EP. 22 – Brian Koppelman, Host of The Moment Podcast, Co-Writer Rounders & Ocean’s Thirteen

Brian Koppelman joins The Influencer Economy as this week’s guest.  Brian is the co-writer of films such as Rounders and Ocean’s Thirteen, as well as the co-director of the Emmy Award winning “30 for 30,” film on Jimmy Connors This is What They Want.

He’s also a prolific podcast host and hosts a show called The Moment, a weekly podcast that is part of the Grantland network.  Brian is interested in the way people accomplish remarkable things and how they process the big moments in their lives. That is the thesis of the show.

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He was invited on the show to talk about his creative process around filmmaking, and his embracing of social media in the digital age.  As a creator, he has launched many big ideas online, and is a defining member of The Influencer Economy.

Brian also created the extremely popular “Six Second Screenwriting Tips” on Vine.  The Vine series came out of questions received from Twitter.  He created one Vine every day (for 300 days), and one Vine has over 20 million loops.  The videos were focused on the idea of “giving yourself permission to create.”

Brian is an avid podcast listener and”loves the intimacy of the conversations .” He talks about how Marc Maron’s WTF inspired him to get into podcasting. Brian also details how he connected Bill Simmons and Dave Jacoby of Grantland, and how The Moment podcast came to be.

He is currently working on a series for Showtime and shooting the pilot in the beginning of next year.  The show title: Billions, the setting is the financial industry in New York.  He is collaborating with his long time writing/directing partner David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Quotes:

“I’ve never calculated one part of my work. I’ve always just led with what fascinates me.  That’s why having the conversations is easy too. That’s what led to every movie… All this came from only being obsessed with chasing down my passions and being unrelenting with the desire to be able to tell my children that I fought to live the creative life I wanted to live and that they could do the same.”

“I want all the things that I say to be things that I believe and have some value.”

“I actually don’t think that there is such a thing as remarkable people; people are the result of the actions that they take and then how they process the feedback from those actions.”

“A blocked artist is probably a bad wife or husband.”

Takeaways:

  • How Brian was influenced by Marc Maron’s WTF to start podcasting
  • How Bill Simmons and Dave Jacoby helped create Brian’s The Moment Podcast on Grantland’s network
  • Where Brian gets his motivation as an artist
  • How he prepares for his podcast
  • The parallels between researching films like Rounders, podcasting and creating documentaries
  • How his ESPN “30 for 30″ documentary on Jimmy Connors came to be
  • The process in creating his popular “Six Second Screenwriting Tips” Vine series
  • How he has never calculated his work and how he uses social media

Connect:

  • Brian on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/briankoppelman
  • Brian on Vine:  https://vine.co/briankoppelman
  • Brian’s website:  http://briankoppelman.com
  • He recommends you watch his film Solitary Man: http://www.solitarymanmovie.com

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Bernie Su: The Creative Process Behind The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Emma Approved, & Frankenstein MD

Bernie Su chatted with Ryan about writing, filmmaking and entrepreneurship. Bernie details the journey of adapting Pride and Prejudice, and creating The Lizzie Bennet Diaries for the online world.   Bernie and Hank Green of the Vlog Brothers are the creators of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and Bernie shares the story of how they adapted Jane Austin’s famous book, for the modern digital day. His interactive series went onto win a PrimeTime Emmy and was the first ever YouTube Channel to receive such an amazing distinction.

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He also explains what it was like launching their extremely successful Kickstarter campaign for the DVD distribution, and the follow-up online series:  Emma Approved. Bernie and his team at Pemberly Digital currently working with PBS Digital on Frankenstein MD, a modern adaptation of Frankenstein for the digital age. Ryan asked Bernie to be on the show to talk about building properties like Lizzie Bennet on multiple platforms and taking risks as a creator. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries started as a web series, then became a DVD, and is currently a book “The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet.” Bernie shares his refreshing perspective that is guided by the philosophy: “If you want to win big, you have to bet big.”

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How important it is to take a risk, to succeed in business
  • How creators need to embrace their entrepreneurship at a young age
  • The power of YouTube, Kickstarter, and online fans
  • The story of how The Lizzie Bennet Diaries came to be
  • The background of Frankenstein MD and Emma Approved
  • How the Kickstarter project for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries took-off quickly

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Harrison Barnes: Golden State Warriors basketball, technology & social media fans

Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors is one of the more tech savvy athletes in the NBA, and sports. Harrison tells Ryan about how he embraced the technology community upon getting drafted by the NBA’s Warriors as the 7th Pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. When he moved to the San Francisco Bay area, Harrison met with executives at Facebook, Google and Yahoo!, wanting to learn as much as possible about the tech community.

Harrison grew-up in Ames, IA. and Ryan grew-up in Des Moines, IA. They had a lot to discuss about The Hawkeye State. Harrison details his journey from Ames, IA to University of North Carolina to the Warriors, and how he interacts with those fan communities online. Harrison is a forward-thinking and modern athlete who embraces technology and with the swipe of his fingers, he can reach his fans across the globe.

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Harrison also recounts stories about how he chats with his fans via social media and describes his P.O. Box, where fans can send him items to be autographed. Harrison and Ryan also talk hypothetically what would it be like if Michael Jordan had Twitter back in the day, and how much a Tweet from Jordan would mean to a fan.

In this episode you’ll learn:

What it’s like playing for the Golden St. Warriors
How athletes are interacting with fans over technology
How NBA players like Harrison Barnes embrace the entrepreneurial tech community
How Michael Jordan may use Twitter
How to reach fans as an athlete
How to creatively interact with your fans online.

Follow Harrison and the Warriors:
Harrison Barnes on Twitter: twitter.com/hbarnes
Harrison Barnes on Instagram: instagram.com/hbarnes
The Golden Sate Warriors on Twitter: twitter.com/warriors
The Golden State Warriors on Instagram: instagram.com/warriors/
Ryan Williams on Twitter: twitter.com/ryanjwill

Ty Hildenbrandt: The Solid Verbal, College Football & Podcasting

Ty Hildenbrandt, host of the college football podcast The Solid Verbal, chats with Ryan on the show.  The Solid Verbal is an independent, bi-weekly college football podcast hosted by Ty Hildenbrandt and Dan Rubenstein. Ty joined Ryan remotely from his studio in in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  The show is a 7 year old podcast, and pioneering in the podcasting world. It’s one of the most popular independently produced podcast on the web.

Ryan and Ty spend the first few minutes re-living Ty and and Dan’s infamous conversation with football coach Houston Nutt.  Ty also describes the process of hosting a bi-weekly show, and getting through the “tire fire” of college football Saturdays, to produce their shows.

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Ty details how The Solid Verbal broke into the sports media world, gaining the respect from journalists to fan sites to fans.  He also dives into how the show was previously was part of Bill Simmons’ Grantland Network.

Ty and Dan have developed a strong online community and also have a phone number for fans to call during the games on Saturdays. Ryan left a call on the hotline this weekend, when he was in Nashville for the Vanderbilt/Ole Miss game.  They also talk about Derek Mason + Vanderbilt football at the end.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How the Solid Verbal launched
  • How to create and produce your own podcast
  • How to pursue a passion project while keeping your day job
  • How Solid Verbal partnered with Bill Simmons’ Grantland network
  • How to grow a tone of voice for your podcast
  • How to start slow and grow your audience
  • How to involve your community into your show

Solid Verbal website:  http://www.solidverbal.com/

iTunes: bit.ly/18ss0mf 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/solidverbal

Ty on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TyHildenbrandt

Dan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanRubenstein

Reverb hotline: 408-VERBAL1

Brenden Mulligan from Cluster & Tripcast: Building Products, Networking and Mentoring

Brenden spoke with Ryan about his entrepreneurial career, starting in Chicago, where he built the website Artist Data after graduating college. He shares the story about its acquisition and his ultimate move to the bay area.  He also speaks about about becoming a mentor with 500 Start-ups, what inspires his writing for TechCrunch, & how he built his network early on.  Brenden has built many projects such as:  Photofile, Webbygram, and Morning Picks, and OneSheet.

Both Ryan and Brenden attended Vanderbilt University. #AnchorDown

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The inspiration behind the photo-sharing start-up Cluster
  • How working at Vanderbilt’s Rites of Spring, helped Brenden’s career
  • How creating fun passion projects can turn into full-time jobs
  • How to have meaningful conversations while networking
  • How important mentoring is in the start-up community
  • How to add value to your network and friends
  • How Brenden is re-thinking how we share photos and interact with our friends online
  • Much more…..

Hunter Walk: VC Investing, YouTube and The Bottom Up Economy (Partner @ Homebrew VC)

Hunter Walk: VC Investing, YouTube and The Bottom Up Economy (Partner @ Homebrew VC)

Ryan chatted with Hunter Walk, Partner at Homebrew Venture Capital, during Ryans’ recent trip to San Francisco. Homebrew is a seed stage investment firm, that focuses on the “Bottom-Up Economy.” Hunter calls his company a start-up, and instead of "writing code," he is "writing checks" to help founders build companies.
Hunter previously lead consumer product management at YouTube (Google). Hunter and Ryan discussed what it was like working at YouTube very early on in the company's history. They each talk about their love for platforms “that bet on people. And that give people the tools to create where their efforts can turn into dollars.”

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When reflecting on his time at YouTube, Hunter said with YouTube: “You can build a TV-sized audience without having to ask for approval from anybody wearing a suit. There are no gatekeepers. It doesn’t mean that everyone succeeds to the same success, for there’s near equal access for everybody.”

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Ryan also asked Hunter about his blog, and how that effects deal flow (Thanks for the listener Edward for that question). Hunter says blogging does help his investment business, although he doesn't know to what extent. He also believes in paying it forward and that it's important to be accessible to entrepreneurs via the blog/Twitter.

Finally Hunter talked specifically what types of investments he likes to make. Hunter details how his investment philosophy was shaped by working on Google Adsense and while at YouTube. Getting down into a few of his investments, Hunter dives into his portfolio companies: Shyp and TheSkimm. He discusses why he bet on them and what types of companies he is looking for.

Hunter and Homebrew's info:

Homebrew’s website: www.homebrew.com

Hunter’s blog: www.hunterwalk.com

Hunter on Twitter: www.twitter.com/hunterwalk

Hombrew on Twitter: twitter.com/homebrew

Homebrew’s investments discussed:

The Skimm: Daily email newsletter that gives you what you need to know to start your day: www.theskimm.com

Shyp: Enabling users to simplify the process of shipping items basically anywhere in the world. www.shyp.com

Simple Ways to Give Back and Live a More Meaningful Life with Sloane Davidson

Sloane Davidson, is the founder of The Cuasemopolitan, and she chatted with Ryan about her journey as a social entrepreneur and her “giving philosophy” for life. Sloane is also the author the Giving Manifesto, and has pioneered the category of “Cause-Filled Living.” She is the real deal, and through her writing, helps people find more meaning in their business relationships and friendships.

One of her most memorable quotes from the podcast was: “The things I have done and not gotten paid for, have by far impacted me the most and made me feel alive. They have brought me the greatest connections and opportunities.” Sloane and Ryan discuss how working on passion projects, or pursuing work outside of your day-job, often leads you to more satisfaction and can shape your career in un-imaginable ways.

Sloane was named a top influencer at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative and "Top Woman to Follow" on Twitter by Forbes. he has also raised more than $1.5 million dollars for nonprofits, including creating the Gulf Coast Benefit, an effort to support Gulf Coast communities after the BP oil spill.

Subscribe to The Causemopolitan:
www.thecausemopolitan.com/signup

Giving Manifesto: - Listen to the episode for a discount code for a free copy!

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Sloane’s website:
sloanedavidson.com

Sloane on Twitter:
twitter.com/sloane

Learn from her email newsletter successes: us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2822bb515…d=de7d1607f7

Barbara Dunkelman: Managing Rooster Teeth’s Community (RWBY, RTX, Lazer Team, Red vs. Blue)

This week, Barbara Dunkelman, Community Manager of Rooster Teeth, details the journey of how she began working at Rooster Teeth. She and Gus Sorola are Co-Directors of the RTX Event, a fan and industry gaming conference hosted by Rooster Teeth in Austin, TX. The Event in 2014, featured over 30,000 attendees. Barbara chats about what it’s like interacting with Rooster teeth’s impassioned fans both online at RTX.

Barbara tells Ryan what she’s learned working for Burnie Burns and the story about she found herself working at Rooster Teeth, after growing up a fan of the series Red vs. Blue in Canada. She also talks about what it’s like voicing the character Yang in the Rooster Teeth anime-series RWBY, and gives Ryan pointers on what makes a good pun. Finally, they discuss Lazer Team, the recent IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, where Rooster Teeth shattered film crowdfunding records by raising over $2.4 Million dollars.

Listen to Ryan’s podcast with Guest Burnie Burns, Founder of Rooster Teeth: http://bit.ly/1fF7LFJ

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Follow Barbara on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bdunkelman

Find Barbara on the Rooster Teeth site:http://www.roosterteeth.com/barbara

Learn more about the RTX Event: http://rtxevent.com/home.php

Rooster Teeth’s Lazer Team: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lazer-team-by-rooster-teeth

Watch Episode 1 of RWBY: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sGiE10zNQM

Barbara in the Daily Dot Ryan referenced:

http://www.dailydot.com/geek/barbara-dunkelman-rooster-teeth/

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • What makes a good community manager
  • How to create a community of lifetime fans
  • How Barbara Dunkelman got started at Rooster Teeth
  • What makes the RTX Event special
  • What is the anime series RWBY
  • What is the machinima series Red vs. Blue
  • What it’s like working at Rooster Teeth

The Podcast Download with Michael Wolf (Next Market Podcast Host)

This week Ryan chatted with Michael Wolf, host of The Next Market Podcast. Michael and Ryan discuss the art and science of podcasting.  He’s somewhat of a podcast historian (even though the industry is very young), and Michael started podcasting in 2006.  He is also a writer and researcher, who has written for GigaOm, CNN, New York Times, Forbes.

Michael shares insights into how to start a podcast, and they chat about the Mt. Rushmore of podcast hosts.  Michael talks about some of his favorite podcasters like Bill Simmons, Roman Mars, Ira Glass, The Accidental Tech Podcast (Marc Ament), and Adam Corolla – and what makes them so good.

Michael’s start-up podcast network: Technology.fm, which is a collective of tech/media podcasts to help listeners discover great technology shows.   His new podcast is:  Smart Home Show, where talks about home technology (think Nest and Dropcam).

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Michael’s podcast:  The Next Market Podcast, features “conversations with technology and media makers. Topics include digital publishing, web, investing, podcasting, crowdfunding and pretty much anything else on the frontiers of tech innovation.” 

 If you want to check-out his Next Market Show (which you should), The Next Market Podcast:http://www.technology.fm/nextmarketpodcast/

Technology.FMhttp://www.technology.fm

Michael on Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaelwolf/

Smart Home Show:  http://www.technology.fm/thesmarthomeshow/

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How to start podcasting
  • How to book guests on a podcast
  • How to build a podcast business
  • Who is on the Mt. Rushmore of podcasting
  • The reasons for starting a podcast
  • What podcasts to listen to, to learn how to podcast
  • The ROI of podcasting
  • What is Technology FM
  • What’s the Next Market Podcast

Michael Goldfine: Online Film Collaboration (Producer of Camp Takota)

Ryan spoke with Michael Goldfine, producer of the ultra-successful film, Camp Takota. The summer camp comedy movie, Camp Takota stars YouTubers Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart. The film was distributed exclusively online, and turned a profit within four days of its release. It is an online film juggernaut based on the passion of their Takota Nation fan base.

Michael’s company Rockstream Studios, produced the film, where it was #3 on the indie film iTunes charts, behind major studio films like Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave. Ryan and Michael talked about the dilemma that every person creating in media faces: Do I go traditional or exclusively digital? He elected for digital only, and the film was a massive success – without any initial mainstream attention. It was independently financed, distributed, and marketed.In this episode you’ll learn:

· The benefits of releasing your movie, book, music album exclusively on digital platforms.

· How to persist in business when you keep talking to people who say “no, no, no”

· How to launch a film or idea, without mainstream press

· How to create your ideas in film, and break into the film industry

· How to create a new business and distribution model for your passion projects

Website: camptakota.com

Tumblr: camptakotathemovie.tumblr.com

Twitter: twitter.com/CampTakota

"A Revolutionary Approach to Success," Author Adam Grant (Ep. # 11)

My guest this week on the podcast is Adam Grant, the author of the New York Times' best selling book: "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success." Adam is a professor at Wharton, and their highest rated teacher ever. His research around giving and taking has revolutionized how people can achieve business success. Listen to hear more about how "giving" actually helps everyone achieve more success in the long run.

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Adam broke down with Ryan the three key styles in the work environment: 1) Giving 2) Taking 3) Matching.

Givers are the types of people who show-up early at work, mentor others, and stay late to help-out. They give without expecting anything in return. Takers are the types of people who "take" and look out for only themselves. While matchers are the most common type of person at work. Matchers have the philosophy: "You help me, and I'll help you" (tit for tat).

Buy the Book here: www.amazon.com/Give-Take-Revolut…ess/dp/0670026557

Follow Adam on Twitter: twitter.com/AdamMGrant

What you'll learn from this episode:

How to learn more about giving, and how this is greater for you in the long run
The characteristics around the key styles in the work place: giving, taking and matching
How to take the long view in business, as life is NOT a zero-sum game
That takers have a short view towards life and work
How takers can learn to become givers 
How five minute favors and making 3 intros a day changed Adam Rikin's life (and the lives of others)
How givers like the venture capital investor David Hornik succeed more by giving

Adam speaking at Google:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-egUK2zaZlo

Freddie Wong: Launching a Film Studio in the Internet Age (Part 2)

Filmmaker Freddie Wong is on for Part II of his conversation, on the “The Influencer Economy.” You may know Freddie for his popular web series “Video Game High School, which has reached over 65 million views online. To state it simply, it’s “Harry Potter for video games.”  Ryan and Freddie had such an interesting conversation, he had to divide it up into 2 episodes.  To catch last week’s episode click here  Ryan and Freddie sat down at RocketJump Studios, in Burbank, CA. for this conversation.

We talked about what it’s like to run a modern day media company, in the day of the internet. And the conversation takes an unexpected twist when Ryan’s memory runs out on his camera, which we’ll leave for your to listen to. This was one of our favorite chats, Freddie is a true professional when it comes to creating and conversing.

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Find Freddie on Twitter twitter.com/fwong
Find Freddie on YouTube www.youtube.com/user/freddiew
Find Freddie at Rocketjump www.rocketjump.com
Watch Video Game High School www.rocketjump.com/category/vghs

Freddie Wong: Breaking Crowdfunding Records, Video Game High School Creator

Filmmaker Freddie Wong is guest # 8 on the "The Influencer Economy." You may know Freddie for his popular web series "Video Game High School, which has reached over 65 million views online. To state it simply, his series is the "Harry Potter for video games." Video Game High School is described as an action/comedy web series about best friends, first loves, and landing that perfect head shot.

In early 2014, Freddie Wong and VGHS shattered an online video crowdfunding records, raising over $900,000 for his IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign. He is also the filmmaker behind the popular YouTube Channle /FreddieW which features video game / sic-fi / and special effects heavy content. The Channel has over 7 million subscribers, and has an amazingly loyal online following.

We had a funny and enlightening conversation, Freddie and I met at his RocketJump Studios, where his team is creating VGHS. We chatted about the real definition of crowdfunding, what it's like being famous on YouTube, and why it's smart to build a community before you launch your film or project. He's a super funny and intelligent guy, I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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In this episode you'll learn:
How Freddie created his crowdfunding perks for Video Game High School
How to build a community around your video content
What it's like getting recognized if you're a YouTube creator and how accessible YouTube creators are versus celebrities 
How Freddie as victim to inversed digits, and kept getting wrong number calls
How Crowdfunding really evolved from bands like Radiohead and musicians like Trent Reznor 
What is the real definition of crowdfunding
Why it's important to build an online community before you launch a film or any media-driven project

Find Freddie on Twitter twitter.com/fwong
Find Freddie on YouTube www.youtube.com/user/freddiew
Find Freddie at Rocketjump www.rocketjump.com
Watch Video Game High School www.rocketjump.com/category/vghs

Flula: The Passion of YouTube, Reddit, and Dirk Nowitzki

It was a pleasure to have Fula on "The Influencer Economy," he's a well-respected DJ/musician/host on YouTube. Flula has over 500,000 YouTube subscribers on his channel and has built a loyal global audience.

Flula shows the power and everything that is right with the internet. He created a video "Flula in Germany" video which found the front page of Reddit, and garnered over 400,000 views. This video was in made in response to his deportation to Germany, which made him sad. However, the video had such a popular online reaction, it propelled him to prioritize making videos on YouTube and the web.

Growing up in Germany, one of his heroes was Dirk Nowitzski. He made a video entitled "German Moses," and also sang The Rolling Stones "Satisfication," in his patenteded "auto-tune" series where he sings/raps in a car. You can see the Dirk collaboration here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk-kTaNOFI4

I was grateful to have Flula on "The Influencer Econony," he is an inspiring artist and successful YouTube entrepreneur.

Flula in Germany is here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxKivzjCFNg

Flula on YouTube: youtube.com/flula
Flula on Twitter: www.twitter.com/flula
Flula on Facebook: www.facebook.com/flula
Flula on Instagram www.instagram.com/flula

Ryan on Twitter: twitter.com/ryanjwill
Ryan on Instagram: instagram.com/ryanjwill

Launching a Podcast Network with Earwolf Jeff Ullrich

Earwolf’s Jeff Ullrich joined me on the show to talk about how he launched the Earwolf podcast network, with his business partner Scott Aukerman.  We speak about how the role of talent, producer, and entrepreneur are all merging in the world of media.  Shows you may have heard of: Comedy Bang Bang, Sklarbro Country, and Jeff’s podcast The Wolf Den, are produced in-house at Earwolf.  He also founded The Mid Roll, which is a advertising tool for artists to monetize their shows.  Nerdist, Marc Maron’s WTF, and an entire network of shows leverage The Mid Roll product.

Listen to the show on Stitcher   Find the show on iTunes

We talked about how he got to 1,000 true fans for his early podcasts, how the innovator’s dilemma inspired him to create the business.   He’s built a podcast network with over 7 million monthly downloads, and over 10 million in revenue, hop you enjoy the conversation.

The Mid Roll:  http://www.themidroll.com

Earwolf:  http://earwolf.com

Jeff’s Wolf Den Podcast:  http://www.earwolf.com/show/wolf-den/

"Creator and Fan Collaboration: Indie Game the Movie, Camp Takota, & VHX" Jamie Wilkinson (Part 2)

Excited for episode #5 of The Influencer Economy, with my guest Jamie Wilkinson. Jamie and I had an awesome chat about media, video , and making stuff on the internet. It was so good, I had to divide it up into two different episodes. The conversation is a fascinating glimpse into the world of where the film industry

Jamie is currently the CEO and co-founder of VHX , a direct distribution platform where creators can sell videos, TV, film and content directly to their fans. They are paving the way for creators to connect with their fans, and empowering a generation of artists to generate revenue around their passions.

In the 2nd episode we chatted about VHX, and early successful projects Indie Game the Movie and Camp Takota. We also chat about VHX's projects within undervalued deep verticals like Kung-Fu, religion, and Korean Starcraft gaming. These are some of the more marketable movies that a studio would not consider marketable, but they are perfect for online distribution.

We also dive into how Indie Game the Move revolutionized the art and science of launching a film. He suggests that filmmakers should create a website, branding, and start making content well in advance to when their film debuts. Building an audience in advance of a film premiere is imperative to one's film success in the modern day launch.

We chatted about Camp Takota, which starts the Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart and Grace Helbig, major YouTube stars, who leveraged VHX for their launch. In general Jamie believes you should have your film on all platforms, not only VHX, but Netflix, TV, iTunes, etc. And the team from Camp Takota did a wonderful job on their launch strategy.

Jamie is also the co-creator of Star Wars Uncut and won a Primetime Emmy – for “Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media Non-Fiction in 2010. The film is an amazing crowd-sourced re-creation of the original Star Wars film.

In this episode you will learn:
How to launch an indie film
How Indie Game The Movie partnered with VHX and created a blueprint for how to self-distribute a film
How Camp Takota distributed their movie via their YouTube followings
How the future of film is direct communication and collaboration with the film’s audience
How to launch a film brand, create a film, and build audience ahead of your film’s release
How one Tweet can change your career path, and how Andy Baio Tweet’ed the Indie Game the Movie filmmakers about VHX and the rest is history
That the next generation of filmmaking is fans and creators directly communicating throughout the filmmaking process.

Watch Star Wars Un-Cut:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ezeYJUz-84

Follow @JamieW on Twitter: twitter.com/jamiew

Follow me: twitter.com/ryanjwill
Influencer Economy website: influencereconomy.com

Watch Camp Takota: camptakota.vhx.tv/buy/camp-takota
Watch Aziz Ansari's comedy special: azizisbored.tumblr.com
Watch Indie Game The Movie: buy.indiegamethemovie.com

Checkout VHX: www.vhx.tv/

Filmmaker Empowerment with Jamie Wilkinson (Star Wars Uncut, VHX, & Aziz Ansari's special - Part 1)

Excited for episode #5 of The Influencer Economy, with my guest Jamie Wilkinson. Jamie and I had an awesome chat about media, video , and making stuff on the internet. It was so good, I had to divide it up into two different episodes. The conversation is a fascinating glimpse into the world of where the film industry

Jamie is currently the CEO and co-founder of VHX , a direct distribution platform where creators can sell videos, TV, film and content directly to their fans. They are paving the way for creators to connect with their fans, and empowering a generation of artists to generate revenue around their passions.

In the first episode we chatted about VHX, and and early successful project they worked on with the comedian Aziz Ansari. They helped Aziz distribute his comedy special via the platform, which made six figures of revenue within the first day.

Jamie is also the co-creator of Star Wars Uncut and won a Primetime Emmy – for “Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Media Non-Fiction in 2010. The film is an amazing crowd-sourced re-creation of the original Star Wars film.

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In This Episode, You Will Learn:

How to Aziz Ansari and VHX teamed up for his comedy special
How Indie Game The Movie partnered with VHX and created a blueprint for how to self-distribute a film
How Camp Takota distributed their movie via their YouTube followings
What types of risks filmmakers can take to keep the rights to their film
How the future of film is direct communication and collaboration with the film’s audience
How to launch a film brand, create a film, and build audience ahead of your film’s release
How Star Wars Uncut was created and crowdsourced from the community
How one Tweet can change your career path, and how Andy Baio Tweet’ed the Indie Game the Movie filmmakers about VHX and the rest is history
That the next generation of filmmaking is fans and creators directly communicating throughout the filmmaking process.

Watch Star Wars Un-Cut:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ezeYJUz-84

Follow @JamieW on Twitter: twitter.com/jamiew

Watch Camp Takota: camptakota.vhx.tv/buy/camp-takota
Watch Aziz Ansari's comedy special: azizisbored.tumblr.com
Watch Indie Game The Movie: buy.indiegamethemovie.com

Checkout VHX: www.vhx.tv/

"Playing Video Games to Pay Your Bills, Inside Gaming AS a Start-up?" Bruce Greene and Adam Kovic

Adam Kovic and Bruce Greene are the hosts of Machinima's Inside Gaming. The show reaches 7 million views per month, and has built a loyal and staunch gaming following. I was excited to have these guys on the show, as I have known Adam for years, from my days at Machinima. While I have gotten to know Bruce since he joined Inside Gaming 1.5 years ago.

On the show, we talked about Adam's early days at Machinima, where he did everything from building chairs to editing shows. He eventually became the host of Inside Gaming, a show that has now evolved to a mix between "Mystery Science Theater," and "The Soup."

The two of them have great senses of humor and we chatted about their day in and day out work for the show. They are modern day creatives in that they are hosts/editors/producers, and have lots of hyphens in their roles/responsibilities.

To succeed in the gaming/YouTube world, we talked about how you have to have passion, and be dedicated to the brand that you're working for. We chatted a bit about how Adam went to visit gaming jaugernaut and past guest Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth, and how that inspires his work for Inside Gaming.

We also talk about their loyal audience, how the show gets produced, and how their fearless leader Joel Rubin keeps them forging ahead at Machinima.

In this video you'll learn: What it's like working in the gaming industry. how to get a job in the gaming industry, what it's like working at a start-up, how to work in the YouTube video world, how to get a job at a YouTube company.

Follow Adam on Twitter: twitter.com/adamkovic Follow Bruce:twitter.com/brucegreene Follow Inside Gaming: twitter.com/insidegaming Find them on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/InsideGaming

Taryn Southern: "YouTube, Acting, and Entrepreneurship, it's the Future?"

Taryn Southern epitomizes the modern day actress who is an entrepreneur. She has created her own path towards an entertainment career in the online media world, which includes a YouTube following of over 400,000 subscribers. While she has had reoccurring roles

TV shows like "New Girl," "The League," and "American Dad." We are excited to have her on the show.

Originally from Wichita, KS, Taryn moved to L.A. working with most L.A.-based media online companies. From MySpace, to Verizon, to eventually YouTube she quickly embraced the digital video world. As a writer, producer, and actress -she has created her own opportunities.

In 2007, Taryn produced and starred in the first social media integrated original series, Project MyWorld for DirecTV, where Taryn traveled the world to meet her MySpace friends. And as a singer, Taryn’ debut comedy album, On My Face, hit#11 on the iTunes Comedy charts. She is a jack-of-all trades in how she has built her online business.

In 2012, she invested her own money in a YouTube channel, and founded her own production business. She says the key to YouTube success is not only relying on YouTube for money, but also making your money from opportunities that come from YouTube.

In this podcast, you'll learn how to build a YouTube based career, how to work as an entrepreneurial actor, how to build a personality-based media company, how to create your own creative career as an actress, and how to produce/act/build your acting career through online media.

She also realizes that the end game isn't just TV and film. She can be highly diverse in her media career, while controlling the work that she does. It’s fascinating to see how she connects directly with her fans online, while working as an actress in 2014. We’re happy to have her on the show.

Follow Taryn: twitter.com/tarynSouthern

www.youtube.com/user/TarynSouthern

instagram.com/tarynsouthern

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Shira Lazar of What's Trending: Media and YouTube Entrepreneur on How to Define Your Own Career

On episode 2 of The Influencer Economy, we're happy and proud to welcome Shira Lazar to the show. Shira is the founder and host of the Emmy nominated show What's Trending and an inspiration in the media and YouTube world. In order to launch her career, she defined her own 'beat' as a journalist, essentially creating the news category that "bridged the gap between Silicon Valley and celebrity."

Shira is the essence modern day media entrepreneur in every sense, and she has creatively and instinctively built What's Trending to serve over 2 million views a month on YouTube, and 20 million views per month across all their syndicated platforms. We talked at length about her career starting in Canada, and how she moved to L.A., building her career on her own terms. It was a fascinating conversation and snapshot into the life of a modern day media/social media entrepreneur and online social media businessperson.

This podcast will teach you: How to build a start-up media company, how to become an entrepreneur, how to build a modern day media brand, how to create and instinctively build a successful business online.

Shira goes into detail about how to be a leader at a start-up, gives advice to future creators and aspiring entrepreneurs. Shira feeds off of collaboration, and works hard at nurturing relationships, while thinking about how to play the long game in friendships/work relationships. She kicked-off her career in Canada, and came to Los Angeles as a producer/host/broadcaster/creator - working as a freelancer in the broadcast world. She has not forgotten her roots as a mult-skilled founder at What's Trending. She has the ability to relate to the biggest YouTubers like Toby Turner, and can switch into tech/start-up mode with Mark Cuban at the drop of a dime.

She interviews people for a living, and her start-up business is inspired by her passion and curiosity around meeting new people. Achieving her success did not come easy, and as an early vlogger helped transform the medium into what it is today. Vlogging was barely a word when she started creating videos. She was an early voice in covering online 'viral video stars' for CBS back in 2008, when no one else was speaking to them. She created and identified an emerging market, where people on the internet were become personalities in the news world. Shira pioneered the 'human interest stories' beat around interviewing web personalties like 'The Double Rainbow Guy" or "Antoine Dotson." These stories are now common place on national news like the Today Show or CBS This Morning, influenced by Shira's work.

We also dig into the format of What's Trending, and how she runs the show, books guests, promote the episodes, and interviews her guests. What's Trending is a modern day media brand, and this podcast is a great listen for anyone passionate about media, or someone who wants to understand what it's like running a social media start-up enterprise in 2014. Shira is a true pioneer in the influencer economy.