Behind The Red Carpet (Day 5) at GBK’S 2011 Oscar Gift Lounge

Two days left until the big day, Kristyn Burtt is at The W Hotel in Hollywood for the exclusive GBK Oscars gifting suite, talking to some familiar faces, the big question? “What Are You Doing This Sunday?”
Mingle Media TV Network and Kristyn Burtt were invited to cover the 2011 Oscar’s Gift Lounge from GBK Productions, one of the leading gifting suite production companies. GBK honored the presenters and nominees of the 2011 Academy Awards this year at their lounge at W Hotel in Hollywood and offered its exclusive list of invited celebrities, VIPs, and media an opportunity to enjoy a luxurious environment with gifts, refreshments, charity fundraising and a unique experience provided by Zamani Retreat Kempinski Eight-night vacation plus African Safari Trip with an additional three-nights in Serengeti National Park, Simmons Beautyrest Mattress, Kefty Home Workout Machine, Mp3 Players, In-home FarNorth Infrared Sauna with installation, 020608 Tears of Bleu Jeans and William Rast Sunglasses and others. We love covering the GBK events because they give back to the community and this year the President of GBK Productions, Gavin B. Keilly, will donate proceeds to A New Way of Life, the American Red Cross, City of Hope and other charities. For interviews from this event, please visit the Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV at Follow the coverage at Kristyn’s blog Special thanks to “it” Girl Public Relations for their invitation and awesome support of this event. For more info on them visit

You’re Invited: Start Planning Your Oscar Viewing Party Recipe Ideas, Ballots and More

If you’re not going to an official Oscar Night America viewing party (we wrote about them here) or one of the many “official parties” here in Hollywood like the  21st Annual “Night of 100 Stars”, why not get started and create your own special viewing party with friends and family?

Now here’s a video from Katie Lee who demonstrates some of the drink concoctions that will be served using the official champagne of the Oscars: Moet.

Here are the recipes:

Moet’s Silver Screen Punch

1 (6 ounce) can pink lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
8 ounces pineapple juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 cup vodka
1 bottle Moët & Chandon
1 pineapple, cut into rings and frozen

In a blender, combine pink lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice, strawberries, and ginger. Blend until smooth. Pour into a punch bowl. Add vodka and stir to combine. Just before serving, pour in Moet. Add frozen pineapple rings.

The Moet Starlet

4 mint leaves
3/4 ounce good-quality silver tequila
1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce lime juice
3 ounces Moët & Chandon
1 slice starfruit

In a cocktail shaker combine simple syrup, lime juice, and mint leaves. Use a muddler or a wooden spoon to muddle the mint leaves. Add tequila and elderflower liqueur and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a glass and top with Moet. Garnish with starfruit.

Many of you may wonder what fabulous foods would work well with these drinks? Well, here are a few of the menu suggestions from the official Oscar site: Truffle Grilled Cheese sandwiches, Deviled Eggs with Caviar, Stuffed Mushrooms, Chili Orange Kettle Corn, Goat Cheese Spread and Oven-fried Chicken Satay.

Now if you have some special Oscar Night foodie ideas – why not share them with us here on this blog.

Oscar Official BallotWhile you’re thinking of some of your favorite recipes to pull together for Oscar night, don’t forget about the official ballot! You can print this out and share with your guests and make a fun evening of who’s predictions come true!

You can download the PDF of this ballot here.

Now for all of you hard-core Oscar fans there’s a new ALL access site online where you can get even more behind the scenes Oscar access.


Oscar All Access is a new premium service that gives Oscar fans the ultimate view of Hollywood’s biggest night starting with the Red Carpet and then after at the Governor’s Ball. The price is $4.99 and will get you behind the scenes access including their new “360 cam” technology where you can direct your own Oscar experience with just the touch of a mouse. Click here to find out more about this new experience for uber fans!

Look for updates on coverage on the Mingle Media TV site and Kristyn’s blog RedCarpetCloset.TV.

On the Red Carpet at the Oscars 83rd Annual Academy Awards Coverage from Mingle Media TV

As you may know Mingle Media TV Network celebrated their 1st year anniversary on February 8th 2011 and over the past 12 months has covered industry events from the Daytime Emmy’s (where one of our web show hosts won her 3rd National Emmy) to numerous film festivals, award shows, celebrity fundraisers, web series launches and gifting suites from Oscars to Golden Globes to Saturn Awards. This year we’re excited to announce our coverage as officially credentialed media for the proper red carpet at the Kodak Theatre.

Some fun facts about the Academy Awards Press / Media:

  • Number of press organizations requesting credentials for 83rd Academy Awards >>>> 704
  • Total number of press credentials requested for the 83rd Academy Awards >>>> 5,005
  • Number of outlets issued credentials for the 82nd Academy Awards >>> 283
  • Total number press credentials issued for the 82nd Academy Awards (including technical personnel) >>> 1,920
  • Number of still photographers on the red carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards >>> 89
  • Number of TV press on the red carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards, including camera operators, audio technicians and other crew >>> 293
  • Number of print reporters on the red carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards >>> 123

This year MMTVN was granted credentials for the Oscars and it started with the Nominee announcement in the wee early hours on January 25th. We’re excited to have Kristyn Burtt, well-known for her show ‘The Web Files’ and producer/videographer JD Piche as team MMTVN for the Oscars. Both JD and Kristyn have covered lots of red carpets together and make a great team.

Here’s Kristyn and JD behind the scene’s – you can tell the next stop was going to be their beds after having a 3 AM call time:

What’s even more exciting is that our team’s coverage has been picked up by the Oscar’s! Kristyn’s blog – the Red Carpet Closet was featured on the Oscar’s Facebook Page – she captured the event from start to finish of the Nominee Luncheon!…

What’s even more exciting is that Kristyn and JD are being treated like celebrities and getting outfitted by designers for Oscar’s week. Kristyn is being outfitted by Chagoury Couture where A-listers go for red carpet dresses ( and JD is getting fitted for a Tuxedo by a locally owned formal wear outfitter: Elite Tuxedo in Westwood.

Starting next week, Kristyn and JD will be covering Oscar events such as the preview of the Governor’s Ball, The Food and Beverage Preview, Gifting Suites, Director’s Award Show, Makeup Symposium and the MTVu Oscar Correspondent competition all leading up to the big day on Sunday the 27th of February.

Watch out for this dynamic duo – they are coming to a red carpet near you soon!

JD and KB - Dynamic Duo of Red Carpet Media

JD and KB - Dynamic Duo of MMTVN Red Carpet Media

Look for updates on coverage on the Mingle Media TV site and Kristyn’s blog RedCarpetCloset.TV.