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Big Block’s Charlie Todd on Improv Everywhere

By SHOOT

Charlie Todd wears a lot of hats: he’s a weekly fixture performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade, part of Big Block‘s director roster, and founder of Improv Everywhere, which creates “positive pranks,” designed to surprise and delight, but never humiliate or embarrass, those on the receiving end. The videos have proven so successful that Improv Everywhere’s YouTube page has nearly 1.9 million subscribers, with individual videos receiving tens of millions of views.

Big Block’s Charlie Todd, the Master of Surprise and Delight

By David Bloom @ TVREV

Charlie Todd wears a lot of hats: he’s a weekly fixture performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade, part of Big Block‘s director roster, and founder of Improv Everywhere, which creates “positive pranks,” designed to surprise and delight, but never humiliate or embarrass, those on the receiving end. The videos have proven so successful that Improv Everywhere’s YouTube page has nearly 1.9 million subscribers, with individual videos receiving tens of millions of views.

Esports Expertise is at an All-Time Premium

By Graham Ashton @ Esports Observer

On the opposite side, companies planting flags in the space for the first time are gravitating to those with some esports standing. The most notable hire in the last quarter came from The Madison Square Garden Company, who are relying upon former Twitch and Riot Games exec Nick Allen to both lead it’s esports operations, and act as COO for Counter Logic Gaming. The Golden State Warriors, who will compete in next year’s NA LCS, gave its reins to former Yahoo Head of Esports Hunter Leigh. Outside of the teams, there’s also Big Block, a digital creative services provider, who announced that former ESL marketing executive Ed Tomasi will spearhead its esports division. It’s no surprise why significant, non-endemic companies would immediately gravitate towards industry veterans. It demonstrates that “esports knowledge” isn’t enough to get one headhunted.

Almost 73 Questions with Vincent Peone

By David Bloom @ TVREV

You can see more of Vincent Peone’s work at his website, VincePeone.com and follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at his name, Vincent Peone. Vincent’s management team is   Principato Young Entertainment and his commercial representation in the United States is with Caroline Gomez at Big Block Media.

Rhys Demery Hails from Big Block

By Alexandra Jardine @ Advertising Age

We Are Royale has hired Executive Producer Rhys Demery, who brings nearly 15 years of experience within brand, entertainment, and sports marketing and has worked with such clients as Intel, Jeep, Nike, Sony, Ubisoft, and EA Sports. Most recently, Demery was executive producer at Big Block Content, where he oversaw projects for Under Armour, ESPN, and Ford. Before that, he was executive producer at Loyalkaspar and ModOp, and from 2014 to 2016, he was managing executive producer at Troika.

Fullscreen Cancels VOD Service

By Todd Spangler @ Variety

Original series on Fullscreen SVOD have included “Shane & Friends,” hosted by Shane Dawson, “Shay Mitchell: Chapters” and “Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl.” Fullscreen also is the exclusive streaming home to series like “Magic Funhouse” and Bret Easton Ellis thriller “The Deleted,” and movies including “The Carmilla Movie,” based on the lesbian-vampire romance web series, Vertical Entertainment’s “Don’t Hang Up” and Big Block’s “Tell Me How I Die.”

Big Block Innovates in Esports

By RedHerring

The eSports merchandising arena is set to explode alongside the industry at-large. Steve Volpone, CEO of Big Block, recently wrote that “We need to begin collaborating on the lifestyle, fashion and other spinoffs that eSports’ huge audiences will want.”

Esports: The New Lifestyle

By The Esports Observer

This guest-post is written by Seven Volpone, CEO at Big Block, a creative services company, technology investor and media IP accelerator. Volpone boasts a strong esports background through his work as senior executive advisor with Turtle Entertainment/ESL, the Intel Extreme Masters esports league & ESL One.

It’s possible that esports is one of the longest-building “overnight sensations” in entertainment. The news these days is filled with stories about new leagues, new teams, big money, big audiences and most of all big opportunities in a business that’s been quietly building huge followings on multiple continents since the start of this century.

Esports and Music: A Perfect Match

By Patrick GarrenEsports Observer

Even on a pure business level, there are veteran esports professionals with distinct links to the music world. Seven Volpone, the CEO of Big Block (which recently hired former ESL marketing exec Ed Tomassi) is a former musician and record producer responsible for the first ever live music performance at an ESL event. In October 2016, electro house musician and record producer Steve Aoki became the first music professional to buy a majority stake in an esports team – the Vegas based Rogue.

TEO Briefing: This Week’s Esports News

By Graham Ashton @ Esports Observer

Big Block, a digital creative services provider, announced that it had hired former ESLmarketing executive Ed Tomasi to spearhead its esports division. The company’s previous clients have included ESPN, NFL, and Under Armour, and its CEO Seven Volpone, also had a history at ESL, being responsible for the first live music performance at one of the company’s esports competitions.

 

Ed Tomasi Hired by Big Block

By Jake TuckerEsports Pro

“He’s a highly respected talent and innovator within this ecosystem. With his leadership guiding our team and clients, Big Block can shepherd people and brands to the forefront of the eSports phenomenon in gaming, digital platforms, traditional broadcast and VOD.”
Tomasi has more than 15 years of experience in esports, remarkable in the young industry. Tomasi was well known for ESS Agency, one of the first esports agencies in North America that was later absorbed into ESL parent company Turtle Entertainment.

eSports: The Magic of Storytelling

By Alan Wolk @ Forbes

Before we begin looking in to how eSports plays out on TV, it’s probably helpful to have some background: eSports began almost 20 years ago in Europe, when gamers would meet up for what were called LAN (local area network) parties. “Gamers would all show up at a hotel, they’d come out of their cars carrying these big hard drives and keyboards and monitors,” recalls Big Block Managing Director Ed Tomasi, who’s been involved with eSports from the very early days. “They’d play these tournaments for two or three days, nonstop, and that was really the birth of what’s now called eSports.”

 

Ed Tomasi Joins Big Block to Lead Esports Division

By Joh CassilloTVREV

Big Block, the creative services and production provider for the NFL, ESPN and Under Armour (among others), has announced the hire of former ESL Gaming executive Ed Tomasi to lead its esports division.

Ed Tomasi Will Spearhead Big Block’s Esports Division

By Esports Observer

“Ed Tomasi essentially wrote the book on eSports marketing as we know it today,” said Seven Volpone, Big Block CEO. “With his leadership guiding our team and clients, Big Block can shepherd people and brands to the forefront of the esports phenomenon in gaming, digital platforms, traditional broadcast and VOD.”

 

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