A Fireside Chat with Mac McLean

We’d like to take a moment with one of Click Communications’ founders, Mac McLean, to learn a little more about his roots and how he came to be where he is today.  In hindsight, a fireside chat was not the best choice as it’s 80 degrees outside and it’s a little warm in here.

What is your favorite thing about working at Click?
Narrowing down my favorite thing is tough, since I get to work with movies, the internet and my wife, all of which I loved long before starting Click, but if I had to choose just one thing it would have to be working with such an amazing team of people. Being a part of Click, while sometimes challenging, has been one of the most positive and supportive environments I’ve ever worked in.

What did you do before forming the Click team?
Before we started Click, I spent three years helping develop the online PR for Buena Vista Home Entertainment here in LA through Terry Hines & Associates, where I had been handling field promotions & publicity in the Northwest for Disney, DreamWorks, MGM and Focus since 1999.  My film promotional experience started even earlier that during my years in radio, setting up large promotional campaigns in Seattle since 1996.  I think the first screening I hosted was Schwarzenegger’s Eraser, where I first met long-time friend & Click board member Janice Lichtenwald.

What was your favorite job while growing up?
I’m torn, so I’m going to go with two of them.  In high school, I worked at a comic shop in Santa Barbara and being able to read all the comics you wanted to for free was pretty sweet.  Then in college, I worked at a video store in Seattle, and guess what?  I got to watch all the movies I wanted to for free.  Do you see an emerging trend here?  The moral of the story is:  Get a job involving your hobby or passion and then it isn’t really work.

Which work-related event has been the most fun for you to be involved in?
As a part of Click, I’d probably say my favorite thing was taking everyone to Comic-con for the first time last year.  I’m a big geek, so sharing the experience was a treat.  Solo, I’d have to say the “Lost” Season 1 DVD premiere in a jungle in Oahu with the entire cast.  That was pretty cool.

Who is your favorite celebrity that you’ve met?
I’m a big fan a character actors, so it usually makes my day when I get to meet & talk to people like William Fichtner, Zoe Bell, Judy Greer, Miguel Ferrer or Kevin McKidd.  And of course, they are all super nice.

Zoe Bell and Mac at the 2010 Streamy Awards afterparty

What is the best work advice you have ever received?
“Don’t come to me with a problem, come to me with a solution.”  This really speaks for itself.  I’ve always been a pretty good troubleshooter (which is handy with fast-breaking PR) but this is probably the best piece of advice I’ve ever received and I’ve held onto that and shared it repeatedly over the years.

If I looked in your DVR, PS3 or X-Box what would I find?
In no particular order: “Dr. Who,” “Inbetweeners,” Book of Eli, “Futurama” and Red Dead Redemption.  And that’s only because it’s summer. Ask me again in October and this list will be six pages long.  I watch a lot of TV.

Red Dead Redemption = Grand Theft Stagecoach

What book are you currently reading and what else might one find on your shelves?
I’ll admit, I read waaaaay too many comics.  My non-picture book habits are pretty light and crime-series related, usually for traveling.  But right now I’m on a stack of Jimmy Palmiotti’s Jonah Hex trades and the latest volumes of Scalped and DMZ.  Other things on the shelf include The Walking Dead, Fables, Fear Agent, The Boys and The Authority. And many, many more.

What was the last movie you saw that you absolutely loved?
Toy Story 3 was phenomenal in a lot of ways, on both a story and technical level.  And right before that we saw a showing of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, which was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time.

What websites do you frequent the most that aren’t necessarily work-related?
Oh, man.  This would be the longest post ever, so I’m just going to rattle off a handful, and no one get mad, because I am reading a hundred things a day and am all over the map.  And I’m not including all the daily staples like IMDB or Twitter, etc.  So, in no particular order:  FailBlog.org, Gamma Squad, Comics Alliance, Cracked and…CNN. What?  I’m not completely obsessed with entertainment.

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