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Reflecting on the Past, Embracing the Future: A Year in Film and Commercial Production

Updated: Feb 1



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As the host of the podcast, I've had the privilege of engaging in deep and insightful conversations with commercial and film production professionals. As a producer, I've witnessed first hand the evolution of our industry, and as we close another chapter, it's time to reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to the opportunities and challenges that 2024 may bring in the world of producing. Join me, Sister Christian, along with my co-host and fellow producer Lawrence Lewis, as we delve into a year-end review and share our expectations for the future in commercial and film production in our latest epsidose.


A Year of Challenges and Hopes for Improvement in Commercial Production

The past year has been a roller coaster for many of us in the film and commercial production industry. We've faced slow work seasons and the pressing need for better working conditions. The possibility of labor unions renegotiating contracts has been a beacon of hope for many producers, signaling potential positive changes in the industry landscape. As we bid farewell to 2023, we're lighting all the candles and rubbing our crystals together, hoping for a more prosperous year ahead in producing and film production.


Celebrating Popular Episodes and Industry Insights in Film Production

Throughout the year, our podcast has tackled some of the most pressing issues in the film and commercial production industry. From crisis management to unionization, we've covered topics that matter to producers. One of the key takeaways has been the importance of recognizing and addressing gaslighting in the workplace. These discussions have not only been popular among our listeners but have also provided support for those navigating tricky scenarios in producing.




The Impact of Streaming Services and Election Year Opportunities for Producers

An exciting development for producers has been the introduction of ads on streaming services. With options for ad-supported subscriptions becoming more common, there's a silver lining for those of us in the advertising and commercial production industry. This could mean more content creation opportunities and a broader avenue for our work. Moreover, the upcoming election year is poised to increase the demand for advertising, especially in political content. As someone who does voiceover for political ads, I'm optimistic about the influx of work that this could bring, particularly in broadcast TV and commercial production.


New Learning Courses and Podcast Plans for Aspiring Producers

Looking ahead, we're thrilled to announce new learning courses and podcast episodes aimed at both aspiring and seasoned producers. We've been working hard on our latest course, "Demystifying Union Contracts," which is set to release soon. This course, like many others we have planned, serves as a refresher for industry veterans and a valuable resource for newcomers to film and commercial production. It's crucial for producers to stay informed and on top of industry changes, as decisions made at the top can have significant downstream effects.


Engaging with Our Listeners and the Production Community

We always want to hear from you, our listeners, whether you're a producer, director, or anyone involved in film and commercial production. Your expectations, hopes, and dreams for 2024 matter to us, and we encourage you to reach out via our email address, hello@producershappyhour.com. If you have topics you'd like us to explore or if you're interested in being a guest on the show to discuss the nuances of producing, don't hesitate to let us know.


A Toast to the Holidays and New Beginnings in Production

As we take a brief hiatus over the holidays, we're already anticipating our return, armed with a boatload of new content to share about the world of commercial and film production. Whether it's through our podcasts or educational courses, our commitment to providing valuable insights and resources for producers and industry professionals remains steadfast.


Credits and Acknowledgments

Our podcast, Producers Happy Hour, wouldn't be possible without the help of our talented team, including the design and branding expertise of Christopher Daniels and the exceptional editing skills of Brenda Russell at Podlad.com, all essential to the production process.


Final Thoughts for Producers

As we wrap up this year, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all our listeners, from producers to industry enthusiasts, for joining us on this journey. Remember to subscribe to our Episode Guide at ProducersHappyHour.com for deeper dives into industry topics related to film and commercial production. Here's to enjoying a happy hour while we can, because making shit is hard, but together, we make it worth the effort. Happy holidays, and see you all next year in the exciting world of producing!

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