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Marcus on a mission

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Call him insane or an idealist with an unrequited love.. whichever way you look at it, Marcus has a tough job on his hands. He is trying to renew the Newcastle CBD which currently has a 70% vacancy rate along the main st.

Once he has worked out a way to get people into those empty spaces, he will be on the lookout for interesting projects/galleries/studios/stores to put in them. Join his facebook group if you want to get involved. I suspect he is going to need all the help he can get.

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Written by narindajane

September 7, 2008 at 2:21 pm

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Destra dumps entertainment

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Destra,  Australia’s largest independent entertainment company is dropping the entertainment. It being caught up with Opus Prime has been well decoumented, however this move is dissapointing, Destra made some brave moves into the entertainment space. Personally, I don’t think they got the mix right but still it was good to see local companies pushing for entertainment. Brands included Planet X, Do It, Jack Of All Trades, MP3.com.au, TheScene.com.au and NiceShorts.com.au.

This is a pity. I hope under the new management they can make some more gains in this area.

Best free article I can find from a US news source.

Written by portablesimon

August 24, 2008 at 10:24 am

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Facebook finally bigger than MySpace

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Took a while but the superior platform takes charge.

132 million seems to be the figure right now. That is five million more people than Japan, or about six and a bit Australia’s.

MySpace will come back. It’s new design looks clean. The new Facebook is shit. Also I see MySpace making more money than Facebook as it is able to serve more premium ads.

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August 17, 2008 at 10:30 am

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XML this week

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XML back in Melbourne this week and Kate and I will be attending.

Some interesrting speakers. As they always like to say, it sells out.

  • Stewart Butterfield – Co-founder of Flickr, the world’s favourite image and video hosting website (Vancouver)
  • Nick DeMartino – American Film Institute Director and voted #3 on the Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Digital 50’ list (Los Angeles)
  • Robert Tercek – one of the world’s foremost authorities on digital entertainment, Founding Member of the Academy of TV, Arts and Sciences, Interactive Media Executive Committee, Founder of PeopleJam.com (Los Angeles)
  • Dan Fill – Head of Multiplatform Production, ABC TV (Melbourne)
  • Herb Wang – Executive Manager, China Lead Advisory and Business Solution Group (IBSG), Cisco Systems, China. (Shanghai)
  • Ken Rutkowski – one of the world’s best connected people in the media, entertainment, and technology industries www.kenradio.com (Los Angeles)
  • Dominic Carosa – CEO Dominet Digital: Digital | Innovation | Investments (Melbourne)
  • Mohamed Nanabhay – Head of New Media, Al Jazeera Network (Doha)
  • Gabriele Gresta – Founder, Executive Vice Chairman and CCO, Digital Magics (Milan)
  • Jae Won – Director, Telecom/Internet Services Investment, Skylake Incuvest, formerly General Manager, Business Development, Nokia Korea  (Seoul)
  • Chris Adams – New Media Pioneer; Co-Founder, Participant Productions (Los Angeles)
  • Helen Baxter – Managing Directrix, Mohawk Media (Auckland)
  • Mike McGraw – Australian digital media pioneer, and now Managing Partner, Big Fuel (New York)
  • McLean Mashingaidze-Greaves – Canadian superstar and CEO and Founder, NIMBLE TV (Toronto, NYC)
  • Scott-Bradley Pearce – CBS Interactive; Executive Producer, adikted.tv (Sydney)
  • Louise McElvogue – Partner, McLeod Media, and part of Strategy Group, Project Kangaroo (Sydney)

Kate and I are going on Friday.

Written by portablesimon

July 27, 2008 at 10:19 am

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metacafe teams up with Microcinema for an online & offline film festival

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Another online film festival hits the net… Microcinema is another organisation that would be worth having a conversation with..

FOUNDED IN 1996, MICROCINEMA INTERNATIONAL is a leading international rights manager, exhibitor, and specialty markets distributor of the “moving image arts.” Microcinema International specializes in the acquisition, exhibition, and distribution of independently produced works of an artistic and socially-relevant nature.

Written by narindajane

July 20, 2008 at 7:22 am

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dorkbot – the melbourne edition

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Dorkbot – people who do strange things with electricity.

There are branches of this group all over the world. They are meetings of like-minded dorks who are doing all sorts of interesting, cutting edge, weird, arty things with technology. There is a melbourne branch which takes place in a 1st floor warehouse on Johnston St Fitzroy on the last sunday of every month. Any dorks here should make an effort to attend. You know who you are!

Written by narindajane

April 7, 2008 at 3:59 am

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