Please flip it off. Don’t flip us off. #EarthHour2010

Earth Hour: It’s a Choice To Turn OFF Non-Essential Electrical Devices

Last year I watched the Twitter feed about Earth Hour and was so amazed at the number of people who tweeted they did not care, they turned all their lights on, they did not believe in global warming, etc… You get my drift.

However, this act, of turning your lights and non-essential electronics off for one hour is more about being a symbolic gesture of honoring the Earth and sending a message to those around you from neighbors to politicians to the power companies that we do care.

When did we stop caring about causes? When did we stop wanting to be heard? Why do we not care about the planet we live on? For me, I’ve seen one too many SciFi movies about aliens coming to planet earth because they could no longer live on their planet as they used up all their resources.

If you don’t believe in global warming, nothing will change your mind. But if you do believe we should take care of the place we live then why not start tonight?

With over 125 countries and regions around the world participating in this small act of awareness, we join the world in showing we do care enough to stop and think about our  planet.

That’s all we can ask today and maybe all you are willing to do. We don’t have to ignore the gesture and tweet out we have all our lights on, it only proves one thing and I think you know what that is.

Tonight join all of us at Mingle Media TV and our friends around the world for Earth Hour > one hour > 8:30 PM YOUR LOCAL Time Zone.

Please flip it off. Don’t flip us off.  #EarthHour2010

LATwestival – Red Carpet Report from Mingle Media TV from the Roxy Hollywood

See the whole photo album here: We have a video footage collage posted up here.

LATwestival at the Roxy in Hollywood on March 25th was a lot of fun. Mingle Media TV was there to capture the event via video and photos.

Twestival is a charity festival whereby 175 cities from around the world come together for events on 1 day- March 25th- raising money for one cause. This year they’re raising money for Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organization transforming the lives of the world’s poorest, most marginalized children through access to education.

@LATWESTIVAL @TheRoxy will featured: Video turntablist/remixer Mike Relm (YouTube Live, Webby Awards) performing live, Tweet Museum one-of-a-kind celebrity Twitter art, Polite in Public Digital Photo booth, 16 year-old DJ prodigy and music blogger Jake Simon, plus: a SURPRISE GUEST PERFORMANCE by a top touring alternative band! The event was Co-hosted by @ShiraLazar, Oprah Radio’s Derrick Ashong (@dashong) .

Twestival: Los Angeles – The Roxy to Benefit Concern Worldwide – 175 Cities Participating #LATwestival

Tonight at the Roxy – please come support Twestival (http://www.latwestival.com) Twitter is @LATwestival

Mingle Media TV will be there on the red carpet to cover the event and also mingle with folks inside after… We’re so excited to be part of this event tonight and can’t wait to share how well it goes with you!

About Twestival:  Twestival is a charity festival whereby 175 cities from around the world come together for events on 1 day- March 25th- raising money for one cause. This year they’re raising money for Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organization transforming the lives of the world’s poorest, most marginalized children through access to education.

TONITE’s Event: LA TWESTIVAL at THE ROXY THEATRE 7pm Showtime

@LATWESTIVAL @TheRoxy will feature: Video turntablist/remixer Mike Relm (YouTube Live, Webby Awards) performing live, Tweet Museum one-of-a-kind celebrity Twitter art, Polite in Public Digital Photo booth, 16 year-old DJ prodigy and music blogger Jake Simon, plus: a SURPRISE GUEST PERFORMANCE by a top touring alternative band! The event is Co-hosted by @ShiraLazar, Oprah Radio’s Derrick Ashong (@dashong) and will be broadcast online by Ustream.

One-of-a-Kind LEGO Toy Story Mural Reveal @ Hollywood Boys & Girls Club

Mingle Media TV was invited to see the big reveal of the Disney Pixar Toy Story LEGO mural put together by 6 groups of Boy and Girls Club kids from across the country.

We were there and captured the footage from talking to the experts to watching the kids countdown to see the completed masterpiece. Watch the video to see all the fun!

Pixar Story Supervisor Jason Katz (Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3) and LEGO Master Builder Erik Varszegi joined kids from the Hollywood Boys & Girls Club to assemble a one-of-a-kind Toy Story & Toy Story 2 mural (just in time for the release on Blu-ray™).

Kids from six different Boys & Girls Clubs across the US in regional markets each built a portion of the elaborate Toy Story mural out of LEGO® bricks, which were joined together for the first time in Los Angeles. Participating Cities included: Washington DC, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles.

Special Thanks to Disney for their long standing relationship with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) – over 50 years. Disney has donated millions in financial and in-kind donations as well as volunteer services to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Be sure to mark your calendars for June 18th 2010 as Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will be in theaters around the US.

Check out The Ruse (band) at Blue Microphone’s Studio > Interview with Mingle Media TV & New Album

Before SXSW we had the good fortune to go to the Blue Microphone studios to check out their facilities and interview The Ruse band, interview them and check out their music. Watch the video below – they really rocked! Our correspondent, Eddie Simeon, (used to work for MTV) was on hand to talk to the guys.

Today, The Ruse, had a new album drop – check them out

You can get their album at iTunes –> go get it!

Now more about Blue Microphone! Our tech guys got to check out some of the different equipment from Blue Microphone – from awesome mics to their EYEBALL 2.0 webcam. Being Mac geeks, we really loved the ease of use and quality of their products.

They have an amazing line of mics from in home quality to studio quality… yup, these people really take the sound quality seriously – and how amazing that they do it from their studios with musicians who try it out – live and in recording… like our time at their Westlake Studios a few weeks ago.

If you are looking for a great productline that is trusted by musicians all around the world, then check out our friends at Blue Microphone online.

Web Television Viewers: 2nd Annual Streamys Audience Choice Awards Voting Begins

We’re excited to see who’ll win this year’s Streamys Audience Choice Awards – which means YOU get to vote. Click on the links in this post to check out who’s up for this year’s awards. You can also visit Mingle Media TV and check out more info regarding the Streamys and tell us what your favorites are.
We’ll be talking about the Streamy Award nominated web shows on Mingle Media TV and welcome you to join the conversation – who’s gonna win? Post your favorites on this blog for a chance to win $100 Gift Certificate to Restaurant.com.

Go vote at www.streamys.org and then watch the live online broadcast of the Streamy Awards Ceremony, Sunday, April 11 starting at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Audience Choice Awards Finalists
The Streamy Awards Audience Choice Finalists for Best Web Television Series are:
·         Agents of Cracked – http://www.cracked.com/video_18099_the-end-beginning.html
·         Anyone But Me – http://www.anyonebutmeseries.com/
·         Dorm Life: Semester 2  - http://www.dorm-life.com
·         Elevator – http://www.youtube.com/user/ElevatorShow
·         Noob – http://www.noob-tv.com
·         Star-ving -http://crackle.com/c/Star-ving
·         The Guild – http://www.watchtheguild.com
·         Legend of Neil – http://effinfunny.com/legend-of-neil
·         The Totally Rad Show- http://revision3.com/trs
·         The Young Turks – http://www.theyoungturks.com/
About The Streamy Awards
Presented by the International Academy of Web Television, the Streamy Awards recognize excellence in global web television programming for broadband distribution across 35 creative categories, from acting and directing, to editing and special effects. Members of the International Academy of Web Television review shows submitted through a free, public submissions process and vote on the final nominees and winners for each category. The Audience Choice Award for Best Web Television Series is selected by members of the public. Winners of the 2nd Annual Streamy Awards will be announced at the Streamy Awards Ceremony on April 11, 2010 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. The Streamy Craft Award winners will be announced at a separate ceremony on April 7, 2010 at the Barnsdall Art Center in Hollywood. Founded in 2009, the Streamy Awards are co-hosted by a consortium of new media companies including Tubefilter News (www.tubefilter.tv) and NewTeeVee (www.newteevee.com), and are produced by Tubefilter, Inc. (www.tubefilterinc.com). For more information, visit www.streamys.org, follow @streamyawards on Twitter and become a Fan at www.facebook.com/streamys.
About The International Academy of Web Television
The International Academy of Web Television, an independent member-run organization comprised of digital entertainment leaders was founded in 2009 to promote and recognize artistic excellence and technological innovation in online entertainment. Members of the Academy are invited to join based on achievement in their respective fields, and include actors, agents, composers, content developers, directors, journalists, producers, technologists, and writers who actively participate in and support the web television and digital entertainment industries. The Academy oversees the annual Streamy Awards, which honor and recognize excellence in original episodic web television programming. For more information, visit www.iawtv.org, follow @iawtv on Twitter and become a Fan at www.facebook.com/iawtv.

Today’s Widow Author, 2 Time Emmy Winner, Robin Craig Joins Mingle Media TV as Show Host

a new, live web show focused on today’s widow with Robin Craig, two-time Emmy Award winner, hosting the show and talking about living life after losing your spouse. Robin Craig LIVE, will air live streaming on Tuesday evenings at 10 PM EST on the social TV networkhttp://www.minglemediatv.com/RobinCraigLive.html, simulcasting on iPhone, Android and other smart phones and will be archived for replay on-demand.

Author of the Houston Chronicle blog “Today’s Widow” Robin Craig is experiencing and sharing life after losing a loved one. Craig was caught off guard four years ago when her husband of twenty one year’s suddenly passed away. Craig’s passion for life has inspired her to share her thoughts on being a widow today and how to face life’s challenges and do it with grace and a sense of humor. Some of her posts include titles such as “Bury me in my Stiletto’s” which included photos of several shoes asking the question, do you know your loved ones final wishes? Craig brings her wicked sense of humor and experience in TV and movie production to Mingle Media TV with her talk show focused on the Baby Boomer audience.

“When we starting talking to Robin and reading her Today’s Widow blog on the Houston Chronicle, we knew she would be an instant hit on MMTVN,” said Stephanie Piche, founder and CEO of Mingle Media TV. “She touches the hard to talk about subjects with the right mix of humor and sensitivity that will engage, encourage and inspire the Baby Boomer audience.”

Robin Craig LIVE, will air live streaming on Tuesday evenings at 10 PM EST on the social TV networkhttp://www.minglemediatv.com/RobinCraigLive.html. Viewers are invited to join the chat live with Robin and other members in the audience via text and video chat. You can find out more about Robin and her blog, Today’s Widow, at the Houston Chronicle: http://blogs.chron.com/todayswidow/.

New Show on Mingle Media TV: Get Living TV Tonight’s Show is Focused on Special People & Being Judged on Appearances

Mingle Media TV is pleased to announce that beginning March 21, 2010 they will be broadcasting a new, live web show entitled Get Living TV, based on the  popular blog published by Alaina Frederick http://www.getlivingtv.com and http://www.dinkerandgiggles.com featuring topical stories from green parenting to living with challenges and making the most of life. Get Living TV will air LIVE on Sunday evenings at 8 PM EST on the social TV networkhttp://www.minglemediatv.com/GetLivingTV.html, simulcasting on iPhone, Android and other smart phones and will be archived for replay on-demand.

Publisher of the website Dinker and Giggles, Alaina Frederick, is delighted to feature her ground-breaking series entitled “Judging Before Asking” on Mingle Media TV which is focused on the challenges faced in our daily lives; situations that we may or may not know how to handle or what to say. “Judging before Asking” addresses situations where it’s easier to avoid it all together rather than to ask the simplest of questions and makes it easy to understand how to relate.

Viewers of “Judging before Asking” will have the opportunity join the LIVE web shows and interact with both the online audience and the show host via text or video.  The first “Judging Before Asking” show on Mingle Media TV will feature special guest, Priscilla Hedlin, a mother and wife, who is also wheelchair bound. In 1999 when she was just 18, and about to start what many call the best 4 years of their lives, Priscilla was in a car accident and left paralyzed. Her life was changed forever, but she has learned to face it with grace and will be talking about how she copes, how it changed her and how she copes with the stares, gossip, and the way her family and friends have treated since the accident. She also blogs about her life at the following sites: www.wheelchairmommy.com at http://www.hedlin.com/blog/?page_id=628

“When Alaina approached us about doing this show, we were onboard with the subject matter, and elated she chose our network to air this provocative series,” said Stephanie Piche, founder and CEO of Mingle Media TV. “Not only do we want to entertain our audience but we want to provide thought-provoking subject matter and help educate viewers about how we can face challenges and triumph over the obstacles we face in life.”

‘Get Living TV’ will air LIVE on Sunday evenings at 8 PM EST – 5 PM PST on Mingle Media TV. Viewers are invited to join the chat live with Alaina and other members in the audience via text and video chat. To find out more about Alaina and her site, Dinker and Giggles, visithttp://www.dinkerandgiggles.com.

We Met Alvin & The Chipmunks… & the People Behind the Scenes (Giveaway too!)

POST UPDATE WINNER IS : LEE! Thanks everyone – we will see you for the next giveaway!! 2/22/10

There is nothing more exciting than to be invited to go to a movie screening or red carpet here in Los Angeles, but to do it with a correspondent, her two kids and experience the fun through the eyes of children as part of the event.

Mingle Media TV was invited to attend the Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel DVD launch party. We asked Andrea, from SavvySassyMoms, to come and (shh! one missed school) bring her two kids. Andrea got to interview director, Betty Thomas, choreographer, Rosero McCoy, producer, Ross Bagdasarian Jr and Chipettes founder Janice Karman.

The event was amazing and Fox Studios really had a nice program with a presentation and behind the scenes overview, kids activities from a sing-along to photo opps with the Chipmunks, dance lessons with Rosero McCoy, t-shirt coloring and snacks!

Personally speaking, I have always admired Betty Thomas (Emmy award winning actress) especially for her work on Hill Street Blues (my father was a policeman and loved that show). She has made several movies from Only You, The Brady Bunch Movie, Dr. Dolittle, 28 Days, I Spy, Charlie’s Angels and Surviving Christmas to name a few.

Rosero McCoy, Choreographer, mapped out the steps for Alvin, Simon and Theodore for the original Alvin and the Chipmunks movie and came back for the Squeakquel. He has also worked on Vanilla Sky and Randy Jackson’s America Dance Crew.

Ross Bagdasarian Jr. and his wife Janice Karman are the team responsible for the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise today. The Chipmunks were originally created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. in 1958 and Ross Jr took over the family business and with Karman, brought a new commitment to the characters.

Alvin and the Chipmunks giveaway

Alvin and the Chipmunks giveaway prize pack

We’re excited to have this giveaway from the event to one lucky reader. Just tell us your favorite part from the Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel movie and we’ll pick a winner at random on Sunday the 21st at 6 PM PST.