Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Ninth Annual Film Finance Forum West
Thursday, March 2 - Friday, March 3
W Hotel
6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, 90028
Phone: 866-206-7122
The Film Finance Forum will serve the needs of film producer, tech innovator, strategy executive, investor or advisor in the entertainment industry, by addressing the core issues within this ever-changing market. Industry leaders will address investment, financing and growth strategies within the film, television and innovative sectors of entertainment and media, such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality, digital distribution, gaming, mobile applications, and more. Panel discussions will focus on the specific topics: China and Hollywood: The Love Affair – The End or Just the Beginning?; Inside the Playbook: Profitable Plays for Gaming and the Film Industry; Indie Ventures: Finding Golden Opportunities in Independent Films; The New Reality: What’s Worth Your Money? Additionally, there will be Keynote Conversations and workshops presented.
Email: contact form
entertainmentfinanceforum.com

Friday Night Social
Friday, March 3, 18:30-21:30
Crescent Hotel Lounge
403 N. Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210
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 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.” 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.
Email: info@ScriptwritersNetwork.org
scriptwritersnetwork.com/?p=21971

2017 DCS Cinema Lighting Expo
Saturday, March 4, 10:00-16:00
I.A.T.S.E. Local 80 Stage
2520 W. Olive Avenue, Burbank, California 91505
Phone: 818-762-2214; 818-526-0700
The public is welcome to join the Digital Cinema Society for their annual exploration of Motion Picture Lighting and Grip Technology. This particular picks up momentum every year according to the organizers and it will again run a full day with Expo style booths that offer hands on demonstrations with the latest Grip and Electric gear. In addition to the traditional vendor presentations, there are plans to also hold practical lighting demonstrations by accomplished Cinematographers and Lighting experts, who will be encouraged to share tips and tricks of the trade. They will discuss challenges faced by Lighting professionals such as Flicker, Color Rendition/Spectrum issues and On-Set Safety. Please indicate if you are a DCS member, write "Lighting Expo" in the subject line and don’t forget to provide contact details when sending your RSVP, email: RSVPtoDCS@digitalcinemasociety.org
Email: RSVPtoDCS@digitalcinemasociety.org
www.digitalcinemasociety.org

Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, March 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.
Email: contact form
www.gottasingnyc.com; www.twitter.com/GottaSingNYC; www.facebook.com/GottaSingNYC.ShepardJourdan; www.youtube.com/user/GottaSingNYC

Understanding Media Studies: Documentary and Difference with Genevieve Yue and Ephraim Asili (##UMSspring17)
Monday, March 6, 18:00-19:50
New School University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003, Room UL104
Phone: 212-229-8903
Ephraim Asili is an African American Artist, Filmmaker, and Deejay. Thus far Asili’s work has been filmed in locations including Ghana, Brazil, Jamaica, and Ethiopia as well as in Philadelphia, Harlem, and Detroit. His films have screened in festivals and venues all over the world, including the New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Milano Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, MOMA PS1, LAMOCA, and The Boston Museum of Fine Art. Genevieve Yue is an assistant professor of culture and media at Eugene Lang College, and co-editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. Her writing has appeared in October, Grey Room, Film Comment, and Film Quarterly. She is currently completing a book on feminism, materiality, and film theory. Admission is free; and no tickets or reservations required. Hosted by Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies.
Email: media@newschool.edu
https://goo.gl/eH2jGr

BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, March 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: Chaylin Sanchez, Gavyn Bailey, Jules (www.julessong.com), Ricky Aguilar. Admission is free.
Email: jaytinsky@comcast.net
www.genghiscohen.com; www.myspace.com/genghiscohenmusic

One Mic Nite Open Monday Talent Showcase
Tuesday, March 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 turntables. 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.
Email: OneMicNite@gmail.com; VoyageRestaurant@yahoo.com
www.onemicnite.com; www.youtube.com/OneMicNiteTv
www.facebook.com/events/1537488273216237/

THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, March 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: Gutxi Bibang, a Spanish-born, US-living garage rock act; Petrie, new r’n’b pop act whose debut single ‘To Swim’ generated a lot of interest including support from Radio 1 via Phil Taggart; Organ Tapes, producer stepping out from his studio to launch an acoustic version of his music through a mixtape revealing all kinds of flavours, from baile funk to hip-hop to candy-sweet pop. 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: london@wearefrukt.com; @FRUKT
www.wearefrukt.com; www.facebook.com/weareFRUKT;
www.twitter.com/FRUKTFixers

Free Panasonic Camera Kickoff Event
Thursday, March 9, 14:00-17:00
BandPro Film and Digital
3403 W. Pacific Avenue Burbank, California 91505
Phone: 818-841-9655
Panasonic's Cinema Development Manager, Laurence Nunn, will give a technical presentation on the new VariCam LT, and the session will also introduce DP Spencer Hutchins, and DIT Bobby Maruvada, who will discuss using VariCams for feature film production. Demo cameras will be on hand, and ample Q&A time will be provided. Space is limited, please RSVP to reserve your seat: www.bandpro.com
Email: info@bandpro.com
www.bandpro.com/blog/panasonic-kickoff

VO Atlanta 2017 Voiceover Conference
Thursday, March 9 - Sunday, March 12
Atlanta Airport Marriott
4711 Best Road, College Park, Georgia 30337
Phone: 404-766-7900
Over four days VO Atlanta will conduct interactive learning in the craft of voice over from actively engaged professionals in voice acting, recording, editing, and other areas. Featured X-Sessions provide an additional opportunity for attendees to go deep into popular topics areas. The sessions are designed to help anyone using small group interaction permitting one-on-one focus. These workshops are entirely optional and are available on a first come basis. Additionally, VO Atlanta features a multi-day Spanish voiceover conference, attracting talent from several Spanish speaking countries. Besides that, the conference offers a Youth Day program for kids 7-15. VO Atlanta is also home to the VO Exhibit Hall which will have exhibitors presenting the latest in voice over training, technology, equipment, and services. Voiceover artist, Bill Farmer, a three-time nominee for an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production as the voices of Goofy and Grandma in a Disney Television Animation, is a designated Keynote Speaker. Overall, the programmed agendas for VO Atlanta will address, audiobooks, gaming, animation, narration, eLearning, performance, Improv, promo, imaging, marketing, union / non-union, mobile studio, more.
Email: admin@voatlanta.me
www.voatlanta.me; www.twitter.com/voatlanta

SXSW 2017 — South by Southwest (#sxsw)
Friday, March 10 - Sunday, March 19
Austin Convention Center (other venues)
500 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-467-7979; 512-404-4000
SXSW is arguably the highest profile event of the month, encompassing three major topic areas: music, film and interactive tech. SXSW Music generally fields more than 2,200 official performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues throughout the Austin city limits. SXSW Film focuses on new directing talent. SXSW Interactive is focused on emerging technology, and the festival includes a trade show, speakers, parties and a startup accelerator. There are also official Welcome Events to get things started at SXSW. Attendees can open their SXSW experience by enjoying food, drink, and networking. South by Southwest is run by the company SXSW, Inc. which plans and executes conferences, trade shows, festivals, and other events. This year, SXSW holds its 20th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Finalist Showcase on March 12. Then celebrate the winners at the Interactive Innovation Awards Ceremony on March 14 to recognize all the worthy speakers, trends, innovations, and ideas that arrive at SXSW. The Interactive Innovation Awards are 13 categories and 7 special honors ranging from achievements in digital design to health technology and beyond. Innovators from across the digital industry enter their cutting-edge new work in the competition, which is open to all projects, products, and developments launched or made in the calendar year of 2016.
Email: contact form
www.sxsw.com

Austin Music Awards
Sunday, March 12, 20:00 - 23:00
ACL Live at the Moody Theater
310 W Willie Nelson Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-454-5766
The Austin Chronicle, SXSW, and Stratus Properties combine efforts to present the 35th annual Austin Music Awards in the backdrop of the SXSW convention, with proceeds benefiting the SIMS Foundation. The music program will have Texas Songwriters performance by Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Kat Edmonson, Fab 5 Freddy presenting a collaboration with Grammy winners Grupo Fantasma, featuring Jai Malano, Brownout, and Sabrina Ellis (of Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog) and others. The first-ever Townes Van Zandt Award will be presented to musician and artist Terry Allen, who will perform with Joe Ely and other special guests. For over three decades the Austin Music Awards has been responsible for honoring the local music community, a city known for its numerous array of music venues, and recognizing the best Austin artists, bands, and industry masterminds which have forged Austin's international music reputation. The evening’s event will be hosted by Laurie Gallardo and Rick McNulty of KUTX. Proceeds benefiting the SIMS Foundation..
Email: contact form
www.austinchronicle.com/austin-music-awards/show; www.facebook.com/events/1186119248133810/

National Book Critics Circle Reading 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 18:30-20:30
The Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12 Street, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-229-5611
Every year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for their acknowledgement of the finest books published in English in the categories of Fiction, General Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. During this session finalists will read from their work and awards will be presented on March 16 at this same location and same time. Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at the New School and the National Book Critics Circle. Free admission to the public.
Email: writingprogram@newschool.edu
goo.gl/UHYP9y

BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, March 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: BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Email: BMI101@bmi.com
www.bmi.com; www.myspace.com/bmi

PaleyFest Television Festival Los Angeles 2017
Friday, March 17 - Sunday, March 26
Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 310-786-1000
At PaleyFest standout acting talent from some of the very popular television shows reveal behind-the-scenes scoops, hilarious anecdotes, and breaking news stories for audience consumption. Each PaleyFest event features a screening, followed by the talent onstage, capped off with an audience Q & A. Annually presented, PaleyFest LA is a television festival and pop culture event produced by The Paley Center for Media that brings attendees together with the talent behind their favorite TV shows. Enjoy a screening followed by a discussion with attendant actors live onstage, capped off by a Q & A with the audience. The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation's foremost public archive of television, radio, and internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. Named for William S. Paley, founder of CBS and The Paley Center for Media, proceeds from the event support the nonprofit Paley Center.
Email: website@paleycenter.org; @PaleyCenter
 
BMI Latin Awards
Tuesday, March 21
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90212
Phone: 310-659-9109; 310-275-5200
BMI will celebrate the career of Los Lobos by presenting them with the BMI Icon Award at the Company’s 24th annual Latin Awards. The BMI Icon Award is presented to songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. The invitation-only, black-tie gala will also recognize the songwriters and publishers of the past year’s top BMI Latin songs played on American radio and television. The event will be hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and Delia Orjuela, BMI Vice President, Latin Writer/Publisher Relations. In addition to the Icon award, BMI will also crown the Latin Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year, as well as salute the writers and publishers of the past year’s most-performed songs from BMI’s Latin catalog at the invitation-only event. In an effort to better reflect the way consumers are listening to today’s music, BMI is expanding its criteria to determine the most-performed Latin songs of the year. In addition to terrestrial radio performances, for the first time, data will also include performances from digital streaming services and satellite radio.

 

 

Chicago International Television Festival
Tuesday, March 21 - Thursday, March 23
AMC River East 21
322 East Illinois Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-596-0333; 312-683-0121; Fax: 312-683-0122
The annual Chicago International Television Festival is an international competition celebrating the quality and diversity in TV programming and commercials worldwide. Entries to the competition are judged by a jury of media professionals, recognizing the high level of television programming from around the world and awarding the festival’s highest honor, the Gold Hugo, to works that move the audience and further the medium. Both individual television commercials and individual television episodes qualify to be submitted for Special Achievement Awards consideration. Individual commercial competes against one another for the “Best Commercial” prize, and Commercial Campaigns compete for the “Best Commercial Campaign” prize. For television commercial categories, entrants permit the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards to show selected entries at the 2017 Chicago International Television Festival Awards Ceremony, the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival, and on PBS WTTW-11 for public judging to determine the winner of the Audience Choice Award. For television production categories, entrants permit clips of selected winners to be shown at the 2017 Chicago International Television Festival Awards. Ceremony.Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round cultural and educational non-profit organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. 
 
CABSAT 2017 (#CABSAT)
Tuesday, March 21 - Thursday, March 23
Dubai World Trade Center
Sheikh Zayed Road - Dubai, Dubai 9292, UAE
Phone: +971 4 308 6153
CABSAT is an annual Dubai event that is forward focused on the implementation of content creation, content services, content management, delivery, and monetization, filmed entertainment, television, news, film and cinema content, sportscasting services, radio and music content, satellite communication and content delivery. The show’s platform of broadcast, digital media and satellite communications technology innovation is directed toward anyone wishing to target broadcasters, production houses and studios, animation houses, content owners and creators, software developers, telcos, systems integrators and distribution channels in the MEASA region — the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Asian region. Under the umbrella of CABSAT are two other co-located events — SATEXPO and Content Marketplace. The three-pronged convention sees itself serving the MEASA region of the world. Expect CABSAT’s exhibition profile to have on display Plasma TV, Displays, Cable and Satellite Installation, Receivers, Headend Equipment, Dish Antennas, Switches, Modulators, Amplifiers, Camera Equipment and Accessories, Lighting, Audio Equipment and Accessories, Broadcast Equipment and Systems, Production and Post Production Equipment, Computer Graphics Software and Equipment, Motion Picture Products and Services, Satellite Operators, Satellite System Manufacturers, Telecom Operators/Providers, Video Conferencing.
Email: cabsat@dwtc.com; @CABSATOfficial
 
MASSIVE - The Entertainment Marketing Summit
Wednesday, March 22, 08:00-18:00
Four Seasons Beverly Hills
300 S Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90048
Phone: 800-552-3632 (within U.S.); +1 818-487-4561 (outside of U.S.)
The one-day summit hosted by Variety will be focused on the business and shared ideas between advertisers, studio and TV content partners, digital media brands and next-generation technology leaders. Hear from top CMOs, advertising agencies, brand marketers, advertisers and film, TV, digital media and video game chiefs as they explore how ideas and campaigns are changing the current landscape of the industry. They review and explore strategies to advance entertainment and brand awareness as consumers integrate across new media options and multiplying screens and platforms. Major topic areas to be explored include: Always On – Masters of the Connected Entertainment Campaign, Keynote Conversation with Filmmakers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Bullseye! Targeted Campaigning in the Mobile Age, Studio Roundtable: The Art and Science of Opening a Film, How to Tie the Perfect Knot – Understanding Video and Viewership and other agenda topics. Concludes with a networking reception.

Networking at the Hollywood Chamber Business After Hours Mixer
Thursday, March 23, 17:30-19:30
The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311
Party favors include first drink on the house and hors d'oeuvres served throughout the mixer. The event is open to Hollywood Chamber members only. Non-members can email info@hollywoodchamber.net for an invitation. Must reserve online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/events as registration will be closed once capacity is reached. Meet other Chamber members and promote your business. Raleigh Studios has 100 Years of experience as a full-service facility that covers every phase of production with sound stages, offices, screening rooms and space for special events. 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.
Email: info@hollywoodchamber.net
business.hollywoodchamber.net

China Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN)
Thursday, March 23 - Saturday, March 25
China International Exhibition Center (CIEC)
Six North Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100028, China
Phone: +86-10 86093437; Fax: +86-10 86091774
China Content Broadcasting Network features a combination of exhibition with technical and business conferences. The Keynote Speech Conference and the CCBN-Broadcasting Development Forum (CCBN-BDF) allow industry leaders to review the latest trends and showcase cutting edge broadcast technologies during the three day convention. CCBN is also a platform for communication and interaction between Chinese and foreign enterprises in this sector. CCBN-BDF will focus its conference agenda on regulatory policy, technology developments and to a great extent on the trinet convergence of broadcasting, Internet and telecommunications. Discussion topics will be broken down into major segments that include: AR/VR Innovation Forum, Media Convergence Forum, Cloud and Big Data Forum, Future TV Development Forum, Ecology and Entertainment Summit, Media Convergence Forum, Smart Broadcast Forum, CCBN International Summit of Digital Cable TV Operators.

24th Annual Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival “Taking Flight!”
Thursday, March 23 - Sunday, March 26, 19:00
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90027
Phone: 818-760-0408
The 24th Annual Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival will honor composer Megan Cavallari with the Integrity Award at this occasion. The Annual Festival honors the achievement of extraordinary women in theatre. The Integrity Award is presented to an artist or individual who has brought credibility and dignity to her work. Cavallari has worked on more than 50 film scores as performer, arranger, conductor or composer. She has composed for the L.A. Kings; has worked on 25 television shows; 16 stage musicals; and written hundreds of songs, jingles and assorted musical offerings. The program begins with a Champagne Gala before the awards ceremony. The four-day festival will have performances as well. Singer Eloise Laws will host the program, ‘Around The World And Back,’ with James Pickens, Jr. of Grey’s Anatomy with featured performers Michele Farbman reprising historical figure Dora Maar’s relationship with the painter Picasso, and performing artist Sloan Robinson in ‘Bananas! A Day in the Life of Josephine Baker.’ There are many other performers scheduled. The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival is a non-profit organization and empowers women artists to engage and inspire communities through the production of multidisciplinary solo performances and education outreach. This year’s festival is made possible in part by the City of West Hollywood, Department of Cultural Affairs of Los Angeles, City National Bank, City of Culver City, KPFK 90.7 and Adilah Barnes Productions.
Email: lawtfspotlight@yahoo.com
www.lawtf.org; www.facebook.com/LosAngelesWomensTheatreFestival

NFMLA Celebrates Women's History Month - Film Festival
Saturday, March 25, 16:00
South Park Center
1139 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
In honor of Women’s History Month, NFMLA presents another installment of its InFocus series, InFocus: Female Directors.The first film program of the evening presents meditations on lost love, regret, happiness and the underlying, relentless force of time. This field of female directors bring stories depicting everything from loss of innocence tales to dark comedies about psychotic soccer moms. The festival’s second film program also centers on female directors. This block of shorts features a documentary that spotlights social and domestic issues. Included are an earnest comedy about what it’s like to be eclipsed professionally by a best friend, a drama that wittingly spotlights the age when one must choose between their parents’ expectations and their own personal dreams, and other topics. Closing out the evening is a third shorts program featuring character-driven dramas from Switzerland, Belgium, and the USA. Throughout the night there are socializing and networking opportunities to mingle with the filmmakers, industry supporters and film lovers over cocktails and beats at the filmmakers’ lounge adjacent to the private entry of the South Park Center’s 500 seat theater in Downtown Los Angeles.
Email: info@nfmla.org
www.newfilmmakersla.com/?p=19154; goo.gl/R8GjvX; www.facebook.com/NFMLA

Solar 2-day Directing the Camera Workshop Filming Actors
Saturday, March 25 - Sunday, March 26
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Ste. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040; Fax: 212-473-3091
This two-day workshop explores visual storytelling with dynamic camera movement and skillful actor blocking. Using daily hands-on exercises, participants learn to visualize the scene, work with actors, strategize with storyboards, and realize the essence of the script. Participants will learn how to visualize, choose optimum camera positions, camera movement, and lens choices in relations with actor blocking. Through this process, participants will understand how to convey tone, mood, and style, as well as give the film a distinct look that comes from the director's unique 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.
Email: solarvideofilm@gmail.com
www.solarnyc.com

Tin Pan South (#tinpansouth25)
Tuesday, March 28 - Saturday, April 1
The Bluebird Cafe (and other venues)

4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37215
Phone: 615-383-1461; 615-255-3307
Tin Pan South’s mission: to recognize the past and celebrate the future of the songwriter and their songs. For the first 13 years of Tin Pan South, NSAI hosted a Songwriter Legends Showcase during the festival. This performance included notable songwriters who performed their musical creations. Tin Pan South distinguishes itself by its acoustic, intimate songwriter performances. For the past 25 years, recognizable songwriters and songwriter/artists have taken the stage in participating venues in and around Nashville to showcase their musical creations. Past performers include such icons as: Lamont Dozier, Art Garfunkel, Carole King, and Donna Summer. Below is a comprehensive list of those performers who have helped build Tin Pan South into what it is today.
Email: craig@campbellentgroup.com; shelby@nashvillesongwriters.com
www.tinpansouth.com; www.facebook.com/TinPanSouth/?ref=page_internal

BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, March 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 BMI101NY@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Email: BMI101NY@bmi.com
www.bmi.com; www.myspace.com/bmi; www.facebook.com/broadcastmusicinc

The Future of Community Media
Thursday, March 30, 19:00-22:00
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall Auditorium
66 West 12 Street, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-229-8903
Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno are co-founders of Downtown Community TV Center (DCTV) and they will serve as the School of Media Studies' Hirshon Artist-in-Residence for the Spring 2017 Semester. In 1972, Jon and Keiko founded Downtown Community Television Center, a community media arts non-profit organization that has served approximately 75,000 young people over the years. Jon and Keiko will present a 45 year recap of DCTV highlights, leading up to the present. Jon Alpert’s documentary films have received 15 National Emmy Awards and two Academy Award Nominations, among other recognitions. DCTV’s core mission includes providing outstanding media arts education to underserved populations and using media to bridge economic and social divides and promote understanding and tolerance. The program is free to the public; No tickets or reservations required.
Email: media@newschool.edu
goo.gl/7lkLxN

Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, March 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.
Email: contact form
www.changingimagesinamerica.org; www.hgenonline.com; www.facebook.com/pages/Hollywood-Networking...

WonderCon Anaheim 2017
Friday, March 31 - Sunday, April 2
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, California 92802
Phone: 714-765-8950
WonderCon in Anaheim is an annual convention focused on creating activity areas in: comics, movies, TV, animation, books and authors, action figures and collectibles, Masquerade shows, anime screenings, portfolio review and games. This year’s list of confirmed WonderCon industry invited guests include, Sergio Aragonés, Michael Cho, James Dashner, Olivia De Berardinis, Larry Dixon, Mark Evanier, Matt Fraction, Sanford Greene, Mercedes Lackey, Hope Larson, and many more. Twenty companies will participate in WonderCon game demos, and there’s a full schedule of sanctioned tournaments, including popular favorites like HeroClix, Magic The Gathering, Pokémon, and more. WonderCon Anaheim Games offers over 95+ different game titles during the convention, including tournament rounds. WonderCon’s Comic Creator Connection is structured to to assist aspiring comic book artists and entrepreneurs. The event puts writers and artists together to see whether they can find their creative counterparts. The Masquerade event is a stage show featuring theater-style lighting, enhanced sound, and a giant high-definition video screen displaying great close-up views of all the entertaining costumes that comes from the imagination of the attendees. Most of the costume presentations are accompanied by specially selected music, some with effects and elaborate choreography.
Email: contact form
www.comic-con.org/wca; www.facebook.com/comiccon; instagram.com/comic_con

 

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

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In 2002, The Actor's Checklist launched as a website dispensing time tested common knowledge and conventional wisdom for those looking to launch a show business career as a performer. A staple element of site activity is the Global News and Networking Events covering the media and show business industry, produced in newsletter format every new month. One of the goals of the media industry report - and the site generally - has been to tie the evolving and proliferating technologies of a burgeoning media ecosystem to the varied opportunities that performers, media-makers, storytellers can have to project their images and content onto new kinds of virtual stages.

Part of the site’s programming, from 2002 (but suspended lately due to the site overhaul planning), a monthly video news summary was produced every month in a 10 minute format previewing recently released indie film trailers, indie music video, animated works and the occasional documentary. Planning for a new focus for the monthly video news summary that presents and gives exposure to artistic endeavors of film/video and musical artists is still in the planning stages.

The title, "The Actor's Checklist," is a suitable naming convention for this website. But in all practicality, nearly all media production and performing arts endeavors, and their requisites, have similar requirements even if there are different methods for achieving them. Don't be misled by the title. The term "actor" has an expanded connotation in today's world where digital technology has provided a megaphone to thousands of storytellers interacting in various media.

Reality TV, Internet radio, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook video have fragmented a once unassailable monopoly stronghold that primetime television networks, network radio and major motion pictures studios had on the attention span of viewers. iTunes and Amazon make it possible to self-author one’s print and musical creations. Entertainment marketers now tackle a “second screen” in the living room phenomena where customary television viewers will multitask by indulging in social media and/or supplemental television program apps all at the same time.

If you are an actor you are taking part in the retelling of a story. But the same can certainly be said of a song/singer, comedy skit, mime, graphic artwork that forms scenic backdrop and so on. Perhaps a good way to gather all these crafts under one category is to refer to them as media making. Presently on the horizon, transmedia storytelling - digitally created content that engages an audience using techniques to develop stories across multiple forms of media - is gradually taking shape as a narrative influence.

In certain regards, the Internet has surged past television as a delivery platform and offers little clue as to when it might ease its adoption rate. Currently, the number of broadband customers exceeds the number of cable subscribers, according to data from the Leichtman Research Group analyzing numbers from the nation’s nine largest cable companies. As of the second quarter of 2014, the numbers of broadband subscribers clocked in at 49,915,000 customers, compared to 49,910,000 cable TV customers.

The Actor’s Checklist serves to monitor, report on and hopefully facilitate dialogue and personal connection among its forum chat participants about these innovative developments on the media landscape, any new opportunities they present for new ways of expression, and the evolving identity of what it means to be a performing/media arts practitioner.

 

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