About Debra Kaufman
Debra Kaufman has been writing about film/TV technology and business for 25 years, for publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Wired. She also authors the MobilizedTV.com blog. Reach her at dkla99@verizon.net.

The Eyes and Ears of Reality TV

August 17, 2018

Logging and transcribing are key responsibilities in the making of reality TV, as well as documentaries and occasionally other televised fare, but few know the subtle differences between the two and what the purveyors of these crafts actually do. […]

Calling Out Anti-Mom Bias in the Workplace

July 13, 2018

On a Saturday in late June, over 40 women members gathered at the Guild’s LA headquarters for a roundtable entitled “#MomsToo.” Amy Adrion, who directed “Half the Picture” (2018), which “celebrates the groundbreaking work of female film directors and investigates the systemic discrimination” against women in Hollywood, was also in attendance. […]

The ‘American Ninjas’ of Post

June 12, 2018

NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior’ (2009-present), now celebrating its 10th season with its May 30 premiere, is a monster success. The series features thousands of athletes/contestants from dozens of US cities, who compete for the title of American Ninja champion. […]

Oscar’s Favorite Sound Editors 2018

February 9, 2018

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ list of nominees for the 2018 Oscars. In the sound editing category, nominations went to the teams behind ‘Baby Driver,’ ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ Dunkirk, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ […]

Sound Supervising ‘Battle of the Sexes’

August 4, 2017

In 1973, the tennis court became an unlikely showcase for the heated battle of feminists and their foes. Bobby Riggs, a top tennis player in the 1940s and showman extraordinaire, challenged top female tennis players to try to beat him on the court. […]

Julia Wong Gets ‘The Last Word’

February 15, 2017

As the new comedy The Last Word premiered at the Sundance Film Festival January 24, editor Julia Wong, ACE, was recalling to CineMontage what a great experience she had cutting the movie. “Director Mark Pellington was a great collaborator and so much fun to work with,” she says. “We hit it off right away.” […]

Oscar’s Favorite Sound Editors: 2017

February 10, 2017

On January 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its list of nominees for the 2017 Oscars. The sound editing teams behind Arrival, Deepwater Horizon, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, and Sully were all nominated. CineMontage spoke to these sound editors about the challenges and highlights of working on their respective movies. […]

Technical Challenges

August 1, 2016

The CBS-TV hit Big Brother, hosted by Julie Chen and now in its 18th season, has a winning formula: Viewers watch a diverse group of people living together in a house, as […]

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