VOTE for LOTS on SMGO.TV!! :) Apr 14, 2013 16:09:07 GMT -5
Post by Extremis on Apr 14, 2013 16:09:07 GMT -5
Posted by SaveOurSeeker.com on June 27th/2013:
**Doing the Homework: A Quick Update about what the SMGO.TV Team is up to**
"Thank you everyone for voting and for spreading the word about the SMGO-SOS initiative! The 'Legend of the Seeker' community deserves big kudos for surpassing the voting goal. The SMGO team is very busy preparing to pitch to Disney, which involves putting together a lot of viewership data and detailing potential business models. A team of media & entertainment veterans is assisting with this project, which is a great advantage. It’ll take time to do a thorough job, so don’t get discouraged if we don’t get daily updates. No news is good news.
We can expect to get an update in about a month. We’ll do our best to keep you posted.
In the meanwhile, please keep spreading the word. Below, you’ll find a SMGO-SOS synopsis and useful links:
► ► Synopsis:
*May 20: Voting phase started
*June 9: Terry Goodkind’s Facebook post:
*June 11: Craig Horner’s twitter post:
*June 13: Reached voting goal of 15,000 votes
*June 14: Passed 17,000 votes
*June 14: Official post by SMGO: www.smgo.tv/congratulations-legend-of-the-seeker-fans/
► ► Useful Links:
*SMGO-SOS promo kit with templates/samples emails, social media posts: bit.ly/SOSsmgokit
*Printable ads for bulletin boards and DVDs: bit.ly/SOS2go
*Save Up 2 SOS: What we can do while we wait: bit.ly/SaveUp2SoS
*SMGO-SOS press/blog coverage (scroll down to the bottom of the page): bit.ly/SOSsmgokit
*SMGO BlogTalkRadio show: www.blogtalkradio.com/smgotv/2013/06/08/smgotv
ATTENTION: Even though we have achieved the 15,000 Vote Goal, ("Congratulations Seekers! ) PLEASE continue to encourage other Seeker fans to Vote, if they HAVEN'T already Voted. (Remember only ONE Vote per Person).
>>The more Votes that we achieve, the higher the number that SMGO.TV can relay to ABC*Disney, and the LOTS Producers, at their upcoming meetings.
>>Also, the more Votes that we get, the more number of Seeker fans that will be informed about the neXt phase, IF LotS is moved to the 'FUNDING' phase. (more Seekers to help fund would make things easier. )
**NOTE: If 'Legend of the Seeker' is moved to the neXt 'FUNDING' phase, SMGO.TV will offer REWARDS for our fund pledges. B)
So please continue to spread the word to other fans of 'Legend of the Seeker' if they haven't Voted yet.
>>Portable Ads that you can Print and share:
>>Promo Kit - Ways to spread the word to Bloggers/Reporters/other Seekers:
Thank YOU Seeker fans!
NOTE: Now that we have achieved the 15,000 Vote Goal, the SMGO.TV Team will next arrange to have meetings with the LOTS Producers, & with ABC*Disney
>>SMGO.TV will keep us up-to-date with any information that they are *allowed* to share with us.
(Since there will be a delay between the Vote goal, and the date of the meetings, the more Votes that we can get in the mean time, the higher number that SMGO.TV will be able to tell ABC*Disney when they have their meeting.
Please VOTE for 'Legend of the Seeker' on SMGO.TV (Only ONE Vote per person Please)
***NOTE: For your Vote to Count, you will have to "Sign Up" on SMGO.TV first. (You can easily "Sign up" for a SMGO.TV account, OR go through your Facebook account.)
>>After you are "Signed Up", Please Click on this link to place your Vote for 'Legend of the Seeker':
>>Once we reach 15,000 votes, SMGO.TV will then reach out to 'Legend of the Seeker' producers. (and the more Votes we get, the better B) )
(Only ONE Vote per Person Please)
****NOTE: Shows cannot transition to the next 'FUNDING' phase without ABC*Disney Production Studio approval FIRST.*****
(If ABC*Disney approves this SMGO.TV project, only then will LOTS be moved to the 'FUND' phase.
Once LOTS is in the 'FUND' phase, SMGO.TV will then be offering Seeker fans some COOL 'Legend of the Seeker'-related Reward items for our 'FUND' pledges. )
>Information about SMGO.TV here:
*How Does it Work:
*UPDATE on June 14th/2013: www.smgo.tv/congratulations-legend-of-the-seeker-fans/
Update from SMGO.TV posted on June 14th/2013:
"Congratulations Legend of the Seeker fans! You are the first show to reach and surpass 15,000 16,000 17000 votes! Way to go!
We wanted to extend a special thank you to the leaders over at Save our Seeker – they have done an exemplary job organizing this campaign and keeping you informed. Thank you again Save our Seeker we look forward to continuing to work with you to keep seeker fans informed with any major events (that we can talk about).
Because the next stage involves money, we want to prepare you for some possible outcomes early on. Our goal is to get a cable TV network interested in purchasing a 13-episode run of Legend of the Seeker. In the past this failed because networks and studios were unable to agree on a price/terms – our goal will be to fund the difference between what the network will pay to purchase the season, and what the studio will accept for the season – we expect this value to be somewhere between $1.5M and $4M.
If a suitable network cannot be found, we have a few alternatives. First, we can attempt to crowdfund a DTV film to “finish off the story” Veronica Mars style – $2M. If fans feel a little adventurous, we can attempt a mini-series – $4M-6M. Or if fans feel very adventurous, we can attempt a full 13-episode season – $13M.
So where does that leave the campaign? Our job here at SMGO now becomes getting a “hunting license” (so to speak) from Disney to go do this – to crowdfund Legend of the Seeker and to see if we can find it a new (great) home. As noted above, we will keep you as informed as we can during the process, but do know that there will be topics we cannot answer right away.
In the mean time, don’t be idle – be as active as you can. Get more people involved and bring attention to the campaign. This was just a prelude – the real fight, the part when you have the power to bring the show back is still coming.
In short, get ready to fund if we get the go ahead – and let’s save Legend of the Seeker together."
Please VOTE for 'Legend of the Seeker' in the next phase of SMGO.TV
Click on this link to place your Vote -> -> www.smgo.tv/shows/legend-of-the-seeker/
(You will need to register on SMGO.TV before you can Vote, but Registration is easy & FREE)
Once we reach 15,000 votes, SMGO.TV will then reach out to 'Legend of the Seeker' producers.
More Information on SaveOurSeeker.com's new Tumblr account here:
**NOTE: Shows cannot transition to the next 'FUNDING' phase without Production Studio approval first.***
>Information about SMGO.TV here:
(Banner images by Aci A Gy )
How does SMGO work with fans to save a show?
(image from aci01 )
The process of starting a show starts here. In this first step, we rely on members of the smgo.tv community like you, to tell us which shows we should crowdfund.
If you have a show you want us to help you save, here’s what you should do:
1. Navigate to Suggest a Show:
2. Tell us the title of your show (and any other information about it you can quickly provide – year, network etc.)
* Show Title: "Legend of the Seeker"
* Network: "ABC"
* Year Launched: "2008"
3. Click Suggest
Alternatively, if you prefer, you can email your request directly to email@example.com.
Once we receive a number of private requests for a particular show, that show is moved to our public voting system where fans can help demonstrate their commitment to bringing back their show.
Voting is the second step in the process – here we gauge how much interest you and other fans have in continuing your show. All shows currently up for voting were entirely suggested by fans using our suggestion system.
This step is crucial to bringing back your show, and you should do everything possible to convince other fans to come and show their support for the show by voting for on smgo.tv.
Every show into the voting phase is given a certain voting benchmark that needs to be met before going into our funding stage. Keep in mind, you can only vote once, and you need to be logged in to do so.
Once we have reached our voting benchmark, we will reach out to the appropriate production studio. We have the voting phase so we can prove to your show’s production studio that we have a realistic chance to crowdfund your show. Shows cannot transition to the funding phase without production studio approval.
Because we are still a relatively new company, there may be a small gap between when a show reaches its voting benchmark and when it goes to the funding stage – please be patient – shows are incredibly large endeavors to bring back and we need to make sure every stakeholder is on board. We will always try to keep you as “in-the-loop” as we can.
If your show has reached the voting benchmark and been approved by its parent studio, we will move it to the crowdfunding stage.
Once in the fund stage – your show has exactly 90 days to reach its funding goal. During this stage, you and other fans become Show Sponsors by choosing how much to contribute to help fund your show.
To become a Show Sponsor, simply select a reward pack that fits your needs (and pocketbook). These reward packs range from box sets and other show specific “swag,” to unique once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences, and nearly everything in-between. Some reward packs may contain limited edition/limited run items, and if you consider yourself a devout fan, we strongly encourage you to pledge early to secure these rewards. Show reward packs will be customized
Rest assured, all transactions are made through PayPal for added account security. And unlike other crowdfunding platforms, we don’t charge you a fee to fund your show. Lastly, we use an “all-or-nothing” approach to crowdfunding, meaning that if we don’t reach our funding goal, you pay nothing – no payments are triggered.
Once our goal is reached and a production contract is signed, we tell PayPal to process your payment, your money is transferred directly from you to PayPal to your show’s production studio. SMGO does not, at any point, handle your transactions or charge a fee – our role in this stage is to act as your advocate and get your show back!
If we reach our goal and a production contract is signed, your show goes back into production.
Shows to fund:
Hooray! We’ve reached our goal, signed a contract and your show is definitely coming back!
Producing your show is our favorite part of the process because we get to capture exclusive interviews, production stills and breaking news about your show, and put them up here at smgo.tv for your viewing enjoyment. During this phase expect lots of exclusive content, including an insider’s view into how your show is being produced.
While the show is in production we’ll also be busy getting your reward packs ready. Because shows vary in the amount of production time needed, each successfully funded project will include a production and release schedule.
We did it! Your show is back for one more season and now’s the time to rally the troops, whip up your legendary party dish, grab your favorite beverage, and get watching!
Show sponsors will be able to stream their show, with no commercial breaks, here on smgo.tv.
If for some reason, you couldn’t help fund the show, don’t worry – you can still watch it here on smgo.tv with limited commercial breaks.
Questions? Contact Us:
Want to learn more?
Visit our FAQ: www.smgo.tv/learn/faq/
or learn who we are in About Us:
Ready to get started?
or Register: www.smgo.tv/connect/account/
or suggest a show here: www.smgo.tv/connect/suggest/
(image from aci01 )
We started SMGO.TV because we were a couple of disenfranchised fans – fans who had our favorite shows cancelled prematurely.
We were angry, how could our shows, shows that we identified with and watched every week, just get cancelled with no warning? What’s more, we were shocked that, in this day and age, there wasn’t a viable solution for saving a show.
We decided to do something about it – to create a place for fans to work together and actively save their show. We wanted to create a network for the fans by the fans, and that’s what we did. Welcome to SMGO.TV.
Below we’ve put together a few sections that better explain who we are, our mission, and what we’re doing to make a totally fan oriented online network a reality.
Who are we?
SMGO.TV is run by two entrepreneurs in San Francisco, California. My name is Dave, and I handle most of the content writing and marketing strategy here. My partner is Chehin (roughly pronounced as “Shane”), and he handles most of the business side of things here. Both of us are recent MBA grads – I have a background in film production and marketing – and Chehin has an extensive background in international banking and finance (he’s actually from France and speaks a whole swath of languages).
We created SMGO.TV because we saw there was a growing need for interactivity that wasn’t being fulfilled in the market – interactive television; a place where YOU, the fan, has a say in what gets produced. We came up with the idea of creating a network for the fans by the fans.
So, early this year, we teamed up with the amazingly talented people at Dumpark, Amazon Web Services, and PayPal to transform this idea from a concept to a reality.
Our mission is fairly straightforward – we want to give fans a place to actively interact with major studios, and provide them with an avenue to save their favorite television shows.
Rather than trying to change Hollywood or the system, we realized the only way to realistically achieve this mission was by translating your voice into the universal language of money. By monetizing your opinion, we give you a real chance to compete with advertisers and choose what programming you want to watch.
Our Aspirations & The Future
Our primary goal is to bring interactivity to television, and the best way to do that is getting you directly involved in the decision process – from suggesting a show, to voting for it, to making it a reality – you are the cornerstone in it all.
As the first online fan network and community, we realize that we are trying to do something that many might deem impossible. But we can no longer sit idly by when shows like Firefly get cancelled and other shows like Community are threatened.
Together we can make the idea of an online fan-based network a reality – let’s change the status quo – let’s choose what we want to watch, and let’s have fun enjoying the culture that these shows provide for years to come.
Sign Up – and let’s save your show together.
P.S. ThanX to Seeker fan, Jon Darga, for passing along this info about this SMGO.TV opportunity