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#1 Posted on
So, in putting these together, what was the demo agewise and "wrestling-experience" wise you were aiming at?

Were you given any specifics by WCW as to target audience?

I'm just wondering if they had any idea who they were trying to promote to, internet marks or casual non-hardcore fans?



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Augh, I had to go back and read that thing to remember what I actually wrote.


    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
    I'm just wondering if they had any idea who they were trying to promote to, internet marks or casual non-hardcore fans?


That was really my job to figure out, and it was neither. The goal is to gear a product so that it connects with the largest pool of consumers possible, so I came up with a lot of different ways to achieve that. It can't really be answered that simply. Basically you're looking at wrestling fans, their parents and/or their children -- pretty much the same overall demographic for action figures, home videos, etc. It was more about creating a consumable product and less about creating something that would stand the test of time.

I know there was at least one series of WCW books that came out, 'cause Guru and PFunk sent some to Chris for his birthday -- I think they were 8X8s and maybe Workman put them out? I can't remember. Anyway, they were hideous, HIDEOUS, like Fumetti photo comics sans balloon captions: "I'm Chris Jericho, and my arch enemy is Dean Malenko. His 1,000 holds are no match for my Liontamer. Growl!" (Actually I think that might be better than what they actually used.)

Oh yeah, another of my '97/'98 proposals was a DDP self-help book. I think "Feel the Bang" would have been a much better title than "Positively Page," don't you agree?

It's so depressing to see something be handled that poorly when it was something that I could have engineered to really work and connect with people, even though WCW turned into a really sketchy property very, very quickly.

I still have some fantastic proposals just sitting around this place mouldering, but they're STILL brilliant, and with the resurrection of certain WCW talent with WWE, ReganBooks would be very, very smart to snap them up ...



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Kim - I thought this piece was brilliant. You have a terrific way with words that brings your emotion right out onto the page.

One question though - I have always heard it Jesus H. Christ up here in Maine. Regional differences?






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Since: 11.12.01
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#4 Posted on

    Originally posted by bitchfactor
    That was really my job to figure out, and it was neither. The goal is to gear a product so that it connects with the largest pool of consumers possible, so I came up with a lot of different ways to achieve that. It can't really be answered that simply. Basically you're looking at wrestling fans, their parents and/or their children -- pretty much the same overall demographic for action figures, home videos, etc. It was more about creating a consumable product and less about creating something that would stand the test of time


Wow. Nothing like amorphous guidelines. Sounds like they were trying to cash in as quickly as possible without making an effort towards building their fan base. Sell anything to anyone at any price. Am I getting it wrong?



George Washington gave his signature
The Government gave its hand
They said for now and ever more that this was Indian Land

"As long as the moon shall rise"
"As long as the rivers flow"
"As long as the sun will shine"
"As long as the grass shall grow"


Ruby Trax
Summer sausage








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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.25

    Originally posted by Eddie Famous

    Sounds like they were trying to cash in as quickly as possible without making an effort towards building their fan base. Sell anything to anyone at any price. Am I getting it wrong?



Well, that's certainly what I was trying to do. I can't speak for WCW.



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Eddie Famous
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Since: 11.12.01
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#6 Posted on
I was wondering if the WCW folks were entertaining any direction other than sales for your work, but it doesn't seem that way. I imagine some of your ideas could've been used for generating repeat business, or new business.



George Washington gave his signature
The Government gave its hand
They said for now and ever more that this was Indian Land

"As long as the moon shall rise"
"As long as the rivers flow"
"As long as the sun will shine"
"As long as the grass shall grow"


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