Friday Night Social
Friday, June 3, 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.
MIDEM 2016
Friday, June 3 - Monday, June 6
Palais des Festivals
Six Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes France
Phone: +33-1-79-719000; +33(0)1-79-719999
For 50 years now, the annual MIDEM (acronym for Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale) has been an international b2b event encompassing tradeshow, conferences, competitions, networking events and live performances, as well as a platform for showcasing new artists, musical trends and music-related products, and conferences educating about the music industry and new revenue streams. MIDEM music industry events are generally focused on the core music business, the technology sector, brands and the agencies that represent them for music/brand campaigns. MIDEM offers a forum for business talks, visionary, political and legal discussions. This year also marks the 50th anniversary celebration year for MIDEM. Warner/Chappell Music CEO Jon Platt will keynote Midem 2016, with Justin Tranter, songwriter to Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and others. The event will happen as part of the Midem Keynote Series on June 4. After-hours, past the music industry networking during the day, more informal networking will take place during a series of performances from over 100 international artists held mainly at Cannes’ interContinental Carlton Hotel and its private beach.
Brooklyn Film Festival
Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 12
Wythe Hotel (other venues)
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 1-718-388-4306
The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), is an International, competitive festival. BFF mission is to provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films. To draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema. This year, BFF received 2,854 films from 120 countries, a new record for the festival. Additional programming will be presented on June 9 at Syndicated in Bushwick. On June 4, BFF will present its 12th annual Kidsfilmfest at Made in NY Media Center by IFP. On June 11, BFF will present its fifth Exchange program at BRIC. The festival will screen a total of 110-120 film premieres with each film shown twice. BFF will award the winners with prizes totaling over $60,000 in film services, products, and cash prizes. Opening Night screenings and After Party feature complimentary drinks and Hor d’oeuvres. Then, there is a Filmmakers Reception party with food and drinks on June 8.
BFF, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, June 4, 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.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, June 6, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: 310-578-5591
Singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. Held the first Monday of every month. Featured performances will be given by: Guillermo Otero (, Irving Casanova, Nea Agostini (, Eric De Franco ( Admission is free.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, June 6, 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.
One Mic Nite Open Monday Talent Showcase
Tuesday, June 7, 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.
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase
Tuesday, June 7, 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: new punk-pop sounding, singer-songwriter, Rocky NTI; duo Plaitum, whose debut EP is coming via producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence) via label Wolf Tone; new London artist Lily Oakes; Ireland based singer-songwriter, Sam Wickens. 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.
Seventh Annual New Media Film Festival
Tuesday, June 7 - Thursday, June 9
The Landmark
10850 W. Pico Boulevard,  Los Angeles, California 90064
Phone: 1-310-470-0492; 1-888-724-6362
The New Media Film Festival, evolving its festival program through the years, is about the transformative power of the cinematic arts and the way it can join story through technology to cross cultural boundaries. Enjoy Red Carpet Press Junket, VIP Soiree, Screenings from Around the World including World, US and LA Premieres. Q and A's with filmmakers in attendance. Panelists with Industry Leaders. Opening and Closing Night Programming. Awards Ceremony, Networking Lounge, International Art Exhibit, New Media Marketing Table (Place One Take One) and much more.  The Festival places an emphasis on the exploration of new media technologies, new distribution models, creating and establishing new methodologies to monetize content on a global scale. The festival also offers further screening opportunities to winning works on the newly launched New Media 2D & 3D channels and other distribution opportunities.
Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Thursday, June 9
Marriott Marquis Hotel
1535 Broadway, New York, New York 10036
Phone: 917-579-1000; 212-398-1900
BMI songwriters Nile Rodgers and Chip Taylor will be Inducted Into the 47th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. BMI songwriter/artist Nick Jonas will be the recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award, The other 2016 Inductees are: Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty & Bernard Edwards. Seymour Stein, co-founder and chairman of Sire Records, will be the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award. Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) serves as a vital bridge between music’s past and future.  Musical pioneers are enshrined and celebrated, while the organization’s outreach to the music community grooms the next generation of troubadours.




Sight, Sound and Story: Post-Production One-Day Summit
Saturday, June 11, 09:30
NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
Phone: 212-414-9570
Manhattan Edit workshop's one-day summit's panels include the art and processes of editing documentary film and episodic television, and behind the the green screen with VFX artists. One panel moderated by Michael Berenbaum, ACE (The Americans, Sex and the City), includes speakers Kelley Dixon, ACE (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead), Kate Sanford, ACE (Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, The Wire), Leo Trombetta, ACE (Narcos, Mad Men, Temple Grandin). A closing panel will highlight the career of award-winning feature film editor Anne Coates, ACE, with author and film historian Bobbie O’Steen. The summit culminates in a gala reception and networking session for guests, panelists and vendors, with open bar and hors d'oeuvres.
70th Tony Awards
Sunday, June 12, 20:00
Beacon Theatre
2124 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
Phone: 212-465-6500/6225
The 70th Annual Tony Awards celebrating achievement on the Broadway stage and the world of theater, will feature some of the biggest names in theatre, film, TV, and music coming out for an evening of tributes and performances. It will broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City at 20:00 ET/delayed PT, airing on CBS Television Network. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The awards program will be hosted by Tony Award winner James Corden. This year for the first-time ever, Broadway fans will be able to go backstage at the Tony Awards with BroadwayHD’s Behind the Scenes Livestream during the CBS telecast.
Banff World Media Festival
Sunday, June 12 - Wednesday, June 15
Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L1J4
Phone: 1-888-287-2279; 1-403-762-2211
For 37 years, the Banff World Media Festival has attracted Development Professionals and a cross-section of television and digital media professionals from across the globe. BANFF programs a comprehensive review of contemporary issues facing the television and digital media industries through keynotes from industry leaders,  panel discussions, expert forecasts, Master Classes, critical case studies, key strategy sessions and more.. It is also a place to green-light new projects, made possible through the BANFF Marketplace and other facilities set up to help create new development and production opportunities. The day one Opening Keynote will be delivered by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. The opening day festivities concludes with a Kick-Off Party presented by Netflix with music presented by Festival Music House, and also features live performances.
BMI's 8 off 8th - Bonnaroo Showcase @ Mercy Lounge
Monday, June 13, 21:00
The Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
Hosted by a rotating lineup of music community impresarios, each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville’s bourgeoning indie rock scene. 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. This evening features performances by: Chloe Kat, Blinds, Jess Nolan, Shannon Laurie, Ron Gallo, Mote, Brandon Watson and the IKB Sound, Walking Man.
EDMbiz Conference and Expo at EDC Week
Tuesday, June 14 - Thursday, June 16
Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Las Vegas, Nevada
Phone: 866-227-5938
Held against the backdrop of EDC Week (Electric Daisy Carnival), EDMbiz is a destination for dance music professionals worldwide looking to advance in the electronic dance music industry. Keynote speakers for the 2016 event include DJ and producer Moby, Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella, and Lefsetz Letter author Bob Lefsetz. EDMbiz is only a segment of the larger EDC Week activity happening in Las Vegas during this period. Situated primarily at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but also at many venues along the Vegas Strip, from June 13-20, Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) features DJs, theatrical performers, carnival rides, large-scale art installations, state-of-the-art lighting and sound production across several stages, and fireworks at the close of each evening.
Next TV Summit and Expo
Wednesday, June 15, 08:00
Hyatt Regency
Five Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California 94111
Phone: 917-281-4719
Next TV Summit and Expo surveys up-to-date news, events and information focused towards professionals shaping the way video and TV content is created, distributed, marketed and monetized. This future-focused conference, expo and networking event is presented on both coasts annually, giving 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. There are planned structured networking with targeted roundtable discussions on pressing topics conducted by vetted speakers. These roundtables provide key introductions and deeper discussions around attendees’ areas of specialty and interest. Opens with a Networking Breakfast, concludes with a Networking Cocktail Reception.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
DAY, June 16, 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.
3D and Virtual Reality Expo
Wednesday, June 22 - Friday, June 24
Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight)
3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, 135-0063 Tokyo Japan
Phone: +81-3-3349-8519
3D and Virtual Reality Expo are exhibits of the innovations in 3D and Virtual Reality projection. 3D and Virtual Reality Expo (IVR) is a viable industry in Japan where one can experience an array of cutting-edge 3D technology and super high definition image technologies. IVR is expected to draw users from manufacturing industries, amusement industries, broadcasting stations, image producing companies, content production companies, telecommunication companies, public offices, universities and research centers, who are looking to buy solutions for their businesses and institutions.
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, June 29, 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.
Mobile World Congress Shanghai (#mwcs16)
Wednesday, June 29 - Friday, July 1
Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (other venues)
2345 Longyang Road, Pudong, Shanghai, 201204, China
Phone: +86 21 5160 1221
The offerings on display at MWCS will reflect interest in the latest mobile trends or of an industry that supports mobile.
MWC Shanghai will be co-located at the Exhibition Centre along with Shanghai Digital Information Festival and Smart City Expo - Shanghai Pudong, showcasing innovations in mobile spanning seven large exhibition areas. The conference Opening Keynote: "The Next Generation Operator", encompasses leading mobile operators of Asia and elsewhere discussing the next wave of mobile network and service innovations, including 5G, delivering more robust content and services, and the opportunity of the Internet of Things in all its forms. An entire ecosystem of mobile technology and products will be showcased. There will be a multitude of consumer specific experiences to explore as well, such as drone flying cage, Virtual Reality Zone, professional skateboarding and ESL Sport gaming.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, June 30, 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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