Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, January 3, 19:00-22:30 (and every Wednesday)
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 (https://www.facebook.com/marcos.luis), Every Wednesday night.
 
Silverscreen Film and Television Networking Event
Thursday, January 4, 18:00-22:00
The World Bar
845 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York 10017
Phone: 646-651-2202
Returning on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 as a premier networking event helping Film & TV professionals join together to politick new business ideas, form partnerships, explore funding opportunities and gain distribution. Our goal is to help film and television professionals create business opportunities and network growth in an environment with like-minded creatives, complimentary hors-d'oeuvres, and cash bar cocktails. Party favors will include, complimentary buttered hors-d'oeuvres, groovy music and happy hour specials courtesy of Hospitality Holdings. Please bring business cards for a chance to participate in the free raffle and a chance to promote your brand or product with the resident affiliate TV Host EVAN THE SHOW. This event is strictly geared towards film and television (above & below the line) production professionals and vendors who provide support services. 
 
Friday Night Social
Friday, January 5, 18:30-21:30
Double Take Restaurant and Lounge @ Palomar Hotel
10740 Wilshire Boulevard, #101, Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 310-475-8711; 800-472-8556
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.” Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. Free to attend. Pay for your own food, cocktails and parking. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, January 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.
 
75th Golden Globe Awards (#GoldenGlobes)
Sunday, January 7, (5-8 pm PST)
The Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210
Phone: 1-310-274-7777; Fax: 1-310-285-1313
The 75th 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 year's ceremony Oprah Winfrey 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 made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Previous honorees include 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. Presenters at the 75th Awards include, Carol Burnett, Chrs Hemsworth, Emma Watson, Dakota Johnson, Andy Samberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Greta Gerwig, J.K. Simm, Alicia Vikander, Sharon Stone, Shirley MacLaine, Ricky Martin, Isabelle Huppert, Hugh Grant, Christina Hendricksee, Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz, Seth Rogen, and more. Seth Meyers will host the 75th Golden Globe Awards.
 
Consumer Electronics Show  (#CES2018)
Sunday, January 7 - Friday, January 12
The Monte Carlo’s Park Theater (other venues)
3770 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Phone: 866-233-7968; 301-694-5243; 844-600-PARK
CES in 2018 will feature three new show areas: Smart Cities, CES Sports Zone and Design and Source. High-definition video from CES is available for download on CESbroll.com. CES 2018 Media Days, featuring CES Unveiled Las Vegas, is a media-only preview of exhibitor product launches, a presentation of anticipated technology trends for 2018. It happens over two days, from January 7-8, with exclusive news events from exhibitors. The annual press event draws more than 1,500 media entities from around the world and features the CES 2018 Best of Innovation Awards Honorees and tabletop displays from more than 100 local and global tech companies. Brian Krzanich of Intel delivers the first Keynote Address on September 8 to open the keynote series. Although CES is positioned as a consumer electronics convention, its agenda and presentations has consequences into the show business industry and media creators involved with the industry. Known for hosting vibrant industry parties and themed gatherings, and operating in a town that is known for showing its visitors a good time, there are many parties scheduled for CES 2018 beginning with Unveiled Las Vegas, welcoming press and industry analysts, and CES Closing Party that goes late into the night.
 
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, January 8, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: 310-578-5591
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 David Lyle, and Anthony Pepi. Admission is free.
 
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume
Tuesday, January 9, 12:00-16:30
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. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled. Please email NashvilleWorkshops@bmi.com with any questions regarding the workshop. All participants MUST check in from 12:00-12:20 or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. This month’s topic is Master Class (and Song Critiques). The workshop is free but registration is conducted online at https://goo.gl/jU5s1Q. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled.
 
VR Fest 2018 - Las Vegas
Tuesday, January 9 - Friday, January 12
Fresh Wata (other venues on The Las Vegas Strip)
3905 West Diablo Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89118
Phone: 702-825-0087
VR Fest 2018 Opening Night Gala, January 9, with the VR Lounge happens at the OMNIA Nightclub in tandem with the CES Opening Night Party (requiring the CES convention badge). VR Fest 2018 features various programs, screenings, panels and the unique 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, Omnia Nightclub inside Caesar's Palace and Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM. This year’s program is dedicated to Oceanic Conservation in support of the Extreme Tech Challenge non-profit initiative. In general, VR Fest is dedicated to stimulating innovations in the virtual entertainment industry that can perpetuate the art and science of the medium for content creators and consumer audiences alike. And this year VR Fest launches two new annual programs, XR Fest and AR Fest that includes new events relevant to their areas. Through its annual and touring festival programs, VR Fest will pay tribute to and honor the companies, technologists and content creators who totally involved in pioneering the future of virtual reality.
Email: virtualrealityfestival@gmail.cominfo@thevrara.com; @virtualrealityfestival
 
Jazz Congress 2018
Thursday, January 11 - Friday, January 12
Jazz at Lincoln Center
10 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10023
Phone: 212-721-6500
Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes have combined efforts to inaugurate the Jazz Congress, an annual conference designed to bring together artists, media and industry leaders in the global jazz community. The Jazz Congress will serve the musicians, professionals, and advocates of the community as a place to network, learn, and be inspired to continue their vital work on behalf of the music. The Jazz Congress will explore opportunities that consider how its work in tandem with the community initiatives can evolve and embrace developments in technology, shifting audience trends, and music consumption habits. Retired NBA Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will deliver the conference’s Keynoe address.
Email: contact form
 
Two-Day Lighting Workshop at Solar
Saturday, January 13 - Sunday, January 14
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
The workshop will stress hands-on techniques over textbook theories to achieve Simple, Creative and Efficient shooting techniques without utilizing unneeded equipment, budget, crew or time. The workshop will cover, camera and lighting positions, outdoor lighting with regard to sun and shade conditions, using colored lighting to affect mood, appropriate lighting for actors or models with dark skin tone and complexions, knowing the differences in lighting for dramas and lighting for interviews, and more. 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. 
 
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, January 13 - Wednesday, January 17
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
Geared especially toward Narrative/Documentary Filmmakers, 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.
 
NAACP Image Awards (#ImageAwards)
Monday, January 15, 21:00 PST
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, California 91101
Phone: 323-938-5268
The NAACP Image Award is an annual awards ceremony presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature. Entertainer of the Year nominees includes, Ava DuVernay, Bruno Mars, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Issa Rae, Jaz Z. Netflix and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network lead the nominations in the television categories with 23 nominations and 17 nominations, respectively. In the recording category, RCA Records leads with 12 nominations, followed by Capitol Records with six nominations and Atlantic Records and Columbia Records both with three nominations. Universal Pictures leads with 10 nominations, followed by Annapurna and Open Road Films, both received five nominations in the motion picture categories. Check the website for more nominee announcements in advance of the awards program. The 49th NAACP Image Awards will air live on TV One at 21:00. NAACP Image Awards winner and black-Ish star Anthony Anderson returns as host of 49th NAACP Image Awards. Attire, Black Tie event.
 
NATPE Miami 2018 (#NatpeMiami)
Tuesday, January 16 - Thursday, January 18
Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach
4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33140
Phone: 514-380-5388; Fax: 514-289-9844
The National Association of Television Program Executives has selected Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman, and CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and host of Hearst Television’s political magazine show ‘Matter of Fact,’ Soledad O’Brien, to headline NATPE Miami with a keynote conversation on, January 17. The focus of the conversation will be in keeping with NATPE's overall theme for the conference – A Changing Industry in a Changing World. Nine tracks for this year’s Conference will be presented: Brands and Advertisers, Music+Vision, Development, Deals and Data, Platforms and OTT, Scripted, Unscripted, Station Groups, Global and Latin America. The Opening Night Party will host a live performance by Elvis Crespo. Joining the programming lineup for the first time this year will be the NATPE Streaming Summit, which will offer a new perspective on current OTT (Over the Top Television) and the streaming landscape and its outlook for the future. Facebook’s Head of Global and Creative Strategy, Ricky Van Veen, will add his voice to the OTT conversation at NATPE Miami in a session breaking down what is in store for Facebook Watch, their new content platform. Set for the NATPE exhibition space, this year PactUK, with its stable of production companies, will join the ranks of participants. They will exhibit alongside additional international pavilions, which are seeing new exhibitors join their umbrellas. 
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, January 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: BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Cliff Goldmacher Workshop: Music Business Dos and Don’ts
Thursday, January 18, 13:30
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
This workshop is for songwriters searching for strategies to create income from their songwriting efforts. It stresses good organizational habits overall and specifically, what to do before, during and after a writing session. Goldmacher will categorically run down the list of dos and don’ts to abide by when conducting business with other professionals that are involved in the music industry songwriting food chain. Online registration to secure a place opens September 26, at which time anyone can sign up on the registration page. 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.
 
Sundance Film Festival (#Sundance)
Thursday, January 18 - Sunday, January 28
Park City Marriott (Headquarters)
1895 Sidewinder Drive, Park City, Utah 84060
Phone: 877-733-7829; 435-658-3456; 310-360-1981; Fax: 435-658-3457
The theme for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival is New Frontier: Crossroads of Film, Art and Technology. Programming fare will encompass Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality Storytelling, Site-Specific Installations, Films and Live Performances. The festival now operates between three cities – Park City, Provo, and Salt Lake City, and operates between January 18-28. Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. This year’s Sundance Film Festival will have a program, An Artist at the Table, with well-regarded performers/creators, being present and available for interaction during a premiere or special screening. At the festival opener on January 18, attendees at An Artist at the Table will view the world premiere of the Festival’s opening night film, ‘Blindspotting,’ directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada. The film was co-written by co-stars Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Broadway musical Hamilton) and Rafael Casal. Confirmed artists (at the time of this writing) to date include Ava DuVernay, Rupert Everett, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jharrel Jerome, Octavia Spencer, and many more. This list will likely expand come festival-time. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films to Sundance. For 2019 Festival consideration, submissions will open in May 2018. For answers to the most commonly asked questions about submitting to the Festival, download the FAQ document.
 
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival – Anti-Ageism and Bridging the Generation Gap (#NFMLA)
Saturday, January 20, 10:30-23:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
The days programming is broken into Shorts Program #1 and Shorts Program #2. Selections from both programs include: The Last 2 Days (Bulgaria), Dimitris Georgiev, Director; Bye, Bye, Baby (USA),  Daniel Weingarten, Director; Letters from Alcatraz (USA), Madeline Rozwat, Director; HALLELUJAH (France), Mike Horn, Director; It Was Nice to Meet You (South Korea), Kaicey Chae, Director; The Light in the Afternoon (France), David Steiner, Director; Rushes (Israel), Lynn Laor, Director; The Last Well (Croatia), Filip Filkovic Philatz, Director. NewFilmmakers LA provides a forum where filmmakers can be recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals. Filmmaker submissions are accepted by online submission form (https://goo.gl/M1ZPg9). Screenings average between 12 and 15 minutes long. There will be pre-screening receptions before each program where attendees can sip cocktails and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge. Q&A sessions with the filmmakers will follow each program. An After Party concludes the evening.
 
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Franciscco Manuel Saez de Adana Herrero (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, January 23, 19:00-21:00
University Center Lower Level, Room UL105
Two West 13 Street, Room M101, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
The talk will explore the representation of the Spanish Civil War in North-American comic Strips of the late 30s and how this shows the American society’s position toward the conflict. A separate event on January 30 with Bob Gill offers an illustrated talk on “How to Get An Original Idea.” Gill is an illustrator, a graphic designer and a teacher. He started the design office, Fletcher/Forbes/Gill which later on became Pentagram. He was inducted into the New York Art Directors Hall of Fame, wrote 13 books about illustration and design and 15 books for children. To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)katchor.com
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, January 25, 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.
 
Solar 2-day Directing the Camera Workshop Filming Actors
Saturday, January 27 - Sunday, January 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.
 
The 60th Grammy Awards
Sunday, January 28
Madison Square Garden
Four Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 310-392-3777; 866-777-8932; Fax: 310-392-2306
The Grammy Awards return to New York City in 2018 and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at GRAMMY.com, CBS.com, and on YouTube. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook. James Corden will serve as host of this year's 60th GRAMMY Awards. The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS at 19:30–23:00 ET and 16:30–20:00 PT. What follows is a brief rundown of some top nominee categories. Record of the Year: Redbone (Childish Gambino), Despacito (Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee), The Story of O.J. (JAY Z), HUMBLE.(Kendrick Lamar), 24K Magic (Bruno Mars). Album of the Year: Awaken, My Love! (Childish Gambino), 4:44 (JAY Z), DAMN (Kendrick Lamar), Melodrama (Lorde), 24K Magic (Bruno Mars). Song of the Year: Despacito, 4:44, Issues, 1-800-273-8255, That’s What I Like. Best New Artist: Alessia Cara Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels, SZA. For more nomination categories check the website or wait for the live event.
 
Network at the Hollywood Chamber Business After Hours Mixer
Tuesday, January 30, 17:00 - 19:30
Soul Restaurant & Bar
7046 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; 323-848-4475
The Hollywood Chamber November Business After Hours mixer will be hosted by Soul Restaurant and Bar.There will be a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 17:00 to launch Hollywood's newest culinary establishment. Soul Restaurant & Bar delivers its approach to Southern hospitality to tinseltown through a modern approach to traditional soul food with Southern signatures and other planned innovations. Meet other Chamber members and promote a business Party favors include first drink on the house and hors d'oeuvres served throughout the mixer. Explore four floors of exhibits following 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/event as registration will be closed once capacity is reached. 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.
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, January 31, 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.
 

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