Crosswired Entertainment Online
To build a world-class entertainment and media enterprise that will generate a sound return, a strong competitive edge, and bring news to our clients in an efficient, and effective way in an expanding, yet increasingly competitive global market.
Crosswired Entertainment is the brainstorm of Janine Macdonald and David Griffith. Both were University students when they came up with the idea to create an entertainment website. They wanted to design a site that would cater to not only, their diverse musical tastes, but also to the taste of others.
Recruiting Luke Marten and Kyle McGrath in 2005, they started researching what was actually online already. Quickly realising that there weren’t any websites that they could access that categorized their diverse musical tastes, they set out to create a site that would.
From there the Crosswired Entertainment took on a life on its own. Instead of developing a musical site, it became a site where consumers could go to read about movies, music, books and essentially entertainment.
Crosswired Entertainment have not stopped there. They have gone from developing a website to developing their own television show called Xwired TV.
Produced by Southern Television, Xwired TV can currently be seen on Channel 31, Thursday night/Friday morning at 1am.
Crosswired Entertainment is also in the process of producing a radio show, called, naturally Xwired Radio.
Another exciting aspect of the website is a section called The Green Room. Split into four sections: Models Inc, Writer’s vault, Actors Workshop and Backstage, it is designed for models, writers, actors and musicians to have a place to put their folios up online.
While Crosswired Entertainment is still a fairly young company, they believe that they have the strengths to become a successful and viable company that will produce quality media vehicles.
Like any entertainment company, technology is an important part of Crosswired Entertainment’s foundation. Every product developed by Crosswired Entertainment has been designed, manufactured and produced to the highest standards and over time, as our product range has grown so have our technical capabilities.
Crosswired Entertainment has a dedicated team, who are graduates of the following:
- Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Public Relations)
- Professional Writing and Editing
Our Xwired TV team have had work experience in the following fields:
- Final Cut Pro/editing
- Public Relations
- Web Design
- Set Design
- Camera operating
- TV/Film production
- Xwired online
- Xwired TV
- Xwired Radio
An important part of an entertainment website is the writers that contribute whether it is through interviews, feature articles, reviews, or simply just news.
Crosswired online wants our readers to know our writers.
Currently our writing crew consists of Janine Macdonald, David Griffiths, and Luke Marten, Casper Davies, and Kyle McGrath.
Janine Macdonald is a Bachelor of Arts graduate,in which she majored in Journalism and Public Relations.
She has been writing for Crosswired online since the beginning of its creation, and is responsible for the design of Crosswired online's website.
As well as a degree in Bachelor of Arts, Janine also has a degree in Professional Writing and Editing and Media Communication.
In the past Janine has worked for several different music websites including Faster Louder and has worked for several different magazines and fanzines including a Brazilian Kiss Army Fanzine.
When not aiding in the design of the website, and working as a freelance Journalist she also works as a Public Relations practitioner.
In here career as a Journalist she has had the chance to interview members of Kiss, Slaughter, Sebastian Bach, and Eric Singer to name a few.
Janine's Top Ten Bands
01. Jack Johnson
02. Bon Jovi
03. Jeff Buckley
07. Tim McGraw
08. Maroon five
09. Matchbox twenty
10. Keith Urban
Janine's Top ten Favourite songs
01. Hallelujah-Jeff Buckley
02. With or without you-U2
03. American Pie-Don McLean
04. Here comes the sun-The Beatles
05. Brown eyed girl-Van Morrison
06. Space Oddity-David Bowie
07. last kiss-Pearl Jam
09. Tijuana Jail-Gilby Clarke
10. Everywhere-Tim McGraw
Janine's Top Five movies
01. Interview with the Vampire
03. The Third Man
05. Dirty Dancing
Janine's Top Five Novels
01. The Stand by Stephen King
02. Kiss the girls-James Patterson
03. All the pretty horses-Cormac McCarthy
04. The Mummy-Anne Rice
05. The vampire chronicles by Anne Rice
David Griffiths was once described in a writing anthology as one of Melbourne’s most promising and talented writers’. Surprising since his high school teachers thought he wouldn’t amount to much as he chose to ignore classes like science and math and instead follow his heroes like Kurt Cobain and Billy Corgan and focus all his attention on Drama and Music. He also chose to listen in Literature and English.
Since then David has studied Mass Media Communications, Literature, Film and Television as well as Professional Writing and Editing.Today he works for Southern Television as Pre-Production Manager and also does some work in radio as well as working on various screenplays and novels (some of which you can view on this website). You may have also have seen some of his reviews appearing in various publications.
In the past David has had a number of his screenplays appear on television and has had plays such as ‘When Irish Boys Are Dying’ and ‘The Puppy And The Goldfish’ performed professionally in Melbourne. He has also written a number of short stories and has shot many short films including ‘Park Girl’, ‘Undercover Guilt’ and ‘She’s Perfect’.David hasn’t lost his interest in music and in his spare time enjoys writing new music.
He also has a very large CD, DVD and video (yes he’s old enough to have the things that cam out before DVD’s) collection.
David's Top Ten Bands
02. Paul Kelly
05. Smashing Pumpkins
06. Courtney Love
07. The Cranberries
08. Lil Kim
09. John Butler Trio
David's Top ten songs
01. Golden years by David Bowie
02. When I first met your ma-Paul Kelly
03. Saltwater-Julian Lennon
04. Hazard-Richard Marx
05. Zombie-The Cranberries
06. heartshaped box-Nirvana
07. 1979-Smashing Pumpkins
08. Bat out of hell-Meatloaf
09. Death defy-Motorace
10. white monkey-Danielle Spencer
David's Five top movies
01. Chasing Amy
03. Picnic at hanging rock
David's Five top novels
01. The Infernal-Kym Wilkins
02. The Beach-Alex Garland
03. Green Light-Ray Mooney
04. Trainspotting-Irvan Welsh
05. The Vampire Chronicles-Anne Rice
Luke graduated from Holmesglen College of Tafe in 2002, where he received a Diploma for Writing and Editing. He didn't want to be a Journalist, and his main interest in Writing was novel and screenplays.
Currently doing a degree in IT, in which he will eventually become a qualified microsoft computer expert, he is also in his sparetime writing a television show.
Luke brings to Crosswired online a very broad range of musical tastes, and has an passionate and keen interest in different genres. It is something that he enjoys sharing with other people.
Luke's Top Ten Favourite Bands
01. our lady peace
05. Fear Factory
07. Life Imitating
08. Stabbing Westward
09. The Offspring
10. Alice in Chains
Luke's top Ten TV Shows
03. Dawson's Creek
04 .One Tree Hill
08. Stargate SG-1
10. Party of Five
Luke's Top Five Movies
01. Fight club
02. I know what you did last summer
05. Star Wars saga
Luke's Top Five novels
01. Messiah-Boris Starling
02. The Dark Field- Alan Glynn
03. Anita Blake books- Laurell K Hamilton
04. Icarus- Russell Andrews
05. A Green Light-Ray Mooney
Casper has been in radio for four years, currently working for Radio Port Phillip while he also works for Southern Television. At Southern Television he works as on air presenter, and has worked on programmes such as Pathways, and Community TV. He is also one of the co-hosts for our soon to be aired x-wired TV.
A n esteemed electronica artist, he has produced several albums and has a new one coming out this year.
Casper listens to everything from Beethoven to heavy Metal, enjoying a broad taste of music, movies and books.
Casper's Top Ten Favourite Bands
01. Pink Floyd
02. David Bowie
04. skinny puppy
05. Lolita Storm
10. Kate Bush
Casper's top Ten Songs
01. Laughing Knome-David Bowie
02. Beautiful world-Devo
03. Set the controls for the heart of the sun-Pink Floyd
04. Happy birthday-mum and dad
05. I am the Walrus-The Beatles
06. Girl from Iponema-various
08. Beethoven's 5th symphony
09. stayin alive-The Bee Gees
10. Sex Ima-Berlin
Casper's Top Five Movies
01. Charlie and the Chocolate factory (original)
02. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
03. Time Machine (original)
04. Blade Runner
05. West World
Casper's Top Five novels
01. Origin Of Conscessness And THe Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Professor Julian Jaynes
02. Brave Neew World by Huxley
03. Go Ask Alice
04. Animal Farm-George orwell
05. Karma Sutra
Kyle works for Southern Television, and has been there for just over a year, where he has become an expert audio and cameraman. He is one of the very few entertainment reporters to gain access to the Ghostrider's set in Melbourne.
Another of his career highlight's include being chased by the My Restaurant rules contestants.
He has also filmed a number of bands videoclips, such as clips for the Almaboobies and Tremedy.
He has a passionate love for anime and foreign films. He also loves cult films.
Kyle's Top Ten Favourite Bands
05. Tenacious D
06. Electric six
Kyle's top Ten Songs
01. Lose yourself-Eminem
02. Danger high voltage-Electric Six
03. Gaybar-Electric six
04. Radio Ga ga-Queen
05. Flesh into gear-CKY
06. 96 quiet bitter beings-HIM
07. Join me in death-Starsailor
08. Way to fall-Chassis
09. DMIRTY-Tenacious D
10. Tribute-Tenacious D
Kyle's Top Five Movies
01. Lord of the rings
02. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
03. American Psycho
04. Fear and loathing
Kyle's Top Five novels
01. Lord of the Rings-JR Tolkien
02. American Psycho
04. Fear and loathing
05. The bourne identity
Profiles written by Janine Macdonald