How Actors Approach the Changing Media Landscape

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May 9 (Bloomberg) -- Actress and singer-songwriter Mare Winningham and actor Reed Birney, stars of the Broadway play "Casa Valentina," discuss how actors adjust to the changing media landscape with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)


It is nominated for four tony awards.

It's lead actress join me now.

Thank you for being here.

Let's people understand about this production.

He has written a play about a resort in the 1950's and 60's that caters to cross-dressing men.

I for one did not know such a community existed.

Harvey was intrigued by that as well.

He has written a lot of, he is an icon in the gay world.

He has written about people that might have been sidelined or disenfranchised.

This was a new group covering that.

Likes did you know about this world?

Sometimes you get a topic and it is brand-new.

I never gave it a thought.

Then there was a huge learning curve for everybody starting with the fact that 85% of men who cross-dress are heterosexual.

Who knew?

Who never -- whoever thought there was a percentage?

It is true.

Just starting their we have had a fantastic time learning about this world nobody knows about.

In addition to learning about this world, everyone has to learn about this new media.

Whether it is streaming from netflix and house of cards, or whether it is directv, or downloadable.

As an entertainment professional, does it make a difference to you the size of the screen?

What are you looking for?

What is cool about it is more people will see your work now because there is easier access to it.

It used to be you had to go to the movies to see a movie.

Now you can see it on vidmeo right away.

Some are just going straight to vimeo.

It feels like the future is here.

Is the future really here?

I was looking at the list of your credits.

Whether it is television or movies, you have done it all.

Is there a time where there is going to be a mayor blooming him channel on youtube questioner that's interesting.

I have lived through a lot of changes as it is.

In the 1970's when i started, a television movie was a big thing.

Each network did one every sunday night.

Then lawn order came in and did what a tv movie would do in two hours.

That got phased out.

I think the computer, television model is going to change things.

Maybe we'll push it to be more like theater previe -- theater.

Do you favor things like all card dealing -- a la carte viewing?

You want to know what is going on in show business.

You're talking to someone who is very backwards in the scheme of things.

I don't have a television.

You don't? i have an ipad.

I watch things on my ipad on netflix.

You are not technologically challenged.


but i do not have know about twitter or facebook.

That's ok.

Someone does it all for you i'm sure.

You know about this.

Tell me your experience print "house of cards." netflix was so brilliant in coming up with this model of original programming where they dropped an entire season on the same day.

Thereby creating this binge watching phenomenon.

Which i love.

I think they must have gotten it because they had regular shows on netflix that they realize people would been watch.

-- binge watch.

When not create the show and have it all available in their store?

We are very grateful to netflix.

To you stream them at the same time?

You have to keep the numbers up.

There is a continual loop.

Likes on netflix, not only do you get to watch reed, but kevin spacey.

You were in high school acting class with?

I saw him recently.

He was promoting a movie he made

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