Our Work Experience...

Tokyo Film Fixers + Japan / Travel TV Hosts + Japanese Translation & Arranging for Production Companies + Location Scouts

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We've worked with...

Travel Channel (Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods) + Food Network + CNN + Discovery (Oddities) National Geographic (Tab00) + Pro Sieben (Germany) + Canal Plus + Dutch Pepsi + Sony Australia + Fuel + NHK Japan (Kawaii TV & New York Wave) + Norway TV (NRK) and more...

Let's work together! Send us an email... gothiccarmina {at-gmail} dot-com

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LA CARMINA - TV hosting reel
clips include CNN, Bizarre Foods on Travel Channel, NHK, NBC Today Show.

La Carmina is an experienced TV presenter, specializing in travel, fashion, Japan and subcultures. (Full details on her biography page.)

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La Carmina co-hosted and assisted with arranging for the Tokyo episode of Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World, which airs on Travel Channel and in 75 countries (details here.) She and her Goth friends drink red slush out of a mannequin’s head and eat “Russian Roulette” takoyaki behind the bars a jail cell. See CNN coverage and blog posts about La Carmina's TV gig.

Video clip of La Carmina's segment on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (Travel Channel).

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La Carmina was featured in a promo spot for Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations 100th episode. It aired for a week on Travel Channel (Sept 2010). View it here.

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La Carmina appears as an expert guide to bizarre cafes and Japanese culture on Food Network TV show "World's Weirdest Restaurants." She and Naomi Rubin were the Tokyo fixers (translators, location scouts, local production coordinators) for all 14 Japan episodes.

See the Food Network video clips below and here. More photos from the shoot here.

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La Carmina appeared as a guest on the popular reality TV show, Oddities. It first aired June 2013, on Science / Discovery Channel and then on repeat. In the episode (season 4, #11), she visits the antique store owners and leaves with a giant animal head. See photos from the shoot and the clip below.

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La Carmina starred in the second season of hit German TV show, Joko vs Klaas (Circus HalliGalli, aired in late 2013 on Pro 7). We fully came up with the concept for the episode and arranged it in Vancouver, Canada. La Carmina starts out as Joko's cute travel expert... but then forces him to get his lips sewn shut with needle and thread, by an extreme body modder! See the clip below and here.

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La Carmina was the guide to Harajuku fashion in CNNGo's Tokyo TV episode. She interviewed designer Kenzo-A for a story that aired a dozen times on CNN International.
More photos here; view clip below and here.

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La Carmina was the subject of several web episodes for a Dutch Pepsi campaign (shot in Tokyo, August 2010). Naomi Rubin did the all the fixing (arrangements) for the shoot on a tight deadline.
The first video is here and below.

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La Carmina hosts, writes, field produces and arranges a "Coolhunting America" travel TV show for Huffington Post / AOL. See her Huff Post page. Her "Weird Wisconsin" travel show appeared on the front page of America Online (AOL).

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La Carmina was the subject of a 30-minute episode of NHK Kawaii TV. The popular program, airing on Japan’s national broadcaster, covers cute Japanese fashion, trends and people.  (Photos from the shoot)

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Arranged the Tokyo episode of National Geographic’s TABOO. The program’s been on the air for 10 seasons, and is about extreme cultures/acts worldwide. Our episode showcases the bagelhead (saline forehead inflation) body mod. Our bagel heads segment went viral, and was featured on CNN, Daily Mail, Fox, ABC and more. La Carmina was interviewed by the Japan Times about bagel-heads. (Trailer is here, full clip is below and here)

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La Carmina was a guest on The Doctors! The hit CBS daytime TV show, which tackles medical and health topics, has 14 million viewers per week and airs in USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Sweden and Finland.

She discusses bagel heads (Japan saline forehead inflation) with all four doctors and Roseanne Barr, presidential candidate and comedian. Watch the clip below and see more photos on her blog.

Her friend John, featured in National Geographic's Taboo episode (which the Pirates arranged) calls in as well. The Drs bagelhead episode is called "Health Dilemmas Caught on Tape" and aired Wednesday, October 24.

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Tokyo host of NRK Norway TV show, Ari og Per (clips below and here). It won the Gullruten, the Norwegian Grammy award, and co-starred Ari Behn, the Prince of Norway.

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Strangers in Danger, on Fuel TV, Discovery and National Geographic. We fixed (location-scouted and arranged) the Japan episode, and La Carmina is on-screen as the saline injection (bagelheads) body mod / subculture guide — a.k.a. “Hot Goth.”

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La Carmina was the on-camera guide to Tokyo pop culture for a National Geographic Adventure / Sony Australia travel TV show, "Roam," hosted by the Two Tims. (Aired in 2011.) Naomi Rubin was the fixer - she scheduled all the shoot locations.

The Pirates arranged a Tokyo subcultures TV episode for Endemol Productions, which aired on Germany's major network Pro Sieben. In the show "Joko gegen Klaas," we arranged for the host to get an extreme body modification called a bagelhead, or forehead donut (saline inflation). Watch above and on YouTube. Learn more about bagelheads.

La Carmina was a guest on The Today Show to promote her book Cute Yummy Time. She explained the Japanese trend of decorating food to look kawaii (think Hello Kitty bentos), and did a food demo.


La Carmina was the subject of NHK Japan 20-minute documentary about her cute cooking.

La Carmina is a journalist for Business Insider, CNN Travel and Huffington Post. She hosts, writes, arranges and field produces her own travel video series filmed worldwide including Cape Town, Maldives, Thailand, Budapest, Israel. Each of her episodes gets hundreds of thousands of views. 

Above is a 4-minute webisode, about Budapest ruin pubs and Sziget music festival. Published on Business Insider,this Dubai video got 500,000 views.

La Carmina has a very popular YouTube Partner channel with thousands of subscribers. Videos include Tokyo adventures, concert reports and her Travel SOS series for Huffington Post (where she answers questions with celebrity co-stars). See her TV presenting clips.

To learn more & work with us: contact the Pirates / gothiccarmina {at-gmail} dot-com

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