Diagonal Media

Diagonal Media DGNL is a global creative marketing agency - we focus on brand awareness, video production, and graphic design.
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10/18/2020
Tune in Tonight!

We’re excited to be working with Better Civics on ‘Good Things Happen in Philadelphia’ a virtual live streaming fundraiser to support civic engagement + voter participation. Watch it tonight at 7pm EST: https://www.bettercivics.org/goodthingsphilly #Election2020 #videoproduction

We love supporting the next generation! Our CEO Blake Drummond sat down for an interview with a high school student from...
10/02/2020
Our CEO Interviewed by the Next Generation - Diagonal Media

We love supporting the next generation! Our CEO Blake Drummond sat down for an interview with a high school student from his hometown. She’s already hosting her own show and creating her own content. Such great energy! Want to hear how Blake got started in the entertainment business? Watch this sweet chat he had with Sophia: http://dgnl.co/our-ceo-interviewed-by-the-next-generation

Our CEO Blake Drummond recently joined Sophia, a high school student from his hometown, for an interview. They talked about his journey getting started in the entertainment industry.

We’re thrilled to partner with Urbanworld Film Festival this week to help bring their incredible programming to a virtua...
09/25/2020
Urbanworld

We’re thrilled to partner with Urbanworld Film Festival this week to help bring their incredible programming to a virtual platform. Treat yourself this weekend, and watch new films all day long. Get your $20 all-day pass to this leading showcase for urban, ethnic, and multicultural cinema, here → https://www.urbanworld.org/ #indiefilm

The Urbanworld Film Festival is one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind. Each year, we curate a slate of films representing the broadest lens of diversity across stories, characters, themes, and cultures.

09/18/2020
Broadway Star Erich Bergen sings to save the USPS

Happy to be involved with RepresentUs' live gala to Save the Vote in August. Did you guys read the recent news that the USPS tried to send masks to every American household back in April but the White House blocked it?! 🤯 #SavetheUSPS

Broadway Star Erich Bergen sings an original song to #SaveTheUSPS during the United to Save the Vote gala August 30th, 2020.

Our #MondayMantra.
08/24/2020

Our #MondayMantra.

08/18/2020
Enjoy the Day

Our CEO Blake Drummond was Director of Photography on the dark comedy short, ENJOY THE DAY, and it just got released on Youtube! Jonah Crespi was Camera Operator + Editor. Check it out. #indiefilm

A normal day in the calm life of Elijah, a meditation coach. Featuring Porter Pickard, Jim O'Hare, Dan DeCarlo, Lunie Jules, Katie McCarty, Sean Hankinson, A...

It's no secret the entertainment industry is changing in our COVID-19 world. We definitely took some major steps to pivo...
08/12/2020

It's no secret the entertainment industry is changing in our COVID-19 world. We definitely took some major steps to pivot our business to adapt! Our CEO Blake Drummond sat down with IPG Media Lab + UM Worldwide for their weekly virtual roundtable to talk about this + more. Watch here: https://allinforsmall.com/entertainment/

Another one in the books!
07/13/2020

Another one in the books!

#blacklivesmatter
06/03/2020

#blacklivesmatter

Our next endeavor - this one is EPIC.Sheryl Crow.Pink.Sting.Rod Stewart.CHER.Just to name a few - don't miss this incred...
05/09/2020
UNICEF WON'T STOP

Our next endeavor - this one is EPIC.

Sheryl Crow.
Pink.
Sting.
Rod Stewart.
CHER.

Just to name a few - don't miss this incredible concert that benefits UNICEF, tomorrow 8PM - they are doing incredible work and it was an honor to put this one together.

https://www.unicefwontstop.org/

Official Spokesperson for the Special Olympics – UNICEF USA Partnership for Young People with Disabilities Champion for Generation Unlimited

Our next BIG event is tomorrow night - an INCREDIBLE cause:https://www.glaad.org/blog/billy-porter-pete-chasten-buttigie...
04/25/2020
Billy Porter, Pete & Chasten Buttigieg, Rosie O'Donnell, Jonathan Van Ness, Brian Michael Smith, and more to join GLAAD's "Together in Pride: You are Not Alone" livestream event

Our next BIG event is tomorrow night - an INCREDIBLE cause:

https://www.glaad.org/blog/billy-porter-pete-chasten-buttigieg-rosie-odonnell-jonathan-van-ness-brian-michael-smith-and

Tune in to see tall the hard work put in by our team, and donate to this cause if you can.

Today, GLAAD announced that Billy Porter, Pete & Chasten Buttigieg, Rosie O’Donnell, Jonathan Van Ness, Brian Michael Sm

04/23/2020
Todrick Hall, Troye Sivan, Cyndi Lauper, and More Perform for the Stonewall Gives Back Initiative!

Tune in tonight for some incredible and moving performances and messages from the LGBTQ+ community, for our nightlife, and our allies during this crisis, donate if you can to this incredible cause...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-wvRinLBbw&feature=youtu.be

The Stonewall Gives Back Initiative, the official charity of the Stonewall Inn, has partnered with World of Wonder Productions for a livestream concert to su...

So excited to be the production team for this incredible event - be sure to tune in this Thursday and donate if you can!
04/22/2020

So excited to be the production team for this incredible event - be sure to tune in this Thursday and donate if you can!

THURSDAY | 4/23 | 8P ET/5P PT⁠

We are feeling the love and can't wait to share it with all of you THIS THURSDAY! Its gonna be a night of amazing talent, music and support for the LGBTQ+ nightlife industry.

We can't wait to celebrate our industry professionals with you and give back to a part of our community that is so deeply committed to providing safe spaces to all of us!

➡️ for the full lineup | Give: StonewallGivesBack.com⁠
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#stonewallgivesback #thestonewallinn #lgbtq #savethenight #nightlife #safespaces #concert #livemusic #covid19 #covid19relief #fundraiser #charity #instagood #worldofwonder #stoli #jetblue #jagermeisterusa #bethemeister #brooklynbrewery

04/20/2020
The Brief with Kristin Kovner - CEO K-Squared Strategies

New episode of The Brief from Diagonal Media!

We sat down with Kristin Kovner, CEO K-Squared Strategies (ksquaredstrategies.com) to talk about ways brands can navigate the Covid 19 pandemic.

What should brands be doing or NOT doing?

Super intuitive and an honor to pick her brain - as a CMO, Kristin has an acute ability to distill the current situation into super digestible and actionable insights.

Check out the video on ways you can apply these ideas to your business as well!

We are incredibly honored to have been the finishing editor for Saturday Night Seder, a star-studded Passover event bene...
04/11/2020
Saturday Night Seder

We are incredibly honored to have been the finishing editor for Saturday Night Seder, a star-studded Passover event benefiting the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund.

Tonight at 8PM on YouTube and at the link below.

https://www.saturdaynightseder.com/


Garrett Kafchinski
Jonah Crespi
Sydney Otieno
Blake Drummond

Thanks Cory Crayn for making the connection!

Watch here on Saturday, April 11 at 8PM ET / 5PM PT!Also available streaming on YouTube starting at 8PM ET on 4/11 A streaming Passover Seder to benefit the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund. DONATE NOW A Passover seder with the family you never knew you had.The ...

04/06/2020
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Diagonal Media

Are you "telepresent"?

Diagonal Media brings you Episode 2 of The Brief, our virtual "talk" show, where we chat with experts in their respective fields.

In this episode, we got a chance to pick Bill Smartt's brain about being "telepresent" - maximizing your effectiveness on a video conferencing call.

As a public speaking coach, Bill has tons of great advice on how all of us can improve our technique when we are presenting to a group - which SO many of us are doing these days as we utilize Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex, and myriad other video conferencing solutions to connect with our clients and co-workers.

This episode is chock full of great information that will last you a lifetime.

Check out Smartt Talk @ www.smartttalk.com

#presenting #presenter #talk #publicspeaking #publicspeakingcoach #telepresence #zoommeetings #microsoftteams #webexteams #videotips #thebrief #dgnl #wemakecontenthappen

04/06/2020

Are you "telepresent"?

Diagonal Media brings you Episode 2 of The Brief, our virtual "talk" show, where we chat with experts in their respective fields.

In this episode, we got a chance to pick Bill Smartt's brain about being "telepresent" - maximizing your effectiveness on a video conferencing call.

As a public speaking coach, Bill has tons of great advice on how all of us can improve our technique when we are presenting to a group - which SO many of us are doing these days as we utilize Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Webex, and myriad other video conferencing solutions to connect with our clients and co-workers.

This episode is chock full of great information that will last you a lifetime.

Check out Smartt Talk @ www.smartttalk.com

#presenting #presenter #talk #publicspeaking #publicspeakingcoach #telepresence #zoommeetings #microsoftteams #webexteams #videotips #thebrief #dgnl #wemakecontenthappen

03/30/2020

Diagonal Media presents a new series, THE BRIEF, where we talk to experts in their respective fields.

In EP1 we spoke with Karen Sergeant, an Operations Strategist and Fractional COO who has successfully run her business for the last decade out of her home office.

Karen gave us some awesome advice on how to stay productive, and stay grounded during the current quarantine.

03/26/2020
UGC Filming Guidelines

Ultimately, brands are powered by people. Although some marketers may believe brand-created content is 2.1x more likely to resonate as authentic with consumers, consumers are 2.4x more likely to believe that UGC (or UCC user created-content) is more authentic.

With the steady increase of UGC as a tool for marketers and consumers in social media, testimonials, etc., now more than ever, we all need to be equipped with the right creative and technical know-how to create the best UGC possible.

To learn how to create high quality UGC, just watch the video. Diagonal Media specializes in many aspects of video production including UGC to create the best content for your brand. Contact us for a quote or consultation now!

Animation Sydney Otieno
Original music and sound design Adam Trilling

#WeMakeContentHappen
#videoproduction #socialmedia #videoproducer #videoproductioncompany #videoeditor #videographer #corporatevideo #marketingvideo #socialmediavideo #mediaproduction #videoservices #animation #dgnl

03/21/2020

Our team finds great comfort in good content.

We hope to kindly propel some of that comfort forward to you, so please practice social distancing responsibly, and enjoy the latest TV and movie recommendations from our crew.

Gabe Reyes - I’m currently watching Elite on Netflix, it’s a Spanish soap opera surrounding a group of elite, private school friends in Spain. Season 3 premiered last week, and I’m a really big fan of the show. The plot is very dramatic and everything is shot really beautifully. If you are not a big fan of soap operas and always wanted to *get* them, Elite is a good bridge for such a journey.

Sydney Otieno - With all the free time I have these days, I’ve been rewatching How To Get Away With Murder as a refresher for the final episodes that will air soon. I’m constantly impressed by the easy-to-follow storytelling despite its non-linear narrative, and the show's complex characters. As a big fan of crime TV, I still find myself surprised by the plot twists - even on my third rewatch.

Adam Trilling - I’ve been watching Dave, on Hulu. It’s interesting to see how Dave, also known as professional rapper Lil Dicky, navigates and explores his passion as an (unconventional) music artist. Being a musician myself, just listening to artists expand genres in new ways is one of my favorite things to experience. To be able to watch a show dedicated entirely to that has been a blast!

Garrett Kafchinski - I just finished watching Bojack Horseman and loved it! Bojack is an anti-hero that I love to watch; it had lots of animal puns, good music, and also dark humor.

Pete Davidson is having a moment right now with his standup on Netflix and the movie Big Time Adolescence on Hulu. They’re both filled with raw humor that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

When I’m looking for new things to watch I check out my friend Ben’s Can I Be Reel Instagram page for hot takes on what’s watchable on all of the streaming platforms!

My wife and I are enjoying American Idol. Don’t tell anyone.

Blake Drummond & Daniel Yund - We watch everything together… for the most part we agree on what to watch - every once in a while though, you can catch Dan or Blake staring at their phones instead of paying attention to what’s happening on the big screen. That is usually a sign of “yawn factor” - but hey, it’s 2020 and we can multitask, so what are we watching?

LOTS of HBO, they are definitely the masters of quality over quantity - we loved The Outsider - the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel was simultaneously thrilling, unsettling, and innovative with incredible performances from the entire cast. Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 is absolutely hysterical, Larry David and the writers are still finding seemingly banal moments to mime for endless laughs.

Netflix has a few sleeper hits when you sift through the endless stream - for an absolute raucous and oft nonsensical romp, check out former Wet Hot and The State members’ Medical Police - you’ll laugh out loud at least once per 22 minute episode, and very digestible. We also watched the thriller Last Ferry about a gay man who witnesses a murder on Fire Island, definitely innovative for the LGBTQ narrative feature genre.

On Hulu we have really loved Ramy - it’s poignant, funny, and ground-breaking.

Alex Tragellis - Sherlock with Eggs Benedict Cumberbatch & Marty Freeman is incredible. Each episode is like a mini-movie and somehow manages to retain its unpredictability. A wonderful modern update on the master of deduction and his trusted doctor sidekick. I’ve also been watching Curb Your Enthusiasm and enjoying Larry being Larry. Also I watched this show Vikings on Prime Video. It’s not great but pretty good. It’s more than just a ridiculous amount of battles, and I mean a ridiculous amount. The more interesting aspect is the overarching narrative with the constant threat of political coups, in depth religious debates, and a dash of historical accuracy. It’s just satisfying enough to fill the Game of Thrones void.

Jonah Crespi - Blood Simple - The first feature film from the Coen Brothers is a nice precursor to the legendary career that follows.

Only God Forgives - This movie is brutal to sit through. Widely panned by critics and I can understand why, but after sitting with it for a few days, I’ve come to appreciate Nicolas Winding Refn’s bold and unrelenting approach. One thing I really loved about the film was the very stylish, Neo-Noir cinematography.

LOTR Return of the King - There are many different aspects of a good film - story, cinematography, music, production design, costumes, etc… These components separate good films from the unassailable masterpieces. The LOTR trilogy as a whole is the culmination of what movies are supposed to be. An expansive, immersive, epic look into a fantasy world. Return of the King is the final act of one of the greatest stories ever told. This is a perfect film.

Big Brother (spoiler alert) - I’m the one that makes fun of reality TV. Every time I walk into my girlfriend’s apartment and see someone crying in some confessional room I roll my eyes. Naturally, I was hesitant to jump into Season 15 of Big Brother. After three days, 36 episodes, and a sore throat from screaming at the TV because Elissa had to evict Aaryn after Amanda blindsided Helen by winning the power of veto to keep her showmance power alliance going with Mcrae, I’m not ashamed to say, I’m a fan.

Brittany Carragher - I’m currently watching a series called Carnival Row, on Amazon. The show is about mythological creatures struggling to coexist with humans. Although, this is a show that by description should captivate me... it hasn’t and I can only justify Orlando Bloom’s good looks for so long.

Speaking of captivating, I watched Drive on Netflix last night and I’m in love with this film and now with Ryan Gosling. Gosling plays a Hollywood stuntman by day, then by night is a getaway driver for criminals. The score, color grading, and use of lighting are some of the standout aesthetics that I appreciate most. I don’t normally gravitate towards action movies, but this film has a cool factor that separates itself from the genre.

Feel free to reach out with any comments or personal recommendations! We appreciate the thoughtful dialogue. Stay safe everyone!

03/16/2020

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” - William A. Ward

At Diagonal Media, the health and safety of our staff, clients, and community is our first priority. And, as a small business we recognize the importance of flexibility, remaining agile so we can provide the services our clients need in this ever-changing landscape. We are still here for you.

DGNL pivoted to a work from home setup for all employees - how are we still making content happen? The most vital pieces of the puzzle are:

- TeamViewer for remote connection to our LumaForge Jellyfish server
- Zoom Video Communications to stay connected
- Slack for organization and comms
- monday.com for efficient project management
- Frame.io/Vimeo to share cuts and feedback on edits seamlessly
- WeTransfer/Dropbox for larger file-sharing needs
- Google Docs for real-time collaboration

We produce dynamic visual content, video messaging, webinars, livestreams, sizzle reels and much more - reach out to talk strategy - DGNL can help you craft a message that resonates, one that gets seen, and heard.

This is the time to band together, get creative, and “adjust the sails”.

Blake Drummond - Founder & CEO
Garrett Kafchinski - Partner & COO
www.dgnl.co

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Our Origin Story

Diagonal Media was founded by Blake Drummond in 2015. Blake started his career in media production working behind the scenes on shows like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, 30 Rock, and Ugly Betty. His skill and dedication allowed him to quickly work his way up to become the production coordinator on the hit show White Collar.

After 8 years of working in TV & Feature Film Production offices, Blake knew he needed to make a change. The vision of being a “creative” in the industry was slowly disappearing, so he decided to leave the logistics side of TV and Film and start his own path as a producer/cinematographer.

Blake spent years working on any filming job he could to hone and perfect his craft. It started with weddings and events, and transitioned into an opportunity to film a CEO presentation at an advertising holding company.

Blake’s experience as a production coordinator taught him the importance of professionalism, accountability, efficiency, and timeliness. These skills, and mindset, turned out to be the special sauce that would set him apart from others in the booming video industry. This job led to the next, and the next, until it got so busy that he needed help editing all of the content - so he reached out on a Final Cut Pro X user group looking for editors in NYC.

This is when he met Garrett Kafchinski. Garrett had been freelancing in New York similarly to Blake, filming and editing. His love of the technical side of filmmaking led him to work as an Avid Technician for Pivotal Post and as a Digital Imaging Technician on several shorts and features including Ira Sachs’ Little Men.

Blake and Garrett hit it off with their ability to both shoot and edit with Blake handling more pre-production, and Garrett handling more post-production.

Blake hired his first full time employee, Jonah Crespi, in 2017 and hired Garrett full time in January 2018. A few months later he asked Garrett to come on as a full time partner. This concept of having two people fully devoted and committed to growing the business has been what has accelerated Diagonal’s growth. From purchasing gear to hiring talent to focusing on marketing, Blake and Garrett work as a team to figure out the best ways to serve clients and grow the business.

It started with filming simple presentations, but has now expanded to broadcasting live streams, traveling globally to cover corporate conferences, and producing same-day content. It has led to Diagonal Media being able to produce its own shows such as ‘The In Crowd,’ ‘Good News,’ ‘Every Day I Die A Little’ and ‘DGNL Tips.’

Another one of Diagonal Media’s secret weapons is DGNL’s Chief Creative Officer, Dan Yund. From aesthetically streamlined lower thirds, to designs for complex animations, Dan brings an acute sensibility and tastefulness to each project.

One key of Diagonal Media’s success, as Blake always says, is having a can-do attitude and “treating everyone like a CEO.” All clients deserve the utmost respect; and people always remember if you are professional and courteous.

For more information or to find out how DGNL can make content for your organization, visit our website or email us: [email protected]

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