If I haven’t said it already, here it is again….Happy New Year! I’ve always been a fan of bringing in a New Year, it always feels like a chance to start over. It is truly a new beginning for everyone. For me, it is one of the best feelings in the world and I’m excited and ready for 2014.
This month marks two years since I have been blogging for Ready4Air. Wow! I can’t believe it; the time has gone by so quickly. As you may have noticed, we made a few changes to the site a few months ago and I am excited to say more changes are still to come.
I began blogging on Ready4Air primarily as a way to share my television life of over 25 years and take readers behind-the-scenes of television production and social media. While television production is truly a world of its own, there is always lots to share. In 2014 Ready4Air is expanding and we are going to feature behind-the-scenes information not only about TV and social media but also the world of music, theater, radio and films.
Speaking of films, I spent a few hours on Saturday in the Arise TV studio where I met legendary filmmaker, actor, director, and composer Melvin Van Peebles. A very cool and epic moment!
I’m super excited about Deborah Mitchell Media Associates’ latest project with Arise TV. I was asked to shoot a pilot for a new program for Arise TV. Last summer, I worked with the network to launch a daily woman’s talk show and it was a grandeur experience. This new show is completely different as it has a magazine format and revolves around movies. Yes, movies!
Everyone loves a good movie and there is so much to talk about. Being a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA East), I often receive membership perks such as invitations to movie screenings. Often, there are Q&A sessions with the film stars afterward. Good thing I am huge movie fan.
As for the actual television project, I’ll share more in days to come.
While we are on the topic of movies, I want to remind you that submissions are still being accepted for the 2014 James Beard Awards. We are looking for interesting video of food content. As a member on the James Beard Broadcast and New Media Committee, I am especially interested in the “Special/Documentary (Television or Video Webcast)” category looking for any interesting food productions that fit the above criteria.
The deadline for submissions is this Thursday, January 9, 2014. Referred to as the ”The Oscars of Food” the James Beard Foundation Awards pay tribute to the best of the best chefs, journalists, cookbook authors, wine professionals, restaurant and other food professionals throughout the United States.
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.”
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.
In 2013 several of my friends and professional colleagues contributed amazing blog posts to Ready4Air and I want to send them a bigs thank your for taking the time to write for Ready4Air. I also want to thank those same friends again and a few new ones for agreeing to contribute their stories on Ready4Air in the New Year.
We will bring back a few reader favorites including the series “Tell Me…How Did You Get Into Television?” and the voice-over series “Gimme The Mic” from last year and introduce a few new ones. This week we’ll hear from, Web Editor Jessica Williams in her post on “Ways To Keep Your Social Media Resolutions”.
Now, that’s a nice way to start the New Year.
And finally I’d like to welcome two new members to the DMMA team. My assistant Sang and I have been holding down the fort for the last six months and this year we are getting some additional help. Longtime friend and fellow journalist Sandra Jamison is joining our group. Formerly with The New York Times, Sandy now wears several hats professionally including teaching at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
I am happy to have Sandy on board helping out along with our new intern Nay Ayache. In one of her first emails to me Nay wrote “Like most people today, I don’t remember my life before the Internet, and I’m always surrounded with three screens. This is not the future, it’s the present, and I want to be part of it”. Nay started with us right before the holidays and has worked tirelessly with me through the holidays to help get us up and running at warp speed for 2014.
I’m hoping you stay tuned for all that’s coming up next.
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. If all else fails, her resourceful assistant, Sang, will find her.