Monday, May 28, 2012

Kept under wraps for security concerns, summer program at USC enrolls two Afghan students for a crash course at the cinema school.

Hunter Communications recommended reading from:
New York Times

Link to article:
At U.S.C., Media Training for Afghan Students

Former chief executive of MTV Tom Freston has been nurturing a little-noticed program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts that enrolls two Afghan students annually for a crash course in the school's summer program.

Excerpt:  "By Mr. Freston's account, the trained talent pool in Afghanistan's media world roughly matches what he found decades ago in the cable television world -- many are willing, but few are trained.  With that in mind, two trainees will arrive at U.S.C. next month to begin studying under the program's overseer, David Weitzner."

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Photo of the Week

Skyway of East Span of Bay Bridge -- Construction Continues
This photo was taken on Friday, May 18, 2012 from Treasure Island looking east. It shows the continued construction progress on the new Skyway portion of the Bay Bridge between Oakland and San Francisco.   In the foreground is the new tower and behind it is the current Bay Bridge which is still in use. Downtown Oakland can be seen in the background.

Below: artist's rendering of the finished Skyway, this time looking west.  For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

GM and Ford belatedly try to resuscitate their luxury brands

Hunter Communications recommended reading from:
The Economist

Link to article:
Cadillac & Lincoln:  Unstretched limos
Excerpt: "Reviving a car brand whose average buyer is 65 years old will not be easy.  Ford's modest hope for the NKZ is to bring that average down to, ooh, 57.  Joe Phillippi of Auto Trends Consulting worries that whereas Cadillac seems to be heading back to the right road, Lincoln may have slipped off the map entirely."