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Warren Littlefield: This is the Future of Your TV
Warren W. Littlefield is an American former television executive. A protégé of Brandon Tartikoff, Littlefield developed Cheers, The Cosby Show, and The Golden Girls as senior and executive vice president of NBC Entertainment under Tartikoff. During his time as president of NBC, Littlefield created hit shows for the network throughout the 1990s such as Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Wings, Blossom, Law & Order, Mad About You, Sisters, Frasier, Friends, ER, Homicide: Life on the Street, Caroline in the City, NewsRadio, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Suddenly Susan, Just Shoot Me!, Will & Grace and The West Wing.
Warren Littlefield: In Must See TV through the ‘90s, it was an incredible time where one network, one night, for one decade a third of the country watched NBC. They wanted to be a part of the national conversation or don't go to work the next day. You’d be left out. Well, the world’s changed. We were in about a 50-channel universe back then and we tried to distinguish who we were. Today, it’s a 200-channel universe. Television when you want, what you want, anywhere, everything.
So do people still want to be a part of the conversation? You bet. But they have Twitter, they have blogs, they have all kinds of social networking sites where they can reach out, connect instantly. It’s never going to be 75 million people joining together for that celebration that night. It’s a different, more competitive world, but the viewer is left with a world of choice, outstanding material on cable television, outstanding material still on network television. And then, go to the Internet. Netflix is getting into the game with original programming. More and more choices for the viewer, that's the winner in this game.
The more players that want to create original content and finance it the more exciting it is in the world of ideas. I play in the world of ideas. After being at a network for 20 years, I’m now in the world of trying to pull creative people together, writers and producers, to create content. So it’s an exciting time, as far as I’m concerned. I would never bet against Apple. I have Apple TV. I think that their appetite is significant and I think they will continue to play in more and more ways in how we get information and entertainment into our homes. And Netflix, tremendous service. They have millions and millions of users. YouTube, well, there are moments that you can find on YouTube.
But there's a big playground out there, and if you can keep your cost base down and you don't have to live in that old network model, where it’s a million dollars for a 22-minute show, that's a cheap one. It’s over $3 million for an hour. It’s not unheard of to hit $4 million for an hour. Well, there's great content that can be produced for a lot less than that. It needs to be great. The audience will find great content.
Directed/Produced by Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd
The more players that want to create original content and finance it the more exciting it is in the world of ideas.
Educators and administrators must build new supports for faculty and student success in a world where the classroom might become virtual in the blink of an eye.
- If you or someone you know is attending school remotely, you are more than likely learning through emergency remote instruction, which is not the same as online learning, write Rich DeMillo and Steve Harmon.
- Education institutions must properly define and understand the difference between a course that is designed from inception to be taught in an online format and a course that has been rapidly converted to be offered to remote students.
- In a future involving more online instruction than any of us ever imagined, it will be crucial to meticulously design factors like learner navigation, interactive recordings, feedback loops, exams and office hours in order to maximize learning potential within the virtual environment.
Placing science and religion at opposite ends of the belief spectrum is to ignore their unique purposes.
- Science and religion (fact versus faith) are often seen as two incongruous groups. When you consider the purpose of each and the questions that they seek to answer, the comparison becomes less black and white.
- This video features religious scholars, a primatologist, a neuroendocrinologist, a comedian, and other brilliant minds considering, among other things, the evolutionary function that religion serves, the power of symbols, and the human need to learn, explore, and know the world around us so that it becomes a less scary place.
- "I think most people are actually kind of comfortable with the idea that science is a reliable way to learn about nature, but it's not the whole story and there's a place also for religion, for faith, for theology, for philosophy," says Francis Collins, American geneticist and director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "But that harmony perspective doesn't get as much attention. Nobody is as interested in harmony as they are in conflict."
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- A British scientist named Professor Monica Grady recently came out in support of extraterrestrial life on Europa.
- Europa, the sixth largest moon in the solar system, may have favorable conditions for life under its miles of ice.
- The moon is one of Jupiter's 79.
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A study finds people are more influenced by what the other party says than their own. What gives?
- A new study has found evidence suggesting that conservative climate skepticism is driven by reactions to liberal support for science.
- This was determined both by comparing polling data to records of cues given by leaders, and through a survey.
- The findings could lead to new methods of influencing public opinion.