Minneapolis Resident Among the Finalists “On the Lot”

May 30, 2007

Andrew Hunt, a 31-year old promo producer for ShopNBC, is one of the finalists on “On the Lot.” The Fox reality show (think “American Idol” for film makers), which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg and reality tv kingpin Mark Burnett, aired Hunt’s one minute scifi comedy “Spaced Out” on Monday night. On Tuesday’s results show Hunt learned that he advanced in the competition.

A profile of Hunt and his film are available at http://www.thelot.com/contestants/view/?id=2.

While I’ve always thought that short films should be able to find a market on cable/satellite TV, this show is probably not going to prove me right. The format so far is not compelling and the ratings are not good. Still, Hunt could use some home town support in the voting that follows each round of film making.


Indy Theater Planned for Old Downtown Duluth

May 19, 2007

The Duluth News Tribune is reporting that the A. H. Zeppa Family Trust will finance and build a two-screen movie theater in downtown Duluth. The theater, which will be located at 230 East Superior Street in a building that currently houses the Red Lion Lounge, will program independent films. The city has been without a venue for independent film, since the Norshor Theater stopped playing films several years ago. The new theater is to be called “The Zinema,” according to the press account.

The Zeppa Trust also operates a building next door, which houses Renegade Comedy Theater, Duluth’s long-running comedy troupe.

Added 6/5/07

A detailed article about this project turned up in this month’s Business North.  www.businessnorth.com/viewarticle.asp?articleid=1926.

Ketchup Commercial Contest

May 17, 2007

Heinz is sponsoring the “Top This TV Challenge,” a YouTube-based commercial contest. Details are available at www.topthistv.com. The deadline is August 6.

First place prize? Yea, you guessed it – $57,000!