Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, October 1, 15:00-18:00
The Iguana
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Saturday night at "THE IGUANA" right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. Just come in, sign up and sing. A Pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The pianist transposes instantly in any key for you. Open to the public, all ages and all styles are welcome. Produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show "How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying", shown on Time Warner Cable. There is no admission or cover charge for performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase
Tuesday, October 4, 19:00
The Heavenly Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7751-2900
FRUKT, along with partners BMI and DIY Magazine, present THE FIX, a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: Brazilian ethereal electro-pop artist Puzzle, electronic pop duo Postal, and singer-songwriter Moya. During the daytime, FRUKT works with brands like Coca Cola, Nokia, Diesel, O2, Kronenbourg, Southern Comfort and Starwood Hotels, helping them solve problems and build meaningful relationships through music and entertainment. Doors open at 19:00. This event is free. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands.
Email:; @FRUKT
One Mic Nite Open Monday Talent Showcase
Tuesday, October 4, 19:00 (and every Tuesday)
Cheryl’s Global Soul
236 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11238
Phone: 347-529-2855
A combination of indie music or dance, theatre, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist Dj on the turnatables. Featured Guests, and all Artists welcome to perform! singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians. Artists... The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Tuesday night.
Hollywood Chamber's Team Hollywood Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 6, 12:00-13:00
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
The Hollywood Chamber invites members (and anyone interested in membership) to attend of its Entertainment, Arts and Media Committee — TEAM HOLLYWOOD. TEAM HOLLYWOOD promotes the Hollywood brand with the intention of preserving Hollywood’s homegrown entertainment industries, particularly film, broadcasting, commercials, television and performing. Furthermore, the Hollywood Chamber Committee strives to embrace new and emerging media with an eye to uphold Hollywood’s status as the entertainment capital of the world. The Hollywood Chamber was formed in October 1921 to replace the old Hollywood Board of Trade. It consists of owners, managers, presidents and other key representatives from a spectrum of businesses and organizations around the Hollywood community. The event is sponsored by Advanced Digital Service and catered by Fat Sal's. Must RSVP ( to attend. Non-members can join at this link:
Hamptons International Film Festival (#HIFF2016)
Thursday, October 6 - Monday, October 10
Obligato Box Office (other venues)
47 Main Street, East Hampton, New York 11937
Phone: 631-324-4600
The Southampton Opening Night Film is, Strange Weather, starring Holly Hunter. HIFF's Saturday and Sunday Centerpiece films include, Manchester by the Sea, and 20th Century Women, respectively. HIFF will close with AMERICAN PASTORAL, directed by and starring Ewan McGregor. HIFF supports a competition section, and each year the HIFF Awards honor emerging narrative and documentary directors from all over the world. This year's Hamptons International Film Festival will conduct their 2016 Awards Dinner, while celebrating acclaimed actor, director, producer and activist, Edward Norton with the Career Achievement Award.
Friday Night Social
Friday, October 7, 18:30-21:30
Rock and Reilly’s Barrel Room
8913 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-360-1400
Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another but has evolved since then. Please register the day before the event to secure admission. This month’s Friday Night Social is a free admission event hosted by Jennifer Grisanti and ScriptWiters Network. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another, combining people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry. Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, Writing Instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the upcoming book, "Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story.” Complimentary finger food and/or Nachos will be provided at the event. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
Sound and Cinema Film Workshop
Saturday, October 8 - Sunday, October 9
Singapore International School
National Highway No. 8, Post Mira Road, Dahisar, Mumbai 401104, India
Phone: +91-022-28285200
Cinema sound professional, Harikumar Pillai, will conduct a comprehensive cinema skills workshop at the Singapore International School — a co-educational institution in Mumbai that provides term, weekly and day boarding facilities. Harikumar Pillai, a sound recordist, mixer and designer based in Mumbai, India, has worked on several foreign award winning and nominated films, including Oscars. Most notably he completed sound production duties on The Letters (biopic of Mother Teresa), Director/producer, William Riead, released through Twentieth Century Fox in North America and abroad. He has most recently completed production on an India-set European-backed feature film “In The Shadows” ( with Los Angeles-based feature debutant director, Dipesh Jain, which is in post-production in Los Angeles and is expected to be submitted to Sundance Film Festival.
Five-Day Digital Filmmaking Workshop
Saturday, October 8 - Wednesday, October 12
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Ste. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040; 212-473-3091
LIGHT & SHADOW: Digital Filmmaking Workshop is a spin-off of: Light and Shadow: a Camera and Lighting Workshop. It is an intensive, hands-on workshop for filmmakers who want to learn Simple, Fast and Effective filmmaking techniques to tell a story without a big budget or crew. This intensive, hands-on workshop takes students through every stage of filmmaking (Script Writing, Producing, Directing, Camera, Lighting, Sound Mixing and Editing) with techniques that are easy-to-learn and practical-to-use to complete a film in five days.
2016 BMI London Awards
Monday, October 10
The Dorchester Hotel
53 Park Lane, London W1K 1QA, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7486 2036; +44 20 7629 8888
World-renowned singer-songwriter Sting will be named the BMI Icon in recognition of his award-winning career and influence on popular music. With a career spanning 45 years, his record sales, estimated at over 100 million records worldwide, have made him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. As a member of The Police, he helped drive the band’s hugely successful career, including writing their GRAMMY-nominated and Ivor Novello award-winning hit “Every Breath You Take” The invitation-only gala will also recognize the UK and European songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-played BMI songs on American radio and television. The event will be hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Executive Director of Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe and Asia Brandon Bakshi.
Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame (#LaMusaAwards)
Thursday, October 13, 20:00
The Fillmore Miami Beach (Jackie Gleason Theater)
1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: 305-794-4020; 305-673-7300
Radio personality Javier Romero will host the Fourth Annual Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala with a musical performance lineup that includes: Lena Burke, Mario Domm, Luis Fonsi, Kany Garcia, Leslie Grace, Larry Harlow, Cachita Lopez, Milagros Luna, Orishas, Jorge Mejia, Gabriel Mores, Sam Moore, Tito Puente Jr., Danny Rivera, Jorge Santana and Jon Secada. The awards ceremony is presented by WorldArts, and along with the board of directors of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, will present the WorldArts Discovery of the Year Award to Emily Estefan, Julieta Venegas will be presented with Premio La Musa Elena Casals; and YoTuel will be awarded the Premio Conquistador. The Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame is a 501c3 non-profit organization adopting the same standards set by the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. WorldArts is a resource for artists to connect directly with fans, brands, and industry professionals.
World Arts Film Festival
Thursday, October 13 - Saturday, October 15
Unity Plaza (other venues)
220 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Phone: 904-568-0372
The World Arts Film Festival is a collaboration OF the non-profits, World Arts Education and the Make A Film Foundation. Created by individuals in New York, Los Angeles and Jacksonville, and supported by a growing network of advisors around the world, the festival is dedicated to a global message of inclusion through the arts and education. An Opening Night Reception and Art Exhibit at Unity Plaza, features the premiere of Insight, a short film commissioned by World Arts Film Festival and filmed by students from Douglas Anderson High School Cinematic Arts Department on the subject of the Florida School for The Deaf and Blind on the day they learned to take photographs. The Festival showcases a continuous series of short films, each no longer than 20 minutes. The submissions are from any filmmaker wanting to create, inspire and share their work worldwide. Expect workshops and activities like an experimental animation drawing workshop, improv acting workshop, sound effects workshop, storytelling through origami and magic, and roundtable discussions. More information will be available on the festival website as the festival dates draw closer. The festival is produced in collaboration with the 501c3 nonprofit World Arts Education, an organization that supports diverse and inclusive arts and educational programs. Festival Founder, Karen Douglass Sadler, a graduate in Cinema Studies and Visual Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, has over twenty years experience in the film industry and a commitment to building community.
Woodstock Film Festival
Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16
Woodstock Box Office
13 Rock City Road, Woodstock, New York 12498
Phone: 845-679-4265; 845-810-0131
Aside from it’s film program, the Woodstock Film Festival will present Exposure — a program that features panels and thought-provoking international films that emphasize social, political and environmental concerns. WFF’s Focus on Music segment showcases films about music and musicians while actively exploring its role in film. Many emphasize music as a powerful tool for expression and conflict resolution. Through workshops and seminars, the festival  also emphasizes film scoring, and live concerts are also presented featuring musicians with links to films in the program. Each year BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) presents a music and film panel moderated by Doreen Ringer Ross. The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music, and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning, and diversity. The Woodstock Film Festival is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.
Chicago International Film Festival (#ChiFilmFest)
Thursday, October 13 - Monday, October 17
AMC River East 21 (other venues)
322 E Illinois Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-683-0121; Fax: 312-683-0122
The festival will be comprised of networking events, master classes, panel discussions, workshops, parties, and an invite-only competitive pitch session juried by a panel of industry professionals. Pitch Day on October 23 is presented in conjunction with IFP Chicago. 'La La Land' is the October 13 Opening Night film of #ChiFilmFest. There are various event categories that define this year’s festival, and they include: International Feature Competition, Spotlight Musicals, Special Presentations, New Directors, U.S. Indies, World Cinema, Documentaries, After Dark, Shorts, Tributes, Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas, City and State, Outlook, Industry Days. Industry Days will be the Festival’s hub for participants to connect, share ideas and get inspired.;



OrlandoiX 2016 (#OrlandoiX16)
Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819
Phone: 321-622-2900
OrlandoiX is an interactive festival that showcases advancements in entertainment technology, interactive media, and digital arts. OrlandoiX features Industry Keynotes, Speaker Sessions, Interactive Exhibits, Game Developers Conference, Startup Series, Demo Zones, Gaming Tournaments, Networking Opportunities, and Entertainment. There is an opening party that will be held at Wall Street Plaza, Downtown Orlando, and is free to the public with an RSVP made at the Facebook page (see below). At the planned OrlandoiX Digital Conference segment, Shaun McCabe, Production Director at Insomniac Games, delivers the Opening Keynote. The expo floor will include interactive experience from a diverse cross-section of the tech community; including health tech, AR/VR, simulations and training, web technologies, gaming, interactive media, and more. Closing Keynote, Predicting 2020, will be delivered by Eric Romo, Co-founder and CEO, AltspaceVR followed by networking and cocktails.
Virtual Reality 20/20
Monday, October 17, 09:00 - 18:30
The TimesCenter
242 West 41 Street, New York, New York 10036
Phone: 917-281-4719
During NYC Television and Video Week, VR/AR media executives, technology pioneers, investors and creative minds will converge for Virtual Reality 20/20, to share latest trends within the VR industry. Virtual Reality 20/20 will shed insight into emerging trends in hardware, content development, distribution and retail. In attendance is expected to be potential funding, content and distribution partners. On display will be many different types of VR/AR devices and content with hands-on demonstrations. Anyone can participate in interactive discussions around ways to monetize VR/AR content and learn best practices for VR filming techniques that can uncover ways that VR/AR is on the verge of disrupting media technology models. The Opening Keynote - The Future Has Arrived - will be delivered by Nick DiCarlo, zVP, Immersive Products and Virtual Reality, Samsung Electronics America.
Production Music Conference (#PMC2016)
Monday, October 17 - Tuesday, October 18
Le Meridien Delfina
550 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405
Phone: 310-913-2289; 310-399-9344
The PMA’s Production Music Conference is set to open for their third year — another two-day event. Golden Globe, Grammy and BAFTA nominated composer Harry Gregson-Williams opens PMC as the keynote speaker. In addition to playing clips from some of his films, including The Martian and the Shrek franchise, Gregson-Williams will discuss the creative process. PMA is a member-supported, volunteer organization comprising approximately 660 member libraries, from major label publishers and national independents and start-ups. The music industry event will host a day of panels, learning, and networking. The PMC mission is to provide valuable information and share best practices in a positive and inspired forum to attendees involved in all aspects of production music. The 501(c)6 nonprofit organization was established to promote and protect the rights of production music libraries and production music composers.
MIPCOM 2016 Television Content Market (#MIPCOM)
Monday, October 17 - Thursday, October 20
Palais des Festivals
One Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France
Phone: +33 1 79 71 99 99; +33 1 79 71 98 22
MIPCOM (Marché International des Programmes de Communication) is an annual event in Cannes and is geared towards the television industry. The four-day MIPCOM is generally attended by representatives of television studios and broadcasters who use the event as a marketplace to buy and sell new programs and formats for international distribution. The 2016 MIPCOM offers activities in the areas of: exhibitions, networking, conferences and screenings. The conference’s opening Media Mastermind Keynote, on October 17, will be delivered by Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. MIPCOM 2016’s Carriage Deal Forum will offer its own kind of setting to meet new partners, network and discuss new business and co-production opportunities.
NYC Television and Video Week (#NYCTVWK)
Monday, October 17 - Thursday, October 20
The Waldorf Astoria (other venues)
301 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10022
Phone: 917-281-4782
The fourth annual NYC Television and Video Week, presented by Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and Next TV will use four days to present an array of trends and topics at the forefront of today’s television business. The convention will be broken up into five segments — some happening on overlapping days. With the 26th annual Hall of Fame ceremony and the new VR 20/20 virtual reality summit, as well as conferences such as Advanced Advertising, Next TV Summit, and the Hispanic Television Summit, NYC Television and Video Week brings education, information, and networking events for professionals in broadcast, cable, OTT, advertising, and technology companies serving the industry. NewBay Media is the owner and organizer of #NYCTVWK.
Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
Tuesday, October 18, 18:30
The Waldorf Astoria
301 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10022
Phone: 917-281-4782
Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame is celebrating its 26th anniversary in 2016. A Chairman’s Award will be given to Robert K. Kraft, The Kraft Group. Hall of Fame inductions will be made to: Monica Gadsby, Latin America, Publicis One; Peter Liguori, Tribune Media Company; Inside the NBA, Turner Network Television; Deborah Norville, Inside Edition CBS Television Distribution; Mark Pedowitz, the CW Television Network; Michael Powell, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA); Kevin Reilly, Turner Entertainment; Stuart Sucherman, Sucherman Group; Jay Sures, United Talent Agency; Keith Turner, Univision Communications Inc.; Jeff Wachtel, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment/Universal Cable Productions & Wilshire Studios. Cocktails are served at 17:30. Formal dinner at 18:30. The affair will be hosted by Norah O’Donnell of 60 Minutes. Email:;
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, October 19, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Next TV Summit (#NextTVSummit)
Wednesday, October 19
Grand Hyatt, New York
109 E 42nd Street, New York, New York 10017
Phone: 917-281-4782; 212-883-1234
A segment of the NYC TV and Video week, Next TV Summit and Expo is a future-focused conference, expo and networking event presented on both coasts annually, providing insights into the impact of new video devices, delivery systems and consumer expectations in the OTT (Over the Top) era. Topics covered at Next TV include: OTT Growth and Business Models, Transformative TV Technologies, Video Consumption Trends and Measurement, Talent and Content in the Digital Age, Valuation Drivers for Online and Offline Video Content Companies. Next TV will dive well into leading topics on the future of TV featuring guided and focused roundtable discussion sessions. Tables set up in the hotel ballroom are designated to have a themed discussion led by an industry figure, and every attendee will have a choice of which “Over the Top-ic” discussion to join. In addition to plenty of networking breaks to follow up with fellow attendees and explore the expo exhibition area, Next TV presents structured networking with targeted roundtable discussions on trending topics led by industry experts. These roundtables provide key introductions and deeper discussions around attendees’ areas of specialty and interest. Once registered, attendees may request their preferred tables.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, October 20, 16:00-17:00
BMI Los Angeles Office
8730 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Floor West, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-289-6336; 310-659-9109 Ext. 6336
This is an introductory workshop for writers and publishers covering the history of performing rights, the origins of BMI and the current role BMI plays in the music industry. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
SHOF and The Grammy Museum Present... The Art of Collaboration
Thursday, October 20, 19:30-21:00
Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater
800 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-765-6800
The Songwriters Hall of Fame, in association with the GRAMMY Museum present... The Art of Collaboration: Songwriters and Music Publishers Making Music and History Together. Panelists include songwriters Dan Wilson, Bonnie McKee and Jack Antonoff, and publishers Kenny MacPherson, Scott Cutler and Jennifer Knoepfle. The event will be moderated by songwriter Ross Golan. There will be a door charge. For tickets, visit or tickets can be purchased at the GRAMMY Museum box office. All proceeds benefit The Songwriters Hall of Fame and the GRAMMY Museum’s educational programs.
NFMLA NewFilmmakers LA Screening Event
Saturday, October 22, 17:00
South Park Center
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 323-467-1001; 323-521-7385
This month's event will include three short film programs, including one InFocus: International Directors program, which spotlights emerging directing talent from around the globe. The theme of the evening is horror, scifi, and thriller films in celebration of Halloween. In between films, audiences can check out filmmaker Q&As; or meet and mingle with one another in the premium South Park Center lounge over cocktails in Downtown LA. There are pre-receptions and after-parties for each program. NewFilmmakers LA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world. NewFilmmakers Los Angeles is supported by Presenting Venue Sponsor AT&T Center, Presenting Media Sponsor LA Weekly, Producers Circle Sponsors SAG-AFTRA, Wells Fargo, and Directors Circle Sponsors Film LA and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
MIA Animation Conference and Conference
Saturday, October 22 - Sunday, October 23
Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132
Phone: 305-521-3429
MIA ANIMATION is a conference and festival focusing on computer animation, gaming, visual effects and motion graphics, film, web design and visual arts. This year’s conference Keynote Speaker is Aaron Parry, Chief Creative Officer and Executive Vice President, at Deluxe 3D, LLC, opening the conference on October 22. Other speakers on the schedule to give talks include: Sara Sherman, Executive Director, Casting at Walt Disney Co; Drew Tolman, Animation Associate Producer, 20th Century Fox; Elbert Perez, UX Prototyper for HTC Vive; Diliana Alexader, Executive Director at Film Gate and others. Master Class sessions at MIA/Animation will range from Cinema 4D, presented by MAXON to Z-Brush with Alexis Centeno, presented by SPINE. MIA is especially keen on discovering and nurturing new creativity. The conference and festival closes out with an awards ceremony and an After-Party following that.
American Film Festival in Wrocław
Tuesday, October 25 - Sunday, October 30
New Horizons Cinema
ul. Komuny Paryskiej 39-41, 50-451 Wrocław, Poland
Phone: (48 22) 530 66 40
Fax: (48 22) 831 06 63; +48 71 343 29 62
With the sole purpose of furthering familiarity and understanding of American film culture, the American Film Festival (AFF) in Wrocław, will present recent and retrospective films by both internationally established directors and unknown filmmakers to its festival audiences. This year's AFF program focuses on the ties and fascinations between the cinemas of Europe and America. The 2016 AFF will devote a section to Orson Welles's work in Europe. Presently, American films occupy a fair amount of Polish cinemas programming, though they are regarded as commercial productions distributed globally by major film studios. The festival aims to introduce new names and original concepts in the American cinema to the Polish audiences. The AFF program spotlights the ties and fascinations between the cinemas of Europe and America — the Old and New Worlds. The Europeans in America review features over a dozen cult favorites directed by European artists in the USA, including Herzog, Dumont, Antonioni and Agnès Varda.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, October 27, 08:00-10:30
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 323-465-9800; 310-854-1111
To attend the Hollywood Networking Breakfast(R), you should be directly involved in the entertainment industry, a group which usually includes writers, producers, directors, development / production execs, talent representatives, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, financiers, actors and others at various levels of experience and achievement. Check-in starts at 07:20. Everyone gets 15 seconds to introduce themselves to the room. The breakfast -- held on the last Thursday of every month -- begins at 08:00 and lasts until approximately 10:30. The breakfast may sometimes be held on a Saturday or another weekday. Parking is available, free of charge.


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