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State of the Art Production Studio in Northern New Jersey

Concepts TV Productions Invites You to A Grand Tour of our State of the Art Studiobuildingggg

Concepts TV Productions has opened a new, state of the art studio located near the crossroads of Routes 80, 46 and 287 in Towaco, NJ only 45 minutes from NYC. Our studio is fully equipped with 11,000 square feet of studio space with over 50 parking spots. Our studio space includes a 14 foot white cyc, a large green screen stage, and multiple flats for creating personalized sets.

Concepts TV Studios also provides an expansive cutting edge working kitchen set plus prep kitchen, ample office space, and shower facilities.

Additional resources include video and audio post production facilities, full service set design, and acreage for outdoor shooting.

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Studio Specifications

  • 11,000 Sq. Feet of Sound Proof Shooting Space
  • Broadcast Quality TV Production Services
  • Professional Studio Lighting
  • White Cyclorama (14′ x 21′ x 9.5′)
  • Green Screen Stage
  • Kitchen Set / Living Room Set / Bedroom Set
  • Video/Audio Post-Production Facility
  • Full Service Set Design and Construction/ Flats
  • Conference Room
  • Loading Dock
  • Working Kitchen (28’ x 22’) – including state of the art appliances, mobile island with counter tops and all kitchen props
  • Green Room, Makeup/Wardrobe Services, 4 Baths, Shower
  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Ample A/C
  • Two sided studio equipped with three 120 v 20amp dedicated circuits
  • Production Offices
  • Acreage for Outdoor Shooting
  • Storyboard / Art Studio / Logo Design / Photography/ Package Design Services
  • Animation/ Special Effects

    Studio Uses
    Photography / Point of Purchase Production / Webcasts / Testimonials Development / Commercials / Training Videos / Auditions / Social Media Production / Sizzle Reels / Sales Promotion

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To Schedule a Visit, E-mail Our Team Today!

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Concepts TV Productions Receives the First Annual Pro Bono Moxie Award

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LAS VEGAS, NV – (September 20th, 2016) – Concepts TV Productions, the NJ based Direct Response Production Company, received the first annual Pro Bono Moxie Award at the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) Award ceremony.

ERA is a non-profit trade association for direct response and infomercial companies that sell goods and services on the internet, TV and at “As Seen on TV” retail stores. Each year, Moxie Awards are presented to the greatest direct response marketing campaigns. This year the first annual pro bono award was given to the team at Concepts TV for ItStartsWithAGirl.org. Concepts TV traveled to India to create a video presentation to raise funds in an effort to break the cycle of poverty and provide education for girls in rural India.

Jon Calderaro, Vice President of Operations at Concepts TV said, “I was very touched by the stories of the girls at the school and amazed at the level of commitment from the teachers. They are amazing people that are volunteering to make a difference and, from what I can see, it’s working.” To see the complete video, go to https://www.ItStartsWithAGirl.org/.

Collette Liantonio, President and Creative Director at Concepts TV stated, “I felt really blessed to have been a part of this project and so grateful to receive this award. I hope in some way my involvement will inspire other DRTV professionals to be a part of giving back.”

Concepts TV Productions, currently based in Fairfield, N.J., is one of the world’s most experienced producers of DRTV commercials and infomercials. Concepts TV strives to participate in fundraising and philanthropic efforts from causes such as March of Dimes, The Wheelchair Foundation, NJ State Organization of Cystic Fibrosis and the Essex County Family Justice Center for Domestic Violence.

To donate to The Kripalu School, please visit www.ItStartsWithAGirl.org/donate/

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Concepts TV Productions Promotes Sky Hanstein to Director of Production

FAIRFIELD, NJ – (August 2nd, 2016) – Concepts TV Productions, the NJ based Direct Response commercial Production Company has announced Sky Hanstein’s promotion to Director of Production. Hanstein will be responsible for spearheading the team’s production processes from inception to completion, in addition to introducing Satellite Media Tours to Concepts TV and its new medical division – Concepts TV Productions.

Prior to joining Concepts, Hanstein had over 10+ years of experience in Broadcast PR and production management. Hanstein worked at Sony Pictures Television, served as Media Director at Synaptic Digital, and as VP at Vidicom in New York City.

“Sky’s new position brings excitement to the team and our clients as he introduces Satellite Media Tours to both Concepts TV and Concepts TV,” said Collette Liantonio, President and Creative Director of Concepts TV Productions. “We are expanding to service the pharmaceutical sector. His knowledge of the production realm and media tours will strengthen the team’s capabilities in both DRTV and the medical field.”

“As Director of Production, I am eager to oversee and deliver impactful messages to consumers and healthcare professionals through a variety of multi-media channels including broadcast via Satellite Media Tours,” said Hanstein. “With cutting edge technology and Concepts’ new state of the art facility opening in winter of 2016, Concepts TV will deliver video content to medical industries in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.”

Concepts TV Productions, currently based in Fairfield, N.J., is one of the world’s most experienced producers of DRTV commercials and infomercials. Concepts TV Productions has worked with Novartis, Whitehall Labs, Bard Parker, Prestige Brands and medical agencies such as Harrison and Star.

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Long Form Infomercial vs. Short Form Commercial

 

By:  Dana Conklin

Which is right for your product? Here’s 2 questions to ask yourself before starting production:

Does your product need an explanation or does the demo speak for itself?

Shooting and airing a 2 minute commercial may be more affordable than a half hour infomercial, but will it be effective?  Is that enough time to get your message across? If the demo demonstration or a candid testimonial can instantly explain what the product does – a short form may be right for you.

Tip: Animation is a very effective tool to quickly demonstrate the ‘inner’ workings of a product. Here are some examples of some winning short form commercials:

If the product needs more explanation, scientific research or a clinical test group, a long form infomercial allows you the necessary time to grab and hook the consumer.  Here are some examples of some winning long form commercials:

What is your price point?

If you can part with your product for $19.99 – short form is right for you! If your product is a high ticket item, you might need the extra selling time to convince the consumer. For example: If you are selling workout equipment, fill the screen with heartfelt testimonials and before & after photos so they can visualize themselves losing the weight. Compare your machine to others and why yours will make them lose more weight in less time. With a high ticket item, the more reinforcement the easier the sell.

 

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Philanthropy Spotlight: India – The Great Before & After

Concepts is in the business of the before & after. We’ve produced hundreds of commercials and infomercials where we showcase the success stories from our products. Those before & afters tell the personal story of that product. For example, a new mother who lost the baby weight using one of our fitness programs or perhaps how a couple reignited their relationship through weight loss. But what about when the team at Concepts undergoes an entire before & after? Well, that happened when Concepts traveled to India to shoot a pro-bono advertisement for a girls school.

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Concepts is not only in the business of direct marketing, but we are strong believers in education and philanthropy. When we decided to fly a crew of 6 over to India to film an advertisement for The Kripalu School, a girls school in India. During our time in India, we had high hopes of creating change in the world. After all, education The Kripalu School is solely donation-funded and completely free for students to attend, positioning itself as a complete game changer in education in India. While creating video content to fundraise the school, we didn’t expect that we would undergo such a strong before & after. We went over to India to change lives, and in turn, our lives were forever changed.

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Jon Calderaro, Senior Producer at Concepts, was grateful for the opportunity to bring light and awareness to such hard working women. He said, “I was very touched by the girls at the school and amazed at the level of commitment from the teachers and those in charge. They are amazing people that are doing their best to make a difference and from what I can see its working. I felt really blessed to have been a part of this project and I hope in some way my involvement will contribute to making a difference.”

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Dana Conklin, Director of Production at Concepts, had a very personal experience while on set in India. She said, “one of the wow moments for me was when we were interviewing these young girls & we asked them what their favorite subject was, or what their favorite part of school was. This seemed to stump all of them – no one had an answer. It wasn’t until one of the older Indian women told me that these girls don’t understand those types of questions – because they do not have choices, and do not know what it is like to have a ‘favorite’ anything. Coming from a country where dreams come true – this was hard to process. I knew when I was younger what my favorite subject was, who my favorite teacher was, what my favorite sports was, what my favorite lunch was, who my favorite classmates were – but most importantly, I knew I had choices and that I could be anything I wanted. I had a terrible pit in my stomach when I realized these girls don’t know what it’s like to have a choice. I hope this school not only educates them academically, but educates them worldly – giving them the choices they deserve.”

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In the brutal caste system of India, too many children are left uneducated, especially the young girls. All too often, these children don’t have a choice of education. For the ones that attend The Kripalu School, they are making history. For once, these children are being educated to be able to make choices for themselves.

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One of the most impactful parts for me was when we watched the school children of The Kripalu School sing together in an assembly. They were all lined up together, united, and empowered. They sang,

“May we all have pure intellect,
May we always desire to be ethical.
May we not be sad and not make others sad,
May we always have love towards all the living beings.
May we show the right direction to the one who is lost,
May we never have hatred towards anyone.”

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As the schoolgirls sang in hopes of an education, in hopes of a difference in their lives, in hopes of a better future, they in turn made the greatest impact on our crew. It was a gift to be in the presence of these girls because we know that with an education from The Kripalu School, they will change their lives. We went to India wanting to make a difference and left India having all had great personal change.

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The transformation that we all went through was palpable and will forever stay with us. Stay tuned to the blog to learn more about our journey and about The Kripalu School in our upcoming video.

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Balancing Work and Travel Life

By Jon Calderaro

In the business of production we are constantly multi tasking and juggling many projects at one time.  Sometimes these projects bring us to different parts of the globe and force us to leave our home base in order to make the projects all they can be.

Working in New Jersey is great as we have access to amazing crews and talent.  What we don’t always have access to is great weather, for example.  Therefore we are sometimes forced to think outside the box on what location can help us achieve our visual goal.  Traveling for work can be great but it is also time consuming and sometimes affects our personal lives.  Its important to have a good balance and look ahead at projects to make sure we can keep up with regular work and life and still complete our projects with flying colors and with as little stress as possible.

Since rejoining the Concepts team in January I have already racked up a ton of airline miles traveling to shoots and networking events from California all the way to our latest project in India!  It’s just business as usual here at Concepts.  Being a seasoned traveler myself I am at ease on the road and embrace each new experience in its own way.  It’s always nice though to return home and put things in perspective until the next trip.   These days there hasn’t been a whole lot of time at home to reflect but Im trying although finding that balance has been a challenge.

Here are 5 things that can help achieve that balance:

1. Healthy diet – An important key to maintaining balance is maintaining a healthy diet on the road. The road sometimes can be a place where anything goes diet wise but it is important to try to stick with good foods rich in nutrition and drink lots of water.

2. Exercise – Before going anywhere seek out if your hotel has a gym or a jogging route that can be followed. Then allow yourself time to get there before meetings or in the evening before client dinners.

3. Calendars – Keeping a calendar can help you remember important things such as birthdays and events of family and friends. Its easy to overlook these things when you are in a different city or country each week.

4. Vitamins – Remembering to take vitamins daily is another good routine that will not only help you maintain your health on the road but it can also remind you how many days you have left at your current location. I like to bring just the right amount of vitamins with me where ever I go.  As the vitamins dwindle down I know my trip will soon be coming to an end.

5. Sleep – Getting at least 7-8 hours a sleep a night is one of the most important things you can do for your body to achieve balance. Our bodies and minds need rest and when we are traveling we need to still allow ourselves time for proper rest even if it some of the sleep happens to be on airplanes!  Bring your favorite travel pillow and a sleep mask along with headphones and some music or podcasts.  I find I can block out the elements on an airplane with these items.

These are just a few things that can help achieve balance for the traveling employee…we must constantly remind ourselves of them!

REMINDER:  Flight 1765 now ready for boarding……..Uh oh that’s my cue…gotta go!

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Animals, animals…and more animals!

By Rachel Leskanic

I will say that in my short time here at Concepts TV, if you consider 8 months being a short time, I have witnessed my fair share of animal productions. I used to watch these commercials and think, how the heck do they get these cats and dogs to do exactly what they need them to do? Now I know the secret…the secret is patience, diligence, and LOTS of treats.

Every shoot is different but adding animals to the mix makes it a whole new ball game. It is no longer about getting the actor to smile or cry and telling them what to press and when. Now, it’s all about being completely silent so that we don’t scare the animals and stocking up on spray catnip. Does this make our jobs harder? Absolutely. Does this make our jobs more fun? Without a doubt! There’s nothing like hours of work spent cuddling with cats and playing with dogs (I promise we do work in between the cuddles!).

For cat shoots, we have our very own in house cat whisperer (VP of Sales Kristy Pinand) who always comes prepared, and by that I mean she has lasers in her back pocket and a cat toy in her hand at all times. One of the biggest differences between regular shoots and cat shoots is that we bring a select few people to our cat shoots. We could never keep the cats calm and collected with three crewmen, four actors, and five Concepts TV members stomping around! Another perk of cat shoots is we get to travel from location to location, which can even include a cat shelter or two. Shelters are the best, because we can get the most cats in the quickest way possible. Plus, we get to donate to the shelter and help a great cause!

For dog shoots, it’s all me, the self-proclaimed dog whisperer, organizing the massive amount of dog treats and squeaky toys. These shoots can be both easier and more challenging. Most dogs we use are pretty well trained, they know their commands and listen to their owners. However, these dogs are also bigger and generally much more energetic! Give a cat some catnip and they’ll roll around playfully. Give a dog some treats, and they’ll run around like a maniac.

No matter how tough they may be, you will never hear me turn down a chance to be at a cat and/or dog shoot. With lasers, dog treats and cat nips in our pockets, it’s time for another animal shoot!

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Creature Comfort Blog

By: Rachel Leskanic

Nothing fills me with more hope and happiness than sipping champagne and petting therapy dogs, and that’s just what I got to do at Creature Comfort’s 4th Annual Champagne Brunch. Accompanied by my father, we walked forward through the front door to greet Molly and Gracie, pet therapy dogs who were ‘hired’ to lick the faces of every guest. Our next stop was to purchase raffle tickets from the volunteers at the table. Up for grabs were tickets to a few purses, Giants game, a bicycle, and various spa gift cards. After getting rid of every little green Admit One ticket, we proceeded to our seats.

As we sat down, our Table 5 partner introduced herself as Jean Baile and all three of us immediately broke into conversation. She shared miraculous stories about her tiny Jack Russel Terrier who had been a therapy dog for a few years now. She traveled with him to schools, hospitals and even nursing homes. The best part of her stories was hearing not only the joy from the clients, but the joy brought to her and her puppy.

Our next conversation was with the lady on the opposite side of us. Her miniature Dachshund, Lilly, had been in one of our commercials and the story she told us was truly a miracle. Jan Kulick had heard of a young girl who was suffering from a constant seizure lasting 36 hours. When Jan and Lilly arrived at the hospital, the young girl’s mother thought to bring Lilly to meet her daughter. In an instant, the seizures subsided; just by a simple pet of Lilly’s head. She then explained to us that miracles like these are only possibly with the help of Creature Comfort who provide the therapy dogs and their owners with so many choices on where to visit and how to get involved.

After the side conversations faded, the owners, Annie Murphy and Joan Beth Baer, began talking about how they got started with the company. They began working for St Hubert’s Hospital with therapy animals. After witnessing just how many people were impacted in a single hospital, they got together with the idea of beginning their own business where they could provide pet therapy for people at many different places ranging from children’s hospitals to elder care facilities. In November 2011, that idea became reality and the non-profit organization spent the next few years providing people who were in need of comfort or therapy with a dependable, expansive network of caring volunteers devoted to sharing their pet’s love. Today, they have a total of more than 160 pet therapy teams which even include several unusual animals. So if you don’t want a dog, see if their certified cat, rabbit, potbelly pig, or even miniature horse is available!

After hearing the history of the company and how it came to be, they invited a hospital worker and another therapy dog owner on to the stage. Both of their stories were what anyone would consider, absolute miracles. A completely unresponsive woman in hospice care, woken up by the simple pet of a dog’s head. A young cancer patient whose day was made by a kiss from a puppy. By the end, everyone in the crowd had watery eyes and tears streaked faces that could only be the product of the inspiring tales told. After a fifteen minute applause, they began calling out the raffle ticket winners. And guess who won the green Vera Bradley purse? Me!

 

If you are interested in the organization or want to see more, please visit their website http://www.ccpettherapy.org/.

P.S. I’ve already signed my puppy up to be a therapy dog, and you should too!

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The Legends of Direct Response

Collette Liantonio, President of Concepts TV Productions, Jack Kirby, President of DRTV Agency Services at Havas Edge, Richard Stacey, President, CEO & Founder of Northern Response (International), Ltd., Katie Williams, President of Ideal Living, and AJ Khubani, Founder, CEO & President of TELEBrands, gathered for ERA D2C’s “Keynote Lunch: The Legends of Direct Response.” Read more

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Bring Your Kid to Work Day

I’ve heard that young blood rejuvenates a company, but the poor kid is only six years old!  We might be breaking some child labor laws at this point, Eek!  Nevertheless, if you have a good head on your shoulders, we put you to work at Concepts and that’s exactly what my son did during Bring Your Kid To Work Day.  He worked!…

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It’s Neat to Meet… Myself?!

What’s weirder than interviewing your officemate?  Try interviewing yourself!  That’s right.  Next on the list, c’est moi.  I’ve never interviewed myself before.  I wonder what I’ll wear.  Hmmm…

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Gemmell Update

It’s been almost three months since a plane crashed into Ken Gemmell’s home in Gaithersburg, MD, killing his wife, Marie; their toddler, Cole; and their newborn, Devin.  The nation mourned with Ken and his surviving daughter, Arabelle, through this tragic and devastating lost.  Within days, an online fundraiser raised nearly $500K while donations of clothes, necessities, and toys poured in.  Our hearts broke for this family and because of that communal heartbreak, a local NBC affiliate caught up with Ken and Arabelle earlier this week to see how this beloved family was coping in the aftermath…

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It’s Neat to Meet… Frank

Oh no!  The moment I’ve been dreading… interviewing the officemate.  Duhn-duhn-duhn.  It’s so weird interviewing my buddy.  I mean, I know this guy!  When he writes in a group birthday card, “Mary Ann, my wonderful roommate, have a great birthday.  See you back at our office… Frank”, what else is there to say??  Here’s what…

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It’s Neat to Meet… Collette S!

We received such a positive response to our “It’s Neat To Meet…Steve!” post, we decided to turn it into an entire series. The world now has a chance to meet every member of the Concepts crew. (Let me apologize in advance. These people really shouldn’t be unleashed on the general public.)

To be fair, I decided to work backwards interviewing from last hired to first hired. Next on my “hit list” is Collette Stohler, our fabulous new West Coast Regional Director and Director of Product Development.

Due to living on separate coasts, we were unable to interview face-to-face, so we relied on this new invention called (GASP!) email.

(I know, we’re pretty fancy here at Concepts.)

So I emailed Mrs. Stohler some fun get-to-know you questions and she replied back with her answers in red. (You’ll see why in a minute.) Without further adieu, allow me to present Collette Stohler…

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Concepts Gives Thanks

Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks. In order to “gobble, gobble” up the spirit of gratitude, I asked my dear colleagues (friends who I am thankful for) what they are thankful for this year. Here were their responses…

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It’s Neat to Meet… Steve! (He’s our new editor.)

Concepts TV welcomes award-winning Steven T. Miller as our new Motion Graphics Designer and Video Editor.  Miller joins Concepts with 10 years of experience in motion graphics and non-linear editing. He has worked with many high profile clients, including Ford Motors, Home Depot, A&E Network, Discovery Communications, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Turner Broadcasting.  The winner of five Graphic Design USA Awards in 2013, he is incredibly talented and we are delighted to have him on board. We are also very nosy, so I sat down with Steve to get the inside scoop on our newest addition. Here’s the lowdown…

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