Posts Tagged ‘producer’

Apocalypto! Hey, What Happened to that Bay Area Mayan Prophecy “Film?” – Plus, Examiner Publisher Todd Vogt Cowardice

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Well if the world ends tomorrow, 12-21-2012, the joke’s on me.

But otherwise…

So, earlier this year some rich whacko up in Marin started making a video* in Latin America what was supposed to be all about the so-called Mayan Prophecy.

But things headed south with the production, so that got written up in a blog down south, down in Los Angeles.

And then the same basic info was posted in the San Francisco Examiner. (It used to be right here.)

And then the rich Marin whacko actually went and sued that film-industry blog earlier this year.

And then the rich Marin whacko lost her lawsuit, big time.

So then I made a post about this affair, you know, because nobody else up here had done so.

Then I got a threatening letter from the same attorney who lost the case in L.A. Read that letter here.

But apparently, that threat was all lies and jest.

Oh well.

Hey, do you like sports analogies ‘n stuff?

This is rich Marin County whacko Elisabeth Theriot’s inchoate SLAPP lawsuit against TheWrap blog, IMO:

See? Kicker Garo Yepremien tried to score a few points but then opposing counsel filed a special motion to strike that was so special that discovery was immediately halted. Then he lost the hearing and that was the end of the suit, it looks like. I’m saying Elisabeth Theriot got pwned in court.

With a quickness.

Which, you know, this kind of thing doesn’t happen every day so that’s why I made a post about it.

But now the world is supposed to end tomorrow ‘n stuff and there’s no Mayan Prophecy “film” to see.

Oh well.

Now, what about San Francisco Examiner President and Publisher Todd Vogt? Do you think he got some sort of request or demand or something from rich Marin County whacko Elisabeth Theriot or the wire service or somebody to take down the wire story on these topics, you know, that used to be posted right here?

Why would the ‘Xam have a page dedicated to rich Marin County whacko Elisabeth Theriot (just look at the URL bar) with nothing to say about her? It’s because the story about her that used to be there is no longer there.
Is there cowardice here?

I’ll tell you, TheWrap.com stood up to rich Marin County whacko Elisabeth Theriot and was/will be rewarded with mandatory attorney fees as a kind of reward.

Why couldn’t/can’t the ‘Xam stand up to rich Marin County whacko Elisabeth Theriot too?

I don’t know.

Now I’ll tell you, when an actual newspaper (improperly, IMO) caves to some rich lady, that just might have the effect of emboldening her. Then she just might start going after poor, defenseless WordPress bloggers.

But maybe I’m way off on this one.

If so, please somebody disabuse me.

* I call it a video because it was (mostly?) recorded on digicams – no film required. The current title of this still-troubled production is Mayan Revelations & Hollywood Lies. It’s delayed. It’s nonsense. Oh what’s that, we’re going to see just how important that Long Count calendar is tout de suite? No we won’t. Sorry. Oh, over the coming decades? No we won’t. Sorry.

OMG, the Best Way to Spend New Year’s Eve is at Beach Blanket Babylon! Special Show Ticks Start at $65

Friday, October 19th, 2012

If you can get tickets to this show, my hat’s off to you – this looks like an excellent way to handle NYE 2013 in the 415:

“STEVE SILVER’S BEACH BLANKET BABYLON - New Year’s Eve tickets On Sale Monday, November 5

SAN FRANCISCO (October 18, 2012) – Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, the world’s longest running musical revue, rings in 2013 with two special performances on Monday, December 31, 2012. Tickets for these performances range in price from $65 – $190 and are available starting Monday, November 5 at 10 a.m. by phone at 415-421-4222, online at beachblanketbabylon.com or at the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office (678 Green Street, San Francisco).

Both the 7 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. shows will feature a pastiche of the best and worst of 2012 – Beach Blanket Babylon style. Guests at each show will receive champagne and truffles. The second show – ending at the stroke of midnight – will feature post-show dancing until 1:30 a.m.

“New Year’s Eve at Beach Blanket Babylon is always a fun-filled evening packed with laughter and surprises,” said Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Beach Blanket Babylon. “We are very excited to share another celebration with friends and fans throughout the Bay Area.”

Hailed as “a constant cascade of showstoppers” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.” Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Lady Gaga, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Queen of England, Kim Kardashian; Hilary & Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, The Cast of “Glee,” Nancy Pelosi, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Grammy Award Winner, Adele and The San Francisco Giants.

Tickets for Beach Blanket Babylon’s special New Year’s Eve performances range in price from $65 – $190 and are available starting Monday, November 5 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 415-421-4222, online at beachblanketbabylon.com or at the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office (678 Green Street, San Francisco). Arrangements for groups 30 or more and private performances may be made by contacting group sales at 415-421-6788.”

I endorse this message.

So This Blog is Getting Sued by a Former Chronicle Publisher Wife? Read the Lawyer Letter – Why is the ‘Xam Afraid?

Friday, October 5th, 2012

[UPDATE 2013: My grandmother, who's on the wrong side of fifty but the good side of 100, is still driving her new Hyundai around and, bonus, she doesn't spend any of her hard-earned on SoCal lawyers. And her recent stomach surgery went well, so that's nice.]

Hey look what’s sitting in my Spam folder right now – it’s a scary letter from a Los Angeles attorney demanding that this blog be retracted.

Immediately.

Can you imagine?

Here’s what caused the trouble:

“Pwned! Area Socialite Elisabeth Thieriot Loses Her “SLAPP” Lawsuit against Journalists in L.A. – Mayan Prophecy”

And here’s the vast bulk of the resulting lawyer letter:

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Now I can understand why the San Francisco Chronicle might not want to get involved with all the allegations surrounding the making of some movie project about the Mayan calendar deal. You know, relationships ‘n stuff. And plus, it’s not like a whole bunch of people are going to watch this flick.

So that’s one thing, but the San Francisco Examiner, did it get a similar letter earlier this year? You make the call. See? Earlier this year it used to have something to say about Elisabeth Thieriot and the Mayan Prophecy and Mexico and whatnot, but not now. Mmmm. Did the San Francisco Examiner take down a Reuters news story on this topic because it was afraid of getting sued? Sure looks that way.

Of course that online trade journal TheWrap did get sued. For one million dollars to be exact. But then it responded with a Motion to Strike and that took care of that. And then TheWrap wrote about how it won, big-time. Then I linked to its story (and the entire decision itself) and now it sure looks like I’m the next to get sued.

Comments:

Uh, do I know that this lawyer represented/s that lady? No, not all. I mean, I assume that’s the case, but what’s this “as you know” stuff?

Does the lawyer really want/expect me to retract the entire blog, all 6000 posts? (Does the lawyer actually know what a blog is? Apparently not.)

Does the lawyer want to write my blog posts for me, you know, using his point of view? Sure looks that way. Is that his right? And how can I retract something that’s not wrong?

And I’m supposed to rely on CA law about retractions that apply to the MSM, but not really? So what’s the point of bringing that up? 

And I’m “not authorized” by the lawyer to disclose the contents of the lawyer letter so I can’t do it? Really? Well, similarly, I’m not authorized by that lawyer to have a delicious Taco Bell Doritos Locos taco for lunch, so does that mean I can’t have that for lunch IRL? And I can’t show the letter to anybody, even to get help with how to respond? Is that fair dinkum? I think not.

So who else in the bay area has gotten these kinds of communications from Down South? I don’t know.

Anyway, I guess I’ll take that email chain* out of the Spam folder and put it into the Archive folder and await further developments.

But I’ll think to myself, “Man, don’t you realize you just lost, in a big way, on the very same topic in the very same state?” 

KTHXBYE.

*Apparently, Elisabeth Thieriot herself sent me an email last month as well, on purpose, or by mistake, or something in betwixt. I’ll tell her what I told my grandmother,** about how Reply All is kind of an advanced email technique best left to the younger generation, you know, so you don’t email people by mistake.

** I still can’t believe she got a Hyundai, after all those decades of her having large RWD Ford products such as the Mercury Grand Marquis.  She says her new ride is a “good  snow car.”

Pwned! Area Socialite Elisabeth Thieriot Loses Her “SLAPP” Lawsuit against Journalists in L.A. – Mayan Prophecy

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Here’s the news:

A Los Angeles judge threw out a lawsuit against TheWrap News on Wednesday, ruling that an article about movie financier Elisabeth Thieriot was both accurate and “took pains” in reporting on a production dispute with her co-producer. Judge Barbara M. Scheper of Los Angeles Superior Court sided with the news organization in granting an anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss Thieriot’s complaint on the grounds that it had no probability of success on its merits.”

And you journos should check out the ruling – it’s very accessible.

Background:

Area Whacko Elisabeth Thieriot Hosted a Mayan Spiritual Leader in Tiburon and She Wants You To Know ALL About It

The Second-Best Bay Area-Related Press Release of 2012: Elisabeth Thieriot Manages to “Survive” “False Accusations”

Now, is she going to pay the attorney fees for both sides of this fiasco? Only Time Will Tell.

Now let’s see what the San Francisco Examiner has to say about all this. Uh oh, you’re still afraid, huh ‘Xam? So that’s why you took down all what you said about ET, huh? Fair ‘nough.

ET and Mr. Bigglesworth, Marin County, USA: 

And remember to KYAG by December 21, 2012, you know, when the World ends.

Will the world end in the night time?
(I really don’t know)
Or will the world end in the day time?
(I really don’t know)

PS: Fur is murder

The Second-Best Bay Area-Related Press Release of 2012: Elisabeth Thieriot Manages to “Survive” “False Accusations”

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Remember this bit from earlier in the month?

Area Whacko Elisabeth Thieriot Hosted a Mayan Spiritual Leader in Tiburon and She Wants You To Know ALL About It

Well, she’s back.

But first, a little background. It seems the world will end on December 21, 2012:

The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on 21 December 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream scholarship. A New Age interpretation of this transition is that this date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era. Others suggest that the 2012 date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, or Earth’s collision with an object such as a black hole, a passing asteroid, or a planet called “Nibiru“.

OK fine.

Area whacko Elisabeth Thieriot is working on, in her words, “saving humanity” so you gots to listen to her.

(Especially when UHF Channel 36 cuts into a Friends rerun on a Sunday afternoon.)

Deets below.

And please remember, you only have 144 days left before you’re going to have to KYAG:

“It’s A Red Carpet Life…” Features Exclusive Interviews on “Decoding B’aqtun” - Host interviews Head Elder of the Mayan Council and film executive producer & financier Elisabeth Thieriot

SAN FRANCISCO, July 27, 2012 — MBL Media Productions, an Emmy Award-winning, full-service film and video production company, is proud to announce the premiere of “It’s A Red Carpet Life…The Mayan Prophecy,” where host Marybeth La Motte will discuss the concept and production process behind the filming of “Decoding B’aqtun.” The documentary, filmed in Guatemala in April 2012, uncovers rarely seen Mayan artifacts from the sites of Tikal and Quirigua, Guatemala.

In the episode airing this Sunday, July 29, at 5:25pm PDT on KICU TV36 (directly after “FRIENDS”), La Motte interviews the Head Elder of the Mayan Council, Apolinario Chile Pixtun, and Elisabeth Thieriot, President, Elicosma Productions and also the film’s financier and executive producer. “We encourage viewers to tune in and find out about ‘Decoding B’aqtun,’” La Motte shares. “The unique opportunity to learn more about the Mayan calendar and culture has been a rewarding experience for our team and we can’t wait to share the insight with our audience.”

In his interview with La Motte, Pixtun explains why the Mayan culture designed its calendar thousands of years ago and how it holds true today. He also recaps the development of a substantial friendship with Thieriot and his respect for her concentrated effort in the face of adversity throughout production.

In the second half of the interview, Thieriot explains the Mayan prophecies of 2012, clarifies what society has achieved in the last 5000 years, and gives a sneak peek into what the movie discloses about the Mayan calendar. She also candidly discusses production hurdles and surviving false accusations and blackmail from a previous film’s production in Mexico.

For more information on “It’s A Red Carpet Life…,” please visit: www.redcarpetsf.com, or call MBL Media

Productions at (415) 297-3221, or email redcarpetsf@mblproductions.com.

About “It’s A Red Carpet Life…”

“It’s A Red Carpet Life…” is the most recent addition to the KICU network’s primetime entertainment and news lineup. Pioneered by Marybeth La Motte, host of “Red Carpet Bay Area” and founder of MBL Media Productions, the five-minute spotlight is shined on select individuals during brief interviews where a wide variety of topics are discussed. Whether it’s the mysteries of the Mayans, luxurious getaways, business tips, or even advice for marketing oneself in front of the camera, “It’s A Red Carpet Life…” covers all of the San Francisco Bay Area’s latest entertainment news.

About MBL Media Productions

MBL Media Productions is an Emmy Award winning, full-service film and video production company specializing in the unique needs of events, the fashion and luxury sectors. Host Marybeth La Motte capturing interviews of runway shows and special events, and integrates clients’ editorial material into enticing online and television formats.

SOURCE  MBL Media Productions

MBL Media Productions

CONTACT: MBL Media Productions, +1-415-297-3221redcarpetsf@mblproductions.com

Web Site: http://www.redcarpetsf.com

Again, OK fine.

“Too late,” the prophets cry
The island’s sinking, let’s take to the sky

OMG, Nine Bay Area High School Seniors Picked as Finalists for Beach Blanket Babylon Scholaraship! Big Show on June 6

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Well there’ll be a cavalcade of stars (including hat lady Jan Wahl and area billionaire Gordon Getty) judging the live performances of nine high school seniors at Club Fugazi at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in North Beach on June 6th, 2011.

All the deets, below.

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The deets:

SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS CHOSEN! THE STEVE SILVER FOUNDATION AND BEACH BLANKET BABYLON SELECT NINE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO COMPETE FOR THREE $10,000 CASH SCHOLARSHIPS

FINALISTS TO PERFORM LIVE AT CLUB FUGAZI ON MONDAY, JUNE 6th

SAN FRANCISCO (May 9, 2011) – Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, announced today the selection of nine Bay Area finalists for the Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts.” One winner in each category will be presented with a check for $10,000 towards their college education. The nine high school seniors who will perform live on Monday, June 6th are:

ACTING
JESSICA CHANLIAU – Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, Novato
TAYLOR EDELHART – Lowell High School, San Francisco
ANYA RICHKIND – Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco

DANCING
MADELINE BAGBY – Castilleja School, Palo Alto
DARIUS DROOH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
ALEX LYASHEVYCH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco

SINGING
JILLIAN BUTLER – Liberty High School, Brentwood
ZACHARY PISER – Piedmont High School, Piedmont
CARA WODKA – Fremont Christian High School, Fremont

“Every year I’m impressed by the talent and caliber of the entries we receive, and this year was no exception,” said Schuman Silver. “Narrowing the field down to just nine finalists was not an easy task.”

Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Star 101.3′s Don Bleu. The celebrity panel of judges scheduled to appear include: San Francisco Ballet’s Principal Character Dancer & Choreographer Val Caniparoli, singer and actor Franc D’Ambrosio, KGO Radio’s Jerry Friedman, Composer Gordon Getty, San Francisco Opera’s General Director David Gockley, KMEL’s Chuy Gomez, California Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, American Conservatory Theater’s Artistic Director Carey Perloff, ABC7′s Don Sanchez and KRON4/KCBS Radio’s Jan Wahl.”

(I don’t know about ticket availability or anything at this point – they’ll be tough or impossible to get, one might imagine.)

Bon courage, contestants!

Real Estate Salespeople Don’t Produce Anything, So How Can They Be “Top Producers?”

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
 
Work with me here. The Question of the Day is this:
 
Why do Real Estate Salespeople and Brokers refer to themselves as “Top Producers” when, in actuality, they don’t produce anything?
 
Producers “manufacture crude materials into articles of use.” Right?
 
“Main Entry: pro·duc·er  Pronunciation: \prə-ˈdü-sər, prō-, -ˈdyü-\ Function: noun Date: 1513
One that produces; especially : one that grows agricultural products or manufactures crude materials into articles of use”

So, let’s compare former President Jimmy Carter with, I don’t know, some parasite that doesn’t produce anything, how about a tapeworm?

See? Jimmy Carter takes wood and nails ‘n stuff and makes useful habitats. Conversely, the tapeworm calls itself a “top producer” because it eats six percent of the food that passes it by and then issues press releases about how it’s a “top producer.”

To review, taking commish out of a real estate transaction doesn’t produce anything. If you sell a house to somebody and then help sell it to someone else a year later, you have not doubled your “production.” There’s still just the one house, and it was produced by somebody else.

Maybe you’re necessary for society and maybe you’re good at your job, but that doesn’t make you a “producer.” Try to find a different term.

Just saying…

Grubb & Ellis Company Announces Top Producers for 2009 at Annual Circle of Excellence Awards

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 21  — Grubb & Ellis Company (NYSE:GBE), a leading real estate services and investment firm, today announced that Bruce McNair, executive vice president, Office Group, of the company’s Washington, D.C., office was the company’s No. 1 producer and top Office Group professional for 2009.

McNair received both honors at Grubb & Ellis’ Circle of Excellence Awards. The annual event, which was held in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 13-15, recognized Grubb & Ellis’ top producers

Something New Under the Sun: California Watch Joins the New Media Pantheon

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Look out Alta California, ’cause there’s another online media presence in the San Francisco Bay Area.
On the heels of the relatively new Bay Area Blog from the New York Times and the San Francisco Edition of the Wall Street Journal comes California Watch. It’s a joint from Center for Investigative Reporting and it’s a fully operational mothership as of January 2, 2010.
They’re promising “bold new journalism.” La declaracion de la mision:

“California Watch, a nonprofit and independent investigative reporting team, exposes injustice, waste, mismanagement, wrongdoing, questionable practices, and corruption so that those responsible can be held to account and so the public can be armed with the information needed to debate solutions and spark change.”

O.K. then.

Question: Will students play a role in the reporting? Oh yes. What will a bunch of college kids from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Sacramento State University (aka CSU Sacramento) come up with?

Expect good things.

Bon courage, California Watch!

PS: Here the people behind CW:

Advisory Board

Judith Bell's picture

Judith Bell

President, PolicyLink
Belva Davis's picture

Belva Davis

Television Host, KQED
Bill Deverell's picture

Bill Deverell

History Professor, University of Southern California
Mark DiCamillo's picture

Mark DiCamillo

Director, California Field Poll
Anh Do's picture

Anh Do

Vice President, Nguoi Viet Daily News
Andrew Donohue's picture

Andrew Donohue

Editor, voiceofsandiego.org
Gloria Duffy's picture

Gloria Duffy

President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club
Jon Funabiki's picture

Jon Funabiki

Journalism Professor, San Francisco State University
Richard Koci Hernandez's picture

Richard Koci Hernandez

Multimedia Producer/Ford Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Parks's picture

Michael Parks

Journalism Professor, University of Southern California
Arnold Perkins's picture

Arnold Perkins

Public Safety and Community Health Consultant
John Raess's picture

John Raess

Northern California Bureau Chief, Associated Press
Rick Rodriguez's picture

Rick Rodriguez

Journalism Professor, Arizona State University
Pedro Rojas's picture

Pedro Rojas

Executive Editor, La Opinión
Dan Rosenheim's picture

Dan Rosenheim

Vice President of News, KPIX-TV
Melanie Sill's picture

Melanie Sill

Executive Editor, Sacramento Bee
Alan Snitow's picture

Alan Snitow

Independent Filmmaker/President, Snitow-Kaufman Productions
Jo Anne Wallace's picture

Jo Anne Wallace

Vice President and General Manager, KQED
Steve Weiner's picture

Steve Weiner

Co-Chair, Common Sense California
Leo Wolinsky's picture

Leo Wolinsky

Editor, Daily Variety

140 Gather at City Hall in Support of Euna Lee and Laura Ling

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

This was the scene tonight at the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, where a crowd of 140 offered their support for Euna Lee and Laura Ling. The people at the vigil called on North Korea to release these jailed reporters.

“We miss you” “Liberate Laura & Euna Now” “Set them free”

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Supervisor Erica Mar was on the scene along with many City Hall staffers. Read an account from Marisa Lagos here and Jared Grigsby here.

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Details after the jump.

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The Reason Why It’s Reasonable for Current TV to “Censor” “News” About North Korea

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

So, if two of your family members get kidnapped and the cops tell you that it’s best not to say anything about the matter and then the neighbors start peppering you with queries, what do you do?

That’s kind of the situation that’s facing managers at dumbed-down, youth-oriented Current TV (you can read the Wikipedia entry they wrote about themselves here). The problem is that anybody can post anything about the detention of Laura Ling and Euna Lee at Current.com and the North Koreans might not take too kindly to what’s posted there.

The kind of post that’s routinely getting taken down from Current.com:

So Current has taken to unposting submissions about this matter at Current.com. Fair enough. They’re not really “censoring” in the literal sense of course, they’re simply suppressing all commentary about this case on their own site. That’s probably a good move.  

In fact, Current might actually welcome this kind of criticism from Phil Bronstein, in a good-cop/bad-cop, game theory way, showing that they get it, that they’re bending over backwards to be conciliatory, to say sorry in a Fish Called Wanda fashion.

(I’m not saying these two people were kidnapped – maybe they were and maybe they weren’t. It’s tough to know for sure when you’re literally in the Vanguard)

Patience, people. All will be explained by all concerned when this matter gets resolved.