Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Secrets of the Masters" Profile by ICIJ: 'Never Forget You Have Only One Boss: the Truth'

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists featured a Q&A with me about my career as a Newsday investigative reporter and the author of four books, including "Masters of Sex" that is being made into a Showtime series. Here's one of the questions: What do you consider some of the most important lessons you have learned over the years?
-Uncovering is better than covering. Keep everything on the record. Slowly spell out the names of interviewees and repeat it to them so it’s absolutely correct. -Cogitate, ruminate and revise. Clear writing is the result of clear thinking. -Be as hospitable and friendly as possible to the targets of your investigation. Create an atmosphere where they are most comfortable revealing the truth as they see it. -Remember that wanting to be understood is one of the deepest, most misunderstood of human desires. Make the most of it as a writer. -Use wit and humor to keep your audience’s attention (America’s newspapers truly are awful at this) and leave open the door for redemption with even your worst sinners. -Never sell out. Find a loved one who understands why journalism is priceless.

Showtime's "Masters of Sex" Going Ultra HD. Sony Films TV Series in New High-Tech Method. Will the E-Book Soon Be in Ultra Too?

"Masters of Sex"
is going Ultra. Sony is filming the series in the new high-tech Ultra HD 4K TV method that is increasingly part of the new market in high-end televisions. Here's the scoop: "The effort is being undertaken by Sony’s Colorworks digital intermediate facility, which has just opened a new post-production studio aimed at supplying hungry ultra high-definition (UHD) viewers with content. The new facility, which we first heard about last month, plans to offer post-production services for movies and shows recorded in 4K, as well as remastering services for older media. Among the shows that viewers can look forward to in the coming months are hit American series Show Me, due to air on NBC this spring, and Masters of Sex which will screen on Showtime later this year. In addition, Sony said that it has plans to remaster five seasons of Breaking Bad, plus dozens of movie classics like Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters and On The Waterfront. The launch of Colorwork’s new 4K post-production facility shows that Sony is getting serious about 4K TV as it looks for a way to hit back against Samsung and LG’s dominance of HDTV markets. In addition to the new facility, Sony is also rumoured to be planning a 4K-capable PlayStation console which would give consumers even more reason to buy its new TVs."