I have just returned from Brazil where I worked as Broadcast Venue Manager during both Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Each month we talk with an influential individual in our film industry and this month we have the opportunity to learn about a KC woman who recently worked at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Michele Fatturi.
KCFO: You’ve spent most of your career living and working in Brazil. Are there any distinct differences between producing American media versus Brazilian media – how is it the same/how is it different?
MICHELE: It is hard to trace this parallel at the moment because in Brazil I have worked for over 12 years mainly for TV and Radio but in KC my working experience is in the cinema area and not yet TV.
Brazil has a great tradition in TV and advertising, being considered one of the best in the world for its high production standards. So, both countries share leading roles in this area and highly qualified professionals. However, the US produces more globally distributed content while Brazil produces for local and Latin markets. I think that’s the main difference. Also, as we deal with much smaller budgets, Brazilian professionals are very good at finding solutions outside the box to solve problems when resources are limited and crews are smaller. It’s the so called “jeitinho brasileiro”(Brazilian way) applied positively. I would say we are very resourceful.
It is also the difference between a KC media professional and someone from New York or the West Coast, for example. With less productions and smaller budgets you guys here need to do way more juggling to get things done, what makes the local talent very versatile.
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KCFO: You’ve produced content for large entertainment companies like MTV and ESPN. Can you give us an example of a project(s) you worked on at each and what your role entailed?
…if you wanted to be a player in the industry you had to live in Los Angeles or New York city. Thanks to the Internet, that is no longer the case.
Each month we talk with an influential individual in our film community. This month we had the pleasure of speaking with yet another incredibly talented Kansas City native Tuc Watkins. Tuc Watkins is an actor and producer known for his roles on successful ABC shows like One Life to Live and Desperate Housewives, NBC‘s Parks and Recreation, in hit films like The Mummy, and in web series like Where the Bears Are. He is incredibly versatile, with credits ranging from broad comedies to stark dramas, and nearly everything in between. With a long career spent starring in both daytime and Primetime television, as well as film, Tuc has a unique perspective on the industry. Tuc was kind enough to talk with us about his career, life and his love for his hometown.
KCFO: What is your story from Kansas City to Hollywood?
TUC: I grew up in Mission and Prairie Village. I went to Indian Hills Junior High and would have attended Shawnee Mission East, but my family moved to St. Louis when I was in high school. My family moved back to KC while I was attending Indiana University. After graduating I spent my last summer in Kansas City, working odd jobs, saving money so that I could move to Los Angeles. When I had saved $6,000 I jumped in my jeep and drove to California.
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KCFO: What was your very first job in Hollywood?
TUC: When I arrived in Los Angeles I was lucky enough to book my first commercial audition: Miller Lite Genuine Draft Beer. We spent a week shooting on the beach in Malibu. Between Lee Majors’ house and Bob Newhart’s house. It was an awesome experience to say the least! Continue reading →
Each month we connect with an influential professional in the industry. This month our Spotlight is on actress Bebe Wood.
At fourteen, Bebe Wood has had more success than many actors will see in their entire careers. Wood, a Kansas City native, has starred in some of the biggest shows on television including 30 Rock, Veep, NBC’s The New Normal, the Netflix mini-series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, About a Boy and films like A Merry Friggin’ Christmas. Today, Bebe stars in the new ABC comedy “The Real O’Neals” as Shannon, the clever daughter of Irish Catholic parents adjusting to their son’s coming out and their impending divorce. We got the chance to speak with Bebe about her KC roots and what it’s like being a successful young actress.
KCFMO: What would you say is the most common misconception about being a young actor?
Bebe: Acting is hard work. I love my job and I’m blessed to have it, but it’s not easy. People think being an actor on television would be a walk in the park and tons of fun. It is fun, but it also means a crazy schedule and a lot of responsibility.
I think staying in KC helps keep me grounded. I don’t get caught up in Hollywood competition.
KCFMO: How has your Kansas City upbringing affected you and your career?Continue reading →
Five years ago Nigella Lawson visited Kansas City and she never
forgot how magical it was. Fast-forward to her newest UK-based
cooking show, BBC's "Simply Nigella" and where does she choose
to film the first Christmas special for her show? Kansas City.
Nigella is a celebrity chef with a career history as a journalist,
broadcaster, television personality, gourmet and food writer. She has
written eleven cookbooks and Simply Nigella is her most recent.
She has also starred in several of her own cooking shows -
Nigella Bites, Forever Summer, Nigella, Nigella Feasts, NigellaExpress, Nigella Kitchen, Nigellissima, The Taste and Simply Nigella.
Nigella has been a celebrity guest on shows like ABC's Modern Family,
Bravo's Top Chef, Food Network's Iron Chef and Australia's Master Chef.
May 26, 2015 – We are thrilled to announce the first Kansas City two-hour episode of American Ninja Warrior will be –
NBC at 7 p.m. Central Monday, June 1
After months of waiting to find out if Kansas City was a confirmed site for filming we learned in January 2015 that Kansas City was awarded the show. American Ninja Warrior is a prime time show with an audience base of 6,000,000 viewers on NBC with repeat episodes airing as the number one rated show on the Esquire Network.
….I cannot thank you enough for how you guys have worked with us to make these episodes a reality. Specifically, the work that you and Stacey [Union Station] have done to make this as painless as it has been is truly unique.
We could not have asked for a better experience. Everything from the Union Station location to the cultural activities have been universally praised by our staff and crew.
On a personal note, I want to thank you for your attentions to my staff, whom work tirelessly and often get little recognition.
Please feel free to use me a reference for trying to attract more projects in the future.