“The Walking Dead” Walks Away with 6 Saturn Award Nominations

Why did we pick this as the lead into the post? Well, for one, we’re big sci-fi geeks here at Mingle Media TV and two we loved AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series! Congratulations to Frank Darabont for receiving 6 nominations! We got to speak with Michael Rooker, who was one of the characters (living) that you loved to hate this week at the Italia Film Festival at Grauman’s Theatre. Here’s a little about what he had to say:

So if you’re not familiar with The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films – well, you’re in for a treat as this is their 37th Annual Saturn Awards nomination announcement and leading the charge is Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending sci-fi thriller “Inception” with 9 nominations. It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow at the Oscar’s as Inception is also nominated for Best Picture.

More nominee’s are: Overture/Relativity Media’s “Let Me In” and Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” downloaded 7 nominations apiece, Clint Eastwood’s thought-provoking “Hereafter” received 6, while “Alice in Wonderland,” “Black Swan,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Shutter Island” earned 5 nominations each .

Warner Bros. Pictures leads the pack with 23 nominations from 6 films, including “Clash of the Titans,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” “Hereafter,” “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” “Splice,” and “Inception.”

Also with strong showings were Paramount (lead by “Shutter Island,” and “Iron Man 2”) and Walt Disney Studios (lead by “Tron: Legacy,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Toy Story 3”) with 16 and 14 nominations, respectively.
Fox Searchlight and Universal earned 10 nominations apiece, followed by Overture/Relativity Media (7),  20th Century Fox (6), Summit Entertainment (5), DreamWorks Animation and Marvel Films (each with 4), while Lionsgate, Magnolia Pictures and Sony Pictures scored 3 nominations each.
Of Special note, is Kino Lorber’s release of Fritz Lang’s ground-breaking 84-year-old classic, The Complete Metropolis” which was nominated for Best International Film and Best Music.
TV Categories
In the television categories, Frank Darabont’s zombie-drama “The Walking Dead” (AMC) came to life with 6 nominations.   “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Lost” (ABC) and “Fringe” (Fox) tied with 5 nominations.  “Leverage” (TNT), “True Blood” (HBO) earned 4 apiece, followed by “Dexter” (Showtime) and “V” (ABC) with 3 and  “The Closer” (TNT), “Smallville” (CW), and Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (Starz) with 2.

About the Academy

The Academy 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 39 year old organization.

The 37th Annual Saturn Awards will take place this June in Burbank, California.

Snooki LOVES LOST at da Jersey Shore Web Series!!

You know how much we love the hit parody web tv series LOST at da Jersey Shore (watch it on Mingle Media TV Network) but we were super stoked to hear Snooki share on Z100 New York’s interview with her and new cast member Deena Cortese (replacing Angelina in Season 3) that her FAVORITE series on the Interwebs is LOST at da Jersey Shore!

Not sure what HOT web series I’m referring too?? Here’s some background:

(watch it on Mingle Media TV Network)

Snooki has over 1 million followers on Twitter now and at the 7:18 minute mark into the interview she tells her fans that she loves the show! So, if you’ve missed out – now’s the time to catch up – all season 1 of LOST at da Jersey Shore is here  Click and watch it on Mingle Media TV Network.

Listen to the Z100 Interview here with Snooki and Deena!

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.

You Don’t Have to Like Reality TV to Love This New Original Web Series

Okay, I have to admit, I am not a reality TV show consumer. Yes, Mingle Media TV produces LIVE web TV but not, reality TV. But I am a lover of TV and a lover of the hit TV show, Lost.

Imagine my surprise when at the Digital Hollywood conference last week, I met the creators of  “Lost on ‘da Jersey Shore” a smart, ridiculously funny mash-up of these two “hit” shows.

You don’t have to have watched the MTV series Jersey Shore to know who Snooki or the Situation is. Just watching TV, entertainment news or Dancing with the Stars will have introduced you to them at the very least.

More than likely, you’re like me, someone who misses the TV Show Lost and now see the stars on other shows, longing for a time when they were together or the network decides to bring them back in a reunion show….

Well, the creative minds behind Lost at ‘da Jersey Shore have done something even better, they’ve mashed the two story lines into one original web series that can tide our need for what happens next or who did what to whom into a fun series we can laugh out loud to. Jen Kucsak and Richard Salazar did an awesome job in making this series both in the story and creativity to the production.

We’re so sure you’ll appreciate the humor of Lost at ‘da Jersey Shore, that we begged, bargained and traded our interns for a chance to host this series on our network. (not really but we would have).

So kick back and click play and watch this original series now on Mingle Media TV. Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook too!

If you have an original web series that you’d like us to host, promote and share with our growing audience at our Network – let us know.