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Part 2 — More Key Elements of Event Planning for Success in 2022!

3 August 2022

In this article, we take a look at more key elements of the planning process to put on a successful event!


1- Plan, plan and plan, follow the timeline you have set:


Now you have a definite goal and you know your target audience, it is time to have a plan to execute and achieve your goals for your event!


Depending on the size and structure of your event, start the event planning process really early, so that you have time to understand every aspect of the event and process.


You should determine ALL milestones and deadlines before you begin the process.


Just merely planning an event is not enough for success, you have to follow the timeline and keep track of the work being done throughout the whole process.


By keeping track of the work, you can also identify any potential problems and address them with your creative ideas and solutions before they become too much of an issue going forward.


Click on the Medium link to discover more KEY points about putting on an event.


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Some Key Elements of Event Planning for Success in 2022!

29 July 2022

When it comes to event planning, there are a few different options that event planners have when it comes to putting on an event.


One of the options is to plan a hybrid event. A hybrid event is a combination of two or more different types of events.


Some of the benefits include cost savings, increased attendance, and increased media & PR coverage for your event!



1. Understanding the objective of the event is crucial!


Every event type should have a primary purpose/focus, event goals, and objectives, which give the measurements of success.


If the event professional understands the purpose of the event, it will lead to better event planning, with proper allocation of funding and time needed to make a successful event.


In order to achieve success, event planners need to set a realistic goal and a realistic attendance target.


It is a good idea to start by identifying the specific event goals. What are the different event ideas? How to approach the event idea/theme? What do you want attendees to do or feel when they leave the event?


Click on the Medium link to discover more.


Some food for thought for your next event. In the next article, I will cover more points on building a successful event!


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The Entertainment Engine podcast Welcomes Television personality, Recording Artist, Writer and Producer — Zarah…

9July 2022

On The Entertainment Engine podcast show this week, we welcome our next guest, television personality, recording artist, writer & producerZarah


About Zarah:

Her flair for edutainment utilizing music had inspired teens through her various media platforms of educational excellence programs namely her nationally syndicated television show B InTune TV.


She is the co-founder of B InTuneCARES — a global media initiative for youth which focuses on edutainment to help advance music and arts education in conjunction with the United Nations and its humanitarian efforts.


Diamonds are For Cocktails:

In a setting that permeates a decadent lifestyle, a palatial chateau sprawls across the sun-kissed French Riviera coastline in the Principality of Monaco.


Ever glamorous Camille Rogers, the adopted French sole heiress to a vast multi-billion-dollar jewellery empire seems to have it all.


To listen to the full podcast chat with Zarah just click on the link to discover more;


To learn more about Zarah's career and her latest project "Diamonds are For Cocktails" - click on the link to read the article on Medium... 


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Seamless Entertainment presents - Live at Medina Theatre June 25th - An Evening with Francis Benali MBE — Hosted by Presenter Kenzie Benali…

26 June 2022

Putting on events can be a stressful time with so many variables going wrong at every stage of the planning process.


This wasn't one of those days, the event “An Evening with Francis Benali” from start to finish ran extremely well!


The idea from the outset was to deliver a show that captures the essence of Francis Benali’s football career going back to the start and coming up to the present day with his pundit work for BT & Sky Sports to all his charity endeavours raising over £1m for Cancer Research UK.


This type of event is something Francis hadn’t done before but loved the idea of an “up-close” and personal event within a theatre environment — so people could really understand the inner workings of the man they call — “Iron Fran”.


To learn more about the chat Francis had with Zach Saunders from The County Press Newspaper - click on the link to discover more!


Medium


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Maggie & Kelvin from Vectis radio talks to Francis Benali MBE about his forthcoming "An Evening With" event in Newport Isle of Wight...

15 June 2022

Saints legend and charity champion Francis talks about his evening at the Medina Theatre on 25th June - Isle of Wight...


This exclusive show will feature a LIVE & UNSCRIPTED interview with the Southampton Legend, followed by a special audience Q&A


Francis Benali will take to the stage to give you real-life insight into behind the scenes of his career, and his contribution to charity, including the Saints Foundation and Cancer Research UK.


Click the link below to hear that chat  Vectis radio had with Francis Benali...


For ticket information click below, it's going to be a GREAT night!


VIP tickets


Standard tickets


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Wessex Cancer Trust supporting the community is vital!

12June 2022

Sometimes in the darkest of days comes a ray of sunshine, with all the problems we face— Wessex Cancer Trust is doing its bit to help people through the most difficult of times…


A Little History — Wessex Cancer Trust…


The Trust was formed in a Portakabin on the site of The Royal South Hants Hospital in 1981 by a small group of medical professionals.


During the first 30 years, the Trust was focused on raising funds for major projects and research taking place throughout the Wessex region.


This included funding breast cancer nurses, ground-breaking research into pioneering treatments and numerous appeals for hospital wards and equipment.


Improving the lives of people affected by cancer has always been at the heart of the trust work.


Event fundraising...


An Evening with Francis Benali MBE

Francis Benali MBE is coming to the Isle of Wight for an exclusive show on Saturday 25th June 2022.


The former fullback and coach spent the majority of his 20 years playing career with Southampton FC.


The evening will feature a VIP Meet and Greet experience, a LIVE and UNSCRIPTED interview from the Southampton legend, followed by a special audience Q&A.


For more details and ticket information click below:


VIP tickets


Standard tickets



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Win tickets to hear Saints legend speak at Newport’s Medina Theatre…

1 June 2022

Former Saints pro-Francis Benali will hold a live and unscripted interview, followed by an audience Q&A, at Medina Theatre in June.


Francis, aka Franny, spoke to the County Press about the Isle of Wight, his ultra-endurance challenges and his upcoming show.


We also have two tickets you can win, to go and see his show. Scroll down for details.


Be a VIP for the evening up close and personal from the Saints legend — Plus you can WIN a pair of tickets, keep reading for more info!


Speaking about his time on the Island, he said: “It’s a beautiful place and somewhere that I really enjoy visiting when I get the chance to come over.


There is always something to bring you back, and it shows what a lovely place it is.”


For a chance to win two tickets to see the show, simply answer this question.


How much money has the Southampton football club legend Francis Benali MBE raised for Cancer Research UK? Was it £10,000, £100,000 or over £1 Million?


Send your answer and full contact details to [email protected] by midday on Friday, June 3.


To learn more about the chat Francis had with The County Press Newspaper and how you can purchase your ticket to see Francis Benali LIVE and exclusive - click on the link to discover more!


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Ian Mac founder of Vectis Radio — Chats with Rebecca Gregory & Pete Moore -Seamless Entertainment…

24 May 2022

This week we had the opportunity to chat with the founder of Vectis Radio— Ian Mac about our forthcoming event — “An Evening with Francis Benali MBE” 25th June at Medina Theatre…


Community radio is such a great way to send a message to the wider community whether it's an event, local news, or story…


Vectis Radio Story:

Vectis Radio was launched by Ian Mac as an Internet-only radio station on January 23rd 2010 starting life at the Quay Arts Centre. The surroundings back then can only be described as small, in fact, it was pretty much a broom cupboard.


After many years of sleepless nights, hard slog, moving studio six times, very rarely going off the air and sheer bloody-mindedness, Vectis Radio has arrived!


The event:

Rebecca & I were invited into the station to speak with Ian Mac, about the event we are producing — “An Evening with Francis Benali MBEon 25th June at Medina Theatre “— Isle of Wight…


This exclusive show will feature a VIP MEET & GREET, LIVE & UNSCRIPTED interview with the Southampton Legend, followed by a SPECIAL AUDIENCE Q&A.


The event is raising funds for the Wessex Cancer Trust on the Isle of Wight with signed football memorabilia from Francis Benali


To listen to the chat Pete & Rebeca had with Ian, just click on the link below and learn more about Seamless and the forthcoming event with Francis Benali…

To learn more about our chat with Vectis radio and how you can purchase your VIP ticket to see Francis Benali LIVE and exclusive - click on the link to discover more!


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Why you shouldn’t start a podcast show — Really?

15 May 2022

It's true — the internet is entirely free for everyone to create anything they want and believe they can make a success with their projects and ideas!


As big as the podcast industry is, several new entrants, venture into the industry because they are fascinated by the outcome and revenue established shows make in the podcast world…


The industry is BIG that 57% (118 million) of the United States population listened to a podcast in September 2021, and over 22% are weekly podcast listeners.


Is podcasting for everyone? 


Key Points:

1. If you are looking to get rich overnight without putting in the work to your show— which can take years then think again!


Just because you hear people making money from something this doesn’t mean you have to do it — as well.


You will be surprised to know that as lucrative as the podcast industry is, not many people are making a living off it even though there are so many shows…


Click on the Medium link to discover more. 


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How do you become a professional footballer?

28 April 2022

In this article, we provide some useful tips that will help you on your journey to becoming a Professional Footballer.


In a world where anything is possible — how difficult is it to become a professional footballer today?


This is the dream of every young player to make it into the professional game, but is this just a dream or can it become a reality? — let's take a look


1. Make football your #No-1 priority every day!


With a passion and commitment for the game to improve, the more hours you dedicate to the sport the more potential you have.


In today’s hugely competitive world of football, if you can’t give 100% you will simply be overtaken by those who can and will leave you behind!


Football is the world’s most popular sport so there is plenty of competition around to keep you on your toes.


Never lose sight of it that you truly have to love the game. You have to have a passion for it because if you don’t, you may simply become deterred when your performance as an individual or team drops form — you have to pick yourself up and go again, again and again!


Click on the Medium link to discover more


Plus we will cover some more points about professional football in future blogs -  about how to make it as a professional footballer.


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How To Make It In The Music Industry Today…

16 April 2022

In this guide, we’re looking at the following tips on how to career as an indie music artist…


1. Define what “Making It In The Music Industry” Means today…


There are a lot of people who look at the major label artists at the top of the music industry and think that is the only definition of “making it”.


However, you actually don’t have to be the next Taylor Swift to have a successful and fulfilling music career.


There are plenty of artists out there who are content being able to pay their bills with their craft. This idea of forming a living around what you love is often what sets indie artists apart from major label artists.


So, by defining what level of success you’d like to achieve in the music industry, it’ll be much easier for you to layout a game plan to achieve that...


Click on the Medium link to discover more. Plus we will cover some more points in the next article — about how to make it in the music industry.


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An Evening with  Francis Benali MBE - Hosted by presenter - Kenzie Benali...

31  March 2022

We are excited to announce the event host for an "Evening with Southampton Football Legend" - Francis Benali MBE on Saturday, June 25th 2022 at Medina Theatre - hosted by presenter Kenzie Benali...


Regularly spotted on CBBC, SKY Sports & Nickelodeon!


About Kenzie:

Kenzie Benali is one of the UK's most exciting emerging talents. As well as being a television presenter, event host and blogger, Kenzie is a trained journalist, with a First Class Honours Degree in multi-media journalism.


Having presented at some of the biggest competitions in both English and European football, Kenzie is at ease in front of audiences numbering in the tens of thousands.


Kenzie can also regularly be spotted presenting online content for Premier League football clubs Arsenal and Southampton, and working in children's television has seen Kenzie appear on the likes of Nickelodeon and CBBC.

TV presenter Kenzie Benali for CBBC, SKY Sports, Arsenal & Southampton FC

Hosted by Presenter - Kenzie Benali

The Event:


Time & Location:

Saturday, June 25th 2022 from 6:15 PM - 10:30 PM


Medina Theatre, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EW.


About the event:

This exclusive show will feature a LIVE & UNSCRIPTED interview from the Southampton Legend about his career in football, followed by a SPECIAL AUDIENCE Q&A.


Francis Benali will take to the stage to give you real-life insight into behind the scenes of his career, and his contribution to charity, including the Saints Foundation and Cancer Research UK.


We look forward to welcoming you to ''An Evening with Francis Benali MBE" Southampton FC legend - hosted by presenter Kenzie Benali


Get your tickets quick before they GO!


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What does a Celebrity Agent do? Do we need them anymore, that's the Question!

27 March 2022

When dealing with celebrities, more often than not, you won’t be working directly with them, you will probably start by working with one of their representatives


It could be just one person who manages all of the celebrity’s business, or it could be a team of individuals taking care of the day to day activities…


So when making a pitch to the agent, it’s really important to understand not only the celebrity and their brand but the roles of the people working for them.


Today, we’re going to take a look at the celebrity agent. By understanding their specific roles and responsibilities, you’ll be able to tailor your message to them…


To learn more - click on the link to read the article on Medium... 


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The Entertainment Engine podcast welcomes Actor, Writer & Producer  -  Jim Piddock to the show!

16 March 2022

On The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we welcome our next guest, writer, producer & actor - Jim Piddock


In the beginning:


Jim Piddock is an actor, writer, and producer, who began his career on the stage in England, before emigrating to the U.S. in his early twenties. 


He made his theatrical debut in the U.S. in "The Boy's Own Story", a one-man show about a soccer goalkeeper, at the Julian Theatre in San Francisco. The show was an instant success with critics and audiences, winning Jim the Bay Area Critics' Best Actor Award.


The show was then produced Off-Broadway and he quickly gained the attention of the New York theatre scene. 


“Jim Piddock is a sharp, witty, and erudite man. Head to head with

Shakespeare, most critics have said Jim would win in a knife fight. I

like his style.” - Eddie Izzard



That same year (1982), he was cast in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" by George C. Scott, who directed/starred in the revival, which also featured Nathan Lane, Christine Lahti, Dana Ivey, and Kate Burton.



To listen to the  full conversation with Jim Piddock, just click on the link below to discover more;

Latest project - Caught with My Pants Down:


Jim Piddock has navigated the turbulent waters of Broadway and Hollywood as an actor and a writer. 



“A brilliant and colourful ride and romp through Hollywood from one

of the business’s funniest men. Honest, witty, and quite simply a

great read.”  - Ross King MBE



In this highly entertaining and witty account of his journey from a small village in England to the heady heights of the Hollywood Hills, he pulls back the curtain-with remarkable honesty and humour - to reveal what really goes on behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.



“This book is so much fun! Laugh out loud funny, warm, self-deprecating,

and hugely entertaining.” - Jane Leeves



Jim lives in the Hollywood Hills and is currently working on several projects that he will write/produce, some of which he will also appear in.


It was a real pleasure speaking with Jim we thoroughly enjoyed the chat, and we are looking forward to continuing my read of - "Caught With My Pants Down".


To learn more about Jim's career and his latest project - click on the link to read the article on Medium... Enjoy!



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An Evening with Southampton Football Legend -  Francis Benali MBE - Medina Theatre - Isle of Wight, 25th June 2022…

11th March 2022

On Saturday, June 25th 2022  -  Seamless Entertainment presents an "Evening with Southampton Football Legend" -  Francis Benali MBE…


Time & Location:


June 25th, 6:15 PM - 10:30 PM


Medina Theatre, Fairlee Road, Newport, Isle of Wight. PO30 2EW


About the event:


This exclusive show will feature a LIVE & UNSCRIPTED interview from the Southampton Legend about his career in football, followed by a SPECIAL AUDIENCE Q&A. 


Francis Benali will take to the stage to give you real-life insight into behind the scenes of his career, and his contribution to charity, including the Saints Foundation and Cancer Research UK.


Included in the standard ticket:


*Watch the live show and interview with Francis Benali in a relaxed atmosphere on stage with the event host.


*Special Q&A with Francis Benali and the audience.


*Opportunity to view and purchase memorabilia boasting iconic sports personalities past and present.


*VIP Meet and Greet Tickets are also available, which includes all of the above plus your own special VIP meet and greet experience and photo opportunity with Francis Benali - with exclusive VIP seats to experience the show up close and personal from the football legend.  Please book via the separate page for more information. (Link to VIP Tickets)



Quote's from Francis Benali's autobiography;


"Anyone wanting an example of never being beaten should look at the incredible Francis Benali" 

 Alan Shearer


"Probably the most selfless man I've ever met, you need to read his story" 

Matt Le Tissier


"The iron man with a will of steel and a heart of gold. Truly fran-tastic!"

Jeff Stelling - Soccer Saturday



Not only that you have the chance to buy Francis's autobiography on the night and the chance to purchase memorabilia boasting iconic past and present football legends for that total fan experience!



For tickets Book online or call the box office on

 01983 823884

www.medinatheatre.co.uk


VIP MEET & GREET: Tickets

 STANDARD: Tickets

Francis Benali Southampton FC, charity work for Cancer Research UK

Southampton FC legend - Francis Benali



Learn about Francis's 20-year football career and his charity work with Cancer Research UK.


Franny, along with his family and support team, has raised over £1million for Cancer Research UK, and continue to support them.



We look forward to welcoming you to ''An evening with Francis Benali" Southampton FC legend. It's going to be a great eveining!


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Dr Paul Family talk show- "Host of Impact Radio" in conversation with Pete Moore  Co-founder Seamless Entertainment…

4th  March 2022

I was recently invited to be a guest on the - Dr Paul Family talk show USA. So I got comfortable with a BIG cup of coffee, sat back, and had a chat with the host of the show - Paul Reeves


It was a great chat with Dr Paul, really comfortable and felt like we have known each other for years, exactly what we try to achieve with our own podcast show - The Entertainment Engine. 


With technology today you can speak with anyone in the world, which is quite magical really - you don't have to send a carrying pigeon across the country or dial-up on those phones you know the ones I mean, that take forever!


To listen to the conversation Pete had with Dr Paul, just click on the link below to discover more;

About Impact Radio:


IMPACT RADIO USA provides news, talk, sports, and music 24 hours a day, 52 weeks per year. Their goal is to keep you as the most informed and entertained Internet Radio audience.


To learn more about Impact Radio & Pete's conversation with Dr Paul Reeves- click on the link to read the full article on Medium... Enjoy!


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New Music released - "Lights of Baku" EP - Gurban Abbasli featuring singer-songwriter - Becky Gregory!

28th February 2022

New music from Gurban Abbasli electronic music producer, DJ and one of the pioneers of the Azerbaijan electronic music scene, featuring the vocalist and songwriter — Becky Gregory from the UK…


After all my years in the music business with so many ups and downs you still can’t beat a solid producer creating beats with a strong vocalist to carry the song!


I remember the days when labels were so against dance music, but in the back of their minds, they knew it makes money — even to this day, you can’t beat a GREAT dance track!


In my humble opinion it’s still one of the best, maybe the best way to create and break a track and vocalist, going way back to the “90’s scene with the creation and founders of dance music.


Links to listen and download the EP

  1. Click here for — iTunes
  2. Click here for — Beatport
  3. Click here for — Spotify


I am looking forward to seeing more collaborations with these artists making NEW fresh music, with chilled beats, strong vibrant vocals — check out the music, you will be glad you did!


To learn more about Gurban & Becky - click on the link to read the full article on Medium, and download the EP from the links above... Enjoy!



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The Entertainment Engine podcast welcomes Music Promoter & Co-Founder of Black Deer Festival - Gill Tee!

24th February 2022

On The Entertainment Engine podcast show this week, we welcome our next guest, music promoter & entrepreneur - Jill Tee


Early days:

Gill started her music career at Capital Radio, one of the largest commercial radio stations in London. Her role at the start was to promote 'on air', music events and festivals for the leading UK promoters of the time. 


She worked her way through the ranks becoming Head of Entertainment at the station, looking after all the live music c elements, along with developing new projects. 


During this period Gill was charged with pulling together, the first 100,000 capacity Party in the Park at Hyde Park in 1998.


This is where Gill fell in love with producing events. Having secured a production company to work with on the project, and watching a world build from a greenfield site, it became apparent to her that this would be her next move into the world of live music. 


Gill took the massive step of leaving a secure job at Capital to start her own events business, Entertee. 


Gill was determined to go it alone but was persuaded by Deb Shilling, whom she had worked with at Capital that having a business partner would be more fun, so she and Debs set about finding an office.


To listen to the podcast chat with Gill Tee just click on the link below;

In 2009, Gill was asked by one of the UK's top promoters, Vince Power, to produce a new festival in Kent, the Hop Farm Festival. There she learned first-hand the ups and downs of producing a festival from scratch.


The Hop Farm was headlined by some incredible artists, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Eagles and hundreds more. The performance that stood out above all others during the 5 years of Hop Farms' life, was the iconic Prince's first and only UK festival appearance.


To learn more about Gill - just click on the link to read the full article on Medium, plus you can tune in to the podcast show to learn more...


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Award winning film makers Anthony Saldana & Jason Figueira

Documentery Filmmaker - Anthony Saldana

The Entertainment Engine podcast, welcome's Anthony Saldana, award-winning documentary filmmaker!

17th February 2022

On The Entertainment Engine podcast show this week, we welcome our next guest, documentary filmmaker - Anthony Saldana…


Anthony Saldana & Jason Figueira. They are multi-time award-winning filmmakers of documentaries focusing on the under-represented like people with disabilities - on this show we talk with Anthony.


Besides their experience in filmmaking, they have each had to deal with their own personal adversity. Anthony suffered a serious back injury, and Jason lives with OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder.


The latest film in fact is called Straight Off The Canvas and is about how the blind creates, teach, and appreciate art just like everyone else…


To listen to the full podcast chat with Anthony just click on the link below;


To learn more about Anthony - click on the link to read the full article on Medium, and you can tune in to the podcast show to learn more...


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‘The Meg’ Sequel Goes Into Production in the UK! - Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water…

14th February 2022

The Meg 2: The Trench is an upcoming science fiction action film, directed by Ben Wheatley with a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber, the film is loosely based on the 1999 book The Trench by Steve Alten.


Serving as a sequel to the 2018 film, the film stars Jason Statham.


Development:

In April 2018, Jason Statham said a sequel to The Meg would happen if the film did well with the public, saying


“I think it’s like anything in this day and age — if it makes money, there’s obviously an appetite to make more money. And if it doesn’t do well, they’ll soon sweep it under the carpet. But that’s the way Hollywood works.”


In August 2018, Steve Alten said

“My feeling has always been that this is a billion-dollar franchise if it was done right. But to be done right you had to get the shark right, get the cast right, get the tone right. And Warner Bros. has nailed it completely. The producers have nailed it.”


In October 2018, executive producer Catherine Xujun Ying announced a sequel was in the early stages of development.


Production:

Production on “Meg 2: The Trench” has kicked off with a splash at Warner Bros. — owned Leavesden Studios outside London, where the Harry Potter and Batman franchises were also shot.


The film, about a murderous 80-foot prehistoric shark, is directed by “Rebecca” helmer Ben Wheatley,


“The Meg,” in which Statham battled a monstrous prehistoric shark after it emerged from the world’s deepest ocean trench, is based on Steve Alten’s 1997 book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror.”


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The Entertainment Engine podcast welcome's Australian Singer songwriter - Chantel Cofie!

10th February 2022

The Entertainment Engine podcast show this week, we welcome our next guest, Australian singer-songwriter - Chantel Cofie


The Sydneysider is more than a singer, she's also a songwriter, musician, and actress, who is known for her soulful voice and love of R&B.


Chantel Cofie, best known as "Chantel," has already managed to hit an extraordinary level of maturity and complexity with her appealing music at the tender age of 22


This charismatic Australian singer, songwriter, musician, and actress creates beautiful songs that are inspired by the green energy of pop and the soulfulness of R&B. 


Her dynamic vocal style is very emotional and direct, echoing the work of artists such as Beyonce', Usher, or Rihanna, to mention a few. Chantel's passion for Music started at a very early age. 


"She could sing before she could even talk," her dad fondly recalls.


Chantel is truly a multifaceted talent. From her start in the arts at just 6 months old, she is now a professionally represented singer, songwriter, musician, dancer, actress and screenwriter


Take a listen to the full conversation with Chantel, just click on the link below;

To learn more about Chantel - click on the link to read the full article on Medium, and you can tune in to the podcast show to learn more...


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This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome  -  Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer & vocalist -  Rocky Kramer!

3rd February 2022

On The Entertainment Engine podcast show this week, we welcome our next guest to the show Composer, vocalist & musician - Rocky Kramer


Hailing from the Scandinavian Peninsula country of Norway, Rocky Kramer is truly a modern-day Viking, poised to take no prisoners as he conquers the hearts, minds and souls of rockers around the world! 


Armed with a guitar, this graduate of Metal 101 constitutes a triple threat as a composer, vocalist and formidable musician.


A Viking Rocker Emerges!


Rocky Kramer -  Early days:


Born in the 1990s to musician parents, few could have known that Rocky would inherit his parents' passion for music, ultimately transforming into Norway's ambassador of rock. 


While some homes have a piano, Rocky's home had two - one for the upstairs and another for the downstairs.


At the age of five, tragedy struck when Rocky's mother succumbed to cancer, leaving Rocky, his older brother and their father to fend for themselves. Rocky laments that "my father immediately took on the responsibility of raising two unruly boys by himself."


To listen to the podcast show with Rocky Kramer just click on the link below;

By the time Rocky reached high school, he and his many bands had become well known throughout Trondheim, with recognition coming in from around the country.


To learn more about Rocky - click on the link to read the full article on Medium, and you can always tune in to the podcast show...


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This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast. We welcome Actor, Presenter & Model - Wendy Stuart-Kaplan!

27th January 2022

On The Entertainment Engine podcast show this week, we welcome our next guest to the show presenter, actor & model - Wendy Stuart Kaplan


Wendy Kaplan is an actress, comedian, on-camera host, and model. Fit Model Extraordinaire. 


Wendy is known in the fashion industry as an expert fit model and consultant working with major brands such as; Eileen Fischer, Nina McLemore, and Michael Kors Outerwear as a standard for size 8 clothing…


She feels deep down in her past life, she was a famous explorer because she has spent this life recreating that quest for adventure. 


Wendy is known for her quirky sensibility, and offbeat interpretation of characters that have gotten her cast in film, TV, and theatre

She believes that successful performers must draw from their own life experiences. 


Whether bantering with Katy Couric as an antique collector, playing a frustrated casting director for an AT&T industrial, or exploring the secrets of The Woolworth Building on Time Traveling With Brian Unger, Wendy Stuart Kaplan brings a signature flair to everything she does.


To listen to the podcast show with 

Wendy  Stuart Kaplan just click on the link below;

New Yorker Wendy Stuart-Kaplan is a '70s club kid and model who has done it all, from basking in the dazzling lights of the legendary Studio 54 and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Carl Bernstein, Andy Warhol and Calvin Klein…


NYC is home, shared with a long-haired chihuahua, a cockatoo, two English Angoras, a husband and a daughter. All the animals roam freely, just like Wendy Stuart Kaplan


Click on the link to read the full article on Medium


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This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast. We welcome Comedian, Podcaster & Actor - Jonesy…

20th January 2022

To kick off our podcast season for 2022. On The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we welcome our next guest to the show Comedian, Actor & Podcaster  - Jonesy


Jonesy is an actor-comedian known for roles on Gotham, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the Letterman Show. 


He's performed comedy on both coasts and his stand-up comedy style is a blend of autobiographical stories and 21st-century cultural critiques delivered with East Coast attitude. 


Jonesy has participated in the New York Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival and Laugh Riots. His standup comedy is a blend of unrelated personal grievances delivered with an East Coast edge


Throughout the pandemic, Jonesy has continued to host and produce his 5 day/week podcast called Weird AF News, which can be heard on any podcast player.


Check out the chat we had with Jonesy just click on the link below;

Jonesy can be seen on Gotham ( Fox) Season 1, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), Letterman Show (NBC) plus much more!


It was certainly a great conversation with Jonesy, a really interesting and fun career to date! We look forward to catching up with him again in 2022 with more conversations and laughs along the way


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Team Seamless

Start the New Year with a Music Industry course from How to become Music manager to How to put on a Music festival…

14th January 2022

Well, 2022 is upon us and it's that time to take your music career to the next level.


The Seamless team have created a new energy and thinking across the entertainment space, with the launch and broadcast of The Entertainment Engine podcast.


The next stage for the company was to launch a series of entertainment learning through mentoring and course program’s.


It is the team’s passion to inspire the next music industry professionals, to deliver exceptional music industry, advice, knowledge, and support for our clients through a seamless service.


We pride ourselves on our unique offering, with clear and concise information from seasoned entertainment executives supporting our clients across their entertainment journey with a choice of music industry topics including;


Music festival promoter mentoring course. The first course from the seamless team!


The music festival course and mentoring program have been developed to provide NEW music promoters with the tools, knowledge, and experience from our seasoned team.


You will learn the “ins and outs” of the music festival world, from how to write the festival plan to selling your first festival ticket, raising capital to build your five-year plan, and your exit strategy!


You also learn how to mitigate the risks working with investors and banks, self-funding, and how you deal with agents, managers, attorneys, accountants & your bank managers!


For more information about this course email the team. We look forward to welcoming you and taking your entertainment career to the next level!


Team seamless

What does 2022 hold for us in the Entertainment industry?

4th January 2022

2021 has certainly been pivotal for many industries. With technology advancing exponentially, and COVID-19 still impacting consumer behaviour, companies are having to adapt, shift, transform and innovate to stay ahead of the curve!


What new trends will emerge?  What is going to shift?


So, out with the old, and in with the new:


As 2021 comes to a close, the initial M&A activity will only continue to accelerate in 2022.


We expect many of the large media companies to go on shopping sprees for smaller-scale brands and digital-first media brands.


Is it a time for a change?


There will be a reckoning of subscription video on demand (SVOD) players as the initial wave of subscribers start cancelling in significant numbers.


This may be attributed to the perfect storm of consumers reconciling multiple subscriptions (Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus, Apple TV, Google TV, etc.)


Click for more information;

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Team seamless

Merry Christmas to all our podcast listeners & Kick-off the new year with a BANG and implement your strategy for 2022…

23rd December 2021

Welcome to the last podcast episode of the year, what a 12 month period we have all had, many ups and downs. 


With some key points to help Musicians & Bands move forward for 2022!


The team thank all of our listeners from across the world and our special guests who provide the show with some great conversations throughout 2021. This will continue for 2022.


We wanted to share some key points for musicians to kick off the new year with a bang, start as you mean to go on no excuses, just do!


Artists & bands key points for 2022:


Website & mailing list:

Creating and building a professional website for your online presence is vital, but even more important is building a dedicated mailing list for all your subscribers…


Your website should include links to your music, bios/team, images, and tour dates, make sure to also include a mailing list to sign up. 


Email marketing offers direct access to the inboxes of people who are most likely to engage with your music.


If a fan gives you their email address, it means they want to hear from you, with a message directly to their inbox about your latest release or tour, this is much more likely to reach them than a social media post that can be restricted by a platform's limited reach.


Click on the link to discover more key points for 2022:


The message is to be consistent with your activity, website, social media, meetings & phone calls — do what you say you are going to do!


If you say you're going to call a promoter at 11 am then do it — the only reason you will fail is because of you. So take 2022 by the horns and really create some magic!


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Team Seamless

This week The Entertainment Engine podcast welcome's - Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer -  Skip Martin...

16th December 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we welcome our next guest to the show legendary singer-songwriter, producer and author - Skip Martin


Skip is a Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and author, best known for his tenure as a lead singer and trumpeter for two legendary groups, Kool & the Gang and The Dazz Band.​


His achievements include MOBO Outstanding Achievement Award, Platinum & Gold Record recipient, R&B Song of the Year, six consecutive Top 100 albums, two Top 100 singles.​


Skip Martin has also received an Honorary Degree of Doctor in Music, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Artists Music Guild, Certificates of Appreciation for his numerous tours to Iraq and Kuwait and is a Special Honorary Member of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. Skip is Goodwill Ambassador to both Kakegawa City and Okinawa in Japan


This is the very first time a resident of a foreign country has received this honour in Okinawa.


Listen to the conversation we had with Skip, 

which was great fun & inspiring:

Film credits include:


"Jungle Boogie" in Pulp Fiction (1994); "Let It Whip" in Next Friday (2000), Pitch Perfect (2012) and Almost Christmas (2016) to name a few. 


Video Game credits featuring "Let It Whip" in Grand The5 Auto: San Andreas.​

Skip's "Love Notes" CD features eclectic collaborations with 10-time Grammy Award winner Arturo Sandoval, 13-time Grammy Nominee Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra, Stefan Maier, lead violinist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Rocco Prestia of Tower of Power & Balaguer Urbanistic!​



Children's Book:


Skip's first children's book, 'Morgan The Clydesdale Pony', inspired by Skip's own experience at the Kentucky Derby, is an epic story about the dreams of a young Clydesdale pony hoping to race in the Derby. 


The book promotes self-esteem, goal setting and never giving up on one's dream.​

"God Will Find You", Skip's newest and first Gospel CD is available now on iTunes and Amazon.com.


Other current projects include: "Skip Martin Presents Organic Neo" CD, co-writer on the track "You're Da One For Me" for Tower of Power's "Step Up" CD as well as recorded 2 songs on Spyro Gyra's new CD 'Vinyl Tap'.



Musicians Come Together with an Anthem of Hope:


Skip's latest single  - "People Get Ready" features an all-star lineup including; Stevie Wonder on harmonica, CeCe Peniston, Ray Parker Jr, Taylor Dayne, plus many more!



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Team seamless

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast, Greek American Actor and Voice-Over artist - Katie Chonacas…

9th December 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we welcome our next guest to the show Hollywood actor, director & Voice Over artist - Katie Chonacas...


Katie Chonacas worked with 19 legendary A-list stars in just one year alone


Early life:


Growing up in the Detroit music underground scene Katie recall's "knowing" to remember that it would be some of the most preciously precarious moments of her life that would lead and be a part of something BIG, something magical, something bigger.


When Katie was 17, Bad Boy Bill was playing at an epic special show in Chicago she knew she HAD to go. Grabbing her teenage Greek BFF at the time, Christina Helena, everybody called her Tina back then, said "we are going on a road trip" and she stood right by me with NO question at all. 


This is when she heard and had to befriend DJ Bad Boy Bill - The world's leading legendary House DJ from Chicago.


Listen to the full podcast episode with Katie Chonacas, just click on the link below;

Film projects:


Katie Chonacas is an international actress, who made her first on-screen network television appearance in 2001


Gracing the silver screens ever since Chonacas has globalized network television landing roles on top television series such as CBS's CSI: NY, Cold Case, FX Network's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Law & Order SVU to name a few. 


Chonacas also excelled in the movie, she booked supporting roles in movies with Al Pacino, Milla Jovovich, Robert De Niro, Jessica Simpson, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Nicolas Cage & David Arquette.




Voice-Over Artist:


A working professional voice-over actor in the entertainment industry. Katie specializes in cartoon animation voices with her branded name Cartoon Katie


Chonacas brought to life characters such as Soup from Minecraft: Story Mode - Season 2, Georgia as Nancy Drew's best friend. Katie has a raspy golden voice in voiceovers such as Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore.




Music - Dreamland 11.11:


Rooted in Greek Orthodox tradition, Saint Kyriaki draws its name from the Great Martyr, Saint Kyriaki. 


She goes by the nom de plume Katie Chonacas, a household name in the Hollywood film and TV industry.  Dreamland 1111, Saint Kyriaki's debut album, was released on her birthday, 11.11.



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Team Seamless

Shogun Films named UK’s ‘Independent Film Production Company of the Year’

7th December 2021

Shogun Films, the disruptive indie film company focused on action movies for the international market, has been named as the UK’s Independent Production Company of the Year at the prestigious Corporate LiveWire Global Awards in London.


Founded by producer Jonathan Sothcott and his wife actress Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott shortly before the covid pandemic erupted, Shogun has already produced two movies in just over a year despite the challenges facing the global film industry — the critically acclaimed gangland home invasion thriller Nemesis and the action-packed revenge film Renegades.


In addition, Shogun expanded its reach with publishing and soundtrack divisions, releasing a glossy ‘making of’ book and CD soundtrack for Nemesis.


Shogun has attracted a host of international stars to its initial films including Lee Majors, Danny Trejo, Michael Paré, Louis Mandylor and the late Tiny Lister as well as UK favourites Ian Ogilvy, Billy Murray, Nick Moran and Patsy Kensit.



If you missed The Entertainment Engine podcast episode with film producer Jonathan Sothcott & actor Billy Murray, on Shoguns first release Nemesis, then be sure to give it a listen as they share some great comments and insight into the movie world!


Click on the link below to discover more from our chat with

 Jonathan & Billy;


For more information about Shogun Films click on the link below;


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Team Seamless

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast  we welcome - Chris Korbey Co-Founder and CEO of StagePilot…

2nd December 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we welcome our next guest to the show CEO of StagePilot - Chris Korbey.


About:


As co-founder and CEO of StagePilot, Chris has spent nearly a decade creating technologies and services that empower artists to grow, analyze, and monetize their global fan base.


Prior to StagePilot, Chris worked for and owned design and branding companies in New York, Boston, and Dallas creating campaigns for Scion, Stetson, Southwest Airlines, and other global brands whose names don't begin with an "S".

About StagePilot:


Is a global platform for live, virtual, and hybrid VIP experiences. Serving the entertainment industry in all its facets - including music, television, comedy, professional sports, streamers, and gamers - the innovative platform empowers artists and creators to engage, grow, and monetize their global audience through unforgettable moments for their biggest fans.


Their one-of-a-kind VIP experiences are designed based on extensive research of fanbase trends and the artist's own personality. 


We look forward to watching how StagePilot evolves and providing a great resource for music artists and their fans.


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Team seamless

Seamless Entertainment launch Music industry Mentoring program & Courses for people pursuing a career in the music industry!

29th November 2021

Throughout the pandemic, the Seamless team wanted to create new energy and thinking across the entertainment space, with the launch and broadcast of The Entertainment Engine podcast, providing a new show for the entertainment industry — the next stage for the company is to launch a series of entertainment learning;


“Music mentoring, Consultancy services and Courses — to help creatives navigate the entertainment industry”


So let's take a closer look;


It is the team’s passion to inspire the next music industry professionals, to deliver exceptional music industry, advice, knowledge, and support for our clients through a seamless service.

Music mentoring program and courses

Music industry Courses

  • So which course is for you?
  • Music festival course program
  • The music business Industry overview course 
  • Artist management course


The “music business” is an extremely difficult place to navigate which can take years to learn, and sometimes it never sinks in, until one day that spark hits you and you SAY ‘now I understand’ but sometimes it can be too late with no more resources to pull upon!


The Seamless courses provide the most relevant and up-to-date skills for current and future music creatives to help them navigate the music industry and build a successful career.


To find out more click on the link and take your career to the next level;


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Seamless team

On The Entertainment Engine podcast, Legendary Film composer & Singer-songwriter- Randy Edelman...

25th November 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we welcome our next guest to the show legendary Film Composer & Singer-songwriter - Randy Edelman to the show…


Randy Edelman grew up in Teaneck New Jersey, where he studied piano at an early age giving many recitals locally. After high school graduation, he enrolled at the Cincinnati Music Conservatory where he majored in piano and composition


While in Cincinnati he began freelancing as a music arranger at James Brown's King Records and also wrote original music for regional theatre. Upon graduation, Randy headed back to New York where he signed on as a staff writer at CBS April Blackwood Music. 


He also began playing piano in Broadway pit orchestras and continued his interest as a music arranger


He went out on the road as Music Director for many entertainers. It was while travelling that Randy began writing both his own music and lyrics with an eye toward doing his own albums.  It was the beginning of a decade of producing and writing his own solo albums.


Randy also has just penned and recorded a new single during the pandemic lockdown period. It is being released by Tribeca Records and is called "Comin' Out The Other Side"


His songs began being recorded by such popular recording artists as Barry Manilow ("Weekend In New England"), Olivia Newton-John, Patti LaBelle, The Carpenters, The 5th Dimension, Jackie DeShannon, Blood Sweat and Tears, Kool & The Gang, Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA), and Bing Crosby to name a few! 


The subsequent success of his records in the United Kingdom led to appearances on the Top of the Pops, concerts at the London Palladium and Drury Lane Theaters, and tours throughout Europe, Japan and Australia.


To listen to the episode with Randy, click on the link below;

BMI Top-Grossing Film Awards:


27 Dresses, The Mask, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Last of The Mohicans, Triple XXX, Kindergarten Cop, Six Days Seven Nights, Ghostbusters II, Anaconda, Twins, While You Were Sleeping…


In 2021, at long last, Sony Masterworks is releasing Edelman's orchestral score to Ghostbusters 2, in all formats. 


It was a pleasure to speak with Randy, what a career he has had, providing some really great insight to the music community, and we even had our own little concert by Randy on the podcast! Just amazing!!


Team Seamless

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome Multi-Platinum Music Producer  - Victor Merritt...

18th Nov 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast, we welcome our next guest to the show American music producer Victor Merritt


In his high school yearbook, Victor wrote, "Music is My Life". Grammy-nominated super producer Victor "Vino" Merritt is a humble, living legend, in the flesh. 


An acknowledged virtuoso in the music industry, Victor began training for his career at the prodigy‐like age of 15, playing multiple instruments in his family's small church. 


Tireless in his work ethic, the prolific Victor Merritt quickly established himself as a formidable musical force, with a trail of outstanding accomplishments.


A wildly successful producer/songwriter/musician, Merritt along with his production partner Gerald, established himself as an in‐demand producer since his early beginning; megastars lined up to work with him. 


He has added to the hit lists of music talents such as BabyFace, Kirk Franklin, Brownstone, K-CI & JOJO, Bobby Brown, Rome, 3T, Trinitee 5:7, U2 and countless others.


To listen to the full conversation with Victor click on the link below;

Victor has also lent his formidable talents to cinematic music, having contributed music to numerous movie soundtracks. 


Among them are the films "Woo", "How to Be a Player"," RUG RATS", "Bulworth", "Tales From The Hood" and "Blank-Man".


He's currently developing a new platform for young artists and producers to collaborate easily using digital technology.


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By Seamless team

This week on The Entertainment Engine we welcome Ingenious Media Senior Investment manager  & Director for Made Up Ltd - Nick Beveridge…

11th November 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast, we welcome our next guest to the show Nick Beveridge senior investment manager at Ingenious Media & Finance director at Made Up Ltd.


Nick is an Investment Manager, responsible for the day to day running of the finance departments dealing with the maintenance of the accounting records to detailed implementation and monitoring of business plans and cash flow.


Some of the past investments that Nick has been directly involved in have included; Cream, Love Supreme, Shakedown, Just For Laughs, Taste Festivals, XOYO, Zoo Project, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Electric Star Pubs and The Prodigy album Invaders Must Die.


Prior to joining Ingenious in 2007, Nick was part of CMO Management who managed Gorillaz, Blur, Morcheeba, Ultravox and Thin Lizzy where he was Assistant Financial Controller for 10-years. Before that, he worked with the Hilton Hotel International.



Listen to the podcast episode with some great info from Nick Beveridge ;

It was a great chat with Nick, and an area vital for NEW music promoters to really understand the pitfalls of putting on events in today's world. 


But it looks like he has his time full working with Made Up and Ingenious - busy times ahead!


By Seamless team

Shogun Films and Bleiberg Entertainment unveiled first look sales poster for Daniel Zirilli’s highly anticipated blistering action revenge thriller — RENEGADES!

8th November 2021

Shogun Films and Bleiberg Entertainment have unveiled a first look sales poster for Daniel Zirilli’s highly anticipated blistering action revenge thriller RENEGADES ahead of it being introduced to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.


Renegades boasts a heavyweight international cast including;


Lee Majors (The Fall Guy), Nick Moran (Lock Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels), Danny Trejo (Heat), Ian Ogilvy (We Still Kill The Old Way), Louis Mandylor (Debt Collectors), Billy Murray (Rise of the Footsoldier), Patsy Kensit (Lethal Weapon 2), Jeanine Nerissa Sothcott (Nemesis), Michael Brandon (Dempsey & Makepeace), Paul Barber (The Long Good Friday), Michael Paré (Streets of Fire) and, in one of his final roles, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister (No Holds Barred).


Renegades sees a group of ageing Special Forces Vets (Moran, Ogilvy, Murray, Trejo, Barber) set out on a crusade of violent revenge when their friend, former green beret Major Carver (Majors) is murdered by a ruthless drug gang led by Goram (Louis Mandylor).


With Carver’s daughter (Kensit) pushing for answers and the police (Sothcott) closing in, these old boys are determined to clean up the streets — or go out in one final blaze of glory.


Renegades is directed by action movie veteran Daniel Zirilli (Hollow Point, The Asian Connection) and produced by Jonathan Sothcott (Vendetta, We Still Kill The Old Way) from a script by Tom Jolliffe (Jurassic Island).



About Shogun Films:


Shogun Films is an award-winning disruptive independent production company specialising in the action genre.


The company’s first film, gangland home invasion thriller Nemesis starring Billy Murray and Bruce Payne was recently released in the USA by Samuel Goldwyn Films.


The films theme song called Nemesis went to NO.1 on the iTunes chart, and is currently available on all streaming platforms…


Renegades is now in post-production.


Next up are mall siege thriller Crossfire (written by Chad Law and Josh Ridgway) and the international action epic Crackdown (from a Tom Jolliffe script) both to be directed by Daniel Zirilli. Certainly looking forward to the next instalment — RENEGADES.


If you missed The Entertainment Engine podcast episode with film producer Jonathan Sothcott & actor Billy Murray, on Shoguns first release Nemesis, then be sure to give it a listen as they share some great comments and insight into the movie world!


Click on the link below to discover more from our chat;


Marcus Welch on the Entertainment Engine

Marcus Welch - Co-founder of Tech platform - Quadio

This week The Entertainment Engine podcast welcomes Technology entrepreneur & Co-founder and CEO of Quadio - Marcus Welch.

4th November 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we welcome our next guest to the show Marcus Welch the co-founder of Quadio!


Marcus Welch, the co-founder of Quadio with his step-cousin Joe Welch, is CEO of the company. A lifelong fan of emerging, genre-blending, and experimental music who DJ'd his first radio show at 14.


Marcus entered the music industry after Cornell by joining Twitter's music partnerships team, where he worked with artists including Lizzo, Hinds, Erykah Badu, and Pusha T. 


He later joined BlizzardActivision in operations and digital marketing strategy roles for Hearthstone and World of Warcraft, becoming a certified Scrum Master along the way. 


In 2018, galvanized by the idea that technology could unleash the untapped talent of college artists, he joined with Joe to create a digital hub for collaboration, opportunity, and exposure. 


Starting with creating lo-fi wireframes in their Brooklyn apartment, Marcus spearheaded the conceptualization of Quadio's product vision and design and competitive strategy and has grown the company to nearly 30+ team members engaged in activities ranging from engineering and finance to data analysis and social media. 


To learn more about Marcus journey, listen to the full podcast below;

Quadio Records recently announced a partnership with Sony's Disruptor label, and, working closely with six rising stars in genres from Uke Trap to Bedroom Pop, is scheduled to release more than a dozen singles by the end of 2020.


Few start-ups stay the same from inception through actualization, even in normal times, but with Quadio what remains unchanged is the commitment of its founders and the entire team (now 28 strong) to champion the next generation of creatives, unleashing the power of community.


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Back stage with Leland Sklar

Iconic bass guitarist & Session musician - Leland Sklar

This week on the podcast show we welcome legendary Session Musician & Bass Guitarist - Leland Sklar!

27th October 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we welcome our next guest to the show iconic musician & bass guitarist - Leland Sklar!


Leland Bruce Sklar (born May 28, 1947) is an American electric bass guitarist and session musician. 


He is a member of the Los Angeles-based instrumental group The Section, who served as the de facto house band of Asylum Records and were one of the progenitors of the soft rock sound prevalent on top-40 radio in the 1970s and 1980s. 


Besides appearing as the backing band on numerous recordings by artists such as Jackson Browne, Carole King, Phil Collins, Linda Ronstadt, and James Taylor, Reba McEntire, the Section also released three solo albums of instrumental rock. 


And never one to remain idle his very recognizable bass playing style, Sklar has entered the new millennium with a vengeance, taking on new projects with Willie Nelson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nils Lofgren, Lisa Loeb, plus much more.


Leland Sklar has been a prominent figure among Hollywood session bassists dating back to the 1970s and ever since. 



To listen to the full podcast episode with Leland, click on the link below;

He also has toured with James Taylor, Toto, Phil Collins and other major rock and pop acts, and recorded many soundtracks to films and television shows.


It was a real pleasure to speak with Leland, recently on the podcast show with his enthusiasm, energy and desire to still push forward creating some great music around the world...


By The Seamless Team

This week on the show we welcome Phil Guerini -Music industry power player Disney Executive & CEO of the Jonas Group …

21st October 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we welcome our next guest to the show former Disney Executive and  CEO of The Jonas Group - Phil Guerini.


It was great to speak with Phil and learn about his time at Disney for over 25+ years and his new appointment as the CEO of the Jonas Group. We spoke about his past experiences and shares his outlook for the coming year ahead for the entertainment industry!


Guerini has worked with a host of stars including; Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes, Gabby Barrett, Demi Lovato, Tori Kelly, BTS, Zendaya, Becky G and Kelsea Ballerini among many others.


Jonas Group Entertainment has announced that music industry power player Phil Guerini has joined the team as CEO.


Based in Nashville, Guerini will be at the helm of Jonas Group Entertainment. The company was founded in 2005 by Kevin Jonas, Sr., who was managing his sons, Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum selling group Jonas Brothers



The Jonas Group:

Jonas Group Entertainment. Are a talent management company focused on helping guide their artists down a path that will lead to opportunity, fulfilment, and ultimately success


They are passionate about people and entertainment and believe that authenticity, vision, and hard work are key to success. 


Jonas Group Entertainment also houses entertainment, publishing, and marketing divisions, with offices in Nashville and Charlotte, North Carolina. 


The group also have associated business;

The Jonas Media Group & Nellies Southen Chicken


"Life is truly an unpredictable blessing and every once in a while, we're lucky enough to experience a full-circle moment. 


I've been extremely fortunate to have spent the last 28+ years of my career with the world's leader in family entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and I plan to bring that knowledge and experience to Jonas Group Entertainment," Guerini says.



To listen to the full podcast episode with Phil Guerini - Just click on the link below;

Early life:

Phil Guerini was Vice President, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager, Radio Disney Networks


Overseeing the music strategy of the DCWW networks, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and all aspects of Radio Disney programming, its strategic direction, and the daily management for Radio Disney, Radio Disney Junior, and Radio Disney Country.



Helping to build GLOBAL careers for artists like; Selina Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber to Kelsea Ballerini, Fifth Harmony, plus much more!



It was great to speak with Phil and we wish him all the best for his new appointment as CEO and look forward to seeing how he progresses at the Jonas Group over the coming years!



By Seamless Team

How to make money Podcasting? Five Ways You Can Monetize your show…

17th October 2021

Are you thinking of starting a podcast and want to know how to make ANY money from this area? Or do you already have a podcast show and are looking to increase your revenues for your show?


Some work really well, and others work best once you’re more established. You’ll find at least one to even two ways to make money podcasting.


Look at Affiliate Marketing:

Affiliate marketing or performance marketing is where you get a commission when you refer people to other companies.


Affiliate marketing works best when you promote products or services that you use.

You could create your own “ad” spot to promote an affiliate offer if you don’t have the audience size for sponsorships. Or include a mention of a product or service as you deliver your show.



Sponsorship & Advertising:

Advertising and sponsorships are probably the first things you think of when looking for ways to make money from your podcast show!


There are several different podcast “ad” networks that connect you with advertisers. They do all the work of finding advertisers, negotiating rates, etc.


And here is the KICKER — You usually need a larger audience of at least 5K in some cases 10K listeners per month — There is always a downside for sure!



What Services do you offer?

You can offer services that tie in with the content on your podcast show. By showing that you know what you are talking about on a topic, people would get that expert level. This made it much easier to get clients without having to “sell” them.


For more information on how to monetize your podcast show - click on the link; Medium


By Pete Moore

Season 3 - We welcome to the podcast show - Paul Duddridge former manager to Michael McIntyre & Rob Brydon...

7th October 2021

A warm welcome back to The Entertainment Engine podcast show, we kick off Season - 3 and welcome our next guest to the show comedy agent, writer and producer - Paul Duddridge.


Born in Cardiff, Wales Duddridge attended Radyr Comprehensive School in his early years. Duddridge then started his career at the BBC as a writer on the children's game show Run the Risk.


We caught up with Paul from his house in LA and chatted about the "entertainment industry" From Michael McIntyre's former Manager To App Creator and founder at Entertainment Coach…


Before his California move in 2007, he was an influential comedy agent who represented the likes of Phil Jupitus, Rob Brydon, Alistair McGowan and Michael McIntyre.


Between the years 2000 and 2007, Paul produced and wrote various successful comedy shows for UK TV networks. 


He also created and co-wrote shows with Rob Brydon, including as well as producing and writing BBCs Annually Retentive and The Keith Barret Show.


Paul is also an award-winning film director and has worked with Hollywood legends Susan Sarandon, Selma Blair, Christina Ricci and Sharon Stone



Listen to Part 1 & Part 2 of the chat with Paul Duddridge. 

Just click on the link's below to learn more from his time managing Rob Brydon & Michael McIntyre plus much more;


His UK movie 'Together' in 2018 starring Peter Bowles and Sylvia Syms was the biggest cinema release for an independent British movie.


In next week show, we talk with Paul Duddridge again this time about his NEW venture - Entertainment Coach more on this in next weeks show.


Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE on your favourite podcast platform for all the latest news and guest information...



The Podcast team.

International podcast Day — With The Bad Gift Podcast show & The Entertainment Engine, plus many other TOP podcast shows!

2nd October 2021

It's that time of year again to celebrateInternational Podcast Day, with some excellent podcast shows for your listening pleasure!


This year The Entertainment Engine podcast was invited by host James Warwick of "Bad Gift’" Podcast to be featured in a special episode celebrating The International Podcast Day to share our story and a “Bad Gift” story with many other GREAT podcast shows and hosts in attendance to celebrate this day!



International Podcast Day — September 30 2021 — is an international celebration of the power of podcasts!



The history behind the day:


Just as podcasts and podcasting have evolved over the years, International Podcast Day has done the same. In 2014, National Podcast Day was celebrated.


After quickly realizing the power of podcasts internationally, they rebranded into what we are today — International Podcast Day, September 30.


Between 2015–2020, they live streams over 200 hours from nearly 100 nations featuring 350 podcasters to share their podcast journeys, personal stories, and expertise across the podcasting landscape!


In 2021, the team ended the live broadcasting. Let’s keep the celebration going year after year and continue to make our day amazing and spectacular.

The Purpose:


International Podcast Day™ is September 30th is an international celebration of the power of podcasts!


The celebration is a great opportunity to connect with fellow podcasters, podcast listeners, podcast enthusiasts, and leaders in the podcasting industry.


Help spread the word by telling your friends, sharing the celebration on your podcasts and social media feeds, and using #InternationalPodcastDay.


There are several ways to get involved and plenty to benefit from by taking part in International Podcast Day.


But first, we must all “Start The Conversation” and share the power of podcasts! 



Just a few Benefits of Being a Part of International Podcast Day!

  • Learn from podcasting, marketing, and production experts
  • Connect with fellow podcasters, podcast listeners, and audio enthusiasts
  • Learn about new tools, methods, and tricks to improve your podcast


It was great to be asked to be involved, for more information about this great day, go to — https://internationalpodcastday.com/ for more info and happy podcasting!



By Pete Moore


How to Start your Music career with Six key steps to move forward!

13th Sept 2021

How to start in the music industry today, so you have a bright idea? Technology has really opened a host of new opportunities for people around the Globe to help build you a music career!


The music industry is — changing, expanding and evolving to meet new demands. Instead of competing for traditional jobs, among musicians, or as soloists, they are looking at alternative career opportunities to forge a path.


People have more opportunities than ever to enter a music career, with so many tools available to us all. With social media and global communications, the prospects are open to many opportunities.


There are certain steps you need to take to ensure that you reach the goals you have in mind... So let us take a look!



Building a strong entrepreneurial mindset:


To forge a new path, you have to be willing to take some risks. That’s what entrepreneurs do. They take an idea that will allow them to make it a reality but also go through the pain barrier.


This means that you’ll need to learn to write a business plan. There are many free resources available online if you search ‘music business plan.’ Remember, you’ll need to do your homework on this there are NO shortcuts!


Tip: You can also engage professional people like an accountant or a lawyer and they will only be too happy to assist and give you some time and feedback on your plan — if you don't ask you don't get it!


Great idea’s fail without the right planning and direction, this is a fact!



To learn more about developing a music business plan click on the link below;


Music industry planning

The Entertainment Engine podcast show for Music, Film & TV

Podcast show

CALLING all Bands, Artists & Musicians, would you like your music to be showcased on The Entertainment Engine podcast?

5th September 2021

CALLING all bands, artists and musicians, would you like your music to be showcased on The Entertainment Engine podcast for — SEASON 3 COMING SOON?


If so, please keep reading to find out more!


The podcast show is looking to showcase bands & artists, for SEASON 3 for the ‘Artist Engine Spotlight’ each month. Featuring some of the best “indie” music from around the World, the show has already showcased music and artists from;


South America, United Kingdom, USA & Australia…


The Entertainment Engine weekly podcast series is created by Seamless Entertainment to provide helpful tips on navigating the entertainment industry across Music, Film, and TV for bands, artists, actors, songwriters, and creatives.


We have informal chats, providing in-depth knowledge, advice, and professional experience. We’re joined by special guests on the show and keep our listeners updated with current industry news, fun facts, and trends.


To learn more about the artist spotlight please send your website and music links, via dropbox/Soundcloud, etc (no attachments please) to us via the email below;


[email protected]


The team look forward to receiving more great music to be featured on The Entertainment Engine podcast show!


Good luck everyone!

The best streaming services for 2021...

26th August 2021

You now have many more places to watch your favourite TV programs than ever before. But, choosing the right streaming service for your home entertainment setup depends on several factors, your budget, titles you like to watch, and how many screens!


Netflix has grown from a startup to an industry juggernaut, while major studios having entered the marketplace with services like Disney Plus, HBO & Paramount TV.


With so much more choice today with TV & Film programming — We take a look at some of the BIG streaming platforms of today— Netflix, Amazon & Disney plus!


To learn more about the streaming companies click on the link to discover more.


Qualities To Look For In A Good Music Manager — Part 1.

16th August 2021

Now that you’ve got a solid band or artist, and some songs to back you up it’s time to look for a music manager.


Of course, you could try managing your band, but if you want to get places and make money, searching for a good music manager is essential in the music industry today!


The band manager’s responsibilities include financial planning, publicity and marketing, and acting as your adviser in all band/artist-related business ventures.


There are many qualities you can look for when looking for an excellent manager — someone who will stand by your band and help you find success within the music & entertainment industry.



Experience:

When you’re first starting you may come across or be approached by potential managers looking to get into the music business...


To continue click on the link  to discover more key areas about becoming a - Music manager

Band and Artists merchandise

Artist & Band Fashion...

A Guide To Merchandise For Music Artists & Bands…

9th August 2021

With many gigs and tours on hold for music artists around the world, putting together a merchandise strategy has never been more important for artists and bands.


Whether it’s t-shirts, hoodies, hats, or posters, selling merchandise is a great way to maintain an income stream and keeping your relationship with your fans strong!

With so many music fans stuck at home due to the pandemic, they’re also hungry for connection to their favourite artists.


From developing your merch look-and-feel to designing and selling it. Below are some useful tips and ideas to maximize your merchandising for that band and artist cool look...


Merchandise Guide for Music Artists

Season - 3 of The Entertainment Engine podcast coming September 2021...

26th July 2021

SEASON - 3 of The Entertainment Engine podcast coming this September. 


Sharing helpful tips and information for new and existing creatives, to help people navigate the entertainment industry.


We speak with world-renowned guests on the podcast who provide in-depth knowledge, advice, and experience for people working in the creative industries.


We look forward to welcoming you to the show.


The Entertainment Engine team

Music Industry Mentoring & Course programs!

20th July 2021

What qualities and skills do you need to be a music promoter?


Join Now!


The music industry can be a really difficult place to navigate, so the team is developing a series of "mentoring & masterclasses" dedicated to the music industry sector!


Limited availability! 


Our Online Music Industry Masterclasses, Mentoring & Courses launching SOON!


Subscribe to get our latest updates by email. 


(Click the link to get a free PDF explaining more about our first 3 courses)


Subscribe-and-learn-more



Team Seamless


Music festival Promoter Mentoring & Finance course. Are you looking to take your music career to the next stage?

8th July 2021

Throughout the pandemic, the Seamless team wanted to create new energy and thinking across the entertainment space, with the launch and broadcast of The Entertainment Engine podcast, providing a new show for the entertainment industry.


The next stage for the company is to launch a series of entertainment learning through mentoring and courses.


It is the team’s passion to inspire the next music industry professionals, to deliver exceptional music industry, advice, knowledge, and support for our clients through a seamless service.


We pride ourselves on our unique offering, with clear and concise information from seasoned entertainment executives supporting our clients across their entertainment journey with a choice of music industry topics including;


Music festival promoter mentoring course. The first course from the seamless team!


The music festival course and mentoring program have been developed to provide NEW music promoters with the tools, knowledge, and experience from our seasoned team.


You will learn the “ins and outs” of the music festival world, from how to write the festival plan to selling your first festival ticket, raising capital to build your five-year plan, and your exit strategy!


You also learn how to mitigate the risks working with investors and banks, self-funding, and how you deal with agents, managers, attorneys, accountants & your bank managers!


OK, let us take a look at the course module sample from the “Music promoter & Finance” course;


Module One:

  • Festival Overview & Executive Summary
  • Music festival history — mission and objectives
  • Address covid-19 Public health & safety
  • Current festival marketplace
  • Where does your festival sit in the calendar?
  • What is the goal? competition? why are you different?
  • The executive summary — your festival vision & finance plan?
  • Become the premier summer event in the region?
  • Offer the most sustainable festival experience?


The music festival promoters course is delivered over 9 modules working over a 6 week period with an easy pace to learn each module.



The music industry is a difficult place to navigate, so more advice, support, and learning across the industry is a great thing to help the next generation move forward in their entertainment careers, and be the next BIG music festival promoter!


To learn more email;  [email protected]


By Pete Moore

Legendary musician Scott Page; Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Toto

Musician & Technologist - Scott Page

This week on the podcast show we chat with Legendary musician Scott Page - Pink Floyd, Supertramp & Toto…

1st July 2021

This week on The Entertainment Engine podcast we welcome our next guest to the show, legendary musician Scott Page!


Scott Page is an American musician, technologist, and entrepreneur known for his saxophone and rhythm guitar work with Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Toto. 


He is currently CEO of Think: EXP, a Los Angeles-based media company focused on live immersive entertainment.


Scott has led a number of ventures, including Walt Tucker Productions, an audio-video post-production company that produced projects for The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Scorpions, and others. 


Scott then went on to co-found 7th Level, Inc., a CD-ROM game and educational software company where he co-produced Tuneland, an interactive musical cartoon (starring Howie Mandel and featuring David Gilmour), the Monty Python interactive series, and was integral to the development of QD7, an interactive multimedia joint venture with Quincy Jones and David Salzman that resulted from Jones' partnering with the company.


To learn more about our chat with Scott please click on the link below;

Early Life:


Scott Page is the son of musician Bill Page, best known for his work as a reed player and member of the Lawrence Welk Band. He was also a fixture with The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.


Scott Page's earliest nationally broadcast musical performance was on television network American Broadcasting Company's (ABC's) Lawrence Welk Show; he played trumpet, in an appearance with his father.


Music:


Following his musical performances on the Lawrence Welk Show as a child, Page played in-studio projects for Geronimo Black, The Alpha Band, and the Ladd McIntosh Big Band in his early adult years.


Page played oboe on the self-titled Geronimo Black album. He came to prominence, however, on Supertramp's 1983 … Famous Last Words … Tour. 


Following that tour, Page would then go on to record with Supertramp on their 1985 album Brother Where You Bound. 


He played flute on the album. That production would become his first artistic intersection with Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour, who also played on the album.



Supertramp:


Scott Page joined Supertramp in support of the … Famous Last Words … Tour (1983). It marked the first time additional musicians would join Supertramp as touring band members. 


The tour also featured Fred Mandel among the added personnel. During that tour, Scott Page was also occasionally playing the guitar and the flute.


In addition to his instrumental work on the tour, Page provided vocals, e.g., on the live version of the hit It's Raining Again.



Page's tenure with Supertramp was embedded in a transitional period for the band. 



The tour marked the first time Hodgson spoke to the audience during shows, thanking fans and announcing his forthcoming departure from the band. 


It was Supertramp's most ambitious tour, filling stadiums around the world and elevating Page's status as a recognizable figure in his own right.



Toto:


In 1985 Scott Page had the opportunity to tour with Toto (between the end of Supertramp's … Famous Last Words … Tour and the band's return to the studio for work on Brother Where You Bound). 


This was a promotional tour for Toto's album Isolation. The 1985 leg of the tour spanned February through May of that year and two dates in April 1986.


In 1986, Page was approached by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour for work on an upcoming album by the band's new incarnation following Roger Waters' departure in 1985. 


He would eventually be asked to join the band on its extensive A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour, marking the end of his stints with Toto and Supertramp.



Pink Floyd:


As Pink Floyd prepared for their first tour in a new incarnation, Gilmour and Mason began looking for musicians that could add a combination of musical skills and "showmanship" in an effort to put across more energy in the band's stage show.

Page was hired and immediately joined the band in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for rehearsals. 


Page played for the duration of the A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour with the exception of the band's last performance under that tour's umbrella: an isolated, special performance at Knebworth Park on June 30, 1990.


Despite being cast as part of the A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour, the Knebworth Park date took place nearly one year after the preceding tour date and included a number of guest musicians that were not part of the band's regular recording and touring team.


Mason referred to Scott Page as "another stage show in his own right." Page "would be rendered instantly recognizable to fans in even the cheapest stadium seats by his lavish mullet hairstyle."


As Pink Floyd historian Mark Blake illustrates in Pigs Might Fly: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, the band was specifically looking to add "the presence of younger and more flamboyant band members" and Page was a good fit with his "elaborately coiffured" look and a willingness to participate to the fullest extent possible in the band's live performance (often adding the textur