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Why Seve Ballesteros Inspired Us

Posted May 9, 2011 | 17:27:01 (EST)

Golfer Seve Ballesteros' death was announced early Saturday, May 7, 2011. Although I only was able to watch Ballesteros on TV over the years and see him perform with excellence and grace under pressure in Ryder Cup matches, as well as major tournaments, I always admired him.

In fact, when...

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Intelligent Film Content

Posted May 5, 2011 | 17:46:42 (EST)

The Hollywood-based film industry has changed significantly over the last few decades. It has gravitated toward financing films with the following attributes:

Ability to secure a global audience

Film studios have concluded that the majority of their target audiences are outside the U.S. The film genres they will finance are...

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Why Golf Matters

Posted April 26, 2011 | 16:52:59 (EST)

As we have gone through our process of preparing our film From the Rough for theatrical release, one question many people have asked is: why do a film about golf? Over 27 million Americans play golf, 1.3 million of them, African Americans. However, compared with the other issues African Americans...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly About the Commercialization of Amateur Sports

Posted April 5, 2011 | 18:40:49 (EST)

Several events have caused me to think about creeping sports commercialization: the increasingly lucrative NCAA tournament and the increasing sense that college basketball is a one-year commercial way station for athletes on the way to professional basketball; Barry Bonds' perjury trial relative to his use of performance-enhancing drugs; business-sponsored teams...

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Golf in the Next Generation: Internalizing Its Deepest Values

Posted March 9, 2011 | 18:08:32 (EST)

On March 8, 2011, Gyre Entertainment, the film company we formed last year to create family-friendly films for the contemporary urban market, sponsored the NAACP Celebrity Image Awards Golf Challenge in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. One inspiring moment of a wonderful event was the introduction of a group of young...

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Rediscovering the Joys of the Urban Environment

Posted February 22, 2011 | 16:34:54 (EST)

I have lived 43 years in cities. Although Darien, Connecticut, where I have spent the last 19 years, has 22,000 residents, it has a pace of life, values and amenities resembling New York City, where many Darien residents work. Edward Glaeser recently published a great book entitled The Triumph...

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Why We Love Sports and Don't Like Business and Government

Posted February 15, 2011 | 10:43:21 (EST)

Every sport imparts certain unique implicit values. For example, as we portray in From the Rough, in golf, a competitor plays with integrity and with what he's got. However, there are certain values associated with all sports. Those values help sports succeed for participants, spectators and investors. When...

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Playing With What You've Got

Posted February 4, 2011 | 10:58:26 (EST)

Our tagline for From the Rough, the feature film my partner Pierre Bagley and I are producing, is "playing with what you've got." The tagline reminded me both of the fun of playing sports as a child and how youth sports today are severely lacking in fun. I particularly thought...

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My Highly Improbable Journey From CEO to Contemporary Urban Film Producer

Posted January 27, 2011 | 21:21:19 (EST)

Growing up, my family felt unusual empathy with black people. Because my mother worked as a public health nurse's aide, we got to know her black professional nursing friends. I also grew watching incomprehensible brutality against well-behaved black people in the South on TV.

My parents had been direct victims...

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