Who would line up in an NBC waiting room for hours as the clock ticks past midnight? Dozens of people, as it turns out, all coming to the network’s New York City headquarters in a bid to watch history being made. The crowd hunkering down at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters on the night of July 22… Read more »
James McAvoy displays several truly creepy personalities in the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Split.” “The world will understand now — The Beast is real,” one of his 23 personalities asserts. “He’s done awful things to people and he’ll do awful things to you,” another, who’s nine years old, declares. The Universal Pictures… Read more »
The Museum of Modern Art was home to the powerful “She-Wolves” of Wall Street Tuesday night for the New York City premiere of Sony Picture Classics’ “Equity,” starring Anna Gunn. The Wall Street-based thriller, directed by Meera Menon, follows senior investment banker, Naomi Bishop (Gunn), as she tries to fix a financial scandal that could… Read more »
Crackle has released an extended trailer for its new scripted drama series StartUp starring Martin Freeman, Adam Brody and Edi Gathegi. Also unveiled today – new key art (see below) with the tagline “Building a company from the underground up.”
The 10-episode hourlong series, set among the unconstrained yet opportunist streets of Miami, focuses on the high-stakes struggle of what one will do to reach ultimate success. But this is not your average startup incubator story. S…
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Russia’s biggest social network VKontakte (VK) expects to launch its long-awaited legitimate music service before the end of 2016…
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After signing to SideOneDummy Records last year, Atlanta punks Microwave quickly turned out a an impressive split 7″ with Head North. A little less than a year later, they have returned with “Lighterless,” presumably the first single from their as-yet-untitled new LP. With a chugging, driving bass line during the verses, a rousing pre-chorus, … More »
We really love all the 32 Under 32 interviews, but this one is one you don’t want to miss. There’s a recounting of a Prince encounter that is most excellent. So take a look at our interview with Amy Law, Associate Creative Director at Swirl. Then, as always, check back again tomorrow.
Congrats on being chosen as one of the top 32 advertising and marketing professionals under 32. We selected people who really go above and beyond in their work. How do you think you approach your job differently than other people?
I’m a curious person, and my curiosity has been very generous to me. I approach projects seeking out opportunities to learn, apply that knowledge, make mistakes, gain a deeper understanding of myself and my craft, make better mistakes, teach and learn new skills. All this is in service of my deep unquenched thirst to know more. My favorite days are when ideas come to fruition. I love problem solving, and believe in radical collaboration. The joyful combination of discovery and relentlessness is what I bring to bring to work, every day.
What kind of accounts/projects are you working on these days?
I’ve been having the best time creating experiences and content for great brands all while collaborating with some amazing people. I got to play with drones while filming a reality show for PG&E, sing and dance during a flash mob of carolers inside of Microsoft Stores, and play with my food to create a dip generator for Hidden Valley Ranch.
What is it about where you currently work that really pushes you to be better?
I work alongside dedicated, smart, and talented people who look forward to solving problems in service of our clients. You can’t beat where we work. Swirl is nestled in a national park. If you walk outside our door, red-tailed hawks fly above us, the air is scented with eucalyptus trees, and sunsets are backdrops for the Golden Gate Bridge. How could I not be inspired?
In thinking over your career so far, what work had made you the proudest?
In June, my team and I had the honor of launching the #SeeHer campaign for the ANA/AFE at the White House as part of The United State of Women Summit. The mission is to lead the movement to accurately portray women and girls in the media so that they can see themselves represented. Visibility matters. Media and technology play a major role in how women and girls see themselves. As media makers, and content creators, it’s our responsibility to ensure we are leaving the world better than when we found it. I look forward to multiplying the number of role models young people have and am committing my career to boosting the visibility of a broad spectrum of women and girls.
Let’s get to the important stuff: you once met Prince. Tell us about that experience and how it happened.
Dig if you will the picture of me, an 18-year-old poet, in Minneapolis, competing in the National Poetry Slam. While attending a late-night event for the festival, an emcee takes the mic and announces that Prince was thrilled to find that his city was filled with poets, and that outside a bus is waiting to take us to Paisley Park for a party. I got on that bus. I was in awe; sexy mood lighting, great music, and full spread. I was dazzled, and could not believe my luck.
A friend went with me to the party, and throughout the night he kept running his fingers up the back of my top, teasing me, messing with me…I had had it, and through gritted teeth said “We are in the house of Prince, pay some respect…If you do that again, I will end you.”
When I perform on stage, I dress like I mean it, and that night was no exception, I was serving it up with a lace-up-back corset top, the tallest heels I owned, and a long skirt with slits that ended at my thighs. While continuing to enjoy the party, I felt that same flick up my back. I whipped around ready to ruin my friend, and surprise…it was Prince. My heart raced, I exhaled a “Your Purple Majesty,” he looked in my eyes and said “I like your look.” I stammered through some gratitude, and did my best to hold court while we talked about poetry. He told me to “Enjoy the party I’ve made for you” and then he disappeared into the crowd. His purple light, when it shines upon you, is magic.
Here’s a ridiculously clichéd interview question for you: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
The Bay Area has always been where I call home. I hope to still be doing that and collecting more stamps in my passport.
This might be tough, but here’s your chance to give a shout out to one person who has helped you get to where you are today. Go.
I’m fortunate to have a life full of mentors, loved ones, and smart folks who cheer me on. But, for the past 13 years I’ve been sharing my life with my favorite person, my partner-in-crime, my husband, Matt. No one can come close to him. He believes in me, laughs the hardest at my jokes. He understands my drive, tolerates my silliness and all the selfies I take. Most important, he encourages me to chase my passions.
RLJ Entertainment has acquired North American rights to I.T., the Pierce Brosnan thriller from Voltage Pictures directed by Good Day To Die Hard helmer John Moore and penned by Dan Kay and William Wisher Jr (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott and James Frecheville co-star, and a September 2016 theatrical and on-demand release is planned.
The pic tells the story of Mike Regan (Brosnan), a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a…
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