Last week, I trekked to Whidbey Island, WA, for a content retreat. I arrived the night before the event so I spent my first evening getting settled in my motel room and watching television. And that’s when I discovered a hidden gem: Media Space, a new series hosted by Hanson Hosein, an award-winning TV correspondent and Director of the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington.
For digital media geeks like me, this lucky find elicits the same endorphins as tweens at a Justin Bieber concert. Really.
On its own website, Media Space is described as “the program [that] connects viewers to the hot-button issues brought forth by a constantly evolving medium…Hosein, holds court with the change-agents influencing the digital media movement and storytelling.”
Every month, Hosein interviews a thought leader from the industry, such as Ben Huh who created viral blogs like I Can Has Cheezburger and the FAIL blog. The show originates as a Livestream webcast, with interactive engagement via Twitter using hashtag #mediaspace. Then, a 30-minute, primetime broadcast appears later in the month exclusively on uwtv.org.
Next Tuesday, January 18, at 6PM (PST), Hosein will interview Brent Friedman, Founding Partner of Electric Farm Entertainment, in front of a live audience about how the digital media revolution is not only transforming how Hollywood does business, but how it tells stories.
Following the discussion, a public salon will be held with Hosein, Friedman, Russell Sparkman (co-founder of Fusionspark Media) and John du Pre Gauntt (founder of Media Dojo). They will lead a more in-depth conversation about the digital infrastructure for storytelling and its future—including ownership and net neutrality. For details, see Amanda Weber’s write-up or register online to attend in person.
If you can’t watch be there, catch the broadcast of “Entertainment and Innovation: “Transmedia Storytelling – What is it?” on Wednesday, January 26 at 9PM (PST). I’ll definitely be watching!