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When Reality Loses Its Voice

Right, how do we want to do this? I know, let’s start gently with, ‘Welcome back to the show’ before the break…then we’ll go with the classic segue, ‘Someone else with high hopes is…’ Make sure you inflect at the end there. And we’ll finish with an epic, ‘Twenty nervous contestants…but only one…will change…his life…forever!!!’” […]

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Technical Challenges

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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AE: Acrimony Over an Acronym

The first time I heard my assistant editor referred to as an “AE,” the hairs on my back went up! I felt it was disrespectful and unbecoming — but why? After all, we call production assistants PAs without offense, so why not call assistant editors AEs? Well, for starters, PAs fetch coffee and deliver scripts, whereas assistant editors perform highly skilled creative and technical work in an artistic craft. […]