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Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, February 1, 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.
 
Stuart Cinema and Cafe Events
Saturday, February 1 - Saturday February 29
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, Clemency, Parasite, Harriet, Judy Garland: The Legend Behind the Rainbow. 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.
 
2020 EE British Academy Film Awards
Sunday, February 2, 21:00 GMT
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP, UK
Phone: +44 020 7589 8212; +44 (0)20 7734 0022
BAFTA is an independent charity with a mission to "support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public." Situated in Kensington, it is a membership organization comprising approximately 7,500 individuals worldwide who are creatives and professionals working in and making a contribution to the film, television and games industries in the UK. In addition to its annual EE British Academy Film Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has an international program of learning events and initiatives offering access to talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the United Kingdom and the United States. The EE British Academy Film Awards, also known as "the BAFTAs", rewards the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens during the preceding year. Nominees for Leading Actress category include: Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose), Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women),  Charlize Theron (Bombshell). Nominees for Leading Actor category include: Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Taron Egerton (Rocketman), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes). Nominees for Best Film category include: 1917, The Irishman, Joker, Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, Parasite. The public will be able to watch the BAFTA red carpet live on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. You can stream the BAFTAs live on BBC One and BBC One HD by following the link at: https://www.bbc.co.uk. Andy Serkis (Golem in Lord of the Rings) will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award. Graham Norton will host the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards. 
 
BMI Acoustic Lounge East
Monday, February 3, 20:00
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 1
196 Allen Street, New York, New York 10002
Phone: 212-477-4155
Singer/songwriter showcase series featuring performances by Gabrielle MacCafee (@gabriellemacafee), Brandon Rosen (@brandonrosenmusic), and Tanners (@whoistanners). Networking opportunities with other songwriters and BMI representatives. BMI Acoustic Lounge NYC is an ongoing non genre-specific showcase featuring exciting up and coming songwriter/artists. Artists interested in playing at BMI showcases should submit music to Jake (jsimon@bmi.com) for consideration. Subject Line should include: BMI Acoustic Lounge NYC. Performances are open and free to the public for 21 and over.
 
BMI Acoustic Lounge (#BMIAcousticLoungeLA)
Monday, February 3, 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: Catie Turner (facebook.com/catieturnersongs), Gina Brooklyn (ginabrooklyn.com), Jordy (), Marcella Fruehan (marcellaofficial.com). 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.
 
New York Comics and Picture-Story Symposium: Cynthia Roman on Royal Divorce in the Media (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, February 4, 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
Dr. Cynthia Roman is Curator of Prints, Drawings and Paintings at the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University will focus a talk on the essence of an exhibition and associated conference jointly organized by Yale’s Lewis Walpole Library and Lillian Goldman Law Library, titled “Trial by Media” which examined the role of print media in documenting the Queen Caroline affair and shaping public opinion. Dr. Roman was co-curator with Mike Widener (Rare Book Librarian, Lillian Goldman Law Library) of the fall 2019 exhibition “Trial by Media: The Queen Caroline Affair.” 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)katchor.com. Presented by The School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons School of Design. Free to attend.
 
FRUKT hosts music “Gig” showcase @MardyPresents (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, February 4, 19:00 (UTC)
The Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 20 7636 4992
FRUKT’s own @nicklound is hosting a new monthly gig night @mardypresents to showcase the up and coming talent. KiLLOWEN describes his sound as Alternative Hip-Hop with strong stem connections Jazz, RnB, Soul and Rock. Cream with a K is a musician, visual artist and former model who has was based in Tokyo for eight years but will now release her first fully english project, “Cream with a K.” Marinho of Lisbon, Portugal offers a form of alternative folk rock songs which she has written and assembled over the years. 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. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands. This event is free for 18 and over.
 
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, February 6, 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.
 
One-On-One with Writer, Director and Producer Mark Zaslove
Saturday, February 8, 13:00-15:00
Sidetrack Creative Studios
5723 Auckland Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91601
Phone: 888-796-9673
Organized by Scriptwriters Network, the event will feature a Writer and Producer who will discuss a variety of topics, including: writing strong characters, creating a compelling premise and/or story, finding your voice, hooking your reader, script development, among other topics. Workshop leader, Mark Zaslove has been active in live-action and animation, movies and television, creating content for major studios including Disney, Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros. A two-time Emmy Award winner for writing/producing and recipient of the Humanitas Prize (for writing uplifting human values in television and movies), he is known for familiar family classics as The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh and DuckTales, co-creator of TaleSpin, showrunner of such series as Mighty Max and Cro, multimedia like Bump in the Night and LazyTown, as well as his work on the live-action movie adaptation of the Newberry Prize-winning Maniac Magee, among others.
 
The 92nd Academy Awards – The OSCARS
Sunday, February 9, 19:00 ET/16:00 PT
Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-308-6300; 310-247-3000; Fax: 310-859-9619
The 92nd Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood and Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network (20:00 ET/17:00 PT). Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor and producer Stephanie Allain will produce the 92nd Oscars. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. The show is presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry. AMPAS was originally conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer as a professional honorary organization to help improve the film industry’s image and help mediate labor disputes. For the second consecutive year, the Academy Awards will forgo a master of ceremonies (host). Oscar night Red Carpet coverage begins at 18:30 EST, followed by the awards ceremony. Live streaming of The Oscars award show is available with a participating TV provider in the designated markets. For further details on the 2020 Academy Awards please go to the Events Calendar News Summary page at this link.
 
BBC Studios Showcase 2020
Sunday, February 9 - Wednesday, February 12
ACC Liverpool
King's Dock, Port of Liverpool, Kings Dock Street, Liverpool-Merseyside L3 4FP, UK
Phone: +44 (0)151 475 8888
Now in year 44, BBC Studios Showcase is an international content market hosted by a single distributor. Embracing British creativity, BBC Studios spans content financing, development, production and sales for both its own productions and programs and formats made by UK independent producers. Along with leading on and off-screen talent, the event plays host to creatives, commissioners, producers and the hundreds of buyers who come to Liverpool to screen content and learn about future television content. BBC Studios is both a producer and distributor of UK programming, working with notable British writers, directors and program-makers to create international content opportunities. There will be a first-look at a range of new factual content with programs including A Perfect Planet (Silverback Films), the next BBC Planet title offering new perspectives on the beauty and fragility of Earth. Other highlights include the new series of the hugely popular Spy in the Wild (John Downer Productions) and Animal Impossible (BBC Studios Productions) with the presenters, Tim Warwood and Adam Gendle, sharing how they risked life and limb to test facts about the animal kingdom. For further details on the BBC Studios Showcase 2020 please go to the Events Calendar News Summary page at this link.
 
Kidscreen Summit 2020
Sunday, February 9 - Thursday, February 13
InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, Florida 33131
Phone: 1-800-543-4512; 416-408-2300
The 2020 Kidscreen Summit in Miami is programed to include more than 75 keynotes, panel sessions, presentations, workshops and networking formats, including Summit’s first-ever moderated debate. Special focus will be paid to discoverability as a concern across the industry, Hacking the SVOD Algorithm will look at ways producers can take their streaming fate in their own hands, using inexpensive marketing campaigns and tools like Amazon Prime Direct to gain an advantage with data and insights that can then be used to get their content elevated in the crowded SVOD carousels. Programmed presentations survey from a business and creative focus to consumer product and insight tracks. In 2020′s program are two new networking and pitching sessions designed to provide creatives and producers face-time with key people in the industry. Eight pitch doctors will give constructive feedback to participants so they can be better prepared to sell their idea during the market. Another new professional networking opportunity will have attendees chat over coffee with key broadcasters, including buyers from Disney, Netflix and PBS. whether pitching a new series, or just taking the opportunity to network. The popular Speed Pitching format that offers face time with broadcasters and streamers returns this year as well. For further details on the Kidscreen Summit please go to the Events Calendar News Summary page at this link.
 
 
BMI's “8 off 8th” Hosted By BMI
Monday, February 10, 19:00
Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
This showcase will feature performances by Jackson Dreyer, Kaitie Forbes, Lost Terra, Jung Youth, estef, Josh Gilligan, Gayle, and Teddy at Night. Mercy Lounge has a standing room capacity of 500, a state of the art sound system, and a back bar area that features pool tables, booth seating, and a more-relaxed environment from which to take in the show. Performing artists are offered dedicated monitor and front of house sound engineers, an array of lighting and production options, and a loft-style hospitality suite complete with kitchen, bathroom and comfort area. Anyone interested in rental or showcase opportunities, please email booking@mercylounge.com. Free and open to the public.
 
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (A20) Global Coordination Conference
Monday, February 10 - Friday, February 14
Renaissance Haikou Hotel
No. 39 Yangshan Boulevard, Haikou-Hainan province, China
Phone: +603 2282 3592/5292; +86 898 6565 6888 
The Radio and Television of the People’s Republic of China (RTPRC) in association with High Frequency Coordination Conference (HFCC), the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the Arab States Broadcasting union (ASBU) and hosted by the Radio and Television of the People’s Republic of China (RTPRC), is hosting the Fourth Global Shortwave Coordination Conference. The conference is concerned with the frequency channel situation for shortwave radio which is always changing because of the 11-year solar cycle and seasonal effects, as well as because of new or changed frequencies of shortwave broadcasters around the globe. The Coordination Conference provides participating organizations with the opportunity to coordinate frequencies directly with the frequency managers of other broadcasters and prevent interference occurring in any radio services. ABU is a member of the World Broadcasters’ Union and works closely with the other regional broadcasting unions on matters of common concern such as reserving frequencies for broadcasters, coordination of operating and technical broadcasting standards and systems and finalizing the Broadcasting Treaty. One of the ABU's activities is Asiavision, a daily exchange of news feeds by satellite among television stations in 20 countries in Asia. Of particular interest to performing artists, which started in 2012 is the ABU TV and Radio Song Festivals based on the Eurovision Song Contest. Established in 1964 as a non-profit, non-government, professional association to assist the development of broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region, the ABU promotes the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters and encourages regional and international co-operation between broadcasters. For further details on the Global Coordination Conference please go to the Events Calendar News Summary page at this link.
 
California Copyright Conference – The Minds Behind the Music
Tuesday, February 11, 18:30
Courtyard Marriott
15433 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, California 91403
Phone: 818-379-3312
California Copyright Conference presents “When They See Us - The Minds Behind the Music.” Emmy-nominated music composer, Kris Bowers and Emmy-Nominated music supervisor, Aaron Byrd join the CCC to share and explore both the business and creative aspects of their involvement with the high-profile Netflix-distributed “When They See Us,” which was also nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Limited Series. The dinner and discussion is moderated by Garrett Johnson, Attorney at Law. Advanced RSVP by February 7 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.
 
Network on Valentine's Day Business After Hours and Walk of Fame Gift Store Ribbon Cutting
Thursday, February 13, 17:00 - 19:30
Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building
1660 N. Highland Avenue (at Hollywood Blvd), Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311
This special Valentine's Day Business After Hours will also take part in celebrating the Grand Opening of the Hollywood Chamber's Walk of Fame Gift Store with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by the Hollywood Museum. Net proceeds from gift store sales on February 13 will benefit the Hollywood Chamber Foundation. The Ribbon Cutting will begin at 17:00 with the Mixer to follow. A complimentary benefit to members of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Members must RSVP as reservations will be closed when at max capacity. Two guests are allowed from each company. Non-member who wish to attend, please contact info@hollywoodchamber.net for information. 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.
 
2020 BRIT Awards
Tuesday, February 18, 20:00 GMT
02 Arena
Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
Phone: 0844 856 0202; +44 161 385 3211
The Brit Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. Founded in 1973, BPI is the representative trade organization of the UK recorded music industry, which include the UK's four major record labels and hundreds of independent music companies. BPI also organizes the annual BRIT Awards show as well as the Classical BRIT Awards show. At the 2020 BRIT Awards, nominees in the category of British Female Solo Artist include: Charli XCX, FKA Twigs, Freya Ridings, Mabel, Mahalia. Nominees in the category of British Male Solo Artist include: Dave, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Michael Kiwanuka, Stormzy. Nominees in the category of British Group include: Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Coldplay, D-Block Europe, Foals. Nominees in the category of Song of the Year include: AJ Tracey - 'Ladbroke Grove', Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man - 'Giant', Dave feat. Burna Boy - 'Location', Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber - 'I Don't Care', Lewis Capaldi - 'Someone You Loved', Mabel - 'Don't Call Me Up', Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus - 'Nothing Breaks Like a Heart', Sam Smith & Normani - 'Dancing With A Stranger' Stormzy - 'Vossi Bop', Tom Walker - 'Just You and I'. The 2019 BRIT Awards will be broadcast live from O2 Arena in London and will be broadcast live on ITV or STV International. Alternatively, the BRIT Awards will be live streamed internationally on YouTube at YouTube.com/BRITs. Jack Whitehall returns to host the 2020 BRIT Awards. 
 
Hollywood Chamber Lunch and Learn: hosted by Xahive and Hypertec on Privacy Laws
Thursday, February 19, 12:00 - 13:30
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
6255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 150, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
2020 is an important milestone for customer data protection legislation across California. The Lunch and Learn will focus on informing the individual and/or organization on the new California laws, including, The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, The Information Privacy: Connected Devices Law, The Personal Data Protection Bill. Learn about these laws, tools, and services to use in order to ensure compliance, and avoid penalties. Complimentary lunch will be served. Attendance is limited, so RSVP is required. 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, February 20, 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 BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
70th Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale
Thursday, February 20 - Sunday, March 1
Berlinale Palast/Potsdamer Platz
Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 25920-259; +49 30 25920-0; Fax: +49 30 25920-299
The mission of the Berlin International Film Festival is to promote and strengthen the global film festival industry through education, networking, release of vital information, and the cultivation of best practices for the industry. To launch the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale Special Gala, ‘My Salinger Year,’ written and directed by Philippe Falardeau and starring Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley, opens in its world premiere of the festival start at the Berlinale Palast. About 400 films are shown every year in Berlin as part of the Berlinale's public program, the majority of which are world or European premieres. Films of every genre, length and format are submitted. In 2020, Chile will be the “Country in Focus” at the European Film Market (EFM) of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. The European Film Market (EFM), the film trade fair integrated into the Berlinale, and still headquartered at Martin-Gropius-Bau close to the festival center at Potsdamer Platz, hosts the EFM Producers Hub as part of the program of the EFM. As in years past, Berlinale Talents (previously Berlinale Talent Campus), and runs parallel to the Berlinale. The platform is realized with the support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. For further details on the 2020 Berlinale please go to the Events Calendar News Summary page at this link.
 
BMI 101 Workshop Nashville
Tuesday, February 25, 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 BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Open Mic Night at The Actors Theatre Workshop
Wednesday, February 26, 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, February 27, 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 BMI101NY@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, February 27, 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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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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