I have been an unabashed fan of nearly all of the animated dramatizations turned out by the creative crew at Next Media in Taipei. In quiet moments I've dreamed that perhaps all of MSNBC's programming could be replaced by Taiwanese animated news videos.
They are best know for the pioneering effort to animate the Tiger Woods debacle.
Their productivity and range is breathtaking. They are putting out two or three videos a day now!
They've turned out recent analysis of the U.S. midterm elections, added perspective to breaking news on a plane crash, taken us inside the world of the trapped Chilean miners, and covered plenty of salacious topics as well.
This is working out pretty well for them it seems. The have 200 people working there and viewership is up 40%.
There is seemingly no topic they can't tackle. Well, thus far there is no animation dealing with Stephen Hawking's new book. But now they are brave enough to tackle the Wall Street Journal vs. The New York Times:
After more than a century of peaceful co-existence, the Wall Street Journal has decided to take on the New York Times head on with its Greater New York section. New owner Rupert Murdoch declared “let the battle begin.” Is this going to be a newspaper war for the ages? Or have the readers already moved on….online?