Celebrate with Mingle Media TV Network and our Web Series TV Show Creators!

We’re celebrating independent producers and creators of web series, live and produced on the Mingle Media TV Network! Hope you enjoy our video card highlighting those who are with us today and ringing in the New Year with us in the future.

Over the holidays… please tune in and

Watch our LIVE Web TV Talk Shows: http://www.minglemediatv.com/MMTVNProgrammingTopics.html

Watch our Web Series: http://www.minglemediatv.com/WatchWebSeries.html

Watch Red Carpet Coverage: http://www.minglemediatv.com/RedCarpetReport.html

If you’re interested in having your own web series – live or produced hosted and promoted by Mingle Media TV Network… click here and tell us about it.

Don’t forget to WATCH and VOTE for the Audience Choice Awards in the New Media Film Festival’s 2011 Event… sponsored by Mingle Media TV. Over $9K in prizes.

Filmmakers… enter your projects in the New Media Film Festival, Los Angeles 2011 program here:

Deadlines for submission are as follows with additional category information available online at the festival website:
– Earlybird Deadline: January 15, 2011
– Extended Deadline: April 15, 2011

The New Media Film Festival is an IMDb qualifier festival helping filmmakers with distribution, monetization and exposure to a wider audience while being judged by top industry leaders. With over $12,000 in prizes and a wide variety of categories for filmmakers to submit to, the Festival highlights the winners in a “Best of” tour while curating their content for future reference and other opportunities. Industry support for the festival include entertainment and technology professionals from Industrial Light & Magic, Pixar, Summit Entertainment, and United Talent Agency to name a few. More info: http://www.newmediafilmfestival.com

New Media – The Disruptors: Creators of Web TV LIVE and Produced Web Series

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.

Beverly Hills Film TV and New Media Festival

New Media Panel - Patrick Bardwell, Slebisodes, Stephanie Piche, Mingle Media TV, Danny Ramm, Quick Bites, Joe Mantegna, Actor

At our panel at Digital Hollywood, Thursday October 21 st 2010 TrackAdvUp-27

Social Media, Brands and Target Markets: We talked about how to use Social Media and build out a fan base and following, integrate products into the media you are creating and how knowing your demographics and power of your audience with a brand is crucial.
On Sunday the 24th of October at the Beverly Hills Film TV and New Media festival’s New Media panel, we talked more about this same subject but as it relates to monetization of the media you are creating. So many people in the audience were creators with no “fans” or audience yet and had a finished product…
On Saturday, I met with a group of webseries creators who wanted to learn more about how to pitch sponsors on their project. Rich from the Web Series Network, put together the event as a first step in helping bring more education to creators/producers/writers of New Media/Webseries projects. We covered the basic techniques to some tips that I use to get meetings (and Monday – got an email from an attendee saying he tried one of the techniques I shared and he got the meeting so he was excited). More and more, web series creators and producers are going to have to equip themselves with business knowledge from a trusted source, someone who has the credentials and can guide and support them as they go to the next level.

Some of the resources available for web series creators are communities online where they can network and get support of others who are out there. The largest online community is the Web Series Network, run by Rich Mbariket. You can share your project, post up questions or give your opinions on numerous topics. The best part is you can speak your mind and network with others. There’s also a growing list out there that I am happy to share with you for other resource sites – so be sure to ping me on Twitter or post on this blog post for more info.

Do YOU Have the Next Great Idea for a Live Web Series?

Mingle Media TV Network, WebTV Workshop & Creative Labs Team Up to Find Best LIVE Web Series Idea

MMTVN Launches a New Contest Looking for the Next Best Live Streaming Web Series Idea with Studio Bundle Prize Pack from Creative Labs and Winner Selection from the WebTV Workshop of Hollywood

Mingle Media.TV announced today that beginning July 6, 2010 they will be looking for the next best live streaming web show idea and running a contest with a studio pack of products from Creative Labs going to the winner of the best idea. The web show ideas that are deemed the best by WebTV Workshop staff will receive the giveaway and will have their show  air LIVE on the MMTVN network while simulcasting LIVE on the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and other smart phones and archived for on-demand replay through Blip.TV, Boxee, and Roku or as an iTunes podcast.

Mingle Media TV currently produces over 38 hours of live and episodic web TV interactive programming each week. MMTVN’s expert content providers create a social Web TV experience where the show hosts and audience engage in a real-time conversation on topics they are interested in. Advertisers benefit from an integrated ad approach, where the hosts talk about products, which later become meta-tagged content on the Internet as part of their sponsorship. This contest was created as a vehicle to promote the Mingle Media TV Network and Fan Favorite endorsed electronics products from Creative Labs.

Emmy-award winning co-founder of WebTV Workshop Diahnna Nicole Baxter and Producer Damian Pellicionne of the first professional WebTV Workshop School in Hollywood will be reviewing and selecting the winning idea submitted. More info on WTVW can be found at http://www.webtvworkshop.com.

“Many times our new show hosts are finding they need to purchase better broadcasting equipment,” says Stephanie Piche, founder and CEO of Mingle Media TV. “Creative Labs has been a brand we have trusted for new media video technology creation including live broadcasting, so we are excited to promote them for this contest.”

Contestants need to “like” the Mingle Media TV Facebook Fan Page, http://www.facebook.com/MingleMediaTVNetwork and then submit their web show idea to Mingle Media via the web form found at http://www.minglemediatv.com/ContestSubmission.html. The contest starts on July 6, 2010 and ends at midnight on July 31, 2010. No purchase required. Complete rules are available at the Mingle Media TV website and on their Facebook fan page.

Busy, Busy, OH MY, We’re Busy! Sci-Fi, Emmy’s & BET Award Shows!

This weekend couldn’t be any more crazy… Mingle Media TV is in Burbank today for the
Saturn AwardsThe 36th Annual Saturn Award’s (Sci-Fi) and we are so excited because we are Sci-Fi geeks and the celebs attending will be amazing, the movies, TV shows and other productions are amazing this year…

So if you’re not really a Sci-Fi buff, but go to the movies, you’ll recognize these amazing films starting with the leader of the nominations: James Cameron’s 3-D fantasy “Avatar” with 10 nominations followed by  “Sherlock Holmes” with 8 nominations, and close behind are “Inglourious Basterds” and “Watchmen” receiving  7 nominations apiece. Some more of MMTVN‘s favorites:  “District 9” and J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” and “District 9” each have 6 nominations each.

In the TV show categories “Lost” is at the top with 8 nominations with “Dexter” (Showtime),“Breaking Bad” (AMC), and “True Blood” (HBO) with 5 nominations each.  Not sure why “Fringe” (Fox) only got 3? but I guess I didn’t get my votes in… “Doctor Who” (BBC), and “Leverage” (TNT) also have 3 nominations apiece.

You can see everyone who was nominated this year by going to the Saturn Awards Website.

ABOUT: The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films was founded in 1972 by noted film historian Dr. Donald A. Reed to honor and recognize genre entertainment.  Over the years, the Academy has expanded their reach to include other film genres.  The organization also recognizes excellence in television and home entertainment.  Robert Holguin presently serves as President of the 38 year old organization.

Stay tuned for our Red Carpet Report from the Saturn Awards and tomorrow’s Daytime Emmys (Creative Arts) where Mingle Media TV’s own Robin Craig is up for her 3rd Emmy!!

Sunday the BET awards and parties will be rolling so… don’t worry, we’ll get the interviews you want to see on Mingle Media TV.

Have Kids in School? Know a Teacher who needs funds for school supplies? Find out about BING & DonorsChoose Tonight!

Mingle Media TV is proud to announce that we will be broadcasting a new Live Web TV Series focused on causes for good, entitled “Your Causes.”

This new series will feature Bing’s “Teacher Appreciation” campaign as it’s first episode and will air LIVE TONIGHT LIVE on our network at 8 PM EST with special host Danielle Smith from ExtraordinaryMommy.com who will be interviewing team members from Bing and Donors Choose LIVE and will be viewable at http://www.minglemediatv.com/YourCausesSpecialSeries.html,  while simulcasting LIVE on the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android platforms.

Your Causes: Bing and Donors Choose

Bing and DonorsChoose.Org Team Up To Fund Teachers & Students

On average, teachers spend more than $1,000 out of their own pockets to fund classroom projects, and with impending budget cuts this number is expected to rise even higher. With the DonorsChoose.org program, Bing has set up a special tribute site where visitors can share their favorite story about a teacher, which then triggers a donation code, which will provide $5 of funding toward the project of their choice.

Watch Your Causes TV for this special featuring Bing’s program for teachers this Tuesday evening at 8 PM PST / 5 PM EST at online MMTVN show channel http://www.minglemediatv.com/YourCausesSpecialSeries.html and chat live with Danielle and her special guests from Bing and DonorsChoose.org along with the other members in the audience via text and video chat during the live broadcast.

For more info about this program, please visit http://www.bing.com/education or watch the LIVE broadcast on Mingle Media TV.

WebTV Workshop: Pro-Panel Wednesday LIVE Streaming

We’re so excited to work with the team at WebTV Workshop in Hollywood. They offer a month long course on creating your web series – from writing to promoting it. Founders Diahnna Nicole Baxter and Damian Pelliconne are very passionate about helping the creative producers, directors, writers and actors learn how to be successful in this field. Diahnna co-created, co- wrote and starred in the first series to ever win an Emmy Award for the web, SATACRACY 88. Damian is the head of Stella Entertainment and has starred, produced and cast over fifteen successful Internet productions.

Web TV Workshop

Their first Pro-Panel will be produced and streamed LIVE by Mingle Media TV Wednesday night 9 PM PST (and will be available on your smart phone for watching on the go and will be recorded for on-demand replay).  You can watch the LIVE stream here on MMTVN.

Guests on the first Pro-Panel are Streamy Award Winner (writer) Bernie Su (Compulsions.tv), Amanda Coolong, Exec Producer of TechZulu & ThisWeekIn.com, Liz Shannon Miller (NewTeeVee, Editor). You can follow them on Twitter and you can also ask questions for the panel by tweeting your questions to @WebTVWorkshop.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the best and brightest on these Pro-Panels here on Mingle Media TV.

New Show: I Am Fashion Weak! Sundays 7 PM EST #MMTVN

When Shane and Angela approached us about doing a web show, we were excited to hear more. How can you say no to an idea from a team that have this on their website:

Coco Chanel said it best, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Starting this Sunday night you’ll be introduced to Shane and Angela, publishers of the awesome site “I Am Fashion Weak” not only is it a catchy name, but it embodies the heart of what they believe in – fashion. It’s part of our culture, from runway trends to entertainment and the day-to-day trends that fashionistas rock in homes, offices and streets across the world.

Shane and Angela are fashion enthusiasts who seek to quench their thirst for fashion by blogging about what we see and love. They will inspire you to step outside your comfort zone and test the waters. Not only an they help you bleach wash a pair of jeans but they will talk about what’s new and hip and fun.

Please be sure to join us 7 PM EST on Sunday night for their live web TV chat show here on Mingle Media TV.