It’s not merely the silliness that sets Corden apart from other late-night hosts—Jimmy Fallon has plenty of impish energy—but his relatability. Sitting in the studio audience during a taping is less like attending a show than being part of one, with Corden, the son of a Royal Air Force musician father and social-worker mother, slipping in and out of the crowd, dispensing high fives and mingling with his fans. Everything about The Late Late Show is engineered to break down barriers and unite performer and viewer, including the camera cranes that sweep above the studio to capture shots of the audience during the taping, sometimes on the Dance Cam or Kiss Cam (which are upbeat echoes of David Letterman’s once-vanguard Thrill Cam and Monkey Cam). “It feels like he’s doing the show just for you,” notes CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves, “even though it’s going out to millions of people.” … [Read more...] about James Corden Lives In The Moment. Here’s How
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“We know that we’re finding incredibly talented people. But, on top of that, does our 8-week boot camp work? Can you actually go from an idea to a screenplay that is ready to go to market and sell in eight weeks? Yes, we’ve proven that,” Mitchell says. “We hope the app will grow and become a real platform, sort of like a LinkedIn for the global media market, that will be able to create those connections between people and hopefully lead to quicker outcomes of projects being actualized.” … [Read more...] about This Y Combinator for Hollywood wants to discover the next Lena Waithe
While Horrocks and I would love to see American Girl return to its roots, it is also true that the brand faces stark challenges in a toy market that’s increasingly driven by electronic toys and characters from movie franchises. Some of the top toys this Christmas include a Playmobil palace featuring Frozen 2 characters and a Monopoly set that allows kids to use voice commands to play. But some parents are pushing back against these high-tech toys in favor of old-school ones that encourage different kinds of learning. Melissa & Doug, which makes wooden toys for young children, has been thriving; a new company called Lovevery has received funding from top Silicon Valley investors to create analog toys for kids from the time they are born. When these children enter elementary school, their parents will be looking for developmentally appropriate and educational toys for them. If American Girl continues to invest in its historical storytelling, it could very well be what … [Read more...] about American Girl sales are plummeting. Can the iconic ’90s brand be saved?
The idea of placing bunks in the basement was that of Chris Elsey, lead developer on the project—who tells us he designs, builds, manages, and finances all of his projects. What inspired him? “In a word, affordability,” says Elsey, who speaks in a firm Kansas drawl. “I mean, that’s the big problem. San Francisco, you know, kind of prides itself as being this inclusive, diverse place, yet, if you look at housing stock, there’s no diversity in the housing stock. You have to be a very wealthy person to live in the city of San Francisco.” … [Read more...] about Housing in SF is so bleak, this developer wants to build underground ‘sleeping pods’
What ends up happening, however, is they might call in a “tech expert” when looking at tech deals, or a “science expert” when looking at healthcare and biotech companies, and end up reaching consensus conclusions. The VC firms will share supervision duties and board positions in order to save time and resources. Their primary goal is to deploy the large sums they have raised into as many “viable opportunities” as possible to ensure they don’t miss “the winner.” This strategy is especially popular in drug development and biotech where investors are never quite sure which company is going to be the one to cure the disease, so they invest in ten of them and hope one or two become successful. … [Read more...] about Entrepreneurs need to be aware of these three pitfalls