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#BigSXSW: Top 5 Takeaways From Tech’s Biggest Event

Another year of SXSW has come and gone. And in the words of our President John Montgomery:

“Just when I think that SXSWi has jumped the shark and I’ll never go back, I have multiple encounters that really blow my mind.”

From catching the coolest panels at the Fast Company Grill to bantering with robots in Japan Factory, here are the top insights we gleaned from this year’s event. Read More

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Big Video Director Makes SXSW Film Festival Debut With “A Life In Waves”

If you watched television, went to the movies, or listened to the radio in the 80s and 90s, you probably heard the work of Suzanne Ciani, whether you knew it or not.

With 15 solo albums and Grammy nominations decorating her career of more than 30 years, Ciani—an electronic music pioneer and neo-classical recording artist with countless composing credits in commercials, video games, and feature films—has quite a story to tell. Read More

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Ford Wiles Awarded 2017 AAF-Birmingham Silver Medal

Ford Wiles, chief creative officer and partner for Birmingham-based Big, was named American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Birmingham Silver Award Medal Winner at the annual ADDYs awards ceremony, held Friday, Feb. 24. Read More

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A Food Blog Is Born: How A Food Media Conference Changed Birmingham’s Culinary Culture

Five years ago, Jessie Merlin sat in the audience of the inaugural Food Blog South.

The Pittsburgh native, an infectious disease physician and researcher, had moved to Birmingham to work at UAB. But her hobby, shared with her husband Scott Doty, was food. Eating it. Writing about it. Telling everyone about their next favorite meal procured from that hole-in-the-wall restaurant you might pass if you didn’t know where to look. Read More

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Big’s Libby Romano Named to Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

It’s time to rethink content marketing.

That’s the philosophy Libby Romano preaches, and it’s become the hallmark of her success. Romano, Director of Digital Content and Strategy at Big Communications, has been tapped to receive The Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 award honoring young professionals in metro Birmingham. Read More

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Media For Good? Alabama Journalist Explores The Possibilities.

Journalism is more than conveying information – it can also change the world. Sound a bit naive? We don’t think so.

Case in point: Images & Voices of Hope, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting journalists and media practitioners who are creating meaningful, positive change in the world. Read More


The End of a Publicity Era: How Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ Founder Affected Marketing and Public Relations

I believe hugely in advertising and blowing my own trumpet, beating the gongs, drums, etc., to attract attention to a show; but I never believed that any amount of advertising or energy would make a spurious article permanently successful. — P.T. Barnum, private letter, 1860

Officials at Feld Entertainment Inc. announced this week that the curtain will soon close on the 146-year-old Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, which is in Birmingham at BJCC Legacy Arena throughout this weekend. Read More

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On View: Lars Anderson Talks New Showtime Documentary

We sat down with noted sports journalist and bestselling author Lars Anderson, to talk about his new documentary: “Running For His Life: The Lawrence Phillips Story,” which premieres on Showtime Friday, December 16 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST.

Lars, who co-wrote the feature length documentary, talked with us about the story and its connection to Alabama, the creative process, and what we can learn from the documentary.
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15 Years of Birmingham’s Artwalk: A Conversation with Executive Director Joy Myers

It wasn’t that long ago that 2nd Avenue N. was a pretty desolate place.

Before the street that Big calls home became a street that visitors sought out, it was, save for a few businesses, pretty empty.

But back in the day — like the 2001 day — a small group of people saw what this neighborhood could be.

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Big Creative Director Re-Teams with St. Paul & The Broken Bones for New Album Cover

It’s safe to say that St. Paul & The Broken Bones is a different band than when they first graced national ears in 2014.

Their sophomore album “Sea of Noise,” set for release next Friday, is a celebration of that maturation – the horns are bolder, lead singer Paul Janeway’s vocals are more commanding, and the introspection is even more gripping.

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