…and so it goes…

Well, here we are…2005.

2004 was not such a good year, all things considered, for Howard Media Works, Inc. Things started well, but slid rapidly downhill , then appeared to get better, then ended the year in complete chaos.

Things are looking up for the New Year and it has me excited & a little nervous, but I think I’m up to the challenge of digging out of the rubble of 2004 and re-building in 2005.

Read more for my tale of woe and where we’re going from here…

(Names obscurred or otherwise hidden to protect the innocent)

Big Project goes poof…

We started out involved in a two-part project for an institution of learning and information. Phase 1 kept us busy in 2003. We were gearing up for Phase 2, when the carpet was yanked completely out from underneath us. The premise seemed perfectly clear: if you produce the first part of a particular project, at a particular scope & budget, then turn to Phase 2 which is about 4 times the scope – it is understandable that it should cost three or four times as much, at least. Seems pretty straight-forward to me. Not so, apparently, from the client’s perspective. They were not prepared for such a turn of budgetary events and everything ground to a halt – well it actually never got off the ground, but that’s an epic story of middle-person back-stabbing, cronyism, deception, and flim-flammery that isn’t within the scope of my work here. Needless to say, that project vaporized and we are still waiting to hear if we will be involved in any further re-attempt at moving forward.

Long-format Series dissolves…

It just so happened that an old associate, dare I say friend, contacted me about work on 3 hours for a large, non-fiction network. The timing was perfect. That Big Project above was just falling apart, and along comes another big project that would bring in enough cash to keep us afloat through year’s-end. Don’t put all those eggs in your only basket, is the lesson I’ve now learned. About half way through the project, The Network, removes our client from the project and all work is put in indefinite stasis. We’ve lost a major source of income after billing for only about half of what we thought we’d see. “Don’t turn down any other work,” is the essence of my conversation with an EP from The Network. I truly bear no one any ill will in this project’s demise. Shit happens and this is a tough business. Dust yourself and all that, but it makes for a unfavorable view of 2004…

Now 2005 holds some promise for the direction, growth, success of Howard Media Works, Inc. and of myself, both personally & professionally. More on that to come in future posts…