Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events

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One Mic Nite Open Talent Showcase at LOA (#LiveSeries)
Thursday, August 1, 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.
 
Lollapalooza 2019  (#Lolla)
Thursday, August 1 - Sunday, August 4
Grant Park Hutchinson Field
Michigan & Congress, Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: 888-512-7469
Bands and performers are understandably the big news anticipated at Lollapalooza. Responsible for introducing and popularizing some of the big musical names, this year's lineup (of non-headliners) will include: JACKIE FOSTER, Lennon Stella, Matoma, Jade Bird, Mitski, Lauren Daigle, Bishop Briggs, Sam Fender, Bayonne, Beach Bunny, Sigrid, Pink Sweats, Yung Gravy, Ama Lou, Boy Pablo, Sydden Death, Tyla Yaweh, Age Sex Location, GG Magree, Diesel (Shaquille O’Neal), and so many others. This year, to help keep the party going, Official 2019 Lollapalooza Aftershows and parties are planned for designated venues around Chicago, such as Metro, House of Blues, Logan Square and Prysm, among others from July 30 through August 4. A YouTube live stream will offer video snippets of musical highlights over the run of the festival. Additionally, SiriusXM will broadcast all weekend long, including continuous coverage on Alt Nation and select performances airing on channels including Sirius XMU, BPM, Hip Hop Nation, The Heat, Spectrum, and more. How do bands get booked for Lollapalooza? For unsigned bands, Lollapalooza works with Sonicbids in the Last Band Standing contest that lets fans pick an unsigned band to play at the festival.
 
Stuart Cinema and Cafe Events
Thursday, August 1 - Saturday, August 31
Stuart Cinema and Cafe
79 West Street, Brooklyn, New York 11222
Phone: 347-721-3777
The Cafe has programmed in feature film screenings for August. Ugly Dolls, Shazam, Pikachu, Long Shot, Avengers: End Game, Beetlejuice, Validate Yourself Film Fest, Tarab, While I Breath I Hope, Back To Natural, are among featured full length films or mini-festivals. Since the programming is always evolving it is necessary to visit the website and retrieve the most recent updates to the program. There is generally a Super Smash Bros. Happy Hour,’ that happens for weekend Video Gaming Sessions, for kids and adults. Up to eight players can play on the 160” movie screen. There are private screenings and events planned as well and a photo gallery. 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.
 
Friday Night Social Screenwriters Meetup
Friday, August 2, 18:30-21:30
The District By Hannah An
8722 West Third Street, Los Angeles, California 90048
Phone: 888-796-9673; 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 brings in entertainment professionals to speak and teach on the art, craft and business of script writing for TV, features and new media.
 
Gotta Sing! Search for A Star Open Mic
Saturday, August 3, 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, August 5, 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 Sleeping Lion (www.sleepinglionmusic.com), Adan Allende (www.instagram.com/adanallende), Flo (www.instagram.com/flosoul), Dary (sptfy.com/darymusica).. This month’s BMI Acoustic Lounge is being held at Hotel Café, 1623 N. Cahuenga Boulevard, instead of the former Genghis Cohen venue at 740 North Fairfax Avenue. Admission is free.
 
AR/VR Art Workshop @ StarSeed Art & Technology
Monday, August 5, 14:30-17:00
The Mothership
510 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11216
Phone: 504-782-2000
StarSeed is a NYC based pop-up workshop that teaches marketable technology and design skills to young adults in underserved communities. This workshop will be suited to ages 16 and older. With today’s rapidly changing digital workplace, StarSeed is committed to preparing the designers of tomorrow. Workshop resources will stress the use of Tilt Brush to paint in 3D space for virtual reality, and Spark AR Studio to build augmented reality experiences. As Artist in Residence at Harvard University, workshop mentor, Paul Deo, worked with students and local Native American tribes to merge an understanding, teamed with Augmented Pictures and created the first augmented reality mural on the campus. Most recently, he received the prestigious Carnegie Hall NeON Arts Grant and used it to start StarSeed Art and Technology, digital arts entrepreneur school. Will Roberts is the Founder and Creative Director at Augmented Pictures, a NYC based immersive design and animation studio. Mentor Will Roberts is the Founder and Creative Director at Augmented Pictures, a NYC based immersive design and animation studio. As a director, VR artist, and immersive designer, his longtime interest has been exploring the intersection between technology, folklore, and the human experience. Free to the public.
 
BMI's “8 off 8th” Hip Hop Fresh Fruit Showcase
Monday, August 5, 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: Taela, Andrews, Sarah West, The Pressure Kids, Krysten Simone, Evan Cline, Olivia Reid, Jordan Lindley. 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences looking for the next big thing. Hosted by 2 L’s On A Cloud. Mercy Lounge helps artists find new fans in the music loving community through existing technology and new innovations. Mercy Lounge has a standing room capacity of 500, a state of the art sound system, and a back bar area that features pool tables, booth seating, and a more-relaxed environment from which to take in the show. Performing artists are offered dedicated monitor and front of house sound engineers, an array of lighting and production options, and a loft-style hospitality suite complete with kitchen, bathroom and comfort area. Anyone interested in rental or showcase opportunities, please email booking@mercylounge.com. Free and open to the public.
 
THE FIX: FRUKT’s Live Music Showcase (#FRUKT)
Tuesday, August 6, 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: DVOYCE b2b IBA MAHR,  from Jamaica to play Notting Hill Carnival; Aaron Porter, with a soulful modern r'n'b sound has recently  single 'Boy'; one more act TBA at the time of this writing. 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
 
Best Practices for On-Set Wireless
Thursday, August 8, 18:30
Sim Los Angeles
1017 North Las Palmas, Hollywood California 90038
Phone: n/a
Newly developed tools available to help filmmakers wirelessly monitor their images, as well as control cameras and lenses. However, there could be a learning curve toward their correct implementation. The Digital Cinema Society at Sim Los Angeles is an educational workshop designed to give participants the knowledge to get the best performance out of their on-set wireless devices. Experts from gear manufacturers and Sim personnel will be on hand to offer guidance of the various systems available and to demonstrate the best techniques to maximize signal strength and reduce latency in a variety of environments. Doors open at 18:30 for meet and greet networking and light refreshments with presentations starting at 19:00. Free to attend and all are welcome, but RSVPs are mandatory.  Please send your RSVP with name and contact details to: rsvptodcs@digitalcinemasociety.org Formed in 2003, the Digital Cinema Society is a nonprofit educational cooperative dedicated to the industry's informed integration of new technology.
 
ANIREVO – Anime Revolution, Vancouver
Friday, August 9 - Sunday, August 11
Vancouver Convention Centre - West Side
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3
Phone: +1-604-689-8232
Anime Revolution, commonly referred to as AniRevo, considers itself to be a stimulus offering up creative outlets and skills workshops that allow for self-expression through exposure and celebration of both Japan pop culture and animation. These include art, animation, comics, costuming, cultural displays, dance, gaming, musical performances, and other aspects of Japanese culture.  Anirevo hosts a variety of programs that encourage and motivate the community to participate in cultural exchange. AniRevo is very interactive for its attendees, and there will be several events that they can take part in. AniRevo 2019 will conduct ottendee-organized photoshoots. Other participatory events (which may be too late to apply to at this reading) are Cosplay Contest and Skits before spectators and judges, AniRevo’s Got Talent, The Idol Group Showcase, the AMV contest, the Idol competition. Gamers can show off their waifu/husbando combos with setups for tournaments and casual play. Rules, judging criteria, due dates and more details are available through the website. AniRevo offers quite a bit in terms of programmed events to view and/or interact in. It would be best to check the website to obtain the full program of events and activities.
 
 
One-On-One With Writer and Producer Joe Stillman
Saturday, August 10, 12:30
Sidetrack Creative Studios
5723 Auckland Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91601
Phone: 888-796-9673
Organized by Scriptwriters Network, the event will feature a Writer and Producer who will discuss a variety of topics, including writing strong characters, creating a compelling premise and/or story, finding your voice, hooking your reader, script development, among other topics.. Workshop leader, Joe Stillman co-wrote “Shrek” for Dreamworks which earned him an Academy Award® nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Annie and BAFTA Awards.  Other produced features are “Beavis & Butthead Do America”, “Shrek 2”, “Gulliver’s Travels”, “Planet 51” and “Joseph King Of Dreams”. In television, he was co-producer and writer on “King of the Hill,” for which he received two Emmy Award® nominations. Currently, he is writing a reboot of “Darkman” for Universal.
 
BMI 101 Workshop LA
Thursday, August 15, 16:00-17:00
BMI Los Angeles Office
8730 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd Floor West, West Hollywood, California 90069
Phone: 310-289-6336; 310-659-9109 Ext. 6336
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handling an account. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
MEMETIC Annual MEME Festival
Thursday, August 15 - Saturday, August 17
The Metropolitan Rooftop (other venues)
281 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 5S4
Phone: 204-594.9494
MEMETIC has a specific focus on Manitoban musicians and artists and also distributes links to international networks promoting electronic music artists of Manitoba and throughout the globe. MEME workshops presented in partnership with Manitoba Music will survey all aspects of electronic music production through presentations, industry panels and hands-on demonstrations from producers who will be performing at the Festival. Scheduled presenters and performers you can expect to hear from include LVLup, began mixing audio during the late 90's in the underground electronic music scene, then developed an interest in the visual aspects of the electronic music events and shifted his focus from DJing to VJing; Stacey Pullen is an innovator from the second wave of Detroit techno; Grammy Nominated (2017 Best Remixed Recordings) Canadian born electronic music artist, producer and DJ, James Teej; remix artist and producer from Chicago, Billy Dalessandro, a part-owner of Siteholder Records; producer and DJ Hrdvsion (a.k.a. Nathan Jonson). This is only a partial list. MEMETIC’s workshops and clinics intend to create a sonic space that can support innovation in new electronic music and digital art. There are also free educational workshops through community outreach and providing special guest presenters during the annual MEME festival. MEMETIC works year-round producing smaller events ranging in size from 150 – 500 people. All events feature a combination of local musicians and digital artists with occasional international talent. 
 
BMI’s Rooftop on the Row
Tuesday, August 20, 18:00
BMI’s Nashville Office Rooftop Lounge
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203-4399
Phone: 615-401-2000
BMI’s Rooftop on the Row series pairs up-and-coming Country and Americana singer-songwriters with veteran performers, enabling industry influencers and fans alike to enjoy the casual vibe on the BMI Nashville office’s rooftop while listening to some of the genres’ new and established acts. Performing tonight are Gone West and Mitchell Tenpenny. The series runs through August 2019, and is presented collaboratively by George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, NASH FM 103.3 and 95.5 NASH ICON.
 
Cliff Goldmacher Songwriter Workshop: Lyric Writing Fundamentals
Wednesday, August 21, 15:00-16:00
BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
Gain an insider’s perspective on business aspects of songwriting for profit. Learn about lyric writing from a big picture perspective, including, the importance of a natural , conversational and singable lyric; the value of simplicity in song lyrics; metaphor and how its effective use raises the level of a lyric; writing lyrics while keeping your listener’s perspective in mind. 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. All participants MUST check in by 13:50 at the latest, or the spot will be given away to those on the waiting list. 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.
 
Broadcast Infrastructure and Platforms For Converged Media Ecosystem
Wednesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 22
Radisson Blu Hotel
Corner Rivonia Road & Daisy Street Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: +44 (0) 207 712 1526; +27 (11) 245 8000
The International Forum on ‘Broadcast Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Media Ecosystem’ is a two-day forum focused on providing broadcasters, as well as other industry stakeholders, with needed information and knowledge on how to successfully build and manage a viable digital broadcasting infrastructure and platforms. With seasoned industry executives on the program, the forum strives to offer its audience a vetted roadmap for the sensible implementation and management of digital television and electronic media services in a converged ecosystem. Forum topics that will be explored include, Future-proofing broadcast and media infrastructure for the changing needs of African consumers; Next-generation audio and sound systems for broadcasters in the digital environment; The dynamics of creating content for Radio in a multi-platform ecosystem; Innovations with cloud broadcasting – how to take advantage; Impact of the internet on content provisioning for media services – from automation to artificial intelligence; Broadcast content planning and development for online platforms; Data services and advertising initiatives for a converged, multi-platform environment; Effective media assets management for digital broadcast media - issues, challenges and opportunities. Parent organizer Broadcast Media Africa, guides and tracks the development of Africa's Broadcasting and Media services industry. 
 
Edinburgh International Television Festival
Wednesday, August 21 - Friday, August 23
Edinburgh International Conference Centre
The Exchange, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EE, UK
Phone: +44 20 7278 9515; +44 131 300 3000
The Festival takes place every August offering keynotes, debates and masterclasses, and networking opportunities to the 2000+ television and media professionals from across the globe. The EITF considers itself a charitable organisation, primarily from its support and nurturing of the next generation of talent. The Festival’s main keynote address is the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. The lecture features speeches from leading media figures connected with British and international television. At this year’s function, television show personality, Jerry Springer, delivers the Alternative MacTaggart, first giving a short speech then, taking part in a Q&A with Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, Dorothy Byrne, in which he will discuss his long career hosting The Jerry Springer Show which ran from 1991 to 2018. Beyond the 2019 MacTaggart talk, other speakers taking part in panels and interviews that are set for the program include Hugh Laurie, CBE; Charlotte Moore, BBC; Paul Feig, Writer/Director/Actor; Amelia Dimoldenberg, YouTuber; Anna Drezen, Saturday Night Live; Aparna Purohit, Amazon Prime Video India; Producer/Director Dan Reed, Leaving Neverland, Terror In Mumbai; Danny Gabai, Vice Studios, Vice Media; Producer Esther Springer, BBC Studios, and others.
Email: info@thetvfestival.com; m.me/ThisIsEdinburghTVFestival
 
BMI 101 Workshop Nashville
Thursday, August 22, 16:00-17:00
BMI’s Nashville Office
10 Music Square E., Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone: 615-401-2000
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handling an account. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
D23 Expo trade exhibition for Disney lovers
Friday, August 23 - Sunday, August 25
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, California 92802
Phone: 855-323-5973
D23 Expo presents three full days of “inside-the-magic” experiences that will include performances and concerts by renowned Disney songwriters, Broadway stage luminaries, voice actors, musicians, sneak peeks at upcoming films from the Walt Disney Studios, celebrity appearances, special presentations given by Disney luminaries, a look at what’s coming from Disney Parks and Resorts and Walt Disney Imagineering, the Disney Legends ceremony, and the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibition which spotlights crown jewels from Disney’s timeless legacy. D23 Expo is an opportunity for Disney fans to connect with others who share their passion for all things Disney. And somewhat similar to Comic-Con, there is also a costume contest, but instead referred to as the Mousequerade costume contest, so fans can show their creative and crazy costumes for all to see. Stars and executive producers from ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. come together to honor the past six seasons of the show while anticipating the conclusion of the series in summer 2020, and a Disney Parks and Princesses Cosplay Photo Shoot are just some of the many special events lined up for D23 Expo.
Email: guestrelations@d23.com; m.me/DisneyD23
 
Open Mic Night at The Actors Theatre Workshop
Wednesday, August 28, 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, August 29, 08:00-10:30
Raleigh Studios
5300 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California 90038
Phone: 323-465-9800; 310-854-1111
To attend the Hollywood Networking Breakfast(R), you should be directly involved in the entertainment industry, a group which usually includes writers, producers, directors, development / production execs, talent representatives, casting directors, entertainment attorneys, financiers, actors and others at various levels of experience and achievement. Check-in starts at 07:20. Everyone gets 15 seconds to introduce themselves to the room. The breakfast -- held on the last Thursday of every month -- begins at 08:00 and lasts until approximately 10:30. The breakfast may sometimes be held on a Saturday or another weekday. Parking is available, free of charge.
 
BMI 101 Workshop NY
Thursday, August 29, 12:00-13:00
BMI New York Office
Seven World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10007
Phone: 212-220-3000; 646-779-8455
BMI 101 is a free one-hour introductory workshop for writers and publishers, covering the role that BMI plays in the music industry, basics of performing rights, and becoming a BMI affiliate. Two BMI Employees will outline the history of BMI, how to utilize the current services to the fullest extent and other basic 101 tips and tricks to handling an account. Attendance is free, but seating is limited so RSVP with the total number of guests by email to BMI101NY@bmi.com. Admittance is granted only through advance RSVP.
 
 

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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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