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Mar 12, 2024

Hello, Hello!


In this episode, Chris and Nick talk with Daril Fannin and Austin Worrell from Kino Studios. They discuss challenges in the film industry and opportunities for new models to empower creators through technology. Daril and Austin share their experiences and explain their mission to build efficient tools through Kino Studios to help filmmakers launch globally and connect with audiences.


We also talk about:


- The meaning of "making it" in the film industry and how technology can empower creators
- Challenges in the current entertainment system, including unfair contracts and lack of transparency 
- The mission and features of Kino Studios' digital premiere app to help filmmakers launch globally
- Inefficiencies in film marketing and distribution that new models could improve
- The potential for education and training programs to develop emerging storytellers




Indie Artist Spotlight




niko! Is the moniker of Colombian-American musician and songwriter Nick Maxwell, a gifted young bedroom producer cooking up some really cool Alternative R&B.

He has garnered over 400,000 streams and was featured on Apple Music’s Editorial Playlist, “Brown Sugar."

Taking inspiration from Childish Gambino’s “Redbone", niko! taps into a sultry and raw side of R&B that’s filled with lo-fi synths and off-beat drums, which help deliver an experimental indie aesthetic. As the second single off of his upcoming project, ‘Love Fi’, this track specifically deals with themes of desire, doubt, and the way a person makes another feel.


niko! on social media