The Purple Couch Downunder – Stories from Australia’s Living Room

April 23, 2009

The Purple Couch is on the move again. This time it is heading to Australia to be involved in the production of the pilot episode for a new series to be made down under. Under the production supervision of Cowbell Entertainment and using the expertise of Fotomedia, the Purple Couch pilot will be filmed at the beginning of June in anticipation that one of the Aussie networks will see the incredible power and impact that the Purple Couch brings to people.

With over 250 applicants for the position of host, the Australian director, Shayne Locke, has been totally flawed by the enthusiasm shown by potential hosts. In addition, the Australian production has had many volunteers for research, professional assessments and storytellers wanting to help make The Purple Couch Australia a success.

As the show progresses and hosts/guests are chosen, The Purple Couch diary will be updated so check back regularly. You can also follow the progress of The Purple Couch on twitter at

The Purple Couch – Changing lives through the power of storytelling.

Mission Beach, California Purple Couch Shoot

February 17, 2007

Mission Beach, California: President’s Day weekend and it’s 80 degrees out.  It has been raining all week, but today the sky is blue and the people are out in droves.  We still have no idea if anyone will be willing to sit and share their story, or how the day will unfold.  We are just excited that our dream has become a reality.


I am preparing to conduct an interview at Mission Beach in San Diego, CA. Production Coordinator, Michael Esposito (on left), and Editor, Rich Ford (on right), discuss technical issues.

Michael (in pink shirt) discusses next interview with Production Coordinator, Shannon Wickliffe, while Will Marre gets mic’ed by John Churchman.

Enlisting Our Friends

February 12, 2007

We are simply not sure how we are going to pull off a Purple Couch shoot, so we enlist the help of our friends and colleagues.  Shannon Wickliffe an amazing production coordinator that we have worked with so believes in the project that she is willing to volunteer her time to help us get started.  Gregg Simpson, a good friend, and high-end producer-director-editor helps us by pulling a crew together—all of whom agree to work for free or a minimal amount as they too so believe in this project.

We Found Our Purple Couch…

February 8, 2007

We decide to go for it and go online to find our purple couch.   Why purple?  Purple is the color of love, it also signifies royalty, wisdom, creativity, courage and the Divine.  That being said, we found our purple couch and it arrived  and was left on our front lawn in less than a week.

If they carried it all the way into our house it would of cost $75 more…$75 dollars we did not have.

The Color Purple

January 16, 2007

Since we can’t bring everyone into our small living room, we decided to bring the living room to the people.  In fact, we decided the best way to that was to bring a couch out into the public and have people share a story– a personal story while sitting on the couch.  The key was that the couch had to be a very special couch, a couch that would be symbolic of the best of our humanity.  We concluded that the couch could only be one color,  the color purple.

Want to Hear More Stories

January 15, 2007

After our aha moment in the living room we were overcome with the idea that we want to hear more stories, stories from our friends, our family and perfect strangers.  We feel that if we could simply hear each others’ stories and also feel heard when we told our own stories that great healing could occur…

A Defining Moment in Your Life

January 13, 2007

The Chargers are in the playoffs and we had some of our good friends over to watch the game.  After their loss ☹, Michael, our friends and I went into the living room to chat.  Michael and I had been thinking about the fact that all of us have a story, many stories, that we simply are no longer sharing with one another, so we decided to ask our friends one question that would lead them into a personal story.  The question we asked, Suzanne, Lorrie, Lon and Joel was, “Tell us about a defining moment in your life.”  The stories we heard from our friends, some that we had known for over a decade surprised and overwhelmed us.  We know we are on to something…