How You Can Make the Most of #WebSeriesChat on Twitter

Why #WebSeriesChat?

Over a year ago Patrick from Slebisodes and Stephanie from MingleMediaTV decided to host a weekly chat to help bring together independent filmmakers, writers, actors, fans, producers of web series to share ideas and build community.

Initially, we were pulling in guests which was really fun to meet people outside of the LA web series world and then we would have topics from funding to marketing to budgets. But sometimes it gets old. We have always been open to suggestions from our community and have supported community events from festivals to Celebrate the Web.

With that said – there are some rules of the road that we all should follow. Here’s the business side of my brain along with feedback we’ve seen from others in the community who have tried to join the chat but have found it somewhat disjointed at times.

We are not “Cat Herders” 

  • We announce via Twitter and Facebook the topic of the day before #WebSeriesChat starts, we also tweet it during the chat – so @MingleTVNetwork @Slebisodes or searching on #WebSeriesChat in Twitter will provide you with what we are talking about for that week.
  • If we have an invited guest, we encourage you to join in the conversation and ask questions about their series or expertise.
  • We ask that you keep OFF TOPIC conversations off #WebSeriesChat during the hour – you are free to chat with anyone on Twitter – but keep the #WebSeriesChat hashtag off if it is not related to the current topic
  • We ask that you keep your promo tabled until the end of chat as the last 5 minutes are dedicated to self-promo.

Respect your fellow creator.

Twitter is not like a BlogTalkRadio or Stickam show where the hosts can hold the conversation / topic without being interrupted by the chat room. In a Twitter chat – your off-topic tweets are in the stream. These tweets to other participants are a distraction and are disrespectful to the guests who have agreed to join the chat and share their expertise for that brief time period.

  • If you don’t like the conversation topic – then don’t use the #WebSeriesChat hashtag and hold your own conversations separately.
  • If you don’t like the conversation topic – and have a topic you’d like covered – tweet to @Slebisodes or @MingleMediaTV and suggest it for coverage for a future #WebSeriesChat session – that way your topic will get the attention it deserves
  • The weekly #WebSeriesChat is hosted by @Slebisodes @MingleMediaTV and we’re the hosts and the leaders of the “show” – so respect us, the guests and or the topic selected for the week – we’re trying to support the community and it is not all about YOU when it’s time for the weekly #WebSeriesChat on Twitter – it’s about the topic/guest.

With that said – we are huge supporters of the Web Series community – we provide services to many web series by promoting their series through listings and hosting on our respective sites. We are panelists at festivals and industry events and have made the weekly chat something we didn’t give up on like so many others before or during us – it’s not easy to promote and hold chat every week – and we do it. We also are trying to bring NEW people into chat so you are exposed to other ways to launch your series successfully.

You may agree that sometimes the topic has been beaten to death over and over  in chat and nothing new is shared – hence the need to come up with new and fresh topics that are planned by @Slebisodes & @MingleMediaTV for that next #WebSeriesChat.

There are other weekly chats from other industries on Twitter and they are very focused and the audience is very in-tune with what is going on for that week. We want #WebSeriesChat to be fun and engaging – but if you aren’t happy with the topic, you don’t have to stay and disrupt it – we won’t hold it against you.

We want to make this chat something that helps all involved with web series meet new people, learn new things and we always welcome your suggestions AHEAD of TIME to making it even better.

Thanks for participating and supporting the weekly chat.

Meet Jillian Clare, Award-winning Actress Working in Traditional and Digital New Media

Jillian Clare

Jillian Clare, ITVFest Best Actress 2011 Award Winner

Meet Jillian Clare (star and executive producer of the teen series Miss Behave and Haley Ferguson from the Emmy nominated Nickelodeon movie Freak the Freak Out) who has just joined the cast of the feature film, THE KITCHEN.

Jillian has a lot to celebrate this year with her recent nomination in the best actress category at the International Television Festival for her teen series Miss Behave, which was also an Official Selection of the Festival and then winning Best Actress in a Drama at the ITVFest.

Jillian’s new role in THE KITCHEN, which is a comedy about a girl’s ill-fated 30th birthday party, where she plays Nikki – a friendly and flirtatious ditz who has an inner logic that somehow makes sense. Jillian’s on-screen boyfriend is played by Adam Chambers (“Night of  the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation”) and other cast members include Laura Prepon (“Lay the Favorite,” NBC series “Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea”) and Bryan Greenberg (HBO series “How to Make it in America”).  The film is directed by Ishai Setton (“The Big Bad Swim”), written by Jim Beggarly (“Free Samples”), and produced by Emily Ting (“Family Inc.”).

We’ve talked to Jillian on several occasions after meeting her on the red carpet and we’re excited to see her continue to grow and succeed in both traditional and digital media. We’re also looking forward to seeing what happens in Season Three of her multi-award winning teen drama Miss Behave which is gearing up for filming later this year. Catch it on their site http://www.missbehave.tv

Clare is repped by Greene & Associates and managed by Brandon Talent Management.

Meet-up for Tacos, Networking and Donation to ONE IndieGoGo or Kickstarter Campaign

Everyone talks a good game – over a month ago our producer, JD AKA @Misadventurer, came up with the idea for a Taco Vestifal which would bring together new media, web series indie creators, producers, actors and  community to hang out together.

We had 48 RSVP confirming they would come. Hard to find a place where we could all hang and really “network” while enjoying Tacos… so we selected the venue and hired a caterer who would come out to cook up a feast fit for the Inaugural Independent Taco Vestifal… the tickets for admission are FREE to come hang out or for all you can eat and drink $15/$20.

GET TICKETS HERE: 

http://independenttacovestival.eventbrite.com/

We’ve committed to do this and have set up everything from providing the Culver City venue with free parking and awesome cooked on the grill meats for tacos, fixings, drinks and more… including screening YOUR webseries or playing Rockband… while hanging out with cool people who love tacos.

We’re still waiting on some of you who said you’re coming to get your tickets… so to make this even more about the community and supporting it. We’re giving back $5 for every ticket sold – and YOU get to pick which IndieGoGo or KickStarter campaign that money goes to.

Click here to buy your tickets and post your suggestion on this blog post for which current campaign you’d like to see the money go to for consideration.

We have 50 tickets to sell for this event…. that’s $250 to someone’s project. Are you in??

GET TICKETS HERE:

http://independenttacovestival.eventbrite.com/

This event will be a feast for kings… featuring all YOU can eat Tacos

Friday, August 12, 2011 from 6 pm – til ?

We have selected the best caterer around! “Dads Tacos & Burritos” will be grilling and preparing the food on-site – that means a grill will be going right there with fresh ingredients for you to enjoy!

The taco buffet bar will include:

  • 3 meat options (carne asada, carnitas and pollo)
  • Rice and Beans
  • 3 types of Homemade salsa
  • Flour and Corn tortillas
  • Chips & Guacamole
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • a full condiment bar including – shredded lettuce, chopped onions, cheese, limes, sour cream and radishes

PLUS all you can drink soda or water… or BEER

Upgrade to the adult beverage ticket package and get 2 beers included or bring a six pack to share.

GET TICKETS HERE:

http://independenttacovestival.eventbrite.com

Not eating? You can still come! Just let us know by Facebook or Twitter @MingleMediaTV

Comic-Con Fan Giveaway

Comic-Con Fan Giveaway

Comic-Con Fan Giveaway

Mingle Media TV Network is excited to be giving away this amazing new, (hits stores on July 4th) photographic look at the world’s most exciting pop-culture geek event, Comic-con.

San Diego Comic-Con is known for celebrating the weird and the wacky world of TV, movies, graphic novels, comics and yes, Web Series!

This new book coming out is from fanboy and Oscar-nominated director, Morgan Spurlock and is a photographic celebration of the convention’s heart and soul: the fans who attend in costume, in droves, with their kids, with their parents…and with love, awe, and admiration in their hearts.

Hundreds of stunning photos capture the whimsy and wonder, and are accompanied by interviews with the many celebrities who attend, as much to promote their projects as to be part of the fandom:

  • Kevin Smith
  • Seth Green
  • Todd McFarlane
  • Bill Plympton
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Ellen Page
  • Bryan Singer
  • Eli Roth
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Seth Rogen
  • Matt Groening
  • Ron Perlman
  • Nathan Fillion
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Gerard Way
  • Frank Miller
  • Tara McPherson
  • and many more

Comic-Con: An All-Access Look at the World’s Largest Pop-Culture Event brings the magic, the masquerade, and the mayhem to you—no ticket required.

HOW TO WIN THIS BOOK

Have some fun and support the independent web series creators that are on the Mingle Media TV Network.

  1. Go to our home page and select the Web Series link on the navigation bar.
  2. Click on the Facebook LIKE button and the Follow @MingleMediaTV on Twitter button
  3. Come back here and leave a comment and tell us which of the web series listed on our site is your favorite

Oh… If you haven’t seen any of them… pick one and watch it – support Indie creators. If you have a series and would like to be part of Mingle Media TV, please tell us about it by clicking here.

We will be picking a winner on Monday July 5th. 

About the Author: Morgan Spurlock was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary for his debut film, Super Size Me. Spurlock conceived, wrote, and directed The Simpsons’s 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D! On Ice and contributed to the feature-length adaptation of the New York Times Bestseller Freakonomics. His most recent project, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, hit theaters in 2011.

Alba Tull is an accomplished photographer who has worked with artists and musicians including The Edge (of U2), Jimmy Page, Guillermo del Toro, Bryan Singer, and others. Mrs. Tull’s work has been published and exhibited around the world. She served as the photographer and associate producer of Davis Guggenheim’s It Might Get Loud, and she is currently working on a special project for the American Film Institute (AFI).

New Live Streaming Show Launches “Mingle Media Momma TV” hosted by Five Top Lifestyle Mom Bloggers

The “new” Mingle Media Momma TV #MMMTV show is a live, streaming web TV show featuring 5 unique moms with 5 strong opinions covering fashion, beauty, fitness and nutrition, with personal videos, behind the scenes, special guests and weekly giveaways.

Mingle Media Momma TV

Mingle Media Momma TV

Online media and interactive web TV network, Mingle Media TV, announced today that beginning Wednesday, June 14th 2011 they will be broadcasting the live streaming video web TV talk show entitled “Mingle Media Momma TV” weekly at 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST at http://www.minglemediatv.com/minglemediamommatv.html. “Mingle Media Momma TV” will air LIVE while simulcasting on the iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and other smart phones via the free Stickam.com app and archived for on-demand replay through Blip.TV, Boxee, and Roku or as an iTunes podcast.

The new Mingle Media Momma TV Weekly Hour Long LIVE Streaming Show will be hosted by:

* Bailey Vincent Clark of Makeover Momma: Bailey is a homeschooling, work-at-home mother of two girls under the age of 5. She plans on adopting more kids in her future (hopefully) and talks about her child’s special needs, relationships and healthy lifestyle changes with zero filter.

* Linda Rihani of Baby To Be TV: Linda Rihani (successful host of the popular show Baby To Be TV) is infamous for her personal Vlogs and video of reviews of the best in baby products. Proud mother of two little ones (a boy and a girl), she is an experienced 3D/4D Ultra Sound Technician (so trust me, she knows babies!)

* Lara Dipaola of Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom: Founder of Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom and mother of 4 (spanning from teenage to toddler), Lara is not only an experienced writer and parent, but takes on motherhood with humor. She lives by the Marilyn Monroe quote “it is better to be ridiculous than absolutely boring”… and that’s why I love her!

* Jennifer Gerlock of Hip As I Wanna Be: Even though we love to tease her for being a former beauty queen and running marathons (yes, she really is that cool), Jennifer is best known for her insightful website Hip As I Wanna Be. She documents her beauty, heath, business and parenting pursuits (she is the mother of 10 and 12 year old boys!)

* Kristi Bartlett of Creative Kristi: Kristi isn’t just creative because of her amazing crafting abilities and blogging skills, but also because she is a stay-at-home-mom of two (under the age of 3- eek!), and a military wife to boot (she deserves a medal already). Her personal motto is: “When life hands you lemons….. decorate with them!”

“We’re excited that two of our existing shows have teamed up and added three more hosts to bring an hour of lifestyle programming – mommy style to a broader audience each week,” says Stephanie Piche, founder and CEO of Mingle Media TV. “Our audience loved interacting live with Linda and Bailey on their weekly shows and the addition of Jennifer, Lara, and Kristi will round out the topics and reach a larger group of women who want to connect socially while being entertained.”

Watch “Mingle Media Momma TV” weekly at 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST athttp://www.minglemediatv.com/minglemediamommatv.html, to view the show and chat live with hosts, Linda, Bailey, Jennifer, Lara, Kristi, and the other members in the audience via text and video chat. To find out more about “Mingle Media Momma TV”  visit their site athttp://www.makeovermomma.com/makeover-momma-tv/.

Mingle Media TV has successfully used traditional and social media marketing techniques to build and grow awareness for their community online. Many of the MMTVN shows have national sponsors that benefit from both the live web show audience on Mingle Media TV to the creators own community where daily mentions, blog posts and recommendations are authentic and powerful. Mingle Media TV founder, Stephanie Piche, believes it’s important to bring back sponsorships and use the conversation that social networks offer to build awareness and commerce. Piche has over twenty years experience in bringing startups and products to market and has created and managed branded campaigns with great success and has seen first hand how the power of investing in content not ads builds a brand name authentically and exponentially.

About Mingle Media TV
MMTVN is an online media and interactive web TV network that executive produces, curates, and broadcasts 75 weekly web series shows along with entertainment industry event coverage. Our video coverage, web series and live broadcasts are promoted via Twitter, blog posts, Facebook and other popular social networks; in addition to airing live on the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android platforms and syndicated through Blip.TV and over 15 syndication sites including AOL Video, YouTube, Samsung, Vizio, MeeFeedia, Blinkx, Daily Motion, Boxee, Roku and as an iTunes podcast. Our audience reach online is over 250,000 weekly views of our video coverage, web series and live broadcasts and are currently in the top 20,000 websites in the US. MMTVN’s live web TV shows feature lifestyle subject matter experts and social media content providers from celebrities, authors to bloggers including executive producing two shows with Emmy award winners. MMTVN has expanded its curation of web series with a growing number of independently produced shows from science fiction to drama, action to teen soaps now playing on the network. In addition to curating produced webseries, MMTVN is promoting and securing sponsors for INDIE creators. MMTVN also covers Hollywood celebrity and charity events from the red carpet and behind the scenes. MMTVN has covered the Oscars on the Red Carpet along with Golden Globes, IPTVFest, HollyShorts, LA Shorts Fest, AOF Fest, Daytime Emmys, Saturn Awards, Streamy Awards, People’s Choice, NAACP, SAG , plus numerous Web Series Premieres and A-list Celebrity Fundraisers. Mingle Media TV is also sponsoring the Audience Choice Category in the New Media Film Festival for Web Series Creators. For more information, please visit http://www.minglemediatvnetwork.com.

New Media Film Festival – Opening Night Red Carpet LIVE Streaming + Live Panels

Mingle Media TV Network and MMTVN Productions are proud to announce the LIVE streaming schedule for the 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival at the Los Angeles Film School.

Watch LIVE Streaming at Mingle Media TV’s Home Page Tonight and Tomorrow!

LIVE Streaming Schedule for the New Media Film Festival

LIVE Streaming Schedule for the New Media Film Festival

In 3D: Linkin Park, Hubble Telescope, Edwin Abbot’s Flatland-Martin Sheen & Kristen Bell, Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last screen at 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival 2011

New Media Film Festival honors stories worth telling this weekend with an array of screenings in New Media platforms which include Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, Sundance Winners and Noms.

This year’s program includes film starring actors Jason Alexander, Sally Kirkland and Sid Ganis in the 35mm Los Angeles Premiere of NOT YOUR TIME (Jay Kamen Productions), along with Martin Sheen, Kristen Bell, and Will Wallace starring in the preview of FLATLAND: SEARCH FOR THE THIRD DIMENSION in 3D, the World Premiere of STAYCATION U.S.A. 3D (directed by Ned Wiseman), THE PHYSICS OF SURFING 3D (Passmore Labs), and absolutely stunning images
from the Hubble Telescope and Casini Mission in COSMIC JOURNEY 3D.

Watch content from Webseries Superstar Creators Dane Boe, John Frank Rosenblum, Freddie Wong moderated by Frank Chindamo. Listen and learn from an exclusive discussion with the experts on Distribution, Social Media, and Incremental Monetization with CEO Logan Mulvey from GoDigital, Paul Wagner 8-time Emmy Winner re: Fred Silvermans’ Gabcast.tv, Stephanie Piche CEO of Mingle Media TV Network re: Live Stream & The Biz of Webseries, Mike Rubsamen Director of Digital Distribution moderated by Susan Johnston CEO of award winning Select Services Films.

The 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival is being held at Los Angeles Film School, (6363 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028) May 20-21, 2011, and will award over $12,000 in prizes this Sat. May 21st 2011

Judges from Pixar, UTA & Industrial Light & Magic, moderators Charlotte Huggins (Journey To The Center Of The Earth), Alison Savitch (Bangkok Dangerous), and Jeanette DePatie along with Interviewer Joshua J. Stecker (Script Magazine) join programming of films from around the world and will include World, North American, and Los Angeles Premieres.

New Media FIlm Festival shows content in categories include 3D, Apps, Animation, Digital Comics, Shot on RED, Docs, SRC-Socially Responsible Content, LGBT, Webseries, Mobile, Features, Shorts & Music Videos.

Tickets are on sale now http://newmediafilmfestivaltickets-autohome.eventbrite.com/ 

Discover INDIE produced series finalists in the #AudienceChoice Category of the New Media Film Festival Sponsored by Mingle Media TV

We are excited that this year’s online competition is winding down and at midnight tonight the voting ends… which means that there is about 5.5 hours left to watch and vote for your favorite series. You only get to vote ONE time per series… and you can even discover some treasures here in this competition that you’ll want to share with your friends and family too. I know we have – it’s been a great pleasure to support the web series community with this competition as part of the New Media Film Festival! Winners will be announced LIVE on 5/20 from the Red Carpet at the Festival!

With that said – here are the finalists that need your votes NOW:

Webseries Entry Votes Voting Started
Travel Companions  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
The Unemployment of Danny London  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Crossing Blood Lines  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Lien on Me  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Masculathon  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Oblivion  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Illegal  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Looking at You  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Secret Millionaires  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
CYPHERS  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
The R.I.P. Files  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Shes Just Not That Into You  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Inappropriate Fairy Tales  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
World of Holly Woodlands  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Miss Behave  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Asylum Web Series  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Sweet Tarts Take Away  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
Naomi: The Show  ? TBD ?    5/1/2011
McCracken LIVE!  ? TBD ?     5/1/2011
The Puzzle Makers Son  ? TBD ?     5/1/2011
Cupid and Eros  ? TBD ?     5/1/2011

Here’s where to go to vote: Mingle Media TV Network

There are many things that helped the finalists get their fans to vote for them… the following list are a few things that everyone who creates content for the web should be doing – not just for competitions but for views / audience and community building:

Twitter:

  • Follow people back (you don’t have to follow MLM, #TeamFollowBack or other “self-proclaimed Social Media Experts but definitely industry people)
  • Thank people for following you, introduce yourself, start a convo
  • ReTWEET people who promote you (there’s nothing worse than having someone tweet your promo to vote for you and you don’t thank them or RETWEET the message in honor of them)
  • Support your fellow creator – RETWEET their series announcements
  • Links matter – tweet YOUR series link in your tweets – use a shortener to get it all in 140 characters
Facebook:
  • Post your episodes, community activities (other creators) and info related to the industry on your page – it’s not all about you, sharing is caring
  • Link to your content on other sites
  • Embed videos so people can watch while on Facebook
  • LIKE other creator’s pages – help them get the word out and they will respond in kind
Blog Posts:
  • Start a blog and write a post a week telling your fan base what you’re doing
  • Embed an episode and tell the back story about the episode or interesting fact
  • Ask your fans what they liked or didn’t like about it
YouTube
  • Use META TAGS, keywords to keep your content together on the page
  • YouTube will bring up other similar content from other people if you don’t
  • Keep your titles uniform and add a description with links back to your site, twitter, facebook so people can find you
  • Use annotations and create hotspots with links as a call to action
If you are creating for the Interwebs and are NOT building fans or community, ask yourself why not…. are you doing the above? If you are and still not getting anywhere… it’s time to ask a professional how to change things up for you.

Funny thing happened along the way to the NMFF Web Series Audience Choice Awards…

It seems like a long time in the making… but when you’re working with a live film festival that has two events a year (Los Angeles and San Francisco) you want to get as much exposure for the content creators as you can… you learn a lot about the community at large and what you can do to make the next round even better.

Our goal originally was to help web series creators showcase their series in an online Festival that was an IMDb qualifier to help them get credits while participating in the festival. We created a specially branded webpage for each series with keywords, branding, contact info and links back to their website, Facebook and Twitter pages right on it and a player that had all their episodes in order. This model is a win-win for the series creators – they get new people to discover their content during the course of the online voting time period, Mingle Media TV promotes them on a regular basis for votes on Twitter, Facebook and their website, the content creators get their fans to support them, they get IMDb credits, exposure in a film festival dedicated to new media, a chance to be screened at the festival, and they get the views on their YouTube channel.

This year we had 57 entries from five countries – not bad for our first year. But we also saw that many entrants just put their series in and really never promoted it for voting. If it is just to get the Laurels for entering – that’s disappointing. We also saw that many creators who are not very Internet savvy, missing out on the benefits of participating in the retweeting and reposting of our promotion. In fact, we even saw some of their fans complaining that we were promoting the series they LIKED on Facebook…

On My Soapbox

Yes, I'm on my Soap Box...

One of the many benefits of creating indie content online is that you can do what you want…. no restrictions by ratings organizations. Same with film festivals – you meet their criteria, you get exposure and who knows what else. Mingle Media TV is an online, interactive TV Network – yes, I said TV. As a society we are programmed with the terms “Movies & TV” for entertainment. As a marketing expert, you learn that you brand and message to the lowest common denominator – so making up new ways to describe what you’re doing doesn’t work unless people adopt it globally. Think Xerox versus copier, Kleenex versus tissues, Bandaid versus adhesive strip – great examples of how a brand became the thing – and is used as a global term. The world is changing and the convergence of mainstream TV shows streaming through the Internet is happening now.

Indie web series creators have been here for a long time – especially considering the Internet is so new. Creators have had the home field advantage and only a few of them have grasped the reality of the need for audience, marketing, branding and building community. Creating for art or yourself and not caring if you are adopted by the masses or found is totally fine. However, most creators want to have that audience reach and have sponsors and compete with mainstream TV shows. But they lack in the basics of the medium they have chosen to publish to.

In the past several months, I have been working with Rich from Web Series Network to try to help creators with these issues, education. Much to my dismay, many of the complaints on why more creators and producers are not joining in is no time or money. Then why complain about not having an audience – this is not the Field of Dreams, if you build it they will come…. I have also been slammed for not doing it for free? Really? Everything you need to know about SEO, promoting and marketing your content is available with a GOOGLE SEARCH, so why should I give away my time and knowledge if there’s nothing in it for me? On top of all we do at Mingle Media TV for our community members, asking for more free for those who are not members of our community is pretty insulting. We partner with Slebisodes.com to hold a weekly #WebSeriesChat and share ideas and interview hot web series creators to help open up dialog and community, I am a regular participant at the Web Series Network, I am a regular speaker at industry events, sharing my knowledge and we promote webseries at premieres, festivals and yet… there are a few voices who feel that I should not be charging for what I know. (funny cause there are several others out there who do and you don’t seem to be saying anything to them…. wonder why?)

We are on Internet time people, and while you are sitting back and spouting off more excuses why you cannot promote, market or build audience rather than just digging in and setting goals and making it happen… the rest of the world including traditional TV are moving into your HOOD and they are taking YOUR audience. Wonder why no one finds you… you are not doing anything. Personally speaking, when someone tells me I can’t do it or won’t be successful at it… I set my mind to showing them how wrong they are…. what does hearing that do to you??

Business of Web Series Boot Camp

Business of Web Series Boot Camp

Mingle Media TV Network will be offering several boot camps starting the first of June through their newest division: The Business of Web Series. These bootcamps will be offered to the series who are hosted on Mingle Media TV as well as the series who enter the next round of competition for the New Media Film Festival. We also offer our services for a fee –  and guess what, we get paid fees by TV shows and other new media producers to create winning programs for them…. That’s how we survive without trying to make pennies on banner ads (ever wonder why we don’t have “ads on our site”???  – cause we monetize smartly).

With that said – we want to make this next year of competition that much better for new media producers – web series creators and we are going to start with our Business of Web Series Boot Camp program. We are all about positive change and helping the community, but we are also about doing it on our terms and with those who want to participate in a program that will help them secure their place on the Internet.

Don’t forget  – today is the last day to vote for the 21 finalists in the 1st Annual Audience Choice Awards in the New Media Film Festival Sponsored by Mingle Media TV Network… vote 1 time per series… support your community. Winners announced at the festival red carpet on the 20th LIVE streaming on Mingle Media TV.

***Media Alert – New Media Film Festival Red Carpet Opening May 20th***

Who
2nd Annual New Media Film Festival featuring the best creative content crossing screens from silver to mobile. 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.

What
The 2nd Annual New Media Film Festival has 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.

Opening night of the festival on Friday will include a Red Carpet LIVE streamed on STICKAM.com produced and hosted by Mingle Media TV Network along with 3D Opening Night Screenings Presented by PGA New Media Council & International 3D Society. Saturday’s festival events will include industry panels and screenings from Apps, Digital Comics, Animation, Web Series, Documentaries, Shorts, LGBT, Shot on Red, Music Videos, Socially Responsible Content and closing night events and screenings.

Where
Los Angeles Film School | 6363 Sunset Boulevard | Hollywood, CA 90028
www.lafilm.edu (877) 952-3456

When
Friday, May 20th  2011
6:00 PM Red Carpet Starts
7:00 PM  3D Opening Night Screenings

Saturday, May 21st 2011
9:30 AM Opening
8:45 PM Closing Feature Film
10:30 PM Awards Ceremony

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1235885567

Contact / RSVP
For Talent Submissions or for Media Credentials, please contact the following: Jennifer Connor, Jennifer@mmtvnproductions.com or Leslie Harris pr@keypractices.com

For more information about the festival and panels please visit:
http://www.newmediafilmfestival.com

Finalists in the #AudienceChoice Category: New Media Film Festival Announcement

Okay everyone… as promised, here are the finalists in the 2011 New Media Film Festival‘s Audience Choice Awards category, sponsored by Mingle Media TV Network.

One thing we want to share as you review the finalists is the date they entered the competition for votes – it didn’t matter if it was 2 days before voting ended or six months, they got their fan-base to support them. We did end up with 21 finalists as there was a tie for 20th place.

Congrats to all finalists and to everyone who entered the competition – please be sure to grab your laurels for your site to promote your involvement in this festival.

Finalist Audience Choice Awards 2011

Click here to VOTE for the 21 Finalists in the #AudienceChoice Awards

Webseries Entry Votes Voting Started
Travel Companions 4289  08-Feb-2011
The Unemployment of Danny London 629  24-Sep-2010
Crossing Blood Lines 396  29-Jan-2011
Lien on Me 343  24-Sep-2010
Masculathon 298  27-Mar-2011
Oblivion 239  24-Sep-2010
Illegal 228  24-Sep-2010
Looking at You 224  20-Feb-2011
Secret Millionaires 189  24-Sep-2010
CYPHERS 177  24-Sep-2010
The R.I.P. Files 172  12-Feb-2011
Shes Just Not That Into You 168  12-Mar-2011
Inappropriate Fairy Tales 141  24-Sep-2010
World of Holly Woodlands 136  28-Apr-2011
Miss Behave 133  08-Feb-2011
Asylum Web Series 132  28-Jan-2011
Sweet Tarts Take Away 129  09-Apr-2011
Naomi: The Show 115  28-Jan-2011
McCracken LIVE! 115  04-Jan-2011
The Puzzle Makers Son 113  24-Sep-2010
Cupid and Eros 113  28-Apr-2011

Tips for Final Voting Success:

There are many things that helped the finalists get their fans to vote for them… the following list are a few things that everyone who creates content for the web should be doing – not just for competitions but for views / audience and community building:

Twitter:

  • Follow people back (you don’t have to follow MLM, #TeamFollowBack or other “self-proclaimed Social Media Experts but definitely industry people)
  • Thank people for following you, introduce yourself, start a convo
  • ReTWEET people who promote you (there’s nothing worse than having someone tweet your promo to vote for you and you don’t thank them or RETWEET the message in honor of them)
  • Support your fellow creator – RETWEET their series announcements
  • Links matter – tweet YOUR series link in your tweets – use a shortener to get it all in 140 characters
Facebook:
  • Post your episodes, community activities (other creators) and info related to the industry on your page – it’s not all about you, sharing is caring
  • Link to your content on other sites
  • Embed videos so people can watch while on Facebook
  • LIKE other creator’s pages – help them get the word out and they will respond in kind
Blog Posts:
  • Start a blog and write a post a week telling your fan base what you’re doing
  • Embed an episode and tell the back story about the episode or interesting fact
  • Ask your fans what they liked or didn’t like about it
YouTube
  • Use META TAGS, keywords to keep your content together on the page
  • YouTube will bring up other similar content from other people if you don’t
  • Keep your titles uniform and add a description with links back to your site, twitter, facebook so people can find you
  • Use annotations and create hotspots with links as a call to action
If you are creating for the Interwebs and are NOT building fans or community, ask yourself why not…. are you doing the above? If you are and still not getting anywhere… it’s time to ask a professional how to change things up for you.