As I'm watching the media frenzy grow behind Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone's NYE show I can't help but laugh and watch my respect level for my buddy Stu Stone grow. Some call it a disaster, some call it a fail and others consider it a viral success.
At the same time, I also have to chuckle at the people that take the worst moments of a live program, developed for their entertainment, combine them into one video (leaving out all the great moments) and upload them to youtube hoping to become the next overnight youtube "sensation." They are literally stealing video content that they have no right to capture, share or distribute, violating youtube's policies and uploading it in a weak attempt to be a "somebody."
I can imagine some kid without friends, or social life to speak of, and visions of grandeur editing away thinking this type of video will finally get him noticed. Yet they have not created anything -- they only discourage others from taking risk and trying to create something for people to enjoy.
Here's an example of one of the videos posted by Chris Bolman to his four subscribers (yet it already has over 1,000 views):
Stu is a good friend of mine so I may be biased but I see him as one of the most transparent, genuine, creative and hard working people that I know. He spent month's working on this project for mainstream America's enjoyment and this is how he's rewarded for his efforts? What a joke!
Stu and I work together, as part of a larger team, producing a monthly live broadcast with a major celebrity strictly created for the benefits of the viewers. There isn't advertising revenue supporting it; the motivation is strictly entertainment of the public. That said, I can tell you first-hand how difficult it is to produce a live event. So difficult that very few people will go out on a limb and even try it. Especially without the backing of a major Network to help put it together.
I have nothing but respect for Stu and his team and thank them for their efforts. At the same time, I offer them an apology for the criticism they are receiving from the same people that they stuck their necks out to entertain.
This year's NYE show, and the issues they experienced, will only make next year's show that much better. Serial live events get better each broadcast so I know what I'll be watching next New Year's Eve.
At least Stu had an opportunity to share his side of the story on with Stryker (live I might add without any issues) on KROQ radio in LA today. Here's a video of Stu's studio interview:
Kudos Stu! Ignore the haters....