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TONY POTTS: Again, Why Social Media Is Brilliant In Moving Bureaucratic Mountains. Guy Is Upset, Makes Video About It, VIDEO Goes VIRAL, NYC Gets Off It's Ass And Fixes Problem

TONY POTTS: Again, Why Social Media Is Brilliant In Moving Bureaucratic Mountains. Guy Is Upset, Makes Video About It, VIDEO Goes VIRAL, NYC Gets Off It's Ass And Fixes Problem | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
New York City Subway Stairs on Vimeo on Vimeo This is fantastic! From MASHABLE: The power of viral Internet strikes again — this time, it’s helping to create a safer New York City. A “subway...
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TONY POTTS: My Thoughts As I Watched Ann Curry Say Goodbye on 'Today'

As I watched Anny Curry's tearful goodbye on Today, I had a thought; This sudden dismissal could well backfire for NBC.

 

Here's why. It's a bit of a pr disaster. Ann's dismissal, cuz that's what it is, happened in warp-speed. Her wounds are incredibly raw. Salt was not only poured on them, it was rubbed in, too.

 

Take it from someone who has done thousands of hours of live tv, there's nothing more dangerous (and makes executives incredibly nervous) than putting a talent who's nerves/emotions are raw on live television. Not only that, a talent who didn't want to go. A talent who called it her "dream job.". Now, in front of millions, Ann Curry had to say goodbye. It is a recipe for disaster or good tv. 

 

Ann handled it as I knew she would. Emotional. Honest. She's too nice to take a shot across the bow at NBC, but she did have her moments. Subtle and well done.

 

But, back to why this may backfire for NBC. The network clearly removed Ann from Matt's side because, for all intents and purposes, Good Morning America beat Today on Ann's watch. She's the only difference in the past year. So, it had to be her, right? I'm not so sure. (Read yesterday's post) Net-Net, pure and simple, it's ratings. 

 

So, this move by NBC is to stabilize and bolster ratings. However, with this messy handling of Ann Curry, with many viewers feeling she was kicked to the curb in a way not befitting someone who gave so many years to the show, NBC could turn off a number of loyal viewers.  LOYAL viewers. Many felt Ann was incredibly loyal to NBC (arguably to a fault) and that loyalty was disrespected in the manner of her dismissal.

 

Ironically, those ratings NBC was trying to save, it may have just kicked to the curb.  

 

 

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TONY POTTS: Think You Can’t Take A Vacation? The Sound Business (and personal) Reasons You Really Should (or What Happened to Me Today in Hawaii)

TONY POTTS: Think You Can’t Take A Vacation? The Sound Business (and personal) Reasons You Really Should (or What Happened to Me Today in Hawaii) | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

It’s funny I came across this FAST COMPANY article today while sitting just a stone’s throw from an amazing white-sand, Hawaiian beach...

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TONY POTTS: Ann Curry Deserved A Shot, She Just Was The Wrong Fit

TONY POTTS: Ann Curry Deserved A Shot, She Just Was The Wrong Fit | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

This is one of those times in our business when a person who deserved the job, in this case hosting next to Matt Lauer, got the job but was never truly the right fit. I’ve interviewed Ann a number of times....

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**You Don't See This Headline Everyday**UPDATE: HBO Apologizes For George W. Bush’s Severed Head In ‘Game Of Thrones’

**You Don't See This Headline Everyday**UPDATE: HBO Apologizes For George W. Bush’s Severed Head In ‘Game Of Thrones’ | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

The controversy over the use of a prosthetic George W. Bush head as a prop in beheading scenes on the hit HBO fantasy series Game Of Thrones led to both HBO and the series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss issuing apologies tonight, following criticism by Republican leaders. It is unclear whether the image would be edited out of future GOT rebroadcasts on HBO and on-demand but that appears likely.

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AMAZING New YouTube Channel: YOMYOMF - Best Launch of a Channel Yet (Video!)

AMAZING New YouTube Channel: YOMYOMF - Best Launch of a Channel Yet (Video!) | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

This is absolutely brilliant. "You Offend Me, You Offend My Family". Programming will include both scripted and reality series.

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Hot Trailer: Robert Zemeckis-Directed ‘Flight’

Hot Trailer: Robert Zemeckis-Directed ‘Flight’ | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
Here's an early trailer for Flight, Robert Zemeckis' return to live action directing after his foray into performance capture animation.
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TONY POTTS: My Thoughts On CNN As Anthony Bourdain Exits Travel Channel for CNN

TONY POTTS: My Thoughts On CNN As Anthony Bourdain Exits Travel Channel for CNN | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

CNN is in big trouble...

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Will Smith Raps 'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Theme Song on 'The Graham Norton Show" (Video)

Will Smith Raps 'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Theme Song on 'The Graham Norton Show"  (Video) | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
Will Smith's international publicity tour for "Men In Black III" already produced one moment of viral video goodness when Smith slapped a European reporter who tried to kiss him at a red carpet.
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TONY POTTS: One of the Most Incredible Athletic Videos I’ve EVER Seen: Football 2012 (Rémi GAILLARD)

TONY POTTS: One of the Most Incredible Athletic Videos I’ve EVER Seen: Football 2012 (Rémi GAILLARD) | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

Some of these ‘feats of foot’ are absolutley incredible. From the tire to the shopping cart to…

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Today Only!!! The Google Logo is a Moog Synthesizer You Can PLAY!!!

Today Only!!! The Google Logo is a Moog Synthesizer You Can PLAY!!! | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

I played it and it was a blast. You can adjust everything...

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TONY POTTS: Still Happy I Didn't Buy Any Facebook, However....

TONY POTTS: Still Happy I Didn't Buy Any Facebook, However.... | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

As I mentioned before, when Facebook decided to issue even more stock in the final days leading up to its IPO, I saw that as a sign to stay away. It also increased it's IPO price at the last minute. Not a good double-whammy.  More is not better. Better is better. And in this case, less is more as in less stock, more demand. Sure there were NASDAQ glitches, but not everyone was sold on Facebook's valuation. Had the IPO happened two years ago, when FB was adding people at a blitzkreig rate, the price with enormous growth ahead would be justified. When FB gets to 1-billion users, then what? 500m to 700m is easier than 1b-1.2b.

Do you know who is the big winner in the Facebook IPO? Google.

 

Here are a couple of good references:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidmaris/2012/05/21/facebook-stock-drops-what-really-goes-on-in-ipos/

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57438348-93/why-facebooks-stock-is-tanking/

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TONY POTTS: Great Weekend, 80s Party With Kevin Frazier, Billboard Awards and More

TONY POTTS: Great Weekend, 80s Party With Kevin Frazier, Billboard Awards and More | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

When was the last time I had a Peach Fuzzy Navel Cooler?? Well...

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TONY POTTS: New Quentin! "The Man With The Iron Fists Official Red Band Trailer:

The official red band trailer for Quentin Tarantino's "The Man With The Iron Fists" starring RZA. In feudal China, a blacksmith who makes weapons for a small...
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TONY POTTS: I Told You NBC Would Take Care of Her: 'Today' co-host Ann Curry will bid farewell today

TONY POTTS: I Told You NBC Would Take Care of Her: 'Today' co-host Ann Curry will bid farewell today | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
It's "going to be a bit of a tough day," says Curry, stepping down after a year on the show and amid fevered speculation about her future. 

   Last week I wrote in my blog about the future of Ann Curry stating that, in spite of  rumours she'd actually leave the network if she was replaced as the co-host of the Today Show, NBC would find a way to take care of her, to take care of top talent, as it were. 

   And they did.

   As I stated last week, I've interviewed Ann a number of times and I've always found her available, intelligent and funny. She's well-liked within the network. She's also a pretty solid journalist as well. I figured NBC would have plenty of places to plug her into its many programs. It does and they did. 

   But make no mistake about it, it's horrific being replaced from what you have called your "dream job." Especially after just one year.

   However, Today is in an unfamiliar spot. It's not longer the King of the morning shows. GMA has beat it a number of times this Spring. While Today is somewhat innovative (very innovative for old-school morning tv, but limited in other media) and has some very talented people, espesh those behind the scenes folks and the crews who pull off all the live remote broadcasts, (which I've seen first hand with Matt Lauer in Paris, Zermatt and Cannes), it's a prisoner of it's own success and the times.

    By that I mean the very nature of it's success also brings with it the inability to change in a striking way. You can't turn an ocean liner around quickly. Nor, in most cases, would you want to.  What I mean by that is while Today was kicking serious ass for years, the last five or so saw the world in which we get our media changing. NBC's internet and app deficiencies are well documented. Conan, wanna chime in? 

    Hulu is a good thing, but that wasn't all NBC. 

    Maybe NBC is thinking Ryan Seacrest is it's way to infuse the "new" to it's brands...Today, et al. I'll be very interested to see how that plays out. To me, ABC's GMA seems to be the pushing a very stiff morning envelope, even in something as simple as the fun and unpredictability factor. 

   NBC-Uni-Comcast-GE-Microwaves, Inc. is a behometh. The renaissance at The Weather Channel is excellent. The leadership with David Kenny is refreshing. So, it can happen within NBC-Uni-Comcast-GE-Microwaves, Inc.

   So, back to Ann Curry saying goodbye today on Today. She'll still have a great gig doing what she does best. And, even tho' GMA is beating Today in the ratings on occasion, Today is still pretty damn successful. But in morning show history, there is always a capitulation point where the baton is passed. With the Summer Olympics around the corner, the baton will continue to be in the hands of Today, for now. Then comes the fall...as in September or "the fall".

 

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TONY POTTS: I Would Have Thrown Those Ingrates Off The Bus While It Was Still Moving

TONY POTTS: I Would Have Thrown Those Ingrates Off The Bus While It Was Still Moving | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

Internet Gives Harassed Bus Monitor a $325,000 Vacation! This is one of the reasons why I love the internet and feel we are fortunate to be living in these times. Sure, the internet can be used negatively...

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TONY POTTS: (this actually made me feel uneasy) Why Five Year Olds Shouldn't Get Gallery Shows(video) Your Thoughts?

TONY POTTS: (this actually made me feel uneasy) Why Five Year Olds Shouldn't Get Gallery Shows(video) Your Thoughts? | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
Aelita Andre's first exhibition was at only 22 months old. It was a group show, so the pressure was lessened, we imagine.
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TONY POTTS: This Is Fascinating-How your TiVo DVR FastFwd Habits Signals How A Movie Will Perform!

TONY POTTS: This Is Fascinating-How your TiVo DVR FastFwd Habits Signals How A Movie Will Perform! | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
During the past year TiVo has been studying box office performances in relation to the fast-forward rates of movie spots - and the correlation between the two is undeniable.
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TONY POTTS: LIVE FEED! Osprey Cam!! First Baby Born...Next One Is Ready!

TONY POTTS: LIVE FEED! Osprey Cam!! First Baby Born...Next One Is Ready! | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
The Osprey Cam sits atop a 30 foot tower located at the Audubon Camp in Maine on Hog Island.
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Romney Campaign Makes Third Spelling Gaffe in a Week: It's 'Offical'

Romney Campaign Makes Third Spelling Gaffe in a Week: It's 'Offical' | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
Less than a week after the Amercia gaffe, another two major spelling mistakes have emerged in the Romney campaign.
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TONY POTTS:(I Wanna Drive/Ride!) A 2-wheel car? Or Untippable Motorcycle? (Video)

TONY POTTS:(I Wanna Drive/Ride!) A 2-wheel car? Or Untippable Motorcycle? (Video) | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
Lit Motors calls it the C-1, but the San Francisco start-up's untippable motorcycle seems nothing short of magic.
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TONY POTTS: The Most Amazing Thing You Missed This Week (Mass Cool Factor)

Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It's more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a tou...
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TONY POTTS: Crazy Fun Cali-Night In An Indian Wedding Kinda Way (Video)

TONY POTTS: Crazy Fun Cali-Night In An Indian Wedding Kinda Way (Video) | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

What in the hell is Raas Garba??? Well, I (and my knuckles) found out last night. My day yesterday went...

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TONY POTTS: Wow! Just Watched The Johnny Carson "Masters" Series on PBS- Reminds Me of My Own Carson Stories

TONY POTTS: Wow! Just Watched The Johnny Carson "Masters" Series on PBS- Reminds Me of My Own Carson Stories | TonyPotts | Scoop.it

I spent the better part of six years of my career in Johnny Carson's 'Tonight Show' studio on the NBC lot. Actually, that's not entirely true. It was actually the 'Access Hollywood' studio. Still is today. But to all of us, it was Johnny's studio. We even kept Johnny's 'star' on the original floor underneath our floor. In fact, some of our floor crew worked on the 'Tonight Show' back in the day.

During the thousands of shows I shot in the that studio, there was always plenty of down time. And as anyone in the entertainment biz knows, 'down time' means 'story time'! From the open bar behind the set to massive cases of Budweiser (Ed McMahon was a Bud spokesperson) and parties after the show, there are plenty of stories.

My dressing room was 'Tonight Show' Band leader Doc Severinsen's room. All I can say is if you've ever been in Willie Nelson's tour bus, then you know of the faint scent in my dressing room. Luckily, I was able to get new carpet n' paint n' furniture. I gotta say,  I did smile the first time I entered my dressing room and took in the 'ambiance' of Doc's old room. I love the history of television/film, so it was pretty cool to be able to touch a bit of it.

The reason we shot Access Hollywood in Johnny's old studio was because Jay Leno moved to the studio accross the hall. So, my dressing room was in the same hallway as guests of the Leno's Tonight Show. I can't tell you how many times I would be walking to my room when some strange creature would be walking down the hall. And I mean animal or human. Aardvark. Wild Pig. Donkey. Koala. Lead singer of The Cure, Robert Smith. Also, I could always 'smell' what kind of musical act was on the Tonight Show long before I arrived at my dressing room. You see, I had to pass by the Musician's Dressing Room. When Snoop was on the show, I could tell it was him when I got out of my car and arrived at work.

One of my best memories of the Tonight Show legacy comes in the form of Johnny's second wife, Joanne Copeland. Johnny died on my birthday, January 23, in 2005. I was at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah when I got the call Johnny had died. It was a Sunday. Access Hollywood sent a driver right away and booked me a new flight on the 45-minute drive to the airport to catch the plane back to Burbank.

We did a full week of shows in tribute to Johnny. Joanne graciously agreed to come to the NBC lot and chat about the man she loved. What she didn't know is that we planned to walk her across the midway (the small parking lot between the studio and the NBC Commissary --the very same commissary Johnny made famous in his monologues) inside the Artists' Entrance, down the hallway Johnny walked every night to do the show, thru two sets of doors and into the studio. She told me she had not been in that studio for nearly 30-years.  I asked her if she'd like to go inside. She said, "Yes". Now remember, Johnny had just passed away days ago. She always loved him. I could tell she wanted one last remeberance from the Tonight Show days. 

There was something else we didn't tell her. We had found the original Tonight Show curtains, those famous curtains, that 15-million people watched Johnny walk thru each night. Our incredible floor crew had perfectly hung the curtains. When I saw them, I actually got chills. They had been packed away since Johnny's last show, 13-years earlier. An incredible sight. I took Joanne thru the two sets of double doors to enter the studio.

As soon as she cleared the last set of doors, she saw them. Hanging in all their glory. She stopped, put one hand to her open mouth, tears collected around her eyes and moved slowly toward them. Closer and closer. Her watered eyes looking up to the top. And then she did what she just had to do. It was as if she didn't have any control of the moment.  She gently touched the curtains. She pulled them close to her, touching her face. As the curtains enveloped Johnny Carson's second wife, from head to toe, she slightly lifted her nose. Caressingly, Joanne closed her eyes and softly breathed-in  the curtains. 

Then she smiled what can only be described as a blissful, intimate faraway smile. There was a palpable energy present in the room. We all felt it.

 It is a moment I will never forget. 

 

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Facebook Opens at $42, Valued at $116.6 Billion

Facebook Opens at $42, Valued at $116.6 Billion | TonyPotts | Scoop.it
Facebook shares started trading on Nasdaq Friday morning under the ticker "FB."...
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