Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Worth a Look

Here are a few posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time:

Golden Ears

Sound & Communications:John Mayberry introduced us to "Silver Ears" in our October Isseu ("Integrator's POV," page 34).  At that time, he mentioned that "there appears to be roughly one true Golden Ear out of a hundred pretenders."  Here, he speaks with one of the real ones.

SAG-AFTRA: 3 Big Challenges for the Merged Union The new mega-union is going to be tested in battle—and sooner than most people realize. In an instant last Friday, SAG’s James Cagney Boardroom exploded with applause, joy, gratitude and relief – and became SAG-AFTRA’s James Cagney Boardroom. The vote was resounding: AFTRA members voted 86 percent Yes and SAG members – who had voted down merger twice in the last 13 years – gave a stunning 82 percent thumbs up. The turnout was high as well (52 percent and 53 percent, respectively). Monday morning brought the reality that even harder work lay ahead. Integrating a 600-person staff is tough. But leave aside cardkeys and org charts. The new union is going to be tested in battle – and sooner than most people realize.

Everything You Need To Know About Innovation You Learned In Grade School

Fast Company: “I wish someone had told me how important my sixth-grade science class was going to be in leadership," says Scott Roen, VP of Digital Marketing and Innovation at American Express. Sixth grade was when he learned about the scientific method and how to develop and test a hypothesis. Roen believes hypothesis testing is critical to innovation because, “by definition, innovation is new, it hasn’t been done before, and the outcomes are unknown. The key is to test your hypothesis and get your learning as quickly and efficiently as possible.

More legal action for 'Spidey'

Variety: Looks like litigation is the most tenacious baddie battling Spider-Man these days: An actor and stunt performer who appeared in "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has begun proceedings for legal action against the producers of the Broadway musical. In a series of filings with the New York State Supreme Court, Richard Kobak, who performs under the name Joshua Kobak, alleges he was injured while performing in the show, and has petitioned "Spider-Man" producer 8 Legged Prods. to produce documents and other information relating to the injuries and to the computer program and apparatuses that control the show's aerial stunts.

Moving Orchestras Out of Sight, Maybe Even Out of the Theater The latest experiment in New York theater is taking place in a tiny, L-shaped third-floor room with water-stained ceilings and dirty gray carpeting that served for decades as a dumping ground for old props. At 8:05 p.m. on a recent Saturday, seven musicians, squeezed nearly knee to knee there in the Lucille Lortel Theater, struck the opening chords to the musical “Carrie,” as the actors stepped onstage two floors below.

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