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Mobile clips spotlighted in Hollywood – video’s nice, but … October 30, 2006

Posted by William Spear in >> News.

Noted with interest is the Third Screen Film Festival held last week at the Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills, California. Covered by Colin Gibbs of RCR Wireless News (“Made-for-mobile clips get respect”; October 30, 2006), he references winners Todd Spence (“The Lost,” Top Prize), Matt Paige (“Pumpkin,” Jury Prize) and Tim Saccardo (“Slideshow,” Mobile Award). The potential financial rewards to mobile operators with vision to deliver entertainment to their customers generated much of the Festival’s buzz.


Lit Between the Ears offers its applause to all the participants. Their works merit congratulations and attention. We wish them nothing but success as they venture into the mobile space.


However, we note a disturbing lack of original dramatic audio presented for mobile audiences. Where are radio’s storytellers as this new market emerges? Where are this era’s Norman Corwins, William Spiers or Arch Obolers? When do we get to experience the next “On a Note of Triumph,” Suspense or Lights Out series?

Financial barriers to entry are low. Production tools are accessible. Talent, migrated from visual media, can captivate and entertain audiences.

Radio is alive; it’s vibrancy can drive mobile programming platforms and profits. Video and film are nice; but audio tells a different story altogether.

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