2nd Annual Indie Intertube Awards Nominees Announced Honoring Original Series Created for the Web

Tis the season for the entertainment industry to have awards shows and our very own “Indie Intertube” Live Web TV Talk show is included. They have just announced their nominees for their 2nd Annual Indie Intertube Awards honoring independent web series creators.

The nominees are listed below and even include our very own producer, JD’s pilot, Hero Treatment, so we’re even more excited to see who the winners are.

2nd Annual Indie Intertube Awards only on Mingle Media TV

2nd Annual Indie Intertube Awards only on Mingle Media TV

Be sure to tune in for the LIVE stream on March 11th on Mingle Media TV where you can interact with the hosts and other members of the chat room on the Indie Intertube show. Watch on your smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop or TV – here on MMTVN or get the FREE Stickam app and watch on the go.

Congratulations to this year’s nominees!

Best Editing
Robb Padgett – Vampire Zombie Werewolf Show
Jason Leaver – Out With Dad
Sean Becker – The Guild
Tai Fauci – Whole Day Down
Chris Stone – Blood and Bone China
Barry Dodd - Ragged Isle
Alex D’Lerma, Dexter Adriano & Belti Rivera – Yu Solve
Tim Donahue & Aaron Sherry – Video Game Reunion
Nate Locklear – Once You Leave
Scott Klein – Haywire

Best Theme Music
Robb Padgett – Vampire Zombie Werewolf Show
Barry Dodd – Ragged Isle
Chad Cox – Throwing Stone
Minibosses – Video Game Reunion
Benoit Babin – Heroes of the North
Robb Gokee – Night of the Zombie King
Don Schiff - The Guild

Best Looking Show (Cinematography)
Christopher Charles Kempinski – Divine the Series
Barry Dodd & Derek Kimball – Ragged Isle
Chris Stone – Blood and Bone China
Sam King - Danger 5
Nate Locklear – Once You Leave
Geoff Bland – Clutch
John S. Bartley – Dragon Age Redemption
Joost van Starrenburg – RCVR
Regina Bartholomeu – Vacationlanders
Al Galvez & Ricardo Jacuques Gale – The Passenger

Best Guest Appearance
VZW Crew from Meet the Mayfarers
Erin Gray – The Guild
Mark Gantt – Leap Year
Martha Bryne – Anacostia
Felicia Day – Chronicles of Humanity
Paul Adelstein – Bandwagon
Genie Francis – Pretty the Series

Best Credit Sequence
Throwing Stones
Girl Parts
Divine the Series
Haywire
Death’s Door
Blood and Bone China
Bandwagon
Leap Year
Vampire Zombie Werewolf Show
Ragged Isle

Best Practical Make-Up Effects
Divine the Series
Dragon Age Redemption
Elfquest: A Fan Imagining
Throwing Stones
The Funny Man
Standard Action
Chopper
Immoral Dr. Dicqer
The Passenger
Haywire

Best Digital Effects
Aidan 5
Continuum
Once Upon
Mortal Kombat Legacy
RCVR
Stacks
End Result
Spellfury
Immoral Dr. Dicqer
Quest Chronicles

Best Set Design
Blood and Bone China
Thurston
Dragon Age Redemption
Danger 5
Night of the Zombie King
Mind My Brain’s Darling
Continuum
Divine the Series
Border Guardians of Ackernon
RCVR

Best Sound Design
Blood and Bone China
Divine the Series
Once You Leave
Danger 5
Aidan 5
Hitman 101
Stacks

Best Original Score
Marc Alexandre – Hitman 101
Rob Gokee – Night of the Zombie King
Robb Padgett – Vampire Zombie Werewolf Show
Pat Tuckey – Standard Action
Al Galvez - The Passenger

Best Original Soundtrack
Miss Behave
Once You Leave
Out With Dad
Bandwagon
Venice the Series
The Passenger
Black Box TV

Best Trailer
Viva Berlin!
The Adventures of Mighty Woman
Guidestones
Causality
Elfquest: A Fan Imagining
Posthuman

Best Dressed (Best Costumes)
Thurston
Border Guardians of Ackernon
Dragon Age Redemption
Standard Action
Walking in Circles
Blood and Bone China
DeVanity
Miss Behave
Pretty the Series
Video Game Reunion

Best Sidekick
Karri Bowman as Tubie – Bandwagon
Sheilynn Wactor as Chandelier – Bandwagon
Michael Taylor Gray as Royce Adams – Pretty the Series
Vince Lozano as Detective Anthony Kazantzakis – Yu Solve
Paul Higgins and Edward Higgins as Jeremy Worthington – Mind My Brains, Darling!
Jason Burns as PHAL 9000 – Solo the Series
Corey Lof as Kenny – Out With Dad

Best Theme Song
“Goodbye Happiness” by Birthrite Blood and Bone China
“Young Hollywood” by More Amor – Bandwagon
“Gumdrop the Unicorn” by Bret Silverman – Pretty the Series
“Walking in Circles Again” by Jonah Priour – Walking In Circles
“Fumbling thru the Pieces” by Donna Hurst Fumbling Thru the Pieces
“JF Sebastian” by Ladydoll Girl Parts
“Venice Beach” by Jen Foster Venice the Series

Best Writing in a Soap Opera
Michael Caruso – DeVanity
Caryn K. Hayes – Breaking Point
Quincy Morris - Inbetween Men
Susan Bernhardt & Francis Gilbert – Miss Behave
Anthony Anderson – Anacostia
Tucky Williams – Girl/Girl Scene
Stewart St. John - California Heaven

Best Directing in a Soap Opera
Kelley Portier -DeVanity
Forrest Naylor – Sundays
Jennifer Gelfer – Inbetween Men
Eric Butts – Girl/Girl Scene
Jon Zimmerman & Patrika Darbo – Miss Behave
Anthony Anderson – Anacostia
Caryn K. Hayes – Breaking Point

Most Socially Connected
Vampire Mob
Black Box TV
The Guild
Venice the Series
Bandwagon

Best Transmedia Project
RCVR
Apocalypse Diaries
Once You Leave
Yu Solve
Heroes of the North

Best Actress in a Comedy
Stacy McQueen - Pretty the Series
Emma Caulfield – Bandwagon
Jo Bozarth – The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros
Kelsey Robinson – Girl Parts
Julie Ann Emery - Then We Got Help
Joanna Gaskell – Standard Action
Renee Olbert – Seeking Simone

Best Actor in a Comedy
Steve Lekowicz – Vampire Zombie Werewolf Show
Same Pancake – Pretty the Series
Yuri Baranovsky – Leap Year
Jonathan Nail – Solo the Series
Josh Heine – The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros
Britain Spellings – Video Game Reunion
Amol Shah – Time for Passion

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Dee Freeman – Pretty the Series
Karri Bowman – Bandwagon
Diane Delano – Fumbling Thru the Pieces
Elisa Donovan – Whole Day Down
Tonya Kay – Video Game Reunion
Kirsten Vangsness – Pretty the Series
Sheilynn Wactor – Bandwagon

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Woody Tondorff – Video Game Reunion
Michael Taylor Gray – Pretty the Series
Jim Cashman – Bandwagon
Joel Bryant – Suck & Moan
Brendan Bradley – Pretty the Series
Jonah Priour – Walking in Circles
Mathew Montgomery – Girl Parts

Best Writing in a Comedy
Steve Silverman – Pretty the Series
Camilla Rantsen & Karri Bowman – Bandwagon the Series
Julie Ann Emery – Then We Got Help
Jessica Mills – Awkward Embraces
Tony Clomax – 12 Steps to Recovery
Brendan Bradley, Tim Donahue, Mathew Lewis & Aaron Sherry – Video Game Reunion
Joanna Gaskell – Standard Action

Best Directing in a Comedy
Karri Bowman & Ahmed Best- Bandwagon
Steve Silverman – Pretty the Series
Julie Smith – Fumbling Thru the Pieces
Yuri Baranovsky – Leap Year
Rob Hunt – Standard Action
Dario Russo - Danger 5
Sean Becker - The Guild

Best Ensemble Cast in a Comedy
Bandwagon
Standard Action
Leap Year
Fumbling Thru The Pieces
Video Game Reunion
Walking in Circles
Danger 5
Pretty the Series
Then We Got Help
The Guild

Best Additional Content
The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros
Out With Dad
Heroes of the North
Black Box TV
Once You Leave
Vampire Zombie Werewolf Show
RCVR

Best Actor in a Drama
Brian Michael Block – Aidan 5
Daniel Bonjour – RCVR
Anthony Miles – Blood and Bone China
Al Galvez – The Passenger
Will Conlon – Out With Dad
Maxwell Glick – We Break Hearts
Ben Hollingsworth – Divine the Series

Best Actress in a Drama
Maya Sayre – Aidan 5
Kayla Olsen – Once You Leave
Jillian Claire – Miss Behave
Rachel Hip-Flores - Good People in Love
Daryn Strauss – Downsized
Melanie Merkosky – Contiuum
Alexis Zibolis – DeVanity

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
Steven Alexander – Good People in Love
Rick Dalton – Ragged Isle
Michael Teh – Breaking Point
Alan Sawkins – Divine the Series
Mike Dirkson – DeVanity
Garrett Ryan – RCVR
John James Woodard – Blood and Bone China

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
Renee Olbert - Good People in Love
Crystal Coney – Breaking Point
Pasha Diallo – Anacostia
Rachel Shenton – Blood and Bone China
Cherami Leigh – Throwing Stones
Stephanie Thorpe – Night of the Zombie King
Marcia Battise – Dragon Age Redemption

Best Writing in a Drama
Tim Baldwin, Ben Bayes, John Jackson, Vidas Barzdukas & Brian Michael Block – Aidan 5
Stephanie Cooper & Chris Stone – Blood and Bone China
Rick Dalton, Barry Dodd, Karen Dodd, Jacob Lear & Greg Tulonen – Ragged Isle
Tina Cesa Ward – Good People in Love
Daryn Strauss – Downsized
Nate Locklear – Once You Leave
Jason Leaver - Out With Dad

Best Directing in a Drama
Chris Stone – Blood and Bone China
David van Eyssen – RCVR
John Jackson & Ben Bayes – Aidan 5
Ivan Hayden – Divine the Series
Nate Locklear – Once You Leave
Tina Cesa Ward – Good People in Love
Daryn Strauss – Downsized

Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama
Ragged Isle
Devanity
Breaking Point
Anacostia
Dragon Age Redemption
Out With Dad
Vacationlanders
In The Rough
Divine the Series
Mind’s Eye

Smexiest Actor
Woody Tondorff
Brendan Brandley
Dingani Beza
Joel Bryant
Brian Michael Block
Michael Caruso
Robb Padgett

Smexiest Actress
Alexis Boozer
Emma Caulfield
Felicia Day
Jo Bozarth
Taryn O’Neil
Stacy McQueen
Kelsey Robinson

Best Breakout Performance
Kayla Olson – Once You Leave
Lynn Wactor – Bandwagon
Lewis Brindley – Blood and Bone China
Katie Caprio – DeVanity
April Joy Pruinton – Ragged Isle
Steven Quartell – Thurston
Anthony Anderson – Anacostia

Best Web Series Pilot
(in)Conspicuous
I Kill Monsters
Family Curse
Darkhorse
Champion Road
Turning A Prophet
Hero Treatment

Best Animated
Force of Fate
Sketch 22
Cliff Notes
Grim Endings
Red vs. Blue
Chronicles of Humanity
Frontier: Prelude to Darkness

Best Variety/Sketch Comedy
Gameroom
Invention with Brian Forbes
Jenneral Assembly
Daily Grace
Immersion
How to Annoy People
Key of Awesome

Best Thriller
Stacks
Ragged Isle
Black Box TV
Yu Solve
We Break Hearts
Death’s Door
Apocalypse Diaries

Best Scifi/Fantasy
RCVR
Spellfury
Border Guardians of Ackernon
Dragon Age: Redemption
Continuum
The Passenger
Mind’s Eye

Best Action
Clutch
Hitman 101
End Result
Mortal Kombat: Legacy
Heroes of the North
Aidan 5
Fallout: Nuka Break

Best Horror
The Funny Man
Haywire
Blood and Bone China
The Dead Hour
Divine the Series
Throwing Stones
Chopper

Best Soap Opera
Miss Behave
Anacostia
DeVanity
Sundays
Breaking Point
InBetween Men
Girl/Girl Scene

Best Dramedy
Fumbling Thru the Pieces
Leap Year
Downsized
Vampire Mob
The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros
Awkward Embraces
In The Rough

Best Comedy
Pretty the Series
Standard Action
Bandwagon
Girl Parts
Video Game Reunion
Then We Got Help!
Danger 5

Best Drama
Out With Dad
Once You Leave
Good People in Love
Thurston
Vacationlanders
Anyone But Me
Night of the Zombie King

Audience Choice Award
to be announced LIVE during the awards

Innovation Award
to be announced LIVE during the awards

Best Webseries of 2011
to be announced LIVE during the awards

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Dr. Bill Chachkes of Football Reporters Online to Guest Tonight on Insightful Player™ Television Show on MingleMediaTV.com

 

Dr. Bill Chachkes, Managing Partner/Executive Editor, Football Reporters Online (FRO) on Insightful Player™ Streaming Video TV Show on MingleMediaTV.com

 

Tuesday, September 20th 7 PM EST

 

Watch LIVE here today:

 

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Dr. Bill Chachkes, Managing Partner/Executive Editor, Football Reporters Online (FRO)

Dr. Bill Chachkes, Managing Partner/Executive Editor, Football Reporters Online (FRO)

Dr. Bill Chachkes, Managing Partner/Executive Editor, Football Reporters Online (FRO) will be the guest of the weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com  tonight,  September 20 at 7 p.m. ET . Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m excited to have the chance to interview Dr. Bill Chachkes, who has been a tremendous supporter of what we’re trying to accomplish with Insightful Player,™” said Carew, who was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on June 13.

There are 32 members of the Insightful Player™ team. To be named to this team, one must be a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children.  The Insightful Player book, published by Morgan-James Publishing, will be released in October.

 On the show, Dr. Bill Chachkes and Chrissy Carew will discuss the challenges retired players face, how to play the game right and train right  (so players don’t get hurt),  introduction of the new high tech safety helmet and  chin guard, the growth of Football Reporters Online (FRO) and their combine next March.

FRO is an accredited media organization that has multiple affiliated partners including the Football Writers of America & the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

FRO is a multi-media approach themed company that provides player and team analysis on the collegiate and professional levels. FRO’s distinct content niche is forged through its key connections:

  • ·         The NFL and the League Office
  • ·         Top coaches and players from the professional and collegiate ranks
  • ·         NFL Alumni
  • ·         Mainstream and alternative media personalities and outlets
  • ·         Cutting-edge technology partners

FRO’s yearly draft guide is sent to every NFL Team, in addition to all NCAA Sports Information Directors & athletic directors, as well as other professional football leagues such as the UFL, AFL, CFL and AAFL. FRO’s executive management team has over 65 years of combined experience covering the NFL and the NFL Draft, as well as College and High School Football, as well as topics relating to the athletes and their world around them. Outside of the draft guide FRO also produces three live weekly radio shows via Blog Talk Radio. 

Bill has attended the NFL draft since 1972, when he said, “I can pick these players as well as any GM,” to his dad, a lifelong College and Pro Football fan, career federal law enforcer, and career citizen soldier. Bill began studying the game of football under his dad’s watchful eye at age five when he attended his first New York Giants game at Yankee Stadium in 1965.

When other kids wanted to be the star QB, Bill was practicing his punting & place-kicking. Several years later he and his dad were writing letters to Giants GM George Young to suggest players to draft, the family having been season ticket holders since 1937. Mr. Young would always reply by hand written letter. This past year was Bill’s 27th straight year with a press credential to the NFL Draft. Bill has covered and reported on several hundred College, Pro, and High School football games since 1986, and is a featured expert speaker for several groups on football training, the history of the game, and scouting and talent evaluation for coaches, players, parents, and fans at every level.

The Insightful Player™ is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Master Certified Personal and Business Coach.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her beloved father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach (as well as high school and college player). He used the game as a way to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player™ was created to help make our world a much better place. 

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S. 

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player, visit www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

Does 3D Lack Depth?

Why I still need to be convinced. By JD Piche’, Producer, Geek Commentary

New technology fascinates me, it always has, I’ve always been willing to give chase to new flights of fancy. Everything since the Gameboy first came out I’ve had a have to have it habit. And last summer there was so much talk about 3D TVs being in every home. So, I started saving up to get whatever the best (in my price range) manufacturer had to offer, until one day I stopped and thought ‘what if i don’t care about 3D TV?’ It was a bit of an existential quandary, I’d never had to mull over whether I’d need to be accepting of a new technology.

When televisions first started coming into the homes of Americans, how many people with radios said ‘TV? Ha, that’ll never catch on’ as this was many years before I was born, I can’t imagine many. The only x factor that would have prevented everyone from running out and purchasing a TV was the price back then. TVs have always been an investment, as far as i can remember, my family has only ever had maybe 7 or 8- but we’ve always had one in each bedroom and one for the living room, which was always the biggest.

Now you can go to Costco and pick up a TV the size of your mattress for little more than a month’s rent. And many have. my current desktop computer’s monitor is larger than any TV I’ve ever owned, and the same goes for almost everyone I know. But why is there such hesitation against getting a TV adds a depth of field to your viewing? we’re just a few years past the mandatory digital conversion date, and i audibly scoff at any show that is still shot in Standard Definition I see on TV. I’m totally a Television snob living in the digital zeitgeist.

3D Filmmaker Interview at New Media Film Festival

3D Filmmaker Interview at New Media Film Festival

Yet I still can’t wrap my eyes around the idea of wanting 3D in my house. And I’m sure its more than just the aversion to wearing sunglasses at night to watch a scary movie. 3D technology is affordable and very attainable. But I can’t help but feel that everyone is going about it the wrong way and i’m not sure that there even is a right way of doing 3D. I’ve never been impressed by it. At the theatre I actively avoid it. Though I will say I am still curious about it, with the Nintendo 3DS peaking around the corner- and Hollywood’s cavalcade of 3D Super Hero movies due out in the next few months.

3D is here to stay, and all I can say is ‘try to do it better next time.’

Here’s an interview that I shot and produced with a digital 3D filmmaker, Ned Weisman.

Chrissy Carew, MMTVN Show Host, Author, Coach, Inducted into the ICF-NE Hall of Fame

Chrissy Carew

Chrissy Carew

Chrissy Carew, founder of Insightful Player™the bold movement of hope for our nation’s youth, received the highest honor of her peers when she was inducted into the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter’s newly-established Hall of Fame on Monday night, June 13 at the Chapter’s awards ceremony at Bentley University in Waltham, MA.

ICF-NE has created the ICF-NE Hall of Fame as a way to honor the personal and business coaches who have demonstrated their exemplary coaching skills as well as served as an ambassador to the coaching community, industry and world. These select few serve as models for ICF-NE membership and the coaching community. Carew was joined by Cheryl Richardson and Wendy Capland as the first Hall of Fame inductees.

The ICF is a nonprofit and is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the Coaching profession (personal and business coaching).  ICFNE is the largest ICF chapter in the world. The criteria for selection to the Hall of Fame were the individual had to be a Master Certified Coach; contribute to the local and national ICF chapters-Carew was on the Board of both; and make significant contributions and impact the community efforts to promote coaching to the business community.

Based in Nashua, NH, Carew is a Personal and Business Coach and Trainer. She is an International Coach Federation (ICF) Master Certified Coach (MCC). This prestigious credential puts her in the top one percent of coaches world-wide. She is a Coach U Professional Mentor Coach and veteran Trainer.

“I love coaching trailblazers and I’m honored and deeply touched  to be inducted into the first class of Hall of Fame coaches,” said Carew.  My clients are people who are driven by a compelling vision to make this world a much better place. They have an indomitable will to maximize their talents so they can make a positive difference in the lives of others. They are visionaries who persevere in good times and in bad times. They are strong leaders who are brave, resilient, passionate, focused, upbeat, generous, kindhearted and humble. When they fall down (we all do), they dust themselves off, get right back up, glean lessons learned and move forward with more gusto.”

Carew founded Insightful Player™ with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  The Insightful Player™ team members are individuals that believed in themselves and relentlessly pursued their most far-reaching dreams, which resulted in a career in the National Football League. The Insightful Player.com website features the inspirational stories of 32 current and former NFL players, each of whom overcame great obstacles and hardships to become not just fine athletes, but through their values and their life experiences, became extraordinary individuals that serve as an inspiration to us all, especially children.

Carew has secured a book deal with Morgan James Publishing to publish theses inspirational stories of 32 current and former NFL players. The book is expected to be released in late August.  She hosts a weekly online Insightful Player television show on MingleMediaTV.com.

She is the past Vice President of the International Coach Federation (ICF), served three terms on the Board of Directors and six terms as the Public Relations and Marketing Chair. She is a coaching pioneer who spearheaded high-impact public relations campaigns that resulted in the gargantuan growth of the coaching industry. She created, produced and hosted a coaching radio show and was featured in a weekly coaching segment on ABC’s WMUR TV News.

Chrissy and her husband, Kip have five rescue dogs and one rescue cat and reside in Nashua, NH.

For more information on Insightful Player visit www.insightfulplayer.com. For information on the ICF-NE Awards ceremony, visit http://icfne.org/gratitude-awards-gala/.

 

Former Broncos Linebacker Karl Mecklenburg to Guest on Insightful Player™ Television Show on MingleMediaTV Tuesday May 24

Watch LIVE here today:  http://www.minglemediatv.com/insightfulplayertv.html

Karl Mecklenburg

Karl Mecklenburg

Former Denver Broncos linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, one of 32 current and former NFL players recognized as Insightful Players will be the guest of the new weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com today May 24 at 7 p.m. ET. Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week.

Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m thrilled to have an online show on MingleMediaTV.com where I’m able to interview my Insightful Players like Karl Mecklenburg and have their stories told to the world,” said Carew, who serves as the host of the show.

The Insightful Player™ team members, like Mecklenburg are  individuals that believed in themselves and relentlessly pursued their most far-reaching dreams, which resulted in a career in the National Football League. The Insightful Player.com website features the inspirational stories of 32 current and former NFL players, each of whom overcame great obstacles and hardships to become not just fine athletes, but through their values and their life experiences, became extraordinary individuals that serve as an inspiration to us all.

Mecklenburg was selected as an Insightful Player for the inspiring work he’s done as a speaker to create positive change in individuals and teams during his post-All Pro NFL career and for his perseverance in overcoming a lisp as a child, his battle with dyslexia, and his determination to make the most of his talent and develop into an All Pro performer on and off the field.

A father of three, Karl works with his wife, Kathi, on behalf of kids and families in several charitable groups. Through his REACH Foundation (Rewarding Experiences for All Children), the Mecklenburgs encourage youngsters to read. Their Aspen Youth Experience introduces urban kids to nature. And in Colorado Youth Outdoors, he works to pair kids and their families with the traditional outdoor sports he shared with his own father, grandfathers and uncles – hunting, fishing and camping.

In addition to his motivational speaking, Karl is the author of two books, “Meck for the Defense” and the newly released “Heart of a Student Athlete, All-Pro Advice for Competitors and Their Families.”

The short-version of Karl Mecklenburg’s Insightful Player story is available onInsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing this summer.

Following is an excerpt of Mecklenburg’s story on Insightful Player.com:

Mecklenburg Excerpt:

When Karl Mecklenburg was on the junior varsity squad, a tough football coach sentenced him to a week of grueling workout drills. 

The coach was angry because Karl had to miss a rescheduled game to go hunting with his father. So, the coach insisted the teen run up dozens of long, steep hills five days in a row. The coach surely figured the boy would quit the team.

 Instead, it hardened young Karl’s resolve.

 “I’m going to be a great player,” Karl told himself. “If I can do this, I can do anything.”

As a young athlete, Karl was, by his own description, stiff, small and slow. He wasn’t naturally gifted. He had to work at the game. He left one college when the scholarship he thought was coming never did, and then toughed it out as a walk-on at another school. Ineligible to play, Karl had to sit out for a year. To hang out with the team, he swept the weight and locker rooms.

 Talent, he concluded, was just a tiny piece of the path to success, especially since Karl knew talented players who never made it.

“I think God has given each and every one of us more talent than we can use in a lifetime,” said Karl. “And along with that, He’s given us free will. What that means is that it is up to us to go out and find out where our talents and abilities lie and then work hard to develop those talents and abilities. It doesn’t happen by accident.” 

For Karl, a good and successful life required a smart game plan. The ingredients? Hard work, the courage to try new ventures and the persistence to pick yourself up and try again if you fail. 

Supportive parents stood by young Karl as he worked to correct a noticeable lisp. 

He battled dyslexia, too. It’s a learning disability that haunts him still. 

“I have to watch my pen form letters or the ‘p,’ ‘d,’ ‘q,’ and ‘b’ will be mixed up,” said Karl. 

The challenges made him a cheerleader for a can-do attitude. Karl insisted the big potential he found in himself, despite his handicap, exists in us all.

“The path you take and the success that you ultimately achieve is up to you,” said Karl. “Don’t let anyone else tell you you can’t, because you can. Find that passion and chase it.” 

Along the way, the lessons Karl learned could serve as a playbook for others. 

He learned teamwork, the key to any successful organizational endeavor. It’s a concept Karl stresses in speeches to corporations and groups. 

He also reminds kids to wisely select their teammates off the field. 

“Your team of friends is the only team that you get to pick,” he said. “Choose a team of friends that have dreams and aspirations, who value friendship and respect you.”

Karl’s most precious team is his family.

“I am a devout Christian, and I take my love for my family very seriously,” he said. “I want everything I say and do to reflect God’s love.”

Other Insightful Players include: Jerricho Cotchery (Jets), Aaron Kampman (Jaguars), Steve Grogan (Patriots), Roger Staubach (Cowboys), Devin McCourty (Patriots) and Jason McCourty (Titans) and Reggie Kelly (Bengals), among others.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player,ä visitwww.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

Chicago Bears Wide Receiver, Rasheid Davis, to be a Guest LIVE on Insightful Player with Chrissy Carew’s Mingle Media TV Talk Show Today

Rashied Davis, Chicago Bears

Rashied Davis, Chicago Bears, Photo courtesy of Blogdown Chicago Bears Website

Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Rashied Davis, one of 32 current and former NFL players recognized as Insightful Players will be the guest of the new weekly Insightful Player online show on MingleMediaTV.com  Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. ET.

Watch LIVE here today:  http://www.minglemediatv.com/insightfulplayertv.html.

About the Host of Insightful Player TV: Chrissy Carew, a Master Certified personal and business coach based in Nashua, NH founded Insightful Player™ in April 2010 with a vision of providing an answer to a crucial worldwide calling for messages of hope that provoke positive actions.  “I’m thrilled to have an online show on MingleMediaTV.com where I’m able to interview my Insightful Players like Rashied Davis and have their stories told to the world,” said Carew, who serves as the host of the show.

The Insightful Player™ team members, like Davis, are individuals that believed in themselves and relentlessly pursued their most far-reaching dreams, which resulted in a career in the National Football League. The Insightful Player.com website features the inspirational stories of 32 current and former NFL players, each of whom overcame great obstacles and hardships to become not just fine athletes, but through their values and their life experiences, became extraordinary individuals that serve as an inspiration to us all.

Rashied will discuss his spring fundraiser Cocktails for Education, scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at Rockit Bar & Grill in Chicago.  The event will benefit Saturday Place – a place where under-privileged children learn to see beyond their existing circumstances, acquire the knowledge and academic skills necessary for success, and understand their obligation to self and others.

Chicago Bears wide-receiver Rashied Davis and his wife Dianna began Rashied Davis Charities in 2009, recognizing the same inspiration, preparation and discipline required to succeed in the NFL, is required to succeed in other areas of life.  Throughout the evening, Rashied Davis Charities will highlight the Saturday Place educational program.

The short-version of Rashied Davis’ Insightful Player story is available on InsightfulPlayer.com. The full-length version will appear in the Insightful Player book that will be published by Morgan-James Publishing this summer.

Following is an excerpt of Davis’ story on Insightful Player.com:

In his Insightful Player profile, Rashied Davis discusses how his father was murdered by gang members at a McDonald’s when he was just 8 years old; how he grew up around drugs, violence and poverty as one of nine children raised by his mom and aunt; and how his South Central L.A. background shaped him into the person he is today.

Rashied Davis Excerpt:

One of nine children raised by his mom and aunt, Rashied believes his background shaped him into the man he is. Growing up, he thought South Central L.A. was the whole world. “When I was a kid, all my idols were gang members. They sold drugs; they had everything that I thought I wanted. But I am here today because somewhere along the line I got some hope from somewhere and that hope, I feel, came from God,” he says.

From the seventh grade through high school he was bused to school in the San Fernando Valley.  At first, he begged his mother to let him go to school in the neighborhood but she wouldn’t budge. This turned out to be one of the biggest blessings of his life.

“I will always be very grateful to mom for knowing what was best for me. I was bused from poverty to an upper- and upper-middle class community. This experience really helped me see that the world where I grew up wasn’t the entire world,” he said.

The turning point for Rashied came when he was 18. He had graduated but hadn’t gone to college and didn’t have a job. He was living with his cousin. He got depressed wondering where his life was going. One day, he was driving home with his cousin and a friend. He was so frustrated he started speeding. He drove so fast that he frightened his passengers.

When he got home he ran up the stairs into his bathroom, slammed the door shut and started crying. He said, “At that moment I started praying to God, and told Him ‘I don’t know what I am supposed to be doing but it isn’t this; just help me find out where I’m supposed to be.’ And at that moment, things started to change. I had to move back home, which I didn’t want to do. I had a lot of anger inside; the neighborhood wasn’t safe, I was angry with the local police, angry at my family.  As I look back on it I know God was moving things around in my life.

“I started noticing God’s helping hand through my cousin. He had mentioned that we should sign up and play football at West Los Angeles Junior College.” Rashied felt like he was living a dream. He was astounded when he started getting letters from colleges stating they were interested in him. This helped Rashied develop a deep sense of pride. He began to realize that he could get a scholarship to a four-year university if he was good enough. Rashied said, “Thank God I wound up being good enough. That one weak moment in my cousin’s bathroom was instrumental in bringing me to where I am today.” 

Other Insightful Players include: Jerricho Cotchery (Jets), Aaron Kampman (Jaguars), Steve Grogan (Patriots), Roger Staubach (Cowboys), Devin McCourty (Patriots) and Jason McCourty (Titans) and Reggie Kelly (Bengals), among others.

Launched on February 8, 2010, online media and live web TV Network Company, Mingle Media TV produces and broadcasts over 40 hours of web series and event coverage each week. It’s audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of their  video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the U.S.

For more information on Coach Chrissy Carew and Insightful Player,ä visit http://www.theinsightfulplayer.com and call 603-897-0610.

More Disappointment – Why are you considering GoogleTV today?

In case you haven’t seen the latest articles about why Google TV is not ready forHulu Not Available on Sony Google TV prime time… or if you missed the two articles that we published after the Streaming Media West about Google TV (in case you missed the post – see it here: Sony’s Google TV at the Streaming Media West Conference).

Not withstanding hitting the wall when trying to navigate to the sites where you can watch your favorite video content… getting blocked in this day and age really sucks… ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox aren’t letting you watch their content through Google TV… so why are you buying it?

Don’t take my word for it… check out what these journalists are saying:

What is surprising is that Google TV’s chief is not concerned about what people are saying about usability. The real motivation behind Google’s push for this technology is REVENUE. The Benjamins.

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google said at the O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco: “The way to get more revenue is to create more revenue sources, and the way to do that is through things like Google TV.”

What do you think? What are you looking for?

Question for our readers:

Do you want to hook your TV up to the Internet? Tell us your thoughts…

Yes – I Rant More: Google TV? IPTV? What Do The Consumers Want?

Well… of course, this is one for the books… I’m right? LOL.

A recent study showed that HALF of Americans HAVE or Want Internet- connected TVs!! This week on our #WebSeriesChat (Wednesdays, 11 AM PST on Twitter hosted by Patrick Bardwell of Slebisodes and Stephanie Piche of Mingle Media TV) the discussion came up on length of an episode and earlier conversations were about what the impact of GoogleTV for Web Series creators. Of course, we all have our opinions and many creators are still creating short-form (3 minute average) length video content while our position at Mingle Media TV is that for our audience long-form (30-60 minute average) length video content is perfectly acceptable (in the past two years, I have executive produced over 3,040 hours of long-form video content.)

Other interesting factoids to contribute to the conversation about Connected TVs, Audience and Age:

  • The average age of social networking site users: 37 Years Old
  • The average age of a Facebook users is 38 Years Old
  • The average age of a Twitter user is 39 years old – and 65% of Twitter users are 35 or older
  • 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

What does this all mean? Well, first there is Venus and Mars to contend with. Men like the remote control option (you know, channel changing) hence the multiple short form viewing of “college humor” type videos…

But then there are women, if we’re going to watch video online, we become invested in that story, the characters and don’t want it to end after 3 minutes… we will watch long form and we are watching it.

I digress… a recent study showed that we are becoming more comfortable with alternative ways of viewing long-form video, including watching those missed TV episodes from last night on Hulu. What does this mean? We need to adjust for our audience – we need to create for our audience… we need Internet connected-TV’s not apps (yes more of my rant).

Organizations like iSuppli Corporation say by 2014 there will be 148 million web-enabled TV’s sold, up from an estimated 28 million in July this year which is double that of 2009.

Internet-Enabled TV Sales Worldwide, 2009, 2010 & 2014 (millions)

However, DisplaySearch, thinks the numbers will be higher in their projections with 45 million being sold in 2010 (we still have 2 more months)  but only about 119 million sold by 2014. Considering most of us had to buy a NEW TV in the past 24 months due to broadcast changes – a slow down in purchasing web-enabled or 3D TVs are not a surprise to me… but then again, I do connect my Vizio flatscreens to the Interwebs already and surf… remember AppleTV? It’s really not hard if you have a Playstation 3 or MacMini to do it today… our other methods for the other TVs.

Internet-Connected TV Shipments Worldwide, 2010 & 2014 (millions of units)

So with 50% of us already doing it… what are people in such a huff about GoogleTV? Because they want to sell you apps and try to monetize on apps and make life a living hell with – say it with me… APPS!!

TV Connected to the Internet, June 2010 (% of US internet users)

So if there are 221 million US internet users today and about 50% of us are already connecting to the Interwebs…. why are people clambering for the GoogleTV option? why is there a question about how long an episode created for the web should be? Or for that matter, what the future of TV is going to be? By the time GoogleTV is adopted at any high rate to make sense – TV viewers will already have had their existing HDTVs connected to the Interwebs and watching their favorite TV shows on the nice, big FLAT Screen TVs…

Oh yeah… and if you are creating for the WEB – keep in mind that you need to create for your audience and if you don’t have an audience or a plan to build an audience, then I would recommend stepping back and thinking about that as part of your creative process. Nothing worse than losing your audience because you kept them wanting.

 

Sony’s Google TV at the Streaming Media West Conference

There’s nothing more exciting than going to a tech conference and touching the new products… before they hit the retail shelves. Of course all of us at Mingle Media TV admit to be total geeks so it’s no surprise that we are watching what happens as more and more video is being consumed off the traditional track of Television to the digital world of the Internet.

This week in Los Angeles, The Streaming Media West Conference is going on at the Hyatt in Century City and we thought we’d check out some panels and of course, the exhibits… okay, and yes, we went to check out the Google TV demo at the Streaming Media booth.

Sony's Google TV As much as we would have liked to video tape a real review, the set up at the event was not conducive to a test run, but we took some photos of the Sony Internet TV powered by Google TV and found this article by CrunchGear that you might want to read for comparison between the Sony TV and Logitech Revue.

After reading this post, I have to admit that I prefer the option of watching more content on the Internet without having to deal with “apps” on the console. Why? Well, for one reason, I have Verizon Fios, now remember I said I’m a geek, I have an iPhone, iPad, wireless connected home – and yes, I was one of those who bought into the Apple TV when it came out… I’ve been watching the Internet on my TV for several years now. However, when you’re looking at the consumer in general… you have to think about what they will and won’t use.Sony Google TV Control Pad

They won’t use apps… I don’t use the apps on my Verizon Fios… it’s too much clutter. How many people use Picture-in-Picture on their TVs? Seriously, I have that too… but damned if I want to use it on a regular basis.

So what’s all the fuss about… well, it’s a disruptor to TV Networks… and if we look at our recent history, industry offerings that are adopted by consumers like VOD (video-on-demand) have put retailers like Hollywood Video and Blockbuster out of business. Prior to that newspapers started feeling the pains of citizen journalism and news feeds that were available in readers and their newspaper in print started shrinking as more consumers moved online for their news and in most cases don’t even read the local daily paper??

What does this all mean? We’re early in the game still and TV and electronics manufacturers are going to try to make nice boxes on the screen thinking that the general public are going to like it (we don’t, I don’t and I’m your target audience… yes, I am a collective of people here at Mingle Media TV and speaking for all of us…) Let’s just connect the TV to the Interwebs and let us surf freely – don’t put us in a nice, neat package, it doesn’t work that way…

Hulu Not Available on Sony Google TVSeriously – we don’t want to wait around for you to create containers we have to install and have to have people build more apps for… it maybe the way the iPad works.. or Android… but with less than 30% of cell phone users having a smart phone… get the clue… the Yahoo! connected TV has been out for a year now… not making too many waves are they? There’s a reason for that… you need to look at the numbers of who are using the apps on smart phones and how long they use them for… I spent 20 years in technology marketing – 8 years in Silicon Valley and this makes me crazy!! It’s simple: make techology that is simple for the masses to adopt…. THEN make it cooler….

Of course, if Google TV, Sony Google TV or Logitech Revue Google TV (that goes for Samsung, Toshiba, LG, Vizio and HiSense and anyone else out there developing technology for the masses) folks want to have the experts who broadcast 40 plus hours a week of LIVE Interactive and produced web series to test out the technology in our studios… we would love to. HINT.

Until that time, I say – put your money in a TV that connects DIRECTLY to the internet… if you aren’t sure how to do that… just let us know! We’d love to get you connected on your 50″ flat screen watching Mingle Media TV shows!