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Award Shows & Exclusive Celebrity Parties



72nd Annual 2015 Golden Globe Awards Tickets plus After Party January 11th Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills ,CA

The Golden Globes honor both television AND film, so top stars from both television and film attend.

The Golden Globe Awards occur in a very intimate setting (Beverly Hilton) that is smaller than the Emmys or Oscars. This show is considered by celebrities to be their favorite awards show due to its more relaxed setting. The awards show

is a dinner/table format, where you have dinner before the show.The Golden Globe Awards have become more and more exclusive and very difficult to obtain recently, and we only expect to get 4-6 tickets total for 2014.

o   Here are red carpet photos:

o   Here are photos from the ceremony:

o   Here are some party photos (you click on the right for individual parties):



  • You can see additional photos here:
  • $17,500 per person (includes 1 ticket to the show plus 1 ticket to an after party (your choice of party from several A-List options)).
  • After Parties are also available individually, including (Warner Bros/In-Style, HBO, NBC/Universal, Showtime and more) for approximately $2,500 – $4,500 per person per party.
  • + Dealer Fee $200

20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards January 8th, 2015 Los Angeles, CA

  • Table/Dinner Seating
  • $4,250 per person (sold in pairs)
  • + Dealer Fee $200


2015 SAG Awards January 25th, 2015 Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles

The event is a table/dinner-type seating arrangement like the Golden Globes

The After Party is very exclusive and is filled with A-List celebrities

See photos from last year’s show here:

  • $5,990 per person (includes show and after party)
  • + Dealer Fee $200


56th Annual Grammy Awards (i.e. Music’s Biggest Night) February 8th, 2015 Los Angeles

  • Diamond seats plus after party à please call us (sold in pairs)

Diamond seating is on the floor. This is the section that the nominees and most celebrities are seated in.

  • Platinum seats (i.e. first level seats) plus after party à $6,450 per person (sold in pairs)

Platinum Seats are located on the sides in the Lower (100’s) level of the Staples Center


  • Gold Seats plus after party à $3,750 per person (sold in pairs)

Gold Seats are located in the lower level (end) and the premium level area of the Staples Center.

  • Bronze Seats plus after party à$1,950 per person (sold in pairs)

Bronze Seats are located in the upper level seating

  • + Dealer Fee $200


2015 Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week February 2015 (exact dates TBD)

  • Please call

2015 87th Annual Academy Awards ® related parties Sunday February 22, 2015 Los Angeles


Elton John’s Oscar Viewing Dinner/Party

This is a true A-List event and one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood.

  • + Dealer Fee $200



Night of 100 Stars Oscar Viewing Dinner/Party

This star-studded black-tie gala brings together the glamour of Hollywood stars, industry big wigs and corporate underwriters, all gathering under one roof of the Beverly Hills Hotel, for one of the biggest and best Awards night parties. Upwards of 200 stars, including 50 previous Oscar winners and nominees, will be attending.

  • Cost: $1,290 per person
  • + Dealer Fee $175


Weinstein Bros. After Party

  • Time:9:30pm- 2am
  • Open Bar
  • Cost:Please call

InStyle Oscar Viewing Dinner/Party

  • Always an A-list event
  • Cost: $4,900 per person (1 pair only)
  • + Dealer Fee $200



Kid’s Choice Awards March 28, 2015 (estimated date) Galen Center or Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

  • Floor Seating: $3,590 per person (very limited availability)
  • 100 (Lower) Lower Seating: $2,250 per person
  • 200 (Upper) Level Seating: $1,100 per person
  • VIP Party: $1,750 per person (must be purchased with tickets to the show; the party will either be a pre-party on Friday or after party Saturday)
  • Backstage/Green Room: $ 2,250 per person (must purchase ticket to show)
  • + Dealer Fee $200

49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards  April 19, 2015 Arlington, TX

Ultimate Package:

  • VIP Floor Seats in Sections 1 – 5
  • “Party For a Cause” 2 Day Pass (Friday & Saturday)
  • All-Star Jam Official ACM After Party
  • Cost: $5,990 per person (sold in pairs; 2 pairs available)
  • + Dealer Fee $200


2015 Coachella Music Festival April 10 – 12 & April 17 – 19, 2015 Indio , CA

o   April 10th – 12th 2015, April 17th – 19th, 2015 Indio, CA
o   ALL ACCESS Wristbands
o   Access to the artist compounds and holding area
o   Backstage and sidestage to all stage entrances during performances
o   Access to venue golf cart shuttles
o   VIPs/Artist areas
o   Artist trailers area
o   Unlimited Beer/Water Backstage
o   VIP Parking directly in front of the entrance (additional fee; requires advance notice)
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o   Please Call Us for details

MTV Movie Awards April 12, 2015 Los Angeles, CA. (exact date and location TBD)

  • Floor Seats: $2450 per person
  • + Dealer Fee $200




Billboard Awards Sunday May 17, 2015 MGM Grand Las Vegas, NV (exact location TBD)


  • VIP Floor Seats 1st 12 Rows + After Party–  $2,990 per person
  • Floor Seats + After Party – $2,100 per person
  • Lower Level Section 15 + After Party – $2,300 per person
  • Lower Level Section 13 + After Party – $1,790 per person
  • Lower Level Section 15 (seats only) – $1,390 per person
  • Lower Level Section 13 (seats only) – $1,190 per person
  • + Dealer Fee $200



SPIKE Guys Choice Awards June 13, 2015 (exact date TBD) Sony Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Spike TV’s Guys Choice isn’t the typical Hollywood awards show honoring the same celebrities and categories viewers always see. This show is a star-studded event featuring what guys want, including innovative and creative categories and a bevy of foxy trophy ladies. Guys Choice – chosen by guys, for guys.

      • All Access/Green Room Pass
      • Cost: $2,900 per person (sold in pairs/must also purchase tickets)
  • + Dealer Fee $200




The Tony Awards June 7, 2015(exact date TBD) Radio City Music Hall, NYC

Description:  The American Theatre Wing’s Antoinette Perry Award is more commonly known as the Tony Award. It is considered the highest honor in the United States to recognize achievement in Broadway theatre. Hugh Jackman will return for the fourth time to emcee Broadway’s biggest night.

  • Floor/ Orchestra Seating : $2,690 per person (sold in pairs) (waitlist only)
  • Front First Mezzanine (first 5 rows): $1,690 per person (sold in pairs)
  • Front Second Mezzanine (first 5 rows): $1,490 per person (sold in pairs)
  • Official After Party Gala: $ 1,490 per person
  • + Dealer Fee $200



2014 Daytime Emmy Awards June 14, 2015 (exact date TBD) Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA

Description: Join the brightest stars of daytime TV at the 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards. This glittering event honors daytime television’s most outstanding talents, including actors and actresses, talk show hosts, writers, directors and more.

Package Details:

  • Balcony-Level seats to show
  • Access to VIP After Party

Cost: $1,790 per person (sold in pairs)

  • + Dealer Fee $150

BET Music Awards Sunday June 28, 2015 (exact date TBD) Nokia Threatre Los Angeles, CA

*please call us about availability and pricing










ESPY Awards July 15, 2015(exact date TBD) Nokia Theatre Los Angeles

Description: Be an insider at the 2014 ESPY Awards, the dazzling celebration honoring the year’s biggest names in sports. Canadian rapper Drake is set to host. Prior to the Awards, enjoy a special cocktail reception with one of the evening’s notable guests. The insider access continues with walking the red carpet alongside athletes and celebrities to your prime seats at the ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, showcasing the year’s nominated athletes, memorable highlights, and individual and team achievements. No other award show brings together all of sport, honoring the best performances, most memorable moments and those whose courage and conviction transcend sport.

Dress code is Black Tie or “Fabulously Chic”. Post-show, join sports stars and ESPN network celebrities at the exciting ESPY after-party. The entire evening will be broadcast on ESPN later that week.

  • Front Floor/Orchestra Seating (first 25 rows)  with Red Carpet & After Party:$3,190 per person (sold in pairs)
  • Floor/Orchestra Seating with After Party:$2,190 per person (sold in pairs)
  • Floor/Orchestra Seating with Pre- Reception:$1,250 per person (sold in pairs)
  • Loge Seating (first 3 rows): $590 per person (sold in pairs)
  • + Dealer Fee $150



Hugh Hefner’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Party at the Playboy Mansion Saturday, August 1st, 2015

                     Hugh Hefner’s most famous party – we have very few slots available.

  • $3,450 per person
  • Call us about VIP options
  • + Dealer Fee $200

2014 Teen Choice Awards August 9th, 2015(exact date TBD) Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA

  • Orchestra Seats (first 5 rows): CALL US
  • Orchestra Seats (first 15 rows): $2,290 per person
  • Orchestra Seats: $1,390 per person
  • Loge Seats: $690 per person
  • Mezzanine Seats: $ 490 per person
  • Backstage/ Green Room Passes: $2,390 per person
  • VIP After Party: $1,190 per person


MTV Video Music Awards August 23, 2015 (exact date/location TBD), Los Angeles, CA

  • VIP Hospitality ​Seats: $3,490 per person​ (sold in pairs)​
  • In the Celebrity section
  • Open bar

Red Carpet Credential

  • Cost: $1190 per person

Limo Pass

  • Cost: $400
  • + Dealer Fee $200


2016 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Week September 3 – 10, 2015

                       Please call us for show list


2015 Primetime Emmy Awards August 24th, 2015 (exact date TBD) Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles

  • VIP Floor/Orchestra Seats with Red Carpet Credential: $3,990 per person (sold in pairs; VERY limited availability)
  • VIP Floor/Orchestra Seats: $2,790 per person (sold in pairs)
  • Loge Seats: $1,490 per person
  • Mezzanine Seats: $990 per person
  • Governor’s Ball VIP After Party: $2,490 per person
  • + Dealer Fee $200

Movie Premieres & Film Festivals

Pick a premiere! If you know of an upcoming movie that isn’t listed, we can still probably get tickets for it as long as it is in the Los Angeles area (and possibly even NY or London). It would include both the premiere and the after party unless otherwise stated.


“Fifty Shades of Grey” Premiere and After Party
Date/Location: early February, 2015 (exact date/location TBD)
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon.  Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated in 52 languages worldwide and sold more than 90 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Jennifer Ehle, et al.
Cost: call us

“Fast and Furious 7” Premiere and After Party
Date/Location: March 30th, 2015, Los Angeles (exact date and location TBD)
Synopsis: Fast & Furious 7 is an upcoming American action film. It is the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious film series.
Vin Diesel,Paul Walker, Dwanyne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster
Cost: $2,490 per person (sold in pairs)

2014 Cannes Film Festival May 13 – 24, 2015 French Riviera, France

  • Please call us for details

Toronto International Film Festival September 3 – 13, 2015 Canada

  • Please call us for details


Television/VIP Experiences


American Idol Pre Grand Finale 2015 (exact date/location TBD)

  • Floor/Orchestra Seating: Call us for current availability (sold in pairs)
  • Loge Seating: Call us (sold in pairs)
  • Mezzanine Seating: Call us (sold in pairs)


American Idol Grand Finale 2015 (exact date/location TBD)

  • Floor/Orchestra Seating: Call us for current availability (sold in pairs)
  • Loge Seating: Call us (sold in pairs)
  • Mezzanine Seating: Call us (sold in pairs)
  • Official After Party: Call us

Dancing with the Stars Grand Finale VIP After Party

  • 2014 (exact date TBD)
  • Location: Hollywood, CA
  • Please call us for pricing
  • After Party: call us


 VIP Tickets to “Dancing with the Stars” Los Angeles

  • Next available date would be early Fall 2014
  • No waiting in line, separate VIP entrance, very good seating

  • Location:  Hollywood, CA
  • Cost: Please call us
  • Any show except semi-final and finale
  • Requires at least two weeks advance notice


“So You Think You Can Dance” VIP Seats

  • Location:  Hollywood, CA
  • Cost: $1,500 per person
  • Minimum 2 weeks advance notice required
  • + Dealer Fee $75

 The Voice Grand Finale

  • 2014 (exact date TBD) Los Angeles
  • Cost: Call us (sold in pairs)

The Voice Regular Season VIP Tickets 

  • requires at least 1 week advance notice
  • Cost: $1,595 per person (sold in pairs)
  • + Dealer Fee $75

2 VIP tickets / set visit to the set of your favorite TV show (must be 18 yrs old)

  • Please note these experiences cannot be sold to a 3rd party (i.e. sold to a client or customer of your client) without discussing with us in advance.
  • Client needs to give us a 1 week window of availability in LA
  • Generally must be 16+ years old
  • All set visits generally require minimum of 2-3 weeks advance notice.
    • Grey’s Anatomy VIP Set Visit (Los Angeles) $3,900 (total for 2 people)


  • “Young and the Restless” VIP Set Visit (Los Angeles) $3,290 (total for 2 people)
  • “Bold and the Beautiful” VIP Set Visit (Los Angeles) $2,900 (total for 2 people)
  • “Big Bang Theory” VIP Tickets (Los Angeles) $1,750pp (minimum group of 2)
  • “The Good Wife” VIP Set Visit (NYC) $3,450 (total for 2 people)
  • “2 ½ Men” VIP Tickets (Los Angeles) $3,490 (total for 2 people)
  • Meet and Greet option available, please call us
  • “Anger Management” VIP Tickets (Los Angeles) $1,250 per person
    • Meet and Greet option available;, please call us


  • “Hard Ball with Chris Matthews” VIP Set Visit with Meet & Greet/Photo ( MSNBC in NYC)

$1,990 (total for 2 people)

  • + Dealer Fee $75-150

“EXTRA” TV VIP Set Visit Experience for 2 

  • VIP, Exclusive, Front Row seats, Meet and Greet with Mario Lopez and Maria Menounos
  • Location: Hollywood, CA
  • 3 week advance notice required
    • Cost:$825 per person ($1,650 for two guests)
  • + Dealer Fee $75

2 VIP Tickets to the Ellen Degeneres Show

  • Location: Los Angeles
    • September through May (December excluded)
    • Requires around 3 weeks advance notice
    • Cost: $990 per person ($1,980 for two guests)
  • + Dealer Fee $75

4 VIP Tickets to Jimmy Kimmel plus Green Room Access

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Minimum age is 21 for Green Room; 18 for Show Audience
    • Cost: $990 (total for group of up to 4)
  • + Dealer Fee $75

4 VIP Tickets to Jon Stewart

  • Location: New York City
  • Cost: $1,200 (total for group up to 4)
  • + Dealer Fee $75

Saturday Night Live

  • Location: New York City
  • Show taping
  • Cost: $1,990 per person ($3,980 for two guests)
  • + Dealer Fee $75


2 VIP Tickets to Conan O’Brien

  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Show taping
  • Minimum age is 16
  • Cost: $ 690 per person ($1,380 for two guests)
  • + Dealer Fee $75

Tim Grierson Reviews ‘Madagascar 3’ & ‘Prometheus’


Photo by Dream Work
“Madagascar 3”

The “Madagascar” series may not be quite as beloved as the “Toy Story” or “Shrek” films, but with its third installment, “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted,” it’s hard to argue that it’s not still a lively, likable franchise. The new film finds lion Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller), zebra Marty (voiced by Chris Rock), and the rest of the gang joining a rundown European circus in the hope of landing the interest of an American investor, which will bring them back to their home in the Central Park Zoo. With strong voice work from the likes of Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain, and Martin Short as performing animals trying to recapture their circus’ old glory, “Madagascar 3” will play better with kids than with adults thanks to its slapstick gags, but it’s a consistently amusing ride with enough genuine sentiment underneath to keep parents engaged.

Though it stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron, the real draw of “Prometheus” is its utterly extraordinary visual design, overseen by director Ridley Scott. Sadly, this “Alien” prequel isn’t as striking from a narrative perspective, bringing together a crew of scientists on a remote planet that may hold the key to humanity’s origins but most certainly possesses some nasty extraterrestrials. Fassbender is perfection as a super-intelligent, slightly haughty android — he could be a distant relative to the HAL 9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey” — but much of the rest of the cast suffer from underwritten roles. All in all, “Prometheus” pleases the eye more than the brain, but its elegant tension is handled so masterfully that you may not mind the plot holes too terribly.

Generations clash to very little comedic effect in “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,” which casts Jane Fonda as a die-hard hippie living in Woodstock, N.Y., who receives a visit from her daughter (Catherine Keener), a conservative New York City lawyer going through a midlife crisis. This sets the stage for lots of very obvious friction between the two women, who haven’t spoken in decades. (Don’t worry: Their conflict will be resolved in the most predictable, feel-good ways possible.) The leads are both fine actors, but the film’s hokey execution succeeds in stripping them of their usual warmth and grace. If the familial reconciliation isn’t stultifying enough, there’s also a generic coming-of-age story line with which to contend, although Elizabeth Olsen (as Keener’s prickly daughter) at least cuts through the cutesiness some with a grounded performance. Still, don’t give “Peace” a chance.

The significantly charming comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed” provides budding indie star Mark Duplass with his richest performance to date. Aubrey Plaza and Jake M. Johnson play journalists investigating an odd classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. Their search leads them to Kenneth (Duplass), who seems like a sweet enough fellow, except for the fact that he swears he can leap through time. Wistful and sincere when it’s not hilarious, “Safety Not Guaranteed” morphs from a film about lovable losers into an unexpectedly touching story of second chances. Previously, Duplass has been deeply empathetic in mumblecore films such as “Humpday,” but there are more layers to his portrayal here, leaving us unsure until the very end just how imbalanced his character may actually be.

Another indie hero, Greta Gerwig, doesn’t fare as well in her star vehicleLola Versus.” She plays Lola, an emotionally disheveled New Yorker left reeling after her fiancé dumps her. What transpires is a fairly predictable roundelay of hipster self-absorption and romantic insecurity, but Gerwig gives it a little heft thanks to her dependably likable presence. Lola may be an indecisive, whiny mess, but the actor’s nimble intelligence goes a long way toward suggesting the mature woman Lola could someday become.

Give Robert Pattinson kudos for stretching. Most identified as Edward from the “Twilight” series, the 26-year-old heartthrob mixes things up in “Bel Ami,” an intriguing but unsatisfying period drama. The soulless, impoverished Georges (Pattinson) wants to enter upper-class Parisian society, so he utilizes his one talent: seducing wealthy women (including Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman, and Christina Ricci). Based on the Guy de Maupassant novel, the satiric “Bel Ami” struggles to balance its political intrigue and bedroom shuffling, but while his supporting cast glides along with the film’s tart tone, Pattinson is a bit blank. He’s playing a callous manipulator, but his dramatic emptiness feels less like a choice and more like a permanent affliction.

With his first films, “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Happiness,” writer-director Todd Solondz established himself as a sardonic chronicler of outsiders. Nearly two decades later, his new film “Dark Horse” remains very much in that milieu, but this comedy is one of his most heartbreaking. Abe (Jordan Gelber) is a lazy 30-something nerd who still lives with his parents (Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow), but perhaps his luck will change after he gets involved with a beautiful but depressed young woman (Selma Blair). “Dark Horse” is an observant portrait of suburban failure, and Gelber is terrific at making Abe an angry, self-deluded fool who remains oddly sympathetic. The entire cast is nicely attuned to Solondz’s deadpan, melancholy vibe, but best of all may be Donna Murphy as Abe’s mousy co-worker who, like everyone in this film, seems to be drowning in quiet desperation.

Paul Williams was a popular 1970s songwriter and performer, writing hits for the Carpenters, Barbra Streisand, and the Muppets. So what happened to him? Director Stephen Kessler decided to find out, tracking down his boyhood idol and convincing him to be the subject of a documentary. The result, “Paul Williams: Still Alive,” is undeniably affectionate, but be warned: Kessler is as much the star of this film as Williams is, offering a running commentary and endlessly kvetching about whether Williams likes him. Some may find it endearing, but I confess I soon grew tired of Kessler’s passive-aggressive routine. There’s a great documentary to be made about the uncomfortable relationship between adoring, needy filmmaker and reticent, faded subject. Unfortunately, “Paul Williams: Still Alive” isn’t it.


Casting Directors Are Official for Four New CBS Series


Photo by Kevin Parry
Sheila Jaffe

CBS has hired casting directors for four of its new primetime series for the 2012-13 television season, including three dramas and one comedy, Back Stage has confirmed.

Mark Saks is casting “Elementary,” a drama set in New York City that offers a modern take on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Jonny Lee Miller stars as the famous detective, with Lucy Liu as sidekick Joan Watson. Saks was hired for the series after casting the pilot, which was also shot in New York.

Sheila Jaffe and Gail Goldberg are casting “Vegas,” a drama starring Dennis Quaid as Ralph Lamb, a cowboy who became a Las Vegas sheriff in the ’60s and spent the next 20 years making enemies in the mob. The series is based on a true story and also stars Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jason O’Mara. Shoot dates are TBD in New Mexico. Jaffe and Goldberg cast the pilot as well.

The new legal drama “Made in Jersey,” starring Janet Montgomery as a working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her colleagues at a top law firm, will be cast by Julie Tucker of Tucker/Meyerson Casting. In addition to filling in the rest of the cast, one of Tucker’s first tasks is to recast a key role that was played by Pablo Schreiber in the pilot. Tucker also cast the pilot – formerly titled “Baby Big Shot” – with her casting partner Ross Meyerson. The series will shoot in New York, but production dates are TBD.

Julie Ashton is casting “Partners,” the new comedy starring David Krumholtz and Michael Urie as two lifelong friends, one straight and one gay, who become business partners. The cast also includes Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh. The series will be shot in Los Angeles, but dates have not been confirmed. Ashton cast the pilot episode, which was also shot in L.A.



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Air Yeezy II Releases, Finally!

Washington, DC (Friday, June, 8, 2012) – On Saturday, June 9th, the highly publicized and one of the most sought after sneakers of the year, the “Yeezy II’s” will be available at one location of DTLR in the DMV area. As the company is expecting large volumes of customers to come in from all surrounding locations of the Washington, DC location where the shoes will only be sold, they are taking pre cautions to make their customers experience a bit easy.


Saturday morning, individuals have until 7:30 am to arrive and get in line to receive a raffle ticket. The raffle will begin promptly at 8:00 am. By using this method, everyone is given an equal opportunity of being able to purchase the limited amount of “Yeezy II’s”.


When asked about DTLR being one of the select few retailers to sell the “Yeezy II’s” June Sanders (DTLR Shoe Buyer) stated “We are very happy that Nike considers DTLR an elite retailer to sell the “Yeezy II’s”. We had a great success when the “Yeezy I’s” were released so we anticipate the same success and excitement the second time around. We pride ourselves on quality and providing the customer with the best shopping experience”.


If you are interested in purchasing the “Yeezy II’s”, the DTLR location is located at Senator Square 3960 Minnesota Ave. , Washington, DC 20019. Please note that this will be the only DTLR location in the DMV area that will be selling the sneaker.


Sean Parker And Shawn Fanning’s Airtime Finally Launches ” All Things Digital”

Sean Parker And Shawn Fanning’s Airtime Finally Launches (AllThingsD) Airtime, the next act from Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker, launched to the public Tuesday. NYT / Bits Their start-up lets people use webcams to connect with their Facebook friends or random strangers. Users can search for chat partners based on their interests, shared social connections and location. Once connected, they can talk, type messages or even watch YouTube videos together. Wired / Gadget Lab Airtime doesn’t require a download, and uses Facebook Connect to help users video chat with friends and complete strangers. Users must log into to use the service, a factor that could impede Airtime’s growth as a social tool. TechCrunch You could call it a more fun version of Skype, a one-on-one Google+ Hangouts with your Facebook graph, or the evolution of Chatroulette. VentureBeat But, as you might remember, Chatroulette had a serious “penis problem.” The more random people you connected with, the greater the likelihood that your eyes would be assaulted by the sudden sight of some stranger’s male organ. White Chatroulette gave birth to some great videos, the penis problem essentially killed Chatroulette’s once-big dreams. Forbes / The Not-So Private Parts One way Airtime will monitor the site is by taking “snapshots of users periodically to ensure site safety,” says a spokesperson. NYT When Americans first started exploring the online world en masse in the early 1990s, many of them headed for AOL’s chat rooms to connect with other curious strangers. But since then, the appeal of random online encounters has faded with the rise of sites like Facebook, where most people tend to interact with people they already know. Now a few services are trying to recreate the spontaneity of that earlier era, adding a modern twist: live video chats.

A Message From The Gang That Used To Work At GOOD (FishbowlLA)
By means of a new, temporary Tumblr page, the half-dozen editorial employees laid off last Friday at GOOD (along with two more who took severance) want you to know that they’re OK. CJR / The News Frontier The group of ex-staffers are now at work putting together a magazine tentatively titled Tomorrow, which they will raise money for on Kickstarter. Poynter / MediaWire Max Schorr isn’t interested in engaging in what he calls “he said/she said back and forth” with the former staffers of GOOD, the magazine he co-founded that laid off most of its editorial staff last Friday. Over email, Schorr politely expresses great respect toward the employees who’ve left and a vague sense of what’s next for GOOD: “At the end of the day, we just want to create solutions that work for the world and live up to our organization’s potential through the work we create vs. anything we could share here in type,” Schorr writes.


Which Come First, Empolyee Or Customer?

Should You Put Your Customers Second?


It’s a mantra so often used that we don’t think twice about it:  the customer is always right.  However, most us would agree that it’s OK to gently let go of customers/clients who are eating up time, energy and resources and at the end of the day don’t contribute much to your bottom line. You could argue the same with employees, but the latter just may be the result of your putting your customers first.

Flipping the notion on its head that customers should be your number-1 priority, there have been dozens of books and hundreds of speeches that make a very strong point that if your employees are not feeling the love, getting trained and mentored, and  if morale is low and turnover high, then there’s a trickle-down effect – dripping right down to your customers and financials.  There are hundreds of case studies of companies that tie high employee satisfaction to increased sales. What most companies don’t agree on is what it means to put your employees first.  Does it mean that employees should be happy at work or happy to work? To whistle while they work or not complain about long hours?  It gets messy when you have to define what Employees First means.

In previous blogs, I have pointed to one word that, in my opinion, is the most important employee attribute and the more you have of it, the more successful your organization will be: Passion.  It’s hard to see it in the hiring process and difficult to teach, but when an employee has passion, it’s magical.

How you stoke employee passions in your corporate culture should be a never-ending focus for anyone in a leadership role.  But putting your customers second can be dangerous, so tread lightly.  Employee and customer satisfaction are like water and air: we need both to survive.  Customers and employees are inextricably linked.  There’s only one thing better than a passionate customer:  the employees who serve that customer.

– Diane Schwartz

Twitter: @dianeschwartz


Tweet Your Foot In Your Mouth?

The Tweet You Wish You Could Take Back

I’ve read countless interviews in which a notable politician, businessperson, musician, actor, writer or artist claims he or she has no regrets. They wouldn’t change a thing if they could.

I don’t buy it. I regret what I had for lunch, for instance; I should have had a salad. I shouldn’t have stayed up last night to watch that depressing episode of Mad Men. That was definitely a mistake.

If there are some self-deluded types out there who truly have no regrets, well, they must not be on Twitter. If you have a Twitter account, you have regrets.

We’ve all had that experience of firing off an e-mail we wish we could take back or, at the very least, of choosing “reply all” by mistake. But a stray e-mail is nothing compared to the tweet that got away.

Every day, it seems, there are reports about a person or company that tweeted something idiotic or downright hateful. Today, a tech company named ASUS sent out a tweet with an image of a woman working at a tech convention, paired with a juvenile comment about the woman’s appearance. You can bet that ASUS regrets that tweet.

You’ve probably already tweeted something that doesn’t reflect well on you and/or your organization. It was late, you felt that overwhelming urge to share and out it went. But it was probably a small thing. We’ve all been there. What you need to watch out for is the emotional tweet, or the tweet you think is utterly hilarious. This kind of tweet—the tweet you wish you could take back—can derail your career, embarrass your co-workers, provide ammunition to your competitors, affect a stock price.

You need to develop your own kind of inner alert that will go off when you’re typing out a tweet that may offend people you don’t want to offend. You don’t want that alert to go off after you’ve sent the tweet—that’s where painful regret begins. And until you’ve figured out what your inner alert sounds like, type slowly.

—Steve Goldstein

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