Oli Frey & Roger Kean talk at Replay, 6th November 2011

Talk about the staff who used to work on the mag
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Oli Frey & Roger Kean talk at Replay, 6th November 2011

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BAFTA Presents: Pages of History - A Look Back at Newsfield

In the 1980s the magazines from one company were the best-selling and most distinctive, thanks to their cover artwork and reviewing style. Newsfield’s titles Crash, Zzap and Amtix captured the enthusiasm of the rapidly changing software market and for many became a guide to which games to buy.

Behind the scenes was ROGER KEAN, the executive and publisher. And creating the fabulous artwork was OLI FREY. On Sunday 6th November at Blackpool's Replay Expo, join freelance writer Andrew Fisher – whose career started with Newsfield – as he looks back at the gore, the rivalry and the hard work that created the affection that endures to the present day.
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Sounds very interesting. Will the text of the talk or a video be available after the event?
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The talks were videod last year and put on Youtube (officially and by members of the audience) so I'm sure this year will be too.
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Great. I look forward to seeing it.
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So any links to videos etc. for us? Too lazy to search myself I guess :)

Roger said it went well.
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I'll post video links when they are uploaded. Had a lovely e-mail from Roger saying that he and Oli enjoyed doing the talk, which was nice. And I got lots of good feedback from people who heard it, so I'm pleased it went well.
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Should be a nice intro to reading all about it in a book about Newsfield at some stage :)

I hear it's not just me badgering him about getting one written!

Will it be a sanitised version when it's coming from the "inside" though?
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The main thing will be to get as many of the staff involved as we can, to give a balanced view. And yes, it would be "warts and all".
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Definitely, you need piles of interviews with editorial and other staff.

What's your possible angle? Detailed history with lots of daily insights? I want a text heavy book but also with plenty of room for photos, scans etc. :)
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Professor Brian Strain wrote:And yes, it would be "warts and all".
I some how doubt that, I don't think anyone who was there necessarily wants all the dirty washing aired.
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Guess Chris Anderson won't be interviewed then... ;-)
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Roger and Oli shared some interesting anecdotes during the talk, but what I'm trying to say is that by getting the ex-staff involved, they will be able to say what they want revealed.
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Professor Brian Strain wrote:Roger and Oli shared some interesting anecdotes during the talk, but what I'm trying to say is that by getting the ex-staff involved, they will be able to say what they want revealed.
Which makes it a sanitised version. I for one am happy with the history already published even though it is factually incorrect in places. On some things it's best to let sleeping dogs lie
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So Long Ago wrote:
Professor Brian Strain wrote:Roger and Oli shared some interesting anecdotes during the talk, but what I'm trying to say is that by getting the ex-staff involved, they will be able to say what they want revealed.
Which makes it a sanitised version. I for one am happy with the history already published even though it is factually incorrect in places. On some things it's best to let sleeping dogs lie
I hear you and I have to agree. :)
Also... why bother, really.
Iain wrote:Guess Chris Anderson won't be interviewed then...
LOL! ;-)
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A sanitised version would be "Life at Newsfield was all smiles and happiness, with everyone getting to go home on time to their loved ones". Warts and all can include "There was tension between person A and person B" without mentioning a specific incident, or revealing something that should not be in the public domain.

Roger himself is interested in the project, so we'll see what happens...
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