One of my favorite quotes about change comes from inventor Charles Kettering: ‘If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.’ I’m not certain it applies in this instance, but it feels like it should.
This issue marks my last as editor of realscreen, as I leave to take on a similar position at our Canadian film and TV trade, Playback. It’s difficult to step away from a magazine you’ve launched (and then relaunched), but I’ve found it is important, every once in awhile, to take a leap into the unknown. I certainly recommend it. Terror is a wonderful tutor.
I’m very happy to announce that realscreen will move forward in the capable hands of Barry Walsh. Barry is currently associate editor of Boards magazine, our international commercial production title, and he brings with him a new sensibility and fresh perspective that realscreen can’t help but benefit from. I think this means I have to clean out my office, though, so stay tuned for news of the discovery of Jimmy Hoffa.
This issue also marks the departure of senior writer Alicia Androich, who has gone over to a Toronto prodco to begin a career in production. After five years of observation and copious note-taking, she’s well positioned to do great things.
Lastly, Diane Rankin, who worked with me on the launch of realscreen back in 1997, leaves our parent company, Brunico Communications, to join the London office of Cineflix to head up acquisitions. I’ll certainly miss Diane’s insight and sensibilities. No one can tell you you’re full of crap quite like the Scottish can.
So, with that, I hand it over to Barry. But not without a little regret. As a certain Baggins once noted: ‘Alas, eleventy one years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits.’