Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, October 1, 18:45
Hotel Café
1623 N Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 323-461-2040
A 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 Thomas Augusto (@thomasaugusto), Giselle (, Scott Cruz (, Carlos Yorvick (@carlosyorvick1). This month’s BMI Acoustic Lounge is being held at Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Boulevard, instead of the usual Genghis Cohen venue at 740 North Fairfax Avenue. Admission is free.
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, October 2, 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 (celebrating its fifth anniversary on this date), a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: Benin City, Sharky, Sei Mai, Raynes. FRUKT DJ fill 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. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands. This event is free.
Email:; @FRUKT
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Zoe Beloff on Between Worlds – The Status of the Refugee and the Undocumented in New York (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, October 2, 19:00-21:00
Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
Zoe Beloff will discuss an ongoing body of work that explores the relationship between fascism in the 1930s in the United States and its resurgence today. The focus of Zoe’s Comic Symposium presentation will be on her book Between Worlds, which follows the journey of an asylum seeker in the United States. His story is both unique and representative of the millions uprooted by conflict throughout the world who are attempting to start a new life in America. Zoe Beloff is an artist and filmmaker. Her projects often involve a range of media including films, drawings and archival documents organized around a theme.  New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)
Advanced Training for Showbiz Budgeting V9 for Film/TV and TV Commercials
Wednesday, October 3, 10:00
Virgin Hotels Chicago
203 N Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Phone: 917-305-8322
The workshop hosted by Media Services will focus on Showbiz Budgeting and Actualization Version 9 software demo to create budgets for all kinds of projects. Showbiz Budgeting allows production accountants, production managers and independent producers to create all types of budgets for film, TV commercial, music video, web series and corporate video. The areas covered will be important to think about when deciding to open a production house. The review will cover: paying flats or guaranteeing hours: why it's totally illegal; new Payroll Technology; 1099 Problems; wage and hour laws; union and non-union fringes; workers' comp issues; job classifications; pitfalls of paying a crew as independent contractors, and where the IRS comes in; petty cash/showbiz PC envelope; self service payroll, Mobile Timecards, E-Starts, and more. Media Services is a provider of payroll, accounting and residuals, serving feature, television, commercial, music video, corporate and web productions. Showbiz Software is the product division of Media Services that develops software solutions for entertainment payroll, budgeting, cash flows and time management.
Stuart Cinema & Cafe Events
Thursday, October 4 - Sunday, October 7
Stuart Cinema and Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 347-721-3777
The Cafe will run an October Film Festival through October 7. The final day culminates with an awards show and brunch. Please check the website calendar for ongoing feature film screenings. Stuart Cinema and Cafe is a converted warehouse in the Greenpoint section of North Brooklyn serving artists that want to present creative productions, and the community as an entertainment center. Features of the programming for the cafe include, film festivals and screenings, pop-up theater, adaptable venue space used to present fashion events, live stage events for bands, singers, spoken word and comedy acts, book readings and signings.
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, October 4, 19:00-22:30 (and every Thursday)
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 Thursday night.
Friday Night Social
Friday, October 5, 18:30-21:30
The District By Hannah An
8722 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California 90048
Phone: 310-278-2345
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 Final Draft. 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.” The company that produces Final Draft, a screenwriting software, Cast and Crew Entertainment Services based in Burbank, provides vital services to the film and television industries as well as financial services such as production incentive consulting, administration and financing. Free to attend and there is a one drink minimum. Food and cocktails are available for purchase. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry. The Scriptwriters Network, founded in 1986, is an educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, volunteer-driven organization created by writers for writers and industry professionals. Scriptwriters brings in entertainment professionals to speak and teach on the art, craft and business of script writing for TV, features and new media.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, October 6 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.
California Copyright Conference – “Executive Decision”
Tuesday, October 9, 18:00-21:30
Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel
12833 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 818-379-3312
California Copyright Conference presents “Executive Decision,” moderated by Rene Merideth ( and Paula Savastano (SSA Music). A panel will consist of Merlene Travis , Merle’s Girls Music; Ana Ruiz, Drive Music Publishing; Laurie Soriano, King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano; Rene Merideth,, moderated by Paula Savastano, SSA Music. The evening’s panel concentrates on technology and legislation  trends and issues affecting top management in all areas of the industry. The panelists will delve into, how streaming’s increased financial shift is affecting company growth, equality issues in upper management, new legislation and how that affects business decision-making processes, new technologies that affect a company’s strategy and development. There is a 18:15 check-In; 18:30 cocktail sip; 19:00 dinner and discussion. California Copyright Conference will conduct a “Music Industry Toolbox 2018” session on October 25 in Hollywood in addition to this session.
Cliff Goldmacher Workshop: Refining the Rough Recording
Thursday, October 11, 13:30
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
 In this workshop, Cliff Goldmacher will discuss the what, why and how of rough recordings as well as some concrete practical approaches to making your rough recordings as polished as possible. Some of the topics covered include, why songwriters should care about audio, how to make "polished" rough recordings, why sound quality matters in a rough recording, the value of rough recordings. Shure will be on hand with giveaways from their MOTIV line of iOS and USB recording solutions as well as a free gift for all attendees. Visit the online registration page to secure a place at this link ( 45 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first served basis, until all 45 seats are filled. As an educator, Cliff Goldmacher teaches workshops for BMI, ASCAP, The Standard Jazz Workshop, Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, Taxi and the Durango Songwriter’s Expo. Admission is free.
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 17
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
With an emphasis on light and shadow, the workshop emphasize shooting in real-world situations while learning how to make quality and cost-effective films. 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 2018 Entertainment Content Market
Sunday, October 14 - Thursday, October 18
Palais des Festivals
One Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France
Phone: +33 1 79 71 99 99
MIPCOM is a global entertainment content market focused primarily on television (small screen content) production. MIPCOM brings together the international TV and digital content executives for five days of meetings, screenings and conferences. Visitors are enabled to discover and screen the latest breakout programming and find new partners at this global market for entertainment content across all platforms. As part of MIPCOM 2018’s conference theme “The Big Shift,” conference organizer Reed MIDEM will again place focus on topics of diversity and inclusion to reflect the global movement towards equality behind and in front of the camera. China (the second largest television market in the world) has been designated as this year’s MIPCOM Country of Honour. The MIPCOM Country of Honour program will include conference panel discussions on the Chinese market during MIPJunior and MIPCOM, multiple showcases of the latest Chinese programs Hollywood actress, writer, director and producer Issa Rae, creator, producer and star of HBO’s hit show “Insecure,” has been named MIPCOM 2018 Personality of the Year. Rae will be honoured at a gala dinner for leading international television executives at the Carlton Hotel on October 17, and will take part in a keynote interview.
New York Media Night hosted by NY Film Loft and ARA
Tuesday, October 16, 18:00 – 21:00
584 Broadway, #604, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 929-274-3834
Join fellow #film, #television, #vr and #media innovators for an evening of live demos and conversation from companies developing great media tech, #startups, amazing #webseries and film/tv content in New York. New York Media Night is a monthly event featuring the Technology and People innovating film, television, video, VR/AR. The program also invites storytellers and innovators onto the stage to discuss the industry, share insights and advice. The event is hosted by New York Film Loft, a place where storytellers, entrepreneurs, and professionals from Film, Television, and 360/Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality come to build their dreams. Visit New York Film Loft at this link, or Follow them @NYFilmLoft. Venue sponsor ARA is a decentralized network for creators, businesses, and consumers. Save on content hosting costs with decentralized distribution and rewards across a secure blockchain-agnostic infrastructure. 
2018 NAB Show New York (#nabshowny)
Wednesday October 17 - Thursday, October 18
Jacob K. Javits Center
655 West 34 Street, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 800 342 2460; +1 202 595 2052
In 2018, expect NAB NY to spotlight and survey the growing trends and technologies in broadcasting. The push toward ultra-high definition televisions, also known as 4K UHD, and the kinds of requirements they could be creating for new kinds of content they will need will be stressed in sessions like, “The State of UHD and HDR: Five Things Everyone Should Know” led by Thomas Bause Mason, the director of standards development at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). 67 first-time exhibitors will join (mostly) returning companies on the NAB Show New York show floor. New companies you can expect to find include ARRI, Bose, Google, Microsoft, and Primestream, among others. Of particular interest to media and entertainment industries, new to the show floor is the Advanced TV Solutions Theater, which will feature television vendors, networks and distributors involved with the development and implementation of ATSC 3.0/Next Gen TV, Telco 5G and Gigabit Cable WiFi. Additionally, the new Podcast Studio will showcase business-focused and popular New York-based podcasts as they record live. Networking and making new connections at all NAB shows (on either coast) is a paramount consideration and strategy in the convention programming and planning. Join Dan Rayburn and fellow attendees for the Streaming Summit Reception on October 17. The YoPro program, structured for young professionals, ages 21-35, provides access to high-level speakers, career-building sessions, the latest tech, and limitless networking. 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, October 18, 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.
Finding Your Voice and Your Next Big Idea with Speaker Ruth Atkinson
Saturday, October 20, 12:30
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 310-278-2345
This session will do a deep dive into writing exercises that uncover the core themes and ideas that are closest to a writer’s heart. This taps the process  to write from an authentic place that speaks to the ideas that are most important to a writer. It will look at core themes and consider how they can be used as the building blocks for a cinematic narrative. Ruth Atkinson is a Los Angeles-based script consultant and story editor with over 25 years of experience in the film/television business. She has story edited and consulted on many features and short films that have won awards and been distributed internationally including Sundance and SXSW. In addition to individual project consulting Ruth is a story analyst for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Screenwriting and Directing Labs.
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival – InFocus: Military Veterans and the Effects of War (#NFMLA)
Saturday, October 20, 10:30-23:00
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
This month is a special evening featuring tInFocus: Military Veterans and the Effects of War, showcasing films by veterans and films that explore the experience of veterans and war, alongside a celebration of Halloween with a selection of horror shorts. The evening opens with a short film selection that depicts a diverse range of experiences of military veterans from a variety of backgrounds and time periods. Beginning with a futuristic sci-fi narrative by award-winning director and former U.S. Army Captain Rebecca Murga, the program goes on to include explorations of PTSD, near death experiences, the cultural complexity faced by Japanese American WWII veterans, the true stories of a recently transitioned transgender Vietnam veteran, a woman who survived sexual assault in the military, and the struggle of immigrant veterans who face deportation following their service. The night concludes with shorts program Horror: Cabin Fever, a collection of short films that take place in claustrophobic conditions – both real and imagined. Doors will open to the public at 16:00 with a pre-reception before each shorts program begins where attendees can sip cocktails and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, October 24, 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.
Broadcast Indonesia 2018
Wednesday, October 24 - Friday, October 26
Jakarta International Expo
Jl. Benyamin Sueb, RW.10, Kota Tua, Pademangan Tim., Pademangan, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14410, Indonesia
Phone: +62 21 2525 320
Now entering its third year, in 2018 Broadcast Indonesia in Jakarta will focus particularly on the topic areas of, Content Security, Management and Systems, Post Production, Cine Technology, Content Distribution and Delivery. And for the third consecutive year, the Indonesia Digital Economy Summit resumes over the entire convention daily schedule, from October 24-26. This knowledge-exchange platform will bring together attendees in the region to establish business value proposition for adopting digital innovation and practical technologies while forming partnerships at this Indonesian homegrown platform. Broadcast Indonesia key presentation topics from the communications, broadcast/media and tech disruptors sessions include: Industry Focus 4.0: Market Readiness, Threats and Opportunities; Digital Evolution in the Media Age: Digital Asset Management for Content Optimisation; Digital Factory – data capturing system implemented io the LEAN flow design; Blockchain for industrial digitalisation; Big Data and Intelligence – digital innovation and shaping cognitive ecosystem; The Future of TV – what’s next? where are we heading? Next Generation Satellite Possibilities – the promise of HTS in building a digitized nation.
Medientage Munchen, Munich (#MTM18)
Wednesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 26
Messe Munchen
Paul-Henri-Spaak-Str. 18  81829 München, Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)89 68 999–0
MasterClass sessions include, Innovative Audio Marketing, Blockchain for Beginners Informative conference panels include,  “The Shifting Media Landscape,” The Importance of Being Human: Building a Global Fanbase in a Disrupted World,” “Entertainment From Around the Globe – International TV Formats and Trends,” “Automating Video Creation with AI,” “Disruption of Synchro – Listen to the Actor in Multiple Languages,” “Generation Z and its Media Use – What Shapes High-Tech Youth?” “Digital Listening with DAB+ and IP,” “Diversity in Media Companies.” There are many more topics that will be discussed. And returning from last year’s convention, Rockets & Unicorns is the Media Lab Bayern’s innovation area with an Innovation Stage ideally suited for media startups and on display to the entire convention audience. Teams from the fields of Advertising, Content, Marketing, Media Tech, VR, AR and 360° have the opportunity to apply for a booth in the Rockets & Unicorns Area of the Media Lab Bayern by applying on the website. A centerpiece event of the Medientage Munchen program is Immersive Media Day, which happens the entire program day of October 25. Programmed sessions for Immersive Media Day will place a strong emphasis on VR, AR, MR, and 360 degree technologies. In the Immersive Media Area at the MEDIENTAGE-Expo, leading technology providers present their latest devices. 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Thursday, 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; 646-779-8455
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.
XD Immersive 2018 and UX Strat San Francisco
Thursday, October 25 -Friday,  October 26
Westfield San Francisco Centre
835 Market Street, San Francisco, California 994103
Phone: 415-964-4815
XD Immersive focuses on immersive experience design, and the transformation of human experience by technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and voice. Designers, product managers, IT innovators, and business strategists who attend XD Immersive will hear industry practitioners talk about the latest developments in this emerging field, but with a certain focus on user experience design and business use cases. There will be workshops on October 25 and presentations on October 26. Although you can expect to find exhibitors, XD Immersive seems to be more instruction oriented with the half-day workshops on day one and shorter talks on day two, it will offer. On October 25: Designing Natural Language Voice Capabilities with Amazon’s Lex Platform, with Sindhu Narasimhan, Amazon AI; Virtual Reality User Experience Design, with Jessica Outlaw, Extended Mind; Designing for Privacy in the Age of Smart, with Dr. Faith McCreary, Intel and Dr. Alexandra Zafiroglu, Intel; Augmented Reality User Experience Design, Jessica Outlaw, Extended Mind. On October 26: UX Strat; Reinventing the Way That Humans Interact with Technology, with Kharis O'Connell, Meta; Crafting Conversation: Design in the Age of AI, with Dan Padgett, Google; Designing Ikea’s AR Shopping Experience, Charles Yust, Frog Design; IBM’s AR Solution for Enterprises, with Alfredo Rutz, IBM. There will be many others that will take part that are not mentioned here.
Solar 2-day Directing the Camera Workshop Filming Actors
Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, October 28
Solar Film/Video 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, recognize best 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. 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.
Open Mic Night at The Actors Theatre Workshop
Wednesday, October 31, 20:00
The Actors Theatre Workshop
145 West 28 Street, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 212)-947-1386
The Actors Theatre Workshop is an established pioneer in non-profit theatre that produces classical and contemporary plays, develops new dramatic works, trains and develops actors, writers and directors while making a difference in the lives of homeless children and the community at large. The educational program teaches innovative educational techniques and theatre principles to adults and children from all walks of life; produces classical and contemporary plays and documentary films that maintain goal stated artistic standards. The theatrical program develops new dramatic works that examine the social issues of the day. The open mic happens the last Wednesday of every month. 

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