On The Media

  • SNL “Tiny Hat” Thievery Denuded by OTM

    Much head-scratching has occurred over s the alleged plagiarism of the “Tiny Hats” sketch originated by Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and recently echoed on Saturday Night Live. According to On The Media, the big brain beneath the tiny hats, Tim Heidecker, can’t sue since “comedy is a world where copyright law barely…

  • When Documentarians Go Bad

    Been reading producer David L. Wolper’s autobiography, Producer, wherein the author details how his production company essentially invented the ?dramatic re-enactment? in their television documentaries of the 1950s. It’s interesting to consider that such scenes, now ubiquitous on cable and beyond, were once considered verboten by networks and journalists alike. I ‘ve appeared in similar…

  • Don’t Call Us

    Imagine if Grace Kelley slid her pinky over her iPhone screen instead of answering the landline tethered to her would-be assassination in Dial M for Murder; or if E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, used his rollover minutes instead of hotwiring a Speak ?N? Spell to phone home. Contemporary communication tools have made us reachable 24/7, consequently, screenwriters…