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Hilary Kennedy

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Hilary Kennedy is some body I’ve know for quite some time now and she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She is a broadcast TV host. She is also a blogger and runs her own website.  She is a incredibly kind and considered person. She is  switched on and to me she is a pleasure to interview. I love what she does and this is why she is my beauty of the week again.

http://www.hilarykennedy.com

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Tori Tate

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I’ve known Tori now since 2011 and think she is an awesome person and is a huge support of my site and various projects because I’ve been supporting her in all that she does. I believe she is going to go far in what she does in Broadcast Journalism and the job she is doing now. I also think she is incredibly gorgeous, just take a look she is stunning, a total sweetheart, incredibly smart,switched on and all round genuine nice person.

So she will always get Publicity from me on this site and The Parx-e Show. I know she is going places. So she is my beauty of the week on the site again. She is a star.

All Photos by Jeffrey Haas

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John Hopson

John Hopson is the creator and all around guru for the series All About Lizzie. What I have seen of the show I totally dig and I wanna see more. I had interviewed him a while back. Had to interview him again for the site. This what he had to say about it all in the world of getting TV shows up and running.

1. Do you think the internet and services like Netflix and Roku have helped people like yourself get shows made and seen?

Absolutely! Keep in mind that there was a time there were only four networks ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. Those particular networks are very exclusive they only work with a set group of proven writers and agents and if you are not a part of that exclusive club you have a better chance of hitting the lottery than getting a show on one of those networks. Outlets like Netflixs and Roku have open many doors for filmmakers that need an outlet for production. Also note that producing a show on a Netfixs or Roku can be far cheaper than producing a show on the for major networks.

2. Do you think their is just too much being made and it makes it harder to stand out?

No. Please keep in mind that this is the generation of instant gratification. You can stream most series which gives you the freedom to watch shows on a schedule that’s convenient for you. Example a person can watch all thirteen episodes of the walking dead in a single weekend. My wife and I streamed the series Six Feet Under in like three days, so I speak from first hand experience.

3. Is it the case that the networks want safe material or is it a case of them wanting something truly original?

I think networks want both safe material and something truly original. I was watching Gotham and I saw things on that show that I never envisioned seeing on a regular network show as far the violence and sexually of some of the scenes. The networks still have a obligation to follow a moral code. I honestly believe that this censorship handicaps the networks and also cheats their audience.

4. What did you learn from making All About Lizzie?

LOL! What didn’t I learn? Good quality filmmaking is one of the hardest things that can be done. I was a medical student prior to being a filmmaker and let me tell you making a film can be far more difficult. When you decide to make films you have taken on the form of the creator. You are imitating life. The closer you get to that imitation the better the film. I have learned you need a very committed team, good financing, and actors that honestly believe in your vision.

5. What have you taken away from that, that you have used in what you are working on now?

I try to search for individuals that are truly into their crafts and are not only seeking a paycheck. If you pick a person to be your director of photography, sound man, or to edit it is usually better have a person that loves that aspect of their job. What I am saying you really wouldn’t want a person that’s an editor that is doing this only because it pays the bills. The best editors in the business love what they do and that’s where their focus lies.

I also mention that finding a good team is key to success, but you also need to understand that you are the general of this group and you must be knowledgeable, confident, and respectful to those around you. The team you select feeds off your energy. The more prepared you are the better those around you will function.

6. How important is getting the right distribution deal to ensure the show is seen and marketed well?

It’s important, but not as critical as one may think. The most important thing I believe is to get your product out there. There is this thing called proof of concept. Future distributors and investors need to see that you can complete a project and landing distribution can show that you have the ability to complete a project and see it through to the end. If your project is good and has some sort of platform to be seen they will find you.

7. Is having a sales agent and getting overseas sales important before more episode are made?

As of now there is enough money to carry a project only in America, but I do believe the future of television and streaming will depend on strong foreign markets.
Now having said that there are many films that have not done so well in the American market, but were saved by the foreign markets. An excellent example being Terminator Genesis. The movie totally bombed in America, but had a strong showing in the overseas market. The showing was so strong that I believe we have not seen the last of the Terminator movies.

8. When getting financing for the show and getting a producer on board, how important to you is getting the final cut?

I think it’s important if you are famous director with experience that understands that balance between your artistic integrity and what it takes for the film to make a profit . If you are a beginner I think you should defer to the people that understand how the industry works and what the audiences are looking for. It comes down to metrics and the producers have information that the creator often does have or quite understand. The bottom line will always be dollars. What usually turns out to be huge profits in Hollywood are what the other people behind the scenes understand about cutting that a filmmaker does not. A filmmaker wants to make a film that he or she feels his honest to the vision. A true producer wants to make a profit. I think a smart producer would want the input of the creator and director when editing the final cut.

10. What do you hope will happen for both projects you have been working on for will happen in 2016?

Ideally, I would hope that and HBO or any major cable network would want to work with me in developing these projects further. But back to the real world, a realistic goal would be hoping I could get these projects streamed through a HULU, or Netflix.

OK so if you have followed this site and The Parx-e Show I like what Ella Cannon does as an actor and have done a number of interviews with her and will keep doing more in the future, we are friends now because of it. So any time she got something to plug I am gonna do it.

She involved in this “Footballer Wants a Wife” is a spoof reality show that follows three professional sportsman on their journey to love. From the footage I’ve seen from their FB page it looks like it’s gonna be a real hoot. I for one can’t wait to see what the show has in store. It’s got a great bunch of actors involved in it. I’m going to the screening it’s gonna be a blast.You will be able to watch it on the web which is sweet.

But head to the FB page for more info https://www.facebook.com/footballerwantsawife/

Tori Tate

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I’ve known Tori now since 2011 and think she is an awesome person and is a huge support of my site and various projects because I’ve been supporting her in all that she does.  I believe she is going to go far in what she does in Broadcast Journalism and the job she is doing now. I also think she is incredibly gorgeous, just take a look she is stunning, a total sweetheart, incredibly smart,switched on and all round genuine nice person.

So she will always get Publicity from me on this site and The Parx-e Show.  I know she is going places.  So she is my beauty of the week on the site and why I had put her on my list of favourite people I have interviewed, always love interviewing her. She is a star.

All Photos by Jeffrey Haas

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Hilary Kennedy

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Hilary Kennedy is my beauty of the week again as she is a gorgeous talented TV host/broadcaster.  I finally got to meet her in January and shje

Best Of List 2014

Every year I do a best of list and every year I decided if I quit or keep going, I still keep going the same with my compilation CD’s. To everyone who got behind my new CD thanks very much, Michelle, Tori, Melissa and everybody else who has a copy and told me they liked it, appreciate the kind words. If you have not got your yet, you can still get it and it’s free, no hidden catches. To all the publicists, record labels, managers and bands themselves thanks for the interviews and the opportunities. The Parx-e Show will be happening next year. So thanks for the support and I will see you next year.

Albums

I loove Rival Sons and their new album Great Western Valkyrie is no exception, it’s just a killer blues rock and roll album. It rocks.

Amanda Rogers double disc album Wild has been nothing short of amazing, she is a fantastic artist, always has been and why she is one of my favorite singer songwriters period.

Stacy Clark new album Symmetry rocks why its catchy, well written and blends electronica and folk nicely I reckon.

Devin Townsend, the man a genius, so he had two releases out this year. Both excellent, both highlighting what Devin does best, writing and creating excellent music.

Chelsea Wilson is a major babe, major talent, soul singer songwriter with a voice and songs to match and with a killer debut album I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me out this year where she looks stunning on the cover, she is going places.

Love The Clarks new album Feather & Bones rocks. Fantastic songs, great songwriting its a winner in my book.

Cannot Go Past Joe Bonamassa for a winner new album Different Shade of Blue, guitar playing is on fire as is the production and songwriting. Just genius. Robben Ford & The Robert Cray Band new albums are also excellent and deserve a listen.

I love The New Pornographers new album does highlight what they do best, Great songs that will keep you listening again and again.

Katie Cole & Christie Lamb have both released excellent debut albums this year, solid production, great songwriting and good vocals. If you are into good music, give them ago.

Meiko new album Dear You, rocks and has gone in a different direction, still amazing musician. I love it.

Sophie Serafino delivers two awesome albums. That are so amazing, so well written and produced and Sophie violin playing is on fire.

Sean Rowe new album Madman is nothing short of excellent, he is one of my favorite male singer songwriters and this delivers, the opening track Madman is sublime.

Lisa Salvo long awaited debut album did not disappoint, she delivered some amazing songs, and her voice just shines.

Destiny Love debut album Home In The Light is an inspiring, beautiful album. It is a winner in my book and Destiny voice shines throughout the album.

Shannon Hurley new album is also excellent, some killer songs too but I might be biased on this one, she is on my new CD.

Caitlin Harnett new album is a winner as is Julia Henning

EP’s

Client Liaison debut EP is my EP of the year. Their EP launch was killer.

Skyler Day debut EP Between I And The You, is something really special.

You should check out Miss ELM new EP it’s really good. She is a great singer and songwriter.

Emily Kinney new EP Expired Love was something special too.

De̊ǰa still going strong with their new EP this year and it is a cracker.

Scarlet Klimek debut EP Don’t Talk Dirty is a pop star in the making.

 

Live Shows

Beth Hart show at the corner hotel was an amazing gig. So was the Client Liaison album launch. Chelsea Wilson album launch was killer, she rocked it. De̊ǰa EP launch was sick too.

Movies & TV

Movies I dug this year, The Raid 2, Gone Girl, Fat Pizza Vs Housos, Expendables 3 and Nightcrawler. Electric Boogaloo – The Canon documentary is also a must see.

TV Shows I loved this year was 24, NCIS LA & New Orleans, Castle, Hawaii 5-0 and The Blacklist

 

Alexa Borden

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Alexa Borden is my talent of the year basically she is all the things I think somebody who is going to be a star qualifies for, she is extremely talented as she wrote, produced and recorded her last album, she is beautiful just look at her and of course she has the songs, the drive and the passion to make it. I think also she will be my person to watch out for next year. I just believe in what she is doing. She will be on my next disc.

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Tori Tate

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Tori Tate has a degree in broadcasting journalism, she is incredibly switched on, smart and beautiful. She has talented to go far in what she wants to do and I believe 2015 will be her year.

Who work I have been digging this year

If you have been on my list in previous years and not this year, I still love your work and will always keep supporting it, so do not worry.

 

Steph Hannah is going to be a star in the music scene mark my words.
So will Heather Longstaffe, De̊ǰa, Avaberée, Amanda McCarthy, Jasmine Nelson, Girl Pilot, Courtney Jaye, Samantha Schultz, Tarra Layne and everybody else on my new compilation CD Parx-e Volume 4. http://parx-e.com/parx-e-volume-4/

I still think Michelle Page is going to be star but I am a friend and will always keep supporting what she does. She will always get publicity and support from me. I think she is awesome.

The same goes for Tori Tate, I think she is going to go far in Broadcast Journalism.

Melissa Johnston has got the talent also to go far in acting.

Heather Longstaffe, Karen Waldrup & Amanda McCarthy are gonna be big names in country music mark my words.

Ella Cannon is another name in acting that got the talent and the look to go far.

Chelsea Wilson is a star in music to me. Her debut album is excellent.

Bean is a name in pop music to know. She is something special.

De̊ǰa are doing well and are a name to watch out for.

Client Liaison still my favorite Aussie act this year and have a huge future ahead of them.

The Solicitors, Voodoocain, Sans are all excellent Melbourne bands worth checking out and have done some excellent stuff this year.

Hopkins are a band to watch out for. They are doing some cool stuff worth going out to see them live when they play next.

Editha Brycha is an actor still going strong and I love what she does.

Scarlet Klimek is going to be a pop star in the making, voice, looks and talent should ensure that. Debut EP enforces that.

Hilary Kennedy is still doing well at what she does and will keep doing it.

Kelsey Lewis is another rising singer going places she has got the talent.

Kaitlin Thomas & Denise J. Reed two names to watch out for.

Olivia May still keeps doing amazing stuff

Hilary Kennedy

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Hilary Kennedy rocks love what she does so had to feature her again on the site. She is a broadcaster and runs a website and does a daily blog. She rocks.

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All About Lizzie

All About Lizzie is an exciting new and fun television series I had read about. Thanks to the Internet I got ask the creator/director John Hopson about it all. If you get a chance when it becomes available. seriously go check it out. I’ve seen the Pilot and loved it. So read on.

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1.) What was the inspiration behind the series?

It was a combination of things,  It started when I was watching Will and Grace with my ex-girlfriend (roommate) now lesbian. I said, “Wow this is like us only in reverse” My ex replied, ” It is, you should write a script about this”.  Many men are fascinated by the lesbian world and would like a bit more insight and understanding into this universe. My sister is also lesbian and I used to hang out with her and peers often.  My determination to get the show out grew when many people including my college professors told me the show was too controversial  and would never air.  I became very determine to prove them wrong.

2.). How did the cast and crew come on board for the series?

Many of the cast members auditioned for their roles.  How the roles of  Lizzie and Jordan became cast was interesting.  We had been auditioning for three weeks for the role of Lizzie and after three weeks of brutal casting we had given up on finding our Lizzie.  Allison entered the room she was very late and begged for an opportunity to audition.  Too be honest I was very tired and a bit frustrated how late she showed up.  I remembered how it was for me as an actor so  we gave her an opportunity and she seize the moment.   She was a bit young, but delivered.  As for the role of Jordan Corey landed the role by filling in for the main actor who could not make it to a reading.  Corey had done such a phenomenal job that we had no choice, but to give the role to Corey, who has done an amazing job.

3. How long did it take to write each episode? 

About three weeks per episode.  It depends on how well the writing teams gels.  Sometimes an episode can get cranked out in a week and half.

4. How did the internet play a part in what you are doing?  

A huge part. Had it not been for the internet I would have never had met you. We used many sources of social media from YouTube to Twitter to get the word out about our show and through that we connected with ROKU who plans streaming the first season of All About Lizzie.

5. Do you think streaming/VOD has changed the face of Television and movies itself?

Absolutely!  Many audiences have out grown predictable network television and reality TV has leveled out a bit.  Cable TV for many Americans is just too expensive.  Most of the cast on All About Lizzie are streaming over cable TV.  Which is very logical given that you can stream 10.00 a month versus 100.00 a month for cable television. Netflix out grossed HBO last year and will probably will gross higher numbers this year.  It would seem that streaming is the next evolution in film and television.

6. Is it harder to get shows up and running these days?

With so many cable channels popping up and the emergence of streaming getting shows up are easier.  Ten years ago I would say two-thirds of the TV shows we see today would not have gotten on the small screens.  Having said that, the competition is much harder these days. There are a lot of talented people that are now getting opportunities to show-case their talent.  The viewers have also become a lot smarter as well.
7. What do you hope people will get out of the series?

Tolerance for alternative lifestyles, but also I hope my will have fun watching the show.  We are hoping to change the way television is view by audiences. We want to redefine expectations for film.

8. What were challenges faced when getting the show together?

The biggest one was financing.  Two of my investors pulled out right before the filming.  I had to sell my car and several family heirlooms I also had to cash out my 401k program to make up for the lost financing.  Working with a limited crew do to lack of financing.  There are people I will be indebted to for the rest of my career, that really step up to the plate.  Another would be confidence. This being the first major project I worked on I found myself hoping that the talent and crew would believe in me and see me for my lack of experience.

9. What are you working on next?

I have several projects that I am working on each one quite different from the All About Lizzie experience.  One being a documentary on veterans.

Best Of 2013

This is my best of list for 2013 as you can see a lot on here, so if you wanna know more, comment and ask I’ll get back to you.

Albums, eps are in no particular order. Any images used here are copyright the respected holders.

Jillette Johnson – Water In A Whale – What can I say but Jillette album is a fantastic debut album for an artist who writes all her own songs that are so beautiful to the ears.  She is an amazing american aritst you’ve just gotta listen to.  A lot of her songs are around the piano and I love that and she does it so well.  Cameron is a good example of that.

Jonas & The Masssive Attraction – Live Out Loud – This Canadian rock band has delivered to me a first rate modern rock out this year.  Solid songwriting and musicianship, vocals and mixes up the heavy and the soft songs in a nice way.

Alpha Rev – Bloom – When I came across their single Sing Loud, I knew this was going to be something special.  Amazing vocals, incredible songwriting and musicianship that delivers.  They have been described as heartland rockers and once you hear what they do you will be hooked.

Courtney Jaye – Love And Forgiviness – Courtney Jaye new album is an awesome release.  The songs are very much influenced from the 70’s and has that 70’s rock sound going.  She is a fantastic singer songwriter and this is a first rate album, solid songs and songwriting.

Sons Of Rico – In Rico Glaciers – Sons Of Rico new album is a great indie pop release, the songs are well written, sung and performed.  It just gets you from the word go.

The Vaudeville Smash – Dancing For The Girl – The debut album for The Vaudeville Smash is such a good release 70’s funk mixed with some 80’s sounds to release a catchy well written and performed release that will get you dancing and in a good mood

Alexa Borden – Flares – real discovery here, she contacted me, loved what I heard and got sent the album, and mind was blown, fantastic indie pop music.

Joshua James – From The Top of Willamette Mountain – I love Joshua James, he is an incredible songwriter, he is indie folk and his songs are incredible, this album is no exception.

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These releases below are also amazing but I only could select ten but are also very much worth you listening and putting some cash behind

Samantha Fish – Black Wind Howling – Solid blues album that deserves to be cranked loud.

Kelsey Lewis – Beautiful View – This is a solid pop release for a singer songwriter who got the talent to go very far.

Massive – Full Throttle – Good old fashioned rock’n’roll done right by Melbourne band Massive.  Get it and crank it loud.

While you have done with that, King Of The North – Sound The Underground – just a solid rock’n’roll album by this talented Melbourne two piece.

Then get The Deep End – Cop This, another awesome Melbourne band doing rock’n’roll right.

Parachute – Overnight – I love this album, it’s just a solid easy listening catchy pop/rock album

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive – The biggest band of the year put this album that got everyone talking.

Buchanan – Human Spring – incredible music from this Melbourne artist. Worth your time.

Catherine Traicos & The Starry Night – The Earth, the Sea, the Moon, the Sky – Its Catherine new album and it’s worth your time listening to.

EP’s

De̊ǰa  – Make Light Ep – fantastic release for a Melbourne electronica duo who are going so far.

The Solicitors – Made To Measure – catchy power pop ep from this great melbourne band.

Emily Kinney – Expired Love – fantastic singer songwriter from America who released this solid EP.  Worth checking out.

Big Shout out To Popboomerang Records and everyone on my new compilation CD when it comes out.  Thanks for being on my disc and thanks Popboomerang for putting out such amazing music. Plus all the rad people who send stuff my way, thanks very much it means a lot for a guy who runs this on his own.

Here are some bands you need to check out from Melbourne, they are all doing good things and need to be seen now.

Massive

King Of The North

The Deep End

Empra

Voodoocain

The Solicitors

If you have not checked out Kate Boy or Courtney Bartnett, you need to do so now.

Favorite solo artists

Samantha Schultz – rising singer songwriter with a bright future ahead of her.

Heather Longstaffe – talented country pop artist doing all the right things.

Jasmine Nelson – What a singer songwriter this aussie artist is.  She is something special.

Courtney Jaye – What a talent she is and why her album is on my best of list.

Hanna Grace – this talented singer songwriter from New Zealand is extremely talented as she is gorgeous.

Steph Hannah – I adore what Steph does as an artist, she is an incredible singer songwriter.  She has so much talented and is worthy of your time to discover she is going to go far.

Kate Martin – Incredible Melbourne singer songwriter who doing some good stuff

Iluka – A rising Sydney singer songwriter who doing amazing stuff that you need to check her out.

Samara – Fantastic Melbourne singer songwriter with an incredible voice and a EP to match that.

Bec Laughton – This girl got the voice and talent to go very far.

Amanda McCarthy – A rising country singer songwriter from America.

Georgia Potter – This talented Brisbane singer songwriter is gonna be a star to me, she got the look and talent to go very far.

My Artists Of The Year

Client Liasion – What a talented Melbourne duo these guys are, creating awesome 80’s inspired music.  When I first heard End Of The Earth I knew they were something special and when they released Feeling it sealed the deal.  You need to check these guys out now.

De̊ǰa – This talented Melbourne DUO delivered the eletronica goods with their EP and their incredible live show.  These cats are going extremely far.  Worth checking them out, you will be hooked.

Actor Of The Year

Michelle Page

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What can I say about her that I have not already said on this website but this talented lady is a star to me, with an amazing performance as Young Myrtle on American Horror Story.  This talented beautiful lady to me is the next big thing in Hollywood and she should be.

Beauty Of The Year

Tori Tate

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This gorgeous girl is a broadcasting journalism student, she is incredibly switched on, smart and beautiful.  She has talented to go far in what she wants to do and that I have chosen her.

Runner Up

Melissa Johnston

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This talented American actress is extremely gorgeous, she lights up the screen with her flawless natural beauty.  She is also switched on is a name to watch out for.

My Person To Watch Out For In 2014

Michelle Page

I give it to her every year because I believe in what she does as an actor.  She is kind, caring and just an inspiring person all round.  With her amazing performance as Young Myrtle in American Horror Story, it’s easy to see why she gets the roles she does because of her incredible acting talented.  She will also be on the cover of my limited edition magazine.  She is a star to me.

Runner Up

Melissa Johnston

An actor to watch out for whom is hard working as well as being an all round nice person.  Watch out for her.

People to watch out for.

Silver Cities – awesome rock/pop band from Sydney with some catchy tunes your ears need to hear.

Girl Pilot – an amazing singer songwriter Sahara Smith with her new project. Will be worth checking out.

Avaberée– talented Brisbane group who has some amazing songs that deserve your ears

Heather Longstaffe – Talented country pop artist doing good things in America.  She is a star and is going to be huge.

Destiny White – talented singer songwriter with some pretty inspiring that are a joy to the ears.

De̊ǰa – This talented duo is going places and will the talk of the town real soon.

Jessika Alaura – this lady is working her way to making a name for herself.  She is an actor and a model.

Kate Boy – I’ve known Kate Akhurst for years because of this site and her new band Kate Boy have taken the world by storm with their incredible music.  They are doing everything right.

Katie Cole – Talented singer songwriter from Aussie who made the move to America a few years back and has not looked back since.

Kaitlin Thomas – American actor/model doing good and will be name to watch out for me

Denise Christine – American actor/model working hard to make a name for herself.

Jen Nikolaisen – Hard working American Actor doing everything right.

Olivia May – Actor/musician doing good things.

Elise Jackson – Incredibly talented actor doing good things.

Ella Cannon – Talented Aussie actor who is going so far

Gemma Kaye – An Aussie actor doing things right.

Favorite TV Shows

The Blacklist

NCIS LA

Hawaii 5-0

Castle

Favorite Movies

Mystery Road