“Consultant McKinsey explains”
“Think Glastonbury meets TEDx”
Some employees loved Ken; some felt personally hurt or wronged by him. Some subjects interviewed for this report said Levine’s behavior could go beyond the role of a stubborn boss and sometimes became explicitly rude or mean. Sharp profanity, shouting and heated arguments, say sources, weren’t uncommon. One source claims Take-Two mandated annual sensitivity training for its employees in the final years.
Another source claims that, at one point in Infinite’s development, an external firm was brought in to improve the studio’s culture. They held a workshop and, after some analysis, they reached a conclusion: Levine wasn’t going to change, so the employees would need to change around him.”
“Exclusive sets of photos can easily have a price tag reaching up to four or five grand. Clearly, mailonline isn’t paying this much per set though as that would be setting them back about £3 million a day – and not even the Guardian loses money that fast.”
“41,000,000 - 41 million is the revenue that Daily Mail & General Trust announced that mailonline made (in pounds sterling) last year to the end of September. That is not £41 million in profit; that is £41 million in revenue.”
“Employees were given tremendous freedom, say sources, but in return they were expected to struggle with Levine over their creations. The process was oppositional instead of collaborative, and multiple sources describe arguments that felt like personal attacks.”
“Another source says, “Studio leadership spent time with significant others of employees to explain why the long hours and extra effort was extraordinary, and how appreciated it was.””
“Jordan was a revelation […] No one worked harder. No one worked more hours.”
“In 1974, the mentally-ill Judith Ward was convicted of this and other crimes despite the evidence against her being highly suspect. She was acquitted in 1992, and the actual culprit has not been apprehended.”
“Until 1844 trains were pulled up the incline to Camden Town by cables because the London and Birmingham Railway’s Act of Parliament prohibited the use of locomotives in the Euston area; this prohibition is said to have been in response to concerns of local prominent residents as to the noise and smoke emitted by locomotives toiling up the incline.”
“Other former employees had a more extreme reaction to their boss’s creative process. At least one department had instituted a policy of “essentially having the lead observe a ‘dress rehearsal’ of any meeting that was planned to present content to Ken.” In interviews from 2012, former employees of Irrational called this practice “Ken Whispering.””
“Territorial disputes over the South China Sea were set aside temporarily as China dispatched two maritime rescue ships and the Philippines deployed three air force planes and three navy patrol ships.”
Chaotic Moon Studios, a startup making, uh, about anything you can think of, invited me to their Austin offices today during South By Southwest to check out a live demonstration of a stun gun-loaded drone. Obviously, I came.
The gentleman here is an intern named Jackson, who is the most fearless person I have ever encountered. He got stunned like a pro.”
Runit Dome (or Cactus Dome), Runit Island, Enewetak Atoll. Aerial view. In 1977-1980 the crater created by the Cactus shot ofOperation Hardtack I was used as a burial pit to inter 84,000 cubic meters of radioactive soil scraped from the various contaminated Enewetak Atoll islands. The Runit Dome was built to cover the material.
Google Satellite view.