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About Surfing Hollywood

Steve La Rue is an internationally recognized leader in Film & Television with 20+ years experience as a Development Executive championing such series as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, and Farscape. He writes, blogs, and consults on All Things TransMedia from his home at the beach in Santa Monica, CA, where he balances his life by surfing every damn day.

Surf Report: Life, Interrupted … Realizing I Was So Happy Before COVID-19

Santa Monica, CA — Seven weeks ago, I felt Happy. My Life was good, filled with Blessings. The Corona Virus changed all that, slowly stripping away my happiness, my blessings, leaving me with what, I’m not sure:  My Health? Tests … Continue reading

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Surf Report: Even Among Santa Monica’s Most Affluent Neighborhoods, Homeless People Are There To Be Counted

Santa Monica, CA  — It’s 10:30 PM at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, and 300 volunteers gather to receive their assignment for this year’s Homeless Count. I am among them.  We are Santa Monica. Citizens. Residents. Human Beings confronted with the … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: The Trends They Are Not A’Changin’, But Appointment Television is Dead (#RIP)!

Santa Monica, CA —  The Year is 2020.  It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life … for me. So much good Television to watch, so little Time to do so. (And yes, I am listening … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Actors Who Produce … (Reese, Jordan, Elizabeth!) Taking Their Careers To That Next Level

{Updated Sept. 17, 2019} Santa Monica, CA — More and more actors are producing their own starring vehicles, setting up their own production companies, and developing material to produce but not star in, or some combo of directing/producing, etc. Studios … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: HBO Max And What To Expect From Yet Another Blue Chip Streaming Service (Hint: Going After Women)

[Updated, Oct. 23, 2019} Santa Monica, CA — Warner Media has announced its impending launch of its own streaming service, HBO Max, for sometime in early 2020. Heads up Disney+, Apple TV, NBC Universal Comcast, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and the … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Hollywood Continues To Adapt (For All Platforms)

{Updated Sept. 26, 2019} Santa Monica, CA — Thanks to HBO and to the uber-successful Game of Thrones, the Adaptation Trend has been in full-swing for several years now as Hollywood seeks to break through all the clutter with Intellectual … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: When Is Too Much TV … Just Too Much?

{Updated Aug. 25, 2019} Santa Monica, CA — My list of TV series to watch/binge just keeps longer and longer. Not good.  There’s just too much good TV to watch! Damn the British and their well-made sex comedies! I love … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: Take A Bite Out Of Apple TV’s Upcoming Development Slate Of Original Programming…

    {Updated Sept. 24, 2019} Santa Monica, CA — Apple TV  launches November 1 and will cost $4.99/mo. The newest addition to our Streaming World has a lot of exciting programming in development that we can watch soon on … Continue reading

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TV Surf Report: It’s Not TV, But Are We Still Into HBO? (Yes, But We Are Seeing Other People!)

{Updated Sept. 28, 2019} Santa Monica, CA — HBO, aka, Home Box Office, is being challenged right and left for its blue chip real estate in TV by rival companies such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Hulu and the forthcoming Disney+.  … Continue reading

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Surf Report: Santa Monica Remains The Home of the Homeless, But The City Is Determined to Solve This Crisis

    5:45 AM – Santa Monica, CA – My bed is warm and cozy this morning, and I feel extra grateful for this seemingly ordinary comfort as it’s a cold 53 degrees outside where nearly a thousand people are … Continue reading

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