My Gimpy Life, Anyone But Me, Cost of Capital, What’s Trending Among Top Winners at 2nd Annual IAWTV Awards #IAWTVAwards #CES

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Mingle Media TV and Red Carpet Report host, Misty Kingma, were on hand as the official media crew for the 2nd Annual IAWTV Awards tonight at the Palazzo, in Las Vegas, interviewing the celebrated guests and celebrities on the red carpet for arrivals and at the winners circle. Mingle Media TV is also a proud sponsor of this year’s  International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) Awards which is part of the Entertainment Matters program at this year’s International CES.

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Be sure to visit check our Red Carpet Report website for all updates on IAWTV Awards interviews and photos following tonight’s event along with other events covered by Mingle Media TV including photos and interviews here at http://www.redcarpetreporttv.com or on our Flickr channel http://www.flickr.com/photos/minglemediatv/ or on our Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/MingleMediaTVNetwork

Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick, IAWTV Award Winner – best Channel

Felicia Day

Felicia Day, IAWTV Award Winner Best Writing (Non-Fiction) – The Flog

Blake Calhoun, IAWTV Winner, Best Editing – Continuum

Blake Calhoun, IAWTV Winner, Best Editing – Continuum

IAWTV Award Winners: Best News Series – The Philip DeFranco Show

IAWTV Award Winners: Best News Series – The Philip DeFranco Show

IAWTV  Award Winner: Best Writing (Comedy) – Squaresville – Matt Enlow

IAWTV Award Winner: Best Writing (Comedy) – Squaresville – Matt Enlow

IAWTV Award Winner: Best Female Performance (Comedy) – My Gimpy Life – Teal Sherer Teal

IAWTV Award Winner: Best Female Performance (Comedy) – My Gimpy Life – Teal Sherer Teal

IAWTV Awards Winner: Best Makeup/Special Effects , Best Costume Design– The League of S.T.E.A.M.

IAWTV Awards Winner: Best Makeup/Special Effects , Best Costume Design– The League of S.T.E.A.M.

IAWTV Award Winners, The LIzzie Bennet Diaries, Best Interactive/Social Media Experience

IAWTV Award Winners, The LIzzie Bennet Diaries, Best Interactive/Social Media Experience

The IAWTV Awards is an official web television industry awards show established for content creators, by content creators. Nominees for the 2nd Annual IAWTV Awards were chosen by majority vote of the active voting membership of the IAWTV from over 470 officially submitted web series, live online events, and online channels. For more about IAWTV visit http://www.iawtv.org or http://www.IAWTVAwards.org.

Official Winners

  • Best Animated Series – Red vs. Blue
  • Best Cinematography – H+ The Digital Series – Brett Pawlak
  • Best Comedy Series – Squaresville
  • Best Costume Design – The League of S.T.E.A.M. – The League of S.T.E.A.M.
  • Best Design (Art Direction/Production) – Continuum – Eric Whitney
  • Best Directing (Comedy) – My Gimpy Life – Sean Becker
  • Best Directing (Drama) – Anyone But Me – Tina Cesa Ward
  • Best Directing (Non-Fiction) – The Flog – Sean Becker
  • Best Documentary Series – PRODIGIES
  • Best Drama Series – Leap Year
  • Best Editing – Continuum – Blake Calhoun
  • Best Educational Series – Engineer Your Space
  • Best Ensemble Performance – Squaresville
  • Best Female Performance (Comedy) – My Gimpy Life – Teal Sherer Teal
  • Best Female Performance (Drama) – Blue – Julia Stiles – Blue
  • Best Host (Live) – What’s Trending – Shira Lazar
  • Best Host (Taped) – Daily Grace – Grace Helbig
  • Best Hosted (Live) Series – What’s Trending
  • Best Hosted (Taped) Series – Daily Grace
  • Best Interactive/Social Media Experience – The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
  • Best Live Event – Bill Maher: CrazyStupidPolitics
  • Best Makeup/Special Effects – The League of S.T.E.A.M. – The League of S.T.E.A.M.
  • Best Male Performance (Comedy) – The Jeff Lewis 5-Minute Comedy Hour – Jeff Lewis
  • Best Male Performance (Drama) – The Booth at the End, Season 2 – Xander Berkeley – Leed
  • Best News Series – The Philip DeFranco Show
  • Best Online Channel – Nerdist Channel
  • Best Original Music – Cost of Capital – Rob Gokee
  • Best Supplemental Content – Red vs. Blue
  • Best Variety Series – Rhett & Link
  • Best Visual Effects (Digital) – H+ The Digital Series – Faction Creative and The Sequence Group: VFX Supervisor Ian Kirby; Digital Effects Supervisor Chris van Dyck; VFX Producer Caleb Bouchard
  • Best Writing (Comedy) – Squaresville – Matt Enlow
  • Best Writing (Drama) – The Booth at the End, Season 2 – Christopher Kubasik
  • Best Writing (Non-Fiction) – The Flog – Felicia Day

This year at the 2nd Annual IAWTV Awards, Mingle Media TV Network’s Red Carpet Report (RCR) team covered the red carpet arrivals and winner’s circle. Hosting for the second year for the Red Carpet Report is entertainment journalist and pop culturist, Misty Kingma and producer / videographer JD Piche, who will be assisted by other members of the RCR team to produce the video and photography content for sharing, distribution and licensing.

For more of Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet Report coverage please visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook here:

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.

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!