Emma Goes Hip-Hop

Screen Gems set to do musical version of Jane Austen novel

where thisEmma lands on the spectrum will all come down to execution and audience appetites. The music, the performances, the story and the dancing must be good in the minds of the young audiences. Ultimately, it is they who will decide if this girl has the stuff that pops.

George Alexander’s column on the business of entertainment appears weekly at blackenterprise.com. He is the author of ” Why We Make Movies” (Random House, $15.95).

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  • Favort2

    Thanks for sharing the importance of having a diverse team and to test the new hiring team out before hand. Its important to have a team that works well together and realize the company’s core values and goals. Valuable information Scott. Thanks again !!!

    • I agree Favort2. Having a team that works well together is key! 

  • Joe

    Great lesson , some example of trying people out; institute a shadowing program where a potential hire spend time with one of your top employees, have them complete a 30 day plan of action that details what they plan on doing the first 30 days on the job to be successful.

  • Nlewis1

    Great advice!

  • Gwen

    I like the part about testing the person before hiring.  I have a pre school, how would I be able to implement this technique?

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    • Hire part-time tell them it only for a week to test out the skill-set in action.
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  • Lucubrate75

    Hire military veterans like me, most are good at getting the job done.

  • Lucubrate75

    No points will = visiblity for my company http://lucubrate.co Thanks and enjoy your day.

  • Kristina Nelson

    Very good lesson on hiring friends and family

  • Jerome Espy

    Great advice. Friends are friends and business is business.

  • A good way to find people sometimes is through a temp agency and put that people on a 90 day trial.

  • Jorge


  • David

    Really good.

  • Infinitehi4

    Wonderful information and so very true.  Thanks

  • Kallen

    Great information. Hopefully I’ll get points for this video, I haven’t gotten any points for the last four videos I watched.

  • Absolutely love it’

  • AL Consulting

    Always hire people you can count on. Check out colleagues and industry people. Don’t hire friends unless you can depend on them.

  • Thank you Mr. Scott for the great tips in hiring a good team! I love that I can apply your tips to hiring volunteers for my nonprofit. 

  • Great points

  • Very true.

  • Ransford

    Interesting: Sounds hard/harsh but practical not to hire any one you know. I guess it’s all about business.  

  • Good stuff!

  • good info!  So honest and to the point.

    smh at the point system… 5th video I have not rec’d any points for

  • GGreen

    I’m going to use these tips on form my board. Thanks

  • Internships are also a good way to vet potential candidates.


  • Daks. J

    Companies success lies with the people of the company so need to be smart to hire good people.

  • Cherry

    I totaly agree! Right on the money with these points. I work in that type of environment now! Even though these points aren’t working, the information I am getting is way more valuable! thanks for your time!!!

    • WLM

       The hire someone smarter than comment, reminds me of what you say all the time.

  • Fuzzy Spritz

    This is great information, my company culture is very important. 

  •  Very good info for the lifeline of a company.

  • Lucubrate75

    Whoo Hoo I just earned a badge points are finally rolling in Now if I could get 300 people to vote for Lucubrate at missionsmallbusiness.com I’ll be very happy Thank.  A good team for me to hire or veterans and or lucubrators

  • DreamsKept


  • Elaine Jackson

    This leads one to want to do it all themselves but it is extremely hard to accomplish
    I am going to hire someone on an as needed basis but need to check on tax laws related to hiring individuals. Hate for them to sue me for health insurance in Massachusetts. IRS is not joke. Be informed.

  • Mrazq1

    I appreciate this info, as usual. Thanks

  • Learning this lesson…I started a “family” business…not every member of the family is business-minded…great course!


    Great Tips. I am loving SBU

  • Dlovitt2

    The strength of your business is built on the
    strength of your managers. Investing in your management team is securing a long
    term partnership towards a successful venture. Excellent points introduced by

  • Erica D.

    I have learned the hard way about hiring the wrong people to become a part of the team. Sometimes, you have to go with your gut instinct. If I had done so, I would not be currently hiring to replace someone who did not work out and is not working out.


  • calyope systems

    “Hire people who are smarter than you.”
    I like that!

    • Oldflim123

      I think it’s great to hire people that are smarter than you. In that way, you know that you are on the road to success. As long as their smarts don’t takeover LOL.

  • Donna

    Valuable information in this lesson. Will imolement it in my business.

  • natalie johnson

    Company culture combined with aligned ability just makes good sense when hiring someone.  It sounds like common sense but is easy to overlook when you need someone to fill in.

  • Zurriane

    Very interesting.  I know a company that has to many family and friends working for them.  Many are poor hires that sad part is that the business then wanted to blame others for the problems that were created by earlier bad choices. That were made by now higher level management who have moved up.

  • Laura Hudson

    Very helpful information regarding hiring family and friends and how it could lead to  the end of your company.

  • Bobby

    Definitely hire people that are smarter than you and great team/office moral is a must!!! 

  • Jonathanpope71

    I gained the most insight from this lesson. Thanks !

  • Great presentation and tips on hiring the right team for your small business.

  • Devonne

    Good information, I like the tips, on test and try out new hires and set the company culture.

  • Michael125

    I enjoyed this lesson especially the hiring people who are smarter than you, and testing new hires before hiring them,