Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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BMI's 8 off 8th Showcase
Monday, October 2, 20:00
The High Watt
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
BMI and YEP (Young Entertainment Professionals) present “BMI 8 off 8th” . each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville’s burgeoning indie music scene. This showcase will feature artists: TBA. Whether it’s launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing. The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development. Free and open to the public.
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, October 3, 19:00
The Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7751-2900
FRUKT, along with BMI, 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: Giant Party, Cat Burns, Sabella, Miles Horn. DJ Deja Bruh fills in around band appearances. 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 Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, October 4, 19:00-22:30 (and every Wednesday)
LOA Live On Air Restaurant
335 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 718-618-0156
A mix of indie music, dance, theatre, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist Dj on the turntables. Featured guests, and all artists welcome to perform, including singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians, etc., where performances are live-streamed across several social media platforms. Live On Air restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, features a live-streaming stage In addition to a full dining menu specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine. All performances are broadcast live across all major social media platforms, giving these artists the opportunity for even greater exposure. The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Wednesday night.
Mondo.NYC2017 Music Festival and Tech Summit (#MondoNYC2017)
Wednesday, October 4 - Sunday, October 8
Rockwood Music Hall (other venues)
196 Allen Street, New York, New York 10002
Phone: 973-224-4906
Mondo.NYC2017 will bring together music fans, artists, tech pioneers and entertainment professionals to celebrate music, technology and the entertainment industry, while empowering artists and advancing ideas in an ever-changing music business. An incubator for the music and tech industries during the day, by night Mondo becomes a platform for emerging artists from around the globe to perform at Manhattan’s Lower East Side venues. This year Mondo.NYC partners with The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), New York University (NYU), Spotify, international export agencies, and multiple additional partners to present a comprehensive program for industry, artists, media, and fans. Through an RIAA Programming Partnership and Spotify hosted reception, the RIAA will discuss its mid-year industry revenue numbers during a special presentation on October 5 as part of a discussion titled “Streaming Revenue and Policy in One Hour,” with Cary Sherman, RIAA CEO, Mitch Glazier, RIAA President, and Joshua Friedlander, RIAA SVP Strategic Data Analysis along with key industry representatives. This will be immediately followed by a reception at NYU co-hosted by Mondo, the RIAA and Spotify. 
Email: info@mondo.nyx; @MondoNewYork
Friday Night Social
Friday, October 6, 18:30-21:30
Double Take Restaurant and Lounge @ Palomar Hotel
10740 Wilshire Boulevard, #101, Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 310-475-8711; 800-472-8556
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 ScriptWriters 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.” Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Free to attend. Pay for your own food, cocktails and parking. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
The Future of StoryTelling (#FoSTFEST)
Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 8
Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York 10301
Phone: 212-727-2242; 718-425-3504
At the heart of FoST are two signature events. The two-day FoST Summit gathers top thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields to share ideas and experiences shaping the storytelling landscape. FoST FEST, open to the public, features VR and AR experiences, tech demos, a multiperson VR theater, panel conversations, live performances, interactive games, and much more. In conjunction with the Summit, FoST produces a series of short films featuring Summit speakers that highlight their areas of interest and the topics up for discussion at the roundtable conversations. Summit attendees are encouraged to watch the films in advance so they can participate in the roundtable conversations in the most informed way. The FoST Summit gathers a mix of thinkers and professionals from diverse fields that are impacting storytelling in the 21st century. To fully engage attendees, the FoST Summit has planned and carefully curated s program which includes: roundtable conversations with leaders from Fortune 100 companies, technologists, marketing visionaries, and renowned academics, hands-on creative workshops that allow attendees to gain new skills, In addition to the Summit and FEST, FoST also produces a wide range of content and programming, such as curated exhibitions; an annual series of short films; regular influencer salons, tech tastings, and storytelling workshops. 
Email:; @FutureOfStoryTelling
Gotta Sing! Open Mic Singer Showcase
Saturday, October 7, 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.
Email: contact form;;;

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Celebrates British Cinema - Film Festival (#NFMLA)
Saturday, October 7, 17:00
Sunset Las Palmas Studios
1040 N Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90038
Phone: 213-741-7402
The Academy along with presenting partners NALIP and SAG-AFTRA host the annual NFMLA Film Festival. The evening features screenings of all 26 short films, food by LA's legendary Pink's Hot Dogs, drinks by Tito's and Karl Strauss, live performances, an awards ceremony and more. Films slated for screening include: City of Angels, directed by Jaffar Richardson; Best Friend, directed by Cory Reeder; CITYlife, directed by Ian Rutherford; The Angeleno Hunter, directed by Elaine Loh; And I Was Young, directed by Rachel Zhou;, directed by Fr3deR1cK Taylor; Los Angeles In Motion, directed by David Jackson; A Santa Monica Story, directed by Patrick W. Bramley; What Is Your LA? directed by Drake Ford; LA Awaits, directed by Janna Macatangay; Morrow Heights. directed by Chelsea Woods; DTLA In Motion, directed by Vadim Tereshchenko; Angel City, directed by Francisco Lorite; Welcome Home, directed by Mojo Tuheen, Katherine Kearns and Katie Lemon; PROGRESS, directed by Kristen Hansen; Busy, Baby, directed by Provvidenza Catalano; 24 Hours In Los Angeles, directed by Caleb des Cognets and Michael Izquierdo; Ghost Riding Trains, directed by Cosmos Kiindarius; City of Love, directed by Bonnie Suarez; My Los Angeles - Angel's View, directed by Evan Thomas; Los Angeles, Be Kind, directed by Joe Mackedanz; LA Promo Tour, directed by Eddie Barber; This. Of View, directed by Celine Bermejo; Yolandi’s Los Angeles, directed by Scott Gordon and Sherise Seven; LA, With Love, directed by Ashleigh Coffelt; LA: Dream Chasers, directed by Kalon Atkins. Screenings are between 12 and 15 minutes long. There will be pre-screening receptions before each program where attendees can sip cocktails and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge. Q&A sessions with the filmmakers will follow each program. An After Party concludes the evening.

GITEX Technology Week VR/AR
Sunday, October 8 - Thursday, October 12
Dubai World Trade Center
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: 971 (0)4 308 6566 / 6249 / 6282 / 6012 / 6480 / 6077; +971 4 332 1000
Tech pioneers and futurists, business leaders and IT professionals are expected at GITEX to experience advanced technologies and digital transformation, particularly with regard to its transformation of the Middle East and Africa AR/VR market which is expected to grow from $181 million (U.S. dollars) in 2016 to $6 billion by 2020, in addition to how these transformative technologies are being adopted across key (vertical) industries. GITEX’s Technology Week will highlight certain vertical market sectors and their adoption of the emerging technologies, particularly AR/VR. They will include Marketing, Healthcare, Intelligent Cities, Retail, Finance, Women in Tech, Smart Manufacturing, Connected Automated Transportation, Public Sector and Educaiton. In one vertical segment, GITEX for Marketing, brands, investors, agencies and martech startups from a range of industries come together to tell their success stories. The Digital Marketing conference will cover topics including, emerging platforms and tools delivering the greatest ROI tailored to a particular industry, artificial intelligence and personalised marketing, the evolution of online communities and how marketing teams use video as an avenue of content marketing. 

BMI London Awards
Monday, October 9
Dorchester Hotel (Park Lane)
53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA, UK
Phone: 44 20 7486 2036
The BMI London Awards will honor the songwriter and lead singer, Jay Kay, of the band Jamiroquai, with the President’s Award in recognition of his influence on songwriting within the music industry. The invitation-only gala will be hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Brandon Bakshi, BMI’s Executive Director, Creative for Europe & Asia. The annual gala will also pay tribute to the U.K. and European songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television from BMI’s repertoire of nearly 13 million musical works. The Million-Air Awards, Song of the Year, and awards for Pop, Dance, Film, Television and Cable Television Music will also be presented throughout the evening. 
California Copyright Conference and Dinner
Tuesday, October 10, 18:15
Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel
12833 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, California  91604
Phone: 818-379-3312
A California Copyright Conference panel entitled “Thinking Outside the Box: Bolstering Revenues by Exploitation of Older Music Catalogs Via Non-Traditional Means” will include panelists, The evening summit will serve cocktails at 18:30 and dinner at 19:00. J. Charley Londoño, Esq., President of the California Copyright Conference and Owner of Law Office of J. Charley Londoño will serve as moderators. Advance RSVP recommended by October 9. A Walk-Up Dinner is available for no prior RSVP.  Regarding attorneys, this activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one (1) hour. The CCC certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. 




Broadcast India Show 2017 (#TheBroadcastIndiaShow2017)
Thursday, October 12 - Saturday, October 14
The Bombay Exhibition Centre at Goregaon East
NESCO, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063, India
Phone: +91 22 6216 5303; +91 22 6216 5313
At Broadcast India, suppliers and tacticians involved with the hardware, software and/or technology for the broadcast, film industry and multimedia industry have been participating in these shows as exhibitors. From content creation to its management and delivery, Broadcast India Show 2017 presents products and solutions its audience of broadcast and film industry professionals would be looking for. Organized by NürnbergMesse India, the expo is projected to attract professionals from across the globe with over 600 brands displaying leading edge technology and solutions. Along with the broad-spectrum event, the Broadcast India Show 2017 will simultaneously facilitate a two-day conference that puts the spotlight on content. It will invite CEOs, directors and proprietors of companies along with engineers, technicians and technologists to conduct an array of technical presentations, product promotions and in-depth discussions. With a gathering of presidents, directors and proprietors of companies to engineers, technicians and technologists, it forms an informative backdrop for in-depth presentations, cross-pollinating discussions and analytical forums. 
Two-Day Lighting Workshop at Solar
Saturday, October 14 - Sunday, October 15
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Ste. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
The workshop will stress hands-on techniques over textbook theories to achieve Simple, Creative and Efficient shooting techniques without utilizing unneeded equipment, budget, crew or time. The workshop will cover, camera and lighting positions, outdoor lighting with regard to sun and shade conditions, using colored lighting to affect mood, appropriate lighting for actors or models with dark skin tone and complexions, knowing the differences in lighting for dramas and lighting for interviews, and more. Solar is a one-stop production company equipped to handle a project from concept and filming to editing, audio post production, multi-media, graphic/web design and media distribution.
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, October 14 - Wednesday, October 18
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
Geared especially toward Narrative/Documentary Filmmakers, this five-day intensive, hands-on workshop comprehensively guides students through the stages 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. Solar is a one-stop production company equipped to handle a project from concept and filming to editing, audio post production, multi-media, graphic/web design and media distribution.
MIPCOM Entertainment Content Marketplace
Monday, October 16 - Thursday, October 19
Palais des Festivals
One Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France
Phone: +33 1 79 71 99 99
There will be a number of Keynote addresses at MIPCOM in 2017. Speakers will include, Domingo Corral, head of Original Programming at Movistar+; Courteney Monroe, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Geographic Global Networks; Daniel Danker, Director of Video Product Facebook; Davey Gary, Managing Director of Content, Sky; Mills Sean, Senior Director, Content Programming
Snap Inc.;  Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO, HBO; Ramsay Gordon, TV Chef and President of Studio Ramsay; Fred Seibert, founder of Frederator Networks and Chief Creative Officer of WOW! Unlimited Media; Van Veen Ricky, Head of Global Creative Strategy Facebook; Yeatman Andy, Head Of Global Kids Content, Netflix; David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications. There are designated program highlights for the 2017 MIPCOM (most of which comprise conference sessions) that will be grouped in the categories of Global Content Trends, Digital Distribution, Virtual Reality, Network and Connect, and Ultra-HD Reaches Tipping Point! Within these five categories, topics to be presented will include program segments, Defining a Hit: New Metrics for Success, Successful Content in the Middle East, Over Here! Standing Out in the Crowded OTT Space, Power Shifts: Who Will Take the Throne of Drama? Beyond Coproduction - Making Global Creative Connections, From History to the Future - The Beauty of Working With China, Global Drama: It’s Time for Africa! Formats: The New Creative Horizon, Originals - The Quest for Brand-Defining Content, and other areas.
Email: contact form; @mipmarkets
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Craig Gropper on the Life and Work of William Gropper (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, October 17, 19:00-21:00
The Bark Room at Parsons, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Two West 13 Street, Room M101, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
Craig Gropper, a former TV journalist and the grandson of political cartoonist William Gropper, discusses the elder Gropper’s art from the political cartoons to murals. From the 1920s through the middle of the 20th century, artist William Gropper was one of the country’s best known social critics. His drawings and paintings challenged the powerful on behalf of the powerless, whether featured in newspapers and magazines or in galleries and museums. This is a free weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work. The symposium will examine new ideas for the distribution of print and electronic work that move beyond the existing models of  publishing and advertising. To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, October 19, 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. It will be conducted by two BMI Reps who will explain how to utilize BMI services to the fullest, and some Basic 101 tips and tricks. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Augmented World Expo (AWE) Europe 2017 - Munich (#AWE2017)
Thursday, October 19 - Friday, October 20
MOC Exhibition Center
Lilienthalallee 40, Munich, Germany
Phone: 571-293-2013
The AWE Munich conference opening keynote and remarks will be delivered by Ori Inbar, the Co-Founder and CEO of Augmented Reality.ORG, the producer of Augmented World Expo. The conference program reflects speakers and topics that will place significant emphasis on finding opportunities in Augmented Reality and implementing strategies to realize them. Other notable speakers will include, Alessandro Terenzi, ARMedia/Inglobe Technologies; Tony Bevilacqua, cognitiveVR; Amir Baradaran, Columbia University in the City of New York; Shelley Peterson, Lockheed Martin; Rika Nakazawa, Atheer; Paweł Gajda, Carbon Studio; Oliver Hille, Volkswagen AG; Leila Alem, University of Technology Sydney; Jay Kothari, Google; Jacob Loewenstein, Samsung Next; Dominic Eskofier, Nvidia; Amy Peck, EndeavorVR; Christopher Stapleton, Virtual World Society. And there will be more speakers. AWE day one concludes with a cocktail reception followed by an After Party. Day two concludes with Closing Remarks followed by Auggie Awards Announcements. AWE’s Second Annual European Auggie Awards showcases selections in the augmented world. Winners of the Auggie Awards will be presented with an Auggie Award on stage at the Ceremony on October 20, the final expo day.
Introducing to Producing
Saturday October 21. 09:30-16:30
Van Nuys training camp (location released upon registration)
Los Angeles, California
Phone: 818-386-1228
A one-day workshop covering the basics of producing for film and television. What does the producer do? How to find material. How important is packaging? Where to bring your projects. How to prepare the pitch. Development. Responsibilities during production and post-production. Other important areas the workshop takes up are: Different producer titles and responsibilities. Finding, shaping, pitching material. Development. Television vs Features. Reality vs Scripted. Pre-production. Production. Post-production. The instructor, Jody Brockway, is a former NBC Vice President of Television Movies and Mini-Series and Executive Producer of 12 television movies for ABC Family Channel, TNT and USA TV. The class is offered by P.A. Bootcamp, but is not included in the P.A. Bootcamp session. Register at For further information, email, or call 818-386-1228.   
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, October 25, 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.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, October 26, 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.
Cliff Goldmacher Workshop: Organizing the Songwriter Workflow
Thursday, October 26, 13:30
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
This workshop is for songwriters to help them create a workflow, starting from the point from when they first write a song, right through to the preparation of pitching their finished demo. It stresses good organizational habits overall and specifically, what to do before, during and after a writing session, using technology to keep track of and to back up unfinished songs, recordings, demos and other project related matter; song pitching via email links and mp3 metadata, following up on existing pitch opportunities. Online registration to secure a place opens September 26, at which time anyone can sign up on the registration page. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled. As an educator, Cliff teaches workshops for BMI, ASCAP, The Standard Jazz Workshop, Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, Taxi and the Durango Songwriter’s Expo. Admission is free.
Spooky Empire October Convention (#SpookyEmpire)
Friday, October 27 - Sunday, October 29
Hyatt Regency Orlando (other venues)
9801 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819
Phone: 954-258-7852
Considered a Comic-Con for horror fans, Spooky Empire, which hosts the annual thriller/horror conventions in North America, has planned for the 2017 reunion of the Hollywood classic, Sixteen Candles, with the attendance of Molly Ringwald, John and Joan Cusack and Anthony Michael Hall when it launches October 27–29 in Orlando. The convention will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic American horror comedy The Lost Boys with the attendance of Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander and G Tom Mac. The convention has also added an array of new activities for guests to enjoy including a Charity Casino Night, an expanded Kid’s Zone, Special FX Makeup classes, Literary Guests and Creators Track, Fast Pass photo-op option, and many more to be added through October. Expect celebrity guest appearances to made by Richard Dreyfuss, John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Shannon Elizabeth, Fairuza Balk, Daphne Zuniga, Derek Mears, C.J. Graham, John Kassir, Ken Foree, Rachel Bolan, Billy Wirth, Jamison Newlander, G Tom Mac, Jonny Brugh, Ben Fransham, Don Brooker, Glen Hetrick, Susan Backlinie, Loni Anderson, Barry Anderson. 



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