Posts Tagged ‘studio’

24 Hours of Gannet Co Inc’s The Bold Italic Website: “Sexy Time,” “Sex Toy,” “More Sex” – A Triumph of Form Over Content

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

This was the promise, a few years back:

“From the beginning, art elements and overall design featured prominently in strategy discussions and were kept at the forefront. Inventive and well-known global design firm IDEO was brought in early on to work with Gannett’s innovation team incorporating relevant research into the human-centered design* that was being developed for The Bold Italic.”

The cost to Gannett? Well, millions were spent on just one website / defunct magazine. How many millions? Well, as with Charles Foster Kane’s Xanadu, No Man Can Say.

But let’s check the water cooler chitchat over at The Gannet Blog:

“The revenue plan was mysterious because there was no revenue. Not for the first 24 months anyway. The Bold Italic had a burn rate that rivals some of the most infamous dot.com fizz outs. They blew through $2 million a year for the first 2 years, before snagging a whopping $41k in revenue based on their skimming from entertainment ticket / event sales.”

And that brings us to July 2014, where these bits came out within hours of each other:

Sexy Time: An Oil to Get Your Lady Parts Stoned (NSFW)

Men Can Bone Their iPads with New Sex Toy

Help This Horny Gal Have More Sex with Her BF

My point is that you didn’t need to go There to get Here.

My other point is that:

1. Aging east coast media baron Gannett Co. Inc. is Charles Foster Kane; and

2. West coast corporate money-pit vanity-project The Bold Italic is its Xanadu, and perhaps, eventually, its Waterloo

Oh here it is, 34 Page Street – so sexy! You can see the glow from all that reclaimed wood upstairs:

In closing … Rosebud!

END OF LINE

*What on Earth does that mean? I’m clueless. It’s just blah blah blah while the meter’s running at $500 per hour…

This Stained-Glass Art Studio on a Hill Underneath the 280 Freeway Looks Bad-Ass

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

From the north…

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…and from the south:

 

I Don’t Know, a Studio Apartment in the New NEMA “New Market” Building for $1950 Per Month Doesn’t Sound All That Crazy

Monday, June 24th, 2013

NEMA begins showings today.

Here’s Unit #324 at 469 square feet:

Based upon what bedbug-ridden studios in the Tenderloin go for these days, $1950 doesn’t sound all that cray-cray…

Were $500-Per-Month Studios Promised for Trinity Place 4.5 Years Ago? Yes – Plus, What About Trinity Plaza Tenants?

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Ah mem’ries from all the way back in aught-eight – let’s hear from Angelo “Father of Rent Control” Sangiacomo from back in the day:

“Who the hell is building buildings today, 440 rentals in San Francisco, and paying all cash? With rents down there at $500 and $700?”

Now, what are the chances that hundreds of people will be renting $500 studios in a new building at Eight and Market anytime soon?

Absolute zero.

Oh well.

Oh, here it is, the old Trinity Plaza at Eighth and Market and its replacement, the new Trinity Place, just behind:

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Speaking of which, the existing tenants of Trinity Plaza need to move out soon, you know, for the soon-to-come implosion of the old building, but what’s up with all of these cleaning demands coming from Management?

Let’s hear from a youthful tenant who’s losing his place:

“Now we get forms with detailed instructions on everything that needs to be cleaned before you move out. In my mind, vacuuming, cleaning the bathroom / toilet / sinks / oven etc should be enough. There are some pretty weird demands in here considering this building is being demolished. Some examples:

All carpets must be vacuumed and shampooed
Wood or linoleum floors must be mopped, waxed or polished using appropriate cleaning products.
Clean sink(s). Hardware should be clean, free of water spots and shiny
Cabinets must be cleaned inside and out. Scrub fronts clean to remove fingerprints and food.
Clean baseboards and coving. Clean, mop and wax linoleum floors with appropriate cleaning products.”

I cry foul.

On It Goes…

Oh, and for the record, this is the Senator Carole Migden Law - it’s in effect statewide:

“If the tenant and landlord cannot reach an agreement on the amount of the security deposit returned, the tenant can file a lawsuit against the landlord for return of the security deposit.  The tenant can sue for:

  • The amount of the deposit, plus
  • Twice the amount of the security deposit in damages. The judge may give the tenant these additional damages if the landlord retained the deposit in bad faith.

The tenant can sue the landlord in small claims, which is informal and inexpensive, as long as the total amount sued for is $10,000 or less. Click for more information on Small Claims.”

OMG, Audition for the “America’s Got Talent” TV Show This Weekend in San Francisco! February 11-12, 2012

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Here’s what you’re going to do this weekend. You’re going to register for the America’s Got Talent tryouts in San Francisco’s Civic Center and then you’re going to win a place on the show and then Howard Stern will eventually end up giving you a check for one million dollars!

Because you’re talented, baby.

Check it:

Oh, you don’t actually think that you gots talent? Well then you can just go and watch the taping of the show on February 24th or 25th FOR FREE.

Hurray!

Bon courage, talented Bay Areans!

“NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s hottest show, is coming to the Bay Area — and you can be in the live studio audience!

Free tickets are now available to see host Nick Cannon and celebrity judges Howard Stern, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel as they tape shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on February 24th and 25th.

Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Simply follow this link to sign up for one of four tapings. All tickets are free! The minimum age to attend is 14.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be part of a primetime, television event!

America’s Got Talent is a true celebration of the American spirit. It features a unique selection singers, dancers, comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians and ventriloquists, all hoping to win America’s hearts — and a $1million prize!

These tickets are to be a part of the live studio audience for America’s Got Talent, not to perform on the show. All performers have been pre-selected.

For information on how to audition for future shows, please follow this link.”

“Audition Advice

Before your audition, you should read this valuable advice:

Audition Day Checklist

Shoplifter at the Union Square Apple Store – A Sidewalk Scrum for iPhone – Bad Security Guards on Video

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

I don’t know how long you’ll be able to watch this one – all the action is in the first part and then it just goes on and on. (“Aagh, I can’t breathe!” “Get off of him!” “Aagh, I can’t breathe!” “Get off of him!”)

Not sure if the shoplifter had an actual iPhone. Seems as if he had, at the very least, some kind product endorsed by Dr. Dre, anyway:

Beats Studio by Dr. Dre – Hi-Def Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones

And, indeed, those can retail for up to $350, so one of the security guards got that part right. As far as everything else though, there’s just too much to inventory – this is like a video on how not to detain a shoplifter. (Should you let go of the perp temporarily to show off the booty to sway the crowd? Probably not. I could go on, but, as always, You Make The Call.)

It ended up requiring the attention of both the SFPD and the SFFD. (I wonder if there’s an official report or two on this incident.)

Anyway, I’m surprised this one didn’t go viral:

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Let’s Be Careful Out There…

Know Your Western Addition: Jessup’s Physical Culture Studio at the Russian Center on Sutter Street

Friday, April 8th, 2011

A building next to 1939′s Russian Center came down a few years back to reveal this:

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“Physical Culture?” (Sounds like a major for a jock from Stanfoo, actually.) Turns out that when you add in “studio” that it’s grizzled prospector talk for “gym.”

Anyway, the whole joint looks like it’s from the Mission or the SoMA.

Check it out, next time your about the eastern slopes of Trader Joe’s Hill…

WWW.SmokeFreeMovies.UCSF.EDU What? Apparently, UCSF Doesn’t Want CA to Subsidize Films that Depict Smoking

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Did you know that the state of California subsidizes movie production Down Hollywood Way to the tune of $100,000,000 a year? Well, some people want the Sacramento to cut off this source of movie funding for films that depict smoking, that’s the news of the day.

Did The Social Network glamorize smoking as far as you remember? I don’t recall, but it will win a few Oscars on Sunday so it’s as good a target as any, I s’pose. Here’s the closest I could find to a still that has somebody smoking:

(Hey, why does California subsidize film production in the first place? Shouldn’t Jerry Brown or somebody cut off this kind of corporate welfare tout de suite?)

All the deets, here and after the jump:

California Health Experts Fault State’s $100 Million Movie Subsidy, Ask for Reform - L.A. County’s health chief and the chair of California’s expert committee on tobacco control want future film projects with smoking made ineligible for millions in California tax credits

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 23, 2011 — Should California taxpayers invest millions of dollars to prevent youth smoking, then hand millions to studios whose films promote youth smoking?

That’s the contradiction spotlighted in separate letters to the California Film Commission released today from Jonathan Fielding, MD, director of L.A. County’s Department of Public Health, and Michael Ong, MD, chair of the Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, which is mandated by the legislature to guide state tobacco prevention efforts.

Dr. Fielding’s letter, dated January 14, notes that two recent Sony blockbusters, The Social Network and Burlesque, both rated PG-13 and featuring tobacco imagery, qualified for more than $12 million in California tax credits through a $100 million a year program that began its payouts on January 1, 2011. (The two films have grossed $135 million so far.) “Any benefit that tobacco-related subsidies for films might have for California’s interstate competitiveness must be balanced against proven, catastrophic ‘collateral damage’ to young audiences and long-term health costs to the state,” the letter says.

Dr. Ong’s letter, dated February 18, reports that “approximately 44 percent of adolescent smoking initiation can be attributed to exposure to onscreen smoking” and 100,000 high school students in California are currently smokers as a result of this exposure. “It is unconscionable that one state program threatens to undermine our state’s public health achievements and goals, our investment in tobacco prevention, and our savings in health care costs, particularly in a time of declining state revenues,” the letter says.

Both letters urge that future film projects with smoking be made ineligible for taxpayer subsidies in California. Similar reforms are advocated by health groups in New York, New Mexico, Ontario and British Columbia, all major sources of film production subsidies. In 2008, U.S. states granted an estimated $500 million in production subsidies to youth-rated films with smoking, rivaling the $518 million they will spend for tobacco prevention in 2011.

Also today, the Smoke Free Movies campaign based at University of California, San Francisco, published a full-page ad in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter noting that two-thirds of Oscar®-nominated films this year include smoking and forty percent of these are rated PG or PG-13. The ad centers on the new animated film Rango (Viacom: Paramount and Nickelodeon) opening March 4. Headline: “How many studio execs did it take to OK smoking in a ‘PG’ movie?” California already makes animated films ineligible for public subsidy. The ad can be seen at www.smokefreemovies.ucsf.edu/ourads/index.html.

SOURCE University of California, San Francisco, Smoke Free Movies Initiative

University of California, San Francisco, Smoke Free Movies Initiative

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