Jay Moore won’t let this business leave him feeling Numb

I have known Jay Moore for a few years and have seen him transform a few times as he navigates this business we call show. I know he has learned a few tough lessons but as with any of us, these lessons allowed him to grow and find new directions. He is always willing to try new things, to reinvent himself when necessary, and to show others that it is all ok as long as you don’t give up. Recently, we had a little chat about it and we decided it would be good to share it with you all.

Q: You’ve had experience with some reality TV with Myrtle Me Jay. What was that experience like for you?

Jay Moore: My overall experience with Myrtle Me Jay was like a rollercoaster ride. There were happy moments, sad moments and moments that were really hard to watch. Overall, it was like therapy to me and it’s made me a stronger person.

You can subscribe to  BawnTv to catch Myrtle Me Jay here:

You can find out more about the show on their Facebook page too. 

Q: What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about doing reality TV?

JM: I would tell them to be as authentic and real as possible. Don’t be afraid to express yourself just because a camera is following you around. People want to see the real you and they want to be able to connect. Also, if there’s any skeletons in your closet, more than likely they will be exposed..so brace yourself.

Q: What was the most valuable thing you learned from that experience?

JM: True friendship. During the process of the show I learned who was planning on being in my life, as a friend, for life and who was only there for a temporary time. When it comes to my friends I value them, Respect them, want the best for them and love them. Overall, the experience taught me the true meaning of friendship and how to overcome hurdles you may have with certain friends. If the friendship is meant to be it will survive the storm.

Q: If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?

JM: This sounds cheesy but I would call it, “The MOORE I Know.” Lord that is so cheesy.

Q: You also have interest in the music business. What draws you to music?

JM: I absolutely love all kinds of music. It honestly started with me as a kid singing in chorus and also when entering junior high learning to play the trumpet.. I love the sounds, rhythms and the fact that with music you can truly express yourself in anyway that you feel comfortable. Music has always been my escape during the good and rough times of my life.

Q: What artists would you like to collaborate with?

JM: Even though this will probably never happen, I’d love to collaborate with Calvin Harris or even David Guetta. I love their beats and they have worked with everyone in the industry basically.

Q: How do you describe your music style?

JM: It is different, unique and risky (which I love). These days it’s so hard to be original because there are so many influences out there that we idolize and look up to. I always try to make my style different and something that catches the listeners ear.

You can check out Jay’s song, Numb here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/numb-single/id670375416

Q: Do you write your own songs?

JM: I write and produce about 95% of all my songs.

Q: What is one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?

JM: I can not live with out my faith and I could definitely live without hatred from other people.

Be sure to follow Jay on Twitter to keep up with all he is up to: @thejayxo  

“The Big O” a Twofer Web Series (Official Press Release)

Oscar Winning Screenwriter, Pamela

Wallace and Mingle Media TV CEO,

Stephanie Piche, Team Up to Produce “The

Big O” a Twofer Web Series / Feature

MMTVN is pleased to announce that CEO, Stephanie Piche, will be teaming up

with Oscar-winning screenwriter, Pamela Wallace, to producer a series based

on a provocative look into women’s sex lives, including the secrets they don’t

tell their best friends.

Online media and interactive web TV network company, Mingle Media TV (MMTVN)

announced today that CEO and Executive Producer, Stephanie Piche and Academy

Award winning screenwriter, Pamela Wallace, are producing a new (twofer) digital

web series and feature entitled “The Big O,” is a sexually focused, psychological

drama aimed at the adult female market with an emphasis on the coveted 18-34-

year-old demographic.

The Big O is a provocative, no-holds-barred look into women’s sex lives, including

the secrets they don’t even tell their best friends. The first season will have a story

arc that blends all ten, ten-minute episodes together which will be released on a

weekly basis as a web series and will also be released as a 100 minute long feature

film for distribution.

The Big O’s lead character is a beautiful female therapist in her early 40′s who helps

women with their complex intimacy issues along with her younger attractive male sex

surrogate colleague who will help the “clients” work through their phobias and

inhibitions. The “clients” are women who have issues ranging from lack of sexual

desire, inability to be emotionally intimate, or inability to have an orgasm and are

complicated by, and sometimes caused by, the men – or occasionally women — in

their lives. All of the characters are relatable to the female audience with the tone of

the episodes being extremely up close and personal, as the “therapist” has frank

and insightful exchanges with her clients one-on-one or two-on-one when the “sex

surrogate” is involved, giving the series a compelling intensity. Despite the

sometimes-sensitive subject matter, the series is imbued with hope and an

empowering approach to women while having those hooks to keep the audience

guessing about what’s going to happen next. It is the plan of the producers to create

several seasons of this series as the story opportunities are endless.

Crowdfunding and Brand Sponsorships

The production duo will be launching an IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign at Noon

Pacific on Tuesday, May 7th and will offer two types of perks including perks for

brand sponsorship with exposure during the production process utilitizing the existing

social reach of the MMTVN network who has over 12K fans on their Facebook

communities, over 25K Twitter followers and are a YouTube Partner with over 3

million views. The Big O team are looking for brands who want to reach the female

audience from travel and hospitality, ready-to-wear retailers, jewelers, restaurants,

florists, auto manufacturers, home décor, technology, mobile communications as well

as hair and beauty brands. By giving supporters and fans behind the scenes access

to the production from pre to post, The Big O social / transmedia story tellers can

authentically share how the brands tie into the support of making this project possible

from wardrobe, set dressing, to hair and makeup and include CTAs, call-to-action, for

sharing links, discounts, and other benefits to fans.

Why Crowdfund?

Traditionally, a screenwriter would shop a script and sell it – in fact, that is what Ms.

Wallace has done in the past with 19 screenplays that have been made into movies,

except for this story, she wants to keep this an “Indie” project as its topic is so

sensitive in nature. She has put a lot of work into outlining the story arcs, creating

characters, envisioning the scenes and vetting the “therapy” aspect with script

consultant Dr. Kimberley Taylor, Psy.D clinical psychologist and prominent

relationship therapist, to make sure it is an accurate portrayal of how to work out the

challenges women face. Ms. Wallace is a master storyteller, she’s proven it over and

over and has wanted to create a digital series utilizing transmedia storytelling where

the subject of sex, love and intimacy can be explored without censorship and

constriction of traditional television / cable boundaries. Plus, her idea to create this

series with an overall story arc so all the episodes tie together as a feature for

distribution is brilliant.

The team is in hopes of attracting top “named” talent from the Director to the lead

actress and actor along with the other cast members (they have some amazing

women they want to work with on their short list).

MMTVN’s team hopes to start casting by middle of July, get their location

scouted/secured, have key crew on board and start shooting sometime in August or

early September. They can’t guarantee dates at this point as there are variables

including director and cast schedules still to be named, but they will keep their blog

and IndieGoGo campaign updated on their progress on a weekly basis.

If you’re in Los Angeles and want to work on this project, you can contact them at

their website www.thebigoseries.com.

About Mingle Media TV

MMTVN is an online media and interactive web TV network that executive produces, curates, and

broadcasts live stream talk shows along with entertainment industry event coverage. In addition to

Mingle Media TV, is the Red Carpet Report, an interactive, online media sister outlet and YouTube

partner. MMTVN syndicates all produced content on several video-sharing sites in addition to

YouTube like Daily Motion, AOL Video, and BlipTV. MMTVN has over 12K fans on their Facebook

communities, 25K Twitter followers, and also share content on Pinterest, Google+ and utilize their

social media and search marketing knowledge by SEO tagging of videos and links back to events

they attend. MMTVN has covered the Oscars on the Red Carpet along with Golden Globes,

IPTVFest, HollyShorts, LA Shorts Fest, AOF Fest, Daytime Emmys, Saturn Awards, Streamy

Awards, People’s Choice, NAACP, SAG, plus numerous Web Series Premieres and A-list Celebrity

Fundraisers. For more information, please visit http://www.minglemediatvnetwork.com.

Visit The Big O online at www.theBigOseries.com, follow on Facebook.com/TheBigOSeries or

Twitter @TheBigOSeries or on YouTube.com/TheBigOSeries.

ABOUT Producers

Pamela Wallace

Academy Award winning screenwriter Pamela Wallace, is the creator and one of the producers of

this series. (Pamela won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “Witness” starring

Harrison Ford, the movie received 8 nominations and won 2 Ocsars, won a Writer’s Guild Award and

Edgar Award from Mystery Writers of America and was also nominated for 7 BAFTA Awards, and 6

Golden Globes). FYI: Pamela has had 19 of her screenplays made into movies, including two out of

her 25 published romance novels being optioned for film. She was also one of the writers on the

award-winning HBO movie “If These Walls Could Talk” (nominated for 4 Primetime Emmy

Awards and 3 Golden Globe Awards) and the writer of the highest rated CBS movies created-todate,

Borrowed Hearts. Pamela also wrote the popular how-to book for aspiring screenwriters

entitled “You Can Write a Movie” available on Amazon.

Stephanie Piche

Executive Producer, Stephanie Piche, is a marketing strategist and new media producer and has

been featured in AdAge.com, the Huffington Post, the NY Times, and Executive Producer of Mingle

Media TV, an online media and digital entertainment company producing and curating live and

scripted web series and YouTube partner. Stephanie has executive produced over 6,000 hours of

LIVE stream web shows and has led over 36 successful new media, commerce and mobile

technology product launches. She’s also a new media industry expert and speaker and has been

recently seen at the Digital Hollywood Conference, Unofficial Google+ Film Festival, Social Media

Club / LA, Web Series Network Summit, New Media Expo, LAWebFest, New Media Film Festival as

well as contributor to RedCarpetReportTV.com, a celebrity entertainment site, MsInTheBiz.com, and

other industry publications. Stephanie is also an active and voting member of the Academy of

Television Arts and Science (ATAS)/Emmys.TV and Film Independent.

Fans Are Giving the Webseries EASTSIDERS the Green Light

There are so many exciting things going on today with Webseries, Indie projects, and WebTV.  Almost daily, I come across a new show emerging via my social networks.  I have recently found such a gem, EASTSIDERS,  which is written and directed by the amazing Kit Williamson and stars the talent of Van Hansis, Matthew McKelligon, Constance Wu, and John Halbach. Kit does triple duty by being a part of the talented cast as well.  It reminds me of shows I loved like Will and Grace and Queer as Folk. The scripts are full of witty dialogue but there are touching moments along the way, as well as some shocking ones.  I think most people will relate to the situations and find much to laugh about.

As with all Indie projects, there is a way for the audience to get involved and help the series to be even better by helping with production costs.  The great thing about all Webseries is that they are driven by the support of fans.  Once you check out the series, please head over to their Kickstarter page to see how you can help and the awesome rewards that are being offered.  Here is the official description of the series and our interview. I hope you head over to all their pages to find out more and consider jumping in on the Kickstarter campaign.

What happens after the world ends? Written and directed by award winning playwright Kit Williamson, ”EastSiders” explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake.  When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever?

Drunken outbursts and double standards abound in this dark comedy about the sad and funny messes we make out of our lives.   Cal’s best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) is always there for him with a bottle of whiskey in her purse, but she has her own problems with her nice guy boyfriend Ian (John Halbach), even if they’re all in her head.  Stephen Guarino guest stars as a party promoter throwing one last bash before the apocalypse.

Q: Tell me a little about EASTSIDERS.

A: EastSiders is a dark comedy about a gay couple dealing with the aftermath of infidelity in Silver Lake, CA.

Q:  Is there more freedom in webseries when it comes to character development as far as exploring sexuality?

There is definitely more freedom in general on the web because it’s still driven by content creators.  When you’re truly independent you
have the ability to call the shots much more than when you’re forced to reconcile your vision with someone else’s ideas about the story.
Sometimes you can get caught in a kind of vacuum, though, so I think it’s important to pay attention to what viewers are responding to and
keep things as interactive as possible.

Q: This one is for Kit: Being a very successful playwright, do you find webseries to be more similar to theater than traditional television is?

A: I don’t know if all web shows are closer to theater than traditional television, but mine certainly is.  I tend to write dialogue driven scenes and I think that works well in a 10-15 minute format.

Q: The show is being called the next ‘Queer As Folk’, any plans to bring along some of the actors from that show?

A: Wow!  That’s such a huge compliment.  ’Queer As Folk’ was such an amazing, groundbreaking show.  I was a fan of both the British and the American version.  We’ve pretty much got our cast squared away but I’d jump at the chance to work with any of those actors.

Q: You had a very successful Kickstarter campaign and raised $15K. Do you think fans are becoming more involved in the shows/projects they enjoy or know they will enjoy?  How did the success of the campaign make you feel?

A: I think fans are definitely becoming more involved in green-lighting web content.  It’s really empowering to think that people have the ability to make the projects they want to see a reality.  I feel really honored that people care enough about what we’re doing to contribute financially– it really means the world to me.

Q: Speaking of Kickstarter, you have a new goal, where can people go to help?

A: We do!  If we can reach $20,000 we’ll be able to up the production value and fully pay our cast and crew, who have been volunteering their time and talents to make the show a reality.  You can go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1503081443/eastsiders-the-series to find out more.  Even if you can’t donate, it helps so much to share the campaign on your Facebook or Twitter– that’s where the majority of our backers come from, statistically!

Q: Do you think more people in the entertainment industry are being drawn to Webseries and Indie projects?

A: I think that people are coming to web content in droves because it’s one of the few places in the industry where people still have creative freedom from the outset.  If you want to write for TV you have to work for years before you even get to the point where you can pitch your own ideas.  I definitely aspire to do that someday, but in the meantime I think it’s amazing that I can write and direct a web show and work with such amazing people.  It’s incredibly fulfilling both creatively and personally.

Q: Any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?

A: Here are some fun facts:

Jeremy and Thom are actually smoking green tea blunts in episode 1. We only had 4 hours to shoot 8 pages in the Cha Cha Lounge. Constance Wu wore her hair in buns all day in order to make her hair like that to play Kathy. Calling cut as the director while you’re acting in a romantic kissing scene is the most awkward thing ever.

Annie Takes Off In A Big Way

Annie Takes Off is an exciting new webseries by some pretty fabulous people.  I think many of us will be able to relate to the show just from the description provided on their Kickstarter page:

When Annie Smalls’ life falls apart — with men, her job and just about everything else — she has had enough and decides if she wants her life to get better, a whole lot better, she better make some big changes!  So, she writes a list of the “50 MISTAKES I AM NO LONGER GOING TO MAKE FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR” so that after the year, she’ll be in a much better place…she hopes! And because her new career, discovering new design talent throughout the globe, involves constant air-travel, each of the mistakes she has vowed to herself that she can no longer make, must be dealt with one at a time on each flight she takes.  And now that she’s on an airplane and has nowhere to run, it’s that much more challenging for her — and a lot funnier for us.

If you are a fan of webseries, a fan of great entertainment, or perhaps a fan of both, I think you will be impressed with the list of names involved in the project.  Personally, my interest in projects such as this has been growing since the typical television networks started to rely so heavily on reality shows and it has become so difficult for traditional television series to find a lasting place on our schedules.  I have come to know Mark Gantt’s work in particular through Twitter, which led me to being able to conduct a short interview with him about Annie Takes Off.  

The Kickstarter campaign has been very successful and only has a few days left but you can still head over to the page if you would like to be a part of this experience.  I think you will find there are some great rewards being offered and there is a nice feeling of satisfaction that comes along with being involved, even in a small way. 

Q: I know that you are very involved in Indie Entertainment.  Why do you feel these projects are important for artists as well as fans of entertainment?

A:  Well, to be honest it comes more out of necessity over an altruistic belief that indie is better than mainstream or ‘studio’ productions. I’m sure if I was getting daily invites to come and join the Hollywood Studio party I wouldn’t turn it down. So it really comes out of the need to want to create and not wait for an invitation. When I first came to LA I had a very warped idea of how I thought it would go, fame and fortune would come quickly. As time went on and that didn’t happen, I was forced to look at the real reason I wanted that kind of success; I want to be liked, no sorry… loved, adored and part of the cool crowd. There I said it, I wanted it for all the wrong reasons. So when that realization hit home, I had to find it in myself to push past any fears I had about just going out and doing what I truly love doing – telling stories. I think the web over the last few years is having a similar transitional phase like Sundance did in the 80′s and 90′s. There, you saw the breakout of the indie filmmakers. I’ve been a big fan of auteurs like Jim Jarmusch, Hal Hartley, Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh. I think they all have very distinct voices and found ways to tell stories that they wanted to see themselves. That’s where we are now on the web. People are getting the opportunity to make things that they actually want to watch, not what an advertiser or stock holder thinks will sell soap or make money. 

Q: In the changing environment of entertainment, Social Media has become a very important tool.  What are some of the best ways you have seen Social Media harnessed and what advice would you give to someone interested in getting a project out there?

A: When I see a successful project flourish online, one of the consistent threads is a creator/filmmaker who loves telling the story they are telling. They are coming from an authentic place of story telling and the desire to tell their story and entertain the audience. When you have that kind of passion and conviction, people sense that and can connect with the world, the characters and want to engage with others about it. It’s such a great time for filmmakers to not only reach a larger audience but even more specifically a larger niche audience. If I like vampire stories, I’m gonna find Vampire Mob, if I love gaming I’m gonna find The Guild or Mortal Combat. And I’m going to find other people who like those types of shows and want to share about that world, and tell others about it. As the filmmaker you get a very unique opportunity to engage with your audience and find out what’s working and what’s not. So if you’re doing a second season, you can improve things and tell deeper stories because the audience is invested and feel like their voices are being heard. Same goes for successful crowd sourcing campaigns. They are very clear and transparent about what they are doing, why they are doing it and are passionate about what they are doing. Creating any project takes super human effort and each phase of the project will challenge your belief in yourself and the project. So the more I feel that a project is going to get made no matter what, the more I’m willing to back and tell more people about it to help get it made. At the end of the day, you’re not going to appeal to everyone, and you don’t need to. If you know who your audience is and are possessed to tell your story, like in Field of Dreams, “If you build it, he(they) will come.” 

Q: Can you tell us a little about your current project, Annie Takes Off. There are a few unique qualities to this particular project that make it very special.

A: I’m currently executive producing a new multi-platform series called Annie Takes Off, created by Sybil Temtchine and Steven Peros. We are raising funds on Kickstarter to shoot a sizzle reel, directed by Perry Andelin Blake, best known as Adam Sandler’s production designer and director of Masters of Disguise with Dana Carvey. Annie Takes Off  is a funny & touching digital series that takes place on an airplane.  When Annie Smalls’ life falls apart — with men, her job and just about everything else – she’s had enough and decides that if she wants her life to get better, a whole lot better, she better make some big changes. So, she writes a list of the “50 Mistakes I Am No Longer Going To Make For An Entire Year” so that after the year, she’ll be in a much better place, or so she hopes. And because her new career involves constant air travel, each of the mistakes she has vowed to herself that she can no longer make, must be dealt with one at a time on each flight she takes.  And now that she’s on an airplane and has nowhere to run, it’s that much more challenging for her — and a lot funnier for the audience. The result is a 10-15 minute digital comedy series that can be shown as in-flight entertainment, a branded series, have it’s own website and multiple web outlets around the world. The multi-platform, multimedia scope is even larger, including the lead character’s blog, twitter account, book, app, TV series and of course a movie franchise. So from both a distribution and creative standpoint, there are many ways for us to reach and engage with the audience in a more organic way. 

Q: Will the audience be treated to on screen appearances by you?

A: There will definitely be an appearance by me in the sizzle reel and if I have my way, with the success of Annie Takes Off, there will be a spin-off variation that features a similarly engaging single male traveler, who will cross paths with Annie and both will be affected in positive ways they could not have imagined. I mean after all, much can happen between destinations. I’ve also just finished shooting a pilot presentation for a super natural online tv series created by Matt Lutz, called The Program, that I produced and starred in opposite Robert Forster(Jackie Brown, The Bannen Way). We’re taking a similar approach by extending the world into a graphic novel, TV series and mobile app.

Q: Do you think traditional entertainment outlets will begin to look more closely at projects such as these, or have you seen that they are already turning their attention in that direction? 

A: I think traditional outlets are starting to turn their direction towards these types of shows. Yahoo is distributing a series now called Suit Up, by Fox Digital Series that will also be available on Direct TV in January of 2013. So I think at the end of the day, TV anywhere is what it’s going to be about. TV isn’t going away and isn’t going to be replaced by an online series, but there are more opportunities for established talent to create their own shows without the constraints of a studio or network


The Clandestine: A Webseries project

The Clandestine is a web-series about a group of geeks and one smoking hot woman who form an outlaw motorcycle club. It’s been described as Sons of Anarchy meets The Office.  The show has a little something for everyone: killer motorbikes, sexy ladies, and even geeks doing dangerous stuff.  It also boasts a soundtrack packed with music from the best up and coming bands in the Irish rock scene.

This webseries comes to us from Belfast, United Kingdom by Joseph Campo.  Thankfully, webseries have been gaining momentum as of late.  I have found many great shows that are being produced on the web.  Shows like Husbands and Dating in the Middle Ages, and Vampire Mob just to name a few.  What’s the big deal about bringing a series to the web? I think it is the future of entertainment.  There are less constraints with doing a series for the web so they give you entertainment that is pretty much geared toward you and you can watch episodes any time you want.

Check out episode one and two now, or when you have some time. That’s the beauty of it, the show is there when you are ready for it: Episode One  Episode Two

After you watch, head on over to their Kickstarter page and find out how you can go about helping to create more episodes.   Actor Mark Gantt has even put in a bid to be part of  The Clandestine so be sure to check that video out as well.  Mark has done some amazing work on Indie projects such as The Bannen Way  and Love Makers.

I think you will be very pleased with what you see when you watch The Clandestine and hope you decide to help out by donating or sharing this story on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and all of your social media sites.