Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Friday Night Social
Friday, September 1, 18:30-21:30
Double Take Restaurant and Lounge @ Palomar Hotel
10740 Wilshire Boulevard, #101, Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: 310-475-8556; 800-472-8556
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.” Situated in the midst of Wilshire Blvd, between Beverly Hills and UCLA, Double Take at Hotel Palomar Beverly Hills is a dining hotspot inspired by a Hollywood backlot. 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.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, September 2, 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.
BMI's 8 off 8th Showcase
Monday, September 4, 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: TBA. 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.
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, September 5, 19:00
The Social
Five Little Portland Street, London, W1W 7JD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44-20-7751-2900
FRUKT, along with BMI, 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: Jason Nolan, Harry Jay-Steele, Mark Elliott, Fabian Secon. 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:; @FRUKT
New York Comics and Picture-story Symposium: Josh Bayer, Adam McGovern and guests on All Time Comics (#NYCPS)
Tuesday, September 5, 19:00-21:00
The Bark Room at Parsons, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13 Street, Room M101, New York, New York 10011
Phone: 212-229-5667, ext. 3187
Author Josh Bayer will be  in a discussion with comics writer/historian Adam McGovern along with a panel of special guest artist/writers that may attend, their schedules permitting. All Time Comics is a comic-book series formed of Bronze age comics superhero aesthetics and Mad Magazine-like Gonzo that allows a dialogue between older veteran creators like Herb Trimpe and Al Milgrom, and younger Alternative Comics mainstays like Ben Marra and Noah Van Sciver. Josh Bayer is the author of Raw Power and Theth from Retrofit Comics, the editor of the Suspect Device Comics anthology series, as well as 2016’s The Black Hood. This is a free weekly symposium for artist/writers working in various text-image forms: comics, picture-stories, animation, etc. at which to present and critique current work. The symposium will examine new ideas for the distribution of print and electronic work that move beyond the existing models of publishing and advertising. To be considered to make a presentation, please send an email outlining the concept: symposium(at)
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Wednesday, September 6, 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.
BRDG Studios Presents: BLINK Opening Reception
Thursday, September 7, 18:00-20:00
30 John Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Phone: 718-729-6677
As part of IFP Week 2017, the Made in NY Media Center has partnered with BRDG Studios to debut BLINK VR – a new virtual reality experience for groups, without the headset. The technology they are introducing permits a more social viewing experience to the VR dynamic since participants will be gathered under a state of the art dome surrounded by VR projections. BLINK VR is rentable projection dome for groups to experience virtual reality. A call for entries is now open – come to the opening on 9/7 to see the amazing content that's been selected for exhibition. Free wine and beer at this reception with artists in attendance. Free to the public.
Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit
Thursday, September 7, 08:00-18:00
Four Seasons Beverly Hills
300 S Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, California 90048
Phone: 319-612-7370
The Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit LA will explore how film, TV, gaming, music and digital media are being transformed by new technologies. It will examine the latest strategies to engage today’s diverse audiences split across multiplying media platforms and entertainment content options. Opportunities to network with visiting speakers will help to identify opportunities in interactive and virtual reality storytelling, digital marketing/advertising, new programming business models, and more. Summit presentations include: Peak Diversification – The Future of the Content Business Roundtable, Streaming Video – Who Is Really Watching Your Content? Fan-First Marketing and Engagement, Brand + Talent Mixtape – New Collaborations in Storytelling, Let’s Go Over The Top – The Power of OTT, Nintendo’s Unique Approach to Entertainment, Using Storytelling to Turn an App into a Global Brand, Hitting Your Mark – Targeting Audiences with Personalization, Tipping Point: Innovating VR for All, Powered by Dell, Small Screen Breakthroughs: Transforming the Straight-to-Consumer Entertainment Experience, Generation XYZ – Building TV for All, Mic Drop: The Big Business of Podcasting. Concludes with a Networking Cocktail Reception.
Two-Day Lighting Workshop at Solar
Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Ste. 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
The workshop will stress hands-on techniques over textbook theories to achieve Simple, Creative and Efficient shooting techniques without utilizing unneeded equipment, budget, crew or time. The workshop will cover, camera and lighting positions, outdoor lighting with regard to sun and shade conditions, using colored lighting to affect mood, appropriate lighting for actors or models with dark skin tone and complexions, knowing the differences in lighting for dramas and lighting for interviews, and more. 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.
Loufest 2017
Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10
St Louis’ Forest Park
5595 Grand Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63112
Phone: 888-512-SHOW (7469); 314-367-7275
At this year’s Loufest, visiting LouFest’ers can expect to hear from musical performers and bands, Weezer, Mathias and the Pirates, Run The Jewels, Jonny P, Houndmouth, ZZ Ward, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Huey Lewis and The News, The Record Company, Cage The Elephant, Jack Grelle, Hail Hail Chuck Berry, Beth Bombara, Snoop Dogg. The Lou Kidz area will be full of family-friendly activities including music, dancing, face painting, crafts, School of Rock “Petting Zoo,” and more. In between music sets, LouFest’ers can stroll through Market Square to check out art, threads, and stylish accessories from the St. Louis creative community and elsewhere.
69th Primetime Emmy Awards and Creative Arts Ceremonies
Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, September 10, 17:00
Microsoft Theater
777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-763-6030; 818-754-2800
The Creative Arts ceremonies, honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievements in television will take place over two consecutive nights — September 9, and 10. Creative Arts Saturday will present categories related to animation, documentary, reality and variety programming, while Creative Arts Sunday will present technical and creative achievement categories for scripted programming including comedy, drama and limited series. Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Angela Bassett and Stars From Hit Shows Including The Goldbergs, Saturday Night Live, The Handmaid's Tale and Orange Is the New Black are slated to make presentations at the Awards. The 69th Emmy Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater, September 17 (20:00-23:00 ET/17:00-20:00 PT) on CBS Television Network. Stephen Colbert will serve as host. 
All That Matters Entertainment Experience
Saturday, September 9 - Wednesday, September 13
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Seven Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
Phone: +65 6337 8888
All That Matters, Asia’s is a music, sports, gaming and entertainment industry conference, that tackles the array of entertainment choices in the hands of its fans.. The region’s premiere ‘Business-2-Business-2-Fan’ event experience is the gateway to Asia and will continue to reflect the convergence of the entertainment industry. All That Matters will be divided into four tracks: Music Matters, Sports Matters, Gaming Matters, Online Matters, Marketing Matters. A diverse line-up of notable speakers who will offer a unique perspective on a converged entertainment mediaverse. Keynote Speakers that are slated to make presentations include, Will Page, Spotify; T. Jay Fowler, Director, Product Management, YouTube; Rob Roy, VP, Content Acquisition, Netflix; N.P. Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN); Matt Derella, Global VP, Revenue and Operations, Twitter; Mary Gu, CAA China; Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music, YouTube; Kevin Lin, COO, Twitch; Joshua Burke, Global Head of Music Sourcing, Coca-Cola Co; Italo Zanzi, Executive VP/Managing Director, Sports, Fox Networks Group Asia; Hartwig Masuch, CEO, BMG; David Yang, CEO, Wanda Sports China; Charles Caldas, CEO, Merlin; Alex Zhu, Co-founder and Co-CEO, There will be so many more speakers than could be listed here.
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, September 9 - Wednesday, September 13
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
Geared especially toward Narrative/Documentary Filmmakers, this five-day intensive, hands-on workshop comprehensively guides students through the stages of filmmaking (Script Writing, Producing, Directing, Camera, Lighting, Sound Mixing and Editing) with techniques that are easy-to-learn and practical-to-use to complete a film in five days. 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 Acoustic Lounge
Monday, September 11, 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: Jackson Wise (, Rafael LóAr, Elisa Savoca (, Benjamin Diaz. Admission is free.



Exclusive First Look and Screenings: EVA1 (NYC/LA)
Mon, September 11, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Angelika Film Center 
18 West Houston Street, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-995-2570; 310-247-3600
Panasonic will make bi-coastal presentations of its AU-EVA1 Handheld Cinema Camera, in New York City and Los Angeles, including the screening of three shorts shot with the new cinema camera. The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with key filmmakers who will discuss shooting with the EVA1. Attendees will be able to get hands on with the EVA1 cinema camera and learn all about it. The EVA1 is a 5.7K handheld cinema camera that contains Dual Native ISOs of 800/2,500, records footage to low cost SD cards, and captures 14-stops of dynamic range. It is presumably suited for a number of shooting applications, including narrative, documentary, music videos, live events, and more. With a removable handgrip, EVA1 can be used for efficient handheld shooting applications and can also be mounted on a drone, gimbal rig, or jib arm for complex yet smooth camera moves.  The program will be repeated in Los Angeles on September 14, 18:00 at Linwood Dunn Theater.
A Second Bite of the Copyright Apple: Copyright Terminations - What You Need to Know to Reclaim Your Copyright
Thursday, September 12, 18:15
Sportsmen's Lodge Events Center
12833 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City, California
Phone: 818-379-3312
This panel will present a comprehensive view of current issues with § 203 of the Copyright Act, otherwise known as the “35-year law,” including a basic overview of the law; a refresher on §304; statutory requirements, dates, and deadlines; review of current litigation; current major label objections to sound recording notices of termination and the “work for hire” controversy; artist view from recording artist Stephen Bishop, who successfully terminated a recording agreement under § 203. Featured panelists will include Dan Perloff, Head of Research at Copyright Termination Experts, Evan S. Cohen, Esq. Attorney at Copyright Termination Experts, Stephen Bishop, Grammy and Oscar nominated songwriter. The Panel will be moderated by Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. The Music Industry Lawyer and Michael Morris, Esq. Managing Partner at Valensi Rose PLC and past President of California Copyright Conference. Opens with cocktails and ends with  a dinner which can be attended separately (pay at the door) with no RSVP.
AmericanaFest Nashville 2017
Tuesday, September 12 - Sunday, September 17
City Winery (other venues)
609 Lafayette Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-386-6936; 615-324-1010
A Kick-Off Bash gets things in motion for opening day at The Basement, serving as a badge pick-up and music jam lasting until midnight. But this will be separate from the Razor & Tie Kickoff Happy Hour, and the BMI Kick-Off Party presented by George Dickel. The Americana Honors and Awards Show on September 13, is considered a marquis event, and this year it will be hosted by the Jim Lauderdale, backed by an All Star Band led by Buddy Miller. This is not a black tie event and comfortable dress is encouraged. The conference portion features numerous panels, seminars, that form the  educational music industry forum, along with exclusive daytime performances. On September 14, Architect Management Presents: Mike Galbraith with Special Guest Escaping Paveent, and Cory Chisel Presented in Partnership With Content Creators Coalition (C3) and SAG-AFTRA happen the same day. Artist Growth Presents sessions, and on September 15, Red, White and Blue Elan: Our Americana Sound, will include participants Rusty Young and Poco, Rod Melancon, Jesse Dayton, Chelsea Williams. All of these events take into consideration the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all attended and presented by music industry leaders.
 And for six nights, AMERICANAFEST will feature over 230 live performances at approximately 40 of Nashville's venues. 
Future of Immersive Leisure (#FOIL2017)
Wednesday, September 13 - Thursday, September 14
Mandalay Bay
3950 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Phone: 717-798-3495; 877-632-7800
The event is aimed at bringing clarity to the business opportunities and constraints of immersive technology (virtual reality, augmented reality, 4D), and extends anticipated connection and networking opportunities among gathered owners, technology innovators, investors, and others in attendance. FOIL2017 will highlight new technologies, tools, trends, business models, and innovations that will impact the success of immersive experiences in amusement parks, location-based entertainment centers, movie theaters, museums, and other leisure facilities, as well as the role of immersive technologies in out-of-home experiential marketing. The first official Keynote Address for the conference takes the form of a fireside chat with immersive entertainment and special effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull of Trumbull Studios. In the  Interview conducted by Kevin Williams, Founder of KWP, Trumbull reveals details on an immersive cinematic format his company has developed called MAGI. In other Immersive Leisure conference highlights, Christopher Stapleton of Virtual World Society will moderate a session with Michael LaFleur, Director, Writer, Choreographer and Creative Entertainment, and Jeff Mayer, Creative Director Mayer Creative,  titled, “The ROI of Creating a Big Blockbuster Experience for a Small Box Attraction with 21st Century Immersive Technology.” Many more speakers are featured on the schedule.
Miami Web Fest
Thursday, September 14 - Sunday, September 17
The Betsy South Beach Hotel
1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: 866-792-3879
The Miami Web Series Festival (Miami Web Fest) looks for the best web series and showcases them in theaters in Miami, along with panel discussions, exclusive parties, and an awards ceremony to increase their exposure. The organization is dedicated to creating tangible commercial opportunities for emerging digital filmmakers while exposing audiences to their transformative work. Particular mandates of the festival organizers would be to provide educational outreach programs for young filmmakers grades 6-12, and host educational and networking events highlighting global film organizations and professionals. On day two of the four day festival will be the September 15 Pitchfest that will have a similar structure to “Shark Tank”. The purpose of the event is for independent filmmaker to pitch their projects to attending network executives for the possibility of distribution, The Miami Web Fest 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Bobby Roth, will be on hand to teach his Masterclass, “A Director Prepares”. The Director has directed more than eighty episodes of television, twenty-five TV movies, and thirteen feature films, and he has been teaching film seminars throughout the world for the last ten years. The Festival also hosts The Veteran Film Awards, which takes place at the Colony Theater in South Beach. The gala affair showcases and highlights the films created by and inspired by military veterans. The Awards specifically spotlight the veteran experience and seeks to support veterans who have the creative passion and skill to create substantive visual works of art, that will continue their contributions to society in a new format. Red Carpet reception begins at 18:00.
Email:; @MiamiWebFest
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Celebrates British Cinema - Film Festival (#NFMLA)
Saturday, September 16, 17:00
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
1313 Vine Street, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 213-741-7402
The Academy along with presenting partners NALIP and SAG-AFTRA host  the annual NFMLA Film Festival InFocus: Latino and Hispanic Cinema event. The festival will showcase local and international films by emerging filmmakers from the United States, Cuba, Spain, Peru, Guatemala, Venezuela and Mexico. Opening the three-program event is a shorts program with stories that range from a young woman struggling with her identity on the verge of adulthood, a voiceless man given the chance to be heard, and a winner of the American Visa Lottery having to choose between individual opportunities and abandoning her family. The following segment of screenings will address an equally diverse collection of narratives. From a comedy about a loyal mother attempting to grant her son's birthday wish of a Donald Trump piñata, to a drama about an Indigenous Californian woman trying to survive after being emancipated from a Los Angeles mission where she was raised. And in the final screening segment is the US premiere of the feature documentary, "Frágil Equilibrio (Delicate Balance)," which has already screened at European festivals. A keynote speech will be delivered by Kevin de León, President Pro Tem of the California State Senate, and the Q&A’s will be hosted by Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) President Claudia Puig. This event will also serve as a launch for a new year-long partnership with Norwegian Air. The airline is joining NFMLA as the Exclusive Airline Partner and in celebration of international storytelling, will be flying in select global filmmakers to Los Angeles for NFMLA’s monthly festivals. There will be pre-screening receptions before each program where attendees can sip cocktails and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge. Q&A sessions with the filmmakers will follow each program. 
IFP Screen Forward Conference
Sunday, September 17 - Thursday, September 21
BRIC Arts Media / IFP Media Center Theater
30 John Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn 11201
Phone: 212-465-8200; 718-729-6677
The Conference features main event Keynotes and Panels presented in 60 minute sessions. Past participants include Ezra Edelman (O.J.:Made in America), Ted Hope (Amazon Studios), Beau Willimon (House of Cards). The conference opening day will be devoted to Filmmaker Magazine Talks, an occasion that will also celebrate the 100th issue and 25th anniversary of Filmmaker Magazine. A listing of panels that will be conducted during this time include, A Creative Partnership: Barry Jenkins and Adele Romanski, Artists and Activism: Brandon Harris, A 'Good Time' in the City: Shooting New York on 35mm, A Conversation with Dee Rees, Persona Project: Behind the Scenes, Artists and Activism: Paola Mendoza, A Conversation with Sean Baker, What Does It Mean to be a Filmmaker Today? The subsequent days of the conference will address particular topics. September 18, Personal Visions on Screen/I Want to be a Producer. September 19, Truth to Power/I Want to Make My Series. September 20, New Stories on New Screens/I Want to Document Truth. September 21, Meet the Decision Makers/I Want My Film Seen. IFP’s latest initiative, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, is an incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries, and platforms can create, collaborate and connect. 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, September 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
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: Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
youbloomLA Music Summit and Festival
Thursday, September 21 - Saturday, September 23
Los Angeles College of Music (other venues)
300 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, California 91105
Phone: 323-883-1000
The Summit will be two focused days of industry networking and artist learning from working professionals in panels, masterclasses, keynotes, as well as nightly showcasing of some of musical acts from Ireland and around the world. At the Festival, visitors will have three nights (September 21-23), to listen to some of the selected youbloom artists who will be showcased in venues across the city. The spotlight focus panel, featuring ASCAP's Mike Todd (moderator), Steven Corn, Dutch Cramblitt, and ASCAP Board member Michelle Lewis, is “Follow The Money – How the Money Flows and is Tracked,” an examination of how YouTube, iTunes, Spotify is used to guage progress. Another panel, “Sync or Swim” – Placing Your Music With Film and TV, will be led by Hélène Muddiman (lead), Shele Sondheim, Manny Montiel, Gerard McMann.
Solar 2-day Directing the Camera Workshop Filming Actors
Saturday, September 23 - Sunday, September 24
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Ste. 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, September 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
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 Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, September 28, 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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