Monthly Archives: June 2017

24: Legacy Ends, But A New Beginning Is Possible

24: Legacy has earned a rather dubious legacy. The FOX series earned a cancellation after only one season. Incredibly, FOX states the franchise may return. The network probably wishes to reserve the right to resurrect the one-time hit series in the future.


A few reasons exist for 24: Legacy’s failure. Weak ratings are definitely among them. The lack of the original series’ star is obviously another. Kiefer Sutherland was the star of the original 24. Without him, the film comes off as a weak imitation. Sutherland was more that just a “star.” His portrayal of Jack Bauer in the series was iconic. Unlike so many forgotten TV characters, Sutherland’s Jack Bauer is one who will be remembered decades from now.


The FOX network’s attempts to resurrect programs from the recent past are quizzical. In addition to 24: Legacy, FOX relaunched an X-Files mini-series and a new season of the once-canceled Prison Break. The X-Files was a hit, but Prison Break was not.


The X-Files is another iconic television series as it ranks among the most successful science-fiction television programs ever produced. Millions of fans tuned in for the program’s return. Prison Break never had anything close to The X-Files popularity. And unlike The X-Files, 24: Legacy did not feature a beloved lead actor returning to a famous role. That major deficiency bears repeating.


Why would FOX look at the failure of 24: Legacy and state the franchise may continue?


The reason is simple. The next series could be a hit. With the right concept and the right timing, another attempt at resurrecting 24 might do very well. Maybe moving the franchise away from the broadcast network would be an effective strategy. Co-producing a streaming series or a video game endeavor are two possible ways the series may survive and thrive.


A return to FOX is always a possibility as well.

Riverdale Gets A Season Two Premiere Date

The CW has announced its fall premiere dates, and Riverdale fans are in luck. No longer a midseason show like it was for its freshman season, Riverdale will be back on the network in October, though it is on the move.


The series, inspired by Archie comic books, aired on Thursdays during its inaugural season. It followed Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and friends Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) in the small town of Riverdale after it was rocked by the unexpected death of one of it teenagers. The mystery of just who killed him played out over 13 episodes and brought to light student-teacher affairs, incestuous relationships, and financial scandals, not to mention another attempted murder in the season finale.


For its sophomore set, it’s moving to Wednesdays at 8PM. Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead will return for more soapy small town mysteries on October 11.


Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been giving fans hints at what’s to come by releasing episode titles on his twitter account while the show’s team is back at work in the writers’ room. Their first foray back into television will be “Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying,” picking up not long after the season one finale left off. That will be followed up by “Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks.” The titles continue the method of naming the episodes after classic films that the writers have used since the pilot, so fans will have plenty of fun dissecting those episode titles over the next few months to see if they can learn anything about what’s next for the Riverdale residents.


Riverdale fans can currently relive season one on Netflix, where it became available to stream in its entirety in May.



Denver’s Successful Investment Manager Mark Autterson

Investment Management is also known as portfolio management. It is a term that refers to the professional management of assets and securities such as bonds, shares and real estate among other types of assets. It is usually done with the aim of helping investors to reach specified investment objectives. Beneficiaries of Investment Management include institutions such as insurance companies, pension funds, corporations, and educational institutions or private investors who are individuals who have built investment contracts with managers or investment institutions. Services provided in investment management include asset allocation, financial statement analysis, plan implementation, monitoring of existing investments, and stock selection.

There are plenty of investment management firms around the world. However, some of the best firms in terms of asset management include BlackRock, The Vanguard Group, UBS, State Street Global Advisors, and Fidelity Investments respectively. They have been ranked based on the total number of assets under management.

About Mark Autterson

Mark Autterson is an investment management professional based in Denver, Colorado with over 20 years of experience in the investment, accounting, and financial service industry. Autterson graduated from Buena Vista University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Mark Autterson worked as Vice-President of a $750 million investment company in Minnesota. He also has experience working as a representative with American Express and Royal Alliance. Mark Autterson is the founder of WIN Wealth Management.

Mark Autterson ensures that his clients develop investment strategies that are well aligned with their financial objectives. He also advises his clients on tax and estate planning matters and is also licensed as an Insurance Agent dealing with life insurance and long- term care insurance issues. He is currently working on WIN’s 401(k) plan providing portfolio analysis and investment research group advice to his firm’s largest client portfolios. Autterson boasts of expertise in stochastic modeling and multi-factor regression analysis.

Wonder Woman Wows at the Box Office

A superhero is taking the box office by storm yet again. People have been in love with movies about superheroes for years, but this one is a little different than most. Wonder Woman is a powerful female character who is the lead in this new movie named after her. It is rare for a movie in this genre to have a female character as the main draw. Not only that, but the director is a woman as well. That is another rarity in most genres.


Those differences did nothing to stop Wonder Woman from being a success once it hit theaters last weekend. It has already surpassed $300 million and had the largest opening weekend ever for a female-directed movie. It raked in over $100 million during its debut weekend in the United States alone. The director, Patty Jenkins, is surely pleased with how well her movie has performed.


With a budget of $150 million, Wonder Woman is on the fast track to becoming a huge financial gain for Warner Bros. Their DC universe’s competition with the Marvel universe is beginning to heat up after some poorly received outings in the past.


There are already plans for a Wonder Woman 2. That is wonderful news for movie-going audiences who have shown that they are craving more well-made movies featuring female leads. This is in contrast to movies such as the recent remake of Ghostbusters. It may have had female leads, but critics agreed that it was simply not a good movie. The lack of success at the box office showed that movie-goers agreed with that sentiment. That makes Wonder Woman all the more important for the future of female-led movies.



Live-Action Cowboy Bebop TV Show In The Works

With the recent live-action Hollywood remake of the anime Ghost in the Shell, which stars the famous Scarlett Johansson as leading protagonist Motoko, we may be in for a trend of live-action anime remakes.


The most recently announced live-action remake is that of the classic anime series Cowboy Bebop, a space Western that follows the adventures of a zany crew of bounty hunters aboard a spaceship called the Bebop. Cowboy Bebop originally aired a total of 26 episodes from 1998-1999 on TV Tokyo and WOWOW in Japan. The show then made its’ debut in America on Adult Swim, and was one of the first anime series to be aired on the channel.


Tomorrow Studios, in conjunction with production company Midnight Studio and Sunrise (the series’ original producers), are set to create the adaptation. There has been no news of casting or production as of yet, so it is up to fans to debate who they think would be best for the roles of characters like Spike Spiegel or Faye Valentine.


One of the things that was striking about the anime was the jazz inspired soundtrack that accompanied it. Composed by Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts, an international band formed by Kanno for the sole purpose of creating albums for the series, their music was an integral part of the show. There is no word, however, as to whether or not Kanno will be providing music for the live-action adaptation of the show.


While many are critics of the live-action anime genre, comparison of Cowboy Bebop to non-animated TV shows like Firefly gives fans hope. Only time will tell whether or not the new show will be a flop, or if it will reignite peoples’ interest in live-action remakes as a whole.



The Walking Dead Treads All Over Social Media Discussions

AMC’s The Walking Dead garners an interesting distinction. Reportedly, the series ranks as the “most talked about television program” on social media. Such a distinction is amazing. With so many different cable, network, and streaming channels available, the sheer volume of original programming means The Walking Dead faces a lot of competition across all genres.


The competition, however, did not go to great lengths to alienate fans. The arrival of Negan added a tremendous increase in previous levels of violence in the series. The violence completely turned off a significant number of viewers. Millions ceased watching the program.


In addition to the violence, a bit of tedium infested The Walking Dead. The narrative connected to Negan and the Saviors had a tendency to move a bit slowly. Slow pacing bores audiences. Since the show has been on the air for several years, a certain segment of the audience is likely looking for a reason to watch something else. Boring episodes and the occasional smattering of graphic violence are going to send some viewers running.


Still, people are talking about the program on social media. They are talking in massive volumes. What does this mean for the future success of the series? It really doesn’t mean much of anything.


The program still draws in millions of viewers to watch the series. Although the audience is declining, the remaining number of people watching is in the millions. Even if a fraction of the viewers choose to post and comment on social media, the numbers are going to be impressive. The most passionate of those fans post consistently and with great enthusiasm.


The serious fans of the program are going to stay with the series to the bitter end. And even with declining ratings, the bitter end is far off. The declining ratings are concerning, but not critical yet.


Game of Thrones Soon Debuts The Anticipated Season Seven

The seventh season of Games of Thrones is shaping up to be a very interesting one. Fans are waiting a little extra longer for the debut of the first episode of the season. Previously, the series debuted in March or April but the decision has been made to debut season seven in July.


Speculation exists as to why the date change was made. There won’t be any speculation about the running time of the episodes. Episodes one through five run 59 minutes and six and seven run 71 minutes and 81 minutes respectively.


Interestingly, the normal 10 episode season is being shorted to seven. Is this being done for pacing reasons? The answer shall reveal itself as the season plays out.


Season seven is sure to contain an enormous number of twists, shocks, and turns. As fans of the series know, season number eight is the final one of the series. A season prior to a final season commonly focuses on setting up the end. The art of doing this is allowing the season to stand on its own with self-contained storylines. If season seven is nothing more than a huge prologue for season eight, season seven will disappoint.


Don’t look for any fans to be so disappointed they choose to not tune in to the final season. No matter how season seven plays out fans are not going to abandon the series before learning how the epic fantasy soap opera plays out.


Game of Thrones’ success is truly amazing. Creating an episodic drama rooted in fantasy material is not exactly a no-risk endeavor. HBO likely knew there was a fan base out there for such a series, but the volume of fans surely took everyone involved by surprise.


Fans are now looking for more surprises when season seven unfolds.

PodcastOne continues to grow thanks to Norman Pattiz

Respected PodcastOne Executive Chairman Norman Pattiz released the findings from a study based on a set of advertising tests that specifically analyzed podcast advertisers. Overall study found that their was a strong positive impact of podcast advertising on brand recall. The study also highlighted that 60% of listeners were able to specifically mentioned a grocery brand.

The studies also found that unaided product awareness was increased by 47% for financial services product. These studies were conducted by Edison on behalf PodcastOne which analyzed the effectiveness of podcast advertising for five brands. Some of these brands were well known and others were lesser known.

Each brand ran separate ads 4-6 weeks on the podcasts using the same methodology. Edison found that the podcast advertising format provided enhanced brand impact. These results proved that their multi-tiered approach to integrated advertising and measurement.

Norman Pattiz is the founder of PodcastOne. Norman Pattiz has accumulated over 40 years of experience in radio. Norman Pattiz is also the founder of the national Westwood One, which hosts several well-known radio hosts.

Norman Pattiz grew Westwood One into America’s largest provider of news, entertainment, talk and traffic programming. Pattiz and Westwood One has managed and distributed several radio networks including NBC, CBS News, CNN, NFL Football, NCAA sporting events, the Olympics, and a variety of syndicated music and talk shows.

PodcastOne has grown into a giant in the industry and has attracted radio personalities such as Adam Carolla, Shaquille O’Neal, Dan Patrick, Dr. Drew, Laura Ingraham, wrestlers Steve Austin and Chris Jericho, as well as star magician Penn Jillette. They also distribute more than 200 more of the most popular podcasts. Learn more about Norman Pattiz:

Norman Pattiz served on the Broadcasting Board of Governors in 2000 and 2002, after being appointed by President Clinton and reappointed by President Bush. The board of governors oversees all American broadcasting services, including Middle East Broadcasting and the others.

Norman Pattiz recently became known for America’s Arabic language radio. He has also launched Farsi language broadcasting to Iran, which has reached more than 40 million listeners.

Norman Pattiz was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Norman Pattiz is currently a Regent of the University of California and also serves on the Council of Foreign Relations.

Norman Pattiz lives in Beverly Hills and has been married to his wife Dr. Mary Turner Pattiz for nearly 30 years. Norman Pattiz continues to grow PodcastOne. Norman Pattiz was influenced by guys such as Steve Ross and his first boss Dan Miller.

Wonder Woman Delivers a D.C. Comics Hit

Wonder Woman is truly performing wonderfully at the worldwide box office. The film has surpassed the $300 million mark in global ticket sales. All this is great news for Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics.


Hollywood executives do love films that make big money. The movie business is exactly that — a business. All parties involved with a motion picture know box office receipts count for a lot more than critical acclaim. With Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics attained both. Wonder Woman is a huge hit with fans and critics. Rotten Tomatoes reveals the film has an over 90% “Fresh Rating.”


The D.C. Extended Universe has seen some money makers with Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. Both films, while hits, were very poorly received by fans and critics. Mediocre to poor reviews also plagued Man of Steel. The D.C. Extended Universe was starting to look seriously B-grade in comparison to the much better Marvel Cinematic Universe films.


A franchise with consistently poor movies ends up experiencing dwindling box office returns. Why rush to the theater to see a badly written and directed movie? Wonder Woman has established some faith in those who were wondering if the next D.C. Comics project would prove to be yet another critical dud.


Wonder Woman’s trailers did hint this film was sure to be much better than previous entries in the D.C. Comics movie catalog. The presence of enthusiastic performances, writing, and directing were very clear.


The film also captures the original Golden Age spirit of the comics. Wonder Woman debuted 75 years ago. Setting the film even earlier in the past during World War I

might be a significant change from the published origin, the setting works. The setting also helps the film stand apart from all the many modern day heroic films.


Wonder Woman truly is a hit on all levels. The D.C. Extended Universe is saved.


Clay Siegall Efforts to Improving Cancer Patients’ Life

A post in Clay Siegall’s WordPress Page about the effects of Paris Accord Withdraw, says the withdrawal does not have a big effect on the production of energy in the United States. According to Robert Godby, the director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming, the decision that mattered to people in Wyoming was the one the administration agreed they do not support Clean Power Plan. Natural gas has been a preferred way of energy production because it is cheaper to use as compared to coal. This has led to the need of fewer miners of coal and people are moving out of the state to get employment. However, Robert foresees an increase in jobs in the US as technology continues to advance.

Effect of Recycling

Research recently done has shown that people tend to be more wasteful when recycling is available. According to a marketing professor at Boston University, Remi Trudel, individuals presented with recycling bags and given presents to wrap tend to use more wrapping papers unlike ones without the bag. A post in Clay Siegall’s blog says people do what makes them feel good. Shankar Vedantam, NPR social science correspondent said people feel good about recycling hence become more wasteful. Vedantam stated that in an instance where somebody has a hybrid car someone he would travel more because of how efficient it is.

Seattle Genetics fight on cancer

Clay Siegall is the co-founder and CEO of Seattle Genetics, a company that focuses on scientific innovation, rigorous research, and drug development. Mr. Siegall passion for helping cancer patients has seen him lead Seattle Genetics to develop antibody-drug conjugates for the treatment of cancer. ADCs was approved by FDA in 2011 and currently is being used in more than sixty countries. With many years of experience in research and Ph.D. in Genetics from George Washington University, Clay’s goal is to make more advancements in cancer research and cancer therapies.

Clay’s influence in Seattle Genetics

Clay Siegall has secured collaborations with the likes of Astellas and Genentech that has seen ADC technology make more three-hundred and fifty million dollars in profit to date. His company also give grants to non-profit making organizations that provide oncology and hematology support to patients.