Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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***** Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the Coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown procedures being applied throughout much of the globe, the calendar and news summary will be suspended at least for the upcoming month until further notice. Keep checking back for updates. *****

Stuart Cinema and Cafe Events
Sunday, March 1 - Tuesday, March 31
Stuart Cinema and Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 347-721-3777
The Cafe has programmed in feature film screenings, festivals and other events that are updated every Thursday. For the month you can view screenings of, Uncut Gems, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, The Assistant, Premature, Knives Out, Swallow. The Cafe is a member of the National Association of Theater Owners. There is generally a Super Smash Bros. Happy Hour,’ that happens for weekend Video Gaming Sessions, for kids and adults. Up to eight players can play on the 160” movie screen. There are private screenings and events planned as well and a photo gallery. Check the website calendar for other ongoing feature film screenings and event activities that might not be included here. Stuart Cinema and Cafe is a converted warehouse in the Greenpoint section of North Brooklyn serving artists and community that want to present creative productions, and the community as an entertainment center. Features of the programming for the cafe include, film festivals and screenings, pop-up theater, adaptable venue space used to present fashion events, live stage events for bands, singers, spoken word and comedy acts, book readings-signings, and the recently added weekend video gaming sessions.
BMI Acoustic Lounge (#BMIAcousticLoungeLA)
Monday, March 2, 18:45
Hotel Café
1623 N Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 323-461-2040
A singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. Held the first Monday of every month. Featured performances will be given by: TBA. This month’s BMI Acoustic Lounge is being held at the Hotel Café, 1623 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, instead of the former Genghis Cohen venue at 740 North Fairfax Avenue. Admission is free.
Golden Mike Awards
Wednesday, March 4, 17:30
The Plaza Hotel
768 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-373-8250
The Broadcasters Foundation of America presents the 2020 Golden Mike Award Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is George Beasley, Founder and Chairman of Beasley Media Group, and the  2020 BFOA Golden Mike Award honoree is Dave Lougee, President and CEO of TEGNA, Inc. A cocktail reception begins at 17:30, and dinner is at 19:00. Black tie attire. The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in distress from financial need due to a critical illness, accident, advanced age or other serious misfortune.
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Will Eisner Week (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, March 3, 19:00-21:00
University Center, Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall, Room UL105
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
John Lind and Danny Fingeroth lead this Will Eisner Week event chronicling how Will Eisner (1917-2005) innovated and pioneered comics in two different eras. Eisner helped invent the comics industry in the 1930s and created The Spirit in the 1940s as a heroic crime-fighting figure who appeared in a Sunday newspaper comics insert. Then, after producing comics for training and education, Eisner, in 1978, re-invented himself with his first graphic novel, A Contract With God, followed, until his 2005 passing, with other acclaimed graphic novels and textbooks. New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium is a weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at) Presented by The School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Free to attend.
BMI Saxon Songwriter Series (#BMITexas)
Wednesday, March 4, 18:00
Saxon Pub
1320 S. Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704
Phone: 512-448-2552
The BMI Saxon Songwriter Series will present artists Datura, Jake Lloyd, Nick Adamo, Hanna Barakat, Billy Mutschler, and Evan Ogden on this date. Opened in 1990, the Saxon has hosted well over 22,000 musical performances.  It has been the location for films, videos and countless live recordings. Shows range from free weekday happy hour shows, a weekend matinee or a late night performance. For consideration to book a band, email Saxon with any booking requests, questions, or promotional and press packets. The next recommended option is to call at 512-448-3663. The Songwriter Series is open to the public and admission is free.
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, March 5, 19:00-22:30 (and every Thursday)
LOA Live On Air Restaurant
335 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 718-618-0156
A mix of indie music, dance, theatre, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist DJ on the turntables. Featured guests, and all artists welcome to perform, including singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians, etc., where performances are live-streamed across several social media platforms. Live On Air restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, features a live-streaming stage In addition to a full dining menu specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine. All performances are broadcast live across all major social media platforms, giving these artists the opportunity for even greater exposure. The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Thursday night.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, March 7, 15:00-18:00
The Iguana Lounge
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Saturday night at "THE IGUANA" right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. Just come in, sign up and sing. A Pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The pianist transposes instantly in any key for you. Open to the public, all ages and all styles are welcome. Produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show "How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying", shown on Time Warner Cable. There is no admission or cover charge for performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentoring Alliance (EIPMA) Launch @ Avid Technology
Saturday, March 7, 10:00-14:00
Avid Technology
101 South First Street, Burbank, California 91502
Phone: 818-762-2214
This will be the Entertainment Industry Professionals Mentoring Alliance (EIPMA) Official Launch inviting all students, professionals, and educators. EIPMA is a new, non-profit organization offering mentoring and career guidance to students and other young professionals seeking artistic and technical careers in media and entertainment. EIPMA is dedicated to nurturing the industry’s next generation of talent, offering expert guidance to high school and college students, military veterans and others seeking careers in media and entertainment. In addition to a program of speakers and roundtable discussions. Meet the leaders of the organizations and representatives from: American Cinema Editors (ACE), Audio Engineering Society Los Angeles (AES), Avid, Cinema Audio Society (CAS), Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), The Recording Academy, SoundGirls, Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). The EIPMA works with institutions to help young people get started on behind-the-scenes careers in motion pictures, television and music. The event is free with registration.
California Copyright Conference – Maximizing Collection of Music Royalties
Tuesday, March 10, 18:30
Courtyard Marriott
15433 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, California 91403
Phone: 818-379-3312
California Copyright Conference presents “Money Talks: Strategies for Maximizing Collection of Music Royalties,” moderated by Renee Jeske (Manager, Income Tracking, Disney Music Group) and Diane Ramirez (VP, Royalty Accounting & Administration, Royalty Review Council). The talk with dinner will review how artists can ensure they are collecting all the money to which they are entitled, including how royalties are earned and paid out, identifying statements and identifying missing income, recognizing common problems that prevent rights holders from collecting and how to fix them. The dinner and discussion is moderated by Diane Ramirez, Royalty Review Council and Renee Jeske, Disney Music Group. Advanced RSVP by March 6 or attend the Walk-Up Dinner (pay at the door, no prior RSVP). The event includes a cocktail hour before dinner with the presentation and it can be attended as a walk-up by paying at the door. The California Copyright Conference was established in 1953 for the discussion of copyright-related areas pertaining to music and entertainment. Today, the scope of the CCC has broadened to cover all matters pertaining to music industry issues. The organization’s membership touches all areas of the music and entertainment industry, including publishers, songwriters/composers, attorneys, music supervisors, representatives from trade publications, performing rights societies, music libraries, motion pictures, television, multimedia, Internet, and record companies. The CCC certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.
Internet World Expo 2020
Tuesday, March 10 - Wednesday, March 11
Munich Exhibition Grounds
Paul-Henri-Spaak-Straße, Messe Munchen
Phone: +49 89 74117100; +49 (0) 89 74117-601
Started in 1997 and focused toward issues for online trade, the array of topics has generally covered all e-Commerce relevant areas – Omnichannel, Multichannel, Payment, Marketing, Usability, Logistics, Software, and Social Media. Stemming from the progression of the convergence of online- and retail trade, Internet World Expo can be seen increasingly as an event for media producers and service providers in this now dominant sector for communication and commerce. Alexander Graf, of Spryker Systems and Kassenzone, opens the program with his focus on “Alles Plattform oder was?” The convention provides its target group of Internet professionals with knowledge from experts, cutting-edge news and important contacts through events such as Internet World Expo and various industry conferences, the Website and the fortnightly trade journal INTERNET WORLD Business. Internet World Munich plans an Aftershow after the close of the first expo day of March 10, with a party and network event over food and drinks that will also celebrate with the top decision makers of the e-commerce sector. 
AbelCine's Gear Up: HDR Production
Thursday, March 12, 18:00 pm – 21:00 pm
AbelCine LA
801 South Main Street, Burbank, California 91506
Phone: 888-700-4416
AbelCine's Gear Up: HDR Production, is an evening event where you will learn about the newest tech in the HDR production space. Their showroom will feature manufacturer booths displaying the latest gear, which attendees are encouraged to go hands on with. Manufacturer specialists from Blackmagic, Flanders Scientific, Panasonic, RED, and others will be on hand as well to answer any questions.
Additionally, the evening will feature an HDR overview from an AbelCine tech specialist, along with a panel of guest creatives who will discuss their experience working with and delivering in HDR.
Scriptwriters Network at the Pasadena International Film Festival
Thursday, March 12 - Thursday, March 19
Laemmle Playhouse 7 Movie Theatre
673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, California 91101
Phone: 888-796-9673; 626-844-6444
The Pasadena International Film Festival has a program filled with screenings, panels, and parties, stemming from more than 100 PIFF entrants from over 15 countries including features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, animation and web series. Every film programming block ends with a moderated-hosted Q&A. Attendees will mix and mingle in the Laemmle’s lobby outfitted with a functioning red carpet for picture taking, chatting with the press or hob nob with the attending film talent. Industry pros will share their knowledge about the entertainment industry during the panel discussions that take place at the nearby Vroman’s Bookstore on subjects ranging from The History of Hollywood and The Future of Entertainment to Distribution and Women in Entertainment. This Scriptwriters event is free to the public.
South by Southwest (SXSW) 2020
Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 22
Austin Convention Center (other venues)
500 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-467-7979; 512-404-4000
SXSW is comprised of four major activity areas: music, film and interactive tech, conference/keynotes. SXSW Music generally fields more than 2,200 official performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues throughout the Austin city limits. SXSW Film focuses on new directing talent. SXSW Interactive is focused on emerging technology, and the festival includes a trade show, speakers, parties and a startup accelerator. An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals, which runs March 13–22, has slated a well-regarded lineup to their Keynote and Featured Sessions platform for the 2020 event. The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) will run its film festival segment from March 13-21. The music festival segment will run from March 16-22. New, developing, and established Showcasing Artists from 60+ countries are represented each year amongst the 2,000 official performers. Fellow musicians and industry professionals and creatives from every field come together to form a variety of musical styles at SXSW. Showcases are curated by SXSW in collaboration with music and media institutions, and performances take place in bars, clubs, parks, churches, and hotels around downtown Austin. From March 13-21, 2020, SXSW Comedy features a diverse lineup of rising stars, established greats, and surprise guests. And aside from the artist performances, there is the SXSW Comedy Festival Special Programs. 
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Game Developers Conference 2020
Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20
Moscone Center
747 Howard Street, San Francisco, California 94103
Phone: 415-947-6926
The GDC Expo showcases the latest game development tools and services from 550 leading technology companies such as Amazon, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Oculus, Sony, and Unreal Engine. Attendees can use GDC Connect business matchmaking (before expo attendance) to set up meetings and explore new partnerships and business opportunities. This year, acknowledged GDC Expo highlights will include, GDC Play, offering games from 100+ emerging and independent developers; VR Play, showing immersive experiences from VR and AR developers; Country Pavilions, countries taking part in a global community of pavilions representing the global game development industry; GDC Connect, forming a designated area to use as the business matchmaking tool to find contacts and pre-arrange meetings; Business Center, available for private meetings and demo technology in an exclusive setting; Career Theater, to meet potential employers and attend career development sessions at; Community Spaces, to play games and meet new gaming colleagues in these designated spaces for the expo’s duration. Up and coming game developers are encouraged to apply at this link. Eight games from GDC Play will be designated 'Best in Play' by a panel of Gamasutra editors. 
Connected TV World Summit 2020
Tuesday, March 17 - Thursday, March 19
Royal College of Physicians
11 St. Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE United Kingdom
Phone: 020 7420 3252
Connected TV World Summit in 2020 in London is set to explore the future value chain scenarios covering the delivery, infrastructure, monetizing subscription and ad-funded TV services, whether they be aggregated, OTT or DTC. Connected TV World Summit sessions look to open dialogue on what is the new customer experience and if it just embraces the UI or now includes other screens the viewer may also be interacting with, whether that’s gaming, booking a holiday, or watching short video clips on social media. On the first evening of the CTVWS event, and new in 2020, there will be the Videonet Connected TV Awards ceremony and network function at the awards party. The 2020 summit has several key themes that it is organized around. Finding New Ad-revenue Streams, Content Creativity And Innovation, Personalised Future, The Future Of Ad-supported TV, The Reality Check – Has Content Consumption Changed Sufficiently To Matter? Surviving The Streaming Content Wars, Game-Changing Content Aggregation, Digitalisation And The Role Of Technology In The Future Tv Domain, Connected Home And The Evolved Set Top Box, Defining Customer Experience And Is It Reserved For The Set-Top Box And Big Screen Only. 
Cliff Goldmacher Songwriter Workshop: Dos and Dont’s of Co-writing Songs
Wednesday, March 18, 14:00-15:00
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
Long-standing BMI workshop instructor Cliff Goldmacher will explain and outline the music business food chain, particularly with regard to songwriting, and state best practices for operating with them. Visit the online registration page to secure a place at this link. 50 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 45 seats are filled. All participants should check-in by 13:50 at the latest, or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. As an educator, Cliff Goldmacher teaches workshops for BMI, ASCAP, The Standard Jazz Workshop, Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, Taxi and the Durango Songwriter’s Expo. Admission is free, but advanced registration is necessary.
Crafting Compelling Characters and Developing Conflict
Saturday, March 21, 12:30-15:00
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, California 91604
Phone: 310-278-2345; 888-796-9673
Join USA Today bestselling author Russell Nohelty as he discusses how he crafts compelling characters that create layers within a story, and how to drive conflict within your story that creates a world that readers don’t want to leave. Russell Nohelty is a USA Today bestselling author, publisher, and speaker. He runs Wannabe Press (, a small press that publishes weird books for weird people. This ongoing series features a Writer, Director and Producer discussing a variety of topics, including writing strong characters, creating a compelling premise and/or story, finding a voice, hooking the reader and script development, and having a basic understanding of how the business works. It is essential to RSVP by the March 19 deadline in order to be on the RSVP list for Security clearance onto CBS’ lot. If you do not RSVP by the date above, you may not be allowed onto CBS’s lot.
BMI 101 Workshop Nashville
Tuesday, March 24, 16:00-17:00
BMI’s Nashville Office
10 Music Square E., Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
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. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handling an account. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Open Mic Night at The Actors Theatre Workshop
Wednesday, March 25, 20:00
The Actors Theatre Workshop
145 West 28 Street, New York, New York 10001
Phone: 212)-947-1386
The Actors Theatre Workshop is an established pioneer in non-profit theatre that produces classical and contemporary plays, develops new dramatic works, trains and develops actors, writers and directors while making a difference in the lives of homeless children and the community at large. The educational program teaches innovative educational techniques and theatre principles to adults and children from all walks of life; produces classical and contemporary plays and documentary films that maintain goal stated artistic standards. The theatrical program develops new dramatic works that examine the social issues of the day. The open mic happens the last Wednesday of every month. 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Thursday, March 26, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000; 646-779-8455
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handle an account. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, March 26, 08:00-10:30
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 323-465-9800; 310-854-1111
To attend the Hollywood Networking Breakfast(R), you should be directly involved in the entertainment industry, a group which usually includes writers, producers, directors, development / production execs, talent representatives, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, financiers, actors and others at various levels of experience and achievement. Check-in starts at 07:20. Everyone gets 15 seconds to introduce themselves to the room. The breakfast -- held on the last Thursday of every month -- begins at 08:00 and lasts until approximately 10:30. The breakfast may sometimes be held on a Saturday or another weekday. Parking is available, free of charge.
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, March 26, 16:00-17:00
BMI Los Angeles Office
8730 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Floor West, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-289-6336; 310-659-9109 Ext. 6336
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. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handling an account. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Installation Gala and Walk of Fame Celebration
Thursday, March 26, 18:00 - 22:00
Taglyan Complex
1201 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 323-469-8311
This will be a celebration of the appointment of new officers and the swearing-in of directors for the 2020-2021 time period while celebrating 60 years of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Cocktails, dinner, dancing and live entertainment are included in the program. The program will also recognize existing officers and board members as well as presenting a surprise celebrity with a Lifetime Achievement Award. An RSVP is required to attend using the website link at due to limited capacity. The Hollywood Chamber was formed in October 1921 to replace the old Hollywood Board of Trade. It consists of owners, managers, presidents and other key representatives from a spectrum of businesses and organizations around the Hollywood community.
Gospel Music Stellar Awards
Friday, March 27, 18:30
Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Phone: 615-871-6779; 312-654-1100; Fax: 312-654-0388
Stellar Awards honors Gospel Music Artists, writers, and industry professionals in 28 categories for their contributions to the Gospel Music Industry. Veteran gospel collective Donald Lawrence Presents The Tri-City Singers leads the field of nominees this year with nine nominations. Other artists earning multiple Stellar nominations include: The Walls Group, Todd Dulaney, Maranda Curtis, Fresh Start Worship, Le’Andria Johnson, Jekalyn Carr and Jerard and Jovaun. The Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) produces the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. A national air date over the Gospel Music Channel tba. The week's activities begin with the Stellar Gospel Radio Awards and Showcase, held on March 26, honoring top radio stations and announcers serving urban gospel music audiences, followed by the 2020 Stellar Gospel Music Awards Pre-Show to showcase non-televised award winners. Rising Gospel Superstars Koryn Hawthorne and Jonathan McReynolds Pair host the 35th Annual Salute to Gospel Music Taping on March 27 and premiering on BET Networks on Palm Sunday, April 5.
Directing Film Actors Seminar
Saturday, March 28, 12:00-17:00
Asheville School of Film
45 South French Broad Ave, Suite 120 Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Phone: 1-844-285-3456
This hands-on seminar will convey the tools and techniques to direct a production’s actors towards more authentic and powerful performances. The Asheville School of Film is focused on providing affordable, short term classes in various filmmaking subjects. Their goal is to provide quality, concise information and experience for those with a general interest in filmmaking at all skill levels. The Asheville School of Film is centered in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. We are not only located in the relaxing destination city of Asheville, but are surrounded by an inspiring artistic community. Established in 2015, the instructors have over 30 years of combined experience at several universities and film schools teaching the principals of filmmaking on both digital and film medium. 
Saturday, March 28 - Thursday, April 2
Palais des Festivals
One Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France
Phone: +33 1 79 71 00 00
In 2020, MIPTV Market convention will offer a conference program in three sections:  What’s Next? – Projects in development will be a platform to present and discover new projects in order to establish co-development, co-production, and/or co-financing partnerships; and Programs in production, a heads-up to be the first to discover the hottest upcoming international content with a special focus on programs (drama, factual, formats, kids) seeking completion financing. What’s Trending – Content Trends, are presentations of Dedicated Drama, Factual, Formats and Kids sessions presented by Ampere Analysis, Broadcast Intelligence, Glance, K7 Media and The WIT to stay up to date with content trends and screen fresh content from around the world; and Business Trends, talks and analysis from leading business experts about scheduling and marketing strategies in the streaming / VOD era. (Re)Connect – High-level Peer Networking, a series of pre-organized invitation-only events held throughout MIPTV; and Producers to Watch, where MIPTV puts the spotlights on a series of Producers to watch and their upcoming projects with potential to make it on the global stage.