Paragon Collective – The Frontier of Podcasting

Alex Aldea is the founder of The Paragon Collective podcast network, which produces Ice-T: Final LevelRuPaul: What’s The Tee? With Michelle Visage,and Kingsley’s Overexposed podcast. He responds to Carrie Battan’s recent article, “Podcasts: The Last Refuge of the C-List Celebrity,” in this great article, THE PODCAST IS THE LAST REFUGE FOR NO-ONE (embedded below).

 http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117319/podcast-last-refuge-no-one

Alex points out that Carrie missed crucial points about the success of podcasting: (1) It is an incredibly powerful form of media, does not insulate artists from scrutiny (as exemplified by Brandi Glanville’s recent scandal), (2) does have viral potential (as exemplified by Ice-T’s Dungeons & Dragons sensation), and (3) has become much more than the loosely based talk show format that the medium has been traditionally known for.

Check out the article for more information on the power of podcasting.

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Equity Crowd Sourcing Independent Films

With the success of donation based funding through companies like KickStarter and Indiegogo, 

Check out this great article on Indiewire that showcases the funding campaigns for 2014 Sundance selections:

http://www.indiewire.com/article/how-did-the-2014-sundance-film-festival-filmmakers-crowdfund-if-at-all

I’m very excited to see the expansion of funding implemented through the JOBS Act to include equity crowd sourcing and the companies that are creating matching funds. Check out this article on Deadline:

http://www.deadline.com/2014/03/tom-hanks-a-hologram-for-a-king-links-with-crowdfunding-start-up-big-ticket-investors/

This type of funding opens up film financing to a broader audience  and more investors will increase the success rate of getting independent projects off the ground! 

Another music legend dies …

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Another music legend dies …

Frankie Knuckles, one of the founding fathers of Electronic Dance Music, has passed away.

The entire industry is feeling the effects of this loss.

– JD