Our journey with Richard Branson

May 10, 2011

In 1972, Richard Branson signed an unknown folk musician named Mike Oldfield to his new company Virgin Records.  Oldfield’s was an odd instrumental album called “Tubular Bells” that ended up selling millions of copies and launching Virgin’s rise to one of the most successful independent labels of all time.  They eventually signed the Sex Pistols, the Rolling Stones, Culture Club, Human League, Janet Jackson and Peter Gabriel.

Now that his brand has spanned nearly 400 companies - including Virgin Airlines, Virgin Mobile and even Virgin Brides - Branson has become a billionaire many times over.  He has risked his life in self promotional balloon trips, is working on descending 36,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, and plans to take his mother into space.  We hung out with him for a day for Bloomberg Game Changers and he told us about the long, wild journey.

The show airs tonight 5/10/11 on Bloomberg Television, 6PM EST/9PM PST

Bloomberg TV - Steve Jobs returns to Apple

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After a a dozen year exile, Steve Jobs returns to the company he co-founded.  A scene from the series “Game Changers” featuring interviews with Robert Cringley, Mike Moritz and Leander Kahney.

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Game Changers - Bloomberg TV

October 16, 2010

A scene from the series “Game Changers” on Bloomberg TV.  We conducted an exclusive interview with John Scully, former CEO of Apple Computer.  He talks about Steve Jobs convincing him to leave Pepsi and come to Apple.

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Game Changers - Mark Zuckerberg

October 8, 2010

These are the first acts of our show about Mark Zuckerberg on “Bloomberg Game Changers.”

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Sarah Chayes in “Life After War/A House for Haji Baba.”

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Luminant director Brian Knappenberger follows the story of NPR reporter-turned humanitarian worker, Sarah Chayes. Sarah gave up her job at NPR after the initial fighting in Afghanistan in 2001 to help rebuild a village destroyed in the war. This is the story of what she goes through to rebuild one house. In this scene the recipient/final owner argues for more space.

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http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/afghanistan/chayes.html

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Scene from “Life After War/A House For Haji Baba”

May 24, 2009

Luminant director Brian Knappenberger follows the story of NPR reporter-turned humanitarian worker, Sarah Chayes. Sarah gave up her job at NPR after the initial fighting in Afghanistan in 2001 to help rebuild a village destroyed in the war. This is the story of what it takes to rebuild one house. Here, Sarah tries to convince governor Gul Agha Shirzai to release the hold he has on a local quarry, so she can buy the stone she needs to build.

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http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/afghanistan/chayes.html

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Coral Reef at John Pennekamp

May 22, 2009

Luminant Media was asked by the Travel Channel to explore what was happening with this coral reef off the coast of Florida, the third largest coral reef in the world.

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Scene from “A Murder in Kyiv”

May 20, 2009

Luminant Director Brian Knappenberger visits Ukraine with Myroslava Gongadze, who is investigating the mysterious and gruesome death of her husband Georgy Gongadze, an independent journalist who went missing during the Kuchma administration. 

When secret audio tapes turned up that seemed to implicate the President, grass roots protests erupted that eventually lead to the “Orange Revolution.” Here, she confronts the beneficiary of those protests, the new President, Victor Yuschenko.

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http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/ukraine404/thestory.html

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Myroslava Gongadze from “A Murder in Kyiv.”

May 20, 2009

Luminant Director Brian Knappenberger visits Ukraine with Myroslava Gongadze, who is investigating the mysterious death of her husband Georgy. 

Georgy Gongadze was an independent journalist who went missing during the Kuchma administration. When secret audio tapes turned up that seemed to implicate the President, grass roots protests erupted that eventually lead to the “Orange Revolution.”

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Cape Town Drummers

May 13, 2009

We were asked by the Travel Channel to explore Cape Town. We gladly obliged, and found these drummers by the V&A Waterfront. 

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