Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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Stuart Cinema and Cafe Events
Thursday, December 1
Stuart Cinema and Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 347-721-3777
The Cafe has programmed in feature film screenings for December that include: ‘The Polar Express,’ ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ ‘Bad Santa 2,’ The Nun,’ ‘Crazy Rich Asians.’ There are private screenings planned as well. 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 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 and signings.
DocuSlate Documentary Film Program, hosted By NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA)
Saturday, December 1, 09:30 - 23:30
South Park Center
1139 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 323-521-7385
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) DocuSlate program returns with a line-up featuring a strong focus on humanity in the face of adversity: perseverance, fighting for a cause, offering support in times of need, and building a better world in ways great and small for oneself and those around us. In the days programming, comprised mostly of shorts, the lone  feature documentary ‘The Reluctant Radical,’ follows climate change activist Ken Ward, a personality whose personal journey from leadership in environmental organizations to advocating for civil disobedience, could affect an audience to examine its own relationship with the knowledge of looming environmental disaster. In another collection of shorts, Giving Care, is a collection of stories about caregiving and working to improve the lives of others. We are introduced to a pastor offering housing to immigrants recently released from detention, three siblings creating structure and support for one another during the absence of their mother, an unconventional couple trying to do right by one another, a death doula offering meaningful end of life care, and a group of women working to take the stigma out of menstruation in India. 
Life Is Fare – Gala Screening, Q&A, VIP Reception
Saturday, December 1, 20:00
Cowin Center, Teacher’s College, Columbia University
535 Cathedral Parkway, Suite 14B, New York, New York 10025
Phone: 212-864-1760
‘Life is Fare’ (Director, Sephora Woldu) is a Tigrinya/ English feature film exploring three wildly different perspectives on the East African nation of Eritrea. The film’s premise follows Sephora, an idealistic young Eritrean American pitching a well meaning but ludicrous film idea to her traditional mother about a man (Haile) who fled their home country and ended up in San Francisco. As a recently arrived immigrant, Haile is terribly homesick for his native Eritrea, but will not admit it due to unease towards speaking ill of the country; and more consciously in hesitance of admitting hard truths about his culture and himself. ‘Life is Fare’ is a cross cultural film that challenges how patriotism and nationalism are practiced by people of a country, and is inspired by current Eritrean and Ethiopian migration experiences. Q&A with director Shephora Woldu after the screening & VIP RECEPTION.
BMI's “8 off 8th” Showcase
Monday, December 3, 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: Willie Shaw, Stephen Day, Straun, Taeda, Charli Adams, Hank Compton, James Droll, Camden. 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. Performing artists will be announced. Free and open to the public.
BMI Acoustic Lounge
Monday, December 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 Courtney Cole (, Story (, Kordelya (, Bevin ( 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.
California Copyright Conference – Holiday Party and Annual Apollo Awards
Tuesday, December 4, 18:30
Catalina Bar & Grill
6725 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 818-379-3312
Join the California Copyright Conference for the CCC's annual holiday party and second annual “Apollo Awards.” This year’s Apollo Award Recipients are Dina LaPolt of LaPolt Law and Teri Nelson Carpenter of Reel Muzik Werks. In addition to the “Apollo Awards,” we will have our annual silent auction event to raise money for the CCC’s John Braheny Scholarship Fund (please consider donating an item or two). Please contact us or reach out to any of our board members to inquire about advertising, donating auction items, or to discuss other sponsorship opportunities. Advance RSVP is recommended. The event includes a dinner with the presentation and it can be attended as a walk-up by paying at the door. A cocktail reception precedes the dinner. In addition to the “Apollo Awards,” we will have our annual silent auction event to raise money for the CCC’s John Braheny Scholarship Fund (please consider donating an item or two). 
December Holiday Mixer and Toy Drive
Wednesday, December 5, 17:30 - 19:30
Hollywood Museum, Penthouse Ballroom
1660 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 323-469-8311
please bring an unwrapped gift with a value of $10 or more or be prepared to pay a $10 admission fee. All guests must RSVP as reservations will be closed once we hit max capacity. Meet other Chamber members and promote your business. All members must RSVP as reservation will be closed once we hit max capacity. For optimum opportunities, the Chamber will allow only two guests from each company. Non-members who wish to attend, please contact for information. This event is a complimentary benefit of membership and exclusive to Hollywood Chamber members. The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building delivers an elegant Hollywood experience for private parties, special screenings, charity events, and other celebrity occasions. 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.
Sight, Sound and Story: The Art of Cinematography
Wednesday, December 5, 15:30 - 22:00
NYIT Auditorium, Broadway
1871 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
Phone: 212-414-9570
Hosted by Manhattan Edit Workshop, MEWShop's speaker series continues with an evening devoted to the art of cinematography. The public is invited to celebrate the craft of visual storytelling from the masters behind the camera - the session will take an in-depth look at Cinematography in documentaries, television, and narrative feature film. Presentation topics will include, "In The Moment: The Art of Cinematography in Documentary Filmmaking," "The New Age of TV: Bringing the Look of Cinema to the Small Screen,"  "Behind the Lens: A Conversation About the Work and Vision of Cinematographer Bruce Logan, ASC." A Networking Party and Tech Lounge sponsored by ZEISS closes out the evening.
International Leisure and Attraction JAPAN 2018
Wednesday, December 5 - Friday, December 7
Tokyo Big Sight West Hall
Three Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto, Tokyo 135-0063, Japan
Phone: +81-3-5363-1701; +81-3-6273-0403 Fax: +81-3-5363-0301
International Leisure and Attraction JAPAN, an exhibition speciality operation in the MICE market, will present three co-located industry events in one space. Japan Theme Park Expo 2018 (PARX), is an exhibition of facilities and services for development and operation of Theme Parks and Leisure Facilities. Live and Theater Expo 2018 (THEATEX), is an exhibition of facilities and services for live music club facilities, theaters and auditoriums. Leisure and Outdoor Expo 2018 (LEIX) shows facilities, equipment and services for leisure sports and outdoor activities. Visitors taking advantage of pre-registration can gain free admission at this link.
Stereopsia World Immersion Forum
Wednesday, December 5 - Friday, December 7
78 rue Paradis, Liège, Belgium
Phone: +32 4 229 27 56; +32 (0)4 229 27 52
Stereopsia is an international event dedicated to all forms of 3D / XR / AI. It features a series of conferences, panels with international experts, exhibition and demos, networking opportunities, and awards. There is nominated content in 3D and 3DVR, as well as the program for screenings. The best content will receive a golden Lumiere statuette during the remarkable registration-only Awards dinner on December 7 – at the close of the three day forum. This international event is organized in close collaboration with the Hollywood-based Advanced Imaging Society and VR Society and their EMEA Chapter, and it bestows their prestigious Lumiere Awards to exceptional 3D and 3D VR content makers. In the Exhibition area, you will find 17 exhibitors, with AR/XR demos and games, first-hand information on immersive technologies, Business-dating sessions, a VR Cinema... all free of charge. It is also the place where coffee and lunch breaks will be taken by Stereopsia's participants. On behalf of the Advanced Imaging Society based in Hollywood, CA, Stereopsia organizes – for the seventh consecutive year –  the competitions for the “Lumiere Awards” covering the regions consisting of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).
Fifth Annual Culver City Film Festival
Wednesday, December 5 - December 11
Cinemark 18 & XD, at the Howard Hughes Promenade
 6081 Center Drive, Los Angeles, California 90045
Phone: 310-568-3394
The fifth annual Culver City Film Festival will screen shorts and features, narrative films, documentaries, and more. The Culver City Film Festival brings together a diverse group of filmmakers to share recent work and recognize local talent in a city celebrated for its cinematic history and cultural depth. Featuring both up-and-coming and experienced film makers, the film festival hopes to provide a venue for independent film that deserves exposure and recognition. The festival also provides a worthy platform for a wide range of independent cinema to receive the exposure they deserve and need in an often crowded marketplace. 
One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, December 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.
VRX 2018 – San Francisco
Thursday, December 6 - Friday, December 7
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco, California 94102
Phone: 800 814 3459 x 7160; 415-771-1400; +44 (0)20 7375 7160
At VRX 2018, participants can expect a conference agenda that reflects the current state of how immersive technologies are currently shaping the business and social landscape with real application. Hear examples of how VR and AR is allowing brands to create interactive and engaging worlds and experiences for customers. Which technical and experiential components are most important to consider when creating great immersive experiences, and what are the latest advances in visual fidelity – how realistic can experiences now truly be. Gaming: What’s the real state of VR gaming, and issues such as VR games vs. flat screen games – differences in marketing strategies and execution. In seeking a route to mass consumer adoption, regarding location-based VR and arcades, get insight on why VR and location-based entertainment pair so well and why having the right content is crucial, and how centers are managing this. Find out how Simulated Reality has the potential to fundamentally change the way we interact with the digital world and gain understanding how removing wearables allows users full merging of the real world and the virtual world and allows for more natural interaction.
One-On-One With Writer and Producer Eric Miller
Saturday, December 8, 12:30
Sidetrack Creative Studios
5723 Auckland Avene, North Hollywood, California 91601
Phone: 310-278-2345
This event is with 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, script development, working on past shows and much more. Eric Miller produced the award-winning Texas Noir thriller BROKE SKY, said by the Daily Variety to be “…an exceptional example of American regional indie filmmaking,” as well as the horror film KNIFEPOINT, among many other films. As a staff producer for Full Moon Entertainment, he supervised a number of films shooting in the U.S., Mexico, Italy, and Eastern Europe such as BEANSTALK, PRIMEVALS, TEENIE WEENIES, JOSH KIRBY: TIME WARRIOR, MAGIC ISLAND, and many other films.
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, December 8 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.
ARRI Certified Training for Trinity
Saturday, December 8 - Sunday, December 9
ARRI Inc. Creative Space 
600 N. Victory Boulevard, Burbank, California 91502
Phone: 818-388-2306‬
Hosted by ARRI Academy, the two-day training course covers all aspects of working with the full capabilities of TRINITY, the flagship of ARRI’s CSS (Camera Stabilizer System) range: a 5-axis hybrid stabilizer that combines classic mechanical stabilization with advanced gimbal technology, offering new ways of operating. Participants will be given the opportunity to enhance their skills with new creative options and deepen to practical skills. Experienced user/instructors will detail the many possibilities the ARRI Camera Stabilizer Systems have to offer, providing hands-on training in addition to expert advice. Get to know the software and GUI applications for advanced configurations, and rehearse, shoot and record test shots to apply newly learned skills with the TRINITY. By the end of the course participants should be able to set-up, operate and look around the corner with the TRINITY offering new angles and storytelling options for the director and cinematographer. The sessions are suited to camera operators and Steadicam (TM) type operators 
Participants who have completed the ARRI artemis training or similar Steadicam(TM) workshop. 
XLIVE Annual Conference and Expo (#XLIVE2018)
Sunday, December 9 - Wednesday, December 12
Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Phone: 877.632.9001; 702-632-7777
XLIVE (#XLIVE2018) is an annual conference for music festival industry professionals to discover and discuss trends and issues surrounding the industry. Organizations attending include music festivals, film festivals, beer festivals, wine and food festivals, eSports events, Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Economic Development Corporations, event tech solution providers, event services companies, travel providers, financial services firms, production companies, event services, providers, A/V and staging companies and other organizations serving the live event and festival community. For three days you will interact, learn from and build relationships with the CEO, president, owner, founder, producer, executive director, manager, functional titles – marketing, finance, operations, IT, sales, project manager, talent buyer and other professionals working at festivals and live events. The XLIVE Opening Keynote is a joint presentation that features speakers John Boyle, President, Live Nation Japan, and Ted Cohen, Managing Parkner, TAG Strategic. The XLIVE Welcome Reception will at the MGM Grand in the evening. All attendees with an XLIVE badge will have the opportunity to network, play free games, 2 for 1 drinks, and have access to Hakkasan nightclub after the reception. 
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival – AMPAS Middle Eastern, Arab and Dutch Cinema Film Festival (#NFMLA)
Saturday, December 15, 10:30-23:00
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Mary Pickford Center’s Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street, Los Angeles, California 90028
Phone: 213-741-7402; 310-247-3000
The special program for this event is a joint presentation as NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) with presenting partners The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI), Shortcutz Amsterdam and the Dutch Culture USA (Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York), combine to offer a program of Middle Eastern, Arab & Dutch Cinema. The evening begins with InFocus: Dutch Cinema – Shortcutz Amsterdam Showcase, a collection of the winners of Shortcutz Amsterdam’s 2018 season presented in partnership with Shortcutz Amsterdam and Dutch Culture USA and offers highlights of diverse work made by Dutch filmmakers throughout the Netherlands. The second program of the evening, InFocus: Arab Cinema, showcases Palestinian, Tunisian, Lebanese and Qatari stories that cover the often unmentioned hardships of refugees in Europe, tackles the difficult questions of ideology through the eyes of a child, looks at history through a mockumentary lens, and in Cyril Aris’ Oscar-Qualifying The President’s Visit, takes us to a town whose preparation for an important guest takes an absurd and darkly humorous turn. Finally, the evening program concludes with InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema, a selection of shorts from Middle Eastern filmmakers shot all around the world – Lebanon, Israel, France, UK, Canada and the US. They tell stories of the complexity of identity, growing up, and of being stuck in difficult situations, personally and politically. Doors will open to the public at 16:00 with a pre-reception before each shorts program begins where attendees can sip cocktails and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge.
Cliff Goldmacher Workshop: Refining the Rough Recording
Monday, December 17, 13:30
BMI New York
Seven World Trade Center @ 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000
 In this workshop, Cliff Goldmacher will discuss the what, why and how of rough recordings as well as some concrete practical approaches to making your rough recordings as polished as possible. Some of the topics covered include, why songwriters should care about audio, how to make "polished" rough recordings, why sound quality matters in a rough recording, the value of rough recordings. Shure will be on hand with giveaways from their MOTIV line of iOS and USB recording solutions as well as a free gift for all attendees. Visit the online registration page to secure a place at this link ( 45 participants will be admitted online on a first-come, first-served basis, until all 45 seats are filled. As an educator, Cliff Goldmacher teaches workshops for BMI, ASCAP, The Standard Jazz Workshop, Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, Taxi and the Durango Songwriter’s Expo. Admission is free.
VR/AR Association SF: Unreal Garden and LMNL Year-end Event
Tuesday, December 18
Unreal Garden
1025 Market Street, San Francisco, California 94103
Phone: 415-890-5939
Onedome presents The Unreal Garden, an immersive mixed reality experience featuring the work of a visionary group of MR/VR/AR artists, and assembled by a team of technologists, innovators and storytellers, As an interactive-immersive exhibit, the Unreal Garden merges multiple layers of perception to engage the imagination and senses. The event opens with a formal welcome, giving way to networking. Presentations and panel discussions are part of the event and attendees are given a chance to network with speakers. Food and panel discussion are included in the admission, and all attendees receive an ARtillry Intelligence report added at no charge. On December 20 Onedome rolls out LMNL, an immersive experience designed using 14 interactive rooms and installations, interconnected into explorative exhibits created in collaboration with 11 leading new media and visual artists from around the world, as well as Onedome’s own artist collective. According to Onedome, “LMNL exists at the evolutionary edge of technology, art, and human connection.” Part of this exploration will also draw upon the visitors that take part in and/or interact with the interactive exhibits where the art magically responds to and is created by its visitors, where collaboration with others yields spontaneous surprises and where curiosity becomes a guide to new kinds of experiences. Onedome curates interactive arts and immersive entertainment in partnership with global visionaries, artists, technologists, and storytellers. San Francisco is the first of Onedome’s permanent locations. 
8th Mumbai Comic Con (#ComicCon)
Saturday, December 22 - Sunday, December 23
Bombay Exhibition Centre
NESCO, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063, India
Phone: +91 9136622662 / +91-22-61548585
Fan experiences will largely be themed on contemporary television and movie experiences. AXN, India’s English entertainment channel, will be recaptured through the AXN Live R.E.D. Zone. The iconic shows come to life as fans get to play their favorite characters. Marvel Studios in India will offer the Marvel Studios Experience zone on the heels of the 2018 release of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ that broke records in India and worldwide, and the anticipated upcoming release for both Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 (WIP title) in 2019. The Marvel zone will its India based fanbase to engage with some of their favorite superheroes. The ‘House of Amazon’ has put together programming of the best of their Amazon Originals. Experience Mirzapur, Jack Ryan and The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, replete with experiences and a chance to win swag and merchandise at the House of Amazon zone. At the Sony Pix Zone, visitors get a chance to meet, play, challenge and engage with their favorite characters and actors including Minions, Batman, The Mummy, Tom Cruise, Dom Toretto and others. Mumbai Comic Con Cosplay Contest takes into its regard all pop culture. All entries represent a character or element from the pop culture realm drawn only from five pre-selected categories. Contestants are required to register on-ground, get their photograph clicked and then do their reenactments on the Main Stage for first place in their respective categories. Those first place winners will then move on to the Final round to win the Grand Prize of The Cosplay Contest. The Grand Prize winner from each day and each city will also qualify automatically for the finals of the National Indian Championships of Cosplay to be held at a time and date that will be made available to contestants.
Open Mic Night at The Actors Theatre Workshop
Wednesday, December 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. 
Hollywood Networking Breakfast
Thursday, December 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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