Saw a Tweet Today Wondering About Creating a Web Series… Or NOT?? Ask Mark Gantt About Being FEARLESS!

Okay, so I’m not going to get on a soapbox and preach but I think it’s pretty amazing that web series creators are making their “Passion Projects” as my friends from the WebTV Workshop say… and that in itself says a lot about where the entertainment industry is going, everyone now has access, PLUS you have unlimited opportunity to reach everyone who has a smart phone or Internet access, so what are you waiting for?

Okay – so you hear people say “Be Fearless” and maybe you think it’s a cliche’ but when you look at the example of how web series creator/actor Mark Gantt took what was in HIS HEAD and made it into a webseries that now has international distribution by Sony…. you want to know more about how it was done, right?? How it can help you be FEARLESS!

Well… let’s start with what happens when you don’t let the word “NO” or the phrase “you can’t do it” rule your world…and you follow your dreams…

It’s been lots of fun to actually have seen Mark’s passion project and of course purchase “The Bannen Way” … can’t be a true fan if you don’t support the cause!! We did talk to him on the Red Carpet before winning a Streamy Award for best actor (this should get you pumped – yes I know, this is backwards storytelling, but it’s my story!):

Now that you see you be a True Hollywood Story and can achieve your dreams… don’t you want to meet the man, the myth, the legend? Here’s Mark sharing a tip after a recent Web TV Workshop Pro-Panel: WebTV Workshop tip.

Wait a minute… you’re not getting all pumped up and ready to be “Rocky” running up those steps in Philadelphia yet?? Well watch this clip and you’ll be that and cocky….Here’s the trailer for The Bannen Way:

Well, I hope I didn’t scare you off… Mark started off with a dream and didn’t settle. Now here’s the awesome part… Mark is holding a ONE day, open the kimono and share all in Los Angeles this Saturday. This is your opportunity to sit down with other web series creators – dreamers – and talk straight to Mark Gantt about how YOU can do it too. Here’s all the info about the workshop http://createyourowncareer.eventbrite.com/.

This special Saturday workshop covers finding YOUR voice to how the Bannen Way became the success it is — and he didn’t have a huge budget to start with. I can tell you we met Mark via Twitter and he has built a fan-base on Facebook and his pitch-site was amazing… but don’t let me be the spoiler… you should check the workshop out today… and if you have questions… and you should have a Twitter account anyways, ask him your questions about the workshop… You can find him here http://www.twitter.com/Mark_Gantt (tell him Stephanie sent you… oh, if you’re a casting director and want to have a successful project… cast Mark Gantt!)

This message was not paid for by Mark Gantt… but I did drink the Koolaid…. and soon you will drink it too!

More about Mark Gantt: Mark’s latest project that he co-wrote, produced and starred in called The Bannen Way (http://thebannenway.com) has been an incredible success. Financed by Sony’s Crackle distribution arm, this unique Web Series/Feature Film, has broken records with over 14 million views, won 4 Streamy Awards including Best Actor (Mark), Best Drama, Best Director and was nominated for 2 Webby Awards. Due to its vast success, Sony Pictures Television is currently developing the project into a TV series.

Be sure to check out the workshop information here

Mingle Media TV Network to Air New Web TV Talk Show Series: In Bed With…Jeff and Melissa Debuts with Mark Gantt!

MMTVN is excited to be executive producing and broadcasting a New Web TV Series from New Media Correspondents Jeff Rago and Melissa Jun Rowley – taking an intimate look at the most interesting people making headlines today with their show “In Bed With…”

The “In Bed With…” web series is the brainchild of hosts Jeff Rago (entertainment reporter and producer) and Melissa Jun Rowley (TV and online journalist). Jeff and Melissa are the shows under-the-cover agents getting the latest scoop from some of the most interesting and influential celebrities, entrepreneurs, and activists making headlines today in both traditional and social media. The show is intelligent, fun and disarming, its pillow talk, as you’ve never seen before. The audience will be surprised what they uncover, as you never really know what’s going to come up in bed.

In the debut webisode of “In Bed With…” Jeff and Melissa interview actor, producer, writer, Mark Gantt, winner of the 2010 Best Actor Streamy Award in his starring role in the Sony Pictures Television hit series, The Bannen Way. Gantt has also written, directed, produced and edited over a dozen short films (including the award-winning Martine), as well as acted opposite Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven, Burt Reynolds in The Hollywood Sign, as well as in many other films and TV shows.

About the show hosts:

Jeff Rago is a freelance entertainment reporter and producer who has contributed to both national (Extra) and international (CNN International) l news programs as well as entertainment websites (ComingSoon.net). From red carpets to one-on-one rooms to intimate sit-downs, Jeff has gotten up close and personal with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Johnny Depp, Zach Braff, and Beyonce. Prior to his entertainment news life, Jeff spent 13 years working in the meetings and events industry sleeping in some of the most comfortable beds both nationally and internationally. Learn more about Jeff at www.jeffrago.com

Melissa Jun Rowley is a television and online journalist who has covered business news from the New York Stock Exchange for CNN Business News, red carpet glamour from the Oscars for CNN Entertainment and social action movements for Causecast. She has also produced and reported for Associated Press Television News, AMC, TV Guide Channel, E! , Entertainment and TechTV. She blogs about behind-the-scenes happenings at Hollywood events, activism, social entrepreneurship, family, love, and self-evolution. Melissa writes for the social media guide Mashable and for the LA Weekly. Melissa rarely sleeps, and she has moved around the country so much throughout her career that she has yet to invest in the kind of decadent bed she’s always dreamed of having. Perhaps, the time has come. Learn more about Melissa at www.melissajunrowley.com.

Mingle Media TV & Web TV Workshop Team Up with Pro-Panel Series – LIVE

As we push to create more conversations with engaging content on Mingle Media TV, we also appreciate and support the creators of web TV – webisodes and web series that are starting to bloom from the most creative minds who are no longer restricted by studio heads who only want the content to fit in a square box.

I know putting a press release into a blog post is lazy – but hey, it’s now 9 PM PST and I’m beat from a long day of work and play. Yes, that’s what it’s like when you love what you’re doing!! Without further ado – here’s the latest news:

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Mingle Media TV Network and Web TV Workshop Team Up to Produce “WTVW’s Pro-Panel” as a Live Streaming Web TV Interview Series

MMTVN will be producing WTVW’s Pro-Panel Interviews with Top Working Web TV Industry Professionals with an Inside View to this Growing Industry

Online media and live web TV network company, Mingle Media.TV today announced they will be producing the WebTV Workshop’s Pro Panel Interview Series live streaming on their network, simulcasting on the iPhone, Blackberry and Android platforms and for on-demand replay through several distribution points.

The WebTV Workshop’s Pro-Panel will feature interviews with top working industry Web TV professionals, giving the audience an inside scoop on how they have succeeded in the medium. Mingle Media TV will producing and airing WTVW’s free live streaming Pro- Panel’s on their network. The Pro-Panel series is designed to give an insider’s look into the growing Web TV industry as well as create a live engagement where panelists will be answering questions their audience is asking during the live show broadcast. The audience can also chat to the Pro Panel via Twitter by following and tweeting questions to @webtvworkshop.

WTVW’s list of speakers includes:

-Steven J. Wolfe  - CEO of Sneak Preview Entertainment (500 Days of Summer), PGA

-Bernie Su – Streamy Award Winner Best Writer – Compulsions.tv

-Mark Gantt – Streamy Award Winner, Best Actor, Best Dramatic Web Series – The Bannen Way

-Liz Shannon Miller – Editor for NewTeeVee.com

-Dana Block – New Media Publicist

-Stephanie Piche – CEO of MingleMediaTV.com

-Dave O’Brian – New Media Producer/Writer/Director

-Amanda Coolong – Tech Zulu Journalist/Start-up Publicity and Marketing

“We are so excited to be showcasing our Pro-Panel’s via Mingle Media TV,” said Diahnna Nicole Baxter, co-founder of WTVW. “It gives us the opportunity to expand our classroom and give back to the community by offering interaction with our wonderful guest speakers.”

Mingle Media TV currently produces 30 hours of live web TV interactive programming each week. MMTVN’s expert content providers creates a social Web TV experience where the show hosts and audience engage in a real-time conversations on topics they are interested in.

“When the WebTV Workshop team contacted us with their idea to broadcast their Pro Panel as a weekly web TV show, we jumped at the opportunity to host it,” says Stephanie Piche, founder and CEO of Mingle Media TV. “We’re focused on finding the best content for live conversations and as a marketing driven company, we wanted to be able to support WTVW as they help nurture and educate the next wave of Web TV industry professionals.

Watch the WebTV Workshop Pro-Panels live on their Mingle Media TV channel http://www.minglemediatv.com/WebTVWorkshop.html, and chat live with the Pro-Panel and the other members in the audience via text and video chat as well as on Twitter athttp://www.twitter.com/WebTVWorkshop.

About WTVW: WebTV Workshop is the first professional school in Hollywood geared towards producing web series and new media content.  Co-founded by Diahnna Nicole Baxter  and Damian Pellicionne, award-winning pioneers in the web TV creative’s space, WTVW is focused on empowering each student with the knowledge and tools needed to create an impactful presence on the web by producing and managing their own content. Diahnna Nicole Baxter co-created; co- wrote and starred in the first series to ever win an Emmy Award for the web, SATACRACY 88. Baxter has since been nominated for her work on other projects and continues to be a leader in making revolutionary content on a shoestring budget. Her partner, and co-founder, Damian Pellicionne is the head of Stella Entertainment and has starred, produced and cast over fifteen successful Internet productions.  WTVW offers the best-in-class resources for the web TV industry with their four-week course held in Hollywood. For more information please visit: http://www.webtvworkshop.com

Get to know: The Bannen Way: Trailer – Up for @StreamyAwards w/ @Mark_Gantt

If you love Burn Notice – you gotta watch the Bannen Way! Mark Gantt’s hot and this is a terrific series.

We’ll be on the red carpet tomorrow at the Streamy Awards and wish the cast and crew of The Bannen Way the best!

See you on Mingle Media TV.

From Crackle: Trailer