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Movie Stars, Rock Stars and Celebrities Can Now Use their Star Power for Social Good on CelebrityCrowdfunding.com

14 Aug

Need a Star for Your Next Crowdfunding Campaign? That is One of the Perks for Launching on CelebrityCrowdfunding .com

By Robert HoskinsFront Page Public Relations

CelebrityCrowdfunding.com developed to showcase campaigns for or by celebrities is also offering Complimentary Celebrity-led disaster relief and charity Crowdfunding fundraisers and more. The website is now in the process of raising funds for marketing and promotions.

Crowdfunding is now the “go-to” source for raising capital for Celebrities and those with STAR Status.

Crowdfunding is now the “go-to” source for raising capital for Celebrities and those with STAR Status.

Prior to Crowdfunding and websites like Kickstarter and Indegogo you had to have your own funds or good credit, a job and a business plan if going to a bank for money. Then if approved have to worry about being successful enough to pay back your brand new Company’s brand new debt. With Crowdfunding anyone can raise the funds needed for any idea or cause. Based on the popular growing trend for Celebrities to Crowd Fund, launching the first official “Celebrity Targeted” platform is a great idea.

Celebrities are using their Star Status to their advantage and are Crowdfunding and asking fans to make donations towards their personal ventures or favorite causes. James Franco recently launched an Indegogo campaign to fund three individual films and is seeking 500K. Joining other celebrities to Crowd Fund Kristen Bell, who successful campaign raked in a record-breaking $5.7 million on the Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie. Zach Braff also successfully completed a $3M dollar campaign on Kickstarter.com.

FundAnything now features its first celebrity campaign with comedian Adam Carolla who is Crowdfunding his next movie, titled “Road Hard.”

When asked about deciding on which platform to run his Crowdfunding campaign. “It was a no-brainer” said Luis Sevilla, Owner of CelebrityCrowdfunding.com. “ While Fund Anything recently launched only two months ago, it was started by Learning Annex-founder Mr. Bill Zanker and is backed by the rich and famous Mr. Donald Trump. The incentive being that Mr. Trump has promised to promote selected campaigns through his Twitter account. As well as personally contributing to one or more projects that strike his fancy. Since the two portals visions are like-minded I believe FundAnyting is the most obvious portal.”

Despite the fact that the domain name CelebrityCrowdfunding.com is the best-suited name for the Celebrities Crowdfunding on the Internet the website still faces the same challenges of any new start-up. Including being an unknown and the lack of a huge marketing budget.

However the website is counting on its “out-of-box” and “not-to-be-seen” anywhere else in the Crowdfundiing industry content, features and programs to entice and persuade celebrities, fans and backers to visit and make use of the website.

Some of the website’s list of benefits or rewards called perks you will find:

  1. Pay-IT-Forward Program that “Gives Back” To Celebrity Backers!
  2. Complimentary Campaign Summary Reviews and Press Releases
  3. Celebrity “Crowd Booking” Crowd Fund & Book a Celebrity for Your Next Event
  4. Celebrity Campaign Rewards and Incentive Perks
  5. Celebrity Group or Private Chat
  6. Celebrity Cam 2 Cam
  7. Campaigns Built-in Digital Downloads
  8. On-site Celebrity Charity Auctions, Classifieds and more

Only on CelebrityCrowdfunding.com Celebrity Specific Categories:

  • Celebrity Do-Gooder – Celebrities Star Power rallies up fans to donate to their favorite charity or cause.
  • Stop The Violence – Celebrity-led campaigns to raise funds for families of those who have lost their lives behind senseless violence. As well as campaigns to raise awareness and to take actions to stop it.
  • Hope, Prayer and a Celebrity! – Request a celebrity to sponsor your campaigns or make a partial or full donation.
  • Secret Celebrity Fundraiser – Celebrity invite only fundraiser.
  • Celebrity Dare – Celebrities daring Celebrities to do something daring for a cause or for fun

The website is climbing up daily on search engines and the only thing missing America is the funds to spread the word to let celebrities, their fans and others know about it. Hopefully we can all team up together to help make a difference in the world!

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SeedandSpark.com Strives to Reshape Film and Entertainment Business through Crowdfunding Campaigns

25 Jun

Seed&Spark Hosts First Innovators’  Summit at LA Film Fest with Film Independent and Cinedigm to Connect Filmmakers and Potential Crowdfunding Campaign Donors and Investors

By Robert Hoskins

Seed&Spark, one of the world’s first crowdfunding and digital distribution platforms made specifically for independent films, launched two initiatives to help shape the future of independent film by strengthening the ties between filmmakers and film audiences.

Seed&Spark is building a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowd-funding, production, and streaming distribution

Seed&Spark is building a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowd-funding, production, and streaming distribution

During this month’s LA Film Fest, Seed&Spark hosted the first Innovators’ Summit together with Film Independent and Cinedigm. The Innovators’ Summit is a gathering of people from the film community to leverage the collective intelligence of innovators in film production, technology, finance and distribution. CEO Emily Best led a group of 50 participants through a series of exercises that painted various possible scenarios. The purpose was to imagine what could happen and examine the factors and forces that should demand the film industry’s attention, investment and action.

Earlier this month, Seed&Spark launched a $30,000 crowd-funding campaign on its own platform to enhance the company’s offerings and site usability. The Seed&Spark crowd-funding campaign WishList records specific needs for production, marketing, festivals, travel, crew and professional services. Supporters can opt to contribute with cash or to loan goods and services that are part of the Seed&Spark campaign WishList.

“We believe that in order to compete in a world of increasing fragmentation, creators’ success will depend on their connection to and relationship with their audience,” says Emily Best, Founder and CEO of Seed&Spark. “This is also true for our success with Seed&Spark as a whole. Our platform was specifically built to engage and connect independent filmmakers and audiences. We launched the Seed&Spark crowdfunding campaign to get feedback, support, and engagement from the very people we hope our improved platform will better serve.”

Best is touring film festivals around the world to educate filmmakers about the opportunities offered by crowd-funding and the advantage of an audience-centric approach to filmmaking – from pitch to premiere. Upcoming appearances include the Galway Film Fleadh, SXSW V2V Las Vegas and the Austin Film Festival.

To help Seed&Spark change the future of filmmaking, support the company’s crowd-funding campaign before June 29 by clicking here.

Seed&Spark is building a truly independent filmmaking community where filmmakers and audiences come together for crowd-funding, production, and streaming distribution. Every time an audience member supports the making of a moving picture project (funding, following, sharing) they earn “Sparks” which can be redeemed to watch movies on the streaming platform.

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Crowdfunding Industry Rolls Out the Red Carpet to Hollywood and Indies with First Crowdfunding Film Festival in California

29 May

Crowdfunding Film Festival Set to Roll Out the Red Carpet to Hollywood and Independent Filmmakers to Promote Revolutionary New Public Equity Crowdfunding Finance Tool

By Robert Hoskins

The First Annual International CrowdFunding Film Festival will be held October 2-6, 2013 in San Francisco. The film fest will bring together artists, filmmakers, entertainment and video game creators to showcase their craft, network and  raise money through the new crowdfunding finance tool. The film festival has plans to collaborate with film schools in New York, London and Paris.

Crowdfunding Film Festival Set to Roll Out the Red Carpet to Hollywood and Independent Filmmakers to Promote Revolutionary New Public Equity Finance Tool

Crowdfunding Film Festival Set to Roll Out the Red Carpet to Hollywood and Independent Filmmakers to Promote Revolutionary New Public Equity Crowdfunding Finance Tool

Film students from universities all around the country are increasingly looking to crowdfunding to find backing for their projects. With over countless films successfully funded through crowdfunding portals such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, Hollywood is now paying close attention to all this movement.

Director/Writer Rob Thomas has raised over $5.7 million for his movie “Veronica Mars” while Zach Braff’s feature “Wish I Was Here” has raised $2.6 million in donations. San Francisco State Student Sterling Cook keen on exploring crowdfunding of finance for production projects.

“I see in these directors, writers, and cinematographers, the same core passion for innovation. They are not only artists but more importantly, entrepreneurs – they are seeking to touch the world and make a difference through their films. We know of their struggle to find financial backing and I believe crowdfunding will be the answer,” stated the ICFFF’s organizer Sydney Armani.

A film production involves collaboration between dozens of creative groups and getting all the individual pieces to fit together is similar to managing a business. Crowdfunding is changing the production landscape and the movie industry is currently experiencing a real game changer

Ted Hope, advocate of America’s Independent Cinema Movement and Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society, provides deeper insight into the current state of the film industry in his blog post “Why I Left New York for the San Francisco Film Festival.”

He said, “Our entertainment economy and the art it supports, was built upon the concepts of scarcity and control, but today’s reality is one of super-abundance and access – the exact opposite. To survive and flourish, today’s artists/entrepreneurs–and those who support them–must all embrace practices that extend beyond the core skills of development, production, and post-production of their art and reach beyond the attention and practice of marketing and distribution.” The meaning behind Hope’s words echoes the exact spirit and foundation that is the core of Silicon Valley’s passion for entrepreneurship and reflects the same spirit represented by the film festival.

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New Crowdfunding Platform Launches to Help Save 3,000 Movie Theaters from Going Out of Business as Hollywood Converts to Digital and Completely Eliminates 35-millimeter Film Distribution

21 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

A new crowdfunding platform, SaveOurCommunityTheaters.org, has launched to help rural movie theaters make the migration from analog to digital media. In a move that is expected to save billions in distribution costs for movie studios, by the end of 2013 Hollywood plans to to stop distributing movies on 35-millimeter film and convert entirely to digital movie distribution.

This conversion will save billions for studios, which will no longer need to deliver cumbersome film.  Most movie theaters in large cities have already converted to digital media, but more than 3,000 throughout rural America have not made the change due the cost of installing new digital movie equipment.

SaveOurCommunityTheaters.org Allows Movie Theaters Nationwide to Crowdfund their Transformation from 35 millimeter to digital

SaveOurCommunityTheaters.org Allows Movie Theaters Nationwide to Crowdfund their Transformation from 35 millimeter to digital

“The problem,” said SaveOurCommunityTheaters.org spokesperson Scott Wilson , “is that over 3,000 cinemas across the United States are in real danger of closing. They simply don’t have the extra $50,000-$80,000 per theater needed to make the conversion.”

Michael Hurley , owner of the Colonial Theater in Belfast, Maine estimates that 20% of all theaters in North America could be lost.

SaveOurCommunityTheaters.org believes this loss is unacceptable, said Wilson. “We are harnessing our social media Circlefunding(SM)  technology to make sure community theaters are here to stay.”

Community theaters are fundamentally important to the health and wellbeing of communities. Often these theaters have been around for generations and are part of the fabric of the town. They provide history, a meeting place, and employment, said Wilson.

SaveOurCommunityTheaters.org has fundraising project ideas, web assistance, promotional suggestions and utilizes next generation fundraising technology – Circlefunding – to assist small town theaters.

Unlike many other Crowdfunding sites, which promote a variety of projects, SaveOurCommunityTheaters.org focuses entirely on community theaters.

Five Tips on How to Get Great Publicity for Crowdfunding PR Campaigns in Media Outlets Everywhere

16 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

Looking for a cost-effective way to get some positive publicity for your Crowdfunding Platform or Crowdfunding PR campaign to reach potential donors/investors?

Front Page PR is the #1 Crowdfunding PR firm in America

Front Page PR is the #1 Crowdfunding PR firm in America for Fundraising

Follow these simple directions:

  1. Hire a Crowdfunding PR firm to help you write a search engine optimized press release
  2. Release the news via a professional, paid newswire service (free news wires are ignored by reporters)
  3. The same Crowdfunding PR firm should also conduct a media relations campaign to contact all reporters that cover your Crowdfunding subject matter
  4. Post the news wire URL link from your press release into one of the following vertical business Crowdfunding PR categories so donors, investors and members of the press can find it
  5. Make sure to include a picture of the product, an executive headshot or your company’s logo. Stories with a picture/logo/infographic are picked up 50% more by the press.

Select one of the following categories and post your press release: Business CitiesCommunitiesCrowdfunding PlatformsEducationFilmMusicEntertainmentGamesVideosSocial GoodSolarRenewable Energy and SoftwareHardware, and Technology Gadgets.   Don’t see your category listed? Tell us to add it and we will.

Both Crowdfunding platform owners and Crowdfunding campaign managers and PR staff can post their news and press releases into these free discussion forums to promote maximum social media exposure.  Don’t forget to include hashtags (#), which Linkedin.com is now linking to people and companies with Linkedin.com profiles.

Crowdfunding reporters scan news these Crowdfunding PR campaign categories on daily basis looking for new and exciting Crowdfunding news stories to cover.  The same is true for donors and investors that are looking for cool new Crowdfunding campaigns to invest.  Post it for free so anyone and everyone on LinkedIn.com can find it.

To learn more about the Crowdfunding industry and startup local Crowdfunding community outreach programs, please join our free American Crowdfunding Center on LinkedIn.com or Meetup.com and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.

Become a Crowdfunding Advocate by starting up a Crowdfunding Meetup in your city or town and promote Crowdfunding as a social and economic development finance tool.

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Seattle Theater Company, Twisted Cabaret, Successfully Completes Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign

7 Apr

By Robert Hoskins

Kickstarter claims to have raised almost a half a billion dollars via crowdfunding campaigns to fund new business endeavors since it’s inception three years ago. The latest venture to successfully raise money is a small theater company called Twisted Cabaret. Twisted Cabaret closed funding this morning after reaching a modest goal of $11,000 to cover the costs of producing a live concert video of their Seattle show.

Frank Olivier's Twisted Cabaret & Pandemonium Vaudeville Show

Frank Olivier’s Twisted Cabaret & Pandemonium Vaudeville Show

Nearly a hundred people contributed to the project, achieving their goal and completing funding just minutes before the cutoff of 11:00 a.m. This was lucky for Twisted Cabaret, as Kickstarter only pays out to projects that make their goal. According to Kickstarter less than half of the projects hit their mark. If a goal is not reached then all the money is returned to the would-be philanthropists and the project gets nothing. Not only do the fundraisers get Twisted Cabarets eternal gratitude for their contribution, they will receive copies of the finished video.

Twisted Cabaret star, Frank Olivier said, “I feel an excited buzzing energy of ‘YES!’ inside me, knowing these people are all there, helping bring this together.” Olivier recounts the final funding countdown. “We were about a hundred dollars short of our goal with just a few minutes to go when two folks came on board and carried us to victory.”

One of the final donors and the one who took the funding across the line to success had been monitoring the progress. He wanted to be the one who crossed the finish line and so he was, with just two minutes to go he pledged $40 which was exactly how much was needed to achieve the goal. When asked how he felt about funding a project like this he said, “It was like winning a race.”

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