“I’ve been waiting for this my entire life,” the actress, technologist and entrepreneur Justine Bateman confessed to me when we spoke recently over Skype. But Bateman – best known probably for her role as Mallory Keaton in the Eighties cult sitcom “Family Ties” – wasn’t talking about Hollywood parties, stretch limos or any other supposedly glamorous frill of old media.
No, Bateman was talking about the Internet. For Bateman, the co-founder of the online production company fm78.tvand an outspoken pro Network Neutrality activist, the Internet is “spectacularly different” from old media and she feels really lucky to be participating in what she calls a “pioneering moment” in media history.
I have to confess that I’ve been waiting my entire life to interview Bateman, who was the only reason why I religiously watched “Family Ties” throughout the Eighties. And she didn’t disappoint. From explaining why HTML coding is “sexy” to her remarks about women in technology, Bateman is smart, passionate and totally committed to the triumph of innovation over the inefficiencies of the old system.
Justine Bateman On How She Went From Starring in Family Ties to Running fm78.TV.
Justine Bateman On Why the Internet is the Most Important Media Development in the Last Hundred Years.
Justine Bateman On Why She Doesn’t Want the Internet to Become Another Version of Cable TV.
Justine Bateman On the Marriage of Advertising and Content.
Justine Bateman On Why Multitasking is Sexy.
Justine Bateman On Being A Woman in New and Old Media.
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Justine Tanya Bateman (born February 19, 1966) is an American actress, writer and producer. Her television career included a regular role on the sitcom Family Ties from 1982 until 1989. She currently runs a consulting company, SECTION 5 and a production company, FM78.tv, of which she is a founding partner.