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Paper Street Pictures is now officially accepting talent submissions for 'Honor Student', a short film to be shot over 2 days in and around Austin, Texas in mid to late May. Directed by former Universal Studios Producer Aaron B Koontz and from the Production Company of the award winning short films 'Malevolence' and 'The El Chupugcabra'.
Woman (Lead) - age 35 to 55. Haggard. Worn out. Heavy set, paunchy. Imagine a gritty, rundown Kathy Bates.
Girl (Supporting) - age 12-15. Cute, cheerleader type.
Apply to: Cameron Burns at: casting@paperstreetpictures.com. Web: http://paperstreetpictures.com. Paper Street Pictures, LLC is an award winning boutique Production Company in the greater Austin area that specializes in Genre and Thriller films. Their two most recent short films have played in over a dozen festivals across the country including the Mile High Horror Film Festival which was recently named one of the 5 coolest and best Horror Festivals on the planet.



Looking for an Edgar Allen Poe impersonator, MUST BE LOCAL to DC or Baltimore, for transmedia film and live theater performance spanning 4 months starting in March. Production commitment entails approximately six performance dates and five rehearsal dates, in Washington DC. Experience with improv is key, as you will be asked to interact with the audience. Holding auditions on Sunday January 26th in Arlington Virginia. Please email 'full name' in subject line with 'POE Audition', with your headshot, resume, online reel, and contact information. Apply to: Nasreen Alkhateeb, nasreen@throughthe4thwall.com or info@throughthe4thwall.com. Web: http://throughthe4thwall.com



Seeking a female host for 'Good News Baltimore' (GBN) a news and public affairs show that highlights positive action by focusing on leadership in the areas of education, small business and public service. The host will present show segments, conduct interviews in studio and on location as well as prerecord voice overs for promotions.
Female, 25-30 years, any ethnicity. Show Host: (Supporting) to present show segments, conduct interviews in studio and on location as well as prerecord voice overs for promotions; must be an articulate and charismatic host, journalism or communications background is a plus as well as having relevant work experience. 18-35 years.
Apply to: Jamar Jones, Director or Tobore Sefia.
Send email through contact form. Web: http://www.goodnewsbaltimore.org



This is a corporate video for use as a marketing campaign for a very limited time. We are developing a PSA parody for a save the emails campaign. The goal of the video is to inform marketers to not spam their customers.
Older type gentleman with a stern look. Must come across as well groomed and have a charismatic look. This role will be the main part in the video and will be the spoke person for the PSA.
Apply to: Director Leandro krukowski, 951 E. Hector Street, Conshohocken, 19428



This is a paid casting call for suspenseful television pilot directed by Bruce Wood. Shooting in Orlando/Deland areas. January 6-10.
Male, 25-30 years, Caucasian - Frank, 27, hard working, average height 5'8' - 5'11', blue collar type. 1-3 days $100/day.
Female, 18-24 years, Caucasian - Newlywed Wife, 22, bookish but pretty. 3 days $100/day.
Please send your video submissions (any dramatic monologue) to: americaintheshadowscasting@gmail.com.



Axios Productions is looking to cast an actor/host for a short comedic internal video. The ideal candidate is male 50 - 65 years old and has a look somewhere between James Lipton and Will Ferrel. The candidate should be familiar with acting as a host reading lines to camera and is available to travel at the end of January beginning of February. If you think you fit the bill please reply with a youtube or Vimeo link of your audition performing the lines below (simple webcam submissions are fine). Directed by Jon Johnnidis. Apply to: Mark Johnnidis, Email: mark@axiosproductions.tv; Phone: 516-458-7848 Web: http://www.mandy.com/home.cfm?c=joh561



Currently casting for a Web TV Commercial for a major brand to be directed by Nathan Mikita.
Male, 41-50 years, Caucasian, preferably balding, character actor; Male, 25-30 years, Caucasian, handsome, in good shape, 'all American look'; Male, 31-40 years, any ethnicity, father type; Either gender, 6-10 years, any ethnicity, must have previous on camera experience; Female, 18-24 years, any ethnicity, model type; Two Male(s), 18-24 years, any ethnicity, frat boy type.
All talent must be comfortable making a wide range of facial expressions. Please send resume and Head Shots to producer@digitalcoco.com. We will notify you if selected, looking to cast quickly. Web: http://www.digitalcoco.com



'Slave' is an extremely hard hitting slice of the dark side of the human mind. This production requires strong physical capabilities.  The production, Marilyn Weinmann, Director, will be rehearsed in Las Vegas and performed in an Equity waiver theatre in Hollywood. All actors are expected to understand the professional demands of theatre and be willing to commit to the project. These roles are extraordinary and involve the full spectrum of emotions. Timid, inhibited, judgmental, or actors lacking personal confidence should not submit. If you want the role of a life-time submitting should be a near primal need for the actor. Looking to fill role for: 1) Professor Drake Rollins 40-55, Caucasian. Drake is a college professor.  He must be very strong and at least 6 feet tall. 2) Nicki Lyle, female aged 25-35, race is Caucasian but might consider Asian. Nicki is an attractive woman but not a skinny model type. She must be strong, athletic but not over 5'8' tall. Casting in December 2013 in Las Vegas, rehearsals start in January 2014. Fight training is a plus but willing to adhere to fight guidelines is a must. Auditions will be scheduled in December 2013 with rehearsals starting in January 2014. Apply to Josh Sofer. Email: info@your-web-domain.com. Web: http://nightwillowproductions.com/contact.htm



Abel Intermedia LLC is casting two hosts who are knowledgeable about golf with a general knowledge of sports, pop culture and style and how it relates to golf. Hosts must be good-looking, stylish, smart, funny and quick on their feet. Teleprompter, field experience required. This is a full-time, non-union position. Talent must be willing to relocate to Hartford, Connecticut. Talent must be available to audition for network in NYC week of November 11. Please send picture, resume, reel, link to website + social media stats ASAP to abelintermedia@gmail.com with "GOLF" in the subject line or apply to: Barbara Barna Abel, 249 Smith Street, pmb 122, 11231. Web: http://www.abelintermedia.com



Headshots are requested for a drama about a father whose son dies at a school shooting at a young woman who comes into his life to change it forever. Seeking: Caucasian male, 41-50, for the dramatic leading role; female, any ethnicity, 18-24, for a dramatic leading role; Caucasian female, 41-50, for a dramatic supporting role. Send headshots to Director Nicolas Pinzon at: npinzon1219@gmail.com. Production slated for November.



Looking for an On-Air talent to interview many suspension representatives at the SEMA 2013 show in Las Vegas. The show is from November 5 to November 8 but employer is is offering two days of work. The hours will be between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. All questions will be written out for the interviewer. All interviews will be conducted on the main floor. Looking for an attractive female who is very comfortable on camera and can flow while interviewing. Also looking for someone who is eager to work and very focused as the days will be long. A love for trucks and everything is a plus. Must have demo reel showing why you would be the perfect candidate. Please Note: This is a two day job in Las Vegas. Talent must be near or can get to Las Vegas on the two days. Please include your salary requirements for the two days in your email. If you are interested, please send an resume or short description about yourself and your experience, a picture, your salary requirements and you must include a demo reel. (Can be a youtube link, etc.). Fax: 631-738-7142. No Phone Calls. Apply to Director: Keith Colvin. FB: www.facebook.com/sdtrucksprings



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: lee@onenationtv.com



Philadelphia-based hybrid agency/production company seeks the following roles for a simple green screen shoot to be held in-house on August 22. Non-union rate is $150 for no more than 2 hours of work. Talent must provide headshot (with resume and/or demo reel) for consideration. Please cite any voiceover experience as well for potential pick-up lines. All talent specs are based on client's preference - urging all ethnicities are encouraged to apply
Female, 25-30 years, any ethnicity; female, 61+ years, any ethnicity; female, 51-60 years, any ethnicity; female, 61+ years, any ethnicity; Male / 31-40 years, African American; female, 18-24 years, African American; female, 31-40 years, any ethnicity.
Contact link at: http://fusionexperiences.com/. Apply to: Meghan.



Silk Road Rising is holding auditions for two actors (one male and one female) for SRR Founding Artistic Director Jamil Khoury's upcoming video play/short film, MULTI MEETS POLY, directed by George Bajalia. The piece dramatizes a first date between Multiculturalism, an established and tenured professor, and Polyculturalism, a visiting post-doctoral student. Ideological, political, and sexual sparks fly as Poly lays into the flaws of Multiculturalism, and Multi isn't sure if he sees Polyculturalism as a potential conquest or conqueror.
Multiculturalism: Male, 40-50, of African American, Asian American (East/Southeast Asian and South Asian), Latino, or Middle Eastern/Mediterranean descent.
Polyculturalism: Female, mid 20s-mid 30s, of African American, Asian American (East/Southeast Asian and South Asian), Latino, or Middle Eastern/Mediterranean descent.
Apply to: Corey Pond, production manager. Email: info@silkroadrising.org. Twitter: @Silk_Road. Website: www.silkroadrising.org



Looking for one female and two male actors between the ages of 18 and 24 for a dramatic short film. Must be available for a casting call next week. Tentative shooting dates are mid August. Compensation based on experience. Please include headshot and bio in email. This is for a professional production company, serious actors only. Twitter: @burnvfx. Email: info@burnvfx.com. Apply to Director Nick Betancurt.



A radio station owner, Casey, needs to come up with a plan to save his struggling radio station, WTYT960, and fast. His brilliant idea is to host a billboard sitting contest where four lucky contestants have the opportunity to win “nine-sixty thousand dollars” and a mobile home. All they have to do is be the last person to survive, living on a billboard.
This is a transmedia project consisting of 60 webisodes, a feature-length comedy, a virtual radio station, and an interactive game. Directed by Zeke Zelker.
Male, 31-40 years, Hispanic - Jose, a mullet wearing, 30-something, Mexican immigrant in search of the American dream.
Female, 61+ years, Caucasian - Florence, an elderly woman in her 70s or 80s, who considers herself a VIRP (a Very Independent Retired Person).
Male, 18-24 years, Caucasian - Clark, an early 20s hipster who dresses like he just won a thousand dollar gift certificate to Pac Sun.
Apply to: Naomi Burley at: info@wtyt960.com. Web: http://www.wtyt960.com This is not just another form of entertainment, this is an experience. Accepting SAG and non-union actors.



Casting for actors who are fluent in both English and Spanish and for hosts who are fluent in both English and Mandarin to host an upcoming series of language learning videos. Looking for actors to teach the language as well as hosts for culture segments like cooking, music, and nightlife. Must be dependable, prompt, professional, engaging, and positive.
Female, 18-24 years old, Chinese. Must have a native-level fluency in Mandarin and be fluent in English.
Male, 18-24 years old, Chinese. Must have a native-level fluency in Mandarin and be fluent in English.
Female, 18-24 years old, Latin American. Must have a native-level fluency in Spanish and be fluent in English.
Male, 18-24 years old, Latin American. Must have a native-level fluency in Spanish and be fluent in English.
You don't need to have prior experience, but you will need to be entertaining and fun. We are launching with over 2,000 initial viewers. This is a part time paid gig for a professional company. It is not a time for credit or photos gig. Please send a current headshot (no more than 2MB) and your resume to Frank Fradella, director: frank@lingointeractive.com. If you have a reel please send us a link, but do not attach any video files. Web: http://lingointeractive.com/jobs/



Casting a movie, that is part of Zeke Zelker’s transmedia experience Billboard an Uncommon Contest for Common People!. The movie is about Casey who inherited a struggling radio station, WTYT 960. To bring the station out of the ratings basement, he devises a plan to host a billboard-sitting contest, where four lucky people will live on a catwalk, eight feet wide by forty feet long, in front of a billboard to win a mobile home and “nine-sixty” thousand dollars. Obviously this is a comedy with some dramatic elements. It’s a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and Hands on a Hard Body. What makes this project so unique is Zeke’s approach to telling the story, by creating a story world. The project is underway in the form of a virtual radio station, WTYT960.com, where over 320 bands have submitted their music to become a part of the station’s play list. We’re seeking SAG and non-SAG actors. We’ll be producing the project under the SAG New Media and Low Budget agreements, with a no favored nations clause. The reason for two different agreements is that we’re creating in uncharted territory, using various medias to tell the story and we want to employ a blend of established and undiscovered talent.
Casey - Male, 31-40 years, Caucasian - an affable thirty-five year old, with a little boy charm to him is the heir to an alternative rock AM station WTYT 960.
Shelby – Female, 18-24 years, Caucasian - a cute, 20 something blonde artist, trying to escape her life by becoming a billboard sitting contestant.
Jose – Male, 31-40 years, Hispanic - A mullet sporting, 30-something, Mexican immigrant in search of the American-dream. His whole life he aspired to be a jockey until he grew too tall.
Florence – Female, 61+ years, any ethnicity - An elderly woman in her 70’s or 80’s, considers herself a VIRP (a Very Independent Retired Person).
Clark - Male, 18-24 years, any ethnicity - Clark is an early 20’s hipster who is the bassist and lead singer for local band, the Skinny Helgas.
Henry - Female, 25-30 years, African American - A late 20’s, cute, pixie-looking, African-American girl; she is Casey’s right-hand-girl, so to speak.
Rancid Ronny - Male, 25-30 years, any ethnicity - A 20-something, punk-rock DJ at WTYT960, Rancid Ronny is the last of a dying breed of punk rockers.
JC – Male, 31-40 years, Caucasian - An early 30’s rock-and-roll aficionado with long, dirty blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail.
Jezebel – Female, 31-40 years, Caucasian - A sexy, tattooed, 30-something vixen. She’s a DJ at WTYT960 and much like Ronny she is a music first, business second, type of person.
George – Male, 41-50 years, Caucasian - A 40-something, old school rock and roller. He’s always wearing sunglasses and a bandana to cover up his receding hairline.
Zack – Male, 18-24 years any ethnicity - A surfer type in his early 20’s. He’s the drummer for the band, The Skinny Helgas.
Jerry – Male, 31-40 years, Caucasian - Jose’s close friend and housemate who dons a blonde mullet, a sleeveless t-shirt and extra baggy jeans.
People should begin the audition process by creating a submission video simply stating why you would be the best contestant for The Great WTYT960 Billboard-Sitting Contest? So make sure you make your video is entertaining, believable, no longer than 90 seconds, don't make mention of your acting background, aka resume, and that you're auditioning for a movie. Will be shooting the movie in the fall of 2013 in eastern Pennsylvania. Apply to: Naomi Burley, Email: info@wtyt960.com, Web: http://www.wtyt960.com



The SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble is looking for ACTORS AND ACTRESSES to join a diverse cast and perform in a variety of roles. A female Spanish speaker is needed immediately, however there are a variety of roles that we need to fill. SEEDS Interactive Theatre creates and presents theatre to audiences of faculty, administrators, and graduate students as a means to spark dialogue, promote inclusivity, and effect positive change in departments and the institution. High quality theatre is developed and performed to engage faculty and graduate students in discussions of a variety of issues including departmental dynamics and medical professionalism. Hours: Vary/flexible, depending on availability and need. Pay: $17.00 an hour, minimum, or Equity standards (if applicable). To register for the audition or to make an appointment please E-mail contact information to: Jeffreyallensteiger@gmail.com OR response to this message through the website. Apply to: Jeffrey Steiger. Please include your theatre resume and headshot. If you do not have these materials, please include relevant experience in the Email. Web: http://www.as.miami.edu/seeds/theatre



Ben Hardin, a professor of religious studies, is on sabbatical to complete a new book about philosopher/theologian Sřren Kierkegaard. His mother’s recent stroke prompts him to spend the sabbatical back home in rural Wisconsin. While home, his relationships with family and friends are strained and tested. Seeking Caucasian female, mid-60s-70s, to play Elizabeth Harden -- Ben's mother. NOTE: This film will be shot and acted in a very “minimal” style. During the audition process, particular emphasis will be put on the actor’s ability to maintain facial and vocal restraint, as well as his/her gestural control. The stylized performances will require ample rehearsal and close work with the director and other actors during pre-production. Apply to Director Brandon Colvin, Email: sabbatical.mossgarden@gmail.com. Web: http://sabbatical-mossgarden.com



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 phil@theduplex.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 (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
Phone: 917-686-4375
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: info@songartsacademy.com; 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.
Email: brooke@clioawards.com
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.
Email: nextvideoexpo@nbmedia.com
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.
Email: info@ibma.org
www.ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass; plus.google.com/112424004842946861725; www.facebook.com/intlbluegrass

Hispanic Television Summit 2014
Thursday, October 2
Marriott Marquis
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).
Email: jware@nbmedia.com

Asian Pacific American Film Festival
Thursday, October 2 - Saturday, October 4
Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-330-5496
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.
Email: info@apafilm.org
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
Phone: 970-946-9521
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
www.durango-songwriters-expo.com; www.facebook.com/DurangoSongwritersExpo

Friday Night Social
Friday, October 3, 18:30-22:30
Busby's East
5364 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90036
Phone: 888-796-9673
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.
Email: info@ScriptwritersNetwork.org

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: info@aclfestival.com; info@c3concerts.com
www.aclfestival.com; www.facebook.com/aclfestival; plus.google.com/+austincitylimits/about

PLASA London
Sunday, October 5 - Wednesday, October 8
ExCeL London
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: info@plasashow.com; mallory.reynolds@plasa.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.
Email: n/a
www.2ndstjazz.com; www.facebook.com/pages/2nd-Street-Jazz...; www.myspace.com/landon2ndstreetlivejazz

BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, October 6, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: 310-578-5591
Singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. Held the first Monday of every month. Featured performances will be given by: Michelle Monica (www.michellemonica.com), Johan Sotelo (www.youtube.com), Jaq Mackenzie (www.jaqrox.com), Shani (www.shanirose.com). Admission is free.
Email: jaytinsky@comcast.net
www.genghiscohen.com; www.myspace.com/genghiscohenmusic

Small Business Opportunities in Film and Entertainment Forum
Tuesday, October 7
Georgia State University, Morrow Center
44 Courtland Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30302
Phone: 678-466-5100
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
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 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.
Email: london@wearefrukt.com
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
Phone: 818-385-1500
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

A3C Festival
Wednesday, October 8 - Sunday, October 12
Crowne Plaza Midtown Atlanta (other venues)
590 West Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Phone: 404-877-9000
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.
Email: brian@a3chiphop.com
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.
Email: info@chicagofilmfestival.com

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: info@miaanimation.com; festival@miaanimation.com
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
Dorchester Hotel
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.
Email: london@bmi.com

TV:Xperience 2014
Monday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 15
Convene Center
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: susie.harrington@informa.com; itmevents@informa.com
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
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
Following the lecture portion, Blume will critique a song from each attendee. Those who wish to have a song critiqued should bring a recording and a lyric sheet or be prepared to perform the song live. Registration is free and is conducted online. Online registration  opens at 15:00 the day after the previous month’s workshop. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 50 seats are filled. Please email 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.
Email: nashvilleworkshops@bmi.com
www.bmi.com; www.myspace.com/bmi

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
Phone: 212-315-4743
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: info@producersclub.com; contact form

Action Icon Awards 2014
Sunday, October 19
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90049
Phone: 800-566-4714
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.
Email: info@diamondintheraw.com
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
Phone: 845-679-4265
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: tickets@woodstockfilmfestival.com; info@woodstockfilmfestival.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.
Email: info@networkingseminars.com

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.
Email: info@pypsummit.com

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.
Email: annalisa.dominguez@variety.com

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
Phone: 718-350-8519
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.
Email: ask@nytvf.com
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
Phone: 888-796-9673
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.
Email: info@scriptwritersnetwork.org
www.scriptwritersnetwork.com/?p=15128; www.facebook.com/scriptwritersnetwork

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: maryanne.macdougall@ipgla.com; contact form
www.ecawards.net; www.cameraguild.com

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: photoplus@experient-inc.com; jodi.rosenblum@emeraldexpo.com
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
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 name of each guest by email to BMI101NY@bmi.com.
Email: 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 is Casting a feature, that is part of Zeke Zelker’s transmedia experience Billboard an Uncommon Contest for Common People!. Bands should submit their music to become a part of the station's play list.  Do not use anything already produced by anyone else that will infringe upon someone's copyright whether it be music, video, pictures, etc.  The movie is about Casey who inherited a struggling radio station, WTYT 960. To bring the station out of the ratings basement, he devises a plan to host a billboard-sitting contest, where four lucky people will live on a catwalk, eight feet wide by forty feet long, in front of a billboard to win a mobile home and “nine-sixty” thousand dollars. Obviously this is a comedy with some dramatic elements. It’s a cross between Napoleon Dynamite and Hands on a Hard Body. What makes this project so unique is Zeke’s approach to telling the story, by creating a story world. The project is underway in the form of a virtual radio station, WTYT960.com, where over 320 bands have submitted their music to become a part of the station’s play list. We’re seeking SAG and non-SAG actors. We’ll be producing the project under the SAG New Media and Low Budget agreements, with a no favored nations clause. The reason for two different agreements is that we’re creating in uncharted territory, using various medias to tell the story and we want to employ a blend of established and undiscovered talent. 
Apply to: Naomi Burley, Email: info@wtyt960.com, Web: http://www.wtyt960.com



Ivan Kane (creator-owner) is seeking musicians for new editions of Forty Deuce and Royal Jelly, two long-running burlesque shows. The shows will perform at a new resort on a private beach in Atlantic City. Auditions will be held for the following positions: Guitar, must be able to play rhythm and lead guitar in the 70s-80s-90s style; Drums, must be able to play Rock in the 70s-80s-90s style as well as have a background in Jazz drumming; Bass, must be able to play electric bass in a Rock style and upright bass in a Jazz style; Sax, focused primarily in Jazz but also able to play in a 70s and 80s Rock style. All musicians should be aware this is an ongoing show in a nightclub that runs indefinitely, and not just a gig. Year long local hire contract a possibility. Audition dates are: January 6 in Philadelphia, January 7 in Atlantic City. Show opens March 15, 2012. Musicians should be familiar with classic bands such as Aerosmith and Led Zepplin, andd also versed in classic jazz and know the difference between styles. Send a detailed description of your experience, age, a link to something you have played (on video preferred) and a picture. Email: royaljellyauditions@gmail.com. Web: HTTP://FORTYDEUCE.COM/VIDEO-PROMO.HTML



Davenport Theatrical Enterprises (NYC) has issued a call for photos and resumes for selection of audition appointments for Garage Band, Ken Davenport, Director. Casting is handled by Daryl Eisenberg, CSA. NYC auditions will be held on January 11-13, 2012 by appointment only. The story: When recently-turned 40 year old Mitch Shapiro loses his job as an investment banker, he is forced to do the unthinkable and move back in with his mom in New Jersey. And when his Mom suddenly faces foreclosure, Mitch realizes he has no other choice but to “put the band back together” and face his arch-nemesis in a rematch of their infamous battle of the bands from 20 years ago.
Mitch (male, 40). Musician turned investment banker. Returns home to live with his mom and get his high school band, Juggernaut, back together. Looking forward to his “do-over”.
Bart (male, 40). Mitch’s best friend, Jack Black-like side kick. High school math teacher, although he sucks at math. Played in Juggernaut.
Sharon (female, 60s). 62 going on 29. Mitch’s mom. Full of life, jogs every morning, goes to Pilates every afternoon. Might have been an Aerosmith groupie before she became an NJ mom.
Dani (female, 40). Mitch’s high school sweetheart. Never left town. Unaware of her own strength. Single mom.
Gordon (male, 60s). Owner of the music store Gordon’s Music. Never grew out of his hippie days. Blind.
Tygen (male, 40). Owns all the real estate in Sayreville, NJ, thanks to the money his dad left him before getting carted off to jail. Douchebag with a capital D. 20-years-running champion of the town’s Battle of the Bands, and don’t you forget it. Lead singer of the band Mouthfeel.
Ritchie (male, 40). Tygen’s Loyal sidekick. Very “Jersey”. Proud of his brown belt in Tiger Schulmann’s Karate. Plays in the band Mouthfeel.
Sully (male, 40) Police officer, but not a good one. Sweet. Naďve. Played in Juggernaut.
Roxy (female, 30s).  Police officer and Sully’s partner. Pretty and no-nonsense. Producers are especially interested in seeing performers of all ethnicities for this role.
Robbie (East Indian male, 40). Dermatologist, just like his Dad. Played in Juggernaut.
Ricky (male, 16). Jewish. Dresses like a rapper. Talks like a rapper. Newest band member of Juggernaut.
Billie (female, 16). Dani’s daughter. Going through a goth phase. A budding feminist.
Tawney (female, 32). Just moved to New Jersey. Owns a small chain of sunless UV-Free tanning stores. Loves Indian food.
Ensemble (M/F): Characters are 30-60. Ensemble members play a variety of featured characters as citizens of New Jersey. Must be strong pop-rock singers.
Note: All actors must be excellent pop/rock singers. Ability to play instrument a plus. For consideration, email or mail picture and resume to: garage@decasting.com



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 entertainer@landaumusic.com.



'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.



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 nashville@songsalive.org.



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: cobaltbluemusic@aol.com. Will accept your resume as text in body of email or your resume as an attachment.



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.


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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

Source: various

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: online@unitedtalent.com.

Songwriting Contests Galore!

Source: SingerSongwriter.ws

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:

NSAI CMT & Country.com-


International Songwriting Competition

Great American Song Contest

John Lennon Songwriting Contest

UniSong International Song Contest

Cooch Music Contest

Enormous Records Songwriting Contest

American Songwriter Lyric Contest Entry Form

The Worlds Biggest Book of Songwriting Contests

Good Luck!

Artist Profile: Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey PHOTO 1 | Oprah Winfrey PHOTO 2 | Oprah Winfrey PHOTO 3

DATE OF BIRTH: January 29, 1954

PLACE OF BIRTH: Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA


2005 -- Their Eyes Were Watching God; in the role of executive producer
2001 -- Amy & Isabelle; in the role of executive producer/producer
1999 -- Tuesdays with Morrie; in the role of executive producer
1998 -- David and Lisa; in the role of executive producer
1998 – Beloved; in the role of producer
1998 -- The Wedding; in the role of executive producer
1997 -- Before Women Had Wings; in the role of producer
1993 -- Michael Jackson Talks... to Oprah: 90 Primetime Minutes with the King of Pop; executive producer
1992 – Overexposed; in the role of executive producer
1992 – Nine; in the role of executive producer
1989 -- The Women of Brewster Place; in the role of executive producer
1986 – Native Son; in the role of Mrs. Thomas
1986 -- "The Oprah Winfrey Show"; in the role of supervising producer
1985 – "The Color Purple"; in the role of Sofia

EDUCATION/APPRENTICESHIP: Graduated from East Nashville High School in Nashville, Tennessee (1971). Graduate of Tennessee State University, with degrees in speech communications and performing arts.

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. [1997]. 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.

Qualifying for placement on one of the Oprah Winfrey Show tapings is a matter of fitting the criteria for one of their upcoming topics. Topics are listed in advance and require you to select the one you most closely identify with and filling out the form on that page to convey your story. To view the listing of upcoming shows to click on to see if you qualify visit the link at: http://www2.oprah.com/tows/intheworks/tows_works_main.jhtml. The Oprah Winfrey Show also seeks ideas for new shows. To submit yours, visit the link at "We want your show ideas!"

Harpo Studios Inc.
110 N. Carpenter
Chicago, Illinois 60607
Phone: 312-633-1000
Fax: 312-633-1111
Email: Fill Out Form

WEBSITE: http://www2.oprah.com/index.jhtmlt

myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/oprahwinfrey_show

TALENT SEARCH: Needing Artists for the Songsalive! Showcases - Sacramento, California

Source: Songsalive!

Songsalive!, 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

Showcase your music and support our Songsalive! national and international live events and showcases presenting songwriters and artists of original music. Songsalive! also connects you to shows presented by other organizations. Showcases are conducted globally. The Songsalive! Showcases are the best industry secret, a great happening worldwide, and is a very cosy, intimate and acoustic environment where media and music industry representatives often drop by to check out the latest talent. It's also a great place to meet other artists, and network, especially if you are a touring artist.


Fourth Saturdays of the Month,

Alhambra Blvd
Sacramento, CA Map
7:30 pm sharp
$5 at door - children free
No food but great atmosphere
Hosted by Craig Kincaid and Dave Baldwin

If you are interested in performing at a Songsalive! Showcase please email Craig Kincaid at norcal@songsalive.org. Or go to his music page and contact him through there: http://www.craigkincaid.com/music/index.html

You can also apply online at http://www.songsalive.org/norcal click on Showcase application (great for those who want to send us epks etc). "We give preference to Songsalive! financial members but we have opened up the Sacramento showcase to non-members, and especially who are members of other organizations also, including WCSA, GoGirl, Indiegrrl and CdBaby artists. Songsalive! members get featured artist spot."

Songsalive! is a non profit organization dedicated to the nurturing, support and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide. 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. Songsalive! gives life to songs, provide opportunities for collaboration, create awareness about original music, promote and educate through an amazing network of programs designed especially for songwriters and original music. Support Songsalive! and help energize the business of songwriting and music. Join the Songsalive! network and become a link in the chain http://www.songsalive.org/norcal

Artist Profile: 50 CENT - aka Curtis Jackson

50 Cent PHOTO 1 | 50 Cent PHOTO 2 | 50 Cent PHOTO 3

DATE OF BIRTH: July 6, 1975

PLACE OF BIRTH: Southside Jamaica, Queens, New York


2005 -- 50 Cent: Bulletproof; in the role of 50 Cent
2005 -- Get Rich or Die Tryin'; in the role of Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson
2005 -- 50 Cent: The Massacre - Special Edition; composer
2005 -- The Game: The Documentary - The DVD; composer
2003 -- Fromage 2003 (TV) (songs "In Da Club", "P.I.M.P."); composer
2003 -- Bad Boys II (song "Realest Niggas") (as C. Jackson); composer
2003 -- 2003 MTV Movie Awards (TV) (song "In Da Club"); composer
2003 -- 50 Cent: The New Breed; composer
2003 -- Hip Hop Uncensored Vol. 5: The Greatest Shows on Earth; composer
2002 -- 8 Mile (songs "Places To Go", "Wanksta", "'Till I Collapse Freestyle"); composer
2000 -- Boiler Room (song "That Ain't Gangsta") (as Curtis Jackson); composer

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".

WEBSITE: http://www.50cent.com/; http://www.mtv.com/bands/az/50_cent/artist.jhtml

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"

Big Break Movie Contest!

Relativity Media and AMC Theatres have created the Rogue AMC Big Break Movie Contest, which will provide filmmakers with previously undistributed feature-length films the opportunity to obtain exclusive on-screen distribution in 50 AMC Theatres nationwide for at least one week this upcoming Spring. You are not required or encouraged to purchase any product or service in order to enter this Contest Open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older.

To enter a feature-length film:
1. Go to iamrogue.com/bigbreak and create a user profile.
2. Upload a 2 minute clip or trailer from the film.
3. Fill out and print the online entry form.
4. Mail the entry form along with a regular format DVD containing the finished film to:
Big Break Movie Contest c/o RogueLife
PO Box 46247
Los Angeles, CA 90046

This unique opportunity is accepting submissions and will continue to do so through October 15. As part of the contest, your film could be seen by Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley, and actress Kate Bosworth, among others. Rogue will support 5 finalists by cutting professional trailers for each, and will handle the marketing and logistics of the release for the winning film. Contest begins at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on August 16, 2010 and ends at 5:00 p.m. PT on December 19, 2010. For more information, visit iamrogue.com/bigbreak.

Artist Profile: Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal PHOTO 1 | Jake Gyllenhaal PHOTO 2 | Jake Gyllenhaal PHOTO 3 | Jake Gyllenhaal PHOTO 4

DATE OF BIRTH: December 19, 1980

PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California, USA


2006 -- Zodiac; in the role of: Graysmith
2005 -- Jarhead; in the role of Anthony Swofford ("Swoff")
2005 -- Brokeback Mountain; in the role of Jack Twist
2005 -- Proof; in the role of Hal
2004 -- The Day After Tomorrow; in the role of Sam Hall
2002 -- Moonlight Mile; in the role of Joe Nast
2002 -- Highway; in the role of Pilot Kelson
2002 -- The Good Girl; in the role of Thomas Holden/Tom Worther
2001 -- Lovely & Amazing; in the role of Jordan
2001 -- Bubble Boy; in the role of Jimmy Livingston
2001 -- Donnie Darko; in the role of Donnie Darko

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.

WEBSITE: http://www.jakegyllenhaal.com/

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 pk@publicknowledge.org 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

Paris Hilton PHOTO 1 | Paris Hilton PHOTO 2 | Paris Hilton PHOTO 3

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
2005 -- National Lampoon's Pledge This! (currently in post-production); in the role of Victoria English
2005 -- House of Wax; in the role of Paige Edwards
2004 -- The Hillz; in the role of Heather
2004 -- Raising Helen; in the role of Amber
2004 -- Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!; in the role of Herself (Cameo)
2004 -- 1 Night in Paris; in the role of herself
2003 -- The Cat in the Hat; in the role of Female Club Goer
2003 -- Wonderland; in the role of Barbie
2003 -- Pauly Shore Is Dead; in the role of Herself
2003 -- L.A. Knights; in the role of Sadie

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.).

WEBSITE: http://www.simonsays.com/content/destination.cfm?sid=33&pid=498651

myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/parishilton

The Sundance Labs

Source: sundancechannel.com

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

Source: MSN.com

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.

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'CMT INSIDER' Connects Viewers With Country Music News Plus Hot Topics From the Entertainment World

Source: PRNewswire

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

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DATE OF BIRTH: July 2, 1986

PLACE OF BIRTH: New York, New York


2006 -- Bobby (filming); performing Diane
2006 -- A Prairie Home Companion (post-production); performing Lola Johnson
2006 -- Just My Luck (completed); performing Ashley
2005 -- Herbie: Fully Loaded; performing Maggie Peyton
2005 -- Herbie: Fully Loaded; performing (singer: "First")
2004 -- Mean Girls; performing Cady Heron
2004 -- The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement; performing (singer: "I Decide")
2004 -- Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen; performing Mary Elizabeth Cep/Lola
2004 -- Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen; performing (singer: "A Day in the Life", "What Are You Waiting For" and "Drama Queen (That Girl) ")
2003 -- Freaky Friday; performing Anna Coleman
2002 -- Get a Clue (TV); performing Lexy Gold
2000 -- "Bette" TV Series; performing Rose #1 (2000)
2000 -- Life-Size (TV); performing Casey Stuart
1998 -- The Parent Trap; performing Hallie Parker/Annie James... aka Disney's The Parent Trap (USA: complete title)

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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FilmCommissionHQ Talent Directory

Source: FilmCommissionHQ.com

When filmmakers come to your area, they are often looking for local talent. FilmCommissionHQ offers a service to put your face in front of casting directors coming to your area. Producers, photographers, talent scouts, and casting directors will be looking to your local Film Commission to find local talent. Your online profile could be made available for everyone to see in the Talent Directory of your local Film Commission at FilmCommissionHQ.com. It requires registering as a Professional Member. There is no cost to register. Among many other benefits, Professional Members may receive a free online profile in our Talent Directory. To register, visit http://www.filmcommissionhq.com/register.jsp to complete the online form. General email for FilmCommissionHQ.com is info@filmcommissionhq.com.

QUOTEABLE PEOPLE...Queen Latifah...Advice To Someone Breaking Into The Industry...

Source: Film In The City


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.


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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