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Proud of 25 Years with P3Update/Production Update/Location Update
It was a unique little newsletter that focused on location filming, when we first discovered Location Update 25 years ago, and started contributing stories. It was created by our publisher and friend James Thompson who had the vision to fill the need in the production community that was underserved.
Thompson worked with productions and the location managers and scouts, and knew they needed up-to-date information about film commissions, crews, studios, and equipment. So the little newsletter was transformed into a slick magazine called Location Update.
It had a fine editorial team and contributing writers, and my husband, Frank Barron (erstwhile editor of The Hollywood Reporter) and I were proud that the impressive magazine gained respect in Hollywood very quickly.
Jim Thompson knew the entertainment industry and made sure the publication kept pace with the changes over the years in the world of production. Location Update, with most of the emphasis on location filming, evolved into Production Update, with more overall production coverage.
And now it has become even more current with a grasp of the industry with P3 Update, unifying global preproduction, production and postproduction. The 3 "Ps" that run the business have become very high-tech, and that technology now gets its share of the spotlight on the pages of the magazine.
Frank and I have enjoyed writing for Jim since the beginning, and now we work with his great editor Sally Kemper, who has been tremendous in P3's expansion.
Our stories have included On Location features, and the monthly Production Notes. But our favorite stories have been the Industry Profiles we've done over the years with the giants in the business. We've talked to Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Jerry Bruckheimer, Mark Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Ken Burns, and the legendary Roger Corman, to name a few of more than 100 top mega-filmmakers and the heads of studios we have interviewed for 25 years.
It's been a privilege, and it continues.
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