This is what I’m doing now.
Engineering, Science, & Research
In addition to my research work at the intersections of microbiology, information theory, and complexity theory, I run the biotech startup Apsugen, which assists cutting-edge genetics researchers in the areas of microscopy, microinjection, micromanipulation, transgenics, stem cell research, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), translational medicine, epifluorescence imaging, experimental design, and custom laboratory equipment. Apsugen primarily assists researchers working with animal models including: C. elegans, drosophila, Xenopus, zebra fish, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, mice, rats, mosquitoes, and occasionally human embryos. My experience includes work with several Nobel prize winners in physiology/medicine and chemistry.
I am also a talent manager and producer in the entertainment industry with interests in representation, distribution, finance, production, publishing, content delivery, and new media. I have spent over 20 years in entertainment representing a variety of clients in film, television, stage, music, and publishing (book publishing rights as well as ancillary rights including stage and screen adaptations and self-publishing platforms). Though my current primary focus is on writers/authors and actors, I represent a variety of multi-hyphenates as writers, directors, actors, musicians, producers. I consult in various other areas including finance and distribution in a variety of platforms and media.
I often teach entertainment related courses for the Film and Media Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University.
I’m currently working on a textbook covering how the representation business operates within and drives the entertainment industry.
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What does Boffo Socko mean anyway?
“Boffo” and “socko” are neologisms in the family of Variety-speak after the well known business trade journal covering Tinseltown (often better known as Hollywood aka the Coast, aka H’w’d.)
Their definitions from Variety’s “slanguage” dictionary follow:
boff (also boffo, boffola) — outstanding (usually refers to box office performance); ” ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has been boffo at the B.O.” (See also, socko, whammo)
sock (also socko) — very good (usually refers to box office performance); ” ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has done socko B.O.” (See also, boff, whammo)
Incidentally, one of the first movies I saw on cable via HBO when our family first got it when I was a youth (and easily saw over 100 times that summer) was THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN. Within it, there’s a great scene where Kermit schmoozes a big Broadway producer (played by John Landis) that I’m sure must have had a profound effect on me.
For those interested further in the linguistic stylings of Hollywood, this cartoon does a reasonable job of running through a fair amount of it very quickly: