Ready4Air (TV) | Art On The Wall: Background Graphics Bring A TV Story To Life

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June 2, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent (left) with Erik Parker (center), writer/producer and One9 (right) director/producer of Nas: Time is Illmatic 
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One of the most important elements of Arise On Screen is the background wall. Our dynamic graphics team continues to impress me and our guests with their artistic skills when it comes to creating these customized walls. Once a guest is confirmed for an interview, we ask for any artwork or photos associated with the project being promoted. Of course, the sooner we get the artwork to our team, the more time they can spend on making it unique. But the team has been known to turn it around in a couple of hours.

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Arise On Screen guest Niquana Clark with the wall for Know How, a film about kids in New York City’s foster care system
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This is a shot of guest Niquana Clark, who stars in Know How–a new film about young people in New York City’s foster care system. Know How captures the reality of life in foster care from the point of view of those living in it. The segment, which aired on Arise On Screen on May 29, was an interesting look at the foster care system and a unique form of storytelling. Written by kids who’ve lived in foster care, the film is a compilation of true stories performed by a cast of ordinary foster care children. When film’s producer, Paul Griffin, and Niquana arrived to the studio, they were thrilled to see the wall promoting the film–so excited that they posed in front of it and later asked for a copy.

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Customized walls aren’t just for guests promoting a project; we use them when we have themed shows. I talked to one of our resident art producers, Chris Fezzuoglio, about the process. “We need high-resolution artwork that speaks to the subject matter of the story and we consider the set lighting, image layout, and camera angles. Each show is different. We are constantly customizing the artwork to meet the production needs. One wall takes about an hour to produce plus extra time for research.”

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Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent in costume in front of the wall of Halloween graphics
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Every year we order a new wall for our Oscar show, Halloween, and the major holidays. Above, we have Mike Sargent in his Star Trek costume, bringing the complete Halloween vibe to the set. Of course, the customized background wall helps to create the ideal atmosphere. In television, the perfect wall can go a long way.

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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.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Halfway Through 2015 | Art On The Wall | Is The Startup Life For You? | Coordinating A Food Crawl

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June 1, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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As I begin the month of June, I wonder what the rest of 2015 has in store. When the new year began I was excited about all the possibilities. While there have been a few unexpected challenges, I’m still looking forward to what comes next. This month marks my second anniversary working at Arise TV, a startup network that continues to evolve. During my time at Arise, I’ve served as executive producer and launched two television shows. One of them–Arise On Screen, a movie review show–is still on the air. As with any startup, whether it is your own brand or someone else’s, there will be good and bad days. For me, the best way to handle the bad days is to take a few days off to regroup.

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Mom and me at Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay Don Pablo Collection
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

I did just that for the Memorial Day holiday and spent a week with my mom on a trip to her home country Jamaica. The trip to the Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay Don Pablo Collection was relaxing. Mom was supportive, constantly showering me with words of encouragement. Everyone needs a pat on the back every now and then. Now, I’m back and ready to make the second half of 2015 a memorable one.

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Photo Credit: Nick Viagas, Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

When it comes to bringing a story to life on television, a lot can be done including decorate the set by adding a few fancy background graphics. The photo above is a good example from our 2014 Halloween show where we had our cohosts and host Mike Sargent dressed in costumes to discuss the best in horror films. The Arise On Screen graphics team went all out to create the “spooky” wall. Art producer Chris Fezzuoglio explained, “Each show is different. We are constantly customizing the artwork to meet the production needs.”

This week on Ready4Air (TV), a closer look at how background graphics bring a TV story to life.

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I recently shared my story with The Story Exchange, a digital media project showcasing entrepreneurial women around the world. Five years into my own startup–Deborah Mitchell Media Associates–I must admit that joining or creating a startup, whether you’re just out of school or in midlife, may not be for everyone.

“Hundred-million-dollar investment rounds and billion-dollar valuations have created a romanticized version of the startup lifestyle in the public perception. Some of it is justified and some of it isn’t,” says Joseph McKeating, president of the marketing and public relations firm Pulsar Strategy, whose clients are considered early-stage startups in the technology space.

Trust me, there is nothing romantic about working at or creating a startup. Just reread the first paragraph of this post. Lol!

This week on Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers), we take a look at the qualities that can help prepare you for the startup grind. If you are thinking about making the leap, then check out this week’s post first.

Chicken wings from Chubko in Brooklyn, May 2015 Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Chicken wings from Chubko in Brooklyn, May 2015
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

A few weeks ago I took part in my first ever food crawl. It was a chicken wing crawl covering over 10 miles of Downtown Brooklyn coordinated by Singing Chef Jackie Gordon and food blogger Margaret Chen of the blog Sweet Savory Living. The afternoon was a tasty delight. At any given time there were 14 to 17 of us traipsing through the streets of Brooklyn in search of our next wing, determined to “leave no wing behind.” Once the day was over, my feet hurt and my belly was filled with an assortment of delicious chicken wings.

This week on Ready4Air (Culinary Cues), I chat with Jackie and Margaret about the best way to coordinate a successful food crawl.

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And finally, I want to wish a Happy Birthday to friend and late James Beard Foundation member Louis Backe. Louis died suddenly on Memorial Day, and the news shocked me when I returned from vacation over the weekend. Today, June 1, would have been Louis’s birthday, and as I wrote on my Facebook page, I hope James Beard himself bakes the tastiest cake ever for Louis, since he so deserves it. RIP my friend.

Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

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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.  

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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | The 68th Festival de Cannes | Asking The Right Interview Questions | Foodies In Ireland

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May 11, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Debbie and Rita having breakfast at Taste restaurant on Norwegian Epic
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Happy Monday, everybody! I hope that everyone enjoyed their Mother’s Day weekend and that your moms, if they are still with us, enjoyed their special day. Mom and I will have our official celebration at the end of the month when we take a trip back to Jamaica, West Indies. My mom, who was born in Cuba and raised in Jamaica, never asks for anything for any of the holidays. But at 86 years old, she finally asked for something–a trip back home to the islands. Needless to say, we are both looking forward to a nice vacation and spending time together. While it’s great to designate one special day to celebrate moms, every day is really Mother’s Day. So if your mom is still here, tell her that you love her as often as you can since she won’t be here forever.

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Arise TV set backdrop at Cannes Film Festival at The Hotel Majestic Barriere Beach
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I can’t believe it is May 2015 already. Where is the time going?

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Arise 360 and Arise On Screen teams arriving to the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, May 2014
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It’s hard to believe that this time last year, the Arise On Screen and Arise 360 teams were on their way to the South of France to cover the 2014 Festival de Cannes. It was our first time attending the grand film festival. Getting ready for departure from New York was a little hectic, but once we got there the trip was amazing. Our hosts screened movies all day, we taped interviews for the show, and found time to have a little fun in the evenings.

The Cannes Film Festival, which turns 68 this year, begins this week on May 13 and ends on May 24. As always, the goal of the festival, which is for film professionals, is to draw attention to all types of films worldwide and celebrate movies at an international level. While our teams won’t be there in person this year, we’ll definitely be watching and reporting on the festivities through wistful eyes. Here is a look back at our trip to the 2014 Festival de Cannes.

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Guest contributor Lyndsay Christian is back this week giving us tips on how to write and ask good interview questions. Questions are the key to a good interview. If you ask Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent about questions, he’ll tell you that I’m a stickler for asking insightful questions that will generate thoughtful answers. Even when you are given a limited amount of time–maybe four to five minutes–there is a way to ask a question in order to get an answer that is filled with important or revealing information.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), reporter Lyndsay Christian has the five tips to writing and asking good interview questions.

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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott, creative writer at Ginger and Nutmeg/Director of Perfectly Provence
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And when it comes to being a global foodie, blogger and photographer Carolyne Kauser-Abbott tells us why Ireland is a new destination on the map. Already known for its delicious stews and Guinness, Carolyne has discovered a few other food options on the Emerald Isle. This week on Ready4Air (Culinary Cues), Carolyne shares those options in “Beyond The Stew: Ireland A Destination For Foodies.”

And finally, thanks to all who tuned in online last week for DMMA’s first webinar, Getting Ready4Air: Acing Your Television Interview. I’m told the end result was excellent, but trust me, behind the scenes beforehand–just like a television show–was a little crazy. Thanks to the village (you know who you are) who made it all happen!

Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by.

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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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April 20, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Arise On Screen control room
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Well, our hiatus is over, and it’s time to get back to work! The Arise TV New York production shop is up and running again, and Arise On Screen was back on the air as of Friday night. One of our minor changes is that we are now taping on Friday afternoons instead of Saturday mornings, which means we actually get on the air a little earlier. Our first run time is on Friday night, which allows you to plan your movie date. Our permanent show time is still being worked out.

The biggest deal of all is that now I have my Saturdays back, just in time for the warm weather. YAY! So what did I do with my first Saturday off? It was a beautiful spring weekend, so I slept late and spent a few hours outside soaking up the sun. How about you? How did you spend your weekend?

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This week on Ready4Air (TV), I will take you to a Game of Thrones product showcase event. If you’re a fan of the show, you might lose your minds over the things that HBO is making available, including an awesome Game of Thrones Monopoly game and a new flavored ale. Since I haven’t jumped on the Game of Thrones bandwagon yet, I chatted with fan Cece Falls and got her take on the new merchandise being offered up.

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Monica’s apartment on the TV show Friends
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Have you ever watched one of your favorite TV shows and thought, “Wow, the characters on that show live in a really cool space. I would like to live in a home like that.” According to a recent study, it turns out that about 20 percent of people have looked for an apartment or home that looks like their TV dream home. Think about the beautiful view of the Seattle skyline from the apartment on Frasier or the New York homes of the Friends gang or the ladies of Sex and the City. Being a New Yorker, I know how much it costs to live here, so the apartments in Friends and Sex and the City are definitely a fantasy in my book if you are single. But I digress.

People are inspired by the homes they see on TV, so this week on Ready4Air (TV), we’re going to tell you about some of the fictional homes that made the list of favorite TV dream homes.

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Finally, the 2TVChicks are back, and this week they’re talking about motherhood and guilt. As a parent, most of you know it’s not easy to keep your cool all the time. When you have a moment of insanity and yell, rant, and rave towards your child, it can sometimes leave you feeling like you failed at your job as a parent.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), our producer moms discuss how they handle the guilt of it all and live to produce another day.

Stay tuned…

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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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Ready4Air (TV) | Living In Television Limbo: When A Show Goes On Hiatus

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March 23, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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(clockwise from left) Nick Viagas, Lance Huff, Chuck White, Steven Ramey, Julian Roman, Jamaine Kingston, Mike Sargent, Catherine Smalls, Lora Wiley-Lennartz, Michelle Lynne Madar, Debbie Mitchell, and Monica Castillo
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A sudden television hiatus has the entire Arise On Screen team, several other shows, and our New York City office in limbo. During the week of March 9, our show team got the news that we will be on hiatus until early April. As I’ve said before, the news caught us off guard but didn’t completely surprise us.

Either way, being on hiatus in television–which, by the way, is defined as a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, or action–can be a challenging or fun time, depending on the circumstances.

When I first entered the television business as a syndicated talk show producer, I lived for my summer hiatus. We worked hard for the entire season and usually had six weeks PAID hiatus. Since I knew the break was coming, I planned incredible trips, relaxed, and enjoyed my well-earned time off. Fast forward to today: Times have changed and there is no guarantee hiatuses will be paid. While we wait in limbo for news of our production future, I checked in with a few fellow television folks to get their take on the television hiatus.

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Host Mike Sargent with film critics Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Bobby Rivers
Photo credit: Debbie Mitchell/Michelle Lynne Madar

First time TV show host Arise On Screen‘s Mike Sargent is waiting anxiously. “The future of my show and the network is uncertain; it hinges on things I have no control of. I let go of other things I did to make income as I threw myself into my television show. If there is any one lesson I have learned here, it is to make sure your plan B and hopefully C and D are firmer than not.”

Michelle Lynne Madar a.k.a "Prompter Angel" on Arise On Screen Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Michelle Lynne Madar a.k.a “Prompter Angel” on Arise On Screen
Photo credit: Briana Montalvo and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Our show associate producer, Michelle Lynne Madar, had planned to take the week of March 23 off anyway, so the timing worked out for her. Before she headed out, she sent this email: “Finding out your show is on hiatus isn’t an easy thing. Because I’m a commuter, I had to quickly figure out what to do with my train pass. I spend a lot of money each month on commuting, so it was a hard hit to the wallet. But I choose to look at the bright side of things and focus on doing what I don’t usually have time for like working out or going on vacation. During this hiatus, I’ve had the chance to focus on myself, which is extremely necessary sometimes.”

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Montel Williams and Joyce Coleman Sampson (right) at the 2010 Daytime Emmy Awards

Veteran television show producer Joyce Coleman Sampson also lived through those great syndication summer paid hiatuses when she worked with host Montel Williams. She recently wrapped up four years of production on The Bill Cunningham Show and is on hiatus. “I always enjoy going on hiatus because I can have fun and relax. The best part has always been knowing that you still have a job. Back in the day when talk was talk, you got paid during hiatus. Times have changed from those good old days. Whenever I’m on hiatus, I live at the gym, take vacation, and do a lot of swimming. My show is on hiatus because we completed shooting season five, and the show premieres this fall. I’m going to work on developing a show and look for a job to tide me over until the show starts up again.”

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As for the producing moms 2TVChicks, their hiatus history includes a little more than fun and vacations. “Our hiatus will be equally grand, but quite different. We are excited that we will be able to schedule our dentist appointments, meet with decorators to redo our very outdated living room, get our highlights done, and catch up with our besties. But most of all, we get to spend quality time with our loves, our families!”

Arise On Screen Production Meeting Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen production meeting
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Mike Sargent hit on a reality that I think most producers on hiatus can relate to. “Part of what you miss most is the routine you fall into when you start to plan your life around various commitments to the show.”

I agree; especially since after launching Arise On Screen 15 months ago, our team had finally found our rhythm.

Whether it’s your first television hiatus or you are a veteran, Mike’s feelings sum it up pretty nicely: “Most of the definitions of hiatus suggest the time to regroup, reassess, and allow you to move forward more powerfully. Unfortunately, I don’t feel so much like I am on hiatus. Instead, I feel cast in a sea of uncertainty and have to figure out the best shore to land on and create a permanent dock so as not to remain permanently adrift. As I go through all my to-do lists and follow up on the things I’ve let go or haven’t followed up on, my hope is to return to the show and to be able to meet the day-to-day challenges with renewed vigor and a greater sense of purpose and direction.”

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Coming up: Ready4Air (TV) Melinda Murphy shares how she found a new career abroad as a Western television journalist 

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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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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | A Death In The Newsroom | My Life In TV: Realizing A TV Career Is Over | Living Through Hiatus

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March 23, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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This weekend, New York viewers were shocked to find out that reporter Lisa Colagrossi, of WABC-TV, died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage hours after covering a story. Colagrossi–a wife and mother of two young boys–became a member of the WABC-TV Eyewitness News team after the World Trade Center attack and was often on early morning news reporting either with Ken Rosato or Lori Stokes, as well as for Rob Nelson and Michelle Charlesworth on the weekend morning broadcasts.

Lisa suffered the brain hemorrhage on March 19 while in the van returning back to the station. She died the next day, March 20. Turns out, March 19 is the birthday of my friend Kemberly Richardson, Lisa’s friend and fellow reporter at WBAC-TV. As we got together on March 20 to celebrate Kemberly’s birthday, we talked fondly of Lisa and the importance of living life to the fullest.

This week at Ready4Air, we are thinking of Lisa, who died while doing what she loved: being a journalist. Lisa Colagrossi’s funeral is this evening in her hometown of Stamford, Connecticut. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and coworkers.

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Editor in Chief at Singapore American newspaper

Former television personality Melinda Murphy and I worked together at CBS News The Early Show, a job she remembers as the biggest of her career. For Murphy, a move with her family to Singapore was the beginning of one life and the end of another. Murphy writes, “When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, I knew I could probably call a Western outlet and cover the story, but I realized I didn’t want to go. I didn’t want to be gone for many weeks with no sure end in sight. That was eye-opening for me. Even so, realizing my television career was probably over–really over–was very hard for me. Television is a bit like an addiction. Once bitten, it’s hard to shake.”

This week in our Ready4Air (TV) series “My Life In Television,” Murphy shares how a Western television journalist found a new career abroad.

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Our 2TVChicks are back this week talking about the dreaded preemption in television and motherhood. Ever have your favorite show not air because the president’s State of The Union address is on? That’s a preemption. “In television terms, preemption means your regularly-scheduled program is not on when it should be.”

This week in Ready4Air (TV), 2TVChicks share their tales of television show preemptions along with the preemptions that come with being moms.

Arise On Screen Production Meeting Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen production meeting
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

And finally, during the week of March 9, our show team got the unexpected news that our New York office will be on hiatus until April. Being on hiatus in television–which, by the way, is defined as a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, or action–can be a fun or challenging time, depending on the circumstances.

Related Post: Ready4Air | TV Is A Gamble: Coming To Terms When Your Show Gets Canceled

Arise On Screen Host and Film Critic Mike Sargent Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

This week in Ready4Air (TV), we’ll take a look at the experience of “Living In Television Limbo: When A Show Goes On Hiatus.” We’ll hear from several TV folks who are veterans of living through a hiatus and from a first-timer, Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent. “The future of my show and the network is uncertain; it hinges on things I have no control of. I let go of other things I did to make income as I threw myself into my television show. If there is any one lesson I have learned here, it is to make sure your plan B and hopefully C and D are firmer than not.”

Stay tuned for more and thanks for stopping by.

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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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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | On A TV Hiatus| A Reporter’s Plan To Meet A Deadline | Geraldo Embraces The Power of Social Media

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March 16, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

 

Arise On Screen first production meeting of 2015 Photo Credit: Lance Huff and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen‘s first production meeting of 2015
Photo Credit: Lance Huff and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Working in television is like riding a roller coaster. You work at incredible speed while juggling multiple things and hold on for the sharp, unexpected turns. Just last weekend, on March 7, our Arise On Screen team was in the office taping and celebrating my birthday. Last week, we got the unexpected news that our New York office will be on hiatus until April. It’s news that caught us off guard but didn’t completely surprise us since we had been experiencing a few production challenges during the past few months. Either way, being on hiatus in television–which, by the way, is defined as a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, or action–can be a fun or challenging time, depending on the circumstances.

This week in Ready4Air (TV), we’ll take a look at the experience of “Living In Television Limbo: When A Show Goes On Hiatus.”

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The cast of season 7 of The Celebrity Apprentice

The cast of season 7 of The Celebrity Apprentice

My social media chat with Geraldo got bumped last week, but it is back on the schedule. When I caught up with journalist and former talk show host Geraldo Rivera a few weeks ago–right before The Celebrity Apprentice finale–we talked about his first foray into reality television and his love of social media. I noticed that during The Celebrity Apprentice airing, Geraldo talked a lot about using social media during his many project challenges. I was impressed that at almost 72 years old, he has embraced and mastered the new media tools. But I really shouldn’t be surprised at all.

This week on Ready4Air (Social), I ask Geraldo a few questions about the world of communicating through social media. Rivera, who admits he didn’t embrace it right away, now says, “Generally speaking, it levels the playing field. I’m as powerful now as The New York Times or any gossip columnist. I can respond, and if you make a charge against me, I can come after you with equal vigor and equal visibility.”

Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) | Celebrity Apprentice: Geraldo Talks About Fundraising And His Foray Into Reality TV

Lyndsay Christian, FiOS1 NewsPhoto Credit: Lyndsay Christian

Lyndsay Christian, FiOS1 News
Photo Credit: Lyndsay Christian

Guest contributor and FiOS1 News personality Lyndsay Christian is back with more firsthand reporting about life working in news. Lyndsay wrote a great post a couple of weeks ago about working as a one-woman or one-man band, where a reporter is responsible for all aspects of their production.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), Lyndsay’s post “I’m On Deadline: A Reporter’s Plan To Shoot, Write, And Edit For Air” takes us through the step-by-step process of planning a story efficiently from beginning to end in order to meet the ever looming deadline!

Photo Credit: Zsuzsanna Kilian

Photo Credit: Zsuzsanna Kilian

And finally, today we are sending birthday wishes to DMMA team member, copy editor Alexis Trass Walker! Thanks for taking such good care of Ready4Air. Enjoy your birthday!

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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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Ready4Air (The Week Ahead) | Leeza Gibbons vs. Geraldo Rivera…Who Will Be The New Celebrity Apprentice? | A TV Writer Pens Her Story | The 2TV Chicks Are Back

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February 16, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

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Arise On Screen with host and film critic Mike Sargent, Justine Browning, and Julian Roman
Photo Credit: Lance Huff/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s weekend! My Valentine’s Day was spent at the office. After being away from the studio for several weeks, we finally made it back to air this weekend, and our timing couldn’t have been better. The highly anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey hit the theaters, breaking box-office records for pre-opening ticket sales, and our critics were in the house with their reviews. The reviews were mixed: host Mike Sargent thought it was better than expected, film critic Julian Roman hated it, and Justine Browning thought it was better than the books. She’s read the entire series. All three agreed that Dakota Johnson did a good job in her role as Anastasia Steele, but Jamie Dornan was miscast in the role. Either way, Fifty Shades of Grey is breaking records and making money. It made 36.5 million dollars on Valentine’s Day alone, the biggest single-day gross ever in February.

If you saw the movie this weekend, tell us, is it worth all the hype?

Related Post: Ready4Air (Film) | The Best Reason to Make Movies

Geraldo Rivera stars on tonight's The Celebrity Apprentice

Geraldo Rivera stars on tonight’s The Celebrity Apprentice.
Photo courtesy of NBC Universal

Tonight, we’ll see if NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice will break any records when former talk show hosts Leeza Gibbons and Geraldo Rivera face-off in the show’s live finale. These two fierce competitors came out on top from 16 original contenders for the title of this year’s new Celebrity Apprentice.  Rivera who I worked with  for eleven years on his daytime talk show is of course in it to win it. In a phone interview on Friday, I talked with Geraldo about his first-time experience being on a reality show and raising money for his charity, the non-profit Life’s WORC, a facility for adults and children living with developmental disabilities. So far and not surprisingly, Geraldo’s raised over half a million dollars for a cause he is extremely passionate about. Here’s what he told me when I asked him about his chances of winning tonight “Well, I don’t think anyone can out-fundraise me. I think I’ll probably prevail in that regard.  But, Leeza could come from behind and raise a million dollars on Monday night, so I’m not going to sit on my hands and rest on my 600,000 laurels either. You know this is a great cause, and one of the things I hope they show on Monday night is where the money that I have raised is going.”

As for who is going to win, Leeza or Geraldo,  tune in tonight to NBC at 8pm EST for The Celebrity Apprentice live finale. And may the best talk show host win!

Tomorrow on Ready4Air (TV), an interview with Geraldo Rivera, who talks about appearing in his first reality show, playing the game, and lessons learned while competing on The Celebrity Apprentice.

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Michelle Jaffe Sherry  Photo credit: Michelle Jaffe Sherry

Michelle Jaffe Sherry
Photo credit: Michelle Jaffe Sherry

Former talk show hosts Leeza Gibbons and Geraldo Rivera are the perfect segue for our next post this week. Ready4Air (TV) continues our series “My Life In Television” with freelancer Michelle Jaffe Sherry, who is working as a writer on her present assignment at Arise TV’s weekend morning show Arise and Shine.  Michelle, who has written for  both radio and television, gives insight on what it takes to write for television including writing for a talk show – “Each talk show host is different. It depends on their comfort level with reading prompter, ad libbing, etc.”

In this week’s Ready4Air (TV), Michelle Jaffe Sherry  outlines a few key tips to consider when writing for TV.

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And finally, the 2TV Chicks are back. This week on Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers), the ladies realize something big–their career choice was the best preparation for motherhood. “I am a producer. Turns out, I picked the right career because motherhood basically means carefully planning and executing every detail of your family’s life and making it all look camera-ready. Where’s my Emmy?”

Check out how they use their producing skills for those mommy duties.

Stay tuned…

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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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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Ready4Air (TV) | The Rundown: A Show Roadmap

Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Debbie Mitchell

January 13, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Debbie Mitchell

Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

I mentioned earlier this week that things went smoothly in the Arise On Screen control room over the weekend. This season, we tweaked a few things in pre-production and have a new director whose needs in the control room are different from our previous one. One of those needs is the way we structure the show rundown.
Arise On Screen line producer Steven Ramey loading a show rundown Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen line producer Steven Ramey loading a show rundown
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 The show rundown is the roadmap that allows everyone reading it to follow and time the flow of the show. When I interviewed our show line producer, Steven Ramey, he explained the importance of timing in show production: “I’ve learned over my years of experience to respect time, so that if there’s a deadline or something is supposed to happen in a matter of minutes or seconds, you have to be honest with yourself about what is feasible in that time frame. Learn to tell the best story in your allotted time.
“It’s better to underestimate than to overestimate your capabilities, because overestimating means that you will fall short. It’s better to undershoot and be surprised and have a little bit of wiggle room than to think that you’re going to pull off this magnificent edit in 90 seconds if everything lines up right. Really, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.”
Arise On Screen show rundown Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen show rundown
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

When I asked Steven to describe a show rundown, he went on to explain that “It’s the written outline or roadmap for a show’s production that is especially important to the line producer, senior producer, and executive producer. It is one living, malleable document that outlines all the pieces of the puzzle. It’s important that it’s plainly laid out so that anyone who uses it–the director, the audio techs, the editors–can follow along. It should be something we can rely on to show us where we’re going, instead of using doing it verbally every step of the way. It’s so much easier when there’s a roadmap. So if we need to do a detour, we can because it’s spelled out on paper, and we can skip a couple of lines down and do this and everyone can follow along.”
Show rundowns usually contain the video, audio, and graphic elements that are part of the story being told by your guest or talent in an allotted time. It also has the total runtime of segments and the show.
 When producers are booking their segments, they coordinate and provide the elements for their segment and give it to the line producer who will load it into the show rundown. Steven says, “We lean on those elements to help tell the story when the guest or host is telling it. So we have to keep everybody on the same page.”
Trying to direct a show in the control room without a rundown is like driving a car without a map or GPS. You know your final destination but can’t figure out the direct route to get there. There’s no question, it’s better to have directions.

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Deborah J. Mitchell

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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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Arise On Screen first production meeting of 2015
Photo Credit: Lance Huff and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

January 12, 2015 | Posted in Social TV | By

Framed-Fireworks-on-Cliff-FUOCHI-ARTIFICIALI-SOPRA-LA-BAIA-DELLA-SPEZIA-Buon-Anno-a-Tutti-2011I’m not sure about you, but I am the person wishing you Happy New Year all through the month of January. Hence, the fireworks photo above. A friend told me that she stops welcoming in the new year to people after the first week. I think that is way too short. I use the Happy New Year salutation online, on the phone, or in person as the perfect way to reconnect with folks I haven’t spoken to or as a greeting for strangers who I want to meet. I need more than a week to do it. So don’t be surprised if you hear from me in the next couple of weeks. Lol!

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Arise On Screen first production meeting of 2015 Photo Credit: Lance Huff and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen first production meeting of 2015
Photo Credit: Lance Huff and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Last weekend, we welcomed a new cohost–Monica Castillo–to the critics’ corner, streamlined our production team’s responsibilities, and taped our first new show of 2015. As I told our staff, the first year launch of a show is the perfect time to work out the kinks. The seasons that follow will always give you room to make changes. The minor tweaks in last week’s production planning made for a smoother day of air taping. We welcomed in the new year without any gremlins in the control room. I can’t wait to see what this week brings!

Arise On Screen Line Producer Steven Ramey Photo Credit: Nick Viagas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen line producer Steven Ramey
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas/Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Speaking of the control room, I’ve written about the show rundown numerous times in past posts. The rundown is a day-of-air roadmap of the show that the staff and crew, especially the director, follows to get instructions for the flow of the show. Last year, I introduced you to line producer Steven Ramey, who manages the rundown for Arise On Screen.

This week on Ready4Air, a breakdown of how to build a rundown and use it during a show taping.

Marla Kirban Voiceover Photo Courtesy of Marla Kirban

Marla Kirban Voiceover
Photo Courtesy of Marla Kirban

This year, we are excited to welcome back voiceover coach to the stars Marla Kirban. I’ve known Marla, my former voiceover coach, for close to 15 years and am always learning something new from her. When I first met her, I thought doing voiceover work was just about having a nice voice. Turns out, there is a lot more to it. I spend a lot of time coaching our Arise On Screen host and radio personality, Mike Sargent, through his tracking for the show. Mike has a booming voice, perfect for recording a voiceover for a movie trailer. Television and commercial voiceovers require something a little different.

This week on Ready4Air, Marla pens the guest post “Four Tips: How To Prepare For Your Voiceover Booking.”

Related Post: Hit It And Quit It! Self-Directing Your Voiceover Auditions

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

And finally, although he will be on the road in Los Angeles covering the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations, Jackson Murphy–also known as Lights-Camera-Jackson–will be back with Ready4Air guest posting for the new year.

Welcome back, Marla and Jackson! Happy New Year!

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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 (Film) | Writer And Director Gina Prince-Bythewood Goes ‘Beyond The Lights’

Beyond The Lights

November 13, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

Mike Sargent with Gina Prince-Bythewood on the set of Arise On Screen

Mike Sargent with Gina Prince-Bythewood on the set of Arise On Screen.

Writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s latest film, Beyond The Lights, opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, November 14. Fans of her debut film Love & Basketball, which is now a classic, won’t be disappointed in the new film that stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker. It’s a modern-day love story that explores the world of music superstardom and the sacrifices that are made to make it to the top and stay there. Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent sat down with the director for a taping, which will air on Saturday, November 15. He also talked to Prince-Bythewood beforehand for his radio show. I caught up with them during that interview, and here is what Gina had to say.
By Mike Sargent 
What does this film mean to you?
This film is very important to me. It’s a story that’s been locked in my head for many, many years. It’s really about a young woman who’s pushed into a highly sexualized persona to get ahead in the music industry and it works. She becomes very successful, but at a cost, and the film is really about that cost to her soul. It’s about putting yourself out there in something inauthentic for success and how hard it is to pull back from that once you’ve achieved that success. It’s something we see in the music industry over and over again–almost like there’s a script for young singers to follow. It works, but the problem is that the envelope keeps getting pushed further and further, and there’s really nowhere else to go but off a cliff.
I agree with you. How much can you relate to this character, and if you had this idea over time, how did it change?
It’s interesting. It started from a personal place as a writer, just envisioning not having a voice. I don’t think there’s anything worse than not having a say in your own life. As a writer, I felt trapped. In addition, there was an issue that happened in my own life. I was adopted. I searched for my birth mother and found her. I was an adoptee who had this fantasy that it was going to be amazing–running into each other’s arms–and it wasn’t that at all. It was pretty troubling, and learning the circumstances of how I came into the world was pretty tough. I realized that if this woman had kept me, I would have grown into a home where I would have been loved and hated. I just thought that was a very interesting character to deal with, someone who didn’t grow up with unconditional love. And as a writer, the great thing is that you can use it as therapy. I was able to put that personal thing into this character and put her into this world of hip hop and R&B, which is a world I really wanted to explore.
Mike Sargent with Gina Prince-Bythewood on the set of Arise On Screen

Mike Sargent with Gina Prince-Bythewood on the set of Arise On Screen.

You slightly answered the question I was going to ask you. Was writing the movie and getting it made cathartic for you?
 
This film was so clear in my head. I’ve had it trapped in me for so long. With the project almost going and then dying over and over again, I was a miserable person for a couple of years. To be at this point now where the film is about to come out and the audience is responding to it–it’s really surreal to see how far I’ve come and how many noes we’ve overcome.
I went to see the film and sitting behind you was Malcom Lee. There were just a few of us, but we were all so into it. When did you first know you wanted to be a storyteller?
 
I’ve been writing stories ever since I was a little girl. It’s funny because my parents came for the premiere of Love & Basketball, and they brought this short story I wrote when I was 9 years old. It was a little story about a turkey on Thanksgiving that pretended it was a pig so it wouldn’t be eaten. The fact that my parents had saved it and recognized it had always encouraged me. As I got older, I thought I wanted to write for soap operas. I used to watch five of them a day, and then I heard how much money they make (Laughs). But it wasn’t until I got into college in UCLA that my aspirations got a little bigger and I saw film as a really great way to tell stories because the format is so big. You go to the theater, it’s dark, and you totally enter a new world. I thought that was really cool.
And why do you think as human beings we like to tell each other stories?
 
Wow! I honestly feel that film can change people. A great film can change you, it can change your thinking, it can change who you are, and it can change the conversation, which is what I’m hoping to do with this film. It’s important to be able to put yourself into other people’s shoes. I like to go to a great film and lose myself in it, discover new worlds, new people, and new ways of life. I think it’s important because film has the ability to bring us together.
 
In your estimation, what makes a story worth telling?
(Laughs) That is a tough question. Honestly, a good story is one that I’m listening to and makes me want to know what happens next. It’s as simple as that.
Reggie Rock Bythewood and you are among the few black husband-and-wife teams and he produces films with you. How often do you two get to work together?
 
The funny thing is that we have been producing for each other from the beginning, but I only took producer credits on Biker Boys and this is the first time he is taking credit for one of my projects. But we’ve been doing it forever. Our scripts have to get past each other before they even go out in the world. And it’s a blessing to have each other on the set because directing is so tough. I love it, but it’s very tough. You’re fighting about everything. The fact that I have somebody on set who has my back–who only cares about the film and about me–is such a comfort. My hope is that when he directs his next film, I can do that for him as well.
Mike Sargent with Gina Prince-Bythewood on the set of Arise On Screen

Mike Sargent with Gina Prince-Bythewood on the set of Arise On Screen.

As you know, I’m a filmmaker too, and I believe that a film is directed three times. You direct it in your head when you write it, then when you’re on the set you get what you can, and then when you’re editing you can literally craft a new film. Do you agree with that? Which is your favorite part and what do you get out of each?
 
You are 100% correct, and I don’t think enough people understand that. First and foremost, it starts with the script. You cannot make a good movie from a bad script. For me, the script stage is what takes the longest. I can take a couple of years to write a script. Beyond the Lights took 55 drafts. I write and rewrite endlessly. But it is kind of amazing because you’re seeing the film in your head.
Shooting is my favorite part. It is so immediate, there is so much adrenaline, and you’re just creating and chasing that perfect take. It is collaborative–everyone is working together for a common thing. I love working with actors, and dope actors make it so much fun.
I hate post-editing. I feel so bad for my editor, who’s done three films so far with me. The first couple of weeks, all I see is what I didn’t get. I think I’m a failure and that I made a terrible film. She has to put up with me as I’m curled into a ball feeling miserable. But once you start shaping it and it comes together, it gets exciting. It is the toughest part for me.
Beyond The Lights

Beyond the Lights

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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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Arise On Screen, Halloween special with host Mike Sargent, film critics Justine Browning and Julian Roman

November 3, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

 

Arise On Screen, Halloween special with host Mike Sargent, film critics Justine Browning and Julian Roman

Arise On Screen Halloween special with host Mike Sargent and film critics Justine Browning and Julian Roman.

The Arise On Screen film team had a little fun with Halloween when they dressed up to talk about the most controversial horror movies ever made. Host Mike Sargent was in his sci-fi element dressed in a Star Trek costume. Film critic Justine Browning came as Aphrodite and Julian Roman became a mega critic when he put on his Megamind head.

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Check out our show wall. The Arise graphics team went all out and created a creepy, yet fun wall as the backdrop to our Halloween madness! So how was your Halloween?

Control Room Arise TV Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

The control room of Arise TV.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

The day before Halloween was the beginning of the November sweeps rating period, which runs from October 30 through November 26, the day before Thanksgiving. Shows will be pulling out the big producing guns to keep viewers and advertisers glued to the small screen. Pay close attention to what is on your favorite shows in the next few weeks.

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As the year begins to wind down, I start looking back. May 2015 will be five years since I was terminated from CBS networks. As I reflect on it, I think I would do a couple of things differently before I got fired. The last few years at CBS, from 2007 to 2010, there were a lot of changes in management. Fourteen weeks after a new executive producer came in, he called me in and told me that he wasn’t happy with my work. I was surprised because no one had complained about my work to me and I had always gotten great reviews. The ironic thing is that a year before, I had re-renewed my contract and upper management had told me that I was doing a great job as usual. Now, just like that, I was out the door.

While working in television can be all-consuming with little time to do anything else, I think with good planning anything can be figured out.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), I write about a few professional plans to put in place before you get fired in the post “Professional Moves To Make Before You Lose Your Job.”

Related Post: It’s Never Easy To Hear Those Words… “You’re Fired!”

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And finally, after a short absence, the Buppy Hipster is back with a new guest post for Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers). This week in her post “Buppy Hipster’s Tips For Self-Published Authors,” she writes, “Before there is a bestseller or media tour or film, you must first have the goods.” The Buppy Hipster shares a few common mistakes new authors often make that can stall or derail the journey to having their book published.

The team over at DMMA will be paying very close attention to these tips. Stay tuned to find out why.

For now, have a great week!

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Coming Up: Buppy Hipster’s Tips for Self-Published Authors

Deborah J. Mitchell

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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) | Television Can Be Fast Paced And I’m Learning TV On The Fly

Michelle Lynne Madar

October 28, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

Michelle Lynne Madar a.k.a "Prompter Angel" on Arise On Screen. Photo Credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Michelle Lynne Madar a.k.a “Prompter Angel” on Arise On Screen.
Photo Credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

What I’ve learned is that in the world of television, there’s not much time for the usual training you might receive at a normal job. Everything is fast paced and there’s not much time to take a pause, especially when you’re about to go live. In the nine months that I have worked on Arise On Screen, there seems to be a common theme of being thrown into various jobs without much training.

My first day on the job, I was thrown into the position of teleprompter operator, which I’ve discussed in a previous post “The Teleprompter Operator: Capturing the Perfect Read.” Before that day, I had never run a teleprompter before. I was so nervous, but I was up for the challenge! Weeks later, I was asked to run the teleprompter for our sister show Arise 360. What originally was only supposed to be one day turned into a full week of live shows. I tried my hardest not to make any mistakes, but being that it was my first time working on a new show, I wasn’t used to the flow of things. Each on-camera talent has a different way of reading. Shannon and Lola, the hosts of Arise 360, like to read off the teleprompter and then talk amongst themselves. I wasn’t aware of this, so I got lost trying to keep up with them on prompter. Each day I worked with them, I got more comfortable. I was being trained, but I wasn’t fully aware of it. Practicing every day in that hands-on way was my training.

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Michelle Lynne Madar in the control room of Arise TV.

Michelle Lynne Madar in the control room of Arise TV.

 

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A few weeks ago, I was told on the morning of our taping that I would be stepping in for the day as tape producer. I was taught how ingest video into our Inews computer system (flip videos) for our editor earlier that week, but I had no idea what the tape producer had to do throughout the show. The beginning of the day started out slow and as I got used to everything I felt more comfortable. Videos were pushed up to the control room for our director a lot quicker. There were a few laughable mistakes, but overall, everything went well. I did my job well enough to the point that I was trusted to tape produce again this past weekend!

I believe that my college education, which was extremely hands-on, and my past experience stage managing for live theatre prepared me for my career in television. I’ve always preferred hands-on learning as opposed to lectures.

The best advice I can give someone is to just breathe. There will be mistakes and you’ll be thrown into situations that you aren’t prepared for, but just breathe and learn how to laugh at yourself. The mistakes that I’ve made over the course of nine months don’t stress me out anymore. I just laugh at a fun memory and carry on!

Michelle Lynne Madar

Michelle Lynne Madar

Michelle Lynne Madar is the Production Assistant for Arise On Screen. A theatre and film enthusiast, she spends her free time freelancing for various shows and film festivals. Knowing what she wanted to do from a young age, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Film & Video Production in only 3 years so she could get started on her dream. You can follow her on twitter @MichelleLynne41.

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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 |A Visit With Joey Pants | An All Inclusive Vacation Surprise | Writer And Director Gina Prince- Bythewood

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October 6, 2014 | Posted in Film, Lifestyle Lineup (Food,Fashion,Travel,Books), TV Production | By

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The Grand Bahia Principe resort in the Dominican Republic. Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

First of all, I want to thank the DMMA team, Nay Ayache and our newest team member, Alexis Trass Walker, for keeping the train on the tracks last week while I was gone. I was out of the country for a few days and the ladies kept all the balls in the air and for this I say, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!”

My trip turned out to be an interesting one; fun and filled with a few surprises including being introduced to a new hotel brand, The Grand Bahia Principe. It’s an all-inclusive hotel in the Dominican Republic that I found online at the last minute. More about that later.

This week on Ready4Air (Brands and Bloggers), I take off my production hat to blog about my latest travel adventure.

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Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell & Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

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Now, it’s time to get back to my television life. Whether you are heading up a television show or a company, the product’s success is only as good as the team. I’ve written about my small team at Arise On Screen. Everyone knows their responsibilities, keeps a lookout, and lends a hand wherever needed. My favorite moments are when the members of my young TV team don’t wait for me to tell them what to do; instead they are proactive, looking at the big picture, evaluating what’s needed, coming up with ideas, and jumping into action. This is a leader’s dream team in any company.

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Writer and Director Gina Prince-Bythewood & Deborah Mitchell

Writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood and Deborah Mitchell. Photo Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar.

Later in the week, we catch up with writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood. She is one of those rare gems in Hollywood, a female writer and director who also happens to be African American. Her debut film–Love & Basketball released in 2000–tells the romantic story of Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan), childhood friends who are both talented basketball players. But will their love of basketball get in the way of their love for one another? Epps and Lathan had incredible chemistry and the film has become a classic.

It turns out romance storytelling is a favorite genre for the writer and director. Gina’s latest film–Beyond the Lights, another love story set in the music industry–comes out in November. The movie stars Belle actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker–another perfect on-screen couple. I asked Prince-Bythewood about creating these amazing on-screen pairings. She told me, “It’s really the role of the director to create an environment where actors can develop themselves fully. And the amazing thing is that people believe them as a couple, and that’s your goal in a love story.”

This week on Ready4Air(Film), writer and director Gina Prince-Bythewood talks about her love of romance films and getting work done in Hollywood.

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Joe Pantoliano with Deborah Mitchell at the studio of Arise On Screen. Photo Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar.

 

And finally, actor Joe Pantoliano, a.k.a Joey Pants, stopped by the Arise On Screen studio last month for an interview a few days before his 63rd birthday. Our studio crew and staff went a little crazy with excitement and Joey Pants went right along with the energy and had fun. You should know that Joe Pantoliano has been in over 100 movies and television series, including The Matrix, The Fugitive, and my favorite, Midnight Run with Robert DeNiro. But he’ll always be Ralph “Ralphie” Cifaretto on The Sopranos. Ralphie and Janet Soprano took dysfunctional couples to a new level.

This week on Ready4Air (TV), a look at our interview with our favorite character actor Joe Pantoliano.

Stay tuned…

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Coming Up: Interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood

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 (Social Media) | A Photographer Gets Close To The People Before The Lens

Film critics Raqiyah Mays and Bobby Rivers having fun backstage Photo credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates
Film critics Raqiyah Mays and Bobby Rivers having fun backstage
Photo credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

October 1, 2014 | Posted in TV Production | By

Nick Viagas (center) in Arise On Screen control room Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Nick Viagas (center) in the Arise On Screen control room.
Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

At Arise On Screen, I am the production photographer–a name I made up. Nobody not named “Nick Viagas” has ever called me that. I’m Mike Sargent’s intern, who fell into the lovely job of taking photos of our Saturday tapings for social media. Though I have no experience as a photographer, I have found a couple of tricks that help me take photos I think are pretty cool and really pop out on people’s news feeds.

 

First, I always take photos with people in them. The first week or so, I took photos of just about everything. Looking back on it, I understand that nobody wants to see 20 pictures of a dimly lit, empty hallway. People are more interesting. It’s what the show is about.
Second, I take photos that are as close as possible to the subject. When I volunteered to be the PP, as I call it, Terry Richardson was the only photographer whose name I knew. When I take pictures of the guests backstage, I’m basically doing a second-rate impression of his work and process. I don’t have the expensive camera or the big-time subjects, but what I respond to is the close range of his pictures. It makes the photo feel more intimate, like you’re meeting the subject at a party. I think allowing our guests to do whatever they want without posing them makes for a better picture. Although I can’t always do this in the control room or during taping, I try to have as little negative space as possible in any photo I take for the show. Here’s an example:

 

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Film critics Raqiyah Mays and Bobby Rivers having fun backstage Photo credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates Film critics Raqiyah Mays and Bobby Rivers having fun backstage Photo credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Film critics Raqiyah Mays and Bobby Rivers having fun backstage. Photo credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

Isn’t that adorable? This came from simply telling Raqiyah and Bobby to do something fun in the green room. Since they are professional entertainers, this is what came out.
Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent.
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

 

 

Finally, I try to take a lot of photos in the studio because they always look good. It’s a room made to be looked at through a lens. I always have the “On Screen” logo in the background if we’re in the studio. For all I’ve said about creativity, the most important thing about social media photography is advertising. You’re trying to get people to like your page. If someone looks at that picture on their feed, they are going to know that this is a photo from a TV show called Arise On Screen.
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Thanks, Nick!Coming Up: Ready4Air (TV) | Yes, I’m Networking!: TV Jobs Are Really Hard To Find 

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 (Film) |Spending Saturday Morning With Action Hero Michael Jai White

Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell with Falcon Rising star Michael Jai White
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

September 25, 2014 | Posted in Film | By

(l) Arise On Screen Director Larry Michaels, Actor Michael Jai White and Host Michael Sargent

(l) Arise On Screen director Larry Michaels, actor Michael Jai White, and host Michael Sargent.

Falcon Rising star Michael Jai White stopped by the Arise On Screen studio a few weeks ago and sat down for a chat with our host Michael Sargent. Director Larry Michaels took time out from the control room to get a photo as White talked about his new film, his role as an action hero, and his love of martial arts. White is an eighth degree black belt and did his own stunts in the movie. He’s on a short list of Hollywood’s African American action stars and says his latest role is one he’s been waiting for his entire career.

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Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell with Falcon Rising star Michael Jai White Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Executive Producer Debbie Mitchell with Falcon Rising star Michael Jai White
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

White was the best guest on an early Saturday morning, taking time  to pose with members of the staff and chatting with the crew.  Michael Jai White, you are invited back anytime.

This week on Ready4Air, we are happy to look back at our chat with Michael Jai White, Hollywood’s newest action hero. Watch the interview below:

 

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Coming up: Interview With  Writer and Director Gina Prince-Bythewood

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 (Social Media) | Creating Social Media Buzz For Arise On Screen

Michelle Lynne Madar and Briana Montalvo at Arise Tv

September 24, 2014 | Posted in Social Media Management | By

Arise On Screen Production Meeting Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen production meeting.
Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

By Michelle Lynne Madar

My social media job for Arise On Screen usually begins on Wednesdays when I start following the films on Twitter that we will be reviewing that weekend. I follow them, retweet, and favorite anything to do with the film. I also try to post a little tease saying we’re going to review certain movies that weekend. The goal of this is to try and get buzz around our show and perhaps some new viewers. The most exciting part is when the film’s Twitter favorites your post and especially when they start following you.

Occasionally, we have pre-tapes during the week and that’s when we have the chance to start teasing out our special guests. A few weeks ago, we had Emmy award-winning actor Joe Pantoliano, who was on to discuss his latest film The Identical. It’s my job to find out his Twitter handle and any social media related to the film. I also take a lot of photos so that when we’re ready we can Instagram and tweet to tease out their guest appearance.

On Fridays, I start to prepare the long list of tweets that will be going out each hour on the day of the show. Trying to put as much information into 140 characters can be difficult, but it’s always good to have a team to help you phrase things differently so that it fits. I’m thankful for the Arise On Screen interns because they make everything easier come show day.

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Michelle Lynne Madar and Briana Montalvo at Arise Tv

Michelle Lynne Madar and Briana Montalvo at Arise TV. Photo credit: Nick Viagas

Because I’m on the teleprompter during our taping, I don’t have the hands to write down any “tweetable moments.” This is where our fantastic interns come in!

Intern Catherine in Arise On Screen control room listening for "tweetable moments" Photo Credit: Nick Viagas ad Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Intern Catherine in the Arise On Screen control room listening for “tweetable moments.”
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Lance and Catherine’s primary job is to listen for “tweetable moments.” A tweetable moment is anything that would capture the audience’s attention, whether it be a short, insightful review or a quirky, entertaining quote from either the critics or the guest. Even though Nick is taking photos during the show, he still knows to keep an open ear for any good moments.

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Arise Interns Lance and Nick Photo credits: Briana Montalvo and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen interns Lance and Nick.
Photo credits: Briana Montalvo and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

After the show, we all come together and compile a full list of quotes. We decide on the best ones and Debbie reviews and approves them. Then we start to schedule all of our tweets using a site called Hootsuite. Hootsuite allows us to assemble all of our posts on each social media platform. Each post is scheduled for different times throughout the day. Since our show airs on Saturday and Sunday, we post on both days. Once our posts are written, we make sure they all fit within the 140-character limit. When there’s space leftover, we post some of the best photos that Nick took during the taping. Once we are done, we do it all over again for the next weekend!

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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 (TV) | The Teleprompter Operator: Capturing The Perfect Read

September 17, 2014 | Posted in TV Production | By

Arise On Screen Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Almost any on-air talent will tell you the only thing worse than bad video and copy is being unable to read a script in the teleprompter. The teleprompter is where a show script lives and allows a host to read material as it scrolls with script information and cues for the talent. The teleprompter operator’s job is to keep the script flowing smoothly so that it is read naturally—as though the talent is not reading. For Arise On Screen, Michelle Lynne Madar operates our show prompter. It’s a position, she literally fell into during her first week on the job. Jumping in to help in an emergency, Michelle saved the day and became our “Prompter Angel.”

Michelle Lynne Madar a.k.a "Prompter Angel" on Arise On Screen Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Michelle Lynne Madar a.k.a “Prompter Angel” on Arise On Screen
Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Michelle, how long have you been operating the teleprompter?

I’ve been the teleprompter operator since my first week working on Arise On Screen, which was back in January. The very first show I ever worked on was Episode 3 where Mike had an interview with filmmaker Warrington Hudlin. That morning, Debbie asked me if I had ever run a teleprompter before and my response was no. She then turned to me and told me that would change that day. My teleprompter training took less than five minutes because we were pressed for time. Devon turned on the system and then with quick instructions handed it off to me. Since that day I’ve been called “Prompter Angel” because I swooped in and saved the day!

How and when is the script properly loaded into the teleprompter?

My favorite professor in college, Jim Clements, used to always tell us that if there was something you didn’t understand how it worked, it was simply magic. How is the script loaded into the teleprompter? Magic! For the show, our magician—a.k.a. line producer—Steve, uses a program called iNews to create the rundown.

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How do you control the teleprompter scroll?

Once the script is up on the teleprompter, I move the dial to the right to move forward in the script and to the left to move backwards. If at any point I need to stop it, I just go in the opposite direction of the scroll to bring it to a stop.

Arise On Screen control room

Arise On Screen control room

Each on-camera talent has a unique teleprompter reading speed and preference, so teleprompter operators must communicate with their talent. Tell me about practicing the teleprompter with Mike before a show. How important is it for the talent to practice the teleprompter read?

The run-through is EXTREMELY necessary because even though the host has already seen the script, there are usually several changes that happen throughout the morning. When we’re short on time and he doesn’t have the chance to, it can REALLY show. Being an international show, we sometimes come across some uncommon names or words that can prove to be difficult for the talent to pronounce. It’s my responsibility to keep up with his pace and when I’m familiar with the script I can plan ahead for a moment like that by slowing down the speed of the scroll.

Arise On Screen Host and Film Critic Mike Sargent Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen Host and Film Critic Mike Sargent
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

How important is it for you to communicate with the control room and Mike during the show? Tell me about how you handle it during a taping.

Being in the control room can be a very chaotic environment and sometimes it’s hard to focus on the most important person, the host. When everyone is yelling different cues in such close proximity it can be hard to hear if you’re doing things right, so that’s why I only have Mike’s mic turned on in my headset. Even though I can only hear Mike in the headset, I still have to listen to Larry or Steve in the control room in case we need to jump to a different section in the script.

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Michelle, things do not always go as planned during production. Have you ever had an instance where the teleprompter failed? If so, tell me about it and how you recovered.

Thankfully, there has never been a technical error during production! I’m hoping it stays that way!

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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 |Production Meetings Matter |Operating The TV Teleprompter|Michael Jai White In The Studio

(l) Arise On Screen Director Larry Michaels, Actor Michael Jai White and Host Michael Sargent

September 15, 2014 | Posted in TV Production | By

 

Arise On Screen Production Meeting Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen Production Meeting
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

How do you know you have a passion for your job? You know it when money doesn’t matter and you are willing to work for free! I see the passion in the Arise On Screen interns Nick, Lance, Catherine, and Tariq—back to school now—who all have shown up, ready to work for free every Saturday for almost six months. Always joyful, wide awake, and ready to contribute to the show and learn in any way they can, these kids have the television bug. Our “Prompter Angel” Michelle Lynn Madar started out as a show intern and was quickly promoted to production assistant. She works side-by-side with me during the week and has the desire to executive produce a show one day. I’d better look out… lol! These young people all have the drive to get in the television industry and have a lasting career. I believe I am looking at the next generation of television producers.

On Ready4Air this week, a look at production meetings and show postmortems. On show tape day, our Saturday mornings start off pretty early. We arrive to the offices of Arise On Screen at 8:00 AM, and have our show production meeting at 9. The meetings are key to organizing our show elements, brainstorming last minute ideas, and creating a roadmap for the director, producer, and host to follow during the taping. This week, Ready4Air highlights Arise On Screen production meetings and the meetings after the show.

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Michelle Lynne Madar a.k.a "Prompter Angel" on Arise On Screen Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Michelle Lynne Madar a.k.a “Prompter Angel” on Arise On Screen
Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

When it comes to reading copy on-air, each on-camera talent has a unique teleprompter reading speed and preferences, so teleprompter operators must have excellent communication with the show talent. Michelle Lynn Madar  a.k.a “Prompter Angel” has several responsibilities on the show, including being the teleprompter operator for Arise On Screen, which she has mastered for our host Mike Sargent.

This week, she’ll share with Ready4Air exactly what it takes to correctly run script through the prompter during taping.

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(l) Arise On Screen Director Larry Michaels, Actor Michael Jai White and Host Michael Sargent

(l) Arise On Screen director Larry Michaels, actor Michael Jai White, and host Michael Sargent

The Arise On Screen studio was filled with Michaels a few Saturdays ago. When Falcon Rising star Michael Jai White stopped by for a chat with host Michael Sargent, our director, Larry Michaels, took time out from the control room to get a photo. White came into the studio on a Saturday morning to talk about his new film and role as an action hero and his love of martial arts.

This week on Ready4Air, a look back at our chat with Michael Jai White as he sat down with film critic Mike Sargent.

Stay tuned…

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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 |Good Luck Meredith Vieira |Using Social Media Live On The Scene | The Purpose Of Production Meetings

Meredith Vieira and Debbie Mitchell, Interview at" LIVES with Meredith" YouTube channel launch party

September 8, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

Meredith Vieira and Debbie Mitchell, Interview at" LIVES with Meredith" YouTube channel launch party

Meredith Vieira and Debbie Mitchell, Interview at” LIVES with Meredith” YouTube channel launch party – Photo Credit: Luis Ruiz

When I first met Meredith Vieira almost a year ago at the launch of her YouTube channel, “LIVES with Meredith”,  I wasn’t disappointed. She was exactly as I imagined her to be, warm, welcoming and funny. Definite characteristics of a successful future talk show host. Hopefully, all those characteristics, along with engaging content, will help make her new daytime talk show a hit with the daytime audience.

Today is the premiere of “The Meredith Vieira Show” and, according to reports, the latest entry in the talk show arena is less news and serious topics and more a mix of  games, celebrities and Meredith’s personality. The list of failed daytime talk shows over the last few years is long, so Meredith Vieira is taking a big chance by getting in that game. Vieira is no stranger to morning television, having recently served as host of “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire,” and having spent several years as part the ensemble groups on ABC’s “The View” and NBC’s “Today Show.” But this is the first time she will be hosting a show alone. I asked her during our interview last year what she was thinking as she prepared to go solo.  Without hesitation Vieira had this to say:

“You wanna join me?” LOL! “There is always a fear of carrying a show on your shoulder. I have a great sidekick who is working with me, an old friend, an old dear friend, and I know he’s there. I’ve always wanted a band. I’ve always fantasized about coming home from work after a rough day and having a band. The guy heading up the band is fantastic and, of course, so is my audience. While shooting the pilot I really liked feeding off other people, and they are so important to the show, so I don’t feel so alone. I feel like I have the support. It is what it is. It’s got my name on it, so you’ll either like me or you won’t.” LOL!

I adore you Meredith. Here’s to the audience loving you, and good luck on your premiere!

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Lyndsay Christian, Media Professional

Lyndsay Christian, Media Professional

Our team here at Ready4Air is sending big congratulations to Lyndsay Christian! Lyndsay was recently named host of KollideTV’s newsmagazine show, “On the Scene,” which premieres this fall. This week her very informative post “Social Media: On the Scene” outlines the effective ways to use social media in reporting a television story. Whether it is Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, platform can be used as building blocks towards the reporting of the final story.  In reality, the tips can be used for posting about any event. Lyndsay lays out five quick tips to help you make he best social media decisions when covering a news story.

Arise On Screen Production Meeting Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

Arise On Screen Production Meeting
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

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On show tape day, our  Saturday mornings starts off pretty early. We arrive to the offices of “Arise On Screen at 8:00 AM, and have our show production meeting at 9. The meetings are key to organizing our show elements, brainstorming last minute ideas and creating a roadmap for the director, producer, and host to follow during the taping. This week, Ready4Air highlights “Arise On Screen” production meetings and why they matter.

And finally, we want to send our best to Melissa Rivers and her son Cooper, the family of comedian Joan Rivers. Joan Rivers, 81, died on September 4th, and celebrity friends and family came out over the weekend in New York City to honor the comedy legend. Rivers was a jack of all media, including comedian, actress, producer, writer and television host. In 1986, she was a pioneer, the first woman to host her own short lived late night talk show, “The Late Show with Joan Rivers” on network television. Later on, Rivers was a frequent guest on Geraldo’s daytime talk show and  had her own successful daytime talk show, “The Joan Rivers Show”, that ran from  1989 to 1993, which won her a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

Joan Rivers was definitely one of a kind and her fans will miss her. R.I.P  Joan Rivers.

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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 (TV) | A TV Host Talks About His Best and Worst Interviews

Arise On Screen Host and Film Critic Mike Sargent
Photo Credit: Nick Viagas and Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

August 5, 2014 | Posted in TV Production | By

Arise On Screen Host and Film Critic Mike Sargent Photo Credit: Nick Vargas and Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen Host and Film Critic Mike Sargent
Photo Credit: Nick Vargas and Debbie Mitchell

First of all, Ready4Air would like to thank Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent for sharing the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of hosting a show. Last week, Mike told us that about the hardest part of being a television host. “Probably the hardest part for me is a combination of giving my insight and commentary, getting my guest’s critiques while being concise and making it all seamless and invisible to the eyes of the viewer.”

As I’ve told you before, being on air talent is a job that looks easy but is harder than you think. Today, Mike Sargent reflects on his best and worst interviews on  Arise On Screen.

Here we go…

Mike, how do you know during a show when the taping is not going well?     

I know things aren’t going right for any variety of reasons. Things can start to feel ‘off,’ but if I’ve properly prepared and I have the proper amount of rest I should be able to pull it off, get back on track.  But again, if for any number of reasons I don’t recover, the mistakes start to grow and I can go from being ‘off ‘ and recovering to being ‘off’ and staying ‘off’. People watching may not notice but I and quite probably my producer and/or director know something’s not quite ‘right’. These mistakes affect my confidence, insecurities seep in, and undo the integrity of what I am trying to achieve.
Arise On Screen Host and Film Critic Mike Sargent Photo Credit: Nick Vargas and Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen Host and Film Critic Mike Sargent
Photo Credit: Nick Vargas and Debbie Mitchell

Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) | A TV Host Breaks Down His Show Prep And Performance

What are a few of the common mistakes that you make during a show taping?

The most common mistakes I’ve made are:
  •  Mispronouncing  a name or word
  •  Forgetting a key point I want to bring up during a discussion of the film. Sometimes this occurs  as I listen to the reactions or reviews of  a co-host. My  mind just blanks on something I spent time preparing and researching.
  • Arise On Screen Host Mike Sargent on set reviewing prompter Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Nick Viagas

    Arise On Screen Host Mike Sargent on set reviewing prompter
    Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Nick Viagas

Sometimes I default to my radio background. When I get nervous or feel slightly insecure I default to certain radio habits like talking too much and not being as concise as I should be with a comment or question. Sometimes I am  distracted or trying to remember something and I don’t have the safety-net of notes to look at as I would when hosting on the radio.
And by far the biggest mistake I can make, and will never do again, is not making sure I got enough sleep the night before. Your mental acuity, alertness, and presence of mind is everything for TV.  When you are not operating at maximum mental capacity it makes it easy for you to make an error and not recover the way you would if you were on your “A”game.
In TV, lessons like these are not just painful, they are also eternal because not only can the rest of the world potentially see or experience your error, but now that error has been captured and archived. The blessing and curse of  performing poorly is that you can go back and watch, and if it’s painful enough you’ll make sure that those kinds of mistakes never happen again.
Arise On Screen Host Mike Sargent with film critics Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Jackson Murphy Photo Credit: Nick Vargas and Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen Host Mike Sargent with film critics Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Jackson Murphy
Photo Credit: Nick Vargas and Debbie Mitchell

Best show to date and your favorite interview?
I’d say one of my best shows was one I did a couple of weeks ago with Jackson Murphy and Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi. I felt the show went very well for variety of reasons. I thought our repartee was good, the conflict of opinions, reviews, and chemistry were good. Chemistry is something that you cannot fake. When it comes naturally, it is an ideal situation,  I felt that show was very strong.
Probably my favorite interview so far was my interview with Chaz Ebert, the widow of  film critic Roger Ebert, when we were at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. I felt connected to her as a subject and felt that connection allowed for a deep interchange.

Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) | On-Air Chemistry: When The Co-Hosts Connect (VIDEO)

Worst interview to date?
Probably my worst interview is one you may never see. I’ve prided myself on my interview skills for the last 15 to 20 years because I’ve always gotten compliments from my subjects about how much they enjoyed the interview. But most of the interviews I’ve done have been for radio.
During any interview, it is a personal goal of mine for each of my subjects to compliment my questions by  saying at some point  “good question” or “that’s a great question”. In television that goal is not always the best goal. In my worst interview to date, a movie junket interview, the guests complimented my questions but the questions were not the best questions for a 3 1/2 minute interview. I didn’t get the answers that I needed to make it a good interview. I didn’t have my executive producer Debbie Mitchell, review and approve the questions and  she hated the interview. It never made it to air.
Television time is very different from radio time. Even though over the years,  I’ve taught and spoken on how to conduct a good interview I had to let go of my pride and be open to the wisdom of my executive producer on and how to ask better questions in  3 1/2 minutes. I realize the limited time is similar to what I do on the red carpet. I have to be  concise, direct, and as my producer likes to say, advance the narrative of the interview with each question, especially, with my first question.
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Mike, thanks for your honest breakdown of what it’s like to be in the talent  hot seat!

Coming Up: Ready4Air (Music) | Music Makes My Life w/ Afrobeat Musician Femi Kuti 

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 Screening for Chef Helen Mirren|A Food Blogger’s Re-Branding |A Summer Series…Music Makes My Life

DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

August 4, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

DreamWorks Pictures’ THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

This week is already off to a great start. Tonight I am going to the world premiere of  Disney’s The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Dame Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri and  Charlotte Le Bon. The film is produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, bringing the two back together professionally. As you may recall, Winfrey starred in Spielberg’s 1985 film  The Color Purple, her first big screen role. Tonight Winfrey, Spielberg and the  stars  of the movie will walk the red carpet at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre to be followed by a screening.

In the movie, Mirren stars as the chef or a five star restaurant in the South of France. When an up-and-coming chef of an Indian restaurant decides to move across the street, all hell breaks loose. Food and Helen Mirren are two of my favorite things, it’s going to be a good Monday night.

Related Post: Ready4Air (Culinary Cues) |Chef Helen Mirren Fights Over Food In The Hundred-Foot Journey

Food blogger Michael Munoz formerly known as the Gay Gourmet at the launch party for  his new blog The Kitchen Gaily  Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Food blogger Michael Munoz formerly known as the Gay Gourmet at the launch party for his new blog The Kitchen Gaily
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Speaking of food, I went to a great launch party last week for the food blog The Kitchen Gaily. Formerly known as the Gay Gourmet, food blogger Michael Munoz has re-branded and threw a great party at the GE Monogram Design Center in New York City to celebrate. One of the highlights of the evening was a very tasty gluten-free menu, including  cocktails made with gluten-free vodka. Yes! gluten- free vodka. To say we had a gay old time is an understatement.

Tune in for this week’s Ready4Air /Culinary Cues for more about the fun.

Arise On Screen Host Mike Sargent on set reviewing prompter Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Nick Viagas

Arise On Screen Host Mike Sargent on set reviewing prompter
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell and Nick Viagas

In part two of our conversation with Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent, he discusses his less than perfect performances on the show. No television talent likes to have an off day but it happens to the best of us.  While everyone would like to bring their “A” game every single time they go before the camera, it’s not always possible.

This week on Ready4Air Mike Sargent discusses common mistakes he makes during tapings and his best and worst interview since Arise On Screen launched this year.

Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) | A TV Host Breaks Down His Show Prep And Performance

Nigerian Musician Femi Kuti and me in the Arise On Screen greenroom Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Nigerian Musician Femi Kuti and me in the Arise On Screen greenroom
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

And finally, Ready4Air will launch its latest series titled Music Makes My Life with our first guest, Nigerian musician Femi Kuti. Kuti was in town  last week to perform as well as promote the new documentary, “Finding Fela” about his dad, Afrobeat music pioneer and political activist, Fela Kuti. The documentary opened on Friday, August 1 and takes us behind the production of the 2009 Broadway play “Fela”, and features interviews with family members as well as a glimpse of never-seen video of Fela Kuti. While I had heard of Fela and seen the play a few years ago, I didn’t know a lot about the man until watching the film.  If you get a chance, I highly recommend it.

This week in Ready4Air Femi Kuti tells us a little about what gets him going musically in Music Makes My Life.

So stay tuned and have a great weekend.

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Coming Up: Ready4Air (Music) | Music Makes My Life w/ Afrobeat Musician Femi Kuti
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 TV Host Breaks Down His Show Prep And Performance

Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent
Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo

July 29, 2014 | Posted in TV Production | By

Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo

Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent.
Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo

Hosting a television show, whether live or taped is no easy task. While on camera, an on-air personality is expected to look good, impart information, and be engaging all at the same time–every single time. But there are days when all three things do not line up. If the show is live, then the viewing audience gets to see the flubs unfold in real time. However, if a show is taped many of the mistakes can be smoothed out and corrected in post-production. You would be amazed at the “magic” that can happen with editing in post-production.

Arise On Screen control room Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen control room. Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

I’ve been working with Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent over the last seven months as he has made the transition from radio personality to television personality. Every week, his goal is to bring his “A” game to the taping and avoid mistakes. Some weeks are harder than others. I asked Mike to honestly discuss the challenges of being on top of his performance every week.

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Mike, tell me the hardest part of sitting in the host seat. Probably the hardest part for me is a combination of giving my insight and commentary, getting my guest’s critiques while being concise, and making it all seamless and invisible to the eyes of the viewer.

How important is it for you to prepare and what do you do to prepare for an Arise On Screen taping? I am learning more and more that you can never be over-prepared in TV. After last week’s experience where I made several errors during taping, I’m rethinking how I might go about breaking down my preparation for the show. Here’s basically what I do now:

  • The first stage, of course, is seeing the movies. I generally don’t read up too much on a movie prior to seeing it. I do most of my research after. This can get to be a lot when we’re reviewing six movies. However, the research allows me to speak about the movies effortlessly. Giving my opinion is the easy part, but to give out information and insight as to the process or behind-the-scenes (as I say in the introduction of the show), it is essential for me to read as much as I can and have as much background on the film and filmmakers before each segment.
  • The second thing is the actual writing of the rough draft of the show script. Writing it allows me to have a sense of the flow of the show and how one film in a segment can relate to the other or contrast. During the process of the scriptwriting, I’m also looking at clips, EPK materials, interviews, and trailers. After going through all this, I get a sense of how the film has been marketed and what people are expecting, which can influence how I will craft my review.
  • The third thing is an amazing tool I learned from my executive producer, Debbie Mitchell, which is getting the guest critic’s talking points about each film. That allows me to not only get a sense of what they think of the film, but what their sensibility is in reviewing it. This is key in keeping the conversation lively, interesting, and a way to spot potential conflict of opinions between the critics and myself, which makes for good TV. In our production meeting day of air, we generally go over what additional movies and specific scenes we may reference during our review. This also influences how I may set up certain questions for my co-hosts.
Arise On Screen production meeting Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen production meeting.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

  • The fourth thing is just familiarizing myself on day of air with all of the teleprompter material, including running through the script in the teleprompter prior to going on set.
  • Finally, just prior to going on set, I review my notes and talking points.

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How do you know during a show taping when it is not going well? I know when things aren’t going well, when I make a mistake like stumbling or mispronouncing a name or sometimes it is a prompter issue. The prompter may be rolling slowly or is in the wrong place. I consider this a technical mistake. Debbie reminds me that it is important to reread and review the show script ahead of tape day. As a host, you must be focused since you are juggling a number of balls and a number of distractions can come at anytime. It can range anywhere from my being unable to hear communication through my IFB earpiece to being distracted by something on the set that’s going on during the show. Distractions come in all forms, including an internal distraction over a mistake or error made or from something else that may have happened prior to the show earlier that day or during the week. If something is not going right during the show, I get an overall feeling. I may know that the co-host chemistry is not quite right or that I didn’t get the response I expected, but I have to keep the show moving. As show host, I set goals for myself, for the segment, and for what I would  like to get out of my co-hosts. If mistakes occur, ideally, I would  like to be able to keep the show on track, but sometimes (as in the case of last week) I don’t recover the way I want to. It is easy to feel insecure at this moment. Related Post: Ready4Air (TV) | On-Air Chemistry: When The Co-Hosts Connect (VIDEO)

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent and film critics Justine Browning and Matt Donato Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent and film critics Justine Browning and Matt Donato
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

After a show is taped and you watch it, what do you look for when critiquing yourself? In critiquing myself, the main things I look for are:

  • How I look on on-air–my clothing, hair, how I’m positioned in the chair, etc.
  • Whether I am engaging my hosts and at the same time playing to the camera when I need to.
  • How I sound and come across. Have I made the points I wanted to make? Have I gotten the most I could out of the segment and co-hosts?
  • Do I repeat a phrase too often, such as “I think,” “in my opinion,” or “like,”? Do I repeatedly use words like “interesting” as a opposed to a more descriptive phrase or sentence?
  • When I stand back and look at the show as a whole, I ask myself if I would continue watching and what have I gotten out of the show as a viewer.

### Coming Up: Mike Reveals His Best and Worst Interviews

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 |When A Host Isn’t On His “A” Game | Highlights From Blogger Bash |Tell Us About Your Blogger Conferences

Behind the scenes of the Arise On Screen set
Photo Credit: Mike Sargent

July 28, 2014 | Posted in Social TV | By

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One of the things I used to enjoy about my summers when I was a talk show producer was the fact that I had several weeks off with full pay. Most syndicated talk shows go on hiatus usually starting at the end of May all the way through to the middle  of July; so that is close to six weeks of vacation. We actually needed those six weeks  to recover from our insane production schedule. We lived for those weeks during our production season,  LOL! Talk show producers today tell me that those days of paid summer hiatus are long gone. Now, syndicated show producers spend their summers working other jobs or they rest up and vacay do without pay. I am sorry to hear that since I know how hard these producers work. With this in mind, I cherish my past summer memories even more.

Behind the scenes of the Arise On Screen set Photo Credit: Mike Sargent

Behind the scenes of the Arise On Screen set
Photo Credit: Mike Sargent

These days my work schedule with DMMA and Arise On Screen keeps me busy all year round. As you know by now, we tape on Saturdays. The Arise On Screen team usually finds a way to have a good time even while we  work on thru the summer weekends. Sometimes the work is a little harder than we expect, but we make do. A good example is this past Saturday. The studio was booked with several additional shows to be taped so we had to get in and out of the studio with little time to spare.

Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo

Arise On Screen host and film critic Mike Sargent
Photo Credit: Briana Montalvo

While a producer’s job can be  challenging, a show host has the more  difficult task of bringing  his “A” game  (especially if the show is live) every single time he or she is in front of the camera. But sometimes doesn’t always happen.

This week on Ready4Air, Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent will share his story about just what happens when he’s not feeling like he’s on his “A” game during a show taping.  “As host you have your goals for yourself, for the segment, and for what you’d like to get out of your co-hosts. If any number of those things doesn’t happen, ideally you’d like to be able to recover but sometimes (as in the case of this week) you don’t recover the way you like and that’s when the danger of your insecurities starting to slip in and rear their ugly head.”

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2014 Blogger Bash Media Panel- Samantha Meiler, Deborah Mitchell and Samantha Murphy Kelly, Photo Credit: Robert Thompson

2014 Blogger Bash Media Panel- Samantha Meiler, Deborah Mitchell and Samantha Murphy Kelly,
Photo Credit: Robert Thompson

This week we’ll be sharing more highlights from the recent Blogger Bash and Sweet Suite event hosted by Toy Insider Mom Laurie Stern Schacht and her team. We are still collecting and sorting through pictures so more posts are definitely on the horizon.

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

And finally, if you are a blogger  interested in sharing your stories about conferences you’ve attended this year let us know. Blogger Bash was mine for the summer but I know there are many of you who are able to attend more than just one this year, so please let us know what we are missing.

Enjoy your week!

Coming Up: Blogger Bash NYC 2014 Review

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) | An Arise On Screen Co-Host Says “Ciao” for Now

Film critic Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi at Arise On Screen Bon Voyage party

July 22, 2014 | Posted in TV Production | 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.

By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

They say you never forget your first love: mine was film. My background is very diversified, but the world of motion pictures has always been my polestar. I’m Italian by blood and British by upbringing, and incredibly fond of the opportunities the Big Apple has to offer. Hence, between graduating with a degree in political sciences and earning a Master’s in Screenwriting and Production, I attended some courses at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York and Los Angeles and eventually started working on film sets. Along the way, I rediscovered my love for writing and became a member of the press through film criticism.

As a storyteller, I love to report or discuss stories as well as create my own. That is what I do through my work as a journalist, film-maker, screenwriter, and visual artist.

I’ve always been a writer/film critic, with some radio exceptions. I never considered television. I wrongly snubbed it. There weren’t any programs that appealed to me in the field of entertainment and I usually associated the small screen to sensationalism and gossip. This was, of course, until I bumped into Arise TV. I remember that my journey at Arise On Screen started when the show was still in its embryonic form: my first interview was with the award-winning broadcaster Gary Anthony Ramsay, who then made me talk with Eugenia Harvey, Director of Programming at Arise TV. She was the one who was conceiving a movie review show.

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent, Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Diva Velez

Arise On Screen host Mike Sargent, Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi, and Diva Velez. Photo Credit: Deborah Mitchell Media Associates

My following encounter was with the amazing film critic and main host of the show, Mike Sargent, and with the prodigious producer that would be responsible for constructing every single episode, Debbie Mitchell. I was called to shoot the pilot after a month, just after the Christmas holidays. I sat in that chair next to Mike, the camera rolled, and we started discussing movies. I felt completely at ease. I had the time of my life. In that instant, I fell in love with television.

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Guest film critic Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi in the make-up chair at Arise On Screen Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

Guest film critic Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi in the make-up chair at Arise On Screen.
Photo Credit: Debbie Mitchell

I’ve always been known to be particularly talkative. To be given the chance to chat about what I love the most with competent colleagues and to work with a fantastic behind-the-camera team, was just my cup of tea. Line producer Steve Ramey, director Larry Michaels, the sound people, the costume and make-up department, the cameramen, and all the invisible crew that make the show possible has always been incredibly encouraging and inspiring. They are my New York family.

Life in the Big Apple as a freelance journalist, as thrilling and exciting as it can be, isn’t always easy. I was lucky enough to have some fantastic supporting friends to alleviate the hardships that I had on Arise On Screen. To wake up early on a Saturday morning, to talk about movies with Mike was, and is, my h(e)aven. No matter what, being in that television studio always gives me joy. It feels like home.

Film critics, Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Bobby Rivers on Arise On Screen

Film critics Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi and Bobby Rivers on Arise On Screen. Photo Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar and Deborah Mitchell Media Assoc.

I’ve been on 15 episodes in the course of seven months, and if it were up to me I would go every day. So far, I co-hosted with eight different film critics, some of whom have become really good friends. Every episode has had a touch of magic and amusement. It always tickles me pink when Mike asks me to say “Leonardo DiCaprio” in Italian. But one of the most memorable moments of my life will always be when production assistant (and friend), Michelle brought me cupcakes on air to celebrate my birthday.

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Arise On Screen, has been an incredible training for me, this is where I shaped myself as an on-camera reporter and host. The four most important things I’ve learned are:

  • Come prepared on the topics you’ll discuss, but be spontaneous once the chat begins.
  • Always be aware of time. It all goes very quickly and you have to make the most out of it. (I suppose it’s like life in general!)
  • Be engaging. Try to educate and inform your audience and entertain them, you want them to have acquired something by watching you talk, but without being a bore.
  • Last, but not least, Debbie always says to have fun. When you enjoy what you do, it comes across and you can pass it on to your viewers.

Arise On Screen and I have grown together. The show was online to begin with and now it airs on cable in the tri-state area, on Time Warner Channel 94 and Verizon Channel 481. It’s been utterly overwhelming to find a space where female film critics have a voice: the category of movie journalists is a niche itself, and the female gender representing it is even tinier.

Film critic Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi at Arise On Screen Bon Voyage party

Film critic Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi at Arise On Screen Bon Voyage party / Photo Credit: Michelle Lynne Madar and Deborah Mitchell Media Assoc.

Now, as a wandering freelancer, my work brings me back to Europe temporarily, but I’m bound to return to the Big Apple when the autumn leaves are falling. Until then I’ll cherish this unexpected and blessed experience at Arise On Screen, a and look forward to reuniting with my New York family to talk more movies with the exceptional Mike Sargent.

My beloved Arisers, this is just an arrivederci from your Italian film critic with a British accent: Kee-A-ra Span-iO-lee Gab-A-rdee.

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 Coming Up: Ready4Air (Film) | Analyzing the Summer Box Office (so far)

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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