A number of years ago I was introduced to KJ Matthews by a friend of mine. We recorded an interview back then so I had to get her on Xchange Revolution.
K.J. Matthews, is a Hollywood Entertainment Reporter and a Journalist. She has been covering Covid-19 and also the riots in the USA for our Australian networks.
The affect of Covid-19 across businesses globally is massive. The film, TV and entertainment industry has been hit hard too.
While we will be relying on entertainment through our time of isolation, K.J. Matthews talks about how it will affect the industry and what it means for the future of entertainment.
IN THIS EPISODE WE DISCUSS:
- Impact of Covid-19 on the Film, TV and Entertainment Industry
- How long will they’ll be holding off on production
- How the unions are supporting crews and below the line industries
- The shutting down of concerts, movie theatres and comedy shows
- Impact on the insurance companies
- Reliance on entertainment while we’re in isolation
- Impact on our internet service providers with the increase of data usage
- What to watch while you’re in isolation
ABOUT KJ MATTHEWS
K.J. Matthews is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer who has worked in the TV and entertainment industry for nearly two decades. She started her career as a TV reporter and news producer working for CBS, ABC, and FOX-TV afﬁliates nationwide for a number of years.
After leaving local television, she moved up to CNN. There she covered the media and entertainment industry for a decade. Her work appeared on CNN, CNN International, HLN and CNN digital. K.J. was a major force in the development and overall entertainment coverage including the network’s Oscar Awards, Grammy Awards and Golden Globes coverage. She wrote and produced for AC 360, The Situation Room, New Day, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN Newsroom and Morning Express with Robin Meade. One of her highlights at CNN was working on the the award-winning primetime special, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute and winning a Peabody Award.
Besides her local and national TV and digital experience, she’s also worked on the Emmy award-winning syndicated entertainment show, Extra.
Currently she’s a senior contributor to BBC World Service Radio, BBC World News TV, BBC 5 Radio Live, Germany’s DW English TV Network, and Australia’s ABC Network’s morning show, Breakfast where she writes, produces, and offers her expertise on the latest in the media and entertainment industry.
Her communication and leadership skills also keep her busy as a public speaker. She’s spoken to audiences at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, the Turner Classic Movie Network, Digital Hollywood Media + Tech Summit, the USC Annenberg School, Emerson College, Women in Travel Summit, Away Travel event, the Miami Film Festival, Paramount Studios, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, and the African-American Film Critics Association.
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