Xytech After Dark is a (not too serious) look at the world of Media and Entertainment through the lens of software solutions.
XAD Ep 40 – Talking “Surfside Girls” & Screenwriting with Showrunner, May Chan!
Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by May Chan, Showrunner & Head Writer of the new AppleTV+ series “Surfside Girls” (out now!). Gregg and May discuss what it means to be a “Showrunner” in the world of episodic television (2:02), from ‘aspiring writer’ to ‘working writer’, how does one ‘break’ into the industry (10:15), what is was like seeing something she wrote on the screen for first time (16:15), winning a WGA award (20:44), thoughts on “weekly release” vs “series drops” strategies (29:37), ignoring ‘trolls’ on the internet (33:53), adapting books for television and much more (36:45)!
XAD Ep 39 – The XAD Returns!! Plus: the Annual ‘Summer Mailbag’ Pod!
After a 2-month ‘summer break’, the XAD Podcast is BACK! Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by Greg Dolan for a special “Summer Mailbag” show. They start-off the show sharing their admiration for the late great Vin Scully (2:10). Next, they crack open the mailbag to discuss recent stories about how VFX houses are dealing with a global capacity crisis to keep up with demand (11:06), streamers are beginning to report stalled subscriber growth and is this cause for panic? (32:15), and lastly, how can we stop the remake the of the classic 80’s ‘tough-guy’ movie, Roadhouse (49:32)???
XAD Ep 38 – Theatrical Signs of Life(?), The Power of VPP, Turning 50, and Top Gun: Maverick vs Ambulance!
Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by Greg Dolan who start-off with a tangent around ‘milestone birthdays’ and how to understand them (2:21). Then they move to encouraging news around recent theatrical box office numbers and whether this is simply the “Top Gun Effect” or signs of something bigger for the industry (13:40). Using the films Ambulance and Top Gun as examples, does a film simply debuting in a theater add to the anticipation prior to landing on a streamer (29:44)? Finally, they discuss the latest in “Virtual Product Placement” technology from Amazon, how it will effect the home-viewing experience (45:19).
XAD Ep 37 – NAB Wrap-Up Pod: The Week that Was, Being ‘Back’, Tesla Tunnels, Jean Shorts, and the Rock&Roll HOF
Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by special guests, Matt Waldock and Greg Dolan, to talk about the week that was at NAB. They discuss what it felt like to back at NAB (5:01), the impact of starting on Sunday & changing halls (15:44), what to expect at NAB 2023 (36:00). Then Matt rolls through his various NAB observations about the Telsa Tunnel (49:39), meeting people you’ve only seen on Zoom calls (51:39), US & English fashion terminology (54:33), and overwhelming American dinner menus (58:17). Lastly, they HAD to talk about the latest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees (1:02:27)! Thanks for listening!
XAD Ep 36 – NAB is HERE!! It's the XAD NAB 2022 Preview Pod!!
Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by Greg Dolan to talk about the return of the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (aka NAB) happening April 24th through April 28th at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Xytech Booth = North Hall #6314). They dive to why NAB is so important to the industry (and Xytech), what to expect this year, and what makes a successful trade show. Lastly, they thank a very important person to Xytech and the Xytech After Dark Podcast (43:02).
For more info: https://www.xytechsystems.com/nab/
XAD Ep 35 – Are We Back?, London Update, Should We Be Optimistic for the Oscars in 2022? And Sting’s Dream of the Blue Turtles??
Gregg Sandheinrich is joined by Greg Dolan to talk about the return of ‘industry events’ and the sense that the M&E industry, as we know and love it, is slowly ‘coming back’ after a long 2+ years (3:45), Greg talks about his first trip to London in since 2020 (4:54), Gregg has run out of ways to defend the Oscars and the puzzling decisions made for this year’s broadcast and is a TV shows about films crucial to the overall industry (19:25)? Lastly, they discuss ideas for the “Software Hall of Fame” (57:59) and a quick update on the Xytech After Dark Book Club (1:00:20).
A lot of Greg(g)s
A lot of people named Greg on here.
The Pause Button Ep
Nice work on getting Peacock to add a ‘pause button’. It all heroes wear capes.
Tying software to culture in a way the only the Gregg & Greg can do. I waited with baited breath to hear if my movie made the discussion. Good news they did, tune in to hear about NAB NY.