Steve Marzolf [editorial/content/strategy/copywriting]

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Posts Tagged ‘TV

Game of Thrones Season 1

The online strategy for ‘Game of Thrones’ started almost a year in advance of the show’s premiere. I helped activate the hit novels’ existing fan base by writing and editing HBO’s official production diary for the show. In the lead-up to premiere, I also planned content on HBO’s sites to support an ambitious transmedia campaign launched by Campfire. Then in-season, the engagement strategy transitioned to helping viewers navigate the complicated world of GOT with an encyclopedic, tablet-friendly Viewer’s Guide. And throughout the 10 episodes, I outlined and created content to spur and deepen online conversation, including cast interviews, creator commentary and fan-focused recaps.

I was also integral to the creative development and execution of interactive special features for HBO’s new streaming service, HBOGO.  A viewing experience different from anything else online, this new product presented contextually relevant info — behind-the-scenes production details as well as in-story enhancements — at precise moments during full-episode streaming.

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June 20, 2011 at 9:30 pm

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True Blood Season 2

The buzz around ‘True Blood’ exploded at the start of Season 2, and HBO.com responded by expanding its core site, adding brief video mashups to the character pages in addition to the regular fare (episode guides, music lists, bio info, etc). On the microsites for the American Vampire League and the Fellowship of the Sun, the content paralleled the story that viewers were experiencing onscreen. The two sites interacted with each other throughout the season, and in a hidden section of the FoS site, jock-turned-bomber Luke blogged his own descent into anti-vampire extremism.

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July 30, 2009 at 2:27 am

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True Blood

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Behind the marketing of HBO’s latest hit show

In addition to producing the core site content (episode guides, character bios, etc.) at HBO.com, I wrote copy for two microsites as part of a wider viral-marketing campaign launched by Campfire. These in-story sites represented two groups that appear in the show: The Fellowship of the Sun  (an anti-vampire group) and the American Vampire League (which fights for the creatures’ civil rights).

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December 9, 2008 at 3:21 am

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Ear to the Streets

‘The Wire’ music supervisor Blake Leyh lays down an urban soundtrack

OmarWhen fans describe ‘The Wire,’ no adjective seems to surface as often as “gritty.” After five seasons, creator David Simon’s painstaking arrangement of granular bits of research and authenticity, whether the detectives’ banter or Snoop’s drawl, have added up to a tone as low key and abrasive as the real Baltimore. 

For writers, costume designers and prop masters, mimicking reality falls into the standard job description, but music supervisor Blake Leyh – who, on another show, might compose sweeping themes and clever montages – has to fight the instinct to draw sentimental connections through song choice. “I want to make the scene less emotional, less melodramatic,” he says. “We put music in there as a device to push you away from the people a little bit. It’s something you would so rarely do in a Hollywood movie; you would want to pump up the emotion. But on ‘The Wire,’ so often we’re trying to go against that.” 

[More online at HBO.com]

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November 7, 2008 at 9:00 am

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Score!

‘Big Love’ finds harmony with rock-star composer David Byrne

David ByrneWhen ‘Big Love’ creators Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer decided to play ‘Blue Hawaii’ as the out song on their season-two premiere, Olsen saw the perfect opportunity to spotlight the show’s new composer, Talking Heads front man David Byrne. Predictably, the test drive blew their hair back. Byrne’s stripped-down cover of the song, intended as a placeholder until he could refine it in the studio, struck every chord they could think of. “It had irony, it had heart, it had nostalgia,” Olsen says. “It had everything we wanted baked into that moment.”

After Byrne worked up a more complex iteration of the piece, Olsen and Scheffer fell into the unenviable position of telling a pop-culture luminary that they preferred his earlier work. Luckily, Scheffer says, Byrne’s ear saved them the discomfort. “It was kind of funny because we didn’t really know what to say. Then David wrote us back and said, ‘You know, I like the first version the best.'”

[More online at HBO.com]

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November 6, 2008 at 6:40 am

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Film and TV in FHM

The first interview with Borat’s victims, Adam McKay on ‘Talladega Nights,’ Anthony Swofford talks ‘Jarhead,’ behind the scenes of ‘Superman Returns,’ plus , of course: Shark Week. 

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November 2, 2008 at 11:12 pm

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