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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 2 2014
$4,941
pledged of $26,000pledged of $26,000 goal
51
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 2 2014

About

TRY OUR FUNCTIONAL DEMO NOW!

Our Mission

We want to bring you the most personalized news show you'll ever know. How personal is it? Well, it's your actual Facebook friends who make the news. We turn your Facebook newsfeed into an entertaining video and add relevance by displaying the most "liked" postings first. To see our functional demo with your actual Facebook friends, click here.

We currently include your friend's upcoming birthdays, most popular shared photos, and the top rated status of the day. We also provide our Status Update Ticker, which streams your friends' status updates along the bottom of the screen throughout the episode.

The MycroNews channel and technology is already in place to do this, but it's the entertaining content we need your help to build. We'll add life to your Facebook news by giving you top talented hosts, mixing in pop media like movie reviews and celebrity gossip, and bringing you the top songs of the week and latest trending Vine and YouTube videos.

Our goal is to allow you to stop scrolling and start watching! See for yourself, with your own friends, by going to watch.mycronews.com.

Where did this idea come from?

Curious how this idea evolved? Check out our short story by Vince LoRusso, Founder and CEO, below.

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Our Team

Vince LoRusso, Founder and CEO

Vince has an entertainment and tech background, having acting in student and short films, producing his own videos, and establishing his skills in editing. Prior and throughout his adventures with the entertainment life, he obtained a highly valued certification in the financial world (C.P.A.), which enabled him to consult for and learn about the atmosphere and business of technology companies.

In his free time he indulged in every aspect of the entertainment world - acting, writing, filming, editing, animating - you name it. Vince also learned to build websites and develop apps. It was during this time he realized the ease of pulling in your own Facebook newsfeed into another website and working with that data. Having a passion for both tech and entertainment, Vince naturally realized the opportunity to bring your own Facebook news to you in an entertaining and relevant way!

Erik Rasmussen, Cofounder and CTO

A veteran programmer of over twenty years, Erik loves to dabble in social media and feed aggregators, even single-handedly building his own social media aggregator, www.jyst.us. With MycroNews, he’s built an extremely scalable entertainment platform ready to serve social media videos to millions of viewers, fast.

NOTE ABOUT OUR HOSTS:

We searched high and low, far and wide, for Hollywood's upcoming stars with our rigorous casting process. With over 600 submissions on LA Casting and CAZT, we selected 40 to audition and these 3 nailed it. Their presence, cool, and demeanor makes them extremely credible to be your first-ever Facebook news show hosts. They're great individually and even better as a team! Check them out...

Justin J. Nichols, Master Moderator

Justin is not just the host with the most, but he's the host with your posts! He moderates your Facebook news show and gives you the face and feel you want in an anchor. 

Originally from Iowa, he was involved with aviation until he decided he was made for hosting and joined Celebrity Cruise Lines as a Cruise Director before making his way to Hollywood, CA. Currently, Justin has hosted on many projects including CBS's Undercover Boss and TMZ. He is excited to be a part of your first ever Facebook news show! You can see more of Justin's amazing hosting ability HERE.

Erica Bachelor, Queen of Everything Entertainment

She's fun, beautiful, and witty with style! Erica is the queen of entertainment news and she's here to bring you the latest in celebrity updates and what's happening at the box office. 

Erica's been on both sides of the states, having earned her degree at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA and then living in Miami, FL post-college to pursue her marketing ventures. She realized (and so did many more!) that she's got talent and should be stationed right in the heart of Hollywood where she currently resides. Erica loves the opportunity to be a part of your personal Facebook news show, so feel free to learn more about Miss Bachelor HERE.

Emile Ennis Jr., Pop Media Guru (P.M.G.)

Whether it's a viral video or the hottest songs climbing the charts, Emile is here to keep you up to date. He fills his time as a host for AfterBuzz TV and producing his own web series Chasing LA

Emile is the son of a preacher and originally from Atlanta, GA. He's got the style, presence, voice, and, of course, smile to bring you in your own Facebook news show! Learn more about Emile HERE.

Chalet Lizette Brannan, Our MycroNews Princess

Chalet is our birthday girl, who delivers your friends with upcoming birthdays to you, along with celebrity birthdays for the day. Look forward to her other segment where she interviews adults about their Facebook behavior and opinions on etiquette.

She's been busy between her singing, acting, and modeling career. She's working with top named stars like Christopher Rich and Michael Dorn on Swallow Your Bliss. Check out Chalet's IMDB HERE and feel free to like her on Facebook HERE and follow her on Twitter @ChaletLizette.

Check out this video about how our team came about:

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BE PART OF OUR TEAM BY SUPPORTING US AS A BACKER!

Our Plan

If we reach our goal, we'll be able to purchase a higher quality camera for production, lighting, space, and sound as needed, subscribe to better editing tools like royalty-free stock images and videos to keep you engaged, and compensate our staff (hosts, writers, editors) appropriately. 

This will bring you three new 6-7 minute episodes per week for 12 weeks (36 episodes total). Plus, we'll also be able to produce a volume of 2-minute refresher videos (Goal: 5/week) for anytime you need a quick update on your friends' latest postings.

Should we successfully meet our goal, we will begin production in January 2014 and run for 12 weeks.

If we get overfunded, 100% of the additional funds will go towards more quality production and more episodes in addition to the 36 episodes we'll create if we meet our original goal.

Here is an example of a full episode:

IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE, PLEASE SUPPORT US :-) 

EVERY BACKER HELPS!

Risks and challenges

Producing any sort of digital video content, whether it is a web series, feature film, short, commercial, etc. naturally comes with the risks of incurring unexpected costs, losing team morale, or not releasing the product on time.

We plan to overcome these risks by being most prepared. We've already shot 2 episodes with the full team using our lower quality equipment in order to understand the process and timing to complete an episode. We have a good sense of the work environment, the amount of time to shoot, edit, and render one episode, and how well the hosts work together.

A benefit to working with a smaller team of 5 (and possibly 1-2 more) is that we each understand the situation and are grateful of any funding we obtain. We're each willing to bootstrap to make this work and meet our budget.

Another risk is that we have great talent and they can potentially be offered a full time hosting opportunity with a big network. To reduce this risk, we have designated 2 days within the week to shoot the 3 episodes and we remain flexible with the times for each host to record their part. The production is not dependent on each of the 3 being present at the same time, which also reduces our risk to execute.

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    MycroNews SUPER FAN!

    You have your choice of EITHER a 18"X24" autographed (by each host) poster of the MycroNews Team is mailed to you OR a general admission ticket to the MycroNews launch party in late January.

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    MycroNews VIP FAN!

    You get a VIP ticket to the MycroNews launch party in Hollywood, CA. The VIP section is limited to 35 people, plus the Assistant and Executive Producers and our Hosts.

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    MycroNews MAGIC VIP FAN!

    You get to enjoy an evening at the famous, very exclusive, Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. This includes admission to the castle, dinner with the host, and an evening of magic shows in the historic castle.

    In addition, you get a VIP ticket to the MycroNews launch party in Hollywood, CA. The VIP section is limited to 35 people, plus our Assistant and Executive Producers and our Hosts.

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    You will be listed as 1 of 3 Assistant Producers in everyone of the 36 episodes.

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    MycroNews ELITE FAN!

    We fly you and another to Hollywood, CA for a weekend to attend the MycroNews launch party. This includes airfare for 2 (must be within the U.S.), 2 nights at the Hollywood Roosevelt, lunch with the hosts, and 2 VIP tickets to the MycroNews launch party (VIP details noted in prior rewards).

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    MycroNews EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!

    You will be credited as the Executive Producer of Season 1 for MycroNews. You will get all of the rewards noted prior, plus your name listed on each of the 36 episodes as Executive Producer and weekly updates directly from the MycroNews CEO. In addition, your picture with the title Executive Producer will be added to the MycroNews website alongside the rest of the MycroNews team.

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