This weekend in gossip news, we learned that:
And So. Much. More.
Tune into OMGoss!p this Wednesday @ 9PM EDT to find out which of these stories make the cut and which are knocked aside by more breaking gossip. Follow @OMGossipTCA for more celebrity updates and to vote! Which stories should we cover this week?
Are you keeping a secret, Tom Hiddleston?
Weekly Recap: OMGossip
Last night on OMGossip, host Jeremy Hassell was joined by DJ Kiss, Brooklyn Jones from Flex & Shanice, Kaylen Zahara from MTV’s Are You the One, Chrissy Monroe from Love & Hip Hop & Jeremy’s regular gossip crew to discuss the most trending topics in celebrity drama.
Taylor Swift stole the show (gasp!) with the breaking news about her alleged role as a ghost-writer for Calvin Harris’ “This is what you came for” featuring Rhianna. She was brought to trial in Celebrity Justice: The People vs. Taylor Swift and was convicted by an almost unanimous vote. Felicia, #bye.
Jennifer Aniston made more than a blip on the gossip radar this week, when she attacked the press for the pregnancy allegations. Jennifer stood her ground and the people are proud! #teamjen
In the most tragic news of the night, Rich Homie Quan is on the national burner for forgetting the words to Biggie’s “Get Money”. The world is mad at Rich, but is the anger completely warranted? Can the man get an ally? Anybody? No?
Tune in next week @ 9PM EDT to find out who bumps Rich Homie Quan out of the dog house, an which celebrities get placed in “jail” on Celebrity Justice, with the ruthless, the merciless, Judge Jeremy!
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With all of the happenings in Hollywood this weekend, the next installment of OMGossip can’t come soon enough!
Some headlines you may have caught over the weekend:
Did Khloe really kick Lamar out of her rental house after finding a crack pipe on the premises?
Blac Chyna debuts her baby bump!
Tom Hiddleston dodges Taylor-Swift relationship questions—are they on the rocks already?
Did Miley really get a tattoo for Liam Hemsworth?
Will any of these topics make the cut on Wednesday night’s OMGossip? Or will a new story break and make them old news by then?
Last night on TalkCenterAmerica’s weekly programming powered by the VCC, music fans got their weekly dose of connection, while gossip fans got their weekly dose of, well, gossip.
Musician Ty Law wowed fans with an intimate Q&A session on FanJamTV. From how does music help you cope with everyday life to what was going through your head when you produced Insomniac, the callers asked it all. Halfway through the episode, Ty Law gave an exclusive performance to FanJamTV callers and viewers.
Judge Jeremy made his second appearance on OMGossip last night in Celebrity Justice: the People vs. Kylie & Tyga. The defense battled the opposition and the jury voted. Ultimately, the pair was found not guilty for reclaiming their love affair.
To watch the full episode of FanJamTv, visit FanJam.tv
To watch the full episode of OMGossip, visit OMGossip.tv
OMGossip Brings Celebrity Video Chat and Gossip to
Facebook Live Using VCC Production Technology
Powered by VCC Remote-by-Smartphone and Host Control Technologies,
OMGossip Lets Celebrities and Fans Join Live Video Talk Show from Any Device, Anywhere
July 1st 2016, New York—OMGossip, the live-streaming gossip show hosted by celebrity-interviewer Jeremy Hassell, today announced that it is expanding distribution to Facebook Live, giving millions of the social media platform’s users one click access to engage directly in video chat with celebrity guests and leading entertainment bloggers. OMGossip is part of a new breed of video-talk-based program television, powered by The Video Call Center (VCC) and designed for professional producers and studios, which combines the production quality and moderation of world-class live television with the pacing, interactivity and wide distribution of social media.
“Deep integration with the Facebook ecosystem gives producers an opportunity to engage with a massive audience,” says VCC CEO Larry Thaler. “VCC is powering the next big leap in social TV. Now viewers not only watch and chat about the show, they are active participants in the live program itself. VCC manages a large volume of video calls and efficiently produces a high quality, live television product for any distribution platform including broadcast, cable, the web, and now Facebook Live.”
VCC frees shows like OMGossip from many of the constraints and costs associated with traditional live television production, while encouraging creative innovation. For example, VCC’s remote-by-smartphone capability has enabled OMGossip to break new ground in live, mobile video contribution. Host Jeremy Hassell’s guests call him via the web using their smartphones from limos, cabs, living rooms, bedrooms, restaurants, the beach, airport baggage claims, and even riding a bicycle through New York City.
“The amazing thing about producing these shows is that there are no financial or technical limits to accessing stars live,” says, Tom Porpiglia, executive producer for Talk Center America which produces OMGossip. “We don’t care where they are. If they’ve got a smartphone, they can go on the air in seconds and be talking with their fans and Jeremy’s blogger posse from Asia to Europe and across the US.”
VCC simplifies video call acquisition so that the system and call screeners moderate large volumes of incoming video calls for video talk-based programs. The company has invented and patented unique technology that filters these calls and assists the host in running the show without a control room while maintaining broadcast quality output.
With VCC, Hassell not only hosts OMGossip, he directly controls the live video conversations between celebrity guests, contributing bloggers, and OMGossip viewers. The patented VCC host control panel eliminates the need for a costly, traditional TV broadcast control room, enabling the host to select callers from around the globe, select graphics, showcase the latest revealing videos and photos, and engage with his callers in the video chats that comprise the program.
One example of the show’s versatility came this spring via live video calls with stars of Real Housewives of New York as they prepared for airtime in the show’s dressing room. Jeremy and regular OMGossip posse member Josh McBride talked with Dorinda Medley and Jules Wainstein as they had their hair and makeup done backstage, while fans and other posse members chimed in with questions and comments from around the world.
“Jeremy Hassell is a unique talent from a generation that wants to be in control of the air,” says Video Call Center CEO Larry Thaler. “We’ve turned the model around so instead of listening to directions from a control room, Jeremy has the power to instantly make connections that he thinks will appeal to the audience. Jeremy drives this fast paced show himself, deciding which callers, clips and graphics to air, and triggering the technology that automatically switches the program.”
About The Video Call Center, LLC: VCC is a technology and content development company devoted to handling large numbers of IP Video remotes-by-smartphone and putting them on the air through patented assistive automation approaches. VCC licenses its software and provides caller acquisition and production services. VCC has produced hundreds of programs for the web through its Talk Center America platform, and dozens for programs or the stations of co-owner TEGNA Media. VCC is jointly owned by Wolzien LLC and TEGNA, which is a significant investor and customer. More at www.thevideocallcenter.com/sales
About OMGossip: Now in weekly production for more than six months, OMGossip is hosted and produced by VH-1 and MTV personality Jeremy Hassell. Among the stars and personalities who have checked in from their homes, the beach, and even while on their daily runs through downtown Beverly Hills during OMGossip’s initial run have been Farrah Abraham, Candace Cameron Bure, Heather McDonald, Dorinda Medley, Dr. Miami and Jules Wainstein , dishing with Jeremy on the latest in music, film, and clubbing. OMGossip airs every Wednesday at 9PM Eastern. Past episodes can be seen at www.talkcenteramerica.com, the VCC program distribution platform.
Last night VCC made a huge leap…by making something much, much smaller (and, of course, much, much better). For the first time VCC used its brand new digital audio system on its flagship programs, Fan Jam and OMG. Let me explain why we are so excited.
The audio and communications processing VCC provides for multiple hosts and up to 8 live callers was one of the biggest technical achievements in designing the VCC system. In effect, VCC provides each of those hosts and callers with their own, custom mix of the program. That feature required us to use a full rack of equipment—that’s 42 rack units in engineer speak or nearly six feet—along with literally hundreds of cables.
About 6 months ago we kicked off a project to substantially improve audio quality while reducing the space VCC systems occupy. The goal was to convert all that separate audio processing to a single, custom configured audio engine controlled through VCC’s HAT® automation software. The results went live last night—a singular audio console, built exactly to our specifications, along with a custom soft-control panel designed just for caller television.
Along the way, that original, massive rack full of equipment has been converted to just 4 rack units—a mere 7 inches(!)—and the cable count is now below 20. This is a major milestone in our plans to make VCC technology ready to be installed in our customer’s facilities. We’re getting very close!
Best of all, the new digital equipment sounds amazing and is a considerable improvement over what most people expect when they think “video call.” The new system also opens the door for new, powerful control options. We can’t wait to show those to you in a future post.
Feel free to give us a call if you’d like to see this system in action – it’s truly remarkable.
Matt Graf does the honors of shutting down the analog audio at the decommissioning ceremony.
BEFORE: Analog Audio, a full rack!
AFTER Digital Audio (just 7 inches)
The VCC has created more caller television than anyone in the world – we’re getting close to 3,000 callers so far – and we thought it would be appropriate to share a little of what we’ve learned.
The VCC makes it look easy
Caller television seems so simple – just identify a Skype address and connect – what could go wrong? Well, if industry experience is any guide, this is awfully tricky – with some 40% of Skype calls dropped while on air. At the VCC, our on-air drop rate is around 1%. This has been learned through experience, technology, process, and simple perseverance.
Because we are bringing in large numbers of callers, who we want to be able to see and hear each other, our processes have to be better. We also want to ensure that no-one enters this group without being screened and selected for air.
The Four C’s of Caller Screening
One of our mantras is the Four C’s. No one calling into the programs we are managing gets on unless they pass the four conditions needed to be a good caller.
1. Connection. Four years ago, when we first started experimenting with caller television, we would attempt to “muscle through” with a caller who might be on the edge. Our screeners have learned since then what to look and listen for and to assist the callers improve their connection before clearing them for air. They have become experts in evaluating the quality of the connection, improving a marginal situation, or getting the caller to call back. Sometimes this even means switching from one application to a different one.
2. Content. Does the caller know what the show is about? Do they have good questions for the host or guest star? We want to ensure only the best callers get cleared for air. Our systems track the subjects that the caller wants to speak about and shares it with the production team. By the way, how’s the picture quality, the framing, the lighting and the sound quality. Screeners know how to help the callers quickly improve these.
3. Coherent. Does the caller seem sober enough to be on-air? While it’s true that some shows might enjoy having a caller who’s inebriated – most of our clients prefer people who’ll be responsible for their words and actions.
4. Clothing. We want to ensure that the callers are appropriate for air, so although it’s the last check on this list – it has occasionally been the first thing we notice. Our screeners also have controls to immediately remove a caller from air should they decide to remove a garment.
So that’s the four C’s of Video Caller Screening. Hope to see you on one of our shows (with clothing on) soon!
Many thanks to our friends at Haivision
Our first official tradeshow gets underway in Las Vegas at NAB 2016. Thanks to our good friends at Haivision, we’ll be exhibiting in their suite at the Renaissance Hotel (right near the south hall) in the 5 Spot room on the 2nd floor.
We spent today getting the display built and then wrestled some bandwidth from the hotel’s vendor to enable our systems to work. I am pleased to say that everything is up and running. The picture posted here is a peek behind the scenes. It’s still a bit messy, but we’re happy.
We’ll be showing our entire work-flow from making and accepting a call, to call screening and clearance for air, all the way through the remotely positioned host controlling production without a control room.
Many thanks to the Haivision partners and to the VCC installation team: Matt Graf, WIll Milne, Tom Wolzien and Valerie Wolzien for making the setup happen. Also thanks to our team back at headquarters who prepared the promos and networks for the event (Tom, Jacyln, Jonni, Nicole, Seth and Lionel).
Cannot wait to optimize systems tomorrow!