weather forecasts are 10, 14 days out, so you should be able to plan.Kelly Molson: Yeah. Okay. Good. All right.Dominic Jones: I'll get off my high horse now. Yeah.Kelly Molson: Listeners, let us know how you feel, so let us know if you want to know about that N-Dubz one as well. I'm intrigued. Right, Dominic, I want you to tell us about your background because we met up recently, didn't we, at the M+H exhibition? And you were very humble about coming on the podcast and you said, "Oh, I'm not going to have anything... You've had really interesting people on and I'm not that interesting." You are really interesting and you've had such an incredible background. Tell us a little bit about it and how you got to where you are now.Dominic Jones: Well, I'm not sure about that. I do like listening to your podcast and you have some amazing guests and 9 times out of 10, I normally think, after listening to them, "Right, I'm going to either do something that they've suggested." Or I follow them on LinkedIn or Twitter and think, "Right, let's learn from them." Because I think you should always learn from other people, but so my career is a lot of luck, a lot of opportunity and a lot of chats.Dominic Jones: When I was growing up, I wanted to be a leisure centre manager. You know? Like you probably won't remember The Brittas Empire, but that was my dream. That was my dream, much to my mum's disappointment. And so that was all I ever wanted, so I went to college and did a leisure studies course, a HND, and there was a placement in PGL Adventure, which is like an adventure park, and I was a Multi Activity Instructor. Absolutely loved it.Dominic Jones: But then I sort of realised, actually, there's a whole world out there and decided I wanted to work in theme parks, so I applied to work at Disney and didn't get it the first time. I was very cocky, I was the wrong sort of person for Disney, but I went back three times and eventually got it and I did a placement in Disney and it was the best thing I ever did and it changed my life. It's one of the few jobs that I've left and thought, "My life will never be the same again." So good. So I did that and I got my master's degree. I didn't get the doctorate because I went on spring break, but hey, I was young...Kelly Molson: Well, spring break, though.Dominic Jones: Exactly. I was young. And then sort of went to Thorpe Park and was a Ride Operator. I remember my friends and some of their family were saying, "That's a real waste of..." Because I went to, in between Disney, went to university in Swansea, and they said, "It's a real waste of university, operating a teacup for £3.50 an hour." Or whatever it was at the time. But I loved it and for me, it was... I thought, "If you want to become a manager or you want to become, eventually, a General Manager or a Director of a theme park, it's really important to know how these things work."Dominic Jones: So I loved it, and just in case you ever get to operate the teacups, it's not too complicated, there's a red and green button, the red is to stop and the green is to start. I mean, it was five hours of training, but I finally mastered it and you can't actually make it go faster, so when you're there on the microphone and say, "Do you want to go faster?" You can't, it goes faster anyway, but I loved it and then very quickly rose through the ranks, so I became a Ride Supervisor, Team Leader, Area Team Leader, Coordinator, went to Chessington, worked there just at the time when Tussauds had bought Thorpe Park, so it was a real great time for career opportunities.Dominic Jones: Then I went to Madame Tussauds, was the Customer Service Manager there and helped create the first contact centre, if you like, call centre, where we sold tickets for things like Rock Circus, which is no longer in existence, but Rock Circus, the London Eye, Madam Tussauds, the Planetarium and that became the Merlin Contact Centre in the future, and then I started applying for loads of jobs, more General Manager jobs, and didn't get them and realised that I needed to get some marketing and sales experience.Dominic Jones: So I left and went to work for Virgin and then I was there for nearly 10 years and absolutely loved it and instead of getting the sales and marketing, well, I got the sales experience, I ended up becoming Vice President of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the logistics side of the business, and then also, so we opened up Kenya, had some amazing life experiences, we saw the whole world and then was Regional Vice President Sales in Hong Kong for Asia Pacific, so great time.Dominic Jones: And then my wife became pregnant, obviously, I was involved in that, and it made me realise that I probably couldn't do a job where I was traveling 24/7. I mean, for a while, I did literally consider, which makes me sound like a bad person, "I could call in from Skype and things like that." And my wife was like, "Come on." So we went back to Wales and it was really hard to find a job that would allow me to be at home and be around so I actually thought, "Well, originally, when I went to Virgin, I wanted to have marketing experience."Dominic Jones: So I actually went to Thorpe Park and the marketing team and looked after the partnerships and promotions, did some really cool things, the Ministry of Sound nightclub deal was there, did some stuff with Lionsgate. A really good time doing the "buy one, get one free" things, the partnerships and events, got some good bands together on the stage that hadn't been on stage with the Wideboys and the [inaudible 00:11:55] boys if you know your dance music, it was massive.Dominic Jones: Anyway, so I did that for a bit and then got an opportunity to go back to Wales, which is where my wife's family is from. I'm from North Wales, she's from South Wales, so I got a chance to run Oakwood Theme Park, which I absolutely loved and probably would've been there forever if an opportunity hadn't come up with Merlin and Merlin, it was to look after the rest of Europe and the rest of Europe was basically anything in their midway, so Madam Tussauds, Dungeons, Lego Discovery Centre, Sea Life, that wasn't in the UK or Germany, so it was like Istanbul, Helsinki, Paris Blankenberge in Belgium, Spain. I mean, it was brilliant and I did that for a few years.Dominic Jones: Then I went and ran Thorpe Park for a few years, which absolutely loved because that was where I started as a teacup operator and I remember, there was a guy there, good friend of mine, he said, "I remember, when you were on the teacups, you said, 'One day, I'm going to come back and run the place.'" And I did, so amazing. And then, in that time, I had three kids and really was commuting from Christchurch, so decided to change careers again and come into the heritage world and came as the COO of the Mary Rose, which I did for two years, and then, during the pandemic, became the CEO, so quick sort of... Yeah. But lots of luck and right place, right time, all those sort of things, but that's good, right? That's most people's career.Kelly Molson: Whoa. That is amazing. I mean, you've been to so many different places. I love that you went full-circle at Thorpe Park as well. What an incredible story, to have gone in there as an operator and then end up running the place. That is amazing.Dominic Jones: Yeah, I loved that. And actually, all the jobs I've had have really become part of our story. I was talking to someone yesterday about the Mary Rose and they were talking about what they were going to do next but how the Mary Rose had been a massive part of their story and I said, "That's the beautiful thing about work and careers and life. Whatever you do, it becomes part of your story and you're part of their story." So whether it's Thorpe Park, whether it's when I opened up, for Virgin Atlantic, the Nairobi route for logistics and the Hamlin, it was amazing and I've been to Kenya probably more times than I've been to Birmingham, you know? So that's part of my story, and when I leave the Mary Rose, I hope isn't any time soon, this will always be... It'll be my favourite Tudor warship. I mean, it's probably the only Tudor warship, but also my favourite one, so yeah.Kelly Molson: That was the answer to my question, as well. "What's your favourite ship?"Dominic Jones: Yeah.Kelly Molson: Wow. I'm blown away by your career. I just think you've had such a phenomenal journey to get to where you are now. There's something that I want to talk to you about today and that's about your joint venture that you have with the Mary Rose and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. I just want to read out a tweet that I saw because this is what sparked this conversation, so this is a tweet that went out on the Mary Rose Twitter account.Kelly Molson: It says, "We are very pleased to share that Portsmouth Historic Dockyard saw a 150% rise in visitor numbers in 2021, reported by ALVA today. The significant rise in visitors demonstrates the effectiveness of the joint venture between Mary Rose and the National Museum of the Royal Navy in our first year."Kelly Molson: I am very intrigued by this because this has been kind of a constant throughout most of the podcast conversations that we have is about how collaborative the sector is, but this is really specific about two attractions collaborating together to bring more visitors in. I would love you to tell us about this.Dominic Jones: Well, yeah, the end result's fantastic. 150% increase in visitors. It really feels joined up. My son's school is coming in today so I was in the visitor centre and I was waiting to see what time he was coming in because he obviously wouldn't tell me the time he's actually in, so I was looking around the visitor centre and I couldn't be prouder, when you see the mixture of Victory and Warrior and Mary Rose, and how far we've come since we started, but if you go back in history, the Mary Rose used to be part of Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and there was one ticket and there was a separate company called Portsmouth Historic Dockyard that ran it, and lots of trusts, at that time, there were lots of trusts that fed into it, and then, for whatever reason, some of these trusts went independent.Dominic Jones: And so when I joined the Mary Rose, we were separate. We had a separate ticket, visitor centre, if you like, so imagine, I guess, like a... You know when you're on holiday and there's people trying to get you to go on boat rides or they're trying to get you to come into their restaurant? And literally, we were competing, so when a visitor was outside, there'd be the Mary Rose saying, "Hey, come and see Henry VIII's warship, the biggest Tudor collection in the world." I mean, it's amazing. And then the people next door, "Hey, come and see the Victory and the Warrior." And it just was really difficult for the customers, and for whatever reason, we weren't together and we had these two separate companies, so for quite a while, when I started, along with Helen, who was the CEO and Dominic and a gentleman called John in NMRN, we had meetings to see if we could get closer and to get a deal, and then I think Matthew joined, as well, from NMRN, and eventually we kind of got to an agreement.Dominic Jones: It was about, "What can we do together? What, collaboratively, can we do?" We came up with three things. We can sell tickets together, we could run a visitor centre together, so that's #1, the visitor side. We could market the destination together, and we could do strategic operations like events. So we then looked away and came across a deal, and for us, it was important that the two parties, so Mary Rose and the National Museum of the Royal Navy had a 50/50 parity of decision so it wasn't a one-sided joint venture and it was really... There's lots of talent in both organisations, so I've always admired what the National Museum of the Royal Navy have done over the years and how they've told history and how they bring it to life, and obviously, I love the Mary Rose.Dominic Jones: And so when we put us together, it was just a real opportunity, that synergy. You know when people say "one and one and you get three", but it was exactly like that and it worked really well, so we share marketing, so marketing costs, we share, we share marketing resource, so Mary Rose marketing people work along with NMRN marketing people. We do some things independently so our trusts are independent, our conservation, our research and all that sort of stuff, that's just Mary Rose and NMRN is just that, although we are working on some projects together, but in terms of the visitor, we have one visitor centre, we have one ticket you can buy, lots of options, we could talk about that, some amazing pricing we did which allowed us to do that.Dominic Jones: Because when you're competing against each other, you almost are encouraged to discount more, so we had, at times, the National Museum of the Royal Navy who were saying Portsmouth Historic Dockyard then might have a deal on Groupon, we might have a deal on Wowcher and you'd just be discounting, discounting, discounting, and you wouldn't be really getting across the real value for the customer, so yeah, it was really hard, and I remember, we would really fight for every single visitor because, for us, 84% of our money comes from tickets, so I remember, we'd get Henry VIII down the front, out the front, we'd have him talking to the visitors, saying, "Oh", you know, and with people talking in French and he'd go up in French and say, "Well, I was the king of France. Why are you going to Victory? Come to Mary Rose." But he wouldn't be taking them away from Victory, because that would be bad, but he would be saying, "Go to both." And we'd always be positive about NMRN, but we'd also want people to come to Mary Rose because that was how we were going to survive.Kelly Molson: Just going back to those times, then, was it more like a rivalry than anything?Dominic Jones: Yeah, it was really hard.Kelly Molson: So it was really difficult?Dominic Jones: It was really hard. I mean, we all respected each other, but it was really hard. It was like one of those ferry terminals or restaurants on holiday. I mean, I remember, we would flyer, like circus marketing, bumping into the brand, resort domination, we called it. We would be literally, when it was sunny because you can't blame the weather, when it was sunny, we'd be on the beach with Mary Rose leaflets saying, "Hey, get out the cool, we're air-conditioned, come to the Mary Rose." We were literally in all the restaurants, we had colour-in sheets, "Come to...", it was all about getting everyone to come and actually, we quickly realized that the NMRN was spending so much money on getting people to Portsmouth that we needed to make sure when they're in Portsmouth, they came to the Mary Rose and we did.Dominic Jones: I mean, I look back on it now, we had adverts that had, because we'd been very lucky with Tripadvisor, five stars, I mean I would've dreamed of that at Thorpe Park, but five stars constantly so we'd have posters that say, "You've just missed the best thing to do in Portsmouth." And then another one. "Turn around." You know, like when you go to Camden Town and there's a McDonald's, a Burger King and then outside the Burger King, there's a sign. "Why are you going to Burger King? Go to McDonald's." It was like that, so it wasn't great.Kelly Molson: It's quite intense, as well, isn't it, for the visitor?Dominic Jones: Yeah.Kelly Molson: That's a lot of pressure.Dominic Jones: Well, it is and I would do it and I would literally go down and leave, because you've got to leave from the front, and I would put my Mary Rose coat, which I've still got here, and I'd be down the scenic and we'd be... And I remember coaches would turn up and one of the ladies who was fantastic with us, Sandra, she's now one of our Visitor Experience Managers, but she'd jump on the couch and say, "Have you booked your tickets? Where are you going? Can I tell you about the Mary Rose?" And she'd bring whole coaches in. It was hard and it was really... I went to sleep every night easy, because it was so tiring and it wasn't sustainable and we did need to get a deal, and actually, the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Mary Rose always treated each other with respect, but it was like the Battle of Victory Gate and that's not the way to behave and that's not the long-term way to run a business.Dominic Jones: So what was really great was we've got a deal, we got the ability to sell tickets together and we got the ability to work together and there's some really super talented people in the National Museum of the Royal Navy and in Mary Rose and we did some great things, so when we reopened after COVID, we did this really cool video where we had Henry VIII and we had some of their characters from Warrior and some of their actors all visiting each other's attractions in the lift, wearing face masks, getting hand sanitiser, and it just feels joined up.Dominic Jones: I mean, I've done lots of partnerships in my career. At Merlin, we had a Sea Life in Helsinki, which was a joint venture with a theme park called Linnanmaki. If you ever get to interview this lady who ran Linnanmaki, or she might the CEO there, she was amazing, but we had this joint venture. See, it's really hard in a joint venture because, especially if it's a 50/50 parity decision one, you've got to get agreement and that means that you work really hard on doing the right thing, so what's quite nice is if we were on our own, we probably would've done marketing campaigns and other things which were okay, but because we end up working together and we've got to make sure we get that joint agreement, the results is always way better. It's brilliant. And the customers benefit, because it's one entrance, it's one ticket, there's a lot more value in it, so yeah, it's been really successful.Kelly Molson: I hadn't realised quite how intertwined the organisations were in terms of decision-making and marketing, like you say, and sharing all of those resources. You talked a little bit about the visitor centre. Did you have to change the infrastructure and stuff? Did you have to build new buildings and all of that and agree on that?Dominic Jones: Well, no, they had a big visitor centre because, I mean, they've got a lot more footprint, more attractions, they've got the Warrior, they've got M.33, they've got a Submarine Museum over in Victory and we've got the Mary Rose, which is amazing. And so we had a building called Porter's Lodge, which was here and then there's the gate, and then they had their visitor center and their visitor center was perfect, so we moved in there, but we agreed to make it look and feel like it was Mary Rose and National Museum of the Royal Navy, so we spent a bit of money on the look and feel of it, so that was good and same with the brand and the marketing and making it feel like it was something new, but yeah, so there was a bit of that.Dominic Jones: I mean, in terms of infrastructure, we went with their ticketing system because it made more sense because it would be a bigger cost for them to change. We went with some of the Mary Rose's media buying because, at the time, we were buying media cheaper and better. And actually, now, we're in the process of going to tenders together, so the digital agency, we've done together, the PR agency, we've done together and it's great because it's a bigger portfolio and you get different views, and I always think the best way to run any business, so, for example, the Mary Rose or Thorpe Park or wherever it is, to talk to your customers, to talk to your staff and then, obviously, to talk to the manage experts. And we get that in spades, because we've also got our staff and our customers and our volunteers, but we've got NMRN staff and customers and volunteers and together, we are getting some really cool ideas and things we can do, so it's working well. As you can see, 150% increase in the first year.Kelly Molson: I mean, I've read it with my own eyes.Dominic Jones: And I hope you saw, NMRN, they did a little nice fist bump reply, and it just is in the spirit of it. We are working together and I think that's so important.Kelly Molson: It is massively important. You mentioned something about pricing earlier, and we've spoken about this before, but you said that you did something interesting that you'd implemented that allowed you to grow the yield and the revenue as well. Was this something that you did jointly too?Dominic Jones: Yeah, it was. So we had to come up with a new pricing structure because we were doing something new, so they had, what was it called? Full Navy Ticket, which was for all of their attractions and we had an annual ticket, so when we merged, we had to come up with a new pricing structure and it's a good opportunity to change, and 84% of our business, our revenue comes from tickets, theirs is about, I think, 80% or so, I can't remember, so it's still important to them as well. So we had to get the pricing right and it allowed us to really think about what's the best value for the customer and what's the best thing to do that stops us having to discount heavily?Dominic Jones: So we created a... It's like a decoy pricing model, like supermarkets have been doing it for years, so if you buy one attraction, it's a really bad ticket. I mean, still, a few people buy them, it's a really bad ticket, so it was... I mean, it used to be £18. We put the price up to £24. It used to be, if you bought one ticket, you could visit that attraction all year. You can only visit it once. So we made it a really unattractive ticket, so that's your lower decoy, so the idea of that is you only buy that if all you really want to do is go to the Mary Rose or all you want to go is go to the Victory and if you've just come to see one of those things, that's the sort of money you would pay, it's very competitively priced with other things on the South Coast, so that's what we did.Dominic Jones: And then we created a Three-Attraction Ticket or Three-Ship Ticket, which was slightly more money, so that went up to £39, which was the biggest sort of sting, about a £15 increase, big, big jump. And that was an annual ticket. That was, you could pick your three attractions and visit them all year. And then we did, "But for £5 more, you could have an Ultimate Explorer and have everything including the..." And that sort of, so you've got the lower decoy, which is the single attraction, then you've got the medium decoy, which is three ships, but then you go, "Well, for £5 more, you could do everything."Dominic Jones: And 80% of people do the Ultimate Explorer and they do everything, and it's so good value. I mean, it's less than the price of a football game and football game, 50% of the time, you're disappointed, and you don't get long, do you? It is incredible value and you get to go to all the attractions, you get out on the water, it's brilliant. So we've got that. And then we were going to put in an upper decoy, now, an upper decoy is a premium, really expensive ticket, so for example, we might, "We have, at Mary Rose, you can go into the ship for £300 and have a private experience." And we were going to put that in, but actually, because the decoy system worked so well, we didn't need that so we've just kept it as Single Attraction Ticket, Three-Attraction Ticket and Ultimate Explorer and it's working really, really well.Dominic Jones: So yeah, that's our pricing. And because of that, we don't have to discount because we put all the value and loaded the value in, actually, we don't have to discount. And then, when we do discount, we want to reach the right people, so, for example, we do, between the months of November and February, we do a Loyal and Local campaign where we go out to Portsmouth and Southampton regions and we say, "Bring a bill in and you can get a considerable discount." All year round, we do a discount for people who've got a Portsmouth leisure card, so anyone who's on Universal Credit, so they get 50% off.Dominic Jones: And we do some other really cool community engagement stuff between us with schools and stuff like that, and then if we do do a discount, so discounts are still important, so there's some amazing partners out there, GetYourGuide, Picnic, lots of the providers that really support businesses, Virgin, Ticketdays, all that sort of stuff. But we do it at the right level, so we've got like a playground, so whereas before, we might have been competing against each other, thinking, "Oh, we need to discount by 40% or 50% and then give them extra commission so they push it." We now do it at a really fair level, so there is a bit of a discount, but it's not much.Dominic Jones: And then for the consumer, we want the cheapest, best-value ticket to always be on our website. And we used a couple companies, so we used a company called, they were called Brand Incrementum, they're now called Magic Little Giants, we use them, we use some insight into what previous businesses have done before, but we copied the American Six Flags website model. If you ever want a quick lesson in pricing, just go to Six Flags. Their website is that... I mean, you're into websites, right?Kelly Molson: I am.Dominic Jones: It's the best website for pricing. I love it and I check it nearly every month. It makes me laugh, how focused they are on decoy pricing and how in-your-face they are, but how you don't know it as a consumer unless you know. It's amazing. It drives my family mad. I love it. Anyway. Yeah.Kelly Molson: This decoy pricing, I've never heard that phrase, I've never heard that used in pricing before. This is all new to me.Dominic Jones: It's like supermarkets when you get... And I remember, we've got a local supermarket near us and the guy did, "buy one bottle of wine, get one wine free". And then he had, "or buy one wine for £7 or buy two for £7". We were always going to buy two for £7 or two for £8. It's all that sort of trying to encourage behaviour, but he didn't quite get it because recently, I went in, it was like, "buy one, pay for one" and I was like, "Isn't that... That's the same as normal, yeah?" "Yeah." But he's a nice guy so I bought one. Well, that's my problem.Dominic Jones: But no, it's the same way supermarkets have been doing, where they try with the club card to get you to purchase things, or they're trying to do that, and all we're trying to do is encourage everyone to go for that Ultimate Explorer, which is the best value. It's almost like you can imagine it on the website, it's got a sign saying, "Pick me." So even to the extent we still don't, this day, discount our Single Attraction Ticket on our website. We don't give any discount for it and then we give a £5 discount on the three attractions and £5 on Ultimate Explorer. But yeah, loving the pricing.Kelly Molson: Love this. This is such great insight. Thank you for sharing. This partnership is really intriguing to me because I think it seems like the perfect setup, right? Because you're literally neighbors in the same area, you could make this work really well. What advice would you give to other attractions that are thinking about partnering with other attractions? Like what would be your top tips for people to make this work well?Dominic Jones: I mean, it's really hard. You've got to think about, because often people see it as competitors, but you've got to think in terms of getting the customers or the guests or the consumers, whatever you call them, giving them the best value, and during lockdown, when we were being interviewed and stuff, we'd always say, "Come visit the Mary Rose or come visit..." Once we did the joint venture, "Come visit the Historic Dockyard. But also, if you can't come visit, go visit your local museum, go visit anyone." It's important to share that, and I think there are always benefits of working together, you're always stronger together.Dominic Jones: When I was at Oakwood Theme Park in Wales, amazing theme park, you're in West Wales and we were thinking, "Well, how do we reach further and advertise more?" And actually, we ended up working with a farm, which was a stunning farm that had rides and animals called Folly Farm down the road and we worked, then, with Manor House Wildlife Park and Heatherton, and you actually work together and you can work together and I'd always say, "Try it on something." So try it whether it's an event or try it whether it's a destination marketing campaign. I mean, we're working with the people of Portsmouth, so with... "The people of Portsmouth", that sounds a bit grand. We're working with attractions in Portsmouth on trying to get people into Portsmouth, so we do something with Portsmouth Council where the Spinnaker Tower and D-Day Museum and Mary Rose and National Museum of the Royal Navy and now Portsmouth Historical Dockyard, together, we advertise in London because actually, advertising in London individually is really expensive, but if you do it collaboratively.Dominic Jones: There's lots of ways to do stuff collaboratively and find another angle. So we've got other people on our site that we're not partners with at the moment, so the Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust, amazing people who run some of the small boats that we did the Gunboat Race with the D-Day veterans on the weekend. Fantastic. So yesterday, we had a really great Volunteers' Tea Party to celebrate the end of volunteer and we had the volunteers from the Property Trust, we had the volunteers from the NMRN, the volunteers from the Mary Rose, there's always some synergy and I would say, in any way, find it.Dominic Jones: Everywhere I've worked, I've tried to get partnerships with local businesses, with other theme parks, with other attractions, because, actually, it's your stronger together, and if you're going, especially, after a local market, because you've always got to love your locals, that's the most important thing. If they see that you actually are the sort of people that work with each other, it makes them almost more proud of you. You remember the Game Makers in the London Olympics in 2012 and how amazing they were and how they did that sort of course where everyone was recommending all this stuff to you, that's kind of what you want, but I would find some common ground, whatever it is.Dominic Jones: Whether it's lobbying, we found common ground at Thorpe Park with other attractions to lobby the government for things, for VAT to level... Or whether it's in Oakwood, trying to get some advertising to get people from Bristol to cross the bridge to come into Wales or whether it's, I'm trying to think, in Amsterdam, we worked, so Madame Tussauds Amsterdam and Dungeons, which I was responsible for, we worked with Heineken because they had this amazing experience and with Tours & Tickets, so we'd make sure that if anyone came to Amsterdam, they came to our attractions. It's those sort of partnerships, finding the common ground and making it work.Dominic Jones: And don't be scared of it, because you are always bigger and better together and customers have so much choice, so working together delivers amazing results. I would never want to go back to not being part of a partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and I would love it if we could do more. We are keen to do more with other attractions in the South to get people to come to the South Coast, to come to Hampshire. But yeah, I would definitely do...Dominic Jones: And also, you get bigger buying power, so say, for example, Merlin are really strong, so they don't necessarily need those with other partners because they can do a campaign in the press, Sun, Days Go Out and you've got all the Merlin attractions, but if you're individual attractions, you can't, so if you do a partnership with your competitors, you can then suddenly say, "Right, well, we want to do a Days Out campaign in the press between all these independent attractions."Dominic Jones: I mean, it's brilliant. I love it and I love, also, this industry, how collaborative especially the heritage side is. You can say, "Oh, I was thinking about doing this. What do you think?" Or, "What do you think about that?" And everyone will share and everyone is almost willing you to be successful. It's crazy, right? It's one of the best industries in the world. If you were in, I don't know, the restaurant business, you wouldn't be doing that, would you? Or another... It's so good. Anyway, hopefully, that answers your question.Kelly Molson: Oh, absolutely.Dominic Jones: I get very passionate about it. I'm so sorry. I love it.Kelly Molson: I'm so glad that you do because it answered my question perfectly and I think you've given so much value to listeners today in terms of all of the things that you've done, I couldn't have asked for a better response. Thank you. It's a big year for the Mary Rose, isn't it? And I think it would be very right that we talk about that. So it's your 40th year celebration this year, isn't it?Dominic Jones: Yeah, 40 years since the raising, so 1982, October. I am obviously older than you so I remember watching it on Blue Peter as a child and it was the world's first underwater live broadcast. It was watched by over 60 million people worldwide. I mean, it was amazing of its time and so yeah, 40 years, and because of that, we've now got the world's biggest Tudor collection of everyday life, there's nowhere else in the world you can get closer to Tudor and we've got the biggest maritime salvation, so we've got a lot of plans to celebrate. Unfortunately, the pandemic got in the way. During the pandemic, I'm not going to lie, it was horrific. There were times when we were drawing a list of who we were going to give the keys to, got really, really bad and it got dark for everyone and every museum, every attraction, every business, I'm not trying to say, "Oh, poor us." Everyone had that tough time.Dominic Jones: But it meant that actually investing, we were going to do another building, we were going to do a whole museum dedicated to the raising and actually, probably one of the best things that came out of it is we didn't because we got the joint venture, which is brilliant, our trading improved, we had a fantastic summer and then we were like, "Right, we should really do something for the 40th anniversary, but we can't afford taking another lease of another building or building another building, so what can we do?" And we managed to come up with a few plans, so the first thing we're doing is we're doing a TV documentary, which is going to be brilliant, coming out in October. Honestly, I've seen, they started some of the filming and the pre [inaudible 00:37:39], it's going to be brilliant.Kelly Molson: Oh, that's so exciting.Dominic Jones: I can't give too much away because we've had to sign something, but it's going to be great. And actually, we even had, because we're responsible for the wreck site, so we had Chris and Alex who helped raise the Mary Rose, our Head of Interpretation, Head of Research, amazing people, they were out diving the other day because we're still responsible for the wreck site and it just gives you goosebumps. I saw the footage and oh, it's amazing. So we got that. We're also building a 4D experience.Dominic Jones: So when we reopened last summer, we opened with this thing called 1545, which was an immersive experience and we wanted to get across the Mary Rose didn't sink on its maiden voyage, it was Henry VIII's ship that he, when he came to the throne, he commissioned two ships, the Mary Rose was one of them, it fought in lots of battles, it had a long life and then sank defending Britain in a battle, by the way, the French who were invading was twice the size of the Spanish Armada, but because history's written by the winners, we don't hear that.Dominic Jones: But amazing, so we did this amazing, immersive experience. We got Dame Judi Dench to do the voice and you feel like you're going to get sunk. Well, the ship does sink and you go under and then you go into the museum and it's so good and we were like, "We want to do something for the end. We want to have a finale that says..." Because the thing about our museum, it's authentic. There's 19,700 artifacts. You can't get that anywhere else. I mean, it's just brilliant. Anyway, so we thought, "How are we going to end this?" And the thing we don't do justice to is the finding, the raising, the excavation, all the divers, there was 500 volunteer divers. From the 1960s, people were looking for it.Dominic Jones: I mean, Alexander McKee, who found it, was on the news and people would say... It was like an Indiana Jones movie, they were saying, "Oh, he's never going to find it." And other people were looking, the Navy were looking and there was a bit in Indiana Jones where they got the map the wrong way around and all of that. Brilliant. So they found the Mary Rose and then they got Margaret Rule who was this amazing lady who had, when she went to university, I think she didn't get a place at university at first because she was a woman and this is amazing, today's day story, and she didn't dive, she was an archeologist. And then she said, "I'm going to dive." Taught herself to dive and without her, this museum, the Mary Rose wouldn't be here, so Alexander McKee, Margaret Rule, two amazing people, both of them...Kelly Molson: What a woman.Dominic Jones: Yeah, what a woman, but both of them, both of them, without them, we wouldn't be here. So we want to tell their story, but also, we want to put the guests and the visitors to what it's like to dive, so with a mixture of real-life filming, footage from these 500 volunteer divers, outtakes from the Chronicle programs that are on the BBC, including, if we can get it to look right, even His Royal Highness, Prince Charles diving. It is stunning.Dominic Jones: So we're going to take the guests on a bit of a pre-show with the history, then they're going to get into the 4D theater and it'd be like you were boarding a red, going out to the wreck site, there'll be a dive briefing, you'll have the wind in your hair, the seats will be buzzing, but I'm hoping it's this good. I better ring the people after this [inaudible 00:40:38].Kelly Molson: You're really building it up, Dominic.Dominic Jones: Yeah. Well, it better deliver. No, they're brilliant. Figment are amazing. They're so good. So you get in there and then you dive and then you go down and you see what it's like to be under the water. The Royal Engineers were involved, the divers were involved and then you'll be there when the Mary Rose is raised, we're even going to recreate the moment where it... Oh, it'll be brilliant.Dominic Jones: So in answer to your question, we're doing a documentary and a 4D experience, and we've got anniversary lectures so if you're around in October, come and get involved. We've got a lot of people, from historians to divers to... Just talking about the relevance of the Mary Rose and the history of it, and also the diving, and we've got a new coffee table book coming out, so we've got lots and lots and lots going on.Kelly Molson: Oh, my goodness. It's all going on.Dominic Jones: And if we'd have done it the old way, if we'd have done it with a new museum and a new building, I don't think it would've been as good. I mean, I joined the Divers' Legacy group, so about 150 of the divers, on a Zoom call a few weeks ago and it's just, it takes you... These people, who, some of them are retired now or bear in mind this was 40, 50 years ago and hearing their stories and it's living history and it's so important that we tell these stories and capture them now, because in 50 years, they won't be here, and part of our responsibility, our charity objectives, if you like, is to tell the story and forever, and I think that bit of the story's missing, so if that's one thing that we do while I'm at the Mary Rose, I'll be really proud.Kelly Molson: Ah, that is wonderful. And it is [inaudible 00:42:12].Dominic Jones: You have to come, right? You're going to have to come.Kelly Molson: Well, this is the question. When do I need to come to experience everything that you've just sold to me? Because I am sold.Dominic Jones: Yeah. You probably want to come after our anniversary, because we're hoping to launch all this around that time, which is in October, which is, now, this is an interesting one because this was a good conversation with our trustees and our board. "Do you want to launch something in the off-peak period? Don't you want to launch it at Easter or the summer or..." And my view is we should launch it because it's the right thing to do and we're launching this in October because it's a legacy, we want the divers there, we want as many of them there as possible and it's going to be at the Mary Rose forever. This is the ending to the Mary Rose Museum. So it's not like we're launching something for Easter or summer, so we are going to launch it in October, so I'll let you know the details, come and get involved.Kelly Molson: All right, absolutely. I am there. If it's as good as what you've just described, then it's going to be one amazing day out.Dominic Jones: It'd be better. And then, and final thing, sorry, which we're not doing, but I wanted to do is we've still got some of the Mary Rose down in the ocean, so one day, I'd like to bring that back up. I don't think I'll be here to do that because it's probably be in 15 years' time or something because we need to raise a lot of money and do that, but we want to bring the rest of her back up or whatever's left down there back up, and that's quite exciting because our story continues. We still do research.Dominic Jones: We did this fantastic piece of research on skeletons, on human remains. It's a really cool diversity story. Out of the eight skeletons, one was Spanish, one was Venetian, two were North African, second generation, not slaves, a real diversity story in Tudor England. Amazing. Maybe the Victorians whitewashed history. Who knows? But what a great story. And we keep learning and we've got this amazing team of curatorial staff and all of our staff, from the maintenance to the visitor staff to the volunteers and every day, we learn something new, so [inaudible 00:44:03] we want to do. And then, at some point... Have you seen The Dig on Netflix?Kelly Molson: Yes. Yes.Dominic Jones: Great film.Kelly Molson: So good.Dominic Jones: Great film, but I want to write to Netflix to do The Dive. Can you imagine? This story about human endeavor with the Mary Rose? It'd be amazing, so we'd like to do that as well at some point, but we just don't have enough hours in the day, right?Kelly Molson: No. Just add it onto that long list of stuff.Dominic Jones: Yeah.Kelly Molson: Wow. Thank you.Dominic Jones: So if you know anyone in Netflix, let us know, or if anyone from Netflix is listening, get in touch, we want to do that. It'd be cool.Kelly Molson: I would love it.Dominic Jones: I've already casted.Kelly Molson: If someone from Netflix was listening, that would be incredible. Who have you casted?Dominic Jones: Well, so local, because you've got to get local, so for Margaret Rule, I reckon Kate Winslet, she'd do a good job. Great actress. I mean, we've already got Dame Judi Dench, so the same sort of caliber in our 1545 experience, and then also another local who could bring the Alexander McKee, Kenneth Branagh, but to be honest with you, Netflix can do all of that, because let's be honest, I'm not going to make movies, am I? I'm running a museum. But I just think it'd be really cool. It'd be really cool.Kelly Molson: I don't think there's anything that you couldn't do, Dominic, to be honest, after this podcast, so who knows?Dominic Jones: It'd be really cool. Yeah, who knows?Kelly Molson: All right, last question for you, a book that you love that you'd recommend to our listeners?Dominic Jones: I love this question and I really struggled, so I went back and thought about a work example, because I think that's probably more useful, so in all of my career, I've come across lots of people who talk about strategy and I have my own view on what strategy is, but there are lots of books you can read about strategy and there's only one book, in my opinion, that is worth reading and it's this, Good Strategy/Bad Strategy. Hopefully, it's still in print. It is the only book to read on strategy. It's the best book I've... And without this book, I don't think I would've been able to do half the stuff that I've done, because it's all about how you formulate your decisions, how you make your decisions, what the outcome is, it's about execution, it's about everything that, for me, you need to be successful, so I recommend this book. Really good book.Kelly Molson: Good Strategy/Bad Strategy. I have not read that book, but I feel like that's going to go...Dominic Jones: You should read it.Kelly Molson: Yeah, that's going to go top of my pile. All right, listeners, if you want to win a copy of this book, as ever, if you just go over to our Twitter account and you retweet this podcast announcement with the words, "I want Dominic's book." And then you will be in with a chance of winning it. Oh, my goodness. I have had such a good time listening to you today. Thank you so much for coming on and sharing. It's been so valuable. Yeah, that's blown me away today. I'm very excited about coming to visit and thank you for sharing the insight into your partnerships.Dominic Jones: Yeah. Absolute pleasure. And thanks for being kind with the icebreakers, you're going to get the rubber, that's going to your collection.Kelly Molson: Oh, yay. A rubber rubber.Dominic Jones: Because I was really upset that you've got a rubber collection without the Mary Rose. That actually hurt my feelings. It hurt my feelings.Kelly Molson: Well, I'm sorry, I've never actually visited the Mary Rose.Dominic Jones: Well, we're going to put that right.Kelly Molson: We are going to change this, aren't we? So yeah, I'm sorry. I will come and get my rubber in-person, then. Don't post it to me. I'll come and get it in-person when I come and visit.Dominic Jones: Yeah, let's do that. Thank you. Keep it up.Kelly Molson: Thanks for listening to Skip the Queue. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave us a five-star review. It really helps others find us. And remember to follow us on Twitter for your chance to win the books that have been mentioned. Skip the Queue is brought to you by Rubber Cheese, a digital agency that builds remarkable systems and websites for attractions that helps them increase their visitor numbers. You can find show notes and transcriptions from this episode and more over on our website, rubbercheese.com/podcast.

Inspiring You with Henri Hebert
Ep 100: Solstice Light Reiki Energy Healing Activation

Inspiring You with Henri Hebert

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 58:02


#100 | Solstice Light Reiki Energy Healing Activation How are you finding the Solstice energies? After the intense energy waves recently, things have slowed and quieted for a little bit. The Solstice Energies have been flowing for the last couple of days yet the culmination is happening on June 21st, 2:14 AM PDT. The energy of the Solstice is a time when solar light activations are streaming in along with new frequencies of higher Divine Intelligence. The energies will continue to run strongly for the rest of the week. A beneficial powerful annual portal that signifies the change of seasons and the moment of the longest day and shortest night (in the north) and the shortest day and the longest night (in the south). It is the moment when the planet "pivots" and begins its journey into the second half of the year and the new season. The word "solstice" comes from the two words "Sol" (sun) and Stasis (stand still). Of course, it is not that the Sun stands still, but rather that the illusion of stasis is created by the pivot as the Earth turns back on its trajectory around the Sun. It is a good time for us to also "stand still" and contemplate our journey of creation and manifestation on the Earth, what we have created in the last year, and what we wish to create in the coming year which begins at the Planetary New Year on July 26th and the Lions Gate on August 8th! Most importantly, you want to make sure you are on the "Rising Wave" of Ascending energy into Higher Frequencies and not the descending wave into collapse, chaos, and confusion so now is the time to make the choices that will uplift you into the next cycle. Make the inner choice for the energies of Love, Peace, Joy, Abundance, and Gratitude, and resolve to live in these energies on a daily basis! Happy Solstice!

Black Girl Nerds
303: Chatting with Actor/Comedian Jay Pharoah of 'Private Property'

Black Girl Nerds

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 15:40


In this week's episode of the Black Girl Nerds podcast, we chat with actor Jay Pharoah, star of the Lionsgate film 'Private Property' currently released.   This tense and gripping neo-noir thriller walks the fine line between reality and deception. Stuck in a marriage to a rich Hollywood producer (Jay Pharoah, “SNL”), struggling actress Kathryn (Ashley Benson, “Pretty Little Liars”) finds herself attracted to Ben, her new gardener. Then, she meets Ed, the eccentric millionaire who's just moved in next door, and a BBQ turns into a drunken party. Kathryn awakens to discover that Ben and Ed have been hiding secrets, and that her home — and life — may now be in grave danger. Host: Stacey  Music by: Sammus Edited by: Jamie Broadnax

The Writers' Hangout
PAGE Awards Judges Reveal How They Evaluate Your Script: Part Two

The Writers' Hangout

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 45:16


 Two more PAGE Awards Judges, Dwayne Smith, and Mike Kuciak continue the conversation on how they evaluate your screenplay.Mike Kuciak has two movies coming out in 2022; he's the writer-director and writer-producer of the other. He's a producer on a third film scheduled to begin production in late 2022. He has served as a producer and executive producer on several independent films. He was the senior vice president of development for a literary management-production company and, after that, the founder/CEO of his own company before hanging that up to focus on writing/directing/producing.Dwayne Smith has been working as a professional screenwriter since 1999 and has written scripts for Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Intermedia, and Gold Circle. His urban thriller PAY THE LADY is currently in post-production, and his sci-fi feature IMPLANT is now in pre-production. Representing the management firm Circle of Confusion at numerous screenwriting conferences and festivals, Dwayne has listened to hundreds of pitches and read countless screenplays in search of new writing talent. As a judge for the PAGE Awards, he reads Comedies, Thriller/Horror, Science Fiction, and Action/Adventure scripts.

The Man Cave Chronicles
Diany Rodriguez talks about her role in Hulu's 'The Valet'

The Man Cave Chronicles

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 13:41


Diany Rodriguez recently joined host Elias in the cave! Diany can be seen starring in Lionsgate and Hulu's multi-cultural comedy film, "The Valet" opposite Eugenio Derbez, Samara Weaving and Max Greenfield. A remake of the 2006 hit French film "La Doublure," the American version follows parking valet, Antonio (Derbez), who is enlisted by movie star, Olivia (Weaving), to pose as her boyfriend to cover for her affair with a known married man. As a valet, the hard-working Antonio usually flies under the radar but his ruse with Olivia thrusts him into the spotlight. Diany shines as Natalie, the owner of a neighborhood bike store where Antonio is a regular. On the television side, Diany stars on NBC's long-running crime-drama series, "The Blacklist" alongside James Spader. Joining the series in the ninth season, she plays Weecha Xiu, Raymond 'Red' Reddington's (Spader) new bodyguard after Dembe Zuma (Hisham Tawfiq) joined the FBI. With a tough physical presence and a hardened demeanor, Weecha is more than capable of defending herself against anyone who might threaten her or her associates. You can watch this interview on YouTube  https://youtu.be/ufFfI4F-e7w Have a question? Email us  themccpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Social Media for the latest show updates  www.twitter.com/themccpodcast www.instagram.com/themccpodcast www.facebook.com/themancavechroniclespodcast www.themccpodcast.com  www.youtube.com/c/TheManCaveChronicleswElias      

Popcorn Junkies Movie Reviews
GOOD LUCK TO YOU LEO GRANDE - The Popcorn Junkies MOVIE REVIEW (Light SPOILERS)

Popcorn Junkies Movie Reviews

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 25:21


Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a 2022 British sex comedy-drama film directed by Sophie Hyde and written by Katy Brand. The film stars Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack. Good Luck to You, Leo Grande had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on 22 January 2022, and was released on 17 June 2022, theatrically in the United Kingdom by Lionsgate, and digitally in the United States by Searchlight Pictures as a Hulu original film. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popcorn-junkies/message

The Friendship Onion
Billy & Dom Talk to Podcaster Chris Mancini!

The Friendship Onion

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 77:41


Billy & Dom talk with podcaster/writer Chirs Mancini who talks about his new graphic novel Long Ago and Far Away, his current podcast What're You Watching?, the old school art of video rentals, his favorite films from the last year, and Eats the World with some Trader Joe's mini ice cream cones! Chris Mancini is a writer, comedian, filmmaker, podcaster and parent. He has written on everything from soap operas to parenting books to comics to horror films, which are all more closely related than you think. He has screened and spoken at various prestigious festivals and conventions including Slamdance and Comic-Con in San Diego. Chris made his first stop motion film at age 12 and has been trying to have someone greenlight a sequel ever since. He has written and directed award-winning short films, a horror/comedy feature film (Asylum) for Lionsgate, and was a writer and producer on Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary for Comedy Dynamics.  Get your Friendship Onion merchandise at https://www.thefriendshiponionpodcast.com! Tune in every Tuesday for new episodes and please be sure to rate, subscribe, and leave a comment/review! And be sure to follow and add your favorite funky jams to our Spotify playlist "The Friendship Onion." Feel free to leave Billy and Dom a message with your comments, questions, or just to say hello at https://www.speakpipe.com/thefriendshiponion or write us an email at thefriendshiponion@kastmedia.com TFO's IG - @thefriendshiponion Billy's IG - @boydbilly Dom's IG - @dom_monaghan_ Chris's Twitter:  @chrisjmancini @whitecatstories White Cat Entertainment Produced by Jon Cvack - IG: @jcvack Go to keeps.com/ONION to receive your first month of treatment for free. Go to publicgoods.com/ONION or use code ONION at checkout to receive $15 off your first order. Go to shopify.com/onion for a FREE fourteen-day trial and get full access to Shopify's entire suite of features. Get your next delicious bowl of guilt-free cereal at MagicSpoon.com/ONION and use the code ONION to save five dollars off. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Bulletproof Screenplay® Podcast
BPS 205: How to Cast, Finance and Package a Film Project with Courtney Lauren Penn

Bulletproof Screenplay® Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 73:10


Courtney Lauren Penn co-founded and runs the multi-faceted production company Renegade Entertainment with her co-founder Thomas Jane. Courtney oversees content: producing film, series and hybrid new media projects alongside Jane. Renegade is a pioneering outfit that has been among the most active production labels since launching in late 2019. The company is active in several verticals – feature films, streaming and TV series, and comic book and graphic novel publishing and production.Since its inception, Renegade has produced a slew of independent feature films, a short form comedy series, a television and streaming 8 episode series for the ABC in Australia and IMDBtv/Amazon alongside AGC Television, is currently in production on a comic book series THE LYCAN for ComiXology Originals at Amazon; 3 features the duo produced releasing in 2022 and in pre-production on several films for 2022.The first film the duo executive produced was the western thriller THE LAST SON, starring Thomas Jane, Sam Worthington, Colson Baker (Machine Gun Kelly) (released December 2021), followed by horror comedy SLAYERS, starring Abigail Breslin, Thomas Jane and Malin Akerman (releasing September 2022). Courtney and Jane further produced DIG starring Emile Hirsche, Thomas Jane and Harlow Jane, bowing in June 2022, as well as MURDER AT YELLOWSTONE CITY, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Gabriel Byrne, Isaiah Mustafa, and Thomas Jane, set to premiere June 24, 2022. The company just wrapped on ONE RANGER for Lionsgate in March 2022.Among the myriad projects currently being developed by Courtney and Jane is the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's FROM A BUICK 8. The duo have a large slate including several best-selling novels they are in development on. Adopting a material-first, platform agnostic philosophy, Courtney embraces the growing disruption in the entertainment ecosystem and together with Jane have built a selective slate of compelling stories and edgy material with global commercial appeal. She takes a transmedia approach to cultivating IP and collaborating with gifted storytellers and partners to build out her company's diverse content slate.Courtney attended the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently studied Filmmaking and Direction at NYU's Tisch School for the Arts. She is a former National Chess Champion, Top 50 Women's Chess Player, Visiting Committee Member of Hematologic Oncology at the Dana Farber Institute, Platinum Member of New York Women in Film & Television, Member of the Producers' Council of the Producers Guild of America, and proud mother to her son. Courtney began her career in sell-side mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring on Wall Street.Renegade participates annually in charitable giving to institutions who directly participate in “research to bedside” care for children with cancer and vulnerable children in high conflict zones. In March 2022, Courtney & Jaime King teamed up and used Instagram to promote the booking of AIRBNB's in conflict zones in the Ukraine as a means of getting funds directly to the people mid-conflict.

Indie Film Hustle® - A Filmmaking Podcast with Alex Ferrari
IFH 588: How I Got My Film Directing Off The Ground with Sean Mullin

Indie Film Hustle® - A Filmmaking Podcast with Alex Ferrari

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 49:51


Sean Mullin is an award-winning filmmaker.  His critically-acclaimed feature film debut as a writer/director — Amira & Sam — won the top prize at numerous festivals and was distributed theatrically by Drafthouse Films. He's the co-writer/co-producer of the film, Semper Fi – alongside Oscar-nominated director Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball) and Oscar-nominated producer David Lancaster (Whiplash).  Lionsgate released the film theatrically in 2019. He's the writer/director of a feature-length documentary – Kings of Beer – about the world's most intense brewmaster competition, which was released theatrically in 2019.  He's the writer/director of It Ain't Over - a feature-length documentary about baseball legend, Yogi Berra – which will be released in 2022.Prior to his filmmaking career, Sean served in the military. He was stationed in Germany as an army officer, but finished his time as a Captain in the New York Army National Guard – where he was a first responder on September 11th, 2001. For several months, he spent his days working as the Officer in Charge of the soldiers stationed at Ground Zero – and his nights performing stand-up comedy.Sean holds an MFA from Columbia University and a B.S. from The United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), as well as the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  Sean is represented by UTA. He resides in Los Angeles, where he runs Five By Eight Productions and is a guest lecturer at USC, AFI and West Point.Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra is one of baseball's greatest. He amassed ten World Series rings, 3 MVP awards and 18 All-Star Game appearances. He caught the only perfect game in World Series history. Yet for many his deserved stature was overshadowed by his simply being himself and being more recognized more for his unique personality, TV commercial appearances and unforgettable “Yogi-isms,” initially head-scratching philosophical nuggets that make a lot more sense the more you think about them. In telling the whole story, It Ain't Over gives Berra his due in following the life of a savvy, commanding, bad-ball hitting catcher with a squat frame but also a D-Day veteran, loving husband and father and, yes, product endorser and originator (mostly) of his own brand of proverbs now ingrained into everyday life.Granddaughter Lindsay Berra tells his story along with his sons, former Yankee teammates, players he managed, writers, broadcasters, and admirers (such as Billy Crystal), plus photos and footage on and off the diamond. Berra famously said,“I'd be pretty dumb if I started being something I'm not,”and It Ain't Over lovingly makes clear he stayed who he was for the benefit of baseball and everyone else.

California Haunts Radio
Author Anna Maria Manalo stops in to talk ghosts and her new Book

California Haunts Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 146:02


Anna Maria Manalo is an author in the genre of fiction and nonfiction supernatural and historical suspense. Her writing is respected for her skilled use of subtext, riveting scenes, and absorbing details.As an amateur travel photographer, she has traveled extensively to more than 27 countries and has compiled accounts of terrifying and uncanny experiences in both her native country of the Philippines and abroad.Manalo starred as "Elisa Simon" in episode two of the pilot, "UFO's Over Earth" while she was a field investigator for MUFON. Her personal experiences with the bizarre has led to a lifetime quest investigating sightings and paranormal events thru eyewitness reports.A screenwriter of science fiction and the supernatural, Manalo has more than 11 screenplays which have placed in prestigious competitions in the United States, pitching screenplays to producers such as Lionsgate, Weinstein and Blumhouse.She has adapted for the screen books by Philip Mantle and Paul Stonehill, who are prominent investigators and authors in the field of UFOlogy.Manalo has been a guest on more than 35 podcasts, including Jim Harold's Darkness Radio, Arcane Radio with Lon Strickler, ParanormalUK Radio with Chris Evers, NightDreams Talk Radio with Gary Anderson, Late Night at the Midlands, a repeat guest with host Paul Bestall of Mysteries and Monsters, Dave Schrader and with host Connie Willis of Coast to Coast AM.“Portal: A Lifetime of Paranormal Experiences” is her first book - a lifetime compilation of eyewitness accounts of paranormal encounters with entities, demonic forces and unclassified UFO phenomena.Her second book “The Way Through The Woods” is a nonfiction novel based on a young girl's escape through the haunted Bavarian forests of Nazi Germany.Her third book, “Haunted Heirlooms: Four Antique Dealers Reveal their Stories” is due for publication this spring by Beyond the Fray Publishers.Manalo is a trained therapist and former school counselor.Follow her on Amazon, Facebook or Instagram for updates.

TLC 4 the Soul
Journey to Lions Gate Pt 2 6/6 Portal

TLC 4 the Soul

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 52:19


Door number 2 is being opened during this 666 portal. Downloads and activations are available for individual soul missions as well as 3d or 5d Power Couple Soul Missions. Much more to share in this show. ❤️❤️❤️

Binge-Watchers Podcast
Summer Slash: Neon Maniacs

Binge-Watchers Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 42:14


Summer Slash: Neon ManiacsGo to DietSmoke.com and use promo code: “BINGEWATCHERS” for 20% off.“Scream Now.Scream Later.Scream Never.It's Time For Summer Slash.In Fact, It's Summer Slash IV.Keep Telling Yourself It's Only A Podcast.”Winnie the Pooh being adapted into a horror movie called Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey. Jodie Foster is the true detective on the case in True Detective Season 4. It's called True Detective: Night Country and it is about two detectives trying to solve why six people vanish from an arctic research station in Alaska. Sounds like The Thing with Jodie Foster.Cube remake: Lionsgate is seeking pitches for a new take on sci-fi thriller — the Cube is another movie we bring up in convo but haven't dedicated an episode too, yet.Tonight's Movie? Neon Maniacs. A group of teenagers in San Francisco discover a nest of homicidal monsters living in a tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, but when they try to tell authorities, no one believes them. Scream Now? Scream Later? Scream Never. We give it a Scream Later after feeling like the ending is abrupt and the third act is unresolved, but we love the teen movie buff, Paula who finds a way to get rid of the mutants.Cursed Staff Picks this week include the horror movie, May and the French slasher movie, Knife+Heart. We also discuss the New Zealand horror flick, Death Warmed Up.Summer Slash IV Official Scream TEE - Horror Movies Lover - T-Shirt | TeePublichttps://bit.ly/SummerSlashTEEListen now at: https://www.bwpodcast.com/recent-episodesSubscribe for new content: https://bit.ly/SUBBWPODHorror movies. Movie News. Movie Stories and More. Adventures in Binge-Watching From the Professional Binge-Watchers on this Late Night Comedy and Movie Podcast Hosted by JOHNNY SPOILER. Joined by his film-making buddies, DANGEROUS DAVE and JORDAN SAVAGE#SUMMERSLASH #HORRORMOVIEFANS #BINGEWATCHERSPODCASTSupport the show

TruVue Podcast
The unbearable weight of massive talent ( Paid in Full )

TruVue Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 52:41


This week the #TruVuePodcast review: The unbearable weight of massive talent. Unfulfilled and facing financial ruin, actor Nick Cage accepts a $1 million offer to attend a wealthy fan's birthday party. Things take a wildly unexpected turn when a CIA operative recruits Cage for an unusual mission. Taking on the role of a lifetime, he soon finds himself channeling his most iconic and beloved characters to save himself and his loved ones.   Subscribe to “TruVue Podcast” wherever you listen to podcasts and follow along on social media. We bring the barbershop to the box office. https://www.truvuepodcast.com Instagram @TruVuePodcast Facebook: @TruVue Podcast              Twitter @TruVue_

Pop Break TV
TV Break: June 2022 - DisneyPlus's Obi-Wan Kenobi & Netflix's Stranger Things 4 Face Off; Star Wars Celebration Delivers; Prime Video's Night Sky Confounds; & HBOMax's Hacks Reigns Supreme

Pop Break TV

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 81:50


Welcome to TV Break, where Pop Break's Podcasts Editor Alex Marcus is joined by editor-in-chief Bill Bodkin, and TV Columnist Josh Sarnecky to talk about the happenings in television. Here's the format of the show: The Best Thing I Saw on TV Last Month – Alex, Bill, and Josh talk about a show/episode/event they liked from the last month including Disney Plus's Obi-Wan Kenobi; Netflix's Stranger Things S4; and HBOMax's Hacks. News Break – Alex, Bill, and Josh discuss all the latest news coming out of Star Wars Celebration last weekend, including trailers for Andor and The Bad Batch S2, Ahsoka cast news, Mando's release date, and new details on Tales of the Jedi & Skeleton Crew. Streaming Wars – Alex, Bill, and Josh pick a streamer they think “won the month” based on new shows airing/upcoming shows announced etc. This month, the Bill & Josh agree that Disney Plus won the month, thanks to all the recent Star Wars news, the record breaking Obi-Wan Kenobi debut, Ms. Marvel & She-Hulk trailers, the surprising success of Chip ‘N Dale Rescue Rangers, and news of an XFL streaming deal. Meanwhile, Alex goes outside of the box by picking The Roku Channel, after its successful launch of the former Quibi original Swimming with Sharks, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story's trailer dropping starring Daniel Radcliffe, and the news they are close to acquiring Starz from Lionsgate. New Series Spotlight – Alex, Bill, and Josh watched Prime Video's new series Night Sky, staring Academy Award Winners Sissy Spacek and JK Simmons as Irene and Franklin York, a couple who, years ago, discovered a chamber buried in their backyard which inexplicably leads to a strange, seemingly deserted planet. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/popbreaktv/message

Resistance Radio
Resistance Radio: Interview of Michael Webber

Resistance Radio

Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2022 56:42


Michael Webber is a motion picture producer/director who spent much of his early career producing scripted, theatrical films released by studios such as 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate. In 2010, Webber departed from the world of fiction films to pursue his passion project, a ground-breaking cine ma-verite  documentary about the underground exotic pet trade in the US titled, The Elephant in the Living Room. The film would go on to win 5 Best Documentary Awards, earning its place among the top-rated films of the year and releasing as the #1 Independent Film in the US.  Webber was awarded the coveted Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States for his contribution to animal welfare in his motion picture work.  He has been featured guest on countless television and radio talk shows, including appearances The Today show, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly New, and Nightline.  His work was also the subject of an ABC 20/20 special. His most recent documentary is a continuation of his investigative work into exotic animal trafficking in the US, but from an angle that nobody saw coming.  Titled, The Conservation Game, Webber's new film blows the lid off America's most beloved television conservationists, exposing their secret connections to the exotic animal trade and their decades long ruse on the American public.  The film started off its world premiere with a bang, winning a Social Justice Award and has movie critics drawing comparisons to Blackfish. According to Variety, the film has recently scored a raft of international film sales and is just now releasing in the US after a limited theatrical run.

TLC 4 the Soul
Week Ahead Reading

TLC 4 the Soul

Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 52:28


It's a time of great gain in many different areas of your life now. This week starts out with a New Moon that delivers the keys and activations you most need now. From all levels of light work the call goes out for you to consciously take on your soul work and fully adopt your mission profile. It's all hands on deck as we are preparing for the 8/8 Lions Gate in this now.

Inside The Crazy Ant Farm
Inside The Crazy Ant Farm Vol 5 Ep 196 - Peter Jason

Inside The Crazy Ant Farm

Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2022 103:46


On this episode we're talking all about Disney and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars" Celebration including all of the TV and film announcements made at the event, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's frustration with J.J. Abrams' lack of progress on projects, Paramount Pictures' record-breaking opening weekend for "Top Gun: Maverick", the casting of Rita Moreno in Universal's upcoming film, "Fast X", Lionsgate's potential sale of Starz, the return of Netflix's "Stranger Things", Apple TV's potential live action "Speed Racer" series, and more!. Plus, our "Top 5 ___________"!. segment; this week it's Childhood Idols, and of course we have our box office results, and the IMDbPro Starmeter toppers!.

Sequel Pitch
Top Gun (1986)

Sequel Pitch

Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 67:59


The meeting of minds is back! This week, special guest Kat Hughes joins the squadron, while the gang review and pitch sequels for the 1986 Action/Romance/Propaganda/Recruitment movie that is, TOP GUN, directed by the late, great Tony Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer, just ahead of Top Gun Maverick! Expect to be stuck in the danger zone, because we're writing cheques our bodies can't cash, and we're Mavericks etc etc, you get the jist Kat Hughes I have been writing about movies for the last eight years, mainly writing for the entertainment website THN. Although happy to cover a range of projects and genres my heart lies with the horror genre, with FrightFest being a highlight of her calendar year. Growing up film was an integral part of my life, and as a child, I watched Labyrinth, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Aliens on repeat. This passion for movies led me to study Media Production at The University of Lincoln where I produced several short films on very limited student budgets. My career has seen me transition from Blockbusters and Cineworld, to time working for both Lionsgate and eOne. Having had a child in 2018, I am now committed to focusing on writing full-time. https://twitter.com/GizmoShikari (@GizmoShikari on Twitter) If you ever have any feedback about the show please reach out to us on our social channels: Twitter: https://twitter.com/SequelPitch (@SequelPitch) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sequelpitchpodcast/ (sequelpitchpodcast) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SequelPitch (Sequel Pitch) If you're not already, please consider subscribing on your podcast app of choice so that you get our episodes as soon as they land. Leave us a review if we think we deserve it so that new people can see what others think - the best places for that being https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/sequel-pitch/id1552718674 (Apple Podcasts), https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/sequel-pitch-1595953 (Podchaser), https://open.spotify.com/show/1cGj2HGlJ9q6orFzGNKLlW (Spotify) or in the Goodpods app. We'll be sure to shout you out on the show if you do! Please tell your friends about us if you think they might enjoy the show! We're not in a position to pay to advertise the show right now, so bring people into the fold if you think they'll have some fun!

The TV Dudes Podcast
Diany Rodriguez, "The Valet" - The TV Dudes Interview

The TV Dudes Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 25:24


This week, Les chats with actress Diany Rodriguez. Currently, Diany can be seen starring in Lionsgate and Hulu's multi-cultural comedy film, “The Valet” opposite Eugenio Derbez, Samara Weaving and Max Greenfield. The film is a remake of the 2006 French hit “La Doublure,” and Diany shines as Natalie, the owner of a neighborhood bike store. On the television side, Diany stars on NBC's long-running crime-drama series, “The Blacklist” alongside James Spader, and played ADA Maria Delgado on NBC's “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” Diany can also be seen in Netflix's “Night Teeth,” Warner Bros.' “The Suicide Squad,” CBS' “Bull,” BET's “Bigger,” Showtime's “Ray Donavan” and Universal Pictures' “Pitch Perfect 3.” Diany is based in Atlanta, supports local causes and politics and is a founding member of the social justice organization, Coalition for Racial Equity (CREAT). We discuss all that and more. Check it out!