Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Palm Springs International Film Festival
Monday, January 2 - Monday, January 16
Camelot Theatres, Palm Springs Mall (other venues)
2300 E Baristo Road, Palm Springs, California 92262
Phone: 800-898-7256; 760-325-6565;x 760-322-2930
The Palm Springs International Film Society embraces both artistic and public service goals to enrich, educate, entertain and stimulate cultural dialogue. The Film Society produces The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) every January, and Palm Springs ShortFest in June, which besides being a large short film festival and market in North America, is also an Oscar®-qualifying event. The PSIFF Opening Night Gala film is ’The Sense of an Ending,’ with Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, directed in the UK by Ritesh Batra. A recent addition to the Festival, Book To Screen is a Festival sidebar with a focus on process in which literature inspires motion pictures. Over two-days Book To Screen will field symposium panels, discussions, and screenings. After a first day of screenings, a day-two symposium features conversations with an array of writers and screenwriters exploring the push-and-pull between the literary and cinematic worlds. PSIFF will also host several themed parties, including: French Party, Awards Buzz Party, Telefilm Canada Party, Gay!La, After Dark Party and World Cinema Party.
One Mic Nite Open Monday Talent Showcase
Tuesday, January 3, 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.
Consumer Technology Association presents CES (#CES2017)
Wednesday, January 4 - Sunday, January 8
ARIA Resort and Casino
3730 Las Vegas Freeway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Phone: 866-233-7968; 1-703-907-7605
CES is the annual tradeshow for consumer technology and among industry observers is known to be America's largest annual tradeshow of any kind. CES is produced by the Consumer Technology Association, the trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry. The Consumer Electronics Show is not open to the general public. Attending means being affiliated professionally with the consumer technology industry. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy. Covering practically every aspect of the consumer technology industry, over 2,500 exhibitors descend on las Vegas to showcase the latest innovations in 15 product categories.
Viola Davis Honored With a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Thursday, January 5, 11:30 (PST)
7013 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor award winning actress Viola Davis. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Marshalls Department Store across the street from the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. This event will be live streamed on Walk of Fame ceremonies are open to the public. There is a public viewing area set up for all to enjoy. Please be aware that ceremony dates are subject to change. Call the Walk of Fame information line (323-469-8311) or check the website for verification. 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.
Virtual Reality Festival (#vrfest2017)
Thursday, January 5 - Saturday, January 7
Moon at Palms Casino (various locations)
4321 W Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
Phone: 702-825-0087; 702-942-7777
VR Fest is dedicated to driving innovations in the virtual entertainment industry and to help perpetuate the art and science of the medium for both content creators and consumer audiences alike. Day-to-day events for the three-day event include: Opening Night Gala, VR Lounge and VR Arcade Exhibits, the VR Academy, an online film competition, a Closing Night Gala. The four-day event features various programs, screenings, panels and the VR Lounge Nightclub Exhibit which has been held at different locations on the Las Vegas strip including: Light Nightclub Mandalay Bay, Moon at Palms Casino, Hyde at the Bellagio and Omnia Nightclub inside Caesar's Palace. Through its annual and touring festival programs, VR Fest will pay tribute to and honor the companies, technologists and content creators who have in the past and are currently pioneering the future of virtual reality.
Variety's Entertainment Summit at CES
Friday, January 6, 13:00-17:30
ARIA, Bristlecone 10
3730 Las Vegas Freeway, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Phone: 866-233-7968; 703-907-7605
Technology is transforming the entertainment industry while creating new choices in how to produce, monetize, market and distribute content for today’s audiences adapting to this new digital landscape. These conversations at CES 2017 are structured to enable industry professionals to stay ahead of the latest strategies across all media platforms. Pioneers and innovators of the entertainment industry will share how they are taking risks and seeking opportunities to succeed into the future of the emerging digital landscape. The headliner keynote is a conversation with Shaquille O’Neal, Four-Time NBA Champion and David Levy, President Turner Network, Interviewed by Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety. Other slated speakers in other programs include: Richard Au, Amazon; Gwen Throckmorton, Facebook; Mark Young, Fandango; Jenny Wall, Hulu; Bill Koenig, National Basketball Association; Stacey Minero, Twitter; Ben Relles, YouTube, Kathy Kayse, Yahoo and others.
Free to attend for all CES registrants.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, January 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.
74th Golden Globe Awards (#goldenglobe)
Sunday, January 8, (17:00-20:00 PST)
The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Phone: 1-310-274-7777; Fax: 1-310-285-1313
The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place in Los Angeles, with a live telecast airing on the NBC television network at 20:00 (EST). Founded in the 1940’s during World War II, the HFPA was originally comprised of a handful of LA based overseas journalists. The Golden Globe Award recognizes excellence in film and television, for both domestic and foreign productions. The ceremony is administered by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). At this 2017year's ceremony Meryl Streep will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to the talented individuals who have left their mark on the world of entertainment. Previous honorees include Morgan Freeman, Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, Walt Disney, Harrison Ford, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, among many others. Veteran of many Golden Globes as an award presenter, Jimmy Fallon will host the show for the fourth time.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, January 9, 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: Gabrielle Walter-Clay, Rebecca Perl (, Taylor John Williams, Hillary Bernstein. Admission is free.
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume
Tuesday, January 10, 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 Lyric Master Class (w/Pitch to Publisher). Admission is free but registration is conducted online at this link. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come-first-served basis until all 50 seats are filled.
Celebrating Jerry Herman at The Wallis in Beverly Hills
Wednesday, January 11, 20:00
Lovelace Studio Theater, Wallis Annenberg Center
9390 N. Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Phone: 310-746-4000
Broadway performer Jason Graae (A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust) celebrates the songbook of three-time Tony Award-winner composer/lyricist Jerry Herman, performing a selection of hits from such classics as Hello Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel and La Cage Aux Folles, with special guest stage and television personality Karen Morrow (I Had A Ball, The Mystery of Edwin Drood).  


Mountain High Music Festival
Wednesday, January 11 - Sunday, January 15
Elevation Hotel and Spa (other venues)
500 Gothic Road, Mount Crested Butte, Colorado 81225
Phone: 970-209-2888; 970-251-3000
The Mountain High Music Festival will present a diverse lineup of up-and-coming talent for an eclectic mix of mile-high musical performances. With regard to the setting, music will be performed on the mountain, at the base area, and in the town of Crested Butte. Expect artists: Jody Booth, Travis Meadows, Sundance Head, Sonia Leigh, Ashley Monroe, Wendell Mobley and others to be in attendance and performing. Building on last year’s successful event, which raised money for local charities, this year’s festival will once again raise money and awareness for Tough Enough To Wear Pink and the Adaptive Sports Center, by showcasing the faces, voices, and stories behind some of today’s notable songs. Fans and songwriters will swap stories and mingle in a series of full-band, casual, and intimate performances set against the backdrop of Mount Crested Butte. Storme Warren, the morning show host on SiriusXM’s “The Highway,” and whow also hosts the weekly Country Music Countdown show, “The Highway Hot 45” is the Festival host.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, January 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. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Sundance Film Festival (#Sundance)
Thursday, January 19 - Sunday, January 29
Park City Marriott (Headquarters)
1895 Sidewinder Drive, Park City, Utah 84060
Phone: 435-658-3456; 310-360-1981; Fax: 435-658-3457
This year, Sundance Institute will host and showcase agenda-intended independent films at its 2017 Sundance Film Festival, with 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT entries, as well as a selection of environmentally focused programming destined for the Festival’s The New Climate program. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, January 19-29. Here are the categories for the festival’s film programming this year: U.S. Dramatic, U.S. Documentaries, World Dramatic, World Documentaries, Premieres, Documentary Premieres, NEXT, Spotlight, Special Events, From The Collection, Kids, Midnight, New Frontier, Shorts. 'An Inconvenient Sequel,' a followup to environmental documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth,' will have its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a Day One screening. It is part of The New Climate, a program of conversations and films about environmental change and conservation Sundance has started. Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States, will take part in the Festival’s Power of Story panel.
Slamdance Film Festival ( #Slamdance2017)
Friday, January 20 - Thursday, January 26
Treasure Mountain Inn
255 Main Street, Park City, Utah 84060
Phone: 323-466-1786
In operation some 22 years now, the organization now consists of the Film Festival, Screenplay Competition, and Slamdance Studios. It has also created Slamdance On The Road, a traveling theatrical showcase that brings popular Slamdance films to audiences that otherwise would not have the opportunity to see them. Over time, Slamdance has cultivated a reputation for premiering films by first-time writers and directors working within limited budgets. Opening day film screening(s) is ‘Weather House,’ and ‘Voyage of the Galactic Space Dangler,’ by German Directors Frauke Havemann and Eric Schefter. The Slamdance Screenwriting and Teleplay Competition consists of four categories: Feature, Short, Horror and Original Teleplay/Webisode. Awards are given to the top three scripts in each category and there is also one Grand Prize for the best feature length script submitted regardless of category. 
Landing Literary Representation and Selling Your Film/TV Script (or Concept)
Saturday, January 21, 12:30
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 888-796-9673
Attendees will gain insight on how to get unscripted (reality) TV shows optioned and sold as leverage to sell other projects. Scriptwriters will receive detailed information on how to create commercially viable marketing materials to help sell their scripts and how to successfully query literary agents and managers. The session will be led by Angela M. Hutchinson, former Scriptwriters Network President (2005-2006), was formerly repped by ICM as a Producer. Hutchinson is also a casting director, scriptwriter and former talent agent. For security purposes, you MUST REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, January 19, 2017 – for guaranteed entrance onto CBS’ lot.
Five-Day Digital Filmmaking Workshop
Saturday, January 21 - Wednesday, January 25
Solar Video/Film Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
A five-day intensive, hands-on workshop that 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. 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. 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.
International Kulturlose Freiburg (IKF) (#Kulturboerse)
Sunday, January 22 - Wednesday, January 25
Messe Freiburg
79108 Freiburg, Germany
Phone: +49 761 388102; Fax: +49 (0)761 3881 3006
This event showcases product from Media and Advertising industry. Event agencies, artist agencies, associations, artists, publishing houses, producers, festival organizers, and all variants of cultural service providers (stage engineering, software, decoration, advertisement, ticket systems etc.) will be available for you to get in touch with. The annual Opening Gala IKF 2017 at Kulturbörse is always programmed to showcase talent and diversity. This year it will feature: Orquestra de Cambra de l'Empordá is a 13-headed Catalan orchestra; musical storytelling duo of Germany, Das Lumpenpack; 3D, new media, performance art duo, Katalin Lengyel and Szabolcs Tóth-Zs of Hungary, that form BANDART; German-speaking poetry slam artist from Berlin, Lisa Eckhart; dancers from Valencia, Spain, who also perform works on stilts, Cia Maduxia. Irreverent German comedy artist, Kay Ray, will present and Emcee the Opening Gala. The whole spectrum of the culture and events scene meets up in Freiburg at the International Trade Fair for Stage Productions, Music and Events.
Song Arts Academy Songwriters Workshop Intensive
Tuesday, January 24 - Wednesday, February 15
Song Arts Academy
160 West 97 Street New York, New York 10025
Phone: 917-686-4375
The Song Arts Academy presents Songwriters Workshop Intensive, which is based on the BMI Model. The sessions use a unique critiquing system, and Songcraft Basics to develop quality lyric writing using weekly writing assignments. Also, expect visits from publishing and production professionals and industry attorneys. This Workshop will run five consecutive weeks beginning January 17. The following dates are January 24, 31, February 7, and February 15 from 19:00-21:30. This Workshop is taught by NYU and New School faculty member Billy Seidman.
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, January 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.
Directing the Camera Workshop
Saturday, January 28 - Sunday, January 29
Solar Video/Film Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
A comprehensive workshop exploring visual storytelling with active camera movement and skillful actor blocking. With extensive, daily hands-on exercises, participants learn to visualize the scene, work with actors, strategize with storyboards, and bring forth the enactment of the story. Attendees will learn how to visualize, choose optimum camera positions, camera movement, and lens choices in relations with actor blocking. Undergoing the process, participants will understand how to convey tone, mood, and style, as well as give the film a distinct look that belongs to the director's signature vision.
European Radio Show (#europeanradioshow)
Sunday, January 29 - Tuesday, January 31
The Grande Halle de la Villett
211 avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris, 19th Arrondissement, France
Phone: +33 5 55 18 03 61
The European Radio Show and the Radio 2.0 Conference are combining efforts to introduce the European Radio Show which will be completely devoted to the future of radio. Great Britain will be the guest of honor this year with a substantial number of conferences and workshops in English.
 The Radio 2.0 Conference (6th edition), which traditionally occurs in October, will this year co-locate with the Radio Show on day two, January 30, for a complete day devoted to the future of the radio sector and from the digital perspective.
 The conference opens with an exclusive media briefing session that reviews major trends in terrestrial radio and digital audio, while also presenting the latest Médiamétrie audience studies and Kantar Media advertising investment studies revealing advances in the field. A temporary radio station will be set-up and broadcast using a video feed operated by The feed will also be available on the site. The European Radio Show is organized by Éditions HF.
International Blues Challenge
Tuesday, January 31 - Saturday, February 4
Orpheum Theater (other venues)
203 S Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Phone: 901-527-2583
Blues musicians from around the world will compete for cash, prizes, and industry recognition, performing in various venues along Beale Street, as The Blues Foundation presents the 33rd Annual International Blues Challenge January 31-February 4. Seminars and workshops will be conducted during the daytime. Youth showcases will happen Friday on Beale Street. The event culminates with finalists performing at the Orpheum Theater on February 4.


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