Let’s Talk Hair at NAB 2018

On the heels of a successful screening in the Indie Night Film Festival a the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Let’s Talk Hair went to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas for our campaign to garner support for the show. Partnering with Harry Hall of MME Hub/Brandworks USA, we were able to meet with industry professionals and TV executives interested in Let’s Talk Hair.

We also used the convention as a way to find out ways the latest technologies can be integrated into the production of the show and to promote the project within the industry. 
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More on NAB: “The National Association of Broadcasters is the voice for the nation’s radio and television broadcasters. As the premier trade association for broadcasters, NAB advances the interests of our members in federal government, industry and public affairs; improves the quality and profitability of broadcasting; encourages content and technology innovation; and spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities… Whether it’s the new possibilities created by mobile digital television or FM-enabled mobile devices, NAB is helping broadcasters seize opportunities in the digital age. Advances in technology are giving broadcasters opportunities to find better, more innovative ways to deliver the high-quality content and services that local communities expect and deserve.”

-O.G.

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Let’s Talk Hair at Indie Night Film Festival

Showcase of TV pilot LET’S TALK HAIR in the IndieNight Film Festival on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at TCL Chinese Theater 6 in Hollywood, CA. HUGE THANKS to everyone who made the LET’S TALK HAIR screening in the Indie Night Film Festival a success!!

Let's Talk Hair TV at Indie Night Film Festival
Let’s Talk Hair TVpilot was showcased at the Indie Night Film Festival in Los Angeles!

Shout out to Dave Brown, Robi Reed and the #IndieNightFF team for an amazing showcase. #letstalkhair #LetsTalkHairTV

-O.G.

Coming soon: LET’S TALK HAIR television show

Let’s Talk Hair will be a TV magazine show geared to African-American women, who seek culturally relevant information about their hair textures and concerns.

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Let’s Talk Hair will feature interviews, demos and on-the-scene video packages, and will broadcast as a half-hour series. 

Let's Talk Hair ABOUT graphicWith an engaged audience seeking culturally relevant and generation-aware messages, Let’s Talk Hair offers the ideal context to connect with African-American women around hair, beauty and a variety of goods and services.

Connecting with cosmetologists, do-it-yourself’ers, everyday women and the occasional celebrity, our show will go on a journey through the latest news, styling techniques, products and hair discussions – the beauty at heart of hair.

For more information, go to letstalkhair.tv

Harry Connick Jr. Show features makeup tutorial for ebony-skinned women

Beauty and diversity done right — Harry, the Harry Connick Jr. TV talk show features makeup tutorial for ebony-skinned women, featuring a high fashion model and a popular YouTuber. Here’s why this episode works so well.

Ebony, the darkest and rarest of woods, has been desired and held in high regard throughout history; however, while craftsmen and connoisseurs value ebony as the most prized wood, skin tones of that same rich color are often not held in such high esteem. Those blessed to have it often struggle with questions of its desirability as well as limited availability of makeup products and techniques that showcase it properly.

That’s why it’s no small matter when a major television show features ebony-skinned models in a beauty tutorial designed just for them.  Harry, the eponymous talk show hosted by Harry Connick Jr., recently featured gorgeous dark-skinned model Nyakim Gatwech and beauty blogger Nyma Tang in a makeup demo that highlights the beauty of dark skin.

Harry show - Nyma explains eye shadow

Louisiana -born singer and bandleader Connick, known for bringing back the sounds of classic jazz ballads and big bands to a modern, worldwide audience, has also proved his skills as an actor and now talk show host. Now in its second season with a solid daily viewership of about 1.4 million households, Harry features Connick’s engaging interview style and a rich showcase of talented musical guests. Continue reading “Harry Connick Jr. Show features makeup tutorial for ebony-skinned women”

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part XIV: My experience working in Asian American Television at LA18/KSCI-TV

As a member of the studio production team of LA18–or as one might call it, the Asian Univision–I’ve had the unique experience of working in a cross-cultural, multi-lingual environment right here within the United States. As part of a cross-trained crew, I worked as Floor Manger, Camera Operator, Audio Technician, CG person and, most recently, Senior Technical Director. I also edited video, prepared graphics for the shows and other important functions that helped make our 4 to 5-per-day shooting schedule run.

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Producer, Crew and Co-Hosts for LA18 Midday Buzz

According to Los Angeles Magazine article The Unique Challenges of Being the Only TV Station That Caters to L.A.’s Asian Communities: “Like Univision, LA18 draws from a potential viewer base that, despite a tough media climate, is actually expanding…The Greater L.A. area contains the largest number of ethnic Koreans living outside of Korea and the largest number of ethnic Filipinos living outside of the Philippines. More than a half million Chinese live here, too; in the United States only New York and the Bay Area have more.”

The main question I get about my experience at LA18 is,  How does the crew, not being bilingual, communicate with the talent? Interestingly enough, the process is very efficient. Though the shows are not conducted in English, the on-air talent and producers were bilingual, and they communicated with crew regarding when to insert videos and when to wrap segments the communication was very efficient. Continue reading “Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part XIV: My experience working in Asian American Television at LA18/KSCI-TV”

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part XIII: Joining the crew of the Better Show

The Better ShowExciting news! I am now a Studio Camera Operator for The Better Show show, a nationally syndicated lifestyle TV program hosted by Audra Lowe and JD Roberto. Produced by media and publishing company Meredith, Better cleverly takes its name from Better Homes and Gardens magazine and features celebrity interviews, on-location segments, expert advice, studio performances, cooking and more.

Better is shot at Meredith Video Studios, a multi-camera studio in the heart of Manhattan where branded content and other programming are also created. The show is in its sixth season and is broadcast in 85 million homes.

You can watch Better in New York City weekdays at 6:00 am on CBS-owned WLNY Ch. 55.  For other locations, check your local listings!

-O.G.

LINKS:

Better.TV

Better on IMDb

CHOICES is now on IMDb…add your review!

Rate it! Review it!

CHOICES TV and web series is now listed in the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2288614/

IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, a key online database that verifies and lists shows and allows users to discuss and submit reviews.

Submit your review for CHOICES TV & Web Series at IMDb!

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part XII: Studio Camera Person for TV’s “The Jump”

Working as studio camera person for TV’s The Jump and other shows on MNN-TV has influenced my work as a multi-camera director. 

The Jump, produced by Vaughn Oliver’s DJTR Media & Production Company and broadcast on the country’s largest public access station MNN-TV, showcases a beautiful and eclectic array of musical talent. Live bands perform in studio under the best lighting, sound, camera work and direction money can’t buy. Vaughn Oliver transformed the studio into a space comparable to notable shows on network and pay cable television. The Jump is public access’ answer to PBS’ Great Performances and MTV’s Unplugged.

It’s been great being part of a team that was encouraged to take risks: deliberately soft focus shots; deep close-ups; panning, zooming and trucking; dissolves; straight cuts, and starlight filters were all techniques we employed under masterful direction by Vaughn Oliver and others.

Check out some of the episodes of The Jump that I worked as camera person for. You can see me in the show’s opening in the control room on the right :)

The Jump Season 2, Episode 2
Musical Guest Sarah Renfro f. Michelle Casillas
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The Jump Season 2, Episode 1
Musical Guest Christina Lee and band
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The Jump Season 1, Episode 1
Musical Guest “Gringa”f. Jessica Sarles
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Shout out to Vaughn Oliver, hosts Ohene Cornelius & Jen Kwok and The Jump’s amazing crew!

Adventures in Multi-Camera Televsion Part XI: Olu Gittens Multi-Cam Reels I and II

Multi-Camera Reel I
Drama, Soap Opera

Rehearsing actors, leading crew, envisioning lighting, determining shots, editing on the fly, sound design and editing were all skills I utilized to make the award-winning series CHOICES on which my multi-camera reel is based.
Also viewable on YouTube at youtu.be/UWQGVbvVhRc

Multi-Camera Reel II
Talk Show, News, Live Music

Talk shows, news/public affairs and live music formats, all shot in studio as Multi-Camera Director and Technical Director for “Education Matters,” “The RTS Club” and “Different Voices”, and more.
Also viewable on YouTube at http://youtu.be/3SS3TBJTQdo

-O.G.