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Gerald D’Ambra: Founder of ‘NJ on Air’

HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sits down with the founder of NJ on Air, Gerald D’Ambra.

Gerald’s newest venture in his successful media-based career is NJ on Air, a streaming TV channel for New Jersey. They produce original shows and partner with local producers around, covering topics in entertainment, talk, and news, all focused on the Garden State – including Hip New Jersey’s series, HipTV!

In the early stages, Gerald was looking for sample shows and turned to his wife, Jessica D’Ambra for assistance. Even though she had no television background, Jessica flourished – hosting two food-based shows and even getting the opportunity to partner with beloved Jersey-based bakery, Carlo’s Bakery.

NJ on Air’s vision is to become the destination for live and local New Jersey television programming, while providing a platform for the community, non-profits, and businesses to reach a unique NJ audience. Gerald hopes the platform will raise awareness about the different aspects of our state, while bringing people together to inform and entertain, saying “We try to diversify not only the regions but the type of programming we are doing to really reach so many different people across the state.”

NJ on Air is not Gerald’s first foray in media, he is a long-time TV news Anchor, Reporter, Producer, Executive Producer and Publisher. He’s worked at multiple TV stations and newspapers in the New York and Philadelphia markets, and companies like ABC, News 12, DIY Network, HGTV and has appeared on CNN and the Weather Channel.

Visit www.njonair.com to see original, creative, NJ-based content.

Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town

Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town, a new indie comedy from Shout! Studios starring Mackenzie Davis comes out this Friday, June 22nd.

The film is written and directed by Christian Papierniak and first premiered at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival. Shout! Studios describes it as a “delightfully chaotic look at Los Angeles and the struggles of adulting.” 

Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town is about a “riot grrrl rocker” and hot mess Izzy who wakes up hungover to find out that her ex-boyfriend is celebrating his engagement to her ex-best friend at a bougie party across town that night. Upon finding out, Izzy embarks on a quest across Los Angeles to break up the party in order to fulfill what she believes to be her destiny before it’s too late.

The film has continued to enjoy critical acclaim and has sold out festival audiences across the country. Additionally, Mackenzie Davis won Best Narrative Feature and Best Narrative Performance at the Tacoma Film Festival.  Also, she won Best Performance at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

For television, Christian Papierniak has created and also co-executive produced pilots for ABC, NBC, Fox, Sony, ABC Family and Lifetime. In film, he has worked as a writer for Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros/New Line, Lion’s Gate, Disney and Fox Searchlight.

In addition, the film includes: Carrie Coon, Alex Russell, Alia Shawkat, Haley Joel Osment and many more! The film also features Producer Meghan Lennox, Christian Papierniak’s wife as well as Assistant Director James Lennox. Meghan and James are both New Jersey natives from East Hanover.

The movie is premiering on June 22nd in East Village, New York. For more information on the movie go to the website here!

Philip Petracca on Fizzics

Philip Petracca, founder and CEO of Fizzics, joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss the revolutionary draft beer system.

About four years ago, Petracca and co-founder David McDonald were having a draft beer and got into a discussion on why beer tastes so good when it is fresh from the tap. “Ten months later, we developed the technology that utilizes sound waves and pours the beer under pressure,” Petracca says. “What we’ve done is make the foam taste delicious.”

The campaign kicked off on Indiegogo, making a quarter million dollars. The pair found success elsewhere as well, specifically on ABC’s Shark Tank. “It was a tremendous experience,” Petracca recalls. “We ended up doing one of the highest deals ever on the history of the show with Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner.” 

All of this has been done out of the Garden State. “We’re proud to be born and raised in New Jersey,” Petracca states before giving us a demonstration, which can be seen in the video above!

To learn more, click here.