Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Friday Night Social Screenwriters Meetup
Friday, February 1, 18:30-21:30
The District By Hannah An
8722 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California 90048
Phone: 310-278-2345
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 Final Draft. 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.” The company that produces Final Draft, a screenwriting software, Cast and Crew Entertainment Services based in Burbank, provides vital services to the film and television industries as well as financial services such as production incentive consulting, administration and financing. Free to attend and there is a one drink minimum. Food and cocktails are available for purchase. It important to register before 22:00 the evening before the event to gain entry. The Scriptwriters Network, founded in 1986, is an educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, volunteer-driven organization created by writers for writers and industry professionals. Scriptwriters bring in entertainment professionals to speak and teach on the art, craft, and business of scriptwriting for TV, features and new media.
 
 
Stuart Cinema and Cafe Events
Friday, February 1 - Thursday, February 28
Stuart Cinema and Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 347-721-3777
The Cafe has programmed in feature film screenings for February that includes: ‘Bad Times at the El Royale.’  There is a planned Super Smash Bros. Happy Hour,’ that are part of weekend Video Gaming Sessions for kids and adults. Up to eight players can play on the 160” movie screen. There are private screenings planned as well and a photo gallery. Please 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.
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, February 2, 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.
 
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, February 4, 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 Athena (www.whoisathena.com), DYLN (www.dylnmusic.com), Plavka (www.facebook.com/plavka.singer), Tyler Forrest (www.thescaredcrows.com). This month’s BMI Acoustic Lounge is being held at Hotel Café, 1623 N Cahuenga Boulevard, instead of the usual Genghis Cohen venue at 740 North Fairfax Avenue. Admission is free.
 
BMI's “8 off 8th” Showcase
Monday, February 4, 20:00
Mercy Lounge
One Cannery Row, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-251-3020; Fax: 615-252-2527
BMI and TuneSpeak  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: Karen Hardy, Jamra, Jackson Bruck, Django Stewart, Starwolf, Amber Woodhouse, Kyle Reynolds, Bryce Merritt. 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. TuneSpeak helps artists find new fans in the music loving community through existing technology and new innovations. Free and open to the public.
 
 
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, February 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 (celebrating its fifth anniversary on this date), a live showcase of new music which takes place the first Tuesday of every month. Live acts featured for this night include: new UK pop singer, July Jones; Garden Of The Year singer/songwriter, VC Pines; and new alt-pop performer, Jylda.  FRUKT DJ fill 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. FRUKT and DIY DJs playing around the bands. This event is free.
Email: london@wearefrukt.com; @FRUKT
 
Large Vision Business Network Mixer Expo (LVBNM)
Tuesday, February 5, 18:00-21:00
Suncoast Hotel and Casino
9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89145
Phone: 702-641-5822: 702-639-6964
Large Vision Business Network Mixer Expo stresses business networking and offers a focus on consumer promotional marketing and stage/convention, trade expo, and video presentations reflecting entertainment, sports, and other special event marketing programs. This week’s event will feature a Chefs Corner of lite bite samples for everyone (while supplies last). Also, visitors can view the SendOutCards Area, featuring “Sweet Heart Gifts,” and receive a free Valentine’s Day card as well. Selected lucky attendees can win tickets for two to see the Nevada Ballet Theatre “Firebird.”
 
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, February 7, 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 International Screenwriters Association (ISA) Founder Craig James Pietrowiak
Saturday, February 9, 12:30
Sidetrack Creative Studios
5723 Auckland Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91601
Phone: 310-278-2345
A Writer, Director and Producer will discuss a variety of topics, including writing strong characters, creating a compelling premise and/or story, finding your voice, hooking your reader and script development. As Founder of ISA, he will share his story and give loads of advice for breaking in and how to best use the ISA site to make that happen. To attend these “Special Events,” you must be a current SWN member, register before the deadline and show your SWN card at the entrance door. The International Screenwriters’ Association is an online community whose main mission is to help writers tell their stories. Founded by Craig James Pietrowiak, an indie filmmaker, there is a meeting on the second Saturday of every month. 
 
Solar 2-day Directing the Camera Workshop Filming Actors
Saturday, February 9 - Sunday, February 10
Solar Film/Video 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.
 
Saudi International Media and Broadcast Expo – SIMB Expo 2019
Saturday, February 9 - Monday, February 11
The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh
AlHada Area, Mekkah Road, Riyadh, 11493 Saudi Arabia
Phone: +966 92 00 200 25 ; +966118028020
SIMB Expo’s conference program reflects topics set to explore recent advancements in the delivery and continuity of the visual and audio media industries. There will be reviews on the changing landscape of broadcast media in MENA through particular topics: Promoting the digital experience by leveraging on existing services without undermining traditional business models; Driving Cross-Platform Measurement: Bridging the Audience Measurement Gap Across Viewing Screens; Developing a Winning Strategy for the Future of Visual Effects and Post-Production; State of the Industry Report Presented by Frost and Sullivan Is the Middle East Aboard the Flying Carpet for TV-Everywhere Yet, and other areas of exploration. SIMB Expo exhibitors at the convention will represent many industry categories, including: Camera Equipment Providers, Studio Equipment Suppliers, Media Educational Institutes, Culture and Information, and Media Authorities, Radio Channel Agencies, News Channel Agencies, Cinematography, Studio Accessories, Media and networking Software Solution, Publishing, Media Management Solutions Agencies, Information Technology Companies, Marketing Companies, Media Lab Equipment, Online media storage and retrieval, Online Media Services, Image Enlargers, Media and Advertising Companies, Media Equipment Suppliers, Film and Media production houses. 
 
Five-Day Filmmaking Workshop at Solar
Saturday, February 9 - Wednesday, February 13
Solar Film/Video Productions
632 Broadway, Suite 304, New York, New York 10012
Phone: 212-473-3040
With an emphasis on light and shadow, the workshop emphasizes shooting in real-world situations while learning how to make quality and cost-effective films. 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.
 
The 61st Grammy Awards
Sunday, February 10
Staples Center
1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 310-392-3777; 213-742-7340 Fax: 310-392-2306
The GRAMMYs are a peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position. The Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in high definition and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 20:00-23:30 (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio worldwide via Westwood One, and covered online at GRAMMY.com and CBS.com, and on YouTube. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook. Current nominees that will also perform at the 2019 GRAMMYS include, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves. Singer-musician Alicia Keys will host the 61st GRAMMY Awards. Nominees for the category of Record of the Year include: I Like It, from Cardi B; The Joke, Brandi Carlile; This Is America, from Childish Gambino; God's Plan, from Drake; Shallow, from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; All The Stars, from Kendrick Lamar and SZA; Rockstar, from Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage; The Middle, from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey. Nominees in the category of Album of the Year include: Invasion Of Privacy by Cardi B, By The Way, I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile, Scorpion by Drake, H.E.R. by H.E.R., Beerbongs & Bentleys by Post Malone, Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe, Beerbongs & Bentleys by Post Malone, Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By (Various Artists). 
 
 
Digital Radio Week and World Radio Day Events
Tuesday, February 12 - Friday, February 15
European Broadcasting Union (and UNESCO online events)
L’Ancienne-Route 17A CH-1218 Grand-Saconnex Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)22 717 2111
The month of February will host several global event dates (between at least two separate organizers) spotlighting the vitality of radio in present-day media culture. World Radio Day 2019 organized through UNESCO will celebrate the theme of “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace” and the power of radio in promoting understanding and strong communities. UNESCO has outlined on its website “10 Ideas” for celebrating World Radio Day for anyone, anywhere in the world: “Embrace Differences, Engage Your Audience, Empower the Voiceless, Inspire Your Listeners, Foster Partnership, Reflect, Celebrate Community Spirit, Put Words Into Action, Participate, Listen and Respond.” In other events, from February 12-15, EBU, a global association of national broadcasters staging events from Geneva, will stage European Broadcasting Union Digital Radio Week consisting of industry and public events, including: RadioHack 2019, from February 11-12, RadioDNS Update, on February 12, Automotive Workshop, on February 12, Digital Radio Summit 2019, on February 13,  and Radio Archive Workshop 2019, on February 14. In particular, the two-day RadioHack 2019 will brings together coders, solderers and thinkers to collaborate and innovate together. 
 
International Istanbul Film-TV Forum and Exhibition – IFTV
Thursday, February 14 - Saturday, February 16
Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center
Harbiye Mahallesi, Gümüş Cad. No:4, 34367 Harbiye / Şişli/Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212 221 65 01
For the event iTVF wants to bring together a select profile of professionals, and play host to an important cultural gathering with visitors from 75 countries participating in the event. Like the previous year, the expo in 2019 will consist of presentations about the broadcasting industry, TV channels, new technology and media companies, film production suppliers, film and series production companies, international distributors of film and series and film locations. Additionally, there will be planned exhibitions for services and products, from sectors including audio and lighting equipment and accessories, animation, data storage, IPTV, mobile TV, VR and other advanced technologies. IFTV speaker discussions aim at developing and presenting a road map based on the anticipated global trends and advances as well as the communication and cooperation channels in the broadcasting industry. Through invited speakers, their goal is to discuss the international agenda of broadcasting and content and to come up with ideas for a common future. Based on the main theme chosen according to the advancements of the year, the forum will include national and international visionaries and opening speakers. The Istanbul TV Forum and Fair aims to provide the regional broadcasting industry with opportunities to discover the Turkish Media Market, exploit new opportunities in the EMEA region and build global partnerships in Istanbul, a promising hub for international business. 
 
Film Set Protocols Seminar
Sunday, February 17, 13:00-17:00
Asheville School of Film
45 South French Broad Avenue, Suite 120 Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Phone: 1-844-285-3456
The one-day workshop covers essential techniques for anyone wishing to work on a motion picture set. Coverage includes essentials of working on a film set, including proper roles and expected job responsibilities, capturing nuanced unspoken rules and guidelines that crew is expected to know.  Established in 2015, Asheville instructors have over 30 years of combined experience at several universities and film schools teaching the principles of filmmaking on both digital and film medium.
 
Hollywood Economic Development Committee
Tuesday, February 19, 08:00-09:30
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
6255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 150, Hollywood, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311; Fax: 323-469-2805
Committee meets every third Tuesday and coordinates efforts to retain and attract businesses to Hollywood. Comprised of volunteer members, the committee works closely with new developers and financial investors to ensure that community support is mobilized to gain approval for projects important to Hollywood’s revitalization. Marty Shelton and Tim Grubbs are 2018 Volunteer Co-chairs. Sponsors periodic briefings for brokers on economic development projects in greater Hollywood, and coordinates annual Economic Summit. 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 21, 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.
 
Durango Songwriter’s Expo
Thursday, February 21 - Saturday, February 23
Crowne Plaza Resort
450 East Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, California 93001
Phone: 970-946-9521; 970-259-9747
The Durango Songwriter Expo is an anticipated singer/songwriter events. Held twice yearly -- once in Colorado and again in Santa Barbara, California wine country. Each attendee gets heard in three listening sessions, and the opportunity to submit for live showcases and open mics. Registration is famously limited to 200 attendees and there are over 40 music industry pros and songwriters attending. The Expo is planned with the intent to give artists and songwriters every opportunity to network with music supervisors, labels, publishers and fellow artists. Every attendee gets three listening sessions on CD and the opportunity to play live at either a showcase or open mic. Attendees get their music critiqued in listening sessions, sit in on industry panels and perform their music during the evening showcases, making it a networking and relationship building opportunity as well as to improve music technique.
 
2019 BRIT Awards
Wednesday, February 22, 19:00
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. Featured artists in this year's award show include Ms. Banks, Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man, Jess Glynne with H.E.R., The 1975, George Ezra, others. Pop icon P!NK will be honored with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at this year’s ceremony. P!NK will be the first international artist to receive this award. The award is in conjunction with a Special Recognition for War Child to mark the charity’s 20th anniversary. The 2019 BRIT Awards will be broadcast live from O2 Arena in London and will be broadcast live on ITV. Alternatively, the BRIT Awards will be live streamed internationally on YouTube for the sixth consecutive year, viewers in the UK can watch live on ITV/STV or via the ITV Hub. The BRITS will be hosted by Jack Whitehall, and Clara Amfo and Alice Levine will be back to host this year’s Red Carpet show on ITV2 on the night of the awards for the third year running. YouTube Music is the official music app for The BRIT Awards 2019. YouTube Music on the web is at this link.
 
The 91st Academy Awards - OSCARS
Sunday, February 24, 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 Oscars acknowledge the past year’s greatest cinema achievements as determined by a body of voting motion picture enthusiasts. This 91st Academy Awards will be the first ceremony without a designated host since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989. This year, on Oscar night, starting at 20:00 EST, the official Oscar Game will let fans engage with the award show with interactive, live play along experience. The Official Oscar Game will engage players with trivia, polls, and stories that highlight the great iconic moments of Oscar history. Eager Oscar fans can log in to Oscar.com or the ABC app to start playing. 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 following markets: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. Customers with a DirecTV subscription in the following markets will also be able to watch the ABC live stream of The Oscars: Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah and West Palm Beach. Use this link for a for a full list of participating TV providers.
 
Mobile World Congress (#MWC19)
Monday, February 25 - Thursday, February 28
Fira Gran Via (other venues)
Av. Joan Carles I, 64 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
Phone: +34 93 233 20 00
The convention’s opening Keynote will be in the form of a panel. Participating panelists include Mats Granryd, GSMA; Chang-Gyu Hwang, KT Corporation; Stephane Richard, Orange Group; Chua Sock Koong, Singtel Group; José María Álvarez-Pallete López, Telefónica S.A.; Nick Read, Vodafone. The topic for the Keynote is, “Intelligently Connecting the World.” Mobile World Congress will offer attendees focused Topic Tours of the exhibition led by industry experts. The 2019 Topic Tours program includes: 5G and NFV; Cybersecurity; Internet of Things; Mobile Advertising and Apps; Retail and Digital Commerce; Sustainable Smart Cities; Transformative AI; and What’s Hot at MWC. The GSMA also offers unique Custom Experiences to address attendees’ specific business objectives and requirements. New activities for 2019, YoMo will showcase a number of new activities. Among them, the Magma Exporecerca Jove Research Fair, featuring an award presentation for competing students at a gala on Saturday, 2 March; the Ciencia en Accción international competition for students, professors and researchers in the science community; the launch of the “choose your crew” career program; new Tech4Girls activities and a new Teacher Track from the Institute of European Design inclusive of speakers, immersive fashion and wearables. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a variety of programs in Hall 8.0 NEXTech – a place to gain insights from industry veterans who will conduct varied sessions during MWC19. Three types of facilities will be devoted to networking: networking events, networking lounges, networking gardens.
 
BMI Show and Tell
February 26, 19:00-22:00
The Den On Sunset
8226 Sunset Boulevard, West, Los Angeles, California
Phone: 323-656-0336
BMI’s Show and Tell event welcomes songwriters and offers them the opportunity to share 90 seconds of an original song with the rest of the attendees on a first come, first serve basis. In addition to hearing new music, event participants will enjoy a night of networking opportunities with other songwriters, industry professionals, and BMI representatives. Participants need to be 21 and over, and admission is free.
 
Open Mic Night at The Actors Theatre Workshop
Wednesday, February 27, 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 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; 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. 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 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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