NYF TV & Film Spotlight on: DT Slouffman

New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Grand Jury Spotlight Interview profiles prominent award-winning Broadcast executives from around the globe. As industry leaders, they understand the elements that go into creating compelling award-winning nonfiction content.

DT Slouffman

2019 Grand Jury member, DT Slouffman is producer/director for 21 Productions is a broadcast media veteran whose career began at the ABC television network with roles on many top productions such as Wide World of Sports, Monday Night Football, and the Bowl Championship Series.

He created 21 Productions in 2001 to relaunch his career as a contract producer, writer and director for the likes of TLC, TNT, TBS, NBC/Universal and CBS among other networks and production companies.

DT’s hard work is manifest in projects like the documentary Scandal on Thin Ice for Lifetime Television, a series of features for Champ Car Productions focusing on actor Paul Newman’s second career as an IndyCar owner, the Discovery Channel’s Rebuilt: The Human Body Shop and the reality game show Dream Job for ESPN Original Entertainment.

DT Slouffman

Most recently, D.T. produced episodes of the reality series I Found the Gown for TLC, created forty consecutive days worth of reports & features for TNT’s Inside the NBA and NBA.com and worked on Coca-Cola’s Open For Summer image campaign with New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie, celebrity Chef G. Garvin and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan.

NYF: What are the new creative opportunities available for production and what are you excited about?

DT Slouffman: Isn’t the media business exciting? The continual evolution of the production landscape is a blessing and curse of our industry. Documentaries have found a large audience outside of movie theaters thanks to streaming and OTT distribution platforms. Wireless cellular networks have empowered new means of video acquisition, giving journalists the opportunity to be seen and heard remotely without the presence and expense of satellite trucks. Even more exciting is the thrust within many colleges and universities over the last five years to focus on storytelling in their media arts, journalism, and mass communication curriculums.

NYF: How will storytelling continue to evolve to keep pace with today’s audiences viewing habits?

DT Slouffman: Storytelling is at the heart of all great communication models. Recently, while preparing to shop some pitches and treatments, I reviewed some metrics focusing on the viewing habits of millennials. It was interesting to find that that demographic widely consumes documentaries through social media and streaming platforms. The key to catching them was the ability to teach them something. That possibility — to learn something new — attracts and keeps us as viewers. As long as content creators, journalists, and visual storytellers use stories to engage and teach, our work will transcend the mode of distribution.

NYF: Who has influenced your career either as a mentor or as an inspiration?

DT Slouffman: I actually keep a running list of influential works. It covers all conceivable story models. Books, musical albums, long-form journalism, essayists, graphic novels; it touches all media. I think it’s important to keep a list like that because our work is hard, and you never know when you will need to seek inspiration from trust wells that never run dry. As to mentors, I’ve had a few. I am still in regular communication with my collegiate journalism and media ethics professors, Dr. Michael Longinow and Dr. Doug Walker. Almost three decades after taking classes from them, these masters of their respective subjects have continued to be available to me, and I am grateful. In fact, they were invaluable resources as I created a graduate-level media literacy course that focuses on the legitimate fake news problem (mainly in social media) and truth-telling.

Doug Wilson, one of the original directors at ABC Sports, was my first real mentor in the business. I learned so much about visual storytelling from him. As storytellers go, he is just amazing and could turn anything he covered into art. Directing skills aside, I could listen to Doug tell stories for hours. Rob Dustin, a media executive based in Nashville has been a friend and mentor for years, too. He is really one of the pioneers in streaming sports coverage. He figured out how to harness digital distribution with figure skating events long before the major sports leagues had any inkling of using live streaming as a business model. I have learned a ton from Rob.

NYF: What goes into your creative process and how do you strive for greatness?

DT Slouffman: I just want to tell stories. When I find one I like, I hope it’s something that can resonate with others. First, I try to boil down every story I tell into a thesis statement. Then, my creative journey begins in earnest as I try to compile and assemble the visual evidence that will prove or disprove this statement. I am always looking for images interviews and support that original statement about the story. If the support material isn’t there, I pivot and explore that. This methodology keeps me on my toes.

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NYF TV & Film Awards Spotlight on Germán Sela Orbe

New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Grand Jury Spotlight Interview profiles prominent  award-winning Broadcast executives  from around the globe. As industry leaders, they understand the elements that go into creating compelling award-winning nonfiction content.

Germán Sela Orbe, Head of Brand, Moviestar+

Grand Jury member, Germán Sela Orbe is Head of Brand for Moviestar+ Spain. Germán brings over 30 years of branding and promo experience to the 2019 jury panel. Since 2015 he’s been running and developing Movistar+, the new brand that resulted from the merge of CANAL+ Spain and Movistar (Telefonica Group).

During his early days  in the cinema business as Head of Marketing, Germán was  involved in the production, marketing and distribution strategy of more than 50 feature films. He also served as Music Supervisor for several of the films.

In 2004 Germán moved to pay TV at CANAL+ Spain where he served as Creative Services Director  and then was promoted to Brand Director in 2011 where ran DTH and OTT platforms and a portfolio of more than 20 channels.

Germán’s promos and branding works have received numerous distinctions and awards at some of the world’s most prominent competitions including New York Festivals, PROMAX, D&AD, ADCE Awards, LAUS and  many more.

His team earned the 2018 Program Promotion Team of the Year honors at the annual New York Festivals TV & Film Awards ceremony at NAB.

Raúl Regueiro accepting the 2018 Program Promotion Team of the Year for Moviestar+ Spain

NYF: What are the new creative opportunities available for production and what are you excited about?

Germán Sela Orbe: I believe there is a new creative democracy because technical advances are more available and cheaper than ever, so any idea can be produced at a reasonable price. We are excited about getting brands closer to the user on a daily basis and making them feel part of the brand and to build it together.

NYF: How will storytelling continue to evolve to keep pace with today’s audiences viewing habits?

Germán Sela Orbe: There are new and very specific rules because in the digital world we need big impacts to capture audience attention in the very first seconds. We also need new touch points because the traditional on air promo makes no sense in an on-demand world.

NYF: Who has influenced your career either as a mentor or as an inspiration?

Germán Sela Orbe: I developed part of my career in the Spanish division of CANAL+.

Étienne Robial

Etienne Robial was the Creative Director at the foundation of CANAL+ in 1984 and his ideas were revolutionary.

NYF: What goes into your creative process and how do you strive for greatness?  

Germán Sela Orbe: It’s always team work and understanding user needs, it’s the only way to achieve your goals.

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NYF’s TV & Film Awards Spotlight on Kyle Murdoch

New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Grand Jury Spotlight Interview profiles prominent award-winning Broadcast executives from around the globe. As industry leaders, they understand the elements that go into creating compelling award-winning nonfiction content.

Kyle Murdoch, Managing Director, NHNZ

This week’s Spotlight Interview features 2019 Grand Jury member, Kyle Murdoch, Managing Director for NHNZ. Kyle brings 15 years of experience working around the globe in factual television as a producer, director and writer to the jury panel.

In 2007, he was NHNZ’s Director of Business development for China, Asia and the Middle East, responsible for NHNZ’s significant China production presence. Kyle took over the Managing Director role in 2013, and since then has built on NHNZ’s production slate and diversified the company’s role as a content provider, working across apps, building Channels and stepping into the gaming industry.

This year NHNZ earned the NYF Gold World Medal for their Documentary “Big Pacific” (Nature & Wildlife). Big Pacific was created to showcase the Pacific Ocean to a vast, international audience. Over four episodes, the series moves throughout the ocean to present a broad range of locations, species, natural phenomena and behaviors.

New York Festivals: What are the new creative opportunities available for production and what are you excited about?

Kyle Murdoch: With more platforms commissioning and acquiring a wider range of factual stories, I’m excited about the growing opportunities to tell really big ambitious stories that can reach international audiences in various ways.

New York Festivals: How will storytelling continue to evolve to keep pace with today’s audiences viewing habits?

Kyle Murdoch: Today’s viewers are sharing news, links and clips of their favourite stories online, so producers need to make sure our stories are accessible in many different forms. Ultimately however good quality storytelling will always rise to the top, there will never be any substitute for this, but making these stories accessible will help access a bigger and wider audience.

New York Festivals: Who has influenced your career either as a mentor or as an inspiration?

Kyle Murdoch: I grew up in the UK watching David Attenborough and David Bellamy, the way they both got up close and had such an intimate personal relationship with the natural world, profoundly affected my curiosity and passion for the amazing world around us.

New York Festivals: What goes into your creative process and how do you strive for greatness?

Kyle Murdoch: I try and surround myself with a team of incredibly talented creatives from different backgrounds and different experiences, the ideas and concepts they can produce together is unique and very distinctive, I try hard to not keep producing the same homogeneous style of stories, keeping our creative fresh and new is important.

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NYF’s TV & Film Awards Spotlight on Jessica Soho

New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Grand Jury Spotlight Interview profiles prominent  award-winning Broadcast executives  from around the globe. As industry leaders, they understand the elements that go into creating compelling award-winning nonfiction content.

Jessica Soho at NYF’s TV & Film Awards Ceremony

This week’s NYF’s TV & Film Awards Spotlight Interview features NYF 2019 Grand Jury member Jessica Soho. Jessica anchors GMA News TV’s flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho (SONA). She also hosts the top-rating GMA-7 magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and is the chief correspondent/host of the investigative news magazine program Brigada, aired on GMA News TV.

In April 2018, Jessica earned the bronze medal in the Best News Anchor category at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards ceremony at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas. Soho was the first and only Filipino broadcast journalist to date, who made it to the list.

New York Festivals: What are the new creative opportunities available for production and what are you excited about?
Jessica Soho: I am excited about new apps and tools that content producers can use for better storytelling. But as a journalist/host/producer, I still believe that content will always be king! So I am constantly looking for more stories to tell and share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Festivals: How will storytelling continue to evolve to keep pace with today’s audiences viewing habits?
Jessica Soho: I think the basic or fundamental values of storytelling will remain the same. A good story is a good story.

But I agree that storytellers should also evolve or adapt to our new demographics- the millennial audience.

The programs that I host continue to target and study them.

As to viewers’ habits – away from TV towards digital, we are always mindful of this.

Which is why we don’t only produce content for TV but for our digital platforms, as well

New York Festivals: Who has influenced your career either as a mentor or as an inspiration?
Jessica Soho: The “pioneers” of our newsroom were my mentors.  I was also inspired by one of my journalism professors to pursue a career in television.

New York Festivals: What goes into your creative process and how do you strive for greatness?
Jessica Soho: I am always working; always “into it” that I don’t really have the luxury of planning my life or career.

I take one day at a time, as it comes.

In everything that I do, I give my best or more.

One doesn’t really set out into the world saying I want to be great. You just work hard. Everything else is gravy, as they say.

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NYF TV & Film Awards Spotlight on Sammy Choi

New York Festivals Television & Film Awards Advisory Board provides the competition with the perspectives of prominent broadcasters from around the globe. As award-winning industry leaders, they understand the elements that go into creating compelling award-winning nonfiction content.

Sammy Choi, Executive Producer, Choi Boy Productions

This week’s NYF’s TV & Film Awards Spotlight Interview features NYF Advisory Board member,Sammy Choi, Executive Producer for Choi Boy Productions.

Choi brings decades of sports and entertainment production expertise to the Advisory Board, starting his career in entertainment by being featured on the jumbo-tron at Madison Square Garden during a NY Rangers game. A curious Choi randomly went up to a camera director after that fan shot and was able to secure an interview with a top Garden executive. From that chance encounter, he went on to become the Game Director for the NY Rangers overseeing all the arena entertainment. Notably, he produced Wayne Gretzky’s last game and retirement ceremony.

In 2000, Sammy became the NHL Director of Events and Entertainment and produced all their events including: NHL All-Star Game, Stanley Cup Finals, NHL Entry Draft, and NHL International Games. Later in 2005, Sammy transitioned over to the NFL into the role of Executive Producer and Director of NFL Events. For over a decade, he produced the entertainment and pageantry at all NFL events including the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL International Series, NFL Draft, and NFL Kickoff. In his most recent role at Vevo as the Senior Director of Music and Talent, he was responsible for booking and producing original content with some of the biggest musical artist in the world including: The Weeknd, SZA, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Luke Bryan, Depeche Mode, Khalid, Def Leppard, French Montana, Halsey, Little Big Town, and DJ Khaled.

New York Festivals: In today’s fragmented media environment, what forms of content resonate most across platforms?

Sammy Choi: I believe in today’s fragmented media environment, you can no longer just think about your content living on just traditional forms like television and live events.  Content that can be re-cut or repurposed on several platforms gives your audience the ability to consume it on their schedule. Video on demand is the key for getting the most eyeballs and going viral!

New York Festivals: How important is storytelling?

Sammy Choi: Whether it’s a long form feature or social media post, storytelling is still the reason the audiences want to consume your content. I believe there is no timeframe for telling a story and sometimes a simple IG story or Snapchat post can say as much as a traditional video spot or vignette. A good story still fascinates and engages us!

New York Festivals: Emerging trends you are excited about?

Sammy Choi: I love how technology can turn anyone with a creative mind into a storyteller. Great original content used to be reserved for high-end networks with fancy cameras and edit suites handcuffing those with no budgets. Now anyone with a vision, digital camera, laptop, or even just their smart phone can make beautiful content and post it for the world to see.

New York Festivals: Can you talk about creative leadership?

Sammy Choi: Having produced traditional television and events for several sports teams, leagues, and musical acts for two decades, there are so many more new opportunities than when I started my career. But no matter what the medium, it all starts with creativity!  I was lucky enough to have great a leader and mentor along the way, Frank Supovitz. He taught me to think big creatively, bring all ideas to the table no matter how crazy they are, and never forget the little details that make a great production. Now I am proud to be passing that creative torch and vision to the next generation of television, live event, and digital producers.

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Grand Jury Spotlight Interview: Krzysztof Biedalak

New York Festivals 2018 TV & Film Awards Grand Jury represents 32 countries on 6 continents. Known for its powerhouse jury comprised of prominent international broadcast and film industry executives, NYF’s jurors are award-winners themselves and are passionate about excellence and innovation. Their reputation in diverse areas across all platforms provide each entry with the utmost of attention and make them qualified to select the World’s Best TV & Films.

NYF’s Grand Jury Perspective offers an intimate glimpse into the thought process and creative insights of the award-winning industry superstars who serve on the TV & Film Awards Grand Jury.

Grand Jury member, Krzysztof Biedalak, together with Piotr Wozniak, founded SuperMemo World in 1991. He served from 1991 to 1997 as SuperMemo World’s Vice President and Managing Director; responsible for finances and international marketing, courseware design, licensing, and … receiving heads of state. Since January 1998, Krzystof’s been at the helm as CEO and member of SuperMemo World’s Supervisory Board responsible for strategy and Financial Director at Vulcan Media, an associated PWN company. Supermemo World earned the 2016 TV & Film Awards Gold World Medal for”Olive Green,”  the first ever full feature interactive movie available online designed to teach English, combined with computer games.

Left to Right, SuperMemo Olive Green Executive Producer, Alicja Jankowiak with SuperMemo CEO,Krzysztof Biedalak accepting the Gold World Medal at NYF's TV & Film Awards Gala NAB 2016

New York Festivals: What are some of the tools you use to keep your audience?

Krzysztof Biedalak: Story, interaction and functionality. Since what we do at SuperMemo has always been e-learning, functionality is at the core of our products. We provide services and apps that let people learn effectively. Using a tool that allows you to reach your learning goals is motivating in itself. But it’s not very entertaining. We would all rather watch a good movie or read an interesting book than sweat over memorizing another 100 words in Chinese. That is why we have long strived at SuperMemo to introduce elements of story into our products and make them a part of the learning process. That’s how Olive Green was created, an action feature film with a script designed along the requirements of a course of English. On top of that we use interactions, like dexterity games, puzzles or decision points that challenge the user with alternative action threads. These helps keep viewers even more focused, entertain and help to achieve educational goals.

New York Festivals: What projects are on the horizon for you?

Krzysztof Biedalak: In terms of content I would love to continue the series started by Olive Green, which won the world gold medal at NYF TV & Film Awards in 2016. Right now, the Spanish sequel is most advanced but actual sequence may depend on business interest of investors that we are trying to attract. The new film would naturally come along with new ideas in interactivity. In terms of technology, I’m planning the use more and more artificial intelligence, including speech recognition and synthesis, natural language processing combined with access to translators and Internet databases. This shall ultimately lead to intelligent speech interface and conversational modules in our products for learning. Which means that our users will be able to easily find out knowledge and learn by conversing with our apps rather than by performing sequences of clicks, searches and edits before they actually start learning.

New York Festivals: Talk about how story structure has changed with the spread of mobile?

Krzysztof Biedalak: In case of Olive Green, the story is not that much influenced by the platforms, which we serve universally of course, as by the educational requirements imposed on it as part of the combined film-course product. I don’t know of any other feature film based on a script created with a grid of vocabulary, grammar and communication requirements, imposed on it from the first to the last scene. To satisfy these requirements seamlessly in an exciting action story was definitely one of the major challenges of this project. I hope this case is inspirational in how a purely entertaining story may become the core part of an otherwise utility product.

New York Festivals: How will storytelling continue to evolve to keep pace with the omni-platform environment?

Krzysztof Biedalak: Going omni-platform is inevitable. On one hand it’s just a technical diversification which does not necessarily impose content or storytelling innovation. On the other, the whole spectrum of new possibilities appears primarily related to interaction and feedback from the consumer. I believe we are only entering an interesting period when these new ideas will be tested against the natural inertia of well-established standards.

To view the 2018 NYF TV & Film Awards Finalists, please visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/main.php?p=2,38

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Grand Jury Spotlight Interview: Paul Cartlich

New York Festivals 2018 TV & Film Awards Grand Jury represents 32 countries on 6 continents. Known for its powerhouse jury comprised of prominent international broadcast and film industry executives, NYF’s jurors are award-winners themselves and are passionate about excellence and innovation. Their reputation in diverse areas across all platforms provide each entry with the utmost of attention and make them qualified to select the World’s Best TV & Films.

NYF’s Grand Jury Perspective offers an intimate glimpse into the thought process and creative insights of the award-winning industry superstars who serve on the TV & Film Awards Grand Jury.

This week’s interview shines the spotlight on Paul Cartlich, Senior Creative Editor for Giaronomo Productions. Paul is an international award-winning Trailer Editor and Producer. Having carved a name for himself at one of London’s top agencies – Empire Design. Paul transferred in 2012 to their New York office to head up the editing team, creating high profile television campaigns for shows such as The Walking Dead (Comic-Con trailers seasons 1,5 and 6) Breaking Bad, Mad Men and theatrical trailers including Filth, Louder Than Bombs and the critically acclaimed Rust and Bone.

The recipient of several major industry awards including a Key Art Award (The Counselor) and a Golden Trailer Award (Frost-Nixon), Paul is proud to continue his work as a compelling visual storyteller recognized as a leading light in his field.

New York Festivals: Talk about what qualities makes great content?

Paul Cartlich: I work in a visual medium, so starting with something that’s beautifully shot is always a key component in helping to create great content. Also, a narrative arc that leads the audience down a certain road and then has an unexpected and yet plausible twist is also a great way to create content that stays with people and gets them talking.

The visually stunning Blade Runner 2049 is a an example of both. Roger Deakins’ gorgeous cinematography combined with Denis Villeneuve’s beautiful direction and Hampton Fancher’s writing, made that film almost perfect.

New York Festivals: If you could select any iconic creative to collaborate with on a project who would it be and why?

Paul Cartlich: It’s hard to choose. I have a long list of people who I would love to collaborate with. I’ve been lucky enough to work on films by directors such as Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg, but Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze would be phenomenal to work with as they create these slightly off center worlds that constantly surprise and fascinate us. Being part of that creative experience would be an incredible and no doubt, inspiring experience.

New York Festivals: What projects are on the horizon for you?

Paul Cartlich: Due to confidentiality and NDAs I have to sign to protect the secrecy of the work I do, I’m not allowed to talk about current projects. However, I have just finished working on Blade Runner 2049 and The Post and have some exciting projects coming up.

New York Festivals: How will storytelling continue to evolve to keep pace with the omni-platform environment?

Paul Cartlich: Great narrative stands the test of time and technology evolution as well as trends for content choices. But since the advent and advance of social media, a growing challenge is the pressure to create a compelling narrative arc in an ever decreasing time slot. Years ago 15 seconds was considered a short spot. These days 5 seconds can be the standard for a particular platform so you have to hit strong from the off.

The medal round is underway, to view the 2018 World’s Best TV & Films Finalists, please visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/main.php?p=2,38

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Grand Jury Spotlight: Elaine M. Brown

New York Festivals 2018 Television & Film Awards Grand Jury represents 32 countries on 6 continents. Known for its powerhouse jury comprised of prominent international broadcast and film industry executives, NYF’s jurors are award-winners themselves and are passionate about excellence and innovation. Their reputation in diverse areas across all platforms provide each entry with the utmost of attention and make them qualified to select the World’s Best TV & Films.

NYF’s Grand Jury Perspective offers an intimate glimpse into the thought process and creative insights of the award-winning industry superstars who serve on the TV & Film Awards Grand Jury.

 

Grand Jury member, Elaine M. Brown is a Daytime Emmy Award winning writer who has won multiple NY Festivals, Promax, CTAM Mark, and other industry awards. As HBO Creative Services VP, Elaine launched digital platforms targeting specific demographics and the in-house Special Markets agency, responsible for a variety of branded entertainment and affiliate marketing projects, including HBO Latino. Also a Creative Director at Showtime, Elaine is the author of two novels and a best-selling non-fiction book on leadership, published by Random House. She is currently Content Strategist and Producer for New World Image Group, a brand creative production company based in Atlanta.

New York Festivals: Talk about what qualities makes great content?

Elaine M. Brown: A great story or message that connects with audience is the basis for great content. A story with words and/or images that inspire engagement, action, connection, and delivers results is the homerun.

New York Festivals: What was your mantra for career success? Was your path to success linear or a winding road…how so?

Elaine M. Brown: My mantra for career success was to keep growing, keep learning, keep observing, keep experiencing, and keep taking risks. I had an HR person once tell me that my resume was pretty ‘clean’. I asked her what she meant by that and she said because one skill was built upon another in the same industry. So, I guess my path has been pretty linear and I continue to keep it moving.

New York Festivals: Share your thoughts on freedom of the press?

Elaine M. Brown: I believe in Freedom of the press as long as everyone gets the facts straight and it’s not fake news.

New York Festivals: How important is building a social experience around a program?

Elaine M. Brown: Building a social experience around a program can be powerful, impactful and life-altering for an audience, production and all involved. Take the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why focusing on teenage suicide or the HBO series Big Little Lies shining a light on domestic violence. Social experience builds audience and engagement and gets people involved, talking, sharing, and taking action in their own lives. When this happens, content extends beyond entertainment and into a place of social responsibility and awareness. On the other hand, reality competition shows like The Voice and Dancing with the Stars provide opportunity for the audience to be a part of the show’s and contestants success, take ownership in the outcome and how the story plays out. That drives ratings, loyalty and is very exciting.

New York Festivals: If you could select any iconic creative to collaborate with on a project who would it be and why?

Elaine M. Brown: If I could select any iconic creative to collaborate with on a project it would be a coin toss between Shonda Rhimes and Ava Duvernay. Shonda because of her brilliant writing, great characters, stories and ability to break down barriers, providing opportunity for diverse talent in Hollywood that led to her claiming ownership of a block of outstanding programming on network TV led by Scandal. As for Ava Duvernay I’d love to collaborate on a project because of her skill as a brilliant director and passion to hire diverse teams of women to shine on productions. I’m also most impressed by her ability to transform and reinvent herself from publicist to award-winning, critically acclaimed and most sought-after director. Queen Sugar is one of the best dramas on TV. Both women amaze me. And I’d love to work with either one or both in any capacity.

Shodra Rhimes

New York Festivals: What projects are on the horizon for you?

Elaine M. Brown: What’s next on the horizon for me is creating content and integrated marketing for vertical businesses to drive ad sales and results; plus, getting more involved with the film/TV production industry in Atlanta.

For more information on New York Festivals Television & Film Awards, please visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/ and for information on entering this year’s competition please visit: https://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/main.php?p=2,3,10 or https://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/main.php?p=5,1

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards will soon announce the 2018 Finalists, stay tuned to find out who’s moving on to the medal round.

 

 

 

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Grand Jury Spotlight: Melanie Haft

New York Festivals 2018 Television & Film Awards Grand Jury represents 32 countries on 6 continents. Known for its powerhouse jury comprised of prominent international broadcast and film industry executives, NYF’s jurors are award-winners themselves and are passionate about excellence and innovation. Their reputation in diverse areas across all platforms provide each entry with the utmost of attention and make them qualified to select the World’s Best TV & Films.

NYF’s Grand Jury Perspective offers an intimate glimpse into the thought process and creative insights of the award-winning industry superstars who serve on the TV & Film Awards Grand Jury.

Melanie Haft, Managing Director and Production Manager, Nautilusfilm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, New York Festivals TV & Film Grand Jury Perspective shares the industry observations of Grand Jury member, Melanie Haft, Managing Director and Production Manager for Nautilusfilm GmbH Germany. Melanie studied Media and Communications in Augsburg. She joined Nautilusfilm as assistant producer in 2001 and has been Head of production since 2004.  She has an impressive filmography of 21 films including: WILD SLOVAKIA (BR, ARTE 2014), GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINs (NDR, ARTE, NAT GEO 2014), MAGICAL MOORS (THEATRICAL RELEASE, BR 2015), CHIEMSEE, A SEA IN BAVARIA (BR, WDR, ARTE 2015), CHILDREN OF THE SUN – WILD BEES (BR, WDR, ARTE 2016) and FJORDS OF NORWAY (NDR, ARTE, NAT GEO 2017).

Chiemsee-A Sea in Barvaria

Chiemsee-A Sea in Barvaria earned 2 Gold World Medals and 1 Silver in 2017. The film showcases the Chiemsee or Bavarian Sea, one of the largest freshwater lakes in southern Germany. Nestled against a backdrop of the Alps, its clear waters are fed by glacial streams. It is one of the region’s jewels in the crown and attracts vast numbers of both human visitors and wildlife.

In the interview below, Melanie shares her insights on creating great content, career success, projects on the horizon and much more.

New York Festivals: Talk about what qualities makes great content?

Melanie Haft: Great content comes from authentic stories, aesthetical pictures and if it is emotionally captivating you will have a “winner” film.

New York Festivals: What was your mantra for career success? Was your path to success linear or a winding road…how so?

Melanie Haft: Never stop believing in your dreams, work hard, be real. Our path was not linear, but we kept going, working on our films the way we thought was best and we had other people believing in us and supporting us – so it is always also about a little bit of luck.

New York Festivals: What are some of the tools you use to keep your audience?

Melanie Haft: We share our knowledge on nature and wildlife with our audiences and it always happens to amaze the people. We share pictures on social media and we show clips that didn´t make it into our films. So, people get an idea of what it was like to produce a wildlife film over the period of 2-3 years.

Magical Moors

New York Festivals: Share your thoughts on freedom of the press?

Melanie Haft: Honestly, I think the press is not as free as it should be. One big problem is the lack of time for most journalists…they copy the content of press releases and real research is a luxury most cannot afford anymore – in this fast-moving world it is crucial to be the first to release a story…. even if you did not have the time to validate it.

 

New York Festivals: How important is building a social experience around a program?

Melanie Haft: I think it is very important to do so – it helps a program to approach audiences upfront and to keep them close.

New York Festivals: What projects are on the horizon for you?

Melanie Haft: Further wildlife films for German cinemas, International TV and some wildlife shorts.

New York Festivals: How has video streaming changed your creative approach?

Melanie Haft: Not really.

New York Festivals: Talk about how story structure has changed with the spread of mobile?

Melanie Haft: We are now also able to tell short stories and work on clips, this was not part of our work 10 years ago.

New York Festivals: How will storytelling continue to evolve to keep pace with the omni-platform environment?

Melanie Haft: I think that as always, we will have a greater diversity of film genres but stories that worked great on one platform will always work – maybe the structure of the film will be different, but the essence of the story will still be the same.

For more information on New York Festivals TV & Film Awards, please visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/

 

 

 

 

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Grand Jury Spotlight: Claudia Ernst

New York Festivals 2018 TV & Film Awards Grand Jury represents 32 countries on 6 continents. Known for its powerhouse jury comprised of prominent international broadcast and film industry executives, NYF’s jurors are award-winners themselves and are passionate about excellence and innovation. Their reputation in diverse areas across all platforms provide each entry with the utmost of attention and make them qualified to select the World’s Best TV & Films.

Claudia Ernst

NYF’s Grand Jury Perspective offers an intimate glimpse into the thought process and creative insights of the award-winning industry superstars who serve on the TV & Film Awards Grand Jury.

This week, New York Festivals TV & Film Grand Jury Perspective shares the industry observations of Grand Jury member, Claudia Ernst. Claudia brings 16 years’ experience  working in both nonfiction and natural history to the jury panel. Currently she is serving as working assistant for CEO Joern Roever of Naturfilm/Doclights for the ARD primetime wildlife slot “Erlebnis Erde” and NDR’s “Expeditionen ins Tierreich” as well as for international co-productions for National Geographic Wild, ORF, Terra Mater, ARTE.

In the interview below, Claudia shares her thoughts on what makes great content, her mantra for career success, what projects are on the horizon and more.

New York Festivals: Talk about what qualities makes great content?

Claudia Ernst: For me it makes the authenticity and honest investigation of the pictures.

New York Festivals: What was your mantra for career success? Was your path to success linear or a winding road…how so?

Claudia Ernst: I define it as a feeling of wellbeing – that you can call my mantra… I certainly reached the place where I belong and feel extraordinary good at Naturfilm – I came over learning a solid craft, some modelling, travelling to start working in a documentary department – and then eventually here I am now – must be doing something right – working here now for over 16 years and proud of it.

New York Festivals: What are some of the tools you use to keep your audience?

Claudia Ernst: The wildlife, the nature, the animals, the brilliant filmmakers, the whole crew which all together create this “product” what keeps our audience glued to the TV-screen, mobiles – whatever. 

New York Festivals: Share your thoughts on freedom of the press?

Claudia Ernst: Press is free, should stay free – when honest.

New York Festivals: What projects are on the horizon for you?

Claudia Ernst: A lot of nature and wildlife is coming ahead!

New York Festivals: If you could select any iconic creative to collaborate with on a project who would it be and why?

Sir Richard Attenborough

Claudia Ernst: Definitely Richard Attenborough – he was around for so long, so experienced and kept his vivid interest in things – always ready to discover more. We already worked with him – and it was just as expected – fantastic!

For more information on New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards please visit: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/tvfilm/

 

 

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