Coffee Chat with Joanna Drakes Earl : NewMediaFilmFestival

Coffee Chat with Joanna Drakes Earl, COO CurrentTV: Honoring Stories Worth Telling from Multiple Directions — We Live in a conflux space where traditional Hollywood, Publishing, Games and Media are all interescting at a faster rate aided by technology, media professionals & consumer adoption. No matter how diverse our backgrounds or interests are, what we all share and need are great stories.

Web Series Spotlight: Answers How to Get Snooki Excited about “LOST at da Jersey Shore”

If you’re new to the term “web series” (defined as a series of New Media episodes released on the Internet and part of an emerging medium called web TV) then you’ll appreciate this series of posts that we’ll be sharing here on MMTVN’s blog.

Our first spotlight is about the series created for the web called “LOST at da Jersey Shore.” As the convergence of TV and Movies (entertainment) move to the Internet, watching this web series will give you some perspective about the type of content being made for the web – waiting for you to find and enjoy.

Cast of LOST

Cast of ABC TV's LOST

Take the ABC TV show (dare I say, “hit”) with a cult-like following, LOST; so many of us spent Monday nights watching this series, season after season, watching re-runs, joining fan clubs, going online

The "LOST" cast at da Jersey Shore

The "LOST" cast at da Jersey Shore

to visit the different websites that engaged us and had us believing the Dharma Initiative was real and then posting and tweeting about the last few seasons with our online friends. Then it was over – and we were kinda left with a void, at least I was. It was not the ending I wanted.

Cast of MTV's Jersey Shore

Cast of MTV's Jersey Shore

Then you have the reality show scene with the Housewives of (Insert City Here), Iron Chef and the “Jersey Shore” building a fan base and being chatted about online. It’s no secret that the cast of the MTV show “Jersey Shore” is making headlines (seems like daily) with “The Situation’s” book and Snooki’s birthday party, sponsored by a condom manufacturer.

The "Jersey Shore" cast on LOST at da Jersey Shore

The "Jersey Shore" cast on LOST at da Jersey Shore

Who ever thought they’d be around for more than one season, let alone have a cast member join “Dancing with the Stars.” But they are and we are watching them, well, some of us are.

The common denominator is the web – we’re online watching TV and movies on our computers, we’re hooking up our PS3’s and other gaming consoles to the Internet and plugging in our newly acquired flat screen TV’s (remember we had to buy them or get a DTV box so we can get digital television as analog is no longer being broadcast) with wireless keyboards to surf the web, watch Netflix and Hulu.

The web gives everyone equal opportunity to create, produce and publish to their hearts desire. Consider this there are over 221 million people using the Internet in the US, add to that how many people are creating video and watching it:

  • Average time spent on YouTube per month in the US: 1:12:20
  • An average of 24 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute (which is equal to about 150K full length films over the course of a week)
  • YouTube streamed 5,799,702,000 videos in June 2010 in the US
  • Hulu streamed 598,812,000 videos in June 2010 in the US (about 1/10th of YouTube)
  • 36% of YouTube viewers are between the ages of 18-34 and are 50% male

These numbers only continues to grow.

LOST at da Jersey Shore

Watch the Series: LOST at da Jersey Shore

Recently, I had the pleasure to meet with Jen Kucsak and Richard Salazar from MovieKidz Productions and creators of the mash-up parody, “LOST at Da Jersey Shore” (which is now playing on Mingle Media TV).

Snooki Wearing "LOST on da Jersey Shore" Web Series Branded T-Shirt

Snooki Sporting "LOST on da Jersey Shore" Web Series Branded T-Shirt

This creative team has not only done their homework in creating episodes that blend the “cast” and stories of these two TV shows but the fans also find it very authentic in a parallel universe kind-of-way. The highest compliment comes when MTV, VH1 and Snooki, a cast member of the Jersey Shore, mentions the webseries on their sites/blogs. But what’s even more exciting is the latest where Snooki is sporting the “Lost on da Jersey Shore” branded T-shirt.

Snooki with "LOST at da Jersey Shore" T-Shirt

Snooki with "LOST at da Jersey Shore" T-Shirt

Be sure to watch this blog for more highlights on web series on the Mingle Media TV Network. We’re featuring web series that fit into the lifestyle category both live and produced, from comedies to romance, parenting to kids programming with a little bit of sci-fi and paranormal mixed in. (See all Topics and sign up for reminders here).

So what are you waiting for, click on the link to go watch “LOST at da Jersey Shore” right now.

The Future of TV – NewMediaFilmFestival Panel

Television Academy of Arts & Sciences Presents: The Future of TV panel. Is Broadcast TV dead? Are the days of Cable/Satellite providers numbered? What do consumers want? How in the world will they pay for it all? Find out what’s happening as TV & entertainment are transformed by the power and intelligence of computers – Discover what that means for you as a content creator or industry professional.Moderated by John Gilles – VP/GM, Code & Theory, co-chair 2011 Interactive Media Primetime Emmy Awards Working Group–Ashwin Navin – CEO, Flingo.TV–Amber J. Lawson – Head of Comedy Programming, Babelgum —Will Wright – Creator, Bar Karma, Current TV —Jaime Wilkinson – Producer, Star Wars: Uncut (2010 Primetime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media – Fiction)
11/5/2010 – New Media Film Festival SF

Makeover Momma TV – Live Web Series on Mingle Media TV Network Episode -11/23/2010

Makeover Momma TV with Bailey Tuesday’s | Mingle Media TV LIVE Video Streaming Web TV Talk Show on Mingle Media 4 PM PST | 7 PM EST Tuesday’s ~ Join us now LIVE while Bailey helps moms find time for themselves, be it fashion, fitness or motivation.

What are YOU Thankful For? Robin Craig LIVE Mingle Media TV Network Web TV Series Episode 11/23

Robin Craig LIVE Web TV Author of Today’s Widow, Blogger for @HoustonChron & 3 time Emmy Winner: Robin Craig Host. Watch Emmy award winner, Robin Craig LIVE on Tuesdays 10:00 PM ET on Mingle Media ~ Join us now on for LIVE Video Chat from Today’s Widow and how to live after death. For more info on Robin – visit her website at This show’s topic is “What are you thankful for?”

Relationship Rehab with @CoupleDumb 11/19 Episode

Lee and Paul (married co-hosts and authors of the popular blog talk about how we do things to screw up relationships and how we can recognize whats going on. They are raw, funny and provocative. Watch them LIVE every Friday on Mingle Media TV at