There’s nothing more entertaining than watching an immaculately coiffed Do-it-yourself TV show host who has to tap dance her way through a series of mishaps on-set while keeping cool. Carol Ann McCracken’s sharp tongue can be heard in clips not meant for broadcast in this original web series created by Brian Beacock and JohnYvelington.
Viewers will watch as Carol Ann aka Tyler Hanson tries to keep her composure amid crazy fans, failing marriages, frantic co-workers, a meddling mother, a struggling cable network, and an epic scale identity crisis while wearing six-inch high heels! McCracken Live is the newest edition of comedic webseries on Mingle Media TV, where we know that anything can happen on LIVE TV. As the series creators say… Stir ‘til boiling and put it on live TV and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
In the spirit of Halloween – we invite you to join Carol Ann in the Kitchen for her Halloween Special!
Find out more about the creators of McCracken Live!
BRIAN BEACOCK is an actor, writer, and musician from the San Francisco Bay Area. After completing the National Tour of Les Miserables, he moved to Los Angeles where he has created a diverse career, including over 10 cartoon series (so your kids know him), television appearances on: Kath & Kim, CSI, Passions, and NBC’s The Rerun Show. Films include: Mulholland Drive, Buying The Cow, Globehunters, and Circuit. Theater credits include: the West Coast Premiere of Elegies, When Pigs Fly, Pageant, Naked Boys Singing, the insane 35-character one-man show Fully Committed and as a Broadway Axl Rose in Andy Prieboys’ cult favorite, White Trash Wins Lotto. He has been a featured musical guest on Conan O’Brien, sung with the Harlem Gospel Choir, slammed drums and stomped trash in Prague, lay naked in bed with Ryan Reynolds, and played Paul Lynde on prime-time television. Who says he’s not versatile?
JOHN YELVINGTON BIO (MY CO-CREATOR/PRODUCING AND WRITING PARTNER ON THE SHOW)
JOHN YELVINGTON is a writer, producer, and actor, hailing from South Florida by way of a very supportive family who turned him from a shy kid who couldn’t give oral reports to neurotically comic adult who never shuts up. Starting out as a theatrical design student, John has a vast experience in all aspects of production, from contributing costumes to The Lion King and The Radio City Rockettes, to serving as a scenic painter and carpenter at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre. As an actor, He has traveled the U.S. with several National tours, and performed in numerous works with regional theater companies and Shakespeare Festivals. Ever ambitious and business savvy, he started his first company at 19 years of age to promote visual and performing arts venues for young artists in the South East. His love of theatre and teaching has been parlayed into a side career developing curriculum and instructing improv, voice, movement and classical texts to students of all ages around the country.
Be sure to tell your friends about Carol Ann and McCracken Live! The newest series on Mingle Media TV. Click here to watch it now.
Okay, I have to admit, I am not a reality TV show consumer. Yes, Mingle Media TV produces LIVE web TV but not, reality TV. But I am a lover of TV and a lover of the hit TV show, Lost.
Imagine my surprise when at the Digital Hollywood conference last week, I met the creators of “Lost on ‘da Jersey Shore” a smart, ridiculously funny mash-up of these two “hit” shows.
You don’t have to have watched the MTV series Jersey Shore to know who Snooki or the Situation is. Just watching TV, entertainment news or Dancing with the Stars will have introduced you to them at the very least.
More than likely, you’re like me, someone who misses the TV Show Lost and now see the stars on other shows, longing for a time when they were together or the network decides to bring them back in a reunion show….
Well, the creative minds behind Lost at ‘da Jersey Shore have done something even better, they’ve mashed the two story lines into one original web series that can tide our need for what happens next or who did what to whom into a fun series we can laugh out loud to. Jen Kucsak and Richard Salazar did an awesome job in making this series both in the story and creativity to the production.
We’re so sure you’ll appreciate the humor of Lost at ‘da Jersey Shore, that we begged, bargained and traded our interns for a chance to host this series on our network. (not really but we would have).
If you have an original web series that you’d like us to host, promote and share with our growing audience at our Network – let us know.
This past week, I had the absolute best time attending two industry events, Digital Hollywood and the Beverly Hills Film TV and New Media Festival. Not only did I meet some very intelligent people, listened to what is next in the industry and hopefully contributed to the mix as a panelist at these events. In between these two events, I was also doing a class with the Web Series Network on a hot topic for all New Media / Webseries creators: monetization of their content.
My background as a marketer / sales executive has taught me one big lesson – WIIFM. What’s in it for me? This has been at the base of every product launch I have been involved with on a strategic level. WIIFM. Web series creators don’t have the years of expertise that I do in marketing and sales so for them – marketing their product is not what they want to do, they want to create. However, with budgets being as they are on original content projects, you don’t have the luxury to wait until your project is in post to have marketing pick up the next step and get the buzz going.
You have to build the buzz before and during the production process.
But this is just one of the challenges that a “new” industry is facing. If you attended either Digital Hollywood or the New Media panel on Sunday that I was on you would have heard more about this disruption and change in the industry. There are so many people out there who are trying to figure this out from brands and agencies to creators and producers. The answer is there is no cookie cutter way to do business – you have to make it work for what your audience is as you are creating for an audience online – and if you aren’t making content that is bringing an audience, then you will have a hard time monetizing it.