Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

Friday Night Social
Friday, July 1, 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.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, July 2, 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, July 5, 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: Arrow Benjamin, fresh from appearing on Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ album; new Bristol Electronica act, Body Clocks; singer-songwriter off of 6 Music and Amazing Radio, Scarlet. 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.
Podcast Movement 2016 (#PM16)
Wednesday, July 6 - Friday, July 8
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Upper Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone: 312-565-1234
Podcast Movement 2016 will address the practice and field of podcasting, defined as the creation of a digital media file that can be an episodic series of audio, video, digital radio, PDF, or ePub files, subscribed to and downloaded manually or automatically through web syndication, or which can be streamed online. The conference will run five tracks: creation, technical, industry, marketing, monetization. Keynote speakers for PM16 will include: Alex Blumberg, CEO and cofounder of Gimlet Media; Anna Sale, managing editor of Death, Sex and Money, a WNYC interview show; Glynn Washington, host and executive producer of Snap Judgment radio show and others. Podcaster and Comedian/wrestler Colt Cabana will join forces with The Second City’s Maria Randazzo to host the 2nd Annual Academy of Podcasters Awards (2016 AofP Awards), the night before the official conference open.
Latin Alternative Music Conference 2016 (#LAMC2015)
Wednesday, July 6 - Saturday, July 9
Affinia Manhattan (other venues)
371 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 212-563-1800
The annual conference is a mix of panels, performances and exhibits happening at several venues across the city. 2016 panel participants will include: Colin Finkelstein, Yebo Music; Johnny Marines, Roc Nation Latino; Marcella Araica, Recording Engineer; Jessica Weber, co-sign; Carlos Ardila, Deezer; Ellen Flores, SiriusXM; Emmanuel Zunz, ONErpm; Jorge Brea, Symphonic Distribution; Luis Ayala, Boomerang DC; Matthew Limones, SoundExchange; Marcos Juarez, Pandora; Isabelia Herrera, Remezcla and others. Panel highlights will include: Synch-O: Latin Music in Films, TV & Advertising, Latin GRAMMY’s 101: A Roadmap, Fishing For Money in the Music Stream, Too Much Information: Finding Your Online Tribe & Engaging Fans. Outdoor performance venues will be at Central Park SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park Bandshell.
One Mic Nite Open Monday Talent Showcase
Tuesday, July 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.
Hollywood Show
Friday, July 8 - Sunday, July 10
Westin Los Angeles Airport
5400 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90045
Phone: 818-533-8204; 323-469-0757
Aside from being an autograph show in the Hollywood area, the Hollywood Show showcases products like movie poster, movie art, movie posters, lobby cards, photos, props, costumes, vintage movie memorabilia and more. The Hollywood Show is held four times a year at The Westin LAX, with actors, writers, performers, collectors and celebrities coming together to meet fans and autograph pictures and merchandise. A schedule of photo op times with notable actors and actresses will be posted to the website no later than 10 days prior to the show. There will also be schedules available at the show's front desk, and announcements will be made throughout the days notifying fans where and when they need to be in the photo room. The celebrities who appear at The Hollywood Show are independent contractors.  It is at the discretion of each celebrity to set their own price structure for autographs, photos, and memorabilia.  There are no celebrities at the Friday night preview.
5-Day Digital Filmmaking Workshop
Saturday, July 9 - Wednesday, July 13
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040; 212-473-3091
Narrative/Documentary Filmmakers can participate in a five-day intensive, hands-on workshop, going 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. Sessions  focus on sensible skills to do a lighting set-up. Participants will see how to light real-world situations through demonstrations, Q&A's, and hands-on practices. A review of tips and tricks to creating polished and dynamic lighting that can set mood and capture an audience.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, July 11, 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: 37 Wonder (, Danny Fornaris (, The Dose (, Tamara Laurel ( Admission is free.
Stretch and Bobbito Radio Show (#837NYC)
Monday, July 11, 18:00
Samsung 837
837 Washington Street, New York New York 10014
Phone: 844-577-6969
Originally broadcasted at WKCR in New York City in the 90s, The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show featured exclusive demo tapes and in-studio freestyles from many then-unsigned hip hop artists including Nas, Jay Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, DMX, and the Wu-Tang Clan and created a legendary radio show. Now Stretch and Bobbito are bringing back the music, special guests, and signature styles that has made them icons in the DJ radio industry. Every Monday at the same time.
Hollywood Chamber Speed Leeds Luncheon
Wednesday, July 13, 12:00 - 13:30
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311
The Hollywood Chamber of The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce invites member businesses to connect at SPEED LEADS networking event. The Chamber’s fast-paced event presents an opportunity to briefly connect face-to-face with representatives from member businesses and to introduce new business to other Chamber members. Open to Hollywood Chamber Members only. Lunch will be served courtesy of Fresh Brothers. This is a Chamber membership benefit. There is no charge to attend for members in good standing. Reservations will be taken on a first come-first served basis. 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.
Vietnam Television Telefilm Exhibition
Wednesday, July 13 - Friday, July 15
Hanoi International Center for Exhibition
Cultural Palace, 91 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
Phone: +84 43516 2063; +84 83823 9052
The convention will encompass television stations that include VTV, television and broadcasting stations of cities and provinces of Vietnam, station affiliates, Television film studios, foreign countries and territories of various fields in television industry, television content services, value-added and support services in the field of the film and television technology, television technology, equipment, facilities, software and television engineering, technology, management practice, training, research and publishers. Vietnam Television, or VTV, is the national television broadcaster of Vietnam. VTV has its own film production company, the Vietnam Television Film Centre, or VFC, which makes made-for-television movies and miniseries.

Variety/Sports Illustrated Sports & Entertainment Summit
Thursday, July 14. 08:00 - 18:00
214 S Main Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Phone: 213-626-1507
Variety and Sports Illustrated announce a progressive collaboration and inaugural partnership through an exciting and groundbreaking one-day summit about the future of sports and entertainment. Three-time NBA Champion from the Miami Heat, Dwayne Wade, is the event Keynote Speaker. The Summit will explore how multi-platform live streaming is transforming sports coverage and how this impacts plans for major upcoming events such as the Summer Olympics, next year’s Super Bowl, and more. Top networks, platforms, broadcasters and their partners talk about how they are innovating live sports programming, advancing data and analytics to transform how sports are covered and how networks are extending the life of sports on apps/online/mobile.
Broadcast and Media Technology Expo
Friday, July 15 - Saturday, July 16
Chennai Trade Center
Chennai, India
Phone: +91 44 42177899; + 91-11-4109 6688
This event showcases latest equipment and technology related to radio and TV broadcasting used for the entertainment media and advertising industries. The All India Broadcast Manufacturers and Distributors Association, AIBMDA, considers itself an information resource to the broadcast equipment and broadcast software industry in India. Among its many agendas, it will convey to engineers and other broadcast professionals, the latest developments in the broadcasting sector through a full program of conferences, seminars, exhibitions and road shows. For the first time in this year 2016, a one-day conference will be held concurrently with the exhibition.
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume
Tuesday, July 19, 12:30-16:30
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
Following the lecture portion, Blume will critique a song from each attendee. Those who wish to have a song critiqued should bring a recording and a lyric sheet or be prepared to perform the song live. Registration is free and is conducted online. Online registration opens at 15:00 the day after the previous month’s workshop. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled. Please email with any questions regarding the workshop. All participants must check in by 12:20 or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. This month’s topic is Melody Master Class (Pitch to Publisher). Admission is free but registration is conducted online at: 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, July 21, 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.
Comic-Con International (#SDCC2016)
Wednesday, July 20 - Sunday, July 24
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, California 92101
This marks the 47th year for the Comic-Con International show in San Diego, making it the country’s longest continuously-run comics and pop culture arts convention. July 20 is planned as a preview night only for the five day event. Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. These are the areas to consider along which Comic-Con 2016 will be broken down: Special Guests, Anime, Art Show, Autographs, Children’s Film Festival, Films, Games, Masquerade, Portfolio Review, Artists’ Alley, Fan Tables, overall Exhibit Hall. Comic-Con conducts Portfolio Review sessions with attending companies that include comic publishers, movie and TV studios, videogame companies, and others.
Fifth Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival-16, India
Sunday, July 24
Hotel Jameson Inn Shiraz
56 Park Street Kolkata, India
Phone:  +91 120-4129059; +91 9582320467
The festival objective is to give momentum to  short cinema and to foster the growth of new breed of filmmakers, particularly for the city of Kolkata, a culturally rich destination of budding filmmakers since past century. Specifically, the festival is dedicated to serve the short filmmakers from west Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Orissa, aside from short film makers from India & world. The festival provide platform to aspiring and professional filmmakers for showcasing their talent with networking and marketing opportunities in film industry. The festival also hosts master classes and short film market. The festival objective is to create short films culture, promotion of upcoming filmmakers, developing sources of revenue generation for short films and to make short filmmaking a commercial enterprise.
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, July 27, 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, July 28, 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.
Lollapalooza 2016 (#Lolla, #Lolla25)
Thursday, July 28 - Sunday, July 31
Grant Park in downtown Chicago
Michigan & Congress, Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: 888-512-7469
Situated within Chicago’s Grant Park, giving it access to 115 acres of space between Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan, Lollapalooza was created in 1991 by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band. Lollapalooza is the very anticipated annual music festival featuring alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. The Box Office is just north of the Main Entrance at S. Michigan Avenue and E. Van Buren Street. Responsible for introducing and popularizing some of the big musical names, this year's lineup will include: Red Hot Chili Peppers, G=Eazy, Jane’s Addiction. RadioHead, Flosstradamus, ZHU, Alessia Cara and so many others. This year, to help keep the party going, Official 2016 Lollapalooza Aftershows are planned for designated venues around Chicago. How do bands get booked for Lollapalooza? For unsigned bands, Lollapalooza works with Sonicbids in the Last Band Standing contest that lets fans pick an unsigned band to play at the festival.
Newport Jazz Festival
Friday, July 29 - Sunday, July 31
Fort Adams State Park @ Newport Harbor
90 Fort Adams, Newport, Rhode Island
Phone: 401-848-5055
This 2016 Newport Jazz Festival features dozens of ASCAP jazz noteworthy performers. Composer/bandleader Roxy Coss, the recipient of a 2016 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, will take the stage July 30 as part of a new ASCAP partnership with the Newport Jazz Festival. Just some of the revered names to participate will include: Kenny Baron Trio, Nels Cline, Jose James, Robert Glasper Experiment, Angelique Kidjo, Yosvany Terry Quintet, Terry Waldo on solo piano, Chick Corea Trilogy, Norah Jones, University of Rhode Island Big Band, The Heath Brothers, Berklee Global Jzzz Ambassadors and others.
Broadcast Today 2016
Friday, July 29 - Sunday, July 31
Chennai Trade Center
Nandambakkam, Chennai 600 089 India
Phone: +91 44 42177899; +91 (0)44-22316033
The expo is touted as a 'one stop' platform for  manufacturers, dealers, distributors and suppliers from the sector of broadcast production and post production companies of electronic media industry. The industry profile for this event will include radio and TV equipment, audio and video studios equipment, terrestrial, cable and satellite TV, multimedia for broadcasting, computer graphics, audio and video telecommunications, audio and video on the Internet, video projection, equipment for sound rooms: professional sound, show lighting, equipment rental, audiovisual interactiveness, conditional access systems, audiovisual operators, media asset management. Broadcast Today will run concurrent to other events organized by organizer Bussell Interactions, including, Image Today-Chennai, Pro Sound and Light Expo, Media Today and Cinema Today.
London Film and Comic Con (@Showmasters)
Friday, July 29 - Sunday, July 31
London Olympia
Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX UK
Phone: 01908671138
Showmasters London Film and Comic Con will run a similar format to its US counterpart (San Diego Comic Con). London Film and Comic Con will bring out some of the public's favorite personalities from TV, Film and Comics as well as a full program of activities including photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions and exhibit floor stalls full of TV and Film memorabilia to browse. Television and film guest appearances will be made by performers of popular series, including, Star Wars, professional wrestling, Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, Red Dwarf, Shaun of the Dead, Thunderbirds and others. Planned photo shoot sessions will enable guests to pose with notable performers of their favorite TV or film series. Currently, Jeremy Renner, Famke Janssen, Rutger Hauer, Jack Gleeson and others are set for appearances.

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