Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | An Oscar Snub For Selma? | Original Music From Birdman | Celebrating The First Year In TV

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January 19, 2015 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

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The uproar over this year’s Oscar nominations continues. I was one of millions who watched the announcement of the nominations last Thursday, and I was shocked and disappointed that director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo–who portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma–did not get nominated. And to be clear, they should not have been nominated because they are African American, but because the work they did in this film was amazing. It took five years to find the right director who could make the film with its limited budget, and DuVernay turned out to be the right fit. British-Nigerian Oyelowo captured the essence of King and the spirit of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches. When the film was nominated for four Golden Globe awards, including Best Director and Best Actor, many thought an Oscar nomination was next. It didn’t happen that way.

Critics and Hollywood heavyweights, both black and white, are crying foul on this one since 2015 is the second time in nearly twenty years that there were no black nominees for directing or acting. I was appalled to read that Cheryl Boone Issacs, the first African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t believe the Oscars have a diversity problem. Is she serious? Reports reveal that the Academy voters are an average age of 63 and are reportedly 94% white and 77% male.

I won’t spend any more time ranting, but I urge you to go out and see Selma. As for watching this year’s Oscars, I would say that you should sit this one out.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson On The 2015 Oscar Nomination Surprises And Snubs

Birdman composer and drummer Antonio Sanchez

Birdman composer and drummer Antonio Sanchez

With nine Oscar nominations for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)–including Best Picture and Best Actor for 63-year-old actor Michael Keaton–the film is seen as a front runner for several awards. While the music for the movie didn’t receive Oscar recognition, there is buzz about it.

Film Critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson.com Photo Credit: Catherine Smalls and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson.com
Photo Credit: Catherine Smalls and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

This week, critic Jackson Murphy, fresh from Los Angeles, is our guest contributor with an interview with four-time Grammy-winning jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez, who did the score for the movie. Sanchez, a Mexican-born drummer who plays regularly with the Pat Metheny Group, told one interviewer that he created and improvised the music in a week. Now, that’s pretty cool!

Stay tuned for “Birdman Composer Drums Up The Spotlight” where Jackson sits down with the talented drummer.

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Michelle Lynne Madar in the control room on Arise On Screen. Photo Credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Michelle Lynne Madar in the control room at Arise On Screen.
Photo Credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

It’s very rare for anyone to get a television job right out of school that allows you to grow in leaps and bounds. But that’s what happened to Michelle. She writes: “I’ve discovered how much I love tape producing, another task I was thrown into. I love seeing the videos that I choose each week during the show and I love sitting in the edit room making sure each video is organized and pushed up to the control room for airing.”

She’s come a long way in a year since starting as an intern, and this week on Ready4Air, she celebrates by telling us about her first year working in television.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

Emmy-nominated network television producer Deborah Mitchell is a veteran of ABC and CBS News, a member of the Producers Guild of America, and a board member of the James Beard Broadcast and Media Awards Committee. Through Deborah Mitchell Media Associates she will create your online personality with a customized website, book you on the right television show, manage your social media profiles, and connect you with the best and brightest digital influencers. Deborah is a weekly contributor for Entrepreneur.com and author of So You Want To Be On TV. You can follow Deborah @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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#TBT Ready4Air (Films) | 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

January 15, 2015 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Debbie and teen film critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Now that I am producing Arise On Screen, a movie review show, you would think I get to see all the movies that hit the theaters.  Well, you are so wrong. I’m so behind in my movies that I need to catch up and see as many of the Oscar nominated films as possible before the awards this Sunday.

If you are in the same boat, today’s guest contributor Emmy award winning film critic, Jackson Murphy, has outlined the films you must see before the Academy Awards this weekend.  Jackson is the creator of  Lights-Camera-Jackson.com, which has been named one of the best entertainment sites for families by Family Circle Magazine.

In 2010 Jackson became the youngest person ever to win a NY Emmy Award for his movie reviews segments on YNN-TV. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and SAG-AFTRA, and was a runner-up in the Broadcast Critic category at the 2013 National Entertainment Journalism Awards. And finally at the ripe old age of 15, Jackson is a sophomore in high school.

Jackson, welcome to Ready4Air (Films)!

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By Jackson Murphy

AMERICAN HUSTLE

Tied with “Gravity” with the most nominations (10), including the major six categories (Picture, Director, all 4 acting), David O. Russell’s fun crime dramedy could walk away with the top prize and honors for both ladies (Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence).

12 YEARS A SLAVE

The frontrunner for Best Picture after wins at the Globes and Critics Choice Awards, the emotional historical drama is also a contender for Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and could score Lead Actor too (Chiwetel Ejiofor) if it has a hot night. Can’t count out Adapted Screenplay, either.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

While the HIV-AIDS drama doesn’t have a shot at Best Picture, star Matthew McConaughey has been cruising through Awards Season so far with Best Actor victories, and Supporting Actor nominee Jared Leto is the closest thing to the lock of the evening.

GRAVITY

Pretty much everyone has seen the 90-minute space adventure by now, but if you’re one of the few who hasn’t, it’s a must. Alfonso Cuaron is the likely Best Director recipient, while Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock is still very much alive in that race.

BLUE JASMINE

Woody Allen’s romantic dramedy stars Cate Blanchett, who’s been sweeping the Lead Actress circuit. Woody could also score Original Screenplay honors, but this recent re-opening of scandal talk isn’t helping.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

While Tom Hanks shockingly failed to receive a Best Actor nomination, the high-seas action/suspense/thriller from Paul Greengrass could take the Adapted Screenplay and Editing awards.

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FROZEN

If all this time you’ve been thinking the Disney animated musical is simply a kids movie, you are sorely mistaken. The Animated Feature frontrunner is smart, funny, sophisticated, and features show-stopping original songs, including nominee and potential winner, “Let It Go”.

NEBRASKA

Alexander Payne’s follow-up to “The Descendants” is a raw and moving small-town portrayal with excellent work from nominees Bruce Dern and June Squibb. It’s my favorite film out of these Best Picture nominees.

20 FEET FROM STARDOM

The strong contender in the Documentary Feature race tells the story of professional back-up singers, and the struggles they’ve faced throughout the history of music. Currently available on DVD.

THE GREAT GATSBY

Originally supposed to be an Oscar contender last year, but pushed to a summer 2013 release (a move that paid off), Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of the classic novel could score two wins for its gorgeous costume and production designs.

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record(Troy, NY) newspaper.

To reach Jackson Murphy check him out below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

COMING UP: How to prepare for your first interview.

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

 

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen, a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement, follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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Repost | Ready4Air | September 11 – This Producer Remembers…

Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2014 | Posted in Current Events | By

 

Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

I’m writing this post today because I couldn’t settle down and find the words to write it last week when the world took time to remember eleven years since the 9-11 terrorist attack. It’s hard to imagine that eleven years have gone by since my memories of that morning and the days after covering the biggest breaking news story in my lifetime are still fresh in mind.

Like so many other people I remember, exactly where I was and what I was doing when the world changed forever.
I remember September 11, 2001 being  a crisp and clear day.
I remember being in the CBS News The Early Show greenroom prepping my guest for a post tape that was scheduled to happen after the live show went off the air.
I remember minutes before the show close seeing the breaking news banner flash across the screen and Bryant Gumbel announce that a plane had crashed into  the twin towers.
I remember the stillness in the greenroom as we all watched on the monitor the breaking news unfold.
I remember telling my guest the post-tape would be rescheduled.
I remember being told to go downtown and try to book guests, but then being told to go to the office instead.
I remember stepping out to 59th street and 5th avenue and looking downtown to see smoke rising up into the sky.
I remember getting back to the 57th Street CBS office and gathering in the newsroom to watch as another plane crashed into the Pentagon.
I remember trying to call my friends and family to find out where everyone was and not being able to get through on the phone line.
I remember researching and finding the names of victims, their family, friends or survivors and calling them to have them tell their story on our show.
I remember hearing their tears through the phone as they told me their stories.
I remember the show going live 24/7 for several days.
I remember watching over and over the video of the planes crashing into the towers, the towers falling and the soot covered people running for their lives.
I remember feeling sick to my stomach and so sad watching it unfold.
I remember working 3 days straight without going home and taking quick naps on fellow producer Carol Story’s couch in her office.
I remember lots of food being ordered in to our conference room to keep our bellies full as we worked through the long days and nights.
I remember eventually being told to go home by my Executive Producer Lyne Pitts, getting home and finally crying from exhaustion and sadness.
I remember seeing soldiers with guns in the street patrolling as I walked to work after the attack.
I remember the local firehouses draped with candles and wreaths for the fallen firefighters.
I remember watching on television what seemed like never-ending funerals for those fallen firefighters with their wives and children walking alongside the coffins.
I remember New Yorkers were filled with exceptional kindness.
I remember wondering if things would ever be “normal” again.
But mostly, I remember meeting some incredible people who in their grief took the time to share their personal stories with the world on CBS News The Early Show.
I remember meeting LaShawn Clark whose husband chef Benjamin “Keefe” Clark died in the attack on the World Trade Center, leaving her with their five children to raise.  The show fell in love with this family from the moment we met them.  The couple’s teenage son Chaz was a senior at Stuyvesant High School and watched the towers fall from his classroom.
We couldn’t bring his dad back, but when Chaz became one of the first recipients of a United Negro College Fund scholarship for children of September 11 victims, we surprised him on the show with the news.  It was an opportunity to move on even though his dad wouldn’t be around to see it.  The family eventually left New York City in 2003 to start a new life and Chaz graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia. We had the family back 2006 after his graduation. To view the story, click here.
I never saw LaShawn and her kids again until this May. Eleven years after the tragic attack on 9-11, I ran into LaShawn Clark-Moore in New York City at a food conference.  We screamed, cried and hugged each other in the middle of the food expo floor. She looked amazing and said the kids were great.
Debbie Mitchell with LaShawn Clark- Moore. Husband Ben "Keefe" Clark died in 9-11Photo courtesy Debbie Mitchell

Debbie Mitchell with LaShawn Clark- Moore. Husband Ben “Keefe” Clark died in 9-11Photo courtesy Debbie Mitchell

LaShawn had opened a catering business in her new hometown, remarried and had another child.  I was happy to hear it!
During the challenging coverage of 9/11/2001, I remember thinking as everyone is running from the danger and falling towers, journalists are running to it. I also remember thinking I had to get out of the news business, it wasn’t for me.
After seeing LaShawn Clark-Moore this year made me realize as difficult as September 11 was to cover as a producer the experience helped me to grow and left me with professional memories I wouldn’t trade for anything.

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Deborah J. Mitchell
Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead | Happy Labor Day !!!

Debbie Mitchell at Riverside Creamery Photo Credit: Lora Wiley/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Debbie Mitchell at Riverside Creamery
Photo Credit: Lora Wiley/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

September 1, 2014 | Posted in Current Events | By

Debbie Mitchell at Riverside Creamery Photo Credit: Lora Wiley/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Debbie Mitchell at Riverside Creamery Photo Credit: Lora Wiley/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Debbie Mitchell at Riverside Creamery Photo Credit: Lora Wiley/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Debbie Mitchell at Riverside Creamery
Photo Credit: Lora Wiley/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

I’m sad that summer is winding down. So to cheer myself up, I needed two ice cream cones with two scoops each. LOL! Just kidding about the ice cream. But I am sorry to see summer go. I spent the weekend with friends, celebrating the long weekend and talking about lots of things, including television. September is the premiere month for new and returning  television shows. According to the schedule it looks like most shows will begin their new season on Monday, September 8, while others will roll out on Monday September 15, so set your DVR’s.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Film) | It’s Quiet At The Movies This Labor Day Week-End

While we wait for the new season to begin, please take some time to say a little prayer for Joan Rivers. In a very sudden and sad turn of events, the 81 year old comedian was rushed to the hospital on Thursday after she stopped breathing during a reported procedure on her vocal cords.

The feisty octogenarian was on life support over the weekend with her family at her side. Her daughter Melissa is keeping us up to date on her mom’s condition. Melissa Rivers issued this statement on Sunday: “Thank you for your continued love and support. We are keeping our fingers crossed.” It was reported today that  Joan Rivers is being brought out of the medically induced coma, a process that could take another day before we know the status of her condition.

A few of my friends worked with Joan on her syndicated daytime talk show and  as we talked  during the weekend, they only had the nicest things to say about her. Joan we are thinking of you and praying for your recovery.

 A toast to the unofficial end of summer Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell


A toast to the unofficial end of summer
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

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Since I am on vacation mode, and I’m sure you are too, I will keep today’s post short. This week on Ready4Air, I will give you a video re-cap of my appearance and a few highlights at this year’s Blogger Bash conference plus we’ll catch up with guest contributor and media personality Lyndsay Christian. And for Culinary Cues to end the week, we welcome back Chef Nadege Fleurimond, who has a new cookbook out for the fall on Haitian cuisine and who will share a few of the flavorful spices that bring Haitian cooking alive.

Now, go out and have some fun!

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Coming Up: Chef Nadege Fleurimond Is Back & Ready4Air!

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.  

 

 

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead | A Co-Host Says Good-Bye | Bloggers and Brands in NYC | A New Face For Your Website

2014 Blogger Bash Media Panel (l) Deborah Mitchell, Joey Fortman, Samantha Meiler, Samantha Murphy Kelly,Ciaran Blumenfeld

July 21, 2014 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Current Events | By

Arise On Screen Staff with Co-Hosts, (l) Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Justine Browning

Arise On Screen Staff with Co-Hosts, (l) Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Justine Browning

Weekends are great, but they are even better when you spend them relaxing. Which is exactly what I did all day yesterday. By the end of last week I was ready for a nice relaxing weekend. On Saturday we taped a new episode of Arise On-screen and had a beautiful bon voyage party for one of our favorite co-hosts, film critic and artist Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, who is heading back to Italy for the summer. What can I say, we love Chiara! Chiara appeared on our very first show and at least 14 more since we launched. Arise On Screen was Chiara’s first foray into television, and she took to it like a fish to water. Saturday was fun but bittersweet, but we know Chiara’s moving on to bigger and better things. Of course, we want her to come back soon. If all goes well we will see her in the fall.

This week for Ready4Air Chiara is a guest contributor where she writes about her evolution as a television personality and how much she’s come to love New York City and the world of TV.

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2014 Blogger Bash Media Panel (l) Deborah Mitchell, Joey Fortman, Samantha Meiler, Samantha Murphy Kelly,Ciaran Blumenfeld

2014 Blogger Bash Media Panel (l) Deborah Mitchell, Joey Fortman, Samantha Meiler, Samantha Murphy Kelly, Ciaran Blumenfeld

Last week Friday I wrapped up my speaking engagement for the first annual Blogger Bash event. I was invited to be a part of the two-day event. On the first day, Thursday, I spoke at the VIP morning session where I instructed bloggers on the ins and outs of getting on television, including how to get on a producers booking radar by becoming an expert, how to pitch a story to a producer and finally, how to ace the 3 to 4 minute interview once you’re booked on a television show. On Friday I was part of the media panel where I joined several successful women who specialized in social and traditional media.

The panel included our moderator  co-founder of Blogger Bash Joey Fortman, Nick Mom Marketing Director Samantha Meiler, Mashable Tech Reporter Samantha Murphy Kelly and blogger Ciaran Blumenfeld, founder of the companies Hashtracking and Momfluential Media.

This week in Ready4Air I will give you a recap of my two days of fun and teaching at the first annual Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite event.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers) | A Day Of Fun And Connecting At Blogger Bash NYC

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

And finally, as a television producer I use Google a lot and can appreciate a good website since it makes my job easier.  If I’m looking for a guest or want to know more about an expert, I look for the  website. You’ve all experienced it: every once in a while you google the name of a business or person and discover that it doesn’t have a website. And as you look away from the Google maps result in the right corner, you move the cursor to the search bar, already intent on finding a competitor online. If your business is the one without a website, you’ve just lost a potential client or media opportunity.  Needless to say this is bad for business. In January I re-launched my website and many of you have complimented me on it.  Finding a good web designer can be challenging so if you are looking to build a website let us know. In the meantime, my latest post for entrepreneur.com gives you four ways to get your online face ready for business. Take a minute to check it out.

Now, lets get ready to enjoy the week!

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Coming Up: Ready4Air (TV) | An Arise On Screen Co-Host Says “Ciao” for Now 

Deborah J. Mitchell
Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com

 

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#TBT Repost: Ready4Air | Tell Me…How Did You Get Into Television?

David-Michaels

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Current Events | By

In today’s installment of our summer series “Tell Me……How Did You Get Into Television?, where TV professionals tell us about about their entry into the television industry and give advice on how to survive, we take a peek behind the Daytime Emmy Awards. I’ve never won an Emmy and was excited when in 2009, The Early Show was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program.
Awards season is right around the corner, and I’ve invited David Michaels, Senior Executive Director of the Daytime Emmy Awards at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, to be our guest today and tell his television story.

 

David-Michaels

 

My journey into TV production was not planned! I was working as an actor and a model right out of college and expected that to be the path for my life and career.  I became a contestant on a game show, and the contestant coordinator took a liking to me, and she announced to me that I would make a terrific production person. I laughed and said, “Thanks, but I am an actor.” Shortly thereafter, she hired me to be a contestant on a pilot and when the pilot sold, she set me up for a job interview as a production assistant without even asking me! I went to the interview out of respect for her–and I got the job! The job was with Bob Stewart Productions, and I quickly rose from the lowest production assistant to a producer, and that is how I got my career! I went in knowing nothing about TV except that when the red light goes on, you act! I am proud to say that I increased that knowledge quickly and learned on my feet!

 

What’s your job title today and what are your job responsibilities?

 

I am the Senior Executive Director of the Daytime Emmy Awards, working for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. I am responsible for the entire Emmy contest as well as having major input into the broadcast.

 

What has been your favorite television job to date and why?

 

My favorite TV job has been producing the $25,000 Pyramid and $100,000 Pyramid shows starring Dick Clark. The staff was like a family and I got to work with the most wonderful celebrities week in and week out. Working with Dick Clark was like a master class every day, as was learning from Bob Stewart and Anne Marie Schmitt.

 

Television has changed quite a bit over the last few years. What changes do you like and what changes don’t you like?

 

I hate that shows don’t really get a chance sometimes. You can’t decide to cancel something after three airings. Give it time to build an audience. Also, shows are so much shorter now due to increased commercial time. I like the fact that TV is starting to “grow up” and allowing words and themes that were not allowed in the past. I don’t like the fact that there are fewer and fewer episodes of shows being done and that working on a series no longer necessarily means that you will be employed all year.

 

Most people think television is glamorous and exciting. What two words would you use to describe the television industry and why?

 

Quick and competitive. Working in TV leaves very little time to hesitate or procrastinate. Although I have had many jobs where the staff was a true team, there have been others where everyone spent their time trying to outshine everyone else to the detriment of the final product.

If you could go back and say anything to yourself at the start of your television career, what would it be?

 

Realize how lucky you are to be doing something creative that you love and be thankful for it every day.

 

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned during your years in television?

 

I have learned that teamwork and communication is the key to success.

 

What’s your secret to having a happy career in television?

 

Working hard and going with the flow when necessary.

 

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded in the competitive television field?

 

I am proud to say that I have a very strong work ethic, which I got from being trained by some amazing people. I think the secret may be to work hard and to the top of your potential, but don’t take yourself too seriously!

 

What’s the most important lesson you would tell anyone pursuing a career in television?

 

Don’t do it if you want a 9 to 5 job that you don’t take home with you.

 

Which person taught you the most in your career?

 

I learned how to be a producer from Bob Stewart and how to work with celebrities from Anne Marie Schmitt during the “Pyramid” days. These two skills have served me quite well and given me my success.

 

What are you most proud of in your television career?

 

I am proud of my reputation and am very proud of my two Emmy Awards and multiple nominations.

 

If you weren’t working in television, what other job would you have pursued?

I would be working with young people teaching them about the arts and educating them about AIDS.

 

What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to someone else who is considering entering the world of television today?

 

Be patient. Keep up on all the product that is on the air. Be willing to do things that may not be considered your dream job, but that give you another credit and a salary.

 

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Thanks, David!

Deborah J. Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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Ready4Air (TV) | A Producer Reflects: The Night I Won An Emmy

Joyce Coleman-Sampson with Jay McCraw of The Doctors in 2010

June 4, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV, TV Production | By

 

 THE DOCTORS "2010 Daytime Emmy Awards" Winner Outstanding Talk Show/Informative at 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards , Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, NV USA June 27, 2010

The Doctors, 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards
Winner Outstanding Talk Show/Informative at 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 27, 2010

Coming off my trip to Cannes celebrating what may be the best in film, I’m now thinking about what may be the best in television. The 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards is on June 20, and while I’ve only been nominated for an Emmy, I have several producer friends who have actually won one. The Emmys is television’s equivalent to the Grammys in music and the Oscars in film. Given by the New York–based National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles–based Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, it recognizes great work in American daytime television programming.

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For some producers, the Emmy win is not only a title change for them–now, their name is “Emmy Award-winning producer”–but also a lifelong dream come true. Longtime friend and fellow producer, Joyce Coleman-Sampson, is presently the supervising producer of daytime talk show The Bill Cunningham Show.  In 2010, she became a daytime Emmy winner for her work on The Doctors.

Joyce Coleman-Sampson with Jay McCraw of The Doctors in 2010

Joyce Coleman-Sampson with Jay McGraw, creator and executive producer of The Doctors in 2010

Being nominated for an Emmy is one thing, but actually winning it is another. What did it feel like when your show “The Doctors” won?

It was a very funny situation. Picture this: The producers and executives are sitting in their seats waiting for our category and the winner to be announced. When Alex Trebek announced that The Doctors was the winner, people started flying out of their seats. I was the last one to get up because I was in disbelief. After I got myself together, I ran towards the stage. Once there, I realized that I was the shortest one in the bunch and needed to find a spot front and center on the stage so that I could be seen. What an awesome experience! As I stood there, I just looked out into the audience at the sea of people. I remember telling myself to take it all in and process this moment. Take a good snapshot and brand it into your memory. After I did so, I then remembered it was time for me to give my hand signals to my family that promised I would do if I won. Fast forward to when I saw the playback of me on television, I looked like a crazy person jumping up and down. Winning the Emmy was like winning the Super Bowl or the Olympics, or even an Oscar.

Did you dream about winning an Emmy?

Yes, many moons ago. I eventually gave up thinking about it after so many years went by. I think  everybody that works in television dreams of winning an Emmy one day. After X years in the business, I was finally nominated for an Emmy several times while working for the hit television show The Doctors. The show was nominated once before we finally won the ultimate prize for television in 2010.

What did it feel like when you got the news that you were nominated for an Emmy? 

The first time,it was shocking and exciting! I was a bit numb. I was really blown away when The Tyra Banks Show beat us the first time around.

How long have you been in television?

I have been in television longer then I can remember. I have had an amazing career thus far, and the best is yet to come. I never intended on becoming a television producer turned television executive. I wanted to be a recording artist, but God had other plans. I was lucky to land my first television gig shortly after I graduated from William Paterson College. My first job was as a producer working for the largest cable company in the industry, Cablevision. It was there that I gained valuable experience as a producer, which eventually led me to become a systems executive producer/systems manager. After spending several years working in cable, I began to spread my wings and reach for the sky. I knocked on hundreds of doors before I made it to the major leagues.

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Montel Williams and Joyce Coleman-Sampson at 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards

Montel Williams and Joyce Coleman-Sampson at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards

Montel Williams gave me my big break into the syndicated world. I spent seven years with him as a producer. I left his show holding the title of senior producer. I have been blessed to work with all of the major talk shows. The only one I did not work for was The Oprah Winfrey Show. I really did not have any interest in working for her because her show was in Chicago, and that was a bit too cold. Silly me! I have worked on the East and West coasts. I’m currently working as the supervising producer for The Bill Cunningham Show.

 

Joyce Coleman- Sampson at 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards Ceremony

Joyce Coleman- Sampson at 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards Ceremony

 Tell me about the excitement of getting ready to attend the ceremony on Emmy night and going to the event?

It was a feeling like, WOW! You have finally achieved the ultimate goal. I felt like Hollywood royalty. I could not believe it. Preparing for the Emmys is like getting things tight and right for your wedding. First, you starve yourself to death. Then, you look for the perfect dress that makes you look skinny and beautiful. You experiment with finding the right makeup and look for shoes that will not kill your feet all night. You play around with creating different hairstyles and, finally, get your manicure and pedicure done. Once that was all figured out, it was showtime.

How has winning the Emmy changed or enhanced your career?

Not sure yet. However, it has taught me to never give up on your dreams and that if you can believe, you can achieve whatever you want in life.

Emmy Award Winning Producer Joyce Coleman-Sampson

Emmy Award Winning Producer Joyce Coleman-Sampson

Where do you keep the Emmy statue ?

I keep it in a showcase in my living room

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates – Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic – Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell @SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com, or email Nay Ayache on naydmma@gmail.com.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Handicapping this Summer’s Main Event

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May 8, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

By Jackson Murphy

Going into Summer ’13 there was a clear Mega-Weekend Box Office battle: Memorial Day Weekend, which featured the heavyweight showdown of “Fast & Furious 6” vs. “The Hangover: Part III” (with the animated adventure “epic” as the wannabe contender). “Fast 6” went-on to crush “Hangover 3” and all competitors, making nearly $120 million over the four day period.

It’s a little more difficult to pick this year’s spotlight Summer match-up. There are two (2) films opening on the same day and in the same class when it comes to this Summer’s box office potential. But I think I found it.

The date: Friday, June the 13th. In this corner – DreamWorks’ animated sequel, “How to Train Your Dragon 2“. And in this corner – Sony’s highly anticipated comedy sequel, “22 Jump Street”. And if you’re assuming “Dragon” is a lock to win, this breakdown will show that the race could actually be a lot closer than you might think.

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2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon” opened to a solid $44 million, and finished with an outstanding $218 million, showing it had repeat business with families. “Dragon 2” has a lot in its favor: It’ll be the first animated release in over a month (the previous being “Legends of Oz” on May 9), has a familiar title, is following an excellent original installment and is building solid buzz thanks to a great trailer. However, because kids in many parts of the country don’t get out of school until the following week, a relatively slow opening followed by a big second week is quite possible.

Two years ago “21 Jump Street” proved to be a critical and box office hit, with a $36 million open and $138 million domestic total. The carry-over momentum will help “22” tremendously. Also in its favor: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are even bigger draws now than they were when the original was released. Plus, the college student/young adult audience is always looking for a funny, smart and raunchy over-the-top comedy, and this one could deliver.

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It will all come down to last-minute marketing and reviews, and while it won’t be a runaway, “Dragon 2” is my pick to win the weekend with somewhere around $70 million (which will be a welcome blessing for a struggling DreamWorks), while “22 Jump Street” should take-in close to $60 million.

Is there a chance that these two could flip those numbers? Absolutely. But one thing’s for sure, since Hill stars in both, he’s guaranteed to be the biggest winner of them all.

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Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record(Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead |Taking Post Production Notes| Choosing The Movies To Review | And The Winner Is?

Arise On Screen Tape Producer Christelle Koumoué and Editor Chuck White

May 5, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV, TV Production | By

 

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Tonight wraps up a weekend of food fun when the 24th Annual James Beard Awards are handed out to the best of the best in the culinary world. As always awards are presented in various categories, including books, restaurants, broadcast, and new media. This past Friday night I joined  folks in the industry who got together at New York City’s Gotham Hall to celebrate and announce the winners in the 2014 Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards. The night was filled with lots of familiar faces and a few new ones. Speaking of new, new media had a strong presence as diners tweeted and posted during the event. To read more about the winners of the night click here.

This evening the 2014 awards season ends with the James Beard Awards Gala at Lincoln Center hosted by Ted Allen and Mario Batali . The evening theme is “Sound Of The City” and the feast following the ceremony will pay tribute to the musical passions of the reception chefs.

Later in the week I will share a few highlights of the fun food filled weekend.

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Arise On Screen Tape Producer Christelle Koumoué and Editor Chuck White

Arise On Screen Tape Producer Christelle Koumoué and Editor Chuck White

Last week I took you behind the scenes of Arise On Screen. We looked at what happens as the clock ticks down to airtime on the morning of the show. Our production team has  four hours before show time to fine tune the tape elements for air. With the clock ticking  there doesn’t seems to be enough time to get everything done however, we make it happen. When tape, graphics and crew are ready, taping the show is the first part of the production process. Once we are finished taping, it is time to go into post production and get the show Ready4Air.

This week we will take you into the edit room as we prepare the show to feed to air.

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Arise On Screen control room shot of Jamie Foxx, Actor in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"

Arise On Screen control room shot of Jamie Foxx, Actor in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

And finally, the big question is how do we decide which movies to review each week?

I was surprised at the number of films that come and go in the theaters on a weekly basis. Most of the time the general public only hears about the big screen monster hits like, the new “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” starring Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield as Spiderman (released on Friday). But there are so many  more movies that go under the radar. With so many movies being released each week, how does Arise On Screen decide which movies to review?

Stay tuned and find out later this week.

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee. Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

 

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Ready4Air (Film) | Could this be a Record-Breaking May at the Box Office?

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April 24, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

By Jackson Murphy 

This time last year, I wrote a blog predicting box office totals for each of the major May films. The closest result (I was only off by $4M) was “Star Trek Into Darkness”, which grossed just under $229 million. Combined, the eight films made over $1.4 billion domestically. But that total could actually be surpassed this May. Time to tackle the month again and see how the numbers add up.

Here are my picks May’s 10 wide releases:

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

(PG-13) Spidey’s back with a new set of foes to face. I’m expecting big things, both from the film itself and from ticket sales. If the film that kicks-off the all-important Summer Movie Season disappoints, it could mean we’re in for a rough 4 months. Don’t think that will happen. Opening Weekend Prediction: $125M; Total Gross Prediction: $290M – May 2

“Neighbors”

(R) I’ve already seen this raunchy Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy, and it’s very uneven. Nonetheless, those who’ve enjoyed Rogen’s films in the past (including last Summer’s “This is the End”) should happily shell-out $$ for this one. OWP: $35M; TGP:$90M – May 9

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“Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”

(PG) Advertised as the sequel to “The Wizard of Oz”, this will be the first big animated film in a month. However, it comes from a very small studio (Clarius Entertainment) and looks it. Still, “The Nut Job”, which opened in January, was sub-par and still grossed $65M. “Oz” may follow the same road. OWP: $20M; TGP: $60M

“Moms’ Night Out”

(PG) This family comedy starring Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton and Trace Adkins looks downright terrible. Going up against  “Spider-Man” and “Oz”, this doesn’t have a chance. OWP: $10M; TGP: $25M

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“Maleficent”

(PG) Angelina Jolie stars as the title villain in this Disney prequel to “Sleeping Beauty”. In the right hands and with the right script this could be the perfect match. But since the film’s rated PG, how dark and scary/violent can it be? OWP: $60M; TGP: $155M – May 30

“Godzilla”

(PG-13) Marks an eagerly anticipated return of the classic monster to the silver screen. Godzilla is, by definition, both a popcorn and Drive-In movie. OWP: $75M; TGP: $180M – May 16

“Million Dollar Arm”

(PG) Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) stars in this Disney baseball drama about a sports agent who hoping to turn some Cricket players into MLB pitchers. Kevin Costner’s NFL “Draft Day” hasn’t connected with audiences, and I’m not confident this will either. OWP: $15M; TGP: $45M

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

(PG-13) While “The Wolverine” and “X-Men: First Class” were disappointments when compared to the original three “X-Men” movies, this latest in the series combines both sets of characters into one super, superhero movie. Diehard fans have been waiting for this origin backstory for a long time, and it looks like it should deliver. OWP: $120M; TGP: $275M – May 23

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“Blended”

(PG-13) It appears that Adam Sandler has a chance to hit a new, all-time low with this “comedy”, co-starring Drew Barrymore. But there are a ton of Sandler fans out there, though having “X-Men” as direct competition could be a fatal blow. OWP: $30M; TGP: $95M

“A Million Ways to Die in the West”

(R) Seth MacFarlane follows-up “Ted” with this wacky, adult, comedy Western. The trailers are downright awful. How many millions will be made? Not nearly as many ($218M) as the pairing of Mark Wahlberg and his Teddy Bear. OWP:$30M; TGP: $85M

If my projections are close we’ll fall just a little short of last year, with a $1.3 billion total. It’ll be very interesting to see how it all plays out.

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record(Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  Deborah is Executive Producer of Arise On Screen a global and socially interactive movie review show. If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Summer Movie Season: I Am On the Fence About These Films

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

April 11, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

 

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

By Jackson Murphy

As the summer movie season approaches, there are several films (based on their trailers) that look quite promising. These include Get On Up, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Maleficent. But there are others that, frankly, could go either way: a solid hit or a complete disaster.

Here are my Top 5 cautiously optimistic summer releases:

Neighbors

Last year, Seth Rogen teamed up with all his Hollywood buddies for This Is The End. The first half was brilliant, and then it quickly became just another typical raunchy and forgettable comedy by the end. Now, Rogen’s back with Zac Efron for another hard-R comedy about parenting and an annoying group of fraternity brothers who move in next door. Potentially could be very funny or misguided and way too over-the-top. (May 9)

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A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane’s first big screen effort, 2012’s Ted, proved to be comedy gold. Now, before the return of the crazy bear next year, MacFarlane is directing himself, along with Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron, in this spoof on classic westerns. Kinda has a Land of the Lost vibe (one of Will Ferrell’s good but not great comedies). I’m worried the repetitive theme of the title will get old fast. (May 30)

Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this sci-fi action thriller version of Groundhog Day. They play soldiers who keep waking up on the same day–Judgment Day–only to lose the war against the aliens every time. Now, they have to figure out why this keeps happening and how they can stop it. I like these two very much, but this is another case where the unique plot may get tiresome quickly. And how many sci-fi movies can Cruise honestly keep doing? (June 6)

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

It’s a Marvel superhero movie with a fantastic cast. But it seems like this one may try to balance uneasy laughs with intense action. Already, the trailer is offering mixed results. Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) joins Zoe Saldana (Star Trek, Avatar) as part of the latest group to join the Marvel cinematic universe. Bradley Cooper actually voices a raccoon, and Vin Diesel plays a large tree trunk. Avengers: Age of Ultron may not come fast enough. (August 1)

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The fifth big-screen version of the “Heroes in a Half-Shell” crime fighters is yet another reboot. Michael Bay has producing credit and his former Transformers leading lady, Megan Fox, is April O’Neil. The turtles themselves are CGI (in this case the G stands for Giant), and they’re clearly not as “cute” as the earlier versions. Is the old fan base, and new generation of kids watching the Nickelodeon animated series, ready to shell-out cash to see yet another Turtles adventure? (August 8)

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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April 4, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV, TV Production | By

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We haven’t seen much of Kelsey Grammer since the premature 2012 cancellation of his Starz political drama, “Boss” (for which he won a Golden Globe). But the 5-time Emmy winner is staging a Summer 2014 comeback on the silver screen. With 5 big movies over a 4 month period, the “Frasier” star clearly hasn’t “left the building”.

First, Grammer voices the Tin Man in “Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return”, which is out May 9. The animated film comes from upstart studio Clarius Entertainment, and looks it, but does boast an A-list cast, a $70 million budget and a prime release date. Rumor has it Grammer also makes a cameo appearance in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (May 23), reprising his Beast character from 2006’s “The Last Stand”.

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Then come a trio of sequels. I like his character’s name – Lee Fox – in “Think Like a Man Too” (June 20). The following week Grammer plays a villain in “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci. And then he’s Bonaparte in August’s “The Expendables 3”, joining forces with Hollywood heavyweights Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I’ve always enjoyed Kelsey on both the big and small screens, and on stage. I had the chance to see him on Broadway in “La Cage aux Folles” a few years ago and he was outstanding. Really looking forward to these new Grammer lessons in theaters this Summer.

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Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record(Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

 

 

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Ready4Air (Brands & Bloggers) Travel Blogger Harry Devert Is Still Missing

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April 2, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

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Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Two months after he has gone missing in Mexico, the friends and family of travel blogger Harry Devert are staying positive but they are fearing the worst. This past weekend they received messages that blame Harry’s disappearance on a cartel leader known as El Tigre.

Devert (33) who just celebrated a birthday in March was traveling by motorcycle on a trip that would have taken him across the United States and through Latin America. His goal was to arrive in Brazil in time for the World Cup when he suddenly stopped communicating with his family.  Devert’s mom said he was a good communicator and was last heard from in late January when he sent a text to his girlfriend updating her of his whereabouts.

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His mom, Ann Devert, and several friends are in Mexico now, trying to figure out what happened to her missing son. According to reports in a recent USA Today article, “Ann said banners hung on Friday throughout the coastal town of La Union by a group known as Pueblos Libres claimed El Tigre, Adrian Reyes Cardenas, was responsible for the death of an American citizen as well as the disappearance of a globetrotter.” Devert family and friends assume the American mentioned may be Harry.

The search for Harry has faded in traditional media but remains very active in social media. The Facebook page, Help Find Harry, is updated regularly. On the 50th day of Harry’s disappearance his mom posted the message below asking for your help in finding her son.

“Dear Friends, Today is the 50th day since Harry disappeared. I want to thank you for continuing to check on Harry’s facebook page and here on the Help Find Harry page. This past week I listened in to a conference held at the US Embassy in Mexico City at which the Vice Consul of the French Embassy, the Director of American Citizen Services at the American Embassy, the FBI point person and our Private Investigator were present. I also received a report from the Private Investigator following his meeting with the coordinator of the investigation by the Mexican Government. Every single person at Thursday’s and Friday’s meetings agreed that it is critical to get the Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) of Mexico committed to Harry’s case. This is the equivalent of the United States Attorney General’s office. The Procuraduría has vital contacts which, if mobilized, will enable the investigation to take a quantum leap forward.

They are aware of Harry but Harry’s case is one of many in a huge case load and it is no longer new news. They have left information gathering about Harry to state governments and the state governments have tossed responsibility for the investigation around like a frisbee since there have been reports (some of which surely were fabricated) of Harry in three states. We can, with your help, get the PGR to put the forces in motion which will bring us news of Harry. Our NY State Senators Gillibrand and Schumer and Congressman Eliot Engel have been helping but they need new numbers to make this happen. If we again write our Senators and our Congressmen and also Senator Robert Menendez, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and ask them to put pressure on the Mexican Government’s PGR to commit to Finding Harry, this can happen.

I will, with help, draft letters which you can send to the appropriate people in the appropriate places to make this happen. I should have them posted here within a day, two days at the most. Let me stress that the reason the State Department is working with us is because of your interest and support since Harry first went missing. ..”

I thank you for your patience and continued interest. Harry loves the warm weather. Spring arrives this week. This is the perfect time to find him. Please let us know you’ll help. And in the meantime, LIVE YOUR LIFE! And may you love the life you live. All good wishes to you and those you love.”

Please take time out to write a letter to help Find Harry. Visit Help Find Harry for regular updates and guidance on how you can assist in the search for this missing blogger.

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

 

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead | Top 5 Movies People Should See |Where Is Travel Blogger Harry Devert ?| Minutes Before Air

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March 31, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV, TV Production | By

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Arise On Screen control room
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Before we get to the week ahead at Ready4Air there’s breaking news on the morning show front. Josh Elliott, “Good Morning America” anchor and news reader since 2011 has left the show and is heading to NBC Sports. I read over the weekend that he was leaving but when I got up this morning Josh was gone and replaced by Amy Robach. Josh we didn’t even get to say good-bye.

According to reports, Josh Elliott didn’t get what he wanted in his latest contract negotiations, reports claim he was asking for $8 million a year, so he is moving on.  In the meantime both Lara Spencer and Robin Roberts have re-signed and will be staying put. What’s going on over at ABC anyway? In December long time weatherman Sam Champion jumped ship and went over to the Weather Channel.  Will viewers keep watching? Stay tuned.

Related Post: Ready4Air TV – Repost: When Gremlins Hit The Television Control Room

Whether it is a morning show or movie review show the countdown to “on-air” can be a roller coaster of emotions for talent and crew all depending on what is going on minutes before airtime. Every person has a designated job and we all know anything can happen and, in television, it usually does. Steven Ramey (show’s line producer) and Larry Michaels (show’s director) and I are keeping track of several moving elements during the show taping.

This week Ready4Air goes behind the scenes minutes before a show goes to air.

Arise On Screen Host & Film Critic Mike Sargent, Film Critic Justine Browning & Film Critic Bobby Rivers Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen Host & Film Critic Mike Sargent, Film Critic Justine Browning & Film Critic Bobby Rivers
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Long time entertainment TV personality Bobby Rivers stops by Ready4Air this week. Bobby has been a recurring  guest co-host on Arise On Screen and there is no doubt that this man knows his movies. This week he creates a list of the ” Top 5 Movies People Should See.” The list is an eclectic one, filled with a few all time favorites and classics.

Which top 5 movies would you put on your list that should people see?

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Photo Courtesy of Facebook

Travel blogger Harry Devert is still missing. Both traditional and social media have been covering the story since February when Devert (age 32), a known adventurer with a blog, began his journey traveling around the globe turned up missing. His family and friends  along with the state department are  involved in the search and the social media world is using the hashtag #HelpFindHarry and the Facebook page  Help Find Harry as a contact point for anyone with information.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Social) | We Need Your Help, A Travel Blogger Is Missing

March 9 was Harry’s birthday and his loved ones and strangers are staying positive and keeping hope alive. Ann Devert, Harry’s mom, is keeping the Facebook page up to date. This week we’ll update you on the search for Harry.

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Coming Up: The “real” in reality TV

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (TV) | Is It Worth It ? When Producers Are Arrested While Chasing A Story (VIDEO)

CNN producers Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, (L) and Yonatan Pomrenze, 35 (R) are pictured in this booking photo handout courtesy of Port Authority of New York. (REUTERS/PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK/HANDOUT)

March 27, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV, TV Production | By

CNN producers Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, (L) and Yonatan Pomrenze, 35 (R) are pictured in this booking photo handout courtesy of Port Authority of New York. (REUTERS/PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK/HANDOUT)

CNN producers Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, (L) and Yonatan Pomrenze, 35 (R) are pictured in this booking photo handout courtesy of Port Authority of New York. (REUTERS/PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK/HANDOUT)

When I heard this week that two CNN producers, trying to report on recent breaches of security at the World Trade Center site, were arrested as they tried to break into the area, I smiled a little smile–a knowing smile. The reporter said that CNN is claiming that the two men, Yonatan Pomrenze, 35, and Connor Fieldman Boals, 26, were at the site to cover a story about daredevils being attracted to the site.

My smile quickly turned to a frown. I thought, REALLY? Nice spin.

The producers were charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and obstructing governmental administration. Several reports claim the two were seen and told to stop by security. One report said there was an actual sign that said no trespassing.

Late yesterday, I read that CNN had issued a statement saying the men had not been asked to sneak into the site but were in the area to do a “story about the recent incidents at the W.T.C. and other sites—the notion that daredevils are being drawn to them.”

According to reports, Pomrenze and Fieldman Boals were carrying  a video camera, a tripod, and a GoPro (a smaller camera often attached to the user). The video is a good example of the point-of-view video captured by a GoPro. The group of men who  trespassed and eventually BASE jumped from the top of the 1,776-foot tower at 1 World Trade Center last September turned themselves in to police earlier this week more than likely they used a GoPro to capture the video of their daring late night parachute jump that has been splashed all over the news.

Just earlier this week, a 16-year-old was arrested after he sneaked into the 1 World Trade Center after dark through a fence. He climbed all the way to the spire.  Since then, there has been heavy scrutiny about the security at the site.

Related Post: When There’s “Breaking News”, All Hands On Deck….

Back to the CNN producers. Now, I can only imagine that the above video and breach of security at the site were topic one at the daily producer’s idea meeting and someone may have said, “What about if we try and get past security, get on the site, and shoot video to show just how easy it is and let’s do it in broad daylight?”

Sounds like a great daring idea, doesn’t it? I can envision an executive producer going for it and two show producers, ready to show off their producing chops,  stepping up to the plate to get the job done.

Geraldo Rivera and Debbie Mitchell, The Geraldo Rivera Talk Show Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Geraldo Rivera and Debbie Mitchell, The Geraldo Rivera Talk Show
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Now, I’ve produced a few eyebrow-raising assignments during my producing career. I’ve spent the night with a neighborhood homeless woman named Leslie who used Grand Central Station as her home. I was part of a stakeout to capture and interview prostitutes as they worked the streets with their pimps watching from cars nearby. For all these stories, I was never alone, in immediate danger, or breaking any laws. But I was just as determined to get the story. The things we producers do for a good story.

Related Posts: This Producer Cannot Go To War

The one thing I know about producers is that we find it very hard to take “no” for an answer, and we usually hate to go back to the boss and say we didn’t get the story or booking. But trust me, if those producers had sneaked into the site and gotten the big story, it would have been one of the lead stories on the network and those producers would have a different story to tell.

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Coming Up: Lights Camera Jackson gives us insight on the latest movie trend

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Film) | Lights-Camera-Jackson Spring Movie Preview

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March 14, 2014 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Current Events, Social TV | By

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

By Jackson Murphy 

Spring Movie Preview

Normally, the major studios save their blockbuster releases for the summer movie season, which this year begins on May 2. However, there are several big-budget films (and a few critical darlings) set to bloom in theaters this spring. Here are 12 to watch for:

Muppets Most Wanted (3/21)

Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang are back in this comic caper co-starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell (Modern Family) and Tina Fey.

Divergent (3/21)

First, there was “Harry Potter,” next came “Twilight,” then “The Hunger Games,” and now this best-selling book series aimed at teen girls is taking its shot at big-screen blockbuster franchise status. Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet lead the cast.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Film) The 86th Academy Awards: Oscars Highs and Lows

The Grand Budapest Hotel (3/21)

Director Wes Anderson’s latest quirky comedy includes his usual crew of performers: Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and many more.

Noah (3/28)

Already controversial adaptation of the classic biblical tale. Russell Crowe has the title role, joining fellow Oscar winners Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins, plus “Potter” alum Emma Watson. Must be seen in twos.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (4/4)

The Marvel superhero returns, this time with head of SHIELD Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), as well as new cast members Robert Redford and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker). With a huge fan base and no direct competition, it has a shot at a $100 million opening weekend.

Rio 2 (4/11)

Animated sequel about blue macaws and their animal friends who venture to the Amazon to find others of their kind. The all-star voice cast includes Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez, and Jamie Foxx.

Draft Day (4/11)

Kevin Costner stars as the GM of the Cleveland Browns who’s pressured to make a great first pick in the annual NFL Draft. The game plan for Director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) is to attract pro football fans already geared-up for the real NFL Draft, which begins on May 8.

Heaven Is For Real (4/16)

Based on the best-selling book and inspiring story of a little boy who believes he briefly went to heaven. Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly (Flight) play the parents.

Bears (4/18)

Disneynature’s 2014 Earth Day documentary about a family of Alaskan bears. Narrated by John C. Reilly.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Films) | 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night

Transcendence (4/18)

Johnny Depp stars as a terminally ill scientist who becomes the world’s most powerful computer. With Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman.

The Other Woman (4/25)

Romantic comedy with a trio of ladies (Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton) looking for revenge on the man who cheated on all of them.

Brick Mansions (4/25)

Late Fast & Furious star Paul Walker’s second-to-last film. He plays an undercover cop trying to take down an urban drug lord.

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record(Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Coming Up: How to Prepare for Reality TV

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

 

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Ready4Air (Film) | The 86th Academy Awards: Oscars Highs And Lows

Film critic Jackson Murphy of Lights-Camera-Jackson
Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

March 5, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

By Jackson Murphy

The 86th Oscars is in the books. Thoughts on the show and the results:

  • While the broadcast went 3:34, it moved along pretty well. No outrageously long speeches or dragged-out presentations.
  • Ellen did a nice job. The selfie that crashed Twitter will go down as her top highlight from the evening.
  • The Hero montages were well done, though it’s tough (and unnecessary) to try to work a “theme” into an Oscar ceremony.
  • Oddities: Gravity wins seven Oscars, including Best Director, but NOT Best Picture. American Hustle goes 0-10. Other outstanding films such as Nebraska, Philomena, and Captain Phillips were also shut-out. The Great Gatsby goes 2 for 2.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Films) | 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night

  • Best speeches: Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, and the 20 Feet from Stardom and “Let It Go” winners.
  • Most surprising win: Mr. Hublot (Animated Short Film). I’ve seen them all and Get A Horse was clearly the most creative and impressive. It seems the anti-Walt Disney campaign that kept Saving Mr. Banks from getting any meaningful nominations also hurt this short, which featured Disney’s voice as Mickey Mouse.
  • Glad that 20 Feet from Stardom won for Best Documentary, but I will always and forever consider Blackfish the best documentary of 2013.
  • Great moments: Bill Murray mentioning Harold Ramis and seeing Roger Ebert in the “In Memoriam.”
  • Worst moment BY FAR: John Travolta’s totally embarrassing pronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name before her performance of “Let It Go.” He came out with something like – Adele Dazeem? It seemed to shake her and affect her performance, which was not sharp. But who can blame her? A moment you’ve been waiting for your entire life and your name gets completely butchered. What was he thinking? Ellen tried to recover after the song, but the damage had been done. Feel bad for her.

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  • Enjoyed the other performances, especially “Happy” and Pink’s version of “Over the Rainbow.”
  • Overall, Ellen’s decision to interact with the celebs on the floor was smart (the pizza gag worked). Her scripted, on-stage intros were less effective.
  • The funniest moment of the night came during ABC’s pre-show. Jimmy Kimmel’s negative Twitter skit was hilarious and perfectly executed. Hats off to Lara Spencer for her supporting role. The Oscars should consider hiring whoever wrote that gag to work on next year’s show.

Personally, I nailed 20 of 24 predictions–a new high. My quest for the perfect Oscars ballot will resume next year.

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave, Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

Jackson Murphy with Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor of 12 Years A Slave. Photo Credit: Jackson Murphy

 

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record (Troy, NY) newspaper.

For more of Jackson’s Oscar picks check-out the 2014 LCJ Movie Awards videos.

You can find Jackson Murphy anywhere below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

Coming up: A Healthy Take On Foods We Love

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead |Your Voice Over Auditions| Dear Brands |Tips On Your 1st TV Appearance

Mike Sargent, host- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Film Critic and Bobb Rivers Film Critic  Photo Credit- Debbie Mitchell/Michelle Lynne Madar

March 3, 2014 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Current Events, Pros Talk TV And Social Media, Social TV, TV Production | By

Mike Sargent, host- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Film Critic and Bobb Rivers Film Critic  Photo Credit- Debbie Mitchell/Michelle Lynne Madar

Mike Sargent, host- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi Film Critic and Bobb Rivers Film Critic Photo Credit- Debbie Mitchell/Michelle Lynne Madar

Like most movie fans  this morning I am waking up with a major Oscar hangover. The 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony was last night and it was exciting and ran late.  Congratulations to all the winners!  Awards went to many of the usual predicted suspects including, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Matthew Mcconaughey. Lupita Nyuong’o received a special birthday present with her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.  

I have been in an Oscar haze for at least two weeks prior to last nights show . My team over at Arise On Screen, with host Mike Sargent, have been working on our Oscar show, Oscar Nominations, Milestones and Predictions, which aired on Saturday.  Turns out our predictions were right on target!

Marla Kirban Voice-over

Marla Kirban Voice-over

As for the week ahead in Ready4Air, a few friends are back. Voiceover coach, Marla Kirban, returns with the post “Hit It and Quit It! Self-Directing Your Voice Over Auditions.” In her post, Kirban reminds aspiring voice-over candidates: “One of the realities of the voice-over industry right now is that you’re likely to be recording your auditions at home and emailing an .mp3 to your agent, casting director, or producer. There are advantages and disadvantages to this!”

Tomorrow check out what Marla has to say about ways to make the most of a voice-over audition recorded at home.

Related Post: Ready4Air | Gimme The Mic: Would You Buy A Product From This Voice ?(AUDIO)

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Photo Courtesy of I Don’t No

Two weeks ago I promised to write a post about what exactly brands need to know in order for bloggers to successfully work with them during social media outreach campaigns.  It’s taken a little longer than I planned. In Ready4Air (Brands & Bloggers), I’ve decided to turn the post, Brands, Please Let Us Know What You Need In Campaigns, into a letter.  After experiencing my own false starts with a few brands in the past six months, I think a letter to the brands might be a better way to go. So stay tuned for my letter.

Framed Carol Story

Former CBS News Early Show producer, Carol Story, will be sharing more of her great advice on how to ace your debut television appearance in her post “More  Tips For Your First Time TV Appearance.” Last week Carol told us when “You are outside of your comfort zone. The stakes are high. You want to make a good impression….You need to prepare for your interview. Not rehearse, not over-prepare. Just be ready.”

Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) — 3 Tips For Your First Time TV Appearance

Check out the post and find out just how to get ready for your interview.

Finally a special thanks to our latest Ready4Air (Film) guest contributor, teen film critic Jackson Murphy, for his take on the Oscars and is accurate predictions! Click the video above to hear Jackson in action.

Welcome back to all our friends!

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Films) | 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night

Arise On Screen Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

February 25, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Now that I am producing Arise On Screen, a movie review show, you would think I get to see all the movies that hit the theaters.  Well, you are so wrong. I’m so behind in my movies that I need to catch up and see as many of the Oscar nominated films as possible before the awards this Sunday.

If you are in the same boat, today’s guest contributor Emmy award winning film critic, Jackson Murphy, has outlined the films you must see before the Academy Awards this weekend.  Jackson is the creator of  Lights-Camera-Jackson.com, which has been named one of the best entertainment sites for families by Family Circle Magazine.

In 2010 Jackson became the youngest person ever to win a NY Emmy Award for his movie reviews segments on YNN-TV. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and SAG-AFTRA, and was a runner-up in the Broadcast Critic category at the 2013 National Entertainment Journalism Awards. And finally at the ripe old age of 15, Jackson is a sophomore in high school.

Jackson, welcome to Ready4Air (Films)!

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By Jackson Murphy

AMERICAN HUSTLE

Tied with “Gravity” with the most nominations (10), including the major six categories (Picture, Director, all 4 acting), David O. Russell’s fun crime dramedy could walk away with the top prize and honors for both ladies (Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence).

12 YEARS A SLAVE

The frontrunner for Best Picture after wins at the Globes and Critics Choice Awards, the emotional historical drama is also a contender for Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and could score Lead Actor too (Chiwetel Ejiofor) if it has a hot night. Can’t count out Adapted Screenplay, either.

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

While the HIV-AIDS drama doesn’t have a shot at Best Picture, star Matthew McConaughey has been cruising through Awards Season so far with Best Actor victories, and Supporting Actor nominee Jared Leto is the closest thing to the lock of the evening.

GRAVITY

Pretty much everyone has seen the 90-minute space adventure by now, but if you’re one of the few who hasn’t, it’s a must. Alfonso Cuaron is the likely Best Director recipient, while Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock is still very much alive in that race.

BLUE JASMINE

Woody Allen’s romantic dramedy stars Cate Blanchett, who’s been sweeping the Lead Actress circuit. Woody could also score Original Screenplay honors, but this recent re-opening of scandal talk isn’t helping.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

While Tom Hanks shockingly failed to receive a Best Actor nomination, the high-seas action/suspense/thriller from Paul Greengrass could take the Adapted Screenplay and Editing awards.

Related Post: So You Want To Be On TV:  Is That Casting Call For Real?

FROZEN

If all this time you’ve been thinking the Disney animated musical is simply a kids movie, you are sorely mistaken. The Animated Feature frontrunner is smart, funny, sophisticated, and features show-stopping original songs, including nominee and potential winner, “Let It Go”.

NEBRASKA

Alexander Payne’s follow-up to “The Descendants” is a raw and moving small-town portrayal with excellent work from nominees Bruce Dern and June Squibb. It’s my favorite film out of these Best Picture nominees.

20 FEET FROM STARDOM

The strong contender in the Documentary Feature race tells the story of professional back-up singers, and the struggles they’ve faced throughout the history of music. Currently available on DVD.

THE GREAT GATSBY

Originally supposed to be an Oscar contender last year, but pushed to a summer 2013 release (a move that paid off), Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of the classic novel could score two wins for its gorgeous costume and production designs.

Jackson Murphy (a.k.a. Lights-Camera-Jackson) has been a film critic/entertainment reporter on TV and radio since the age of 7 1/2. He currently appears weekly on WFLY radio (Albany, NY) and his reviews appear in The Record(Troy, NY) newspaper.

To reach Jackson Murphy check him out below:

Website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com

Facebook: Lights Camera Jackson

Twitter: @LCJReviews

COMING UP: How to prepare for your first interview.

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead | Must See Films BEFORE The Oscars | Getting Ready For Your 1st TV Interview |Working In A Man’s World

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February 24, 2014 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Culinary Cues, Current Events, Social TV | By

 

Carol Story, Former Producer CBS News The Early Show Photo Credit: Jude Milner

Carol Story, Former Producer CBS News The Early Show
Photo Credit: Jude Milner

Later this week, on Ready4Air  former CBS News Early Show producer, Carol Story, will be sharing more of her great advice. Once a producer, always a producer, and even though Carol is enjoying her life these days  away from television, she still has some great tips. In her two-part post – 3 Tips For Your First Time TV Appearance for Ready4Air (TV), Story shares: “You are outside of your comfort zone. The stakes are high. You want to make a good impression….You need to prepare for your interview. Not rehearse, not over-prepare. Just be ready.”

Check out the post and find out just how to get ready for your interview.

Related Post: Producing Books | The Today Show Brings Back The Morning Book Club

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Debbie and Teen Film Critic Jackson Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

Over at Arise On Screen, we are in full Oscar mode. We’ll be spending the week planning our big March 1 Oscar edition show. Last weekend I reunited with teen film critic and blogger, Jackson Murphy. I first met him and his dad Dan, when I was at CBS.

Murphy is the creator of the website: Lights-Camera-Jackson.com, which has been named one of the best entertainment sites for families by Family Circle Magazine.  Jackson, an Emmy award winning film critic who happens to still be in high school is a sophomore who definitely knows his movies.  Jackson  now 15, has been reviewing movies since the age of seven and is the newest guest contributor for Ready4Air (Film).  The new movie section debuts this week with Jackson’s post 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night. If you are into movies this is a MUST SEE list for you.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Social TV) | In The Movie Critic’s Corner With Arise “On Screen”

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Photo Courtesy of Debbie Mitchell

This week we will also tackle what exactly brands need to know in order for bloggers to successfully work with them during social media outreach campaigns. There are a few things bloggers want brands to know before they sign up. Some bloggers complain that brands do not take a strong and clear lead in their outreach campaigns. Whether it is the PR agency, the brand, or the campaign lead blogger- information is not coming through the communication channels clearly. Directions are being lost in translation and deadlines are constantly changing.

In Ready4Air (Brands & Bloggers), Brands, Please Let Us Know What You Need In Campaigns, we talk to the brands about getting their outreach goals together so that bloggers can deliver the goods with success.

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host Love Shots Photography

Chef Amadeus, Radio Host
Love Shots Photography

And if you are around later today, check out the latest episode of the radio show “Southern Passion Lounge with Chef Amadeus.” with Chef Amadeus. Amadeus, the 2012 winner of  “Food Network’s Extreme Chef Mexican Showdown” rounds up the culinary industry every Monday on the radio where he interviews chefs and other culinary world personalities from all around the country. I am on the show on the last Mondays of every month. The show goes live at 4 pm est and I will be joining  the Chef and the ladies in the lounge to discuss how to survive in a man’s industry.  All this and more this week on Ready4Air.

Stay tuned!

COMING UP: 10 Movies to See Before Oscar Night

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Social) |Vine Time : Can You Tell A Story In :06?

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February 19, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

 

 

I posted my first Vine last May while working from the rooftop of my New York City gym. The video app was relatively new and I’m always intrigued by anything involving video. Vine, a video sharing platform that allows users make and share six-second video clips, celebrated it’s one year anniversary in January. Since it’s launch a year ago 40 million users, including myself, have registered. When I first heard about vine I didn’t really get it. What kind of story can you tell in six seconds?  Even with the ability to loop the six second video in an endless cycle, I wanted more time to tell a story.

As a producer, I understand and covet a good strong 5-6 second sound bite but most of all I love a a good story.   In reality, during an interview I am more likely to get a strong sound bite in ten to fifteen seconds.  So when the photo-sharing app Instagram added video, which allows users to take 15 second videos, it made more sense to me. Although I haven’t tried the Instagram video yet, it is more appealing to me.  

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Last summer I shot a couple of Vine videos during my morning bike ride and posted them on my Facebook page. The videos were scenic shots of the Henry Hudson river and fellow bikers riding on the Westside highway bike path that replayed in a continuous loop. Fun for a while, but eventually boring for me.

I read an interview with Vine co-founder, Dom Hofmann, who explained that he and the other co-founders had tried a few other time options, including  five and ten seconds but found that those lengths didn’t work well.

Hofmann told NPR’s All Tech Considered  “five seconds wasn’t long enough. It was actually too short, he says. “Six seconds allowed for the aesthetic feel the creators wanted but preserved the quickness they wanted to promise users. The limit allowed the average person to easily share and make a video on his smartphone.”

Because the vine time of six seconds still felt a little off and abrupt from beginning to end the co-founders added the looping component allowing videos to play over and over again infinitely. “You don’t just skip a six-second video, so you watch it. And when you like it … you appear to watch it three, four, five, six times in a row.”

Vine has a strong audience. Popular users include musicians and comedians and many unknowns who have build a following including North Carolina teen, Nash Grier, a top Viner with more than 5 million followers. These users also known as Super-Viners  have found a way to monetize their vines  and are making thousands of dollars  by creating Vines for brands and Fortune 500 companies . In a few cases these opportunities have turned into full-time gigs.

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I only heard about Vine sensations, Jerome Jarre and Nicholas Megalis, recently. Turns out Nicolas was popular in a  “Gummy Money” Vine attracting more than two million people to watch his video about gummy worms of all things. The Vine became so successful according to reports Megalis is making a living off producing Vines. Jarrie has more than four million followers and is co-founder of GrapeStory, a company that connects brands with top Vine-ographers.

While six seconds isn’t enough to keep my attention, the 18 to 24 year old or “millennials” can relate and appreciate the short attention span videos which have become business.

I’ve watched a few Vines and still have to ask, ” What kind of stories is this generation trying to tell?

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Coming Up: What brands should tell bloggers in order to have a successful campaign.

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
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Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air The Week Ahead |Producers Don’t Do This When Booking Guests |Vine Time – A :06 Story?

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February 17, 2014 | Posted in Brands and Bloggers Connect, Current Events, Social TV | By

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We are in week seven of production over at Arise On Screen and we are thinking  about movies  24/7 and trying to predict who will go home with the gold and we don’t mean Olympic gold. With the Academy Awards ceremony only two weeks away, television is gearing up for the big night of Hollywood Oscar festivities on March 2nd.

Which brings me to a very important question. What movies do you think are sure wins and which ones will be a surprise winner?  I’m hoping the sleeper Nebraska with Bruce Dern will win something. Weigh-in below by leaving a comment and tell us your predictions.

We have a busy week coming up on Ready4Air.

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Photo Courtesy of Heidi Skolnik

 

Heidi Skolnik is back with us this week on Ready4Air. Last week Heidi, an expert who appears regularly on television, shared a few tips on what producers can do for any guest who wants to have a professional and successful television appearance.

In her post  Top (3) Things Television Producers Should Do When Booking Me As A Guest,  Skolnik’s explained “ When working with television producers, I have come to learn which moves help make an appearance be the best it can, and which ones you want to avoid. Look for clarity and feedback, and you’ll be please to see all that television producers can do for you.”

This week’s Ready4Air (TV)  Skolnik gives us insight into what producers should avoid doing when booking her. First thing on the list: calling her by the wrong name!  In her post Top (3) Things Television Producers Should Avoid Doing When Booking Me As A Guest, she will tell you the other missteps producers should avoid in order to have her as a guest on their show.

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In January the Vine app celebrated their one year anniversary. Vine allows its 40+ million registered users to shoot six second videos that loop continuously and it has really taken off for the millennials (18-24 year old). In the post Vine Time : What Kind Of Story Can You Tell In :06? on Ready4Air (social) I check out the appeal of Vine and the new crop of vineographers who are cashing in on the app’s popularity.

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Finally, brands need to know that bloggers are happy to work with you and they want you to know a couple of things. Some bloggers complain that brands do not take a strong and clear lead in their outreach campaigns. Whether it is the PR agency, the brand, or the campaign lead blogger information is not clear; deadlines are constantly changing and directions are being lost in translation.

In Ready4Air (Brands & Bloggers)  Brands, Please Let Us Know What You Need In Campaigns we talk to the brands about getting their outreach goals together so that bloggers can deliver the goods. All this and more this week on Ready4Air.

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
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Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Foodie Friday: A Night at The Cecil in Harlem

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February 14, 2014 | Posted in Culinary Cues, Current Events, Social TV | By

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A couple of weeks ago I got together with members of the James Beard Broadcasting and New Media  committee to review the submissions for the 2014 James Beard award. We spent two full days reviewing submissions and getting things ready for the judges.

Once we completed our official JBF duties, committee member Toni Tipton-Martin and I had the chance to break bread with a few foodie friends at one of Harlem’s newest restaurants, The Cecil.  It is owned by restaurateur and businessman, Alexander Smalls.  Cecil’s was the perfect place for old and new friends to gather.

In today’s Foodie Friday we feature an excerpt from Toni’s blog, TheJemimaCode.com where she captures our marvelous night.

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By Toni Tipton-Martin

Recently, I invited a dynamic group of up-and-coming food professionals to join me for dinner at Alexander Small’s sexy new restaurant, The Cecil in Harlem, and to ponder what has changed for blacks in the food industry, what hasn’t and what we can do about it. We acknowledged the sad reality that disregarding the accomplishments of black women in the industry is not new, but agreed that with new media, culinary honor may finally be possible.

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To read more about our evening, hop on over to TheJemimaCode.com.

Coming up next week: Top YouTube videos and what their meaning represents.

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Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

 

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Ready4Air (Social) | We Need Your Help, A Travel Blogger Is Missing

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February 12, 2014 | Posted in Current Events, Social TV | By

 

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A travel blogger is missing. Both traditional and social media have been covering the story of missing travel blogger Harry Devert. Missing for two weeks now, the state department is now involved in the search and the social media world is using the hashtag #HelpFindHarry and the Facebook page  Help Find Harry as a contact point for anyone with information.

Devert (age 32), a known adventurer with a blog, began his journey traveling around the globe. In the latest leg of his trek through Latin America, Devert was traveling  from New York to Mexico on a green Kawasaki motorcycle and was headed to Zihuatanejo, Mexico which is the beach town featured in one of my favorite movies “Shawshank Redemption.”

While I was watching an interview on CBS News The Early Show on Monday with Devert’s  mom, Ann, who said she knew something was wrong after not hearing from her son.  Ann Devert told the show  “he always calls on his father’s birthday and this year he didn’t.”  The report also said that Devert’s  girlfriend Sarah Ashley Schiear last heard from him on January 25, in a text that read: 

“Just got an hour and a half long escort out of some area it was too dangerous for me to be. Stopping for lunch and … voila Internet. … Gonna get back on the road soon. Apparently there’s another military escort waiting for me in some other town… I’m running way late because of the crazy military stuff…hopefully get a chance to talk to you tonight when I (hopefully) finally arrive.” 

People try and reassure his mom that, as a tourist, is he safe, but his mom says there has been no sign of his motorcycle or the very large bodied blogger.

If anyone ever needed the power and reach of social media, it is Harry Devert’s family and friends.  So if you know anything about Harry’s whereabouts, please contact the family via the Help Find Harry Facebook page or send an email to helpfindharry@hotmail.com.

 

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell
Graphic Design: Nay Ayache

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.

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Foodie Friday| Don’t Miss The Deadline-Enter NOW For The 2014 James Beard Awards

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January 3, 2014 | Posted in Culinary Cues, Current Events, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), Social TV | By

James Beard Portrait at James Beard House NYC Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

James Beard Portrait at James Beard House NYC
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Time is running out to submit your entries for the 2014 James Awards.   The deadline for submissions is next Thursday, January 9, 2014.

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) began accepting nomination submissions back in October  in the various categories for the coveted awards also referred to as the “The Oscars of Food”.  The JBF Awards pay tribute to the best of the best chefs, journalists, cookbook authors, wine professionals, restaurant and other food professionals throughout the United States.

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What are we looking for in submissions? Our committee chair Emerald Yeh says. “If you’ve seen any great food television or videos, or heard any compelling radio shows that fit into the categories and you believe they are deserving of the distinguished award, we need to know about them. So let us know.”

Photo Credit: Carolyn O'Neil of James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee at James Beard House, NYC

Photo Credit: Carolyn O’Neil of James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee at James Beard House, NYC

More than 600 culinary professionals vote on the awards and the winners receive a bronze medallion etched with the image of the late James Beard and a certificate from the Foundation at a weekend long celebration in May.

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I’ve had the privilege of being a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee since October 2011 and, needless to say, it’s been a blast!  Our committee welcomed our newest member, Diane Worthington this year and created a new hashtag (#JBFBCAST)  for the group. We plan to meet later this month to review your submissions before handing them over to the judges who will have the difficult task of choosing the nominees. Just to clarify our committee does not choose the nominations or winners of the awards; there are judges who make those decisions.

(Upper left- Ken Rubin, Toni-Tipton Martin, Yvon Ros, Debbie Mitchell Photo Credit: Carolyn O'Neil James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee Member

Upper left- Ken Rubin, Toni-Tipton Martin, Yvon Ros, Debbie Mitchell
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James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee Member

The James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee (#JBFDCAST) is looking for culinary professionals who fit in the following broadcast and new media categories:

Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location: An ongoing TV show that is shot in studio or at a fixed location from week to week.

Television Program, On Location: An ongoing TV show that regularly involves travel to locations outside a fixed kitchen or studio.

Television Segment: A regularly occurring segment about food on a non-food show.

Outstanding Personality/Host: A TV or web host with personality as well as knowledge.

Radio Show/Audio Webcast: A radio show or webcast without video.

Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional: A webcast with video that is largely shot in a fixed location and/or is instructional in nature.

Video Webcast, On Location: A webcast with video ***THAT REGULARLY INVOLVES TRAVEL TO VARIOUS LOCATIONS***

Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast): A one-time special, usually 30 or 60 minutes in length.

We are on the look out for all of the above and I am especially interested in the “Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast)” category looking for any interesting food productions that fit the above criteria.

If you know of great food content and want to submit someone for nomination, please leave a comment with the information at the end of this post or tweet members Marion Laney- @MarionLaney, Carolyn O’Neil- @carolynoneil, Debbie Mitchell- @SocialTVDeb, Toni Tipton-Martin- @thejemimacode, Emerald Yeh- @EmeraldYeh, Diane Worthington – @CalifCook, Ken Rubin – @kenrubinpdx and we will make sure and reach out to them.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE  JBF AWARDS  ENTRY PROCESS

Thanks!

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

TV/Social Media Producer Debbie Mitchell is an Emmy nominated producer who is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).  She is currently a member of the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Awards Committee.  If you are interested in “ Book Case TV” or are a brand interested in Social TV, blogger outreach campaigns, or a blogger or personality interested in television placement follow Debbie Mitchell@SocialTVDeb and/or email SocialTVDeb@gmail.com.

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