April 4, 2005 3:19 PM PDT

Gore's TV network set to launch with Google tie-in

Former Vice President Al Gore and partners have renamed their upcoming youth-oriented TV network and set Aug. 1 as its launch date.

The venture, formerly called INdTV, will be called Current.tv, it was announced on Monday. The 24-hour network will target an 18- to 34-year-old audience and offer short-form content--15-second to five-minute segments--to be contributed by viewers.

Viewers will also be able to vote for their favorite videos and get tutorials via the Internet on how to produce their own segments, according to network officials.

Think of it as a big video blog that you don't need a computer to watch. Gore said he is aiming to bring interactivity to the TV set.

"The Internet opened a floodgate for young people whose passions are finally being heard, but TV hasn't followed suit," Gore, the network's chairman, said in a statement. "We intend to change that with Current, giving those who crave the empowerment of the Web the same opportunity for expression on television."

Gore and Google team up
In addition to the videos, the new network reached a pact with Google to include the search firm's data on the most popular Web searches.

The deal came despite early skepticism from Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google, the No. 1 Web search engine that earlier this year stepped into the realm of entertainment by releasing a test video search service that pulls up still shots from such content providers as Fox News, PBS and the NBA.

When first approached, "I thought it would be an extraordinarily challenging endeavor," Brin said. "Having seen some of the work they've now put together, I think it's an extraordinary opportunity."

Starting Aug. 1, Current will replace News World International, which is available in almost 19 million U.S. homes--12 million from DirecTV and about 5 million on Time Warner's digital-cable service. Current acquired News World International from Vivendi Universal Entertainment for an undisclosed sum last May.

Viewers will be able to contribute content and participate in the programming the show lineup through Current's online production studio.

Politics aside
Topics will include careers, finance, fashion, global events and local happenings.

The idea builds off the on-demand scheduling capabilities that viewers currently have through video on demand and digital video recorders but goes one step further to include the creation and active programming role, according to the company.

Gore, who lost the 2000 election in a bitter contest with current President Bush, seemed to have put politics behind him, insisting the channel would not be a liberal pulpit.

"We have no intention of being a Democratic channel, a liberal channel, or a TV version of Air America, that's not what we're all about," he said, referring to the liberal radio network.

The network said its financial backers included Rob Glaser, chief executive of RealNetworks, Bob Pittman who helped create the popular MTV networks and Joel Hyatt, who is chief executive of the network and built a network of legal services clinics.

Network officials said they were trying to expand the viewer base, but acknowledged that lining up more cable systems was not easy.

So far, they have agreements involving DirecTV's "Total Choice" tier, as well as in certain markets operated by Comcast Corp. and Time Warner.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Redefining the way we fall asleep
I, for one, am greatly looking forward to this. </sarcasm>
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Redefining the way we fall asleep
I, for one, am greatly looking forward to this. </sarcasm>
Posted by Christopher Hall (1205 comments )
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Yep, let's see why the TV isn't like the web
I know what will make TV just like blogs - Al Gore, of course. He did invent both, from what he remembers.
Posted by sanenazok (3449 comments )
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Yep, let's see why the TV isn't like the web
I know what will make TV just like blogs - Al Gore, of course. He did invent both, from what he remembers.
Posted by sanenazok (3449 comments )
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I can't wait...
For it to degrade into Captain Planet reruns. Go Planet!
Posted by Neo Con (428 comments )
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I can't wait...
For it to degrade into Captain Planet reruns. Go Planet!
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Al Gore steals copyrighted material
Al Gore TV is having contributors sign a 'Work for Hire' release that turns over the copyright and u'r image to them.

Release form: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.current.tv/docs/release.pdf" target="_newWindow">http://www.current.tv/docs/release.pdf</a>

What 'Work for Hire' is about:
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.music-law.com/workforhire.html" target="_newWindow">http://www.music-law.com/workforhire.html</a>
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Al Gore steals copyrighted material
Al Gore TV is having contributors sign a 'Work for Hire' release that turns over the copyright and u'r image to them.

Release form: <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.current.tv/docs/release.pdf" target="_newWindow">http://www.current.tv/docs/release.pdf</a>

What 'Work for Hire' is about:
<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.music-law.com/workforhire.html" target="_newWindow">http://www.music-law.com/workforhire.html</a>
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al gore is the real thing. thanks for the validation
for the past two years i have thought myself utterly bonkers,
alienated, ahead, behind, under, over, outside, beyond the
curve. knowing what can be streamed and to whom and to how
many viewers simultaneously combined with declining cost and
increased technical ease and ever greater accessibility of
streaming, i couldn't believe i was the only person actually
setting up an alternative tv network.

wasn't there a deep hunger for the antithesis of mass media,
based on what i refer to as niche-castng"? what i went out and
created is interactive and customize-able, to boot. i discovered
break-even can be reached with a ridiculously low number of
subscribers; my financial research and projections clearly
proves that with ad sales and merchandising, a rather sharp
upward profit curve can be achieved within weeks of launch. so
why was i, a film director...an 'artiste' for chrissake, aware of
this glowing potentiality of true breakthrough while it cruised
well under the radar of everyone in the financial/executive
sectors of entertainment and communications?

in a nutshell? it's due to reactionary thinking. i call it 'tosseristic
nihilism'- the prevailing illogic goes something like this..."if the
tech bubble had burst, then anything that looked or smelled like
it was techno- enhanced or, God Forfend! represented a
complete paradigmatic shift based on technical evolution... well,
it had to be rejected out of hand, scoffed at, ridiculed. the baby
would have to be sacrificed in order to slosh out the bath-
water."
this would be required to protect the status quo.

if my new network stands for one thing philosophically, it is
anti-glibness. we have a president sitting today who won the
electoral college on statements like 'al gore is an analog guy in a
digital age'. not only was it farther from the truth than i could
stomach, it desecrated the efforts of one of the most valued
candidates that our generation has offered up for actual
leadership. i feel a strong personal commitment to throw
whatever impediments i can into the non-critical, anti-analytical
revisionism used to sway voters, consumers, viewers... no more
'contempt prior to investigation'- in other words, no more
taking sound bites at face value. the fact that with the advent
of the internet researching any subject, corroborating or refuting
any statement, has never been so instantaneously do-able.
does anyone remember trying to use the 'periodic guide to
literature' at the library reference desk? there's no reason to
wander through life's complexities loaded with knee jerk
responses- they're dangerous, and can completely shut down
critical thinking.

at its worst, this acceptance at face value of reactionary,
goading, mean-spirited statements allows for the kind of
unmindfulness, emotional explosiveness that goaded mobs into
committing lynching. on a daily basis it foments ugliness in the
workplace, school-ground and media. the reason we hear
mentioned the german phrase 'schadenfreude' so often from
political pundits and media commentators is because it is so
prevalent in how we treat one another. silly, silly species.

but now, for joy! i hear that my most admired public servant/
visionary/existential prime mover, the dude who wrote the book
on the internet and the ills of global warning is involved in
establishing exactly what i am doing- creating an alternative
media network; with the same intent - 'to blur the line between
internet and television'.
'o frabjous day, caloo, callay!' he chorted in his joy.
(jabberwocky, lewis carrol)

and that's not the only major affirmation i feel blessed with. C/
NET is reporting a healthy number of similar ventures. it is very
heartening- not anxiety-producing in the least. i'm so far into
development, production, operations and monetization
planning, scheduling and content formulation that i can launch
in two months- without having to go to the bank again.

fortunately, i am rather mercurial filmmaker, a tap-dancing,
multi-tasking director for all seasons, who also writes, shoots,
edits and scores- and i came from producing so that i
understand the logistics, the business model, marketing, legal
and intellectual property issues. i've done hundreds of high-
end, national and global commercials and videos, surrounded
by ad agency and corporate clients making thousands of
overcomplicating, time and concept killing suggestions, while
still staying on schedule and budget, even winning at cannes,
the clios etc.. so on my own, or with a small hustling crew, i
can crank out strong narrative with breathtaking
cinematography, unusual, rich-looking production design that
adds verisimilitude and ambience that so reinforces the
narrative. and we can do this so fast it would make most
producer's heads swim. writing on the run is easy for me. i'm
NEVER at a loss for an interesting set-up to advance the story or
create a new one. i can milk a location, cast, crew for a
multitude of additional story-lines, new plots and altogether
new and distinct stories which can easily motivate altogether
new series, or allow viewers to select plot changes and a variety
of endings to whichever shows they are watching- and i've been
training a handful of recent art school grads in my "modular"
approach; i am cloning myself via amoebic-like cell division.
soon my mini-studio of 8 or 9 techno-hipsters, fortified with a
diet of classic film, photography, art history and essential
reading like lajos egri's 'art of dramatic writing', barzun's 'what
is cinema?' and any issue of 'cahier du cinema' that we can get
our rebellious mitts on, can produce hours and hours and hours
of new shows a week. and these tidy, well constructed, well
written, performed, edited and scored breakthrough modulated
genre pieces will be marketed to sophisticated, educated
audiences in the prime demographics- targeted for those
passionate to see what's taking place on the bleeding edge, what
the possibilities are- those of us hungry for change.

not only will the revolution be televised, it seems, but i doubt it
could occur without it. marshall mccluhan declared some 40
years ago, that the medium is the massage. even that
perception has evolved. now 'the medium' has become a 'full
spa weekend, including herbal wraps, colonics, rolfing,
pedicures and a complimentary facial.' of course, the quality of
your particular spa weekend depends on which network you
watch. intuitive.tv will return the purpose of the medium to what
it's real inventor, philo t. farnsworth, intended; a democratizing
font of culture and knowledge, allowing for the oklahoma
sharecropper's kids to hear and memorize the libretto and score
of 'cosi fan tutti' just as readily as the children of the billionaire
industrialist, safely ensconced in their mckim, mead and white,
lovingly maintained connecticut manse.

our 'super-scribers' will have the option to upgrade, at cost plus
fixed fee, to our jaw-dropping three plasma screen multi-
sensory virtual cinema system" that immerses them in skillfully
realized, painstakingly interpolated environments that set the
stage for cyber/historical fables and romantic, mythical epics;
they, the viewers, will be integral to the action, becoming
characters belonging to stories unfolding in breathtakingly
beautiful, sensually-enfolding, parallel worlds, replicated by
ingeniously blending available apps and hardware. the
possibilities herein are staggering- europe for a day
accompanied by claire danes, time travel with andy dick or
firesign theater, into nail-biting sci-fi adventures with your
avatar or participating character who represents you being
dazzled by a plethora of visual techniques. the verisimilitude
creates a sense of responsibility to the story-line- a viewer will
become acutely aware that he or she has to cover drew
barrymore's backside- without succumbing to fear and bailing
out- steadfastly holding their ground despite ingenious
treachery by false allies that leads to attack by morphing
psychotic steve buscemi clones- and boy can she show her
gratitude convincingly- right there in your personal v-r climate
and olfactory-stimulant, negative ionizer equipped virtual pod
with perfectly synched rocker plate swaying, leaning, dropping,
soaring, jolting, vibrating with each nuance of action and
reaction.

sound impossibly futuristic? maybe it does, but the technology
has existed- has been affordable for some time- we're
constructing it right now. it will be available within two to three
months of launch. and again; the action, story, setting,
intensity, is all modifiable by the viewer/subscriber/user. we all
have some kind of fun indeed, in store for us.

how about seeing the most intelligent, realistic chandleresque
crime show completely from the p.o.v. of the homicide
investigator in charge of a hunt for the identity of a serial killer
who calls himself 'leatherman' based on his proficiency with that
particular pocketool? and the zow factor? all the characters
refer to that investigator by your name, referring to facts from
your real bio and c.v.- and the investigator/protagonist
converses with the key characters... using YOUR voice...
because- you ARE that investigator. (and you don't even
remember when we recorded your voice- because of a white lie
aimed to maximally entertain your sorry ass- it was done when
you were signing up for intuitive.tv- we edited your verbal
responses to our questionnaire into appropriate dialogue for the
show- no big... but very individualized, maximally involving, and
a refreshingly different, very cool use of the medium.

kick-in-the-pants-programming like the aforementioned will
doubtless- at least we hope so- elicit brilliant suggestions from
the viewers. two heads are better than one. seven hundred
subscribers constitutes one bad-assed think tank. thus,
intuitive.tv will be collaborative- an actual community builder.
not only does this evolutionary medium blur the line between tv
and internet, it obscures the roles of content provider and
content consumer. viewers can be participants in game shows,
advocate for new series and specials, upload media they have
created or begun for the programmers or other viewers to help
build, finish, add choose-able plot turns to, create multiple
endings for- tweak at will or within guidelines that the originator
stipulates.

intuitve.tv can utilize whatever platform of transpondence that is
most effective, cost efficient or techno-evolutionary, thus
remaining ever more responsive to the viewers. (our marketing
teaser is, 'so how do you want it?') we will always use the 'net
for up-linking (receiving your image and voice) for the viewers
interactive commentary on shows, viewer contributed
suggestions, complaints (maybe even praise?), for collaboration
on news stories, for participation at cyber meeting places, or
very involving forums on topics that really count. you will be
able to talk to the programmers, actors and other viewers after
the shows. and you will actually, truly, truly have an impact on
what you are watching .

when you walk into the tv room in your house, a motion sensor
alerts your cyberhost, who queries you about your intentions to
watch intuitive tv. your voice confirms your identity- one
person- one subscription, and then the cyberhost application
checks your viewing history. through various optional app's, we
can evaluate your emotional state, your energy level, and
automatically begin streaming the best media for you, right
then and right there. it monitors your reaction to what's playing
and makes adjustments as necessary- 'til you are humming like
an aeolian harp.

so is it any surprise that one of our channels is called the self-
actualization forum? with triple redundancy in our security, in
which you can aggressively participate, intuitive.tv is a safe
enough place to do on-line psycho therapy. if you haven't done
video iCHAT, then you don't know how cool, intimate, immediate
the communication is. it's breakthrough. it's an isolation killer.
the reason i don't go to see my therapist more than every two
months? i don't have time to drive there; to risk a parking ticket
or getting towed. driving home from my therapist's usually
undoes much of what i had just accompanied. driving in a
thoughtful state of mind is to invite getting honked at, flipped
off, pulled over by a cop who's got some pretty hefty issues of
his own. what a world. would anyone mind if i remade it a little
in an effort to help?

we also offer face-to-face concierge services. like the brilliant
jean paul at the stanhope in new york, who eased my path with
discretion and forethought, getting me great deals and saving
me money while freeing me up from complicated transactions
that forced me to sit by the phone. and there are other services
and assisting-personnel who will conspire to make your life so
much less complicated, chaotic, make you so much less
vulnerable to 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune'


the music channel actually shows good videos- only good
videos, current and classic. if you are as empowered by music
as i am, OSMOSIS will definitely infect you with 'cool', the
upness, the catharsis, the awe. when was the last time you saw
pennebaker's 'don't look back' covering dylan's rise to
something a bit more than fame? the maysles bros. 'sympathy
for the devil', richard lester's 'hard days nite'? 'the harder they
come' w/ jimmy cliff? documentaries about mods and rockers,
brian eno, sinnead oconnor's 'no-one compares to you' with the
realest tear ever filmed? wm gibson's london. wm gibson's
tokyo. a comparison of their music scenes- both the hip and the
kitsch thereof?

our 'benchmark channel' shows the films that make us who we
are...from eisenstein's polemical postulations of montage
editing, to nicholas ray's 'they live by night' (definitive american
'noir'), rafaelsons rescue of jack nicholson from obscurity in the
still enjoyable-as-hell genre buster 'easy rider', schlesinger's x
rated best picture oscar winning 'midnight cowboy' with
hoffman's unforgettable 'razzo rizzo' which countered his clean
cut protagonist in the 'graduate', also fun to watch, especially
for driving the wrong way on the sf-oakland bay to how get to
katherine ross in berkeley. how 'bout a weekly kubrick opus?
do you have any idea how well 'barry lyndon' holds up. i also
have a personal mission to make sure that no one in my
generation dies before seeing godard's 'alphaville' wherein hard
boiled dick eddie constantine travels about the solar system in a
ford galaxie...makes sense to me.
anyway, the films we show will dazzle or ground, inspire or
make us rage. they are so much more than 'entertainment'.
they are the mirror handed us by the elfin cinemagicians like hal
ashby, francois truffaut, federico fellini. the spellbinders reach
their satirical peak in 'after the fox', directed by di sica and
starring peter sellers (and victor mature!!!) sellers again
achieved mythical status in kubrick's 'strangelove' and hal
ashby/jerzy kosinski's 'being there' in which he walks off into
the sunset...on water. apt. (side-note- he screened 'the
producers' for elke sommers and friends, and found it so
enjoyable that he demanded the studios quit letting it languish
on the shelf and start marketing it immediately. the rest is
history.

our news and journalism channel is called 'the inverted pyramid'
and offers some rather unique formats for keeping up with
current events, such as 'hip hop headlines' news with a beat, 'the
very very fast news show' which is self explanatory and is
simultaneously hilarious and informative. 'media-watch' has
commentators in different cities around the world commenting
live on how specific breaking stories are covered by each of the
networks- which station owners are putting a slant on what is
billed as objective coverage; who is pushing what agenda, and
what is not being said and why it's not being said. the theme
here comes from marcus aurelius: "qui custodiet custodiae?"
who will guard the guards (or watch the watchers)? there will be
nonstop commentary, some completely visual with sound-
design throughout the day ('world in denial- monitoring the gap
between rich and poor', 'who we are- americans talk to islam',
'reports from abroad' which allows articulate citizenry from
anywhere on the planet to make two to three minute reports on
what they see happening in their countries). in my opinion, this
is democracy and free speech at its most pure- unfettered by
multi-national corporations. i think- i hope- that al gore would
agree with me.

along with the many original offerings on our 'tv nouveau'
channel we will also stream shows imported from around world
in 'your country's best'. hosted by an ordinary citizen thereof,
episodes from 'ycb' can go a long way in defining a nation's
sensibilities and values as the chosen spokesperson explains
why he and his compatriots are so particularly taken with this
national treasure. this is a great way to get into the psyche of a
nation- how and why they are entertained- in an interactive Q &#38;
A with the show's representative we can very likely discover to
what extent they admire/resent the content that we ship by the
ton to them? does it bother anyone else that 'baywatch' is
primarily how china perceives of our country's
cultural depth? let's trade some different kind of shows with
them- 'south park', 'malcolm in the middle', 'puppet girl' (from
intuitive tv). these are such perplexing pieces of media that they
should make it past the political censors- 'no problema'. they're
much more representative of who i know, talk to, perceive as
uniquely 'american'- even if pamela sue anderson and her ex
tommy lee have been so generously open and sharing about
their relationship- my wife and have been able to discuss how
we might handle my perfectly understandable ill-considered
affair with a porn star- we have had to face that these things
happen in any normal relationship like tommy and pammy have
displayed so unselfishly for all to see.

i've shot episodes, promos and trailers for over 90 shows. i
have outlined a wide spectrum of entertainment, journalism,
advocacy AND services- from satire, parody and deconstruction
of current formulated glossy network lowest common
denominator broadcast faire- tv taken to its illogical conclusion,
which will help lessen painful withdrawal symptoms of the bad-
tv addict who quits gaping the alphabet monopolies cold turkey
(the new opiate of the masses is the output of such unique,
courageous, mass media content providers such as....cbs, ubs,
nbc, cnn, ctvn, nbc, msnbc, nada-tv, 2d television, vacuous
spew perpetual channel, nonstop mindless transmissions,
rehashed concepts for everyone- one size fits all/no one,
national nonstop really patheticvision, quasi-news and surreal-
talk media, cinedump, recycled s kids, the disney rehash
casserole pay tv) all the way to
'cyberspace' adventure-ism, speculative futurism, academic and
historical subjects that fascinate (gasp! but, but, not everyone
will like that. gosh, that's true. oh, wait. if they don't like shows
with actual content, message, research, they can....watch
somthing else! on my network or somewhere else). ideally, and
this is why i have worked hard on the show templates, i can
attract the interest of my heros, wm gibson, bruce sterling,
lawrence lessing, neil stepehenson, stewart brand, xeni jardin
and spend hours interviewing them on gloriously cool 16 mm
and very nturalistically tweaked digital (this format is always the
source for sound- while recording perfect audio i am buying
myself visual coverage so that i a can be muck more economic
with my film budget), then film the textures, stories, situations
and locations that corroborate what these true observers of the
zeitgeist have long noted. if i can't fascinate my peers with what
is really happening, told in the vernacular of, say Wired
magazine, the Baroque Trilogy, the writings of al franken as well
as p.j. o'rourke, then i should be banished to some unidentiable
suburb in a state with too many vowels in its name, learn to
savor the denny's early bird specials and get really heavily
medicated. there's thousands of hours of 'everybody loves
dawson baycreek watch place', still there for me to watch. and
everyone has such nice hair.
Posted by intuitiveBEAR (2 comments )
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al gore is the real thing. thanks for the validation
for the past two years i have thought myself utterly bonkers,
alienated, ahead, behind, under, over, outside, beyond the
curve. knowing what can be streamed and to whom and to how
many viewers simultaneously combined with declining cost and
increased technical ease and ever greater accessibility of
streaming, i couldn't believe i was the only person actually
setting up an alternative tv network.

wasn't there a deep hunger for the antithesis of mass media,
based on what i refer to as niche-castng"? what i went out and
created is interactive and customize-able, to boot. i discovered
break-even can be reached with a ridiculously low number of
subscribers; my financial research and projections clearly
proves that with ad sales and merchandising, a rather sharp
upward profit curve can be achieved within weeks of launch. so
why was i, a film director...an 'artiste' for chrissake, aware of
this glowing potentiality of true breakthrough while it cruised
well under the radar of everyone in the financial/executive
sectors of entertainment and communications?

in a nutshell? it's due to reactionary thinking. i call it 'tosseristic
nihilism'- the prevailing illogic goes something like this..."if the
tech bubble had burst, then anything that looked or smelled like
it was techno- enhanced or, God Forfend! represented a
complete paradigmatic shift based on technical evolution... well,
it had to be rejected out of hand, scoffed at, ridiculed. the baby
would have to be sacrificed in order to slosh out the bath-
water."
this would be required to protect the status quo.

if my new network stands for one thing philosophically, it is
anti-glibness. we have a president sitting today who won the
electoral college on statements like 'al gore is an analog guy in a
digital age'. not only was it farther from the truth than i could
stomach, it desecrated the efforts of one of the most valued
candidates that our generation has offered up for actual
leadership. i feel a strong personal commitment to throw
whatever impediments i can into the non-critical, anti-analytical
revisionism used to sway voters, consumers, viewers... no more
'contempt prior to investigation'- in other words, no more
taking sound bites at face value. the fact that with the advent
of the internet researching any subject, corroborating or refuting
any statement, has never been so instantaneously do-able.
does anyone remember trying to use the 'periodic guide to
literature' at the library reference desk? there's no reason to
wander through life's complexities loaded with knee jerk
responses- they're dangerous, and can completely shut down
critical thinking.

at its worst, this acceptance at face value of reactionary,
goading, mean-spirited statements allows for the kind of
unmindfulness, emotional explosiveness that goaded mobs into
committing lynching. on a daily basis it foments ugliness in the
workplace, school-ground and media. the reason we hear
mentioned the german phrase 'schadenfreude' so often from
political pundits and media commentators is because it is so
prevalent in how we treat one another. silly, silly species.

but now, for joy! i hear that my most admired public servant/
visionary/existential prime mover, the dude who wrote the book
on the internet and the ills of global warning is involved in
establishing exactly what i am doing- creating an alternative
media network; with the same intent - 'to blur the line between
internet and television'.
'o frabjous day, caloo, callay!' he chorted in his joy.
(jabberwocky, lewis carrol)

and that's not the only major affirmation i feel blessed with. C/
NET is reporting a healthy number of similar ventures. it is very
heartening- not anxiety-producing in the least. i'm so far into
development, production, operations and monetization
planning, scheduling and content formulation that i can launch
in two months- without having to go to the bank again.

fortunately, i am rather mercurial filmmaker, a tap-dancing,
multi-tasking director for all seasons, who also writes, shoots,
edits and scores- and i came from producing so that i
understand the logistics, the business model, marketing, legal
and intellectual property issues. i've done hundreds of high-
end, national and global commercials and videos, surrounded
by ad agency and corporate clients making thousands of
overcomplicating, time and concept killing suggestions, while
still staying on schedule and budget, even winning at cannes,
the clios etc.. so on my own, or with a small hustling crew, i
can crank out strong narrative with breathtaking
cinematography, unusual, rich-looking production design that
adds verisimilitude and ambience that so reinforces the
narrative. and we can do this so fast it would make most
producer's heads swim. writing on the run is easy for me. i'm
NEVER at a loss for an interesting set-up to advance the story or
create a new one. i can milk a location, cast, crew for a
multitude of additional story-lines, new plots and altogether
new and distinct stories which can easily motivate altogether
new series, or allow viewers to select plot changes and a variety
of endings to whichever shows they are watching- and i've been
training a handful of recent art school grads in my "modular"
approach; i am cloning myself via amoebic-like cell division.
soon my mini-studio of 8 or 9 techno-hipsters, fortified with a
diet of classic film, photography, art history and essential
reading like lajos egri's 'art of dramatic writing', barzun's 'what
is cinema?' and any issue of 'cahier du cinema' that we can get
our rebellious mitts on, can produce hours and hours and hours
of new shows a week. and these tidy, well constructed, well
written, performed, edited and scored breakthrough modulated
genre pieces will be marketed to sophisticated, educated
audiences in the prime demographics- targeted for those
passionate to see what's taking place on the bleeding edge, what
the possibilities are- those of us hungry for change.

not only will the revolution be televised, it seems, but i doubt it
could occur without it. marshall mccluhan declared some 40
years ago, that the medium is the massage. even that
perception has evolved. now 'the medium' has become a 'full
spa weekend, including herbal wraps, colonics, rolfing,
pedicures and a complimentary facial.' of course, the quality of
your particular spa weekend depends on which network you
watch. intuitive.tv will return the purpose of the medium to what
it's real inventor, philo t. farnsworth, intended; a democratizing
font of culture and knowledge, allowing for the oklahoma
sharecropper's kids to hear and memorize the libretto and score
of 'cosi fan tutti' just as readily as the children of the billionaire
industrialist, safely ensconced in their mckim, mead and white,
lovingly maintained connecticut manse.

our 'super-scribers' will have the option to upgrade, at cost plus
fixed fee, to our jaw-dropping three plasma screen multi-
sensory virtual cinema system" that immerses them in skillfully
realized, painstakingly interpolated environments that set the
stage for cyber/historical fables and romantic, mythical epics;
they, the viewers, will be integral to the action, becoming
characters belonging to stories unfolding in breathtakingly
beautiful, sensually-enfolding, parallel worlds, replicated by
ingeniously blending available apps and hardware. the
possibilities herein are staggering- europe for a day
accompanied by claire danes, time travel with andy dick or
firesign theater, into nail-biting sci-fi adventures with your
avatar or participating character who represents you being
dazzled by a plethora of visual techniques. the verisimilitude
creates a sense of responsibility to the story-line- a viewer will
become acutely aware that he or she has to cover drew
barrymore's backside- without succumbing to fear and bailing
out- steadfastly holding their ground despite ingenious
treachery by false allies that leads to attack by morphing
psychotic steve buscemi clones- and boy can she show her
gratitude convincingly- right there in your personal v-r climate
and olfactory-stimulant, negative ionizer equipped virtual pod
with perfectly synched rocker plate swaying, leaning, dropping,
soaring, jolting, vibrating with each nuance of action and
reaction.

sound impossibly futuristic? maybe it does, but the technology
has existed- has been affordable for some time- we're
constructing it right now. it will be available within two to three
months of launch. and again; the action, story, setting,
intensity, is all modifiable by the viewer/subscriber/user. we all
have some kind of fun indeed, in store for us.

how about seeing the most intelligent, realistic chandleresque
crime show completely from the p.o.v. of the homicide
investigator in charge of a hunt for the identity of a serial killer
who calls himself 'leatherman' based on his proficiency with that
particular pocketool? and the zow factor? all the characters
refer to that investigator by your name, referring to facts from
your real bio and c.v.- and the investigator/protagonist
converses with the key characters... using YOUR voice...
because- you ARE that investigator. (and you don't even
remember when we recorded your voice- because of a white lie
aimed to maximally entertain your sorry ass- it was done when
you were signing up for intuitive.tv- we edited your verbal
responses to our questionnaire into appropriate dialogue for the
show- no big... but very individualized, maximally involving, and
a refreshingly different, very cool use of the medium.

kick-in-the-pants-programming like the aforementioned will
doubtless- at least we hope so- elicit brilliant suggestions from
the viewers. two heads are better than one. seven hundred
subscribers constitutes one bad-assed think tank. thus,
intuitive.tv will be collaborative- an actual community builder.
not only does this evolutionary medium blur the line between tv
and internet, it obscures the roles of content provider and
content consumer. viewers can be participants in game shows,
advocate for new series and specials, upload media they have
created or begun for the programmers or other viewers to help
build, finish, add choose-able plot turns to, create multiple
endings for- tweak at will or within guidelines that the originator
stipulates.

intuitve.tv can utilize whatever platform of transpondence that is
most effective, cost efficient or techno-evolutionary, thus
remaining ever more responsive to the viewers. (our marketing
teaser is, 'so how do you want it?') we will always use the 'net
for up-linking (receiving your image and voice) for the viewers
interactive commentary on shows, viewer contributed
suggestions, complaints (maybe even praise?), for collaboration
on news stories, for participation at cyber meeting places, or
very involving forums on topics that really count. you will be
able to talk to the programmers, actors and other viewers after
the shows. and you will actually, truly, truly have an impact on
what you are watching .

when you walk into the tv room in your house, a motion sensor
alerts your cyberhost, who queries you about your intentions to
watch intuitive tv. your voice confirms your identity- one
person- one subscription, and then the cyberhost application
checks your viewing history. through various optional app's, we
can evaluate your emotional state, your energy level, and
automatically begin streaming the best media for you, right
then and right there. it monitors your reaction to what's playing
and makes adjustments as necessary- 'til you are humming like
an aeolian harp.

so is it any surprise that one of our channels is called the self-
actualization forum? with triple redundancy in our security, in
which you can aggressively participate, intuitive.tv is a safe
enough place to do on-line psycho therapy. if you haven't done
video iCHAT, then you don't know how cool, intimate, immediate
the communication is. it's breakthrough. it's an isolation killer.
the reason i don't go to see my therapist more than every two
months? i don't have time to drive there; to risk a parking ticket
or getting towed. driving home from my therapist's usually
undoes much of what i had just accompanied. driving in a
thoughtful state of mind is to invite getting honked at, flipped
off, pulled over by a cop who's got some pretty hefty issues of
his own. what a world. would anyone mind if i remade it a little
in an effort to help?

we also offer face-to-face concierge services. like the brilliant
jean paul at the stanhope in new york, who eased my path with
discretion and forethought, getting me great deals and saving
me money while freeing me up from complicated transactions
that forced me to sit by the phone. and there are other services
and assisting-personnel who will conspire to make your life so
much less complicated, chaotic, make you so much less
vulnerable to 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune'


the music channel actually shows good videos- only good
videos, current and classic. if you are as empowered by music
as i am, OSMOSIS will definitely infect you with 'cool', the
upness, the catharsis, the awe. when was the last time you saw
pennebaker's 'don't look back' covering dylan's rise to
something a bit more than fame? the maysles bros. 'sympathy
for the devil', richard lester's 'hard days nite'? 'the harder they
come' w/ jimmy cliff? documentaries about mods and rockers,
brian eno, sinnead oconnor's 'no-one compares to you' with the
realest tear ever filmed? wm gibson's london. wm gibson's
tokyo. a comparison of their music scenes- both the hip and the
kitsch thereof?

our 'benchmark channel' shows the films that make us who we
are...from eisenstein's polemical postulations of montage
editing, to nicholas ray's 'they live by night' (definitive american
'noir'), rafaelsons rescue of jack nicholson from obscurity in the
still enjoyable-as-hell genre buster 'easy rider', schlesinger's x
rated best picture oscar winning 'midnight cowboy' with
hoffman's unforgettable 'razzo rizzo' which countered his clean
cut protagonist in the 'graduate', also fun to watch, especially
for driving the wrong way on the sf-oakland bay to how get to
katherine ross in berkeley. how 'bout a weekly kubrick opus?
do you have any idea how well 'barry lyndon' holds up. i also
have a personal mission to make sure that no one in my
generation dies before seeing godard's 'alphaville' wherein hard
boiled dick eddie constantine travels about the solar system in a
ford galaxie...makes sense to me.
anyway, the films we show will dazzle or ground, inspire or
make us rage. they are so much more than 'entertainment'.
they are the mirror handed us by the elfin cinemagicians like hal
ashby, francois truffaut, federico fellini. the spellbinders reach
their satirical peak in 'after the fox', directed by di sica and
starring peter sellers (and victor mature!!!) sellers again
achieved mythical status in kubrick's 'strangelove' and hal
ashby/jerzy kosinski's 'being there' in which he walks off into
the sunset...on water. apt. (side-note- he screened 'the
producers' for elke sommers and friends, and found it so
enjoyable that he demanded the studios quit letting it languish
on the shelf and start marketing it immediately. the rest is
history.

our news and journalism channel is called 'the inverted pyramid'
and offers some rather unique formats for keeping up with
current events, such as 'hip hop headlines' news with a beat, 'the
very very fast news show' which is self explanatory and is
simultaneously hilarious and informative. 'media-watch' has
commentators in different cities around the world commenting
live on how specific breaking stories are covered by each of the
networks- which station owners are putting a slant on what is
billed as objective coverage; who is pushing what agenda, and
what is not being said and why it's not being said. the theme
here comes from marcus aurelius: "qui custodiet custodiae?"
who will guard the guards (or watch the watchers)? there will be
nonstop commentary, some completely visual with sound-
design throughout the day ('world in denial- monitoring the gap
between rich and poor', 'who we are- americans talk to islam',
'reports from abroad' which allows articulate citizenry from
anywhere on the planet to make two to three minute reports on
what they see happening in their countries). in my opinion, this
is democracy and free speech at its most pure- unfettered by
multi-national corporations. i think- i hope- that al gore would
agree with me.

along with the many original offerings on our 'tv nouveau'
channel we will also stream shows imported from around world
in 'your country's best'. hosted by an ordinary citizen thereof,
episodes from 'ycb' can go a long way in defining a nation's
sensibilities and values as the chosen spokesperson explains
why he and his compatriots are so particularly taken with this
national treasure. this is a great way to get into the psyche of a
nation- how and why they are entertained- in an interactive Q &#38;
A with the show's representative we can very likely discover to
what extent they admire/resent the content that we ship by the
ton to them? does it bother anyone else that 'baywatch' is
primarily how china perceives of our country's
cultural depth? let's trade some different kind of shows with
them- 'south park', 'malcolm in the middle', 'puppet girl' (from
intuitive tv). these are such perplexing pieces of media that they
should make it past the political censors- 'no problema'. they're
much more representative of who i know, talk to, perceive as
uniquely 'american'- even if pamela sue anderson and her ex
tommy lee have been so generously open and sharing about
their relationship- my wife and have been able to discuss how
we might handle my perfectly understandable ill-considered
affair with a porn star- we have had to face that these things
happen in any normal relationship like tommy and pammy have
displayed so unselfishly for all to see.

i've shot episodes, promos and trailers for over 90 shows. i
have outlined a wide spectrum of entertainment, journalism,
advocacy AND services- from satire, parody and deconstruction
of current formulated glossy network lowest common
denominator broadcast faire- tv taken to its illogical conclusion,
which will help lessen painful withdrawal symptoms of the bad-
tv addict who quits gaping the alphabet monopolies cold turkey
(the new opiate of the masses is the output of such unique,
courageous, mass media content providers such as....cbs, ubs,
nbc, cnn, ctvn, nbc, msnbc, nada-tv, 2d television, vacuous
spew perpetual channel, nonstop mindless transmissions,
rehashed concepts for everyone- one size fits all/no one,
national nonstop really patheticvision, quasi-news and surreal-
talk media, cinedump, recycled s kids, the disney rehash
casserole pay tv) all the way to
'cyberspace' adventure-ism, speculative futurism, academic and
historical subjects that fascinate (gasp! but, but, not everyone
will like that. gosh, that's true. oh, wait. if they don't like shows
with actual content, message, research, they can....watch
somthing else! on my network or somewhere else). ideally, and
this is why i have worked hard on the show templates, i can
attract the interest of my heros, wm gibson, bruce sterling,
lawrence lessing, neil stepehenson, stewart brand, xeni jardin
and spend hours interviewing them on gloriously cool 16 mm
and very nturalistically tweaked digital (this format is always the
source for sound- while recording perfect audio i am buying
myself visual coverage so that i a can be muck more economic
with my film budget), then film the textures, stories, situations
and locations that corroborate what these true observers of the
zeitgeist have long noted. if i can't fascinate my peers with what
is really happening, told in the vernacular of, say Wired
magazine, the Baroque Trilogy, the writings of al franken as well
as p.j. o'rourke, then i should be banished to some unidentiable
suburb in a state with too many vowels in its name, learn to
savor the denny's early bird specials and get really heavily
medicated. there's thousands of hours of 'everybody loves
dawson baycreek watch place', still there for me to watch. and
everyone has such nice hair.
Posted by intuitiveBEAR (2 comments )
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so hip
current tv is amazing i watch it all the time and tell everyone possible to watch it as well....so up to date filled with facts and great visuals.....a very young at heart channel ...i am 62 years old!
Posted by diamondst455 (2 comments )
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so hip
current tv is amazing i watch it all the time and tell everyone possible to watch it as well....so up to date filled with facts and great visuals.....a very young at heart channel ...i am 62 years old!
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