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October Media - Entertainment Industry Career Networking Events & Highlights
Casting News Hot Off The Wire! - As We Get 'Em, We Put 'Em Here!
Casting, Audition, and Production Notices Mostly Paying, Unless Otherwise Noted, From Various Sources
Organized Top - Down Starting With Most Recent
Read More Job and Casting Notices Posted By Casting Directors and Producers at the Message Board
PAPER STREET PICTURES CASTING SHORT FILM, HONOR STUDENT, AUSTIN
THROUGH THE 4TH WALL SEEKS EDGAR ALLAN POE IMPERSONATOR FOR STAGE PRODUCTION, WASHINGTON DC/ARLINGTON
SIX POINT PICTURES PRODUCING, GOOD NEWS BALTIMORE, FOR TELEVISION, BALTIMORE
MONETATE IS RUNNING AUDITIONS FOR CORPORATE VIDEO, SAVE THE EMAILS, CONSHOHOCKEN
ACTOR/HOST SOUGHT FOR COMEDIC INTERNAL CORPORATE VIDEO, NEW YORK CITY
DIGITALCOCO PRODUCTIONS PREPARING TO SHOOT A WEBTV COMMERCIAL, FT. LAUDERDALE
NIGHT WILLOW PRODUCTIONS CASTING FOR THEATRE PRODUCTION, SLAVE, LAS VEGAS / HOLLYWOOD
ABEL INTERMEDIA, LLC SEEKS TWO HOSTS WITH GOLF, LIFESTYLE KNOWLEDGE, HARTFORD
SD TRUCK SPRINGS SEEKS INTERVIEW AND HOST FOR WEB/INTERACTIVE, LAS VEGAS
X-TRANO LATINO TELEVISION CASTING ENGLISH SPEAKING ROLES FOR ZOMBIE THRILLER, LONG ISLAND
Scripted Series about 5 young Latinos that set out to find a town of Zombies. Scooby Doo meets Walking Dead. It would be the 1st English Speaking Tele Novella about Zombies.
Male. 18-24 years, Hispanic. Cruz: The team Leader who can carry a gun and take leadership role.
Female. 18-24 years, Hispanic. Layla: Character must be able to pull off a Buffy the Vampire type role.
Male. 18-24 years, Hispanic. Frankie: Super Geeky type.
Female. 18-24 years, Hispanic. Pedra: Misfit female. will create this role for the right person.
Male. 18-24 years, Hispanic. Jax: Stoner Surfer type. Tall skinny loves the outdoors.
Apply to Director, Sophie Perez. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FUSION BRAND EXPERIENCES SEEKS VARIED ROLES FOR IN-HOUSE GREEN SCREEN SHOOT, PHILADELPHIA
PERFORMING ARTS COMPANY SILK ROAD RISING CASTING SHORT FILM, MULTI MEETS POLY, CHICAGO
BURNVFX CASTING LEAD ACTORS FOR SHORT FILM PROJECT, NORTHERN VIRGINIA/DC
IDREAMMACHINE CASTING SAG, NON-UNION FOR TRANSMEDIA FEATURE, BILLBOARD, EASTON
LINGO INTERACTIVE SEEKS LANGUAGE HOSTS - ENGLISH, SPANISH, MANDARIN - FOR CULTURE SEGMENTS, AUSTIN
IDREAMMACHINE CASTING MUSIC ORIENTED COMEDY, BILLBOARD, EASTERN PA
DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE
The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is seeking talent to perform in its 70-seat West Village cabaret theatre. Seeking Singers, Comedians, Performance Artists, New Plays, Composers, and Writers: must be 21+, self-contained acts only. Note: Space, reservations line, full light and sound package, and house technician provided. Email show information, running time, and brief marketing plan to Phil Geoffrey Bond, artistic dir., at email@example.com (preferred); or call 212-989-3015. Pay is 100% of the cover charge set by the producer, minus a room fee.
DANNY'S SKYLIGHT ROOM CABARET
Danny's Skylight Room Cabaret (346 W. 46 St., Restaurant Row, NYC) is seeking talent. Seeking—Cabaret Acts: self-contained, for shows running 50-60 minutes in length. For details, call Donald Schaffer, prod., at 212-946-1265. Visit www.dannysgrandseapalace.com. Pay is a percentage of the cover.
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|Song Arts Academy Presents “POP SHARK Writer Forum”
Wednesday, October 1, 18:30-21:00
244 Rehearsal Studios
244 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019
Song Arts Academy POP SHARK Writers Forum offers sessions to improve music, lyrics, song forms, and productions. The Forum will have three remaining sessions: October 1, October 8 and October 15. SAA grew from the BMI Contemporary Songwriter Workshop founded by Samantha Cox, Assistant VP/Writer-Publisher Relations at Broadcast Music, Inc. The Basic Songwriting Workshop is based on the BMI Model, and is designed to teach those who want to write better songs a new vocabulary for how to listen to them. The Advanced Writers Forum is for working music pros and graduates of the Basic. It's a forum for continued growth, for networking, collaborating with peers, for road testing songs before recording them, and for finding resources from attorneys, producers, collaborators, musicians, studios, and others. SAA also offers Vocal and Performance Training, Contemporary Music Producing and Arranging, and Master Classes in Music for Advertising.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; billy@songartsacademy
CLIO Awards 2014
Wednesday, October 1
55 Wall Street, New York, New York 100005
Phone: 212-683-4300; 212-493-4036
The CLIO Awards honors work in a broad range of mediums, including Branded Entertainment, Content and Contact, Design, Direct, Film and Film Technique, Digital/Mobile, Out of Home, Print and Print Technique, Public Relations and Audio and Audio Technique. Student work is also recognized in Design, Film, Digital and Mobile, Out of Home, Print and Public Relations. The 55th Annual CLIO Awards is being launched on this particular date to coincide with Advertising Week in New York City. This year's awards host is Whoopi Goldberg. This year's Lifetime Achievement Recipient is Washington Olivetto
Chairman of WMcCann, and Chief Creative Officer of McCann Worldgroup for Latin America and Caribbean. The Honorary CLIO Award Recipient is Jerry Seinfeld and the Honorary CLIO Music Recipient is Blondie. Cocktails precede a seated dinner with the ceremony. Dress is cocktail attire. After-Party follows.
www.clioawards.com; www.facebook.com/CLIOAwards?ref=ts; www.twitter.com/CLIOAwards
Next|Video Conference + Expo!
Wednesday, October 1 - Friday, October 3
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, California 91101
Phone: 626-793-2122; 703-852-4618
The conference is complete with five tech-focused session tracks, a keynote luncheon and a networking reception, this is a three-day event which will give you the edge to succeed. As streaming gains momentum, find out how to best leverage new offerings and integrate existing legacy systems. Professionals in TV, video, film, motion graphics and new media who wish to maximize their creativity and efficiency on their tools of choice are an expected audience. On display are: new formats, encoders, storage/delivery technologies. Hear the latest update on current and emerging solutions and how they could streamline the streaming workflow.
www.nextvideoexpo.com; www.twitter.com/NextVideo; www.facebook.com/NextVideoExpo
IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
Wednesday, October 1 - Saturday, October 4
Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 888-438-4262; 615-256-3222
IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2014 is the annual bluegrass music homecoming that features four separate events and hundreds of offerings for every bluegrass professional and music fan. The IBMA Business Conference and trade show serves the information needs of bluegrass professionals. Bluegrass Ramble will be official showcase performances at the World of Bluegrass Business Conference providing a platform for introducing talent and new music to the bluegrass community. Another music showcase, Wide Open Bluegrass, presents showcases to the traditional and acoustic music community on three stages in downtown Raleigh with proceeds supporting the Bluegrass Trust Fund. IBMA will present its first annual IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival running all days the convention is open. The Talent Buyer Focus will connect talent buyers, agents, artists, and managers with events to provide more networking, socializing, and business opportunities. The International Bluegrass Music Awards Show is staged to acknowledge the noteworthy achievement and pioneering efforts in the genre.
www.ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass; plus.google.com/112424004842946861725; www.facebook.com/intlbluegrass
Hispanic Television Summit 2014
Thursday, October 2
1535 Broadway at West 45 Street, New York, New York 10036
Phone: 917-281-4718; 212-398-1900
This year’s agenda will combine popular topics like advertising, programming, marketing and promotions, distribution technology, and production with fresh ideas that reflect the dynamic changes in the marketplace—which are springing from new “smart” technologies, as well as the dramatic shifts within the diverse Hispanic consumer profile. The Summit will feature keynote interviews with corporate leaders, plus five roundtable discussions and a luncheon awards ceremony. Each year, the Summit spotlights a particular genre. This year’s Summit will have an extra focus on sports. There will be a panel to discuss sports content and sports sponsorship, a special presentation about sports rights, a keynote addressing the future plans for telecasting the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup and a feature about a particular sports-related TV series, and a Leadership Award in Hispanic Television presented to Major League Soccer (MLS) which has worked to attract Hispanic TV viewers since the day it kicked-off the league. There is a planned presentation of a Leadership Award in the programmer category for the first time. The 2014 Award is to be presented to Major League Soccer (MLS).
Asian Pacific American Film Festival
Thursday, October 2 - Saturday, October 4
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
The mission of the DC APA Film Festival is to bring attention to the creative output from APA communities and encourage the artistic development of APA films, media, and creative output in the greater Washington DC metropolitan region as well as the across the country. Since 2000, Asian Pacific American Film, Inc. (APA Film) a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, has produced an annual film festival based in Washington, D.C. devoted to film and media arts made by and/or about Americans of Asian Pacific Islander descent and other Asian Diasporic groups from around the world. As a tax-exempt charity the value of goods, services, and benefits received in exchange for support is determined by APA Film. Any contribution above that amount is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
www.apafilm.org; www.facebook.com/apafilm; www.youtube.com/dcapafilm
Durango Songwriter’s Expo
Thursday, October 2 - Saturday, October 4
Omni Interlocken Resort
500 Interlocken Boulevard, Broomfield, Colorado
The Durango Songwriter Expo is an anticipated singer/songwriter events. Held twice yearly -- once in Colorado and again in Santa Barbara, California wine country. Registration is famously limited to 200 attendees and there are over 40 music industry pros and songwriters attending. The Expo is planned with intent to give artists and songwriters an every opportunity to network with music supervisors, labels, publishers and fellow artists. Every attendee gets three listening sessions on CD and the opportunity to play live at either a showcase or open mic. Attendees get their music critiqued in listening sessions, sit in on industry panels & perform your music during the evening showcases.
Email: contact form
Friday Night Social
Friday, October 3, 18:30-22:30
5364 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90036
Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another but has evolved since then. Please register the day before the event to secure admission. This month’s Friday Night Social is a free admission event hosted by Jennifer Grisanti and ScriptWiters Network in a “private room with bar” exclusively for this Friday Night “Networking” event. Complimentary finger food will be provided to the Networking Group. 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 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. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
Friday, October 3 - Sunday, October 12
ACL Festival Box Office @ Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704
Phone: 512-478-7211; 512-974-6700
The 2014 ACL Festival takes place on 46-acres in Zilker Park over two weekends, October 3-5 and October 10-12. A partial listing of this year's lineup will include: Paolo Nutini, Ozomatli, The Gaslight Anthem, Phantogram, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea, Emily Wolfe, Black Pistol Fire, Gospel Silvertones, Elizabeth McQueen, The Barton Hills Choir w/ Special Guest Stuart Murdoch, Knifight, Riders Against The Storm, Jimmy Cliff and many more. ACL Art Market is located in the center of Zilker Park with booths open throughout the duration of the Festival. Available goods range from accessories and head gear to boots and posters, attendees can browse the selection of goods from dozens of local artisans. Apart from the sounds from over 130 bands, ACL Festival also offers fun, interactive festival activities, the child-friendly Austin Kiddie Limits and local offerings of food and art. Official Late Night Shows will offer more opportunities to catch more performances from your favorite artists of favorite artists like Beck, Rhye, Skrillex, Mac DeMarco, My Brightest Diamond, CHVRCHES, and The Head and the Heart with Lucius — at some of Austin’s best venues.
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
www.aclfestival.com; www.facebook.com/aclfestival; plus.google.com/+austincitylimits/about
Sunday, October 5 - Wednesday, October 8
One Western Gateway Victoria Dock Rd, London, UK
Phone: +44 (0)20 7069 5000; +44 (0)20 7370 8667
PLASA London 2014 is an international trade show for the event, entertainment and installation technology industries. The event showcases new audio, video, lighting, stage engineering and systems integration technology, which will go on to create the worlds most innovative live events, concerts, tours, theatre productions, corporate events, venue installations, nightclubs and leisure attractions. PLASA London also hosts a highly acclaimed and far reaching seminar and workshop programme, which is free to attend. PLASA London is owned and organized by PLASA, the leading international trade association for entertainment technologies. In addition to PLASA London, PLASA Events organises a series of networking events for regional entertainment technology communities. PLASA Focus began in 2009 in Leeds in the North of England, and is now touring the US and Europe.
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
www.plasashow.com; www.twitter.com/plasashow; www.facebook.com/PlasaShow
Matsumoto's 2nd Street Jazz Showcase
Monday, October 6, 21:00
Matsumoto's 2nd Street Jazz
366 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Phone: 310-849-5938; 213-680-0047
From the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, the weekly event showcase here presents Jazz, Blues, Hip Hop, Rock n' Roll, Soul and R & B artists and open mic opportunities. The doors open at 19:30 nightly and live entertainment starts at 9 or 10 pm. In addition to its original purpose as a jazz club for which it was begun circa 2005 by one time trumpet player and entrepreneur Kohei Matsumoto, 2nd Street Jazz explores music which ranges from rock to electronic to hip-hop and of course, jazz. Monday nights is a NYC styled jazz jam for any musicians with instruments invited up to the stage to play. Hip Hop and MC beat battles happen on Thursdays. The club features a full bar and late night food.
www.2ndstjazz.com; www.facebook.com/pages/2nd-Street-Jazz...; www.myspace.com/landon2ndstreetlivejazz
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, October 6, 19:00
740 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
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: Michelle Monica (www.michellemonica.com), Johan Sotelo (www.youtube.com), Jaq Mackenzie (www.jaqrox.com), Shani (www.shanirose.com). Admission is free.
Small Business Opportunities in Film and Entertainment Forum
Tuesday, October 7
Georgia State University, Morrow Center
44 Courtland Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30302
Attendees can learn about the Georgia network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and how they are serving entertainment- related companies behind-the-scenes -- a complex and multi-layered fusion of art and business. Behind-the-scenes of every film, television, and music “experience” is a network of goods, services, and suppliers that that are part of an entertainment production. Most of these business resources are invisible to audiences, but critical to the process of content creation, development, and delivery. Our panel of guests will represent Georgia film suppliers, camera-ready community liaisons, local government leaders, marketing experts, and independent production teams. Topics of discussion include: the 4 Cs of business behind-the-scenes (film, television, and music); kinds of vendor services and products needed to support productions; the impact of recent film activity in specific camera-ready communities
•What it means for your company to be “camera-ready”; how a business can transfer its capabilities to serve the entertainment industry; access to capital to expand your target market; getting a company investment-ready and other topics.
Email: contact form
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Tuesday, October 7, 18:00-20:30
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Monday 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
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase
Tuesday, October 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: Nothing But Thieves and Secret Company Stealth. 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.
www.wearefrukt.com; www.facebook.com/weareFRUKT; www.twitter.com/FRUKTFixers
Digital Media Pipeline
Wednesday, October 8
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90049
EMA’s Digital Media Pipeline is a one day conference focusing on the business-to-business opportunities in the delivery of digital entertainment. The conference sessions focus on the latest device and delivery technologies, digital and traditional retailing’s digital partnerships. It explores new and existing business models and current developments of digital delivery from content providers. Attendance at this event encompasses every aspect of digital entertainment and retailing. Executives from the digital divisions of the motion picture studios, service providers, device manufacturers, retailers and research firms will be there. A Conversation With Mitch Singer on The Future of Digital Entertainment” moderated by Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic will discuss impending disruption in the TV and movie business models in the future. Singer will take real time questions via an interactive application available to all attendees using mobile devices.
Email: contact form
Wednesday, October 8 - Sunday, October 12
Crowne Plaza Midtown Atlanta (other venues)
590 West Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
The five-day festival encompasses all aspects of hip-hop culture: music, art, film, style, education and more, with performances from over 500 artists from across the world. The Festival normally accepts applicants for performance consideration through Sonicbids. A3CMusic showcases are located at various venues across the city and require a Music, All-Access or VIP pass for access. The 2014 A3C educational experience will include Panels, xTalks, Workshops, Speakers taking on topics like, "Turn Your Music into a Movement!", "How to Build a Buzz", "Crowdfunding for Hip-Hop", "Booking for a Living", "Unhemmed: Business of Fashion" and much more. Along with iStandard and the SAE Institute of Atlanta, the Festival presents The Pro-Audio Experience [PAE], at SAE’s Atlanta campus. Pro-Audio includes workshops, demos, panels, studio sessions, interview and competitions from the industry's producers, engineers and DJs. The film showcase portion enters its third season and programs in features, documentaries, shorts and music videos, with panels that follow certain screenings. Art is prevalent at the Festival with artists and organizations from around the US curating artworks on display including iconic works like the “The Periodic Table of Hip-Hop” available at the Pop Chart Lab.
www.a3cfestival.com; www.facebook.com/a3cfestival; www.youtube.com/user/A3CFest?sub_confirmation=1
137th International Audio Engineering Society Convention (AES)
Thursday, October 9 - Sunday, October 12
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 212-661-8528; 213-741-1151
Returning to Los Angeles after nearly 12 years, the AES Convention will bring together a gathering of audio professionals. Attendees will be offered opportunities to hear from audio industry figures and discovering the latest research and technology information through informative papers, tutorials, workshops and special events. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® (GRAMMY), will deliver a keynote addressing how the Academy and its P&E Wing address the challenges and opportunities currently facing recording professionals. At a planned GRAMMY SoundTable event on October 11, five cross-genre hit-makers will debate the who, what, when, where, and why of songs that have left an resilient impression. A worldwide association for professionals and students involved in the audio industry, the AES serves its members, the industry and the public by stimulating and facilitating advances in the constantly changing field of audio. It encourages and educates on new developments through annual technical meetings and exhibitions of pro audio equipment, and through the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, the professional archival publication of the audio industry.
Email: contact form
www.aes.org; www.aes.org/community/googleplus; www.facebook.com/AES.org
Chicago International Film Festival
Thursday, October 9 - Thursday, October 23
AMC River East 21
322 East Illinois Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-332-3456; 312-683-0121
2014 marks the 50th Anniversary Chicago International Film Festival. Cinema/Chicago, the organizer of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year-round cultural and educational non-profit organization dedicated to promoting better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. The films are all Chicago premieres and many are world or U.S. premieres. The festival has selected “Miss Julie,” directed by veteran actress and Ingmar Bergman collaborator Liv Ullmann and starring Golden Globe®-award winning actors Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton as its October 9 Opening Night film. The red carpet event starts at 18:00. Director Liv Ullmann is scheduled to attend. The Chicago International Film Festival was started in 1964 by filmmaker and graphic artist Michael Kutza to provide an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies that dominated the city’s theaters. This year the Festival presents Spotlight Scandinavia, the fourth year of the World Cinema Spotlight Program. This year’s program highlights the range of contemporary cinematic cultures across the five Nordic countries.
|MIA Animation Conference
Friday, October 10 - Saturday, October 11
Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College
300 NE Second Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132
Phone: 305-521-3429; 305-521-3429
MIA ANIMATION is an industry conference that focuses on Computer Animation, Gaming, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Film, Web Design and Visual Arts. Industry speakers are brought in to offer master classes along with software demos and multiple panels. It has been designed to be a forum for active networking and practical information exchange with a commitment to education and developing new talent. MIA ANIMATION, founded in 2010 by Mauricio Ferrazza, is an industry conference that has been set up to be a forum for active networking and practical information exchange. Conference concludes with an Animation Festival and After Party at Piola South Beach.
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
www.miaanimation.com; www.facebook.com/ANIMIAMI; www.twitter.com/MIA_ANIMATION
Film Industry Expo
Saturday, October 11, 09:30 - 18:30
Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Phone: 310-980-7363; 504-525-2500
This sixth Annual Film Industry Expo features panel discussions, seminars and workshops for actors and filmmakers. In attendance are expected to be Casting Directors, Agents, Producers, Writers, Directors and other film industry professionals from Los Angeles and from throughout the Gulf South. Presentations include Film Finance Forum, Creating Your Own Web Series, The Elements of Casting, The Art of the Pitch, Promotion and Distribution, The Acting Studio and more. The exhibit area is free to attend as well as open to the public. All are welcome to network and visit with the exhibiting vendors to discover the tools and resources actors and filmmakers need to advance their careers. Categories of activity include: Filmmaker Track, Actors Track, Parents of Child Actors and 48 Hour Film Project.
Email: contact form
BMI London Awards 2014
Monday, October 13
53 Park Lane London W1K 1QA, UK
Phone: +44 20 7486 2036; + 44 (0) 20 7629 8888
Internationally-celebrated lyricist Sir Tim Rice will be named as 2014’s BMI Icon. The BMI Icon designation is given to songwriters who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Among the awards Sir Tim has won are three Best Song Oscars for “A Whole New World” (with Alan Menken), “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (with Elton John) and “You Must Love Me” (with Andrew Lloyd Webber). Tim has also earned GRAMMYS, Golden Globes and 13 Ivor Novello Awards, been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, has a BASCA Fellowship, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The invitation-only gala will recognize the UK and European songwriters and publishers of the past year’s most-played BMI songs on American radio and television.
Monday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 15
810 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10019
Phone: +1-508-251 2289; +1-888-730-7307; +44(0)20-7017-5506; Fax: +44 (0)20 7017 4747
TV:Xperience is the UX event from the TV Connect event series looking at how multiscreen is fundamentally influencing the evolution of the User Experience, and changing the central business models around the connected tv eco-system. This is a central issue for telcos, cablecos, broadcasters and content producers looking to monetize the second screen experience. This event will be building on from last year’s show and the success of TV Connect, an annual flagship show, based in London. This is part of an industry respected global brand with regional shows in MENA, Eurasia, Asia and LatAm. TV:Xperience forms a tangent of the TV Connect brand, but looking more closely into the adoption of the user experience. Along with an examination of how the innovation around multiscreen content has influenced the evolving user experience, the show will place focus on new developments in UI and the rise in the role of content security and payment platforms to act as effective monetization models.
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
www.tvxperienceevent.com; www.facebook.com/pages/TV-Connect-Global-Events...; plus.google.com/u/0/100108781224883690912/posts
BMI Songwriters Workshop with Jason Blume
Tuesday, October 14, 12:30-16:30
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
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 NashvilleWorkshops@bmi.com 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 "The Music Row Formula: Writing Exercise". Participants will have an opportunity to pitch one of their songs to a publisher or have one of their songs constructively critiqued. Free but registration is conducted online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jason-blume... 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled.
IMEX America 2014
Tuesday, October 14 - Saturday, October 18
Sands Expo and Convention Center
201 Sands Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169
phone: +44 1273 227311; Fax: +44 1273 227312
IMEX America sets the pace for doing business on an international scale. Increasing in size and scope annually, this event features a Hosted Buyer Program and attracts thousands of buyers and exhibitors from the U.S. and around the world. Meet professionals from all industry sectors—from top tourism ambassadors and hospitality brands to technology and service providers. Mix and mingle at professional gatherings, booth events and parties (don’t miss CIC Hall of Leaders, Site Nite North America, Association Evening and MPI Foundation Rendezvous). The IMEX Challenge is a humanitarian initiative for the meetings industry, that takes place in a new destination every two years. The idea is to make a positive impact on the lives of others - particularly children. It also aims to leave a financial legacy to continue the development of the group or charity concerned. The next Challenge will take place at The Shade Tree Shelter in Las Vegas, the weekend before IMEX America 2014.
Email: contact form
New York Independent Film Festival
Wednesday, October 15 - Sunday, October 19
Producers Club (other venues)
358 West 44 Street, New York, New York 10036
NYC Independent Film Festival showcases independent filmmaker, documentaries, short and feature-length films, music videos, and animation. The festival will screen narratives, documentaries, short films, super shorts, animation shorts and music videos. The festival will showcase all genres of narratives from comedy to drama and from thrillers to love stories. NYC Indie Film Festival honors the Best in Category which includes Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Narrative, Best Super Short, Best Music Video, as well as Best Director and Best Screenplay. Bob McAndrew who served in talent development capacities at Paramount, 20th Century Fox and as an independent, leads a discussion about "On Camera Acting" on October 15. Come meet the experts on Distribution and hear what they have to say about the future of distribution during a session taking place on October 16
Email: email@example.com; contact form
Action Icon Awards 2014
Sunday, October 19
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90049
Action Icon Awards will honor the achievements of actresses and stuntwomen for their work in film and television. Host and organizer, The Diamond in the RAW Foundation, has created the Action Icon Awards & Stuntwomen’s Coordinating Conference, so that these women can attend seminars that will educate them on aspects of stunt coordinating and provide them with the enhanced skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in a male-dominated industry. Additionally, These unsung heroines risk their lives every day in order to help create some of the most memorable moments in film, television and commercials. And therefore should be recognized for their noteworthy contributions in the entertainment industry. The event will include a reception followed by a luncheon.
www.actioniconawards.com; www.facebook.com/ActionIconAwards; www.twitter.com/ActionIconAward
Woodstock Film Festival
Wednesday, October 15 - Sunday, October 19
Bearsville Theater (other venues)
291 Tinker Street, Woodstock, New York 12498
The festival presents concerts, parties, panels, and creates innovative and stimulating programming including Focus on Music, Exposure and the Youth Initiative. In an October 17 panel, BMI's Doreen Ringer Ross chats with jazz legend and political activist, Hugh Masekela, along with director Michael Lessac about their collaboration on the film 'A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake' as well as Masekela's musical career in general. On October 19, a panel of casting directors, including Gayle Keller, an independent New York casting director, actress, Melissa Leo, who has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, and Cindy Tolan, a casting director for film, TV and theatre, whose film credits include 'This Is Where I Leave You', form a panel moderated by Claude dal Farra, president of BCDF and the producer. The Hudson Valley Film Commission, which is behind the festival, promotes sustainable economic development by attracting and supporting film, video and media production in the Hudson Valley - Catskills.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
www.woodstockfilmfestival.com; www.twitter.com/woodstkfilmfest; www.facebook.com/woodstockfilmfestival
Film/TV Production and Finance Summit
Tuesday, October 21
New York Junior League
130 East 80 Street, New York, New York 10075
Phone: 877-500-1510; 212-288-6220
At the 7th Annual Film/TV Production and Finance Summit learn strategies and methods used by producers and financiers to secure development and production finance for films and television productions. Categorically, the Summit is suited to film and television professionals, film and television producers, finance executives, bankers, venture capitalists, high-net worth individuals, private equity and hedge fund executives, production and post-production executives, entertainment attorneys, finance and tax executives, digital distribution executives, film distributors, studio executives and filmmakers to converge, network and exchange the latest trends in film financing. The Summit brings together a senior roster of film finance executives from independent producers, studio executives and legal and tax advisors to share practical experience and technical knowledge on the complex issues involved in financing film and television productions. The Summit will be led by David Steinberg, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP and Lucie Guernsey, Managing Director, Woodland Bay Capital and opens with a Continental Breakfast.
PYP Freelance Style Makers Business Development Summit
Saturday, October 18 - Tuesday, October 21
Hilton Stanford Hotel
One 1st Stamford Place, Stanford, Connecticut 06901-06902
Phone: 323-299-0500; 203-967-2222
The Summit is focused on the needs of beauty and fashion professionals at every career level. The PYP Summit caters to the very specific business needs of makeup artists, hair stylists, fashion stylists, manicurists and photographers. Whether you are starting your freelance career, re-launching or re-inventing yourself, every artist needs practical strategies to navigate today's competitive business environment. The Summit will investigate topics, including: "The Art of the Deal" exploring the freelance artists role in structuring and implementing film and tv deal transactions, 'Breaking Into Catalog", "5 sure signs that it's time to get an agent", "Talking Beauty on the Tube: Making Connections, Creating a Pitch & Ending Up on TV." There will also be an Exhibitor Expo.
Variety's Entertainment and Technology Summit Fall 2014
Monday, October 20
Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292
Phone: 323-617-9405; 310-823-1700
The Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit, produced in association with Digital Hollywood, will focus on the top business issues impacting technology in entertainment today. Hear from leading innovators across TV, film, music, gaming and digital media. Attend to stay ahead of the transformation and be a part of the conversation. Significant sectors of the entertainment business – networks, digital brands, studios, production companies – are assertively pushing into streaming video of varied stripes, spanning episodic TV, short-form clips, feature-length film, online gaming. What is the business value of this fast-growing sector? How are digital native services stacking up against traditional companies launching into streaming services? Entertainment chiefs, technology leaders and their partners will talk about how they are developing content, devising business models, and creating audience awareness of their streaming businesses. There will be an early morning Keynote Conversation with James Gunn Director/Writer, (Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy 2) interviewed by Jenelle Riley, Deputy Awards and Features Editor, Variety. The evening closes with a cocktail reception.
New York Television Festival
Monday, October 20 - Saturday, October 25
Tribeca Cinemas and The Varick Room (other venues)
54 Varick Street, New York, New York
The New York Television Festival was founded in 2005 as the TV industry’s festival for independent television creation and artist recognition. A pioneer of the “independent television” movement, the Festival maintains initiatives of development and talent identification. While maintaining a different stance to the traditional television development model, The NYTVF works in partnership with networks, studios, brands and agencies to deliver its projects and showcase promising talent. Many activities on the NYTVF schedule are free to the public, but admission is based on seating availability. Aside from daily panels, IPC Screenings and other events, there are scheduled happy hours and cocktail parties nightly for the run of the festival for NYTVF Connect Industry Pass holders. The Connect Industry Pass will provide top tier artists and entertainment executives access and opportunities that maximize Festival participation, providing them with the tools to network, build relationships and collaborate on projects. Throughout the year, NYTVF hosts community networking mixers, panels and info sessions for independent artists, writers, producers, comedians, documentarians, Festival friends and Alumni. NYTVF closes with the NYTVF Awards Show followed by a Closing Night Party.
www.nytvf.com; www.twitter.com/nytvf; www.facebook.com/nytvf
Mastering Your Genre
Saturday, October 25, 12:30
520 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90004
Laurie Scheer, author of 'The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre' outlines the steps needed to assure a genre is currently marketable. This workshop attempts to walk its participants back through the history of their body of writing to discover parts that are working and parts that are not working. The session attempts to reinvigorate a time-worn genre to produce and promote a new fresh voice/point-of-view. Laurie Scheer has worked as an assistant, d-girl, and producer for ABC, Viacom, Showtime, and AMC-Cablevision developing and producing all types of content from network and cable series to movies-of-the-week to short films for video games. Her current interest is in exploring ways to preserve good storytelling within the 21st century transmedia marketplace, and sharing her new book.
Emerging Cinematographer Awards NY
Sunday, October 26, 15:00
School of Visual Arts Theatre
333 West 23rd Street, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 323-876-0160; Fax: 323-878-1162
A screening of the ten short films shot by ICG's 2014 Emerging Cinematographer Awards Honorees and Honorable Mentions will be shown. The purpose of the ECA is to nurture talent within the Guild and to give promising cinematographers the crucial exposure they need to succeed in the motion picture industry. The honorees are Frank Buono, Camera Operator, whose film is 1982; Devin Doyle, 1st AC (Lancaster Stomp); George Feucht, Camera Operator (Une Libération); Sidarth Kantamneni, Camera Operator (Saerto Ena); Kyle Klütz, 1st AC who was also an honoree last year (Sequence); David Kruta, Digital Imaging Technician (Wallace); Bartosz Nalazek, Preview System (Making a Scene: Forest Whitaker) and Greta Zozula. Camera Assistant (The Immaculate Reception). The ECA is open to any member of the Guild who is not already classified as Director of Photography. Members are asked to submit films they have photographed with a running time of 30 minutes or less. The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) represents more than 7,000 members who work in film, television and commercials as Directors of Photography, Camera Operators, Visual Effects Supervisors, Still Photographers, Camera Assistants, Film Loaders, all members of camera crews and Publicists. This event will be followed by a cocktail reception.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; contact form
ShootNYC @ PhotoPlus International Conference
Wednesday, October 29 - Saturday, November 1
Javits Convention Center
655 West 34 Street (11 Avenue), New York, New York 10001
Phone: 877-699-5410; 646-668-3700; 240-439-2985
PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is a photography and imaging show in North America, attended by professional photographers and enthusiasts. At its expo, thousands of new products and services from exhibitors, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Epson will be on display. Over 90 educational seminars and intimate hands-on labs will be on the schedule to choose from. PhotoPlus Expo conference seminars are divided into nine program tracks: lighting, weddings and events, genres, social media/marketing, business, portraiture, filmmaking, post-production, steps. There will be a Master Class session limited to 25 participants covering Lighting/Posing, Portraiture, Editorial, Post-Production, Audio for Filmmaking, Business/Marketing, and more. ShootNYC @ PhotoPlus will be an informative three day event held in conjunction with the PhotoPlus Expo. It will conduct free seminars.
Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
www.photoplusexpo.com; www.facebook.com/PhotoPlusExpo/info; www.instagram.com/PhotoPlusExpo; www.shoot-nyc.com
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, October 30, 08:00-10:30
Beverly Hills Country Club
3084 Motor Avenue (at Manning), Los Angeles, California 90064
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. Parking is available, free of charge.
Email: contact form
www.changingimagesinamerica.org; www.hgenonline.com; www.facebook.com/pages/Hollywood-Networking...
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Thursday, October 30, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007-0030
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 name of each guest by email to BMI101NY@bmi.com.
www.bmi.com; www.myspace.com/bmi; www.facebook.com/broadcastmusicinc
Musician & Band Alert: Opportunities, Auditions, and Jobs For Musical Artists, Singers, Bands, and Audio Techs
From Various Sources, Most Paying Unless Otherwise Noted
Read More Job and Casting Notices Posted By Casting Directors and Producers at the Message Board
IDREAMMACHINE SEEKS BAND SUBMISSIONS FOR MUSIC ORIENTED COMEDY, BILLBOARD, EASTERN PA
PHOTOS/RESUMES REQUEST OF SINGERS, MUSICIANS THAT ACT FOR, GARAGE BAND, NEW YORK
CRUISE SHIP MUSICIANS, INTERNATIONAL SEEKS LOUNGE ACTS, WORLDWIDE
Cruise Ship Musicians, International, Landau Music is casting cruise ship entertainment. Andrew Landau, entertainment mgr. Contracts available onboard ships with various worldwide itineraries. Seeking—Lounge Acts: males & females, formed string quartet, piano-based Pop/Jazz duo, female vocalist, solo piano/vocalist, solo guitar/vocalist, formed party band quartet: Show Band: keys, bass, drums, sax, trumpet, trombone, guitar. Email promotional materials to email@example.com.
OPEN CALL SEARCH FOR WEB REALITY SHOW, 'HIP HOP SENSATION', LOS ANGELES
'Hip Hop Sensation' Tite-Belt Productions, LLC. is casting Hip Hop Sensation, a new web based music reality show showcasing up and coming talent. Erica Green, host. Seeking—The Next Hip Hop Superstar: male and female, 13-49, any ethnicity, hip hop artists. Auditions will be held June 19, 9 a.m. at the Los Angeles Airport Marriot hotel, 5855 West Century Blvd., L.A. Each chosen performer will be given an estimated 15 minute window to show off their hip hop skills on camera.
SEEKING SINGER/SONGWRITERS TO PERFORM. YOU MUST BE ABLE TO GUARANTEE A MIN. OF 3 GUESTS, NASHVILLE
Songsalive! is a non-profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide. Founded in 1997, Songsalive! is run by songwriters for songwriters. It acts as an epicentre, a heart of the international songwriting community and music markets, bridging the gaps, tapping songwriters into the pulse of the business and at the same time giving them and their music the support they deserve. Through Songsalive!, songs and songwriters can be accessed by the whole world and when the hunt is on, Songsalive! is a one-stop song shop! Songsalive! gives life to songs, provides opportunities for collaboration, creates awareness about original music, promotes and educates through an amazing network of programs designed especially for songwriters and original music: live events and showcases; songwriter critique workshops, songleads and industry pitches; cd samplers; education seminars and Expos; artist development; studio production; informational source and networking. This is a three song acoustic set in which Songsalive! members are given featured slots. Access a showcase application at http://www.songsalive.org/showcaseapp.htm or email Deb Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COBALT BLUE MUSIC NEEDS MUSICIANS/PIANO BAR ENTERTAINERS FOR CRUISE SHIP WORK
We need showband musicians who can read, swing, have jazz and big band experience, and be proficient on their instruments. Needed are Saxophonists with doubles, trumpet, trombone, and bass, drums, and guitar. Piano bar entertainers and cocktail pianists are also needed. We also are now looking for experienced singers who move well to front Las Vegas style revues. This is a high-energy position which requires excellent stage presence, and someone who can sing lots of styles well.Professionals only, please. All applicants must have promo. (Piano bar, singers, etc. must have video). We REALLY need Piano Bar entertainers with good video who can really entertain a crowd and get them partying. We can now offer 3 month contracts for this position!!! This is the most fun gig on the 7 seas! Also, I need horn players. Must have a great attitude, be willing to be at sea for months at a time, and be ready to make music and entertain passengers from young to old. No drug users as cruise lines do random drug testing. At this time we can only book United States citizens. Salary varies by position. Please reply to this e-mail and include a link to your reel or attach samples of your work. Email: email@example.com. Will accept your resume as text in body of email or your resume as an attachment.
LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY UNDERGROUND BAND SEARCH
The late night show known for its music savvy is looking for the next great band. Is it yours?
Create a video of you or your band performing a totally original song created by you. The song should not be a "cover" or include "samples", no matter how cool you thing that might be. The video should last one (1) to three (3) minutes (the "Video") and must be in one of the following formats: AVI, MPEG 1, MPEG 2, or QuickTime . No other formats will be accepted. Video clips submitted in digital format must not exceed 100mb. Your Video should highlight your musical talents and show you/ your band playing the instruments and song. You may also submit an audio file of your band performing... as long as it is an original song! You might see or hear yourself on an upcoming Last Call with Carson Daly show!
Bands will be judged on creativity and originality, among other things. NO COVER SONGS. See the Offical Rules (http://www.nbc.com/Last_Call_with_Carson_Daly/bandsearch/#) for complete details. Check back as the Top 5 finalists as chosen by Last Call will be posted on this site for YOU to judge for yourselves! Use this link (http://www.nbc.com/Last_Call_with_Carson_Daly/bandsearch/) to fill out the online application.
Read More Job and Casting Notices Posted By Casting Directors and Producers at the Message Board
Global Media Development Group Offers Democheck.com
Global Media Development Group announces the launch of www.DemoCheck.com , a new online service where songwriters, musicians, composers and others can have their music professionally critiqued by professional industry reviewers. The new service allows people who write or perform music to select a reviewer and submit recordings of music for professional critique and review. The site features professional reviewers including film and television music agents, veteran industry songwriters, composers, orchestrators, instrumentalists, vocalists and more who provide professional reviews and constructive critiques of submitted music.
United Talent Agency Is Aiming to Find Web Video Stars and Will Welcome Unsolicited Submissions
One of Hollywood’s top five talent agencies has created an online unit devoted to scouting out up-and-coming creators of Internet content — particularly video — and finding work for them in Web-based advertising and entertainment, as well as in the older media. The initiative by the United Talent Agency (www.unitedtalent.com) — the home of notable actor/comedians like Vince Vaughn, Jack Black, filmmakers like M. Night Shyamalan, and television producers like Dick Wolf and David Chase — is a bet, that Web video is on a growth curve similar to that of cable television a generation ago, and a return by Hollywood’s core talent representatives to new-media business they tested, without great success, at the peak of the dot-com boom. The goal this time, executives say, is not only to recruit the next generation of television and film writers and directors from the relative obscurity of sites like YouTube and Revver but also to help the major Web portals that are hungry for original content to find the creative people they need — just as movie studios have long turned to talent agencies when looking for new directors, screenwriters and actors. The new division named UTA Online (www.utaonline.net) will be headed at its start by Brent Weinstein.
United Talent’s online division, whose initial staff is three 26-year-old agents promoted from assistant, will operate independently from the main agency. In great contrast to industry conventions, agents will welcome unsolicited submissions (preferably as Web links), show existing clients’ output on a new agency Web site and be free to sign clients without the approval of the more-established departments. Reportedly, the three agents have to date cut six-figure deals with major media portals and signed a handful of clients whose Web-based serials, recurring comedy features and short digital films have drawn one-time downloads in the millions and regular watchers, in some cases, in the tens of thousands.
United Talent is hardly the only agency to follow the shift of media and advertising money, and consumers, to the Internet. Agencies like International Creative Management (www.icmtalent.com) one of the world's largest talent and literary agencies, and Endeavor (www.endeavorla.com), representing actors, writers and directors for film, television, and video games frequently bid against United Talent. And the venerable William Morris Agency (www.wma.com) created a digital media division in May, though that is aimed at helping existing clients find new work in the digital world — like a Web-based talk show that stars the comic Tom Green, a familiar television personality of a few years ago. Creative Artists Agency, Hollywood’s dominant talent shop, had a big Internet division at the height of the dot-com boom. But that was long before user-generated content achieved its current volume and impact; the unit has since shut down, and no one at Creative Artists is assigned solely to recruiting Web talent, an agency employee said. United Talent, by contrast, is taking the risk that relatively small deals today will quickly grow in size and scope, and it is banking on the notion that artists surfacing on the Internet may often be quite content to have successful careers that do not make the leap to TV or film.
A MySpace profile for United Talent Agency resides at: http://www.myspace.com/unitedtalentagency though most of its content is restricted to private viewers only. For information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Songwriting Contests Galore!
Interested in applying your ambition toward a songwriing contest? Then check list of open contests below by clicking on the titled weblink you are interested in:
Artist Profile: Oprah Winfrey
DATE OF BIRTH: January 29, 1954
2005 -- Their Eyes Were Watching God; in the role of executive producer
TRIVIA: Is the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show. In addition to being a news anchor on WJZ-TV13 in Baltimore Maryland , she was a co-host with Richard Sher (A reporter) on a local talk show on that station. It was called: People are Talking. Her name was intended to be Orpah, but it was misspelled on her birth certificate. Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. . Given an honorary National Book Award for her "influential contribution to reading and books". [October 1999]. Awarded (lst) 50th anniversary medal by National Book Foundation, NYC, Nov 1999. Her immensely popular TV talk show is a Harpo Production. Harpo is Oprah spelled backwards. Harpo is also the name of a character in The Color Purple (1985) (Oprah's film debut) played by 'Willard E. Pug'. Raised in abject poverty, she received her first pair of shoes in 1959 at age 6. She learned to read at age 2˝. In fact, when it was time for her to start kindergarten, she wrote a note to her teacher insisting she should be in first grade. The teacher agreed and after finishing that grade she was then skipped to third grade.
HOW TO BE ON THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW:
myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/oprahwinfrey_show
TALENT SEARCH: Needing Artists for the Songsalive! Showcases - Sacramento, California
the non-profit organization supporting and promoting songwriters,
announces showcases at a new venue and "WE ARE BOOKING
SINGER-SONGWRITERS!" You don't need to be a Songsalive! member to
perform at the Sacramento Showcases
Artist Profile: 50 CENT - aka Curtis Jackson
DATE OF BIRTH: July 6, 1975
PLACE OF BIRTH: Southside Jamaica, Queens, New York
2005 -- 50 Cent: Bulletproof; in the role of 50 Cent
EDUCATION/APPRENTICESHIP: Streets of Southside, Jamaica, Queens
TRIVIA: Also known as Fiddy or Fifty, 50 Cent rose to fame following the success of his 2003 debut album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." Before signing to Interscope, 50 Cent was living with his grandparents. He soon became immersed in the drug trade, hustling around his native neighborhood by the name of "Boo Boo" with fellow Queens native Tony Yayo. Growing up, the Queens rapper originally wanted to be a heavyweight boxer, but eventually fell back on rapping. DJs had taken it upon themselves to release two Best of 50 Cent mix CDs, before he had even signed to a major label. 50 Cent hit the scene with "How To Rob An Industry Nigga".
Back Stage, Industry Newspaper Updates Resources at Backstage.com
Back Stage, a leading industry news and information source for acting and assorted show business professionals, has restructured its backstage.com website dedicated to the acting community that brings together actors, casting directors, producers, and managers to showcase their works and talents. Backstage.com is a recognized tool for the performing artist aiding the search for casting notices and industry news. The redesigned backstage.com adds new features throughout the website including: moveable modules that provide users the capability to personalize and customize the site; color options that provide personalization for the pages; new technology features that provide casting search optimization and high-end resume tools; NY and LA sections displaying dedicated regional content; improved search tools in the Actors Yellow Pages; multi-channel video capabilities throughout the site. Back Stage understands the different needs of its users, and this has resulted in the new design where each user has their own preference of what information they want to see first when they visit the website.
With the new backstage.com, users can run advanced casting searches to customize search results to fit an individual’s needs. Performers can find casting opportunities from across the U.S. and create personalized saved searches to search for new notices that match interests with a single click. They can create multiple Casting/Job Alerts to have automated alert-agents search the Back Stage casting and jobs database and send the user the newest results via email on a schedule that fits their busy career. Then they can quickly apply to casting/job notices with just a few clicks. With the new backstage.com Multimedia Resume system, users can create one or multiple resumes, and upload a variety of photos, videos, audio reels, links, documents, credits, and skills to each resume. Unlike other casting websites, Back Stage doesn’t charge actors extra hidden fees for uploading a large variety of media files. In addition to using a Multimedia Resume to apply to an unlimited number of casting notices, users can also email their resume to anyone they’d like, and include media-enhanced resumes in Back Stage’s online Talent Database that is searched by over 20,000 casting directors, directors, and producers every year for no extra charge.Back Stage publishes over 1,000 casting notices each week for every type of performance: film, stage, TV, commercials, multimedia, dance, voiceovers, singing, and more. Back Stage also offers ads seeking people in related fields, such as stage/film crews, models, musicians, and writers. Back Stage is published by Nielsen Business Media, a part of The Nielsen Company, a global information and media company whose other entertainment and media brands include The Hollywood Reporter, Ross Reports, Billboard, Film Journal International, Adweek, Mediaweek, Brandweek, and Call Sheet. For more information on Back Stage, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.backstage.com"
Artist Profile: Jake Gyllenhaal
DATE OF BIRTH: December 19, 1980
PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California, USA
2006 -- Zodiac; in the role of: Graysmith
Education/Apprenticeship: Dropped out of Columbia University after two years (2002).
Trivia: Before success as an actor, Jake Gyllenhaal worked as a lifeguard. Son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner. He was awarded the 2002 London Evening Standard Theate Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his performance in This is Our Youth at the Garrick Theatre in London, England. Was set to play Spiderman in Spider-Man 2 (2004) due to complications with Tobey Maguire. While he was preparing for the role, Maguire was back as Spiderman.
Call for Public Domain Stories
Source: Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Public Knowledge, Creative Commons and The Center for the Study of the Public Domain are collaborating on a public education campaign that will highlight the struggles of creators with intellectual property law. They are looking for stories from artists, filmmakers, musicians, computer programmers and anyone who has either been hampered by restrictive intellectual property laws or who has benefitted from the availability of art and information in the public domain. Stories will be presented to legislators, press and the general public, through a website, video and other media to demonstrate the problems and successes of copyright, trademarks and patents for the general public. Use this link for more information, or email your story to email@example.com with "Public Domain Stories" in the header. If selected, your story will be presented to legislators, press and the general public through a website, video and other media.
Artist Profile: Paris Hilton
DATE OF BIRTH: February 17, 1981
PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
2006 -- Bottom's Up (currently in post-production); in the role of Lisa Mancini
EDUCATION/APPRENTICESHIP: Attended high school at the Dwight School in New York, but droped out and eventually earned a GED.
TRIVIA: An American heiress of the Hilton Hotel fortune, a socialite, model, singer, and actress. She has been described as a "celebutante," a portmanteau of "celebrity" and "debutante". On the maternal side of her family, Hilton is a niece of two popular child stars of the 1970s, Kim Richards and Kyle Richards, who appeared in the motion picture Escape to Witch Mountain and TV shows like Nanny and the Professor, Little House on the Prairie, and later, ER. By marriage, she also is related to Zsa Zsa Gabor (the Hungarian-born actress who married Paris Hilton's great-grandfather Conrad Hilton) as well as Elizabeth Taylor (the actress's first husband was Paris Hilton's great-uncle, Conrad Nicholson Hilton Jr.).
myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/parishilton
The Sundance Labs
Each year the Sundance Institute (www.sundance.org) hosts a range of Labs for filmmakers, writers, playwrights, film composers, and other artists. Located at the Sundance Village in the Utah mountains, the Labs provide these artists with the resources to experiment and explore their ideas.
For the Filmmakers Lab, selected filmmakers come for a month to rehearse, shoot, and edit challenging scenes from their scripts with a professional crew and acting ensemble. Creative advisors, a group of professionals who have donated their time and expertise, are a resource to the filmmakers to guide, challenge and support their work.
The Theatre Lab provides playwrights, directors, choreographers, composers, solo performers and ensembles with the resources and support to develop new plays and musicals, or to explore new approaches to existing scripts. An ensemble of professional actors and artists and a staff of writers, directors, dramaturgs, and other artists provide feedback and direction to help shape work.
The Composers Lab pairs fellows from the Filmmakers Lab with accomplished composers who have not written a score for a major motion picture. By integrating music into its Film Program, the Institute helps facilitate a greater understanding of music into the independent filmmakers' process, and provides talented emerging composers with experience composing for film and access to accomplished film composers as advisors."
Xbox 360 Integrates With Living Room Entertainment and Windows Live
Microsoft released its new Xbox 360 this past week, and the company's founder, Bill Gates, said that the product would be more than just an extremely expensive toy that will make him more money in one day than anyone buying it will make in a lifetime. "It will give 35-year-old males still living at home with their parents another rationale for just not having the time to meet the right girl," said Gates. "Hey, I just made $200 million in the time it took me to say that," added the beaming zillionaire. The battle between Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 (set to arrive next year) goes beyond gaming and into the heart of the living room. The technology under the hood of Microsoft and Sony's new consoles consists of always-on, broadband-enabled, complete entertainment centers, while the PC remains in the den. "Xbox 360 takes our customers' gaming experience to new levels," Best Buy vp games Jill Hamburger said. Play Xbox 360™ Games; Watch DVD movies and play music CDs; Connect an MP3 player and listen to music, Connect a Digital Camera and view pictures; Listen to music and view digital pictures from your Windows XP-based PC; Manage your family's entertainment choices with Family Settings. Xbox will tie into Windows Live - a new set of Internet software and services designed to put you in control of the information, relationships and interests you care about. It all goes toward creating a medium for spending hours playing the likes of "Halo 2" and "Project Gotham Racing 3." Executives at Microsoft see video games as just the beginning. Xbox 360 is at the center of a strategy that will also eventually tie in elements of Microsoft's new Windows Live (http://www.live.com/) online initiative. A melee erupted among a crowd of shoppers in the rush for the new Xbox 360 video game console at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in northeast Maryland. It took 10 police officers to restore order. A crowd of about 300 people waited as much as 12 hours for the game, considered a must-have item this holiday season, to go on sale at 12:01 a.m. the day of its unveiling.
Fuse Seeks Live Audience Participation for IMX Show
Source: FUSE Cable Network
IMX is a new daily live music show on television. To be a part of the on-camera audience, show up at the studio by 4:30 pm on weekdays, and be between 14-26 years old. IMX is a fast-paced show featuring the hottest videos and live performances by artists including Linkin Park, 50 Cent, Good Charlotte, Blink 182, Outkast and many more! The studio is street level, located at 11 Penn Plaza on 7th Avenue between 31st and 32nd Streets, so even if there isn't room inside, fans outside are, reportedly, still part of the action, and even get to meet the bands when they come outside. For more info and advance booking, call 212-324-3461 or e-mail: IMXAudience@imx.tv. Check out Fuse's website at www.fuse.tv.
myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/fuseisthebest
'CMT INSIDER' Connects Viewers With Country Music News Plus Hot Topics From the Entertainment World
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- CMT viewers can now get a weekly fix of country music news plus a broader look at the world of popular entertainment including the latest in movies, music, fashion and sports. CMT's new weekly series CMT INSIDER premieres Friday, April 9 at 7:30-8:00 PM, ET/PT* with CMT personality Katie Cook at the helm. Each Friday CMT INSIDER takes a look at the week's hot topics in entertainment including the lifestyles of megastars, legends and breaking country music events. Whatever is making headlines is what CMT INSIDER will tap into -- the noisemakers of the week.
CMT, America's No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 74.3 million households in the United States. For more information on CMT INSIDER, visit CMT.com at: http://www.cmt.com/shows/dyn/cmt_insider/series.jhtml
Artist Profile: Lindsay Lohan
DATE OF BIRTH: July 2, 1986
PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York
EDUCATION/APPRENTICESHIP: Laurel Springs School. Attended Cold Spring Harbor Jr./Sr. High School on Long Island for several years following her role in The Parent Trap (1998). Attended Sanford H. Calhoun High School for only a few months before resuming her acting career.
TRIVIA: Lohan began her career at age three as a Ford model, and also made appearances in over sixty television commercials, including spots for The Gap, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, and Jello (opposite Bill Cosby). An acting career was launched in 1996 as the third actress for Ali Fowler in the television drama "Another World" (1964). Lohan's first feature film, The Parent Trap (1998). After signing a three-movie contract with Disney, she returned to the small screen to star in the made-for-TV movies Life-Size (2000) (TV) (opposite Tyra Banks) and Get a Clue (2002) (TV). She also appeared as Rose in the pilot episode of the short-lived comedy series "Bette" (2000), which starred Bette Midler. Her music career was launched when Estefan Enterprises made a five-album production deal with her in September 2002. In her spare time, Lohan enjoys swimming, basketball, shopping, singing, reading, writing, gymnastics, collecting Beanie Babies, roller-blading, and playing with her siblings Aliana, Dakota and Michael Lohan. Her mother is Dina Lohan, a former Radio City "Rockette" and Wall Street Analyst. She currently helps manage her daughter's career.
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QUOTEABLE PEOPLE...Queen Latifah...Advice To Someone Breaking Into The Industry...
Source: Film In The City
WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE TO SOMEONE BREAKING INTO THE INDUSTRY?
QUEEN LATIFAH: Hustle, hustle, hustle. Be seen where ever you can. Do as many plays, talent shows, casting calls, auditions, whatever you need to be seen and get a break. You never know when you might click in someone's mind and they'll say "I know so and so doesn't have a reputation but I'll give them a break because I liked their performance and they can pull it off. You also have to be as savvy as you can, it's a tough business and you can't think that everybody is out there to help you. You have to make them work for you and you have to do your own homework at the same time. You have to meet with as many directors, writers, and producers on your own. You have to do your own work, network and package yourself. Package is a word that people don't really understand but when you take Queen Latifah and put her in a part with Angela Basset or in one with Wesley Snipes and now you have us all together, let's go sell this concept. When you start to link up people, it makes it a lot easier to do some stuff. And of course, have good lawyers and accountants--just don't let anyone else sign your checks.
DO YOU EMBRACE BEING A ROLE MODEL?
QL: It depends on what I'm being a role model for. If I'm a role model for staying positive, and being imperfect, and keeping God in your life, and being comfortable with who you are, [then okay]. It's about being comfortable with who you are. For me, I think that shows through and says something to other people. It doesn't matter what size you are, it's the confidence you exude.
Reprinted from a Film In The City E-Wire Front Page News - April 13, 2005 Edition interview. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an e-mail through the Film in the City website at Staff@Eventsinthecity.org.
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