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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Quick, Before The Bubble Bursts: Let's Put On a TV Show About SF Start Ups!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 3:59 PM


Oh sure, Cynics predict the tech bubble will burst in approximately nine months. But the Sunny Optimists among us prefer  to focus on the media and tech-related bounties that apparently grow on trees around here.

Case in point:  A production outfit says it plans to develop a TV series based on the start-ups of  the Mission District.

Working title: 94110.

Clever, am I right?


The series may or may not be a satire, by the way.

But it will happen, and has real funding and production schedules and placement and such — at least, according to an unnamed co-creator of the project who talked with Mission Local recently.

As Mr. Unnamed Co-creator tells it, 94110 is a TV series akin to Silicon Valley that depicts the lives, hopes, loves and dreams of skinny jeans-wearing, pizza- and sushi-scarfing Man Children of Mission Street start-ups.

No, really. It seriously is a real thing that will some day be among your TV line-up. That is Anonymous Co-creator's story and he's sticking to it.  

The production outfit, he says,  is holding open auditions in San Francisco on May 16 and 17 at SF Arts Quarterly Projects Space on O'Farrell Street.

The anonymous co-creator told Mission Local, "The goal is to have production happen this summer.”

The co-creator asked that his name not be used because he didn't  want his past projects, including some provocative performance art and video projects, to reflect on 94110, which he says he doesn't want to be spoiled by backlash so early in its development.

Oh, well, sure, that sounds legit.

Can't wait to see the filming get going, presumably here in San Francisco, whose tech world, you know, doesn't get nearly enough attention.

It is our fondest wish that  94110 will debut on tablets, mobiles and  flat TV screens near you real soon....ideally before the bubble bursts.

Photo: generic start up kids, via ShutterStock

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Do You Miss The SF Bay Guardian? A Final Issue Is Hitting the Streets Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 8:18 AM

It's been three months since the city's progressive paper folded. What have those exiled Guardianistas been doing since you ask? 

Making a Goddamn newspaper, that's what. 

This Thursday, the San Francisco Bay Guardian will "come back to life" when it the Guardian-in-Exile Project’s commemorative final print edition hits the streets. It's a fun way to celebrate the newspaper’s 48-year history of "printing the news and raising hell" while discussing all that went down upon the paper's abrupt closure and what's next for the Guardian family. 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

S.F. Cannabis Dispensary Has Bay Area's First Marijuana TV Ad

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 2:42 PM

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  • Finally, with weed.
There's really no such thing as "business as usual" for a cannabis dispensary. Basic functions like banking and doing taxes are onerous challenges for sellers of legal weed thanks, to federal government restrictions.

It's also this way with advertising. Major ad players Facebook and Google still ban cannabis ads, and dispensaries are still wary about paying for placement on television and in print after the U.S. Justice Department threatened to throw advertisers in jail a few years ago.

But this is changing. On local favorite KOFY-24 in San Francisco, you can see an ad for Excelsior District dispensary The Green Cross. This makes the ad one of the first of its kind in the country, and definitely a first for San Francisco.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Your Early Christmas Treat: A Hand-Painted Phil Frank Chronicle Box

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

  • Joe Eskenazi
If you're an aficionado of Bay Area media ephemera, boy is this up your street. And, if not: Merry Christmas already. 

What you see here is a hand-painted Phil Frank Chronicle newspaper box decorated with characters from the gone-but-not-forgotten cartoonist's long-running daily local strip Farley

Imagine that: A daily, local strip (at the time of Frank's death in 2007, it was the only one in the nation). 

This box, spotted on California Street a short walk from CPMC Hospital, is remarkably well-preserved. You'll note that's King Willie in the lower left. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson Protests: CNN's Don Lemon Smells Marijuana In The Air, "Obviously"

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM

What does dissent in America smell like? Tear gas, burning stores and police cars, and "obviously" marijuana.

Not much good happened in Ferguson, Missouri last night after a Grand Jury decided against filing charges against a white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen back in August.

There was the bizarre spectacle of the announcement coming at prime riot hour of 8:30 p.m. local time — followed shortly by limp-wristed pleas for bitter protesters to remain at peace. And then, as Americans tried to process the news, they watched scenes of television reporters coughing through clouds of tear gas while covering the chaos. 

And then there was CNN's Don Lemon who felt the need to tell millions of cable viewers that, in addition to racial animus, fear of a police state and legitimate questions of justice, there was marijuana in the air in Ferguson... "obviously."

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Candidate Running for BART Board Buys Bold Italic Journalist's "Endorsement" (Update)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

A sponsored endorsement of Nick Josefowitz from the Bold Italic may confuse voters today. - VIA THE BOLD ITALIC
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  • A sponsored endorsement of Nick Josefowitz from the Bold Italic may confuse voters today.

As voters head to the polls today, candidates running for office have spent mountains of money to put their message in front of people's eyeballs. Candidates spend bucks on pounds of mailers, TV ads, and grassroots organizers. 

Now in San Francisco, candidates can even buy journalists. 

The Bold Italic's blog post Monday  "Tomorrow: Late Night BART Could Be Even Closer," is seemingly an endorsement of BART board candidate Nick Josefowitz.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chronicle Inadvertently Posts Election Wrap-Up Article Online, Calls Winners

Posted By on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Election day is Nov. 4. Today is Oct. 30. 

Oct. 30 is earlier on the calendar than Nov. 4 — on the Julian Calendar, the Gregorian one, and presumably, the Mayan one, too (though that one concluded in 2012). 

So, a Chronicle article wrapping up the results of that Nov. 4 election appearing online in late October is an eye-catcher. But, lo, that happened: 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

San Francisco Bay Guardian Holds Rally to Protest Paper's Closure

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM

  • Rachel Swan
San Francisco's first Guardian-less Wednesday brought a lot of long faces to the corner of Powell and Market streets, where a small army of former editors, writers, politicos, and sympathizers gathered to eulogize the progressive alt weekly.

"Twenty years ago, the Guardian taught me San Francisco," San Francisco Bicycle Coalition director Leah Shahum told the crowd. "Every Wednesday I ran to that box."

She went on to extol the paper for changing the city's conversation on bikes, at a time when other media outlets were pitting "angry cyclists against drivers who are just put upon." She praised the paper's unwavering political stances, its clear-cut endorsements, and the arts and culture coverage that made it a monarch of the alternative media world.

At that time, the Guardian weighed in at a hefty 140 pages, with a masthead listing hundreds of names. By the time it closed, the paper had been reduced to a seven-person editorial staff, and an average issue ran less than 50 pages.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Guardian Staff Making Plans to Purchase Newspaper From Current Owners

Posted By on Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Staffers with the now defunct San Francisco Bay Guardian are now attempting to buy back the newspaper that was shuttered last week by owners who claim the paper was no longer financially feasible. 

On Wednesday, Guardian supporters will hold a rally outside the Guardian's former offices on Market Street, where they'll announce some interesting news: They're going to try and buy the 48-year-old alt-weekly from the San Francisco Media Co., which also owns SF Weekly and the SF Examiner

"We're launching a concentrated search for a buyer or group of buyers this week," says Marke Bieschke, who was publisher of the Guardian when it closed last week. "Many people have stepped forward expressing interest in continuing the Guardian in some way, shape, or form — we've received hundreds of requests for more information on how to contribute to the Guardian's revival."

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

San Francisco Bay Guardian Closed by San Francisco Media Company

Posted By on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Employees of San Francisco Print Media Company, the parent company of the Examiner, SF Weekly, and San Francisco Bay Guardian were this morning informed that the latter paper will be shuttered after 48 years.

The paper was founded by husband and wife Jean Dibble and Bruce Brugmann — whose visage, urging locals to "Read my paper, dammit" — grew ubiquitous over the years. Its founding mission was to "print the news and raise hell," and, as an independent paper, it ostensibly did just that for 46 years. In 2012 Brugmann and Dibble sold the Guardian to the  San Francisco Media Company, which subsequently acquired the Weekly last year. After decades of lawsuits and acrimony, the dueling San Francisco weeklies were situated next door to one another, within the same office suite.

That situation changed today, however.

"Unfortunately, the economic reality is such that the Bay Guardian is not a viable business and has not been for many years," wrote SFMC publisher Glenn Zuehls in the interoffice communique "When SFMC took over the publication, the company believed the publication’s finances could rise out of the red and benefit from joining forces with the Examiner and the Weekly. We have tried hard to make that happen over the past few years. ... Since then, I have come to realize that this isn’t possible and that the obstacles for a profitable Bay Guardian are too great to overcome. The amount of money that the Bay Guardian loses each week is causing damage to the heart of the company and cannot justify its continued publication. The success of this company, providing the highest quality journalism for our readers along with superior results for our advertisers, is my sole priority."

Zuehls characterized the decision as the most difficult of his career.

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