April Simpson to host and co-produce “Cruisin!”

Contemporary Living Network series to showcase travel aboard cruise ships.

January 16, 2015; Atlanta, GA; – Contemporary Living Network, Inc. (CLN) announces April Simpson as the Host and Co-Producer of Cruisin!, a series to bring the experience and fun of cruising to our viewers, especially first time cruisers.   Remarkably only 3% of all Americans have taken a cruise when it’s one of the most cost effective and relaxing forms of vacationing.  Cruisin! is here to make sense of the dizzying array of cruise lines, ships, food, spas, itineraries, entertainment and ports of call.   There are literally thousands of options for today’s cruise travelers and it can be a challenge, especially for first time cruisers, to choose the right vacation.  April will be your guide to help you pick the right ships and itineraries to suit your tastes.

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“We’re so excited to have April on board with the series,” says CLN Founder, Walter Biscardi, Jr.  “She’s an experienced travel producer and host.  She’s so much fun, takes great joy in traveling and is pretty darn fearless. Skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, rock climbing…. I really don’t think anything is going to faze her, although I’m not sure how good she is in the kitchen, so the cooking segments might be an adventure.  It’s going to be fun watching her not only explore the ships, but to see what adventures she finds herself on at the various ports.”

For the first time cruiser, Cruisin! is designed to take away the mystery of what a cruise is actually like.  The cabins, the food, the pools, the spas, and most of all, what’s included with your vacation.  Every ship and every location is unique so each episode will explore both the ship and crew along with the excursions available at each location.   And hey, you don’t HAVE to do anything at all to enjoy a cruise.  Parking yourself and reading a good book is a perfectly acceptable way to enjoy the ship!

For the veteran cruiser, we’ll explore new itineraries, try the newest ships, and find new places to explore on land.  We’ll also learn from fellow veterans some ingenious tips and tricks to make the best use of your cabin space, excursions and time on board.

“My motto in life is to ‘eat well and travel often’ and when you can do both on a beautiful boat, it’s a win, win,” says April Simpson.  “There’s no question that going on a cruise is one of the easiest ways to see the most exotic destinations this world has to offer. Not to mention, if you need to get offline, and just relax, you can do that too.”gopro wake

As with all CLN programming, Crusin! will have an emphasis ‘actionable information.’ for our audience, essentially booming a travel planner.  “The number one rule of every CLN series is whatever we show the audience, we have to give them the resources to easily replicate the experience,” says Biscardi.  “For every cruise you’ll immediately be able to access not just the itinerary from our website but every detail about the trip including the pre-cruise hotel, the cabin number, the restaurants we ate at, the excursions we took along with all the pertinent links to review the items AND all of the costs involved with the cruise.  You can literally sign up for the same cruise immediately after watching April on the ship or use our information as research to plan your trip.”

Simpson agrees the emphasis on ‘doing’ instead of just ‘watching’ will pay dividends for the audience. “I love the Walter’s concept. Teaming up with Contemporary Living Network is more than just about making an entertaining travel show, it’s an endeavor to help our viewers take the same steps so they too can do exactly what we’re enjoying in each episode. It makes true wanderlust attainable.”

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Episodes of Crusin! will be available soon in CLN’s growing library of lifestyle programming streaming on contemporaryliving.tv, on mobile devices and streaming video devices to your TV.

About Contemporary Living Network

Contemporary Living Network is a multi-platform video network focused on positive lifestyle edutainment, with audience engagement and real life integration at its core.  A continuously expanding library of original programming will be offered, most shot with the industry-leading 4K technology.  CLN will provide inspiration and the resources for the viewer to easily re-create  or be inspired to indulge in their own, unique variations of what happens in our shows.   www.contemporaryliving.tv

About Biscardi Creative Media

Located in Metro-Atlanta, GA, Biscardi Creative Media is a full service script-to-screen creation company at the forefront of creative media production. Emmy-award winning broadcast programming, episodics, commercials, feature films and industrial productions are some of the projects our storytellers bring to the screen every day.   www.biscardicreative.com

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Media Contact: Walter Biscardi, Jr. | 770.271.3551 | walter@contemporaryliving.tv


Children’s cooking show “Piccolo Chef” coming to Contemporary Living Network

Kids learn the importance of healthy eating from Tina Fanelli Moraccini.

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December 10, 2014; Atlanta, GA; – Contemporary Living Network, Inc. (CLN) announces the addition of children’s cooking show “Piccolo Chef” to its growing library of lifestyle programming. Hosted by Tina Fanelli Moraccini, episodes of the educational show will be available soon for streaming on contemporaryliving.tv.

“Piccolo Chef” is based on the successful Los Angeles-area children’s cooking school of the same name, where children are taught the importance of healthy eating and time spent in the kitchen with others. Episodes of “Piccolo Chef” bring viewers to the source of their ingredients, from a fishery to a farmers market, or even in your backyard. At the Piccolo Chef kitchen, Tina showcases ingredients in easy to follow recipes that encourage children to experience new textures and flavors, using real kitchen tools and cooking techniques, sometimes alongside celebrities such as Debi Derryberry (voice of Jimmy Neutron) and Pizza World Champion Fabio Ferrari.

Tina added, “What we have found is that when the children take an interest in cooking, they tend to make healthier choices. The younger they start, the better, as these wise choices stay with them. Our role is to encourage them, enable them, and to promote this curiosity and interest.”

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Walter Biscardi, Jr., President and Executive Producer of CLN, said “We’re very excited to be bringing a great show like “Piccolo Chef” to our viewers. I’ve had a long working relationship with Tina, having worked on post-production for the original series back in 2010. Piccolo Chef is a fantastic concept and when the opportunity arose to bring the series to CLN, it was a no brainer. We’re very proud of having Piccolo Chef as a part of our network.”

Before co-founding the Piccolo Chef cooking school with business partner Lilian Palmieri, Tina spent twelve years at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles where she organized countless events which underscored authentic Italian culture. She’s currently involved in a new Italian food experience for the American culinary audience.  Tina is also the co-author of “The Piccolo Chef Cookbook: Healthy Cooking With Your Kids.”

To view full clips and full episodes of “Piccolo Chef”, visit the Piccolo Chef Show Page.

 

About Contemporary Living Network, Inc.

Contemporary Living Network is a multi-platform video network focused on positive lifestyle edutainment, with audience engagement and real life integration at its core.  A continuously expanding library of original programming will be offered, most shot with the industry-leading 4K technology.  CLN will provide inspiration and the resources for the viewer to easily re-create  or be inspired to indulge in their own, unique variations of what happens in our shows.

About Biscardi Creative Media, LLC
Located in Metro-Atlanta, GA, Biscardi Creative Media LLC is a full service script-to-screen creation company at the forefront of creative media production. Emmy-award winning broadcast programming, episodics, commercials, feature films and industrial productions are some of the projects our storytellers bring to the screen every day.
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Media Contact: Walter Biscardi, Jr. | 770.271.3551 | walter@contemporaryliving.tv


“Ice Cream Nation” premieres with first two episodes!

“Ice Cream Nation” Premieres on Contemporary Living Network
Flagship series can be seen on contemporaryliving.tv

December 10, 2014; Atlanta, GA; – Contemporary Living Network, Inc. (CLN) announces the premiere of the first two episodes of “Ice Cream Nation”: “Ice Cream Basics” and “Pumpkin and Spice”. “Ice Cream Nation” is the latest original programming to be made available for free streaming on contemporaryliving.tv, with more episodes soon to follow.

Says Walter Biscardi, Jr., Executive Producer of “Ice Cream Nation”, “We’re very happy to get this great series out to audiences and ice cream lovers. Not only do we think viewers will really enjoy the step by step guides, but we’re excited by the possibilities of our digital platform. We can react to audience feedback much more rapidly, giving them exactly what they want to see more quickly than traditional media.”

“Ice Cream Nation” follows chef Keith Schroeder (author, “Mad Delicious”) on the road as he finds unique ingredients across the country to inspire new ice cream flavors. Back at the home kitchen, Keith shows our audience how to make incredible homemade ice cream inspired by his travels. Viewers will find Keith’s relaxed approach to cooking easy and accessible, with supplemental recipe information available from CLN to help guide them along the way to making great ice cream in their own kitchen.

In the first episode of “Ice Cream Nation”, viewers learn the basics of creating the base of almost every ice cream Keith will make on the show. Because of the structure of CLN’s programming, it’ll be easy to jump back to this episode for reference later. Biscardi added, “we’re taking advantage of streaming media by building the series essentially as a big cook book with chapters. It’s easy to refer back to earlier chapters so Keith doesn’t have to repeat the same steps over and over.”

The second episode, “Pumpkin and Spice”, features Keith’s journey to Jaemor Farms in Alto, Georgia, in search of the perfect pumpkin for cooking. He also reminds us why it’s so important — and fun — to seek out local sources for ingredients.

“Finding the candy roaster pumpkins at Jaemor Farms was a great example of how going to a local farm really pays off in the kitchen. I’d never heard of a candy roaster but wow, it was so sweet and made a perfect ice cream! You might have to drive a little further to find these sources, but the end result is always worth it,” said Keith.

Back at the kitchen, Keith crafted a homemade pumpkin and spice ice cream that includes a habanero for an extra kick. He also featured one of Jaemor’s fried pies on the side, another great local find.

As the founder of High Road Craft Ice Cream, Keith has been praised widely for his ice-cream skills, including by Alton Brown (Iron Chef, Good Eats) who recently said “I’m pretty sure this is the best ice cream in America right now.”

Additional episodes of “Ice Cream Nation”, including visits to a beer growler and beekeeper and ice creams inspired by them, will be available in the coming weeks. “Ice Cream Nation” can currently be viewed on the Ice Cream Nation Show Page.

About Contemporary Living Network

Contemporary Living Network is a multi-platform video network focused on positive lifestyle edutainment, with audience engagement and real life integration at its core.  A continuously expanding library of original programming will be offered, most shot with the industry-leading 4K technology.  CLN will provide inspiration and the resources for the viewer to easily re-create  or be inspired to indulge in their own, unique variations of what happens in our shows.

About Biscardi Creative Media
Located in Metro-Atlanta, GA, Biscardi Creative Media is a full service script-to-screen creation company at the forefront of creative media production. Emmy-award winning broadcast programming, episodics, commercials, feature films and industrial productions are some of the projects our storytellers bring to the screen every day.
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Media Contact: Walter Biscardi, Jr. | 770.271.3551 | walter@contemporaryliving.tv


Contemporary Living Network Enters into Distribution Deal with Opera TV

October 22nd, 2014; Atlanta, GA; – Contemporary Living Network, Inc. (CLN) has entered into a distribution deal with Opera Software that will place the new lifestyle network on millions of Smart TV devices when it launches in early 2015.   A multi-channel network, CLN will be distributed through both digital and traditional media outlets.

Says Walter Biscardi, Jr., President and Executive Producer of CLN, “Contemporary Living Network is designed for today’s digital lifestyle – the viewer decides how, where and when to watch our programming. We’re not a destination network, we’re an ‘everywhere network’ delivering actionable information for our viewers wherever they are.  Partnering with Opera aligns perfectly with that concept.”

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“Ice Cream Nation” and “Fork U” start 4k UHD Production

October 19th, 2014; Atlanta, GA; Award winning Producer / Director Walter Biscardi, Jr. helmed the first week of 4k (UHD) production at Biscardi Creative Media (BCM) for the new Contemporary Living Network (CLN).   Shooting with a combination of the Panasonic Lumix GH4 and the Blackmagic Design 4k Production Camera, a total of 7 episodes were shot across both series over 4 days.

“It was both fun and a challenge to turn around a week of shooting in 6 locations for 7 episodes of 2 completely different series plus our very first production in the 4k (UHD) format,” notes Biscardi.  “All the research, planning and of course the many years of experience we have in broadcast and lifestyle production really paid off in a very smooth and fun production cycle.”

Ice Cream Nation Chef Keith Schroeder kicks off day one of “Ice Cream Nation.”

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MTWD Entertainment Partners with Producer April Simpson on “Fork U”

“Fork U” coming to the Contemporary Living Network

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July 17, 2014; Atlanta, GA; – Award-winning MTWD Entertainment production team (Good Eats, This American Land, Network Earth, Foul Water Fiery Serpent) sets to launch a new multi-platform project Contemporary Living Network (CLN) in the Fall of 2014. CLN is gearing up for its launch in 2014 by developing and collaborating on new and unique lifestyle shows. One such collaboration is with Producer April Simpson on the upcoming food show titled Fork U. As a veteran TV producer and feature reporter, for more than a decade, April has helped create, launch and produce nationally syndicated shows such as “Daytime,” “Star Watch,” and the “Reel Animals Fishing Show.”

The “U” in Fork U stands for University and when you listen to April describe the purpose of the show it makes sense. “Now that we have the internet, Facebook and other Social Media outlets available to us, people are learning more and more about food. But what they’re learning isn’t always true” says April. “Our goal is help dispel myths, by presenting facts based on research, incorporating food history, and “upping” the science in the show and and how it relates to your body.”

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MTWD Entertainment Secures Chef Keith Schroeder as Host of New Ice Cream Show

“Ice Cream Nation” coming to Contemporary Living Network

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According to the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, the United States is the top ice cream consuming country in the world. Making the Contemporary Living Network’s newest show, Ice Cream Nation, aptly titled.

Produced by MTWD Entertainment, Ice Cream Nation’s host is Chef Keith Schroeder, owner of High Road Craft Ice Cream who Alton Brown, Iron Chef and Good Eats, recently praised saying “I’m pretty sure this is the Best Ice Cream in America right now.”

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MTWD Entertainment Announces New TV Network Launch

MTWD Entertainment Announces New TV Network Launch

-Contemporary Living Network to Reflect Audience’s Mobile and Engaged Lifestyle-

June 16, 2014; Atlanta, GA; – Award-winning MTWD Entertainment production team (Good Eats, This American Land, Network Earth, Foul Water Fiery Serpent) sets to launch a new multi-platform project Contemporary Living Network (CLN) in the Fall of 2014, in response to the rapidly growing demand for digital, mobile-friendly programming. CLN will focus on positive lifestyle edutainment, with audience engagement and real life integration at its core. A continuously expanding library of original programming will be offered, most shot with the industry-leading 4K technology.

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