The Fan Carpet was founded in 2004 by Jessica Bette Alken-Theasby (neé Alken) and Marc Jason Ali. At first we were solely a fansite network (websites dedicated to actors/ actresses etc. with our flagship fansite being www.kirsten-dunst.org).
As we grew, we decided to go in the Press direction, and made the initial contacts with PR (Public Relations) companies and studios (something we have kept up to this day) we were exclusively a film outlet at this time.
We incorporated the company in 2008, and through various iterations our website (www.thefancarpet.com) is the best parts of IMDb and Empire Magazine merged into one. We have a film database of 8,000+ films and an actors database of 5,000+ actors and actresses (more films and actors/actresses are added daily).
We run regular competitions, interviews (both written and on video) – as the industry changed so did we, the film news and features evolved into entertainment news, for example someone like David Tennant (who we have interviewed on a few occasions) was in ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fright Night’ (films), he was also ‘Hamlet’ (Theatre), ‘Doctor Who’ (BBC Television) and ‘Kilgrave’ in ‘Jessica Jones’ (Netflix), if we had stuck to being exclusively film we would have ignored 3 of the 4 facets of his career.
That’s just one example – we tend to cover all manner of entertainment these days.
As The Fan Carpet, we have attended various Red Carpet Premiere events, ranging from World Premieres to European Premieres to Royal Premieres, to Premieres for Indie Films, most recently ‘I Love My Mum’ and ‘Your Reality’, ‘Homeless Ashes’, Marc Zammit’s Directorial Debut and ‘Blinded By The Light’ from Gurinda Chandra.
We do not discriminate, so we’ll cover a low budget indie as well as the larger budget Hollywood productions.
Over the years, we have become a platform for Independent Cinema, a necessary direction for the industry, it’s rather unique, as there are not many places that put an Independent Short Film or Independent Feature next to a large budget film from major production companies such as Disney, and we give it the same level of care and attention with news posts, spotlighting on our homepage etc. that we would for a larger budget film.
In 2014, we launched The Fan Carpet Network, which is a network of like-minded Individuals and sites that are either established like Red Carpet News TV and Premier Scene or less established like ActingHour and Take Five – with our contacts, we have been able to help with screenings etc.
In 2017 we began the process of entering production by incorporating The Fan Carpet Productions Ltd. where we aim to produce Short Films with the intention to make them into features, Web Series (with features in mind), Music Videos and PSA’s (Public Service Announcements), as well as keeping the core community aspect to TFC.
Welcome to our shop, here you will find merchandise from The Fan Carpet, The Fan Carpet Productions, Speedy Enix Records and more from our network.