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Terminologies You Should Know As An Entertainment Exec.

NB: We have curled these words and meanings from https://variety.com/ and https://www.actorschecklist.com/. We. therefore, do not claim authorship of this article. We respect the platforms’ definitions of Entertainment terminologies, we would love to share these views with our audience.

  1. Music;- Musical activity (singing or whistling etc.), punishment for one’s actions, or any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds.
  2. Amusement:- An activity that is diverting and that holds the attention or a feeling of delight at being entertained.
  3. Television:- A telecommunication system that transmits images of objects (stationary or moving) between distant points, or an electronic device that receives television signals and displays them on a screen, or broadcasting visual images of stationary or moving objects
  4. Game:– An amusement or pastime, or a contest with rules to determine a winner or a single play of a sport or other contest
  5. Recreation:- An activity that refreshes and recreates; an activity that renews your health and spirits by enjoyment and relaxation or activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
  6. Film:- A thin coating or layer, a photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies. or a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things
  7. Leisure:- Freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity, or time available for ease and relaxation.
  8. Theather:- A building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented, the art of writing and producing plays, or a region in which active military operations are in progress.
  9. Fun:- Activities that are enjoyable or amusing, violent and excited activity or a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement.
  10. Extravaganza:- Any lavishly staged or spectacular entertainment
  11. Nightlife:- The activity of people seeking nighttime diversion (as at the theater, a nightclub, etc.) or the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion
  12. Infotainment:-  A film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
  13. Cinema:- A theater where films are shown or a medium that disseminates moving pictures
  14. Comedy:-  A comic incident or series of incidents or light and humorous drama with a happy ending
  15. Sport:- The occupation of athletes who compete for pay, an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition, or a verbal wit or mockery (often at another’s expense but not to be taken seriously)
  16. Animation:- General activity and motion, the making of animated cartoons, or the activity of giving vitality and vigour to something.
  17. Theatre:- A building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented, the art of writing and producing plays, a region in which active military operations are in progress.
  18. Circus:- A performance given by a traveling company of acrobats, clowns, and trained animals, a frenetic disorganized (and often comic) disturbance suggestive of a large public entertainment, or a genus of haws comprising the harriers.
  19. Play:- the act using a sword (or other weapons) vigorously and skillfully, the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize), or activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules.
  20. Entertainment industry:- Those involved in providing entertainment: radio and television and films and theater.
  21. Marketing:- A shopping at a market, the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling and distributing a product or service, the exchange of goods for an agreed sum of money.
  22. Show:- The act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining, pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression, or a social event involving a public performance or entertainment.
  23. Hollywood:- The film industry of the United States, a district of Los Angeles long associated with the American film industry, or a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry.
  24. Dance:-  Taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music, an artistic form of nonverbal communication, or a party for social dancing
  25. Banquet:- A meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed, a ceremonial dinner party for many people, or partakes in a feast or banquet.
  26. Concert:- A performance of music by players or singers not involving theatrical staging, settle by agreement or contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement.
  27. Movie:- A form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement.
  28. Auditorium:- The area of a theater or concert hall where the audience sits
  29. Multimedia:- A transmission that combines media of communication (text and graphics and sound etc.)
  30. Digital:- A circuit or device that represents magnitudes in digits, relating to or performed with the fingers or displaying numbers rather than scale positions
  31. Advertising:- The business of drawing public attention to goods and services, public promotion of some product or service.
  32. Merchandising:- The exchange of goods for an agreed sum of money
  33. Audience:-  A conference (usually with someone important), a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance, or the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment.
  34. Interest:- A diversion that occupies one’s time and thoughts (usually pleasantly), a reason for wanting something done, or the power of attracting or holding one’s attention (because it is unusual or exciting, etc.)
  35. Professional:- An authority qualified to teach apprentices, a person engaged in one of the learned professions, or an athlete who plays for pay.
  36. Opera:- A building where musical dramas are performed, a commercial browser, or a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes
  37. Ethics:- The philosophical study of moral values and rules, or motivation based on ideas of right and wrong.
  38. Poetry:-  Literature in metrical form, or any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling
  39. Slapstick:- An acoustic device consisting of two paddles hinged together; used by an actor to make a loud noise without inflicting injury when striking someone, or a boisterous comedy with chases and collisions and practical jokes characterized by horseplay and physical action.
  40. Disney:- United States filmmaker who pioneered animated cartoons and created such characters as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck; founded Disneyland (1901-1966).
  41. Militainment:– Entertainment with military themes in which the Department of Defense is celebrated.
  42. Rhythm:- Recurring at regular intervals, or the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements
  43. Broadcast:- Message that is transmitted by radio or television, a radio or television show, or cause to become widely known.
  44. Exclusive:-  A news report that is reported first by one news organization, not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective, or excluding much or all; especially all but a particular group or minority
  45. Composition. A musical work:- the art of writing music.
  46. Compulsory License (Phonorecords):- The statutory mandate given to a copyright owner to permit third parties to make sound recordings of the copyright owner’s song after it once has been recorded.
  47. Concept Meeting:- A gathering of the producer, director, and casting director to reach an agreement about the look and quality of each character in a script.
  48. Commercial:- A commercially sponsored ad on radio or television, connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises, of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior
  49. Monopoly:- Exclusive control or possession of something, (economics) or a market in which there are many buyers but only one seller.
  50. Blockbuster:- An unusually successful hit with widespread popularity and huge sales (especially a movie or play or recording or novel)
  51. Distributor:- A  company that markets merchandise or  a person with authority to allot or deal out or apportion
  52. Ticket:- A commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to something (as to ride on public transportation or to enter a public entertainment)
  53. Reality:- The quality possessed by something that is real, all of your experiences that determine how things appear to you, or the state of being actual or real.
  54. Common-Law Copyright:- Natural protection of a song based on common laws of the various states. Was superseded by a single national system effective January 1, 1978.
  55. Composer:- One who writes the music to a song.
  56. Series:– A periodical that appears at scheduled times, or a serialized set of programs.
  57. Film festival:- A cinematic festival that features films (usually films produced during the past year).
  58. Genre:- A class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique, a kind of literary or artistic work, or an expressive style of music
  59. Artificial Intelligence:- The branch of computer science that deal with writing computer programs that can solve problems creatively.
  60. Allegory:- An expressive style that uses fictional characters and events to describe some subject by suggestive resemblances; an extended metaphor, a short moral story (often with animal characters), or a visible symbol representing an abstract idea.
  61. Sitcom:-  A humorous television program based on situations that could arise in everyday life, or a humorous drama based on situations that might arise in day-to-day life.
  62. Screenplay:- A script for a film including dialogue and descriptions of characters and sets
  63. Monologue:-  A (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor, or a long utterance by one person (especially one that prevents others from participating in the conversation)
  64. Co-Publishing:- The joint publication of one copy-righted work by two publishers.
  65. Copy:- A slang term for “dialogue” or “script.”
  66. Copy Points:- The items in a script require particular attention, and therefore particular interpretation by the voice actor.
  67. Copyright:- As a noun, means the exclusive rights granted to authors and composers for protection of their works; a song or musical composition; as a verb, to secure protection for a song by filling the proper registration forms with the Copyright Office.
  68. Karaoke:- Singing popular songs accompanied by a recording of an orchestra (usually in bars or nightclubs)
  69. Lifestyle:- A manner of living that reflects the person’s values and attitudes.
  70. Retail:- The selling of goods to consumers; usually in small quantities and not for resale.
  71. Striptease:- A form of erotic entertainment in which a dancer gradually undresses to music
  72. Razzmatazz:- Any exciting and complex play intended to confuse (dazzle) the opponent
  73. Fandom:- The fans of a sport or famous person
  74. Obsolescence:- The process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date.
  75. Performing Arts: Arts or skills that require public performance.
  76. A&R Director:- Artists and repertoire; record company staffer or liaison in charge of selecting new artists, songs, and masters.
  77. Assignment:- The transfer of rights to a song or catalog from one copy-right proprietor to another
  78. Atmosphere. Another term for “extras” or “background artists”.
  79. Audition:- A formally arranged session (usually by appointment through an agent) for an actor to display his or her talents when seeking a role in an upcoming production of a play, film, or television project, usually to a casting director, director, or producer.
  80. Billboard:- To emphasize or set apart a copy point is to “billboard” it.
  81. Biography:- A concise account of an artist or group’s industry-related experience or background.
  82. Blue Screen:- Also sometimes called Green Screen, it is a blank screen that acts as the backdrop to live-action. Any background can be laid into the background and give the impression that the live-action was really happening in the context of the blue screen.
  83. Booking Agent:- One who finds employment for artists from buyers of talent.
  84. Bullet:- Designation of a record listed on the charts, referring to increased record sales.
  85. Business Owner/Manager:- A fundamental management function of an independent producer is making deals, but in doing this there is a myriad of rules, regulations, and forms to navigate through.
  86. Buyout:- A one-time payment for shooting and airing a commercial.
  87. Casting:- When a casting director puts out the news that he needs to fill a certain role that requires an approximate age range and appearance such as a certain ethnicity, height, build or look.
  88. Catalog:- All the songs owned by a music publisher considered as one collection.
  89. Charts:- Lists published in the trade magazines of the best-selling records. These are separate charts for pop, soul, country western, etc.; musical arrangements.
  90. Clearance:- The right of a radio station to play a song.
  91. Collaborator:- One of two or more partners in the writing of songs.
  92. Commercial:- Regarding the music industry, the potential to sell, or that which has mass appeal.
  93. Commercial Head or 3/4 Shot:- Used to seek a commercial agent, and on commercial auditions. The shot usually depicts the subject as perky and upbeat with bright energetic eyes.
  94. Commission:- Percentage of income paid by actors to their representatives. If it is an agent, the amount cannot be over 10% for a union contract; if it is a manager, the percentage is unregulated but is traditionally 15-20%.
  95. Comml.:- Abbreviation for “commercial.”
  96. Cross Collateralization:- Means of recouping the money spent on one song or recording against the earnings of another song or recording.
  97. Crossover:- A song that receives airplay in more than one market.
  98. Donut:– A type of spot that has prerecorded material at the beginning and at the end with a “hole” in the middle for the voice part. The parts can be reversed as well, with the voice being the donut and the pre-recorded material in the hole.
  99. D.O.R:- Dance-Oriented Rock; a categorization of popular music utilized by radio stations.
  100. Double-take:- An exaggerated facial response to another actor’s words or actions, usually used for comic effect.
  101. Downstage:– The area of the stage closest to the audience.
  102. Modulate:- To change from one key to another in a song.
  103. Monologue:- A speech used by an actor to demonstrate his or her ability at an audition.
  104. MOR:- “Middle of the Road”; songs that may be classified as easy listening.
  105. MOS:- Without sound, attributed to a German director who pronounced it, “Mit out sound.”
  106. Motif:- The shortest significant melody of a song or theme.
  107. Mouth Noise:- Also known as “clicks and pops.” A dry mouth produces much more mouth noise than a damp one. Cigarette smoking also contributes to a dry mouth. The less mouth noise you have, the less editing has to be done later.
  108. Off-book:- When an actor knows his or her lines and no longer needs to carry the script.
  109. Off-Camera:- A part for which you supply your voice to a TV spot or video presentation.
  110. Off-Card:- A union actor working on a non-union project is known to be working ‘off-card.
  111. Offstage:- The area immediately behind or to the sides of the stage area; also used more generally to talk about an actor’s everyday life.
  112. Omnies:- In unison, sounds or exclamations extras make as a group.
  113. On-Camera:- A part in a TV spot or video production where you actually appear on the screen. It pays more than off-camera voice-over, but often requires more work, as well as applying make-up.
  114. Payola:- Secret payment to broadcasters to play certain records.
  115. Pay-per-airing:- Monies paid to an actor each time a television commercial is shown.
  116. Pen:- To compose or write.
  117. Per Diem:- Money given to actors and crew when on location to cover the expense of food and other personal incidentals.
  118. Performance Royalties:- Monies earned from the use of one’s song on radio, television, and other users of music.
  119. Pirating:- The unauthorized reproduction and selling of sound recordings (i.e., records, tapes, CDs).
  120. Platinum Album:- Certification by the Recording Industry Association of America that an album has sold a minimum of one million units.

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