Archive for November 5th, 2010

Ernest Kohl’s New Album Eternally

Ernest Kohl’s New Album Eternally

Following ERNEST KOHL’S worldwide Club & Radio SMASH HIT…”WEN U DREEM” and his follow up hit maxi-single “BE NEAR ME”, Ernest’s new Album “ETERNALLY” on FAMOUS/EMG Records has hit #1 on the World Dance Charts.

Ernest Kohl, recording artist and multi-talented performer, first became a celebrated force within the music industry with an impressive body of international hits that included 15 consecutive “Top Ten” smash singles, five of which soared to the Number One position in Dance Music Authority (DMA), Billboard, Street Sound and Dance Music Report’s (DMR) Top Fifty charts.
Kohl received DMA’s “Best Male Vocalist” Award in 1990. In 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 he received nominations for “Song Of The Year,” “Best Producer/Arranger” and “Best Live Performer” as well as “Best Male Vocalist.” In just a few short years, Ernest also established himself as an accomplished producer, musical arranger, writer, choreographer and chairman of his own independent production company.

FELICIA MOSS first solo album from.

Felicia Moss' first solo album “NO MORE TEARS”.

After spending more than a decade singing in a Gospel group, as well as performing with her cousins, Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick on recording sessions and in concerts around the globe, the beautiful & talented FELICIA MOSS here comes her first solo album released on the FAMOUS RECORDS label.

No longer having to stand in the shadow of her famous veteran cousins, her new album entitled “NO MORE TEARS” shows off the wonderful range and styles of her voice, which has matured over the years, singing in gospel choirs and with consistent studio work as a background singer.

It certainly appears that along with Whitney & her mother Cissy Houston, Dionne & the late Dee Dee Warwick and Ann Moss, this amazing family is ready to feed the Music World with yet another female recording STAR!!

Bands are sometimes confused about what a publicist does, others aren’t aware they exist.  When I started the website I rejected the idea of press releases, then some how Luck Media and I came together.  Their well written press releases and the caliber of their entertainers changed my mind. I have met some excellent bands through them.
CFM will only bring you information from sources we trust.
This Q&A is with Jen Onsum a I publicist I respect. She is with an excellent company Luck Media and her answers should clear up the publicist/press release confusion.
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1. What is a press release? A press release is a written document used to announce news to the media and the public. The news can be a new single/video, new album, tour, special show, chart success, endorsements… basically anything deemed to be newsworthy.
2. What is a publicist? A publicist is a representative hired to make sure the media knows about you and works to get you media attention. They also work to help get you in the public eye.
3. What does a publicist do? A publicist does a variety of activities. The basics of what a publicist does is write and distribute press releases, sends out press kits, pitches interviews / album reviews / TV appearances / show reviews / show previews / spotlights / etc., coordinates interviews. But it goes much beyond that… we consult on photos, image and branding. We solicit event participation and help secure endorsements. We provide media training to prepare you for interviews. We attend interviews and events with you when necessary. Basically beyond the basics we help shape your image and your career and help make sure you are the best you can be. Also, in this digital age, we also help with your online presence from advising on your social media efforts to providing and managing content.
4. Why do I need a publicist? Publicists are the experts on the media. We know how to reach them and what they’re interested in. We have established connections with them to utilize to get you the coverage you need and deserve. We also have connections with various aspects of the entertainment and business industry that we can utilize to help build and enhance your career. We are very resourceful and full of insight.
5. Does my band need to have certain qualifications to hire a company like Luck Media? You should have music available or that will soon be available. If there’s no music, there’s little we can share with the media to introduce you to them and get their interest. Beyond that, the more active the band is with shows etc., the better.
6. What do I need to look for it I want to hire a publicist? You definitely want a company with experience and especially in your genre. A company known for having a good reputation and that can provide references is also important. They should also show enthusiasm and interest in working with you by showing they have at least checked you out by referencing something about your music, sound, web site, etc., as it’s easy to just say “Yes, of course we can work with you!”
7. What would I want to avoid? A company that doesn’t have experience and especially in your genre. Check out their web site. If there’s not a lot of information on the web site about the company, services, past and present clients, examples of their work, and complete contact information, you should look elsewhere.
8. How much does a publicist cost? The cost really varies. It varies from company to company and the kinds of services provided.

When you think your band is ready to break out you can reach Jen Onsum at 
Luck Media & Marketing, Inc.
1131 Alta Loma Road, Suite 404
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone: 818.232.4175
General E-mail: info@luckmedia.com

Article and photos by Steffy Sherwood/CFM

Costas Mandylor (Saw 3D, Beowulf) appeared at the Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday October 30th to promote the last chapter of the Saw series, “SAW 3D”.  With the film being released in theatres just the day before he didn’t comment too much on the movie itself but reassured us that the audience is in for more thrills, chills and interesting new traps.

Props from the movie sat in a glass case just feet from the actor, allowing the guests to view the iconic pieces of the gruesome, horrifying and memorable moments from the series’ history.  Items include: a severed foot autographed by Costas Mandylor (Detective Hoffman) , Shawnee Smith (Amanda) , James Van Patten (Dr. Heffner) and Tanedra Howard (Simone); the saw from the bathroom seen in Saw 3; a tape with the words “Play Me” written on it from the movie Saw 3; a recorder autographed by Shawnee Smith (Amanda) from the movie Saw 2 and much more.

The line to meet Mandylor formed hours before he arrived, eventually wrapping itself around the booth in which he would be signing.  With great pleasure greeted each fan that walked through the autograph line, personalizing and taking photos with those who asked.

Article and photos by Steffy Sherwood/CFM

 

Max Brooks (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z) appeared at Long Beach Comic Con this weekend greeted by his enthused fans.  The ballroom was filled with laughter and cheers as he informed the audience about his published works. 

Brooks also gave all in attendance a pleasant surprise.  He announced while at the convention that World War Z the movie is in productions. Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B and Paramount Pictures are collaborating to make the book into a motion picture. While it is still in the very early stages, a high six figure deal has been acquired and Brad Pitt is very excited to see this through, so much so that he is going to star in it.  The date itself has not been release but it is scheduled to be released in 2012.