Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Friday Night Social
Friday, June 2, 18:30-21:30
Double Take Restaurant and Lounge @ Palomar Hotel
10740 Wilshire Boulevard, #101, Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 310-475-8711
Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another but has evolved since then. Please register the day before the event to secure admission. This month’s Friday Night Social is a free admission event hosted by Jennifer Grisanti and ScriptWriters Network. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another, combining people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry. Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, Writing Instructor for NBC's Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the upcoming book, "Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story.” Free to attend.  Pay for your own food, cocktails and parking. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry.
 
Brooklyn Film Festival
Friday, June 2 - Sunday, June 11
Wythe Hotel (other venues)
80 Wythe Avenue at North 11 Street, Wiliamsburg, New York 11249
Phone: 718-486 8181; 718-460-8000
The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), is an International, competitive festival. BFF’s mission is to provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to heighten public interest in films and the independent production of films. The June 2 Opening NIght preview is ‘Entanglement,’ Jason James, Director, Canada (Narrative Feature, 85 mins). Director Jason James will all attend the Opening Night screening and be available for the Q&A. The Opening Night Party will follow at the Wythe Hotel beginning at 22:00 with complimentary drinks and appetizers served. Other special events that BFF has planned include a KidsFilmFest for June 3, with a program tailored for children of all ages (films are rated "G"), consisting of numerous short animation, live-action and documentary films; a June 4 documentary screening of ‘Black and White Stripes: The Juventus Story,’ the story of Italy's biggest football club and its relationship with the Agnelli family who has owned the team for nearly a century, narrated by F. Murray Abram; a June 8 Filmmakers Party hosted by G-Star and presented by Stella Artois, that will also combine an exclusive meet and greet for filmmakers and press; a June 10 Brooklyn Film Festival Exchange combining panel discussions, the annual pitch session, and networking during the happy hour; the free to attend, June 11 Awards Ceremony at Windmill Studios, that closes the Festival. 
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, June 3, 15:00-18:00
The Iguana
240 West 54 Street, New York, New York 10019
Phone: 212-874-7956; 212-765-5454
Singers search and open mic held every Saturday night at "THE IGUANA" right around the corner from the David Letterman show. Talented newcomers and experienced singers are all welcome. Just come in, sign up and sing. A Pianist is resident or bring your background tracks or CDs. The pianist transposes instantly in any key for you. Open to the public, all ages and all styles are welcome. Produced by the long-running showbiz team of Billy Shepard and Judi Jourdan who also produce their own television show "How to Succeed in Show Business By Really Trying", shown on Time Warner Cable. There is no admission or cover charge for performer and guests, but there is a food/beverage minimum per person.
 
Create a VR film in 36 hours
Saturday, June 3 - Sunday, June 4
Meet up venue for We Laff
431 Kipling Street, Palo Alto, California 94301
Phone: 650-328-0450
In collaboration with Google Spotlight and The Speakeasy SF (Immersive Theater) participants will learn to script for immersive and VR and explore all the possibilities that this new medium offers. Participants are going to create immersive worlds and the final product will be a VR set open to the public in four unique venues in Palo Alto + VR short. To participate apply here: http://garagestories.typeform.com Spots are limited to 20. Open to all levels of experience in VR. Begins with breakfast and registration. Closes with wrap party at session close. Create a VR film in 36 hours is organized by We Laff – Films and Festivals for Brands, an operation drawing from diverse backgrounds including filmmaking, architecture, marketing, fashion, design and consultancy and based in Berlin, Barcelona and San Francisco.
 
 
Drama Desk Awards
Sunday, June 4, 20:00
Town Hall
123 West 43 Street, New York, New York 10036
Phone: 800-745-3000; 212-352-0255
TheaterMania will present the 62nd Annual Drama Desk Awards. The Drama Desk Awards, presented annually, honors outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. The Drama Desk Awards are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theater. Additionally, Drama Desk Awards, which are given in a number of categories, use a system to honor New York City theater productions with Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions competing against each other in the same category. The Nominating Committee generally meets twice a month to discuss the many eligible shows they are responsible for seeing. They then choose the productions for nomination on which the entire membership will vote. The Drama Desk Awards evening comprises the awards ceremony and the post show reception with the winners and nominees for holders of the VIP Combo ticket. Drama Desk was formed in 1949 by a group of New York City theater critics, editors, reporters, and publishers, the organization was created to educate the community on vital issues concerning the theater. Founded in 1999 to connect the theater industry with a mass consumer audience, TheaterMania.com features comprehensive listings, news, reviews, interviews and video content. Typically, the Drama Desk Awards happen a week prior to The Tony Awards that honor achievement in theatrical production and are also held in New York City.
 
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, June 5, 19:00
Genghis Cohen
740 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: 310-578-5591
A singer/songwriter showcase series featuring acoustic performances in an intimate setting as well as networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. Held the first Monday of every month. Featured performances will be given by: Morgan Mallory (www.morganmallory.com). Jules (www.julessong.com), Scarlett (soundcloud.com/scarletofficialmusic), Santiago Cruz (www.santiagocruz.net). Admission is free.
 
BMI's 8 off 8th Showcase
Monday, June 5, 20:00
The High Watt
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
BMI and YEP (Young Entertainment Professionals) present “BMI 8 off 8th” . each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville’s burgeoning indie music scene. This showcase will feature artists: Dean 2.0, Beth Brown, James Droll, Reign, Kile Reynolds, Anna Mae, Daniella Mason, Lukr. Whether it’s launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing. The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development. Free and open to the public.
 
Annual NAB Wrap Up Show
Tuesday, June 6, 18:30
Adrenaline Films
5224 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32809
Phone: 407.850.0711
OPP’s annual NAB Wrap Up Show presents a panel of area professionals that will discuss the newest trends and most popular items from this year’s NAB convention in Las Vegas. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a drawing to win a free copy of Resolve Studio. BlackMagic’s URSA Mini Pro camera, will be available for demo and tryout. The event will be streamed live for remote viewing and for later reference to whoever wants it.
 
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, June 6, 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: Phoenix and the Flower Girl, a (sort of) hybrid act that is part leftfield hip-hop, part visual/video art; We’re No Heroes, a trending Welsh band who recently performed at the BBC's famous Maida Vale studios; guitarist Whil Whisson of Electric River, with  a successful debut EP and a  recently awarded Record Of The Day on the ROTD site, this will be a stop on his current European tour. DJ Deja Bruh fills in around band appearances. During the daytime, FRUKT works with brands like Coca Cola, Nokia, Diesel, O2, Kronenbourg, Southern Comfort and Starwood Hotels, helping them solve problems and build meaningful relationships through music and entertainment. Doors open at 19:00. This event is free. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands.
Email: london@wearefrukt.com; @FRUKT
 
MIDEM 2017 (#midem)
Tuesday, June 6 - Friday, June 9
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes
One Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes, France
Phone: +33-1-79-719000; +33(0)1-79-719999
Annual MIDEM music industry events are generally focused on the core music business, the technology sector, brands and the agencies that represent them for music/brand campaigns. MIDEM provides a forum for business talks, visionary, political and legal discussions. Top keynote speakers set for this year’s event will include: Hans Holger Albrecht, CEO, Deezer; Chris Taylor, Global President of Entertainment One Music; Martine Reicherts, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture at European Commission; Mark Hoppus, co-founder of Punk Rock group Blink-182; Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam Recordings; Wyclef Jean, Ambassador at Midem Artist Accelerator; Mike Shinoda, vocals and producer of Linkin Park; Sarah Stennett, CEO and Co-Founder of First Access Entertainment; L.A. Reid, Chairman and CEO of Epic Records; Andy Ng, Vice President of Tencent Music Entertainment Group, and there are many others.  This year's music conferences explores the impact of music streaming on the music industry. While guiding the digital sector into areas of growth, music streaming has unfolded revenue generation on a global scale and foretells an era for the music industry of worldwide business development. As in previous years, the Midem Artist Accelerator will engage managers, agents, labels and publishers as they look to grow their artists’ profiles globally. There will be 11 selected upcoming international talents selected by an Artistic Committee. The 11 finalists will have the opportunity to play a live set at Midem and have their song featured on Midem’s communications, as well as on the official Midem 2017 vinyl compilation. 
 
New York Times TimesTalk with Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, and Miguel Arteta
Wednesday, June 7, 19:00
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, New York 10003
Phone: 212-229-5859
A New York Times moderated discussion between Academy Award nominated actor and producer Salma Hayek, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor, musician and author John Lithgow, and film and television director Miguel Arteta. The trio will be discussing their upcoming film ‘Beatriz at Dinner,’ where Hayek stars as Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, who has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Southern California. Doug Strutt, played by Lithgow, is a real estate developer whose cutthroat tactics have made him a self-made, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two polar opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither is ever the same. The evening explores Arteta’s timely allegory set in the age of Trump, tackling several pressing issues, including racism, social inequality and immigration. Sponsored by The New York Times In collaboration with The New School. Tickets available for purchase.
 
 
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, June 7, 19:00-22:30 (and every Wednesday)
LOA Live On Air Restaurant
335 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Phone: 718-618-0156
A mix of indie music, dance, theatre, poetry, and art backed by the grooves of the resident Artist Dj on the turntables. Featured guests, and all artists welcome to perform, including singers/songwriters, musicians, poets, actors, comedians, etc., where performances are live-streamed across several social media platforms. Live On Air restaurant in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, features a live-streaming stage In addition to a full dining menu specializing in Louisiana-style cuisine. All performances are broadcast live across all major social media platforms, giving these artists the opportunity for even greater exposure. The Mic is Open! A nite of informal networking for artists of all kinds presented by industry veteran Marcos Luis, Every Wednesday night.
 
Sight, Sound, and Story - Post-Production/Production Summit
Saturday, June 10
Manhattan Edit Workshop @ NYIT Auditorium
1871 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
Phone: 212-414-9570
Manhattan Edit Workshop's one-day summit, Sight, Sound and Story draws in ACE film Editors, documentary producers, TV series editors and Virtual Reality industry professionals for a collaborative knowledge sharing event. Panelists include (but are not limited to); Maya Mumma, ACE editor (O.J.: Made in America, Restrepo), Julius Ramsay director/editor (The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Outcast), Joergen Geerds (CEO and Creative Director at Koncept VR) and keynote speaker Dylan Tichenor, ACE (There Will Be Blood, Brokeback Mountain, Boogie Nights, The Town) alongside moderator Bobbie O'Steen ("Cut to the Chase," "The Invisible Cut"). The summit culminates in a gala reception and networking session for guests, panelists and vendors. Concludes with a networking party in the Tech Lounge sponsored by the American Cinema Editors. Light food and drinks will be provided. 
 
 
Produced By Conference (#ProducedBy2017)
Saturday, June 10 - Sunday, June 11
Twentieth Century Fox Studios
10201 West Pico Boulevard, Century City, California 90064
Phone: 877-843-0889
The annual Produced By Conference is an information forum organized by active and accomplished motion picture producers participating as speakers, moderators and mentors, for the benefit of the industry. In 2017 speakers include: Ava DuVernay, Damien Chazelle, Jordan Peele, Ted Sarandos, Oprah Winfrey, Ian Bryce, Sanjay Sharma, Carla Hacken, Lori McCreary, Shawn Levy, Daisuke Tsutsumi, David Glasser, Gary Lucchesi, Norman Lear, Tracey Edmonds, Joe Chianese among others. Produced By 2017 is chaired by PGA members Ian Bryce, Tracey Edmonds, Marshall Herskovitz, and Rachel Klein. Designated speakers lead talks and mentoring sessions about current and evolving trends in production, distribution, finance, marketing, branding and media strategy. Produced By Conference will offer Mentoring Roundtable sessions for attendees to ask questions to, and seek advice from, the mentor of their choice. Also, there will be the Producers Mashup, a newly implemented networking event giving attendees the chance to ask direct questions of a variety of veteran producers and development executives. It will take place on the afternoon of June 11 and featuring four distinct tracks -- Feature Film, Scripted Television, Unscripted Television and Digital Media. The Producers Guild of America is the non-profit trade group (with offices on both coasts) that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. 
 
Two-Day Filmmaking Workshop
Saturday, June 10 - Sunday, June 11
Solar Film/Video Productions 
632 Broadway, Suite. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212•473•3040; Fax: 212•473•3091
This two-day intensive, hands-on workshop suited particularly to Narrative and Documentary Filmmakers guides students through every aspects of filmmaking production including camera and light positions, outdoor shoots, setting mood with color lighting, lighting techniques for skin tones and complexions, lighting for drama and interviews.  Solar is a one-stop production company equipped to handle a project from concept and filming to editing, audio post production, multi-media, graphic/web design and media distribution.
 
71st Tony Awards (#TonyAwards2017 and #TheatreInspires)
Sunday, June 11, 20:00
Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020
Phone: 212-465-6500/6225
The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards celebrates achievement on the Broadway stage and the world of theater, also drawing from the talent well of film, TV, and music, with notable showstopping talents coming out for an evening of tributes and performances. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing to honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. The 2017 awards program will be hosted by actor Kevin Spacey.  Tony’s All Access will provide complete coverage from website TonyAwards.com, including the Red Carpet, Press Room Cam, Acceptance Speeches, Creative Arts Awards, and more. A full listing of nominees can be obtained at this link.  For this 2017 Tony Award season Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin will receive a Special Tony Award for their outstanding Sound Design, and for their contribution to continually enhancing the live theatrical experience,.on ‘The Encounter.’ And based on the recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association, the Dallas Theater Center in Dallas, Texas, will be the recipient of the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award. And two-time Tony Award winner and stage and screen icon James Earl Jones (known to many as the voice behind Darth Vader in the Star Wars series) will receive this year’s Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
 
 
June Business After Hours Mixer at the Hollywood Museum for Chamber Members
Thursday, June 15, 17:30 - 19:30
The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building - Penthouse Ballroom
1660 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311
The Hollywood Chamber June Business After Hours mixer will be hosted by The Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building.  Meet other Chamber members and promote a business within the art deco Penthouse Ballroom. Party favors include first drink on the house and hors d'oeuvres served throughout the mixer. Explore four floors of exhibits following the mixer. The event is open to Hollywood Chamber members only. Non-members can email info@hollywoodchamber.net for an invitation. Must reserve online at www.hollywoodchamber.net/event as registration will be closed once capacity is reached. The Hollywood Chamber was formed in October 1921 to replace the old Hollywood Board of Trade. It consists of owners, managers, presidents and other key representatives from a spectrum of businesses and organizations around the Hollywood community.
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, June 15, 16:00-17:00
BMI Los Angeles Office
8730 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Floor West, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-289-6336; 310-659-9109 Ext. 6336
This is an introductory workshop for writers and publishers covering the history of performing rights, the origins of BMI and the current role BMI plays in the music industry. It will be conducted by two BMI Reps who will explain how to utilize BMI services to the fullest, and some Basic 101 tips and tricks. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP to: BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Hollywood Chamber's TEAM HOLLYWOOD Entertainment, Arts and Media Committee Meeting
Friday, June 16, 12:00-14:00
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
6255 Sunset Boulevard, Ste #150, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
The Hollywood Chamber invites members (and anyone interested in membership) to attend of its Entertainment, Arts and Media Committee — TEAM HOLLYWOOD. TEAM HOLLYWOOD promotes the Hollywood brand with the intention of preserving Hollywood’s homegrown entertainment industries, particularly film, broadcasting, commercials, television and performing. Furthermore, the Hollywood Chamber Committee strives to embrace new and emerging media with an eye to uphold Hollywood’s status as the entertainment capital of the world. 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. Event is sponsored by Advanced Digital Service and catered by Fat Sal's. Must RSVP (http://business.hollywoodchamber.net/events/register/1480) to attend. Non-members can join at this link: http://goo.gl/6vCGC6
 
57th Monte-Carlo Television Festival (#FTV17)
Friday, June 16 - Tuesday, June 20
Grimaldi Forum in Monaco (other venues)
10 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monte Carlo, Monaco
Phone: +377 99 99 20 00
The Festival offers free entry and is open to the public, with incentives to upgrade to more privileges and greater access. Originally created by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and now under the Honorary Presidency of Prince Albert II of Monaco, The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has, for more than half a century, presented television from around the world. Sony Pictures Television Networks' new thriller series ‘Absentia,’ starring Stana Katic (Castle) will open this year's event. The screening of Absentia will follow the Opening Ceremony, during which H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Festival's Honorary President, will officially open the 57th edition of the Festival. Visitors attending Monte-Carlo Television Festival can expect appearances to be made by international television talent: Helen Mirren (Crystal Nymph), Ingrid Formanek (Midway: A Plastic Island), Michael Weatherly (Bull), Wilmer Valderrama (NCIS), Paula Patton (Somewhere Between), Anthony Anderson (BLACK-ISH), Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks), Omari Hardwick (POWER), Kelli Giddish (Law & Order), Joan Collins (Dynasty), Ghazi Balkiz (Battle For Mosul), Pamela Anderson (Baywatch), Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (POWER), Malin Akerman (Billions) are just some of the names slated for this year’s festival. For the entire week of the Festival, signing sessions will be organized with resident actors. 
 
Global Media Forum (#dw_gmf)
Monday, June 19 - Wednesday, June 21
World Conference Center Bonn
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 2, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49.228-909-6645; +49.228.429-2142; Fax +49.228.429-2140/3000
The Global Media Forum is dedicated to looking at various topics from the fields of foreign policy, future of the media and freedom of expression as well as sustainable development and creative industries and their relation to each annual focus theme. Each year, conference organizers select a relevant special focus theme from a particular area of interest. The theme for 2017 will be “Identity and Diversity”. In holding with the 2017 theme, conference topics that form this year's program are, Artificial intelligence and journalism, Ostracism, demarcation and autonomy, Populism — a threat to values, Post-truth politics and our future, African satire draws attention. Hannes Sjoblad, a founder of Swedish biohacker association, BioNyfiken, is a highlighted speaker at this year’s conference. The organizer of Global Media Forum, German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, sees itself providing  in-depth, reliable news and information while promoting exchange and understanding between the world’s cultures and people. With headquarters in Bonn and main studio in Berlin, DW has developed regional television lineups in English, German, Spanish and Arabic, with radio and online content available in 30 different languages. 
 
CABARET @ The New School
Thursday, June 22, 20:00
The Theater at the School of Drama
151 Bank Street, New York, New York 10014
Phone: 212-279-4200; 212-580-0210, x4862
The New School's College of Performing Arts will present the musical ‘Cabaret.’ Students from The School of Drama, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes School of Music will perform the multiple Tony-award winning musical with book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. ‘Cabaret’ is presented by arrangement with TAMS-Witmark Music Library, Inc. Admission is free, though seating is limited. Reservations are recommended through Ticket Central.
 
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Celebrates British Cinema - Film Festival (#NFMLA)
Saturday, June 24, 16:00
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-741-7402
NFMLA presents a two-part program of shorts depicting a range of the LGBTQ experience, and meaning to draw contrast with the common one-dimensional portrayals of LGBTQ characters. The opening InFocus: LGBTQ Cinema Film Program screenswww shorts that focus on stories of love, connection and reconciliation by both local filmmakers and international talents from China and Brazil. In the second part of the evening’s program, more shorts screened revolve around conflicts of identity, community and family. This program’s stories include a serial killer on the hunt for love, millennials who decide to get their lives together after one last night of debauchery and four misfits who make the world their stage. Throughout the night there are socializing and networking opportunities to mingle with the filmmakers, industry supporters and film lovers over cocktails at the ope bar and beats at the filmmakers’ lounge adjacent to the private entry of the South Park Center’s 500 seat theater in Downtown Los Angeles. 
 
Directing the Camera Workshop
Saturday, June 24 - Sunday, June 25
Solar Video/Film Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
A comprehensive workshop exploring visual storytelling with active camera movement and skillful actor blocking. With extensive, daily hands-on exercises, participants learn to visualize the scene, work with actors, strategize with storyboards, and bring forth the enactment of the story. Attendees will learn how to visualize, recognize best camera positions, camera movement, and lens choices in relations with actor blocking. Undergoing the process, participants will understand how to convey tone, mood, and style, as well as give the film a distinct look that belongs to the director's signature vision. Solar is a one-stop production company equipped to handle a project from concept and filming to editing, audio post production, multi-media, graphic/web design and media distribution.
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Wednesday, June 28, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101NY@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, June 29, 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.

 


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What The Site Offers

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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