First, if you’re wondering about the banner shot, it’s actually from this picture, taken by Imbi while we were working in the EU in the summer of 2011. The shot is near the Amsterdam Central Train Station.
And. Before I get into my back story, let me point to the post that created the most buzz for this minor node on the interwebs.
Riffing on a Jay Rosen post, I called it The People Formerly Known as the Congregation. Response to the post here and around the net suggested I’d opened a release valve for 100s of people – as I opened my own. Starting at the bottom of this search page will take you through some of the stories related to The People Formerly Known as the Congregation. Written over four years ago, this post still shows up in other peoples writing and ranting.
kinnon’s Back Story
It scares me to think that I’ve spent over thirty years engaged in some form of media production. But my love for it goes back to my childhood as a Canadian Air Force brat living in Europe in the ’60s – glued to the radio. My passion led me to Ryerson in the fall of 1974, pursuing a degree in Radio and Television Arts – with majors in Radio and Writing. Somehow I ended up in Television – where I’ve spent most of my career (which began upon graduation in ’78).
Today, I’m the Managing Director of Medri Kinnon Productions Limited which began in 1984. For 20 years, Scene by Scene® was the post-production arm of MKPL. Clients included major Canadian broadcasters, ad agencies, producers, corporations, etc. Work included post-producing 250 one-hour shows with Lynette Jennings for The Discovery Channel (US), 60 episodes of the kids series, Once Upon A Hamster, hundreds of music videos, thousands of on-air promos (for CTV and Global), enumerable commercials, documentaries, TV shows, etc.
Ever early adopters – we lived on the bleeding edge of technology. (For you technophiles, we were the first component post house, the first with D-Beta, the first SDI Avid users, the first SDI Media 100 users, etc.) Scene by Scene® was put into mothballs in August of 2004 . (Medri Kinnon was on a brief hiatus from August of 2004 to the summer of 2005. That story will be told in greater detail at a later date.)
Today MKPL produces programming in HD for large corporations and non-profits, designs large marketing events and consults on technology and facility design.
In terms of our work amongst the faith community, my partner (and wife), Imbi Medri-Kinnon and I have worked as consultants to a number of churches and Christian organizations in the US, Canada and the UK. We also co-produced and directed two Live Worship videos for Maranatha! Music – with Worship Leaders, Joseph Garlington and Chris Falson. Imbi and I semi-annually teach TV Production @ Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. We were there in May/June of 2006. To see some of our work with Daystar students, visit this site.
I completed my first (short) book, A Networked Conspiracy, Social Networks, The Church & the Power of Collective Intelligence in July ’06 and am working on my first novel set in Boston, Pittsburgh and Toronto. (Click on the link for A Networked Conspiracy in the right column for a free pdf of this short book.)
I’ve been married to Imbi since 1983 and we are the proud parents of three fabulous young adults – two boys and a girl. They are smart, amazingly good-looking (they must take after their mother) and play and sing better than this old hack guitar player ever could. (Visit the boys new site, launched mid-June, 2011 – Before the End.)
I began blogging in February of 2005, and at this point in time have written almost 2200 posts (Jan ’11), had thousands of comments on those posts and experienced hundreds of thousands of hits. I acknowledge Hugh Hewitt and his book, “Blog : Understanding the Information Reformation That’s Changing Your World”as the impetus for what was once called achievable ends.
I’ve also been powerfully impacted by the people at the Communication Arts School, Wizard Academy in Austin, Texas – especially by its founders, Roy and Penny Williams. (And no, you don’t learn how to become a Wizard there – as I was once asked by a hotel receptionist. Roy is one of the finest admen in the world and was nicknamed, the Wizard of Ads.) I’m a grad of Wizard Academy’s Advanced Wordsmithing, Wizards of Web & Magical Worlds courses.