Back in the early nineties, before the internet, Rob and Martha wrote a ‘zine called “Disgraceland” (aka Deadelvis Fan Club). As a result, they were Guests of Honor at the 20th Chicago Comic-con where they hosted panels. They were written up in many publications including Mojo Magazine, Fact Sheet Five, Access Magazine, and Psychotronic Magazine. Rob and Martha were interviewed by the BBC and also by WLUP radio, in Chicago. Although years passed and jobs got in the way, the Southgate’s never lost their connection to the comic book and pop culture industry. In 2013, Rob’s love of podcasts spawned an idea for him, and Martha, to have their own network of shows. Together, they created The Southgate Media Group in June of 2013.
Southgate Media Group started with a vision: to make podcasts that are interesting, entertaining, and informative. Many podcasts have inappropriate material making it impossible to listen freely when children are within earshot. Even though the subject matter may not be suitable for all ages, SMG believes that the language and how ideas are discussed should be. The first podcast they recorded was The Chester’s Mill Report, where Martha and Rob discussed the popular CBS TV show “Under the Dome.”
Geek 360 is a brand new live comedy and news show hosted by Tommy Bechtold (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Middle) and Stephanie Pressman on #theStreamtv. Each week Tommy and Guests will discuss all the latest news in the world of Comics, TV, Movies and the Internet! Joining them will be some of the funniest and brightest brains in the Geek world. Throw all that in with Erika Ishiii bringing you gaming news and you’ve got your home for all your weekly geekly needs.
Tommy Bechtold is a comedian from Rochester NY currently living in Los Angeles. You can see Tommy on TV on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, “The Middle” and “GLEE”. Past Credits include “Smashcuts” on the CW and the feature film “Sophomore.” Follow Tommy @tommybechtold on Twitter. Tommy is currently one of the co-hosts of the Gotham After Show on the stream.tv
Stephanie Pressman is known as an actor, host and producer of Stalking LeVar, Super Sunday, Jet Set Nerds, & Fashionably Nerdy / Geek Chic TV. Miss Pressman was created in Atlanta, GA. When not playing with cameras (in front or behind them) she writes for Ms In The Biz, Struggles and Success and HaikuMovieReviewer.com or you can find her interviewing people on red carpets, making music, moderating convention panels and doing improv comedy with her 2 nerdy teams (Dungeon Master & The Show That Shall Not Be Named). Her favorite fandoms include Harry Potter, NES, Thor, Buffy, Firefly, Pokemon, Table Top Gaming and Star Wars.
Erika is a host, on-camera and voiceover actress, and consummate geek. She co-produced, wrote, and hosted PWNEDCAST News and has appeared on Popcorn Talk’s Marvel Movie News and on Geek & Sundry’s twitch stream. She improvises onstage around Los Angeles in UCB’s “Tournament of Nerds” show and with her Harry Potter- themed team “The Show That Shall Not Be Named.” Erika plays violin, practices wushu and Japanese dance, and enjoys videogames, comics, and both sci-fi *and* fantasy. Follow her on instagram and twitter at @SamuraiErika for unbelievable shenanigans.
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