XR WA Perth Ideas Market, Latin Alternative Music Conference 2019, 50th San Diego Comic-Con International, SIGGRAPH 2019, Los Angeles, are calendar highlights in July’s media and showbiz industry events

Spiderman: Far From Home

Global Conference for Media Freedom is the brainchild of the UK and the Canadian government in a partnership, with Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, to create an international campaign to defend media freedom and improve the safety of journalists who report across the world. Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jeremy Hunt, the UK Foreign Secretary, will co-host the event. It will bring together global leaders and representatives from the media industry, journalists, civil society and academia.” This inaugural conference which will happen in the Canada Water lake and wildlife refuge of south-east London, from July 10-11, has support from the Society of Editors that the Foreign Office’s vision will also be able to answer ongoing questions of how press freedom is maintained in the UK.

Amal Clooney, Jeremy Hunt and Chrystia Freeland speaking at the G7 event in France.
Image ©Licensed to i-Images Picture Agency. 05/04/2019. Dinard, France. Jeremy Hunt and Amal Clooney. The Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accompanied by Amal Clooney travel to Dinard, France, for the Media Freedom Press announcement, as Jeremy Hunt appoints Amal Clooney as a media freedom ambassador to fight for free speech globally. Picture by Andrew Parsons / i-Images

The conference will bring together global leaders, place the spotlight on media repression and begin building a coalition of governments committed to a stronger diplomatic response when media freedom is curtailed. The UK and Canada are committed to promoting media freedom across the globe. It is an essential component of economic prosperity, social development and resilient democracies. It is a right to which all governments have committed, as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Special Envoy for Media Freedom and human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney (wife of actor, director, producer George Clooney) will also attend.

The Global Conference for Media Freedom is part of an international campaign to shine a global spotlight on media freedom. It will bring together global leaders and representatives from the media industry, journalists, civil society and academia and is supported by global philanthropic organization Luminate. According to sources the world is becoming a more hostile place for journalists. Reporters Without Borders called 2018 the deadliest year on record for journalists. UNESCO confirms that at least 99 journalists were killed, a further 348 imprisoned and 60 held hostage. Freedom of expression is being stifled and barriers are preventing the functioning of an independent media. Initiatives presented so far to address these dangers have included pledging 60 new scholarships for journalists across Africa, as part of their vision “Defend Media Freedom.”

XR:WA runs in parallel with the Revelation Perth International Film Festival and is made possible through the support of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and the City of Perth. XR:WA is programmed to explore immersive technologies in a way that it hopes will deliver a unique experience to the audiences of Western Australia. Using computer and tabletop games, VR, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, XR WA showcases locally developed technology and productions, then inserts them in a globally projected showcase leading to discussion, testing and exploration. With a nine-day public exhibition program across the city and a three-day conference and expo that concludes July 14, XR:WA is meant to be more than a gathering place for those working in digital screen-based art, entertainment, education, research and business, and hopefully an “ideas market” for screen-based and immersive industries in Western Australia.

For practitioners of traditional and more recent media formats, XR:WA includes: a major three-day screen conference, exhibition and testing opportunities, B2B opportunities, keynote speakers, networking and social functions, workshops, panels and masterclasses with local, national and international peers and the ability to discuss projects with audiences and users. Expect to hear from industry practitioners, Nathan Bazely, ABC News; Doug Bester, Sentient Computing; Lawrence Crumpton, HoloLens/Microsoft; Tania Chambers, Feisty Dame Productions; Luke Gibbs, ABC Behind the News; Priscilla Harris, HTC VIVE Australia/New Zealand; Pradeep Khanna, Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Association; Alice Wolfe, Finalist, 2017 SXSW Interactive awards.

To visitors, XR:WA plans a display of immersive technologies through a specially curated program of events. For those wanting to explore broader opportunities within the screen industry, XR:WA also features the Screen Industry Field and Career Day, free games and immersive emporium on the conference floor. Daily activity sessions (panels, workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations) will include, Opening Keynote: Unity According To John Sietsma; Full Body VR Gameplay: Ready Team One; Microsoft Keynote: Demystifying Mixed Reality… and Why it Matters; 360′ VR Cinema: This is Climate Change Parts 1 and 2, 360′ VR Cinema: This is Climate Change Parts 3 and 4; Panel/Workshop: Listen Up – Immersive Music Audio; Panel/Workshop: New Tools for Pre and Post Production; 360′ VR Cinema: The Antarctica Experience; Talks: Cinematic VR and myths of audience, plus Trends for the writing, development and project conceptualisation for cinematic VR; Workshop/Panel: Adventures in Immersive Storytelling; Trade exhibits & Screen Industry Field & Career Days; and more topics than can be mentioned here.

The Revelation Film Festival enters year 22, This year co-located with, but running in tandem with, XR:WA. Taking place across Perth and Fremantle, Revelation combines a program of moving image art, live music, film and interactive and immersive media forms. In greater detail, that includes live music at cinemas, campuses, cafes, bars, nightclubs, galleries, found spaces, libraries and public spaces. Revelation will consist of its core invited program and actively take in other activity generated by other venues and organizations that mesh with concept and content. Revelation was originally structured to showcase ideas “at point” in contemporary independent film and find a place for them in a conservative cinema and social environment. Revelation also includes an academic component (introduced in 2012), industry discussion sessions, live performances, masterclasses, visual art exhibitions and other hybrid activity generated by the event or independent curators. And Revelation welcomes independently curated or initiated programs and ideas and actively embraces creative professional development and mentoring opportunities.

The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) of New York City is organized with a focus towards the marketing of Spanish-language alternative music. There are also daily and nightly showcases of Latin music reflecting fresh sounds that cross over into other traditional genres such as rock, hip-hop and electronica scenes. This six-day event concluding July 13 provides networking opportunities for leading artists, label executives, journalists, managers, marketers, retailers and programmers. LAMC features an annual “discovery” contest, in search of rising new talent. Winners receive a chance to perform at an LAMC concert, inclusion on the LAMC compilation CD, a write-up on the LAMC website, and other prizes. Although most events, such as registration, panels and exhibits, are conducted through Stewart Hotel, show case and performance events happen at various venues and field locations throughout the city, such as Summerstage Central Park Rumsey Playfield, DROM, Summerstage Queensbridge Park, SOB’s and other venues that will be announced.

With the sole objective of showing how Latin music fits into the wider musical ecosystem, LAMC has programmed industry panels with speakers from the entertainment and business world. Speakers you can expect to hear from include, Angelica Garcia, ESPN; Gil Gastelum, Cosmica Artists + Records; Maria del Pilar Lopez, Prager Metis; Matthew Limones, SoundExchange; Mayra Cortez, Universal Music Publishing Group; Manuel Moran, Live Nation; Jesus Malverde Gonzalez, Universal Music Latin; Azu Olvera, Pandora; Leila Cobo, Billboard; Delia Orjuela, BMI; Bruno del Granado, CAA; Yvonne Drazan, Peermusic; Polo Montalvo, La Buena Fortuna; Jorge Gimeno, Sony Music Spain; AJ Alvarez, Symphonic; Fofito, La Respuesta; Leslie Arredondo, Viacom; Maria del Pilar Lopez, Prager Metis; Jason Joven, Chartmetric; Kiko Sumillera, El Volcan Musica. Topics addressed in the past have been Marketing to Urban Latino Culture, Approaches to Retail, Print Media/Television/Radio, Advertising and Sponsorship, International Markets, Music in Film, and others.

Comic-Con International happens in San Diego

The best known comic convention in the USA, Comic-Con International show opens in San Diego, making it the country’s longest continuously-run comics and pop culture arts convention and marking its 50th anniversary. July 17 is planned as the preview night for the five-day event. Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational (umbrella) organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In spite of its sprawling program format, these are the feature categories to consider along which San Diego Comic-Con 2019 will be broken down: Special Guests, Anime, Art Show, Autographs, Children’s Film Festival, Films, Games, Masquerade, Portfolio Review, Artists’ Alley, Fan Tables, overall Exhibit Hall.

Comic-Con continues to offer a comprehensive comics and pop culture convention experience. There is a sizeable programming schedule featuring comics and all aspects of the popular arts, including hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming such as the Comics Arts Conference, anime and film screenings (including a separate film festival), games, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – the “Oscars” of the comics industry, a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies, an Autograph Area, an Art Show, and Portfolio Reviews bringing together aspiring artists with major companies.

In an exclusive events that set 2019 apart from previous years, this year marks Comic-Con’s 50th event, making it the longest continuously-run comics and pop culture convention in North America. This year’s program book theme, “Cover Story: The Art of Comic-Con 50,” is a new exhibit at the future home of the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. Visitors can see the past 50 years of Comic-Con covers through original art and process pieces that explore the creation of a cover – from thumbnail sketches to finished pencil and ink art to fully-colored finished pieces. Additionally, there will be a recent find of previously “lost” interior art from the Program Books of the 1970s and ‘80s. This art includes originals and reproductions by creators such as Carl Barks, Ralph Bakshi, Marie Severin, Jack Kirby, and some of the top syndicated newspaper cartoonists of those decades, created especially for Comic-Con. This exhibition, which has been open since March 23, will continue to run on additional select dates through August 4, 2019 in Balboa Park.

Which industry guests can be expected to attend San Diego Comic-Con 2019? A partial listing of special guests that are already confirmed will include: Leigh Bardugo – Author, Shadow and Bone trilogy, The Language of Thorns; Carey Pietsch – Cartoonist, The Adventure Zone, Lumberjanes; Stan Sakai – Writer, artist, Usagi Yojimbo; Scott Snyder – Writer, Batman, American Vampire, Wytches; Jim Lee – Artist, Justice League: Origin, Suicide Squad; DC Comics publisher/chief creative officer; William Stout – Artist, Fantastic Worlds: The Art of William Stout; Marv Wolfman – Writer, editor, Tomb of Dracula, New Teen Titans; Neal Adams – Artist, Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow; bony Flowers – Writer, artist, Hot Comb; Jae Lee – Artist, Batman/Superman, The Inhumans, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower; J. Michael Straczynski – Writer, producer, Babylon 5, Sense8, Becoming Superman; Willie Ito – Cartoonist, animator, Disney, WB, and Hanna-Barbera cartoons; Paul Levitz – Writer, editor, publisher, 75 Years of DC Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes; Todd McFarlane – Writer, artist, Spawn creator, Venom co-creator; CEO McFarlane Toys, and President, Image Comics; Floyd Norman – Artist, animator, The Jungle Book, Toy Story 2; Alitha Evelyn Martinez – Artist, Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Riverdale; Steranko – Writer, artist, publisher, Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America; Diana Schutz – Editor, 300, Grendel, Usagi Yojimbo; Mike Royer – Artist, Kirby’s Fourth World series, Eternals, Captain America; Frank Miller – Writer-artist, 300; writer, Superman: Year One; artist, Cursed; Beth Holley • Former Comic-Con VP, publicity and publications; VP, exhibits; and many others that couldn’t be mentioned in this space.

It used to be that if you bought a four-day badge to Comic-Con, you automatically gained entry to Preview Night which served as a sneak peek at the convention floor before it was fully ready for the official opening. But for some time now Preview Night has become a marquee event in its own right along with the rest of the Comic-Con convention. It has been announced that for 2019 Warner Bros. won’t be holding its annual and anticipated Hall H presentation this time around. But Warner Bros. will have a Preview Night presence, combining with New Line to offer a horror-focused theme. Expect the studios to show off clips from two upcoming movies, plus panels featuring cast and directors. Also planned, is an invitation-only mixer beforehand. A Batman Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame event inducting Batman into the Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame is planned. In a separate event, but related to Batman, Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television Group offer pilot screenings of the new series “Batwoman” and “Pennyworth,” exclusively for the Comic-Con audience. Additionally, WBTVG will screen the pilot of the highly anticipated FOX dramatic thriller “Prodigal Son,” starring Tom Payne and Michael Sheen; the world premiere of DC UNIVERSE’s animated comedy series “Harley Quinn”; a never-before-seen episode of the hit Cartoon Network series “Teen Titans GO!” and more.

Comic-Con conducts Portfolio Review conducts sessions with attending companies that include comic publishers, movie and TV studios, video game companies, and others. While the sessions may not always result in job offers, they strive to offer honest and professional appraisal of the portfolio from seasoned industry insiders. When submitting material for review, recommended formats to submit are 6-10 pages of revised sequential storytelling. And located in the Sails Pavilion upstairs at the Convention Center, the Art Show contains original works for sale by both amateurs and professionals. It also displays the nominated books and comics for this year’s Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and houses a special exhibit devoted to members of the Will Eisner Hall of Fame. Requests to appear in the Autograph Area at Comic-Con International 2017 are being accepted. Please contact cci.autographs@comic-con.org for details.

This year Comic-Con’s 45th Masquerade Costume Competition will start at 20:30 on July 20 in Ballroom 20 of the Convention Center. The Comic-Con International 2019 Masquerade event will display approximately 100 costumes recreated from various sources and genres, as well as completely original designs, will take their turns on the theater-style stage. While no purchased costumes are allowed in the competition, those attending in the audience can dress as they like. The event will run for about three hours, including an intermission for judging and the presentation of awards. The judging panel, assembled from costuming professionals, will select the winners of the Comic-Con Masquerade awards in various categories. The Corps Dance Crew will take to the stage for an Avengers-themed show in honor of Avengers: Endgame and the sad passing of Marvel Comics icon, Stan Lee.

Following the Corpsmen will be a special new Star Wars-themed lightsaber show by members of the Saber Guild performance group. Through screen-accurate costuming, music from the films, and sharp choreography, this Lucasfilm-approved group is acclaimed for its authentic reenactments and interpretations. DC Comics representatives will once again present a statuette from their ShopDCEntertainment.com website store to the to the top costume portraying DC Comics themes and characters. Other representatives of companies and organizations set to be present and take part include, Will Eisner Spirit of Storytelling Award, Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892, David C. Copley Award for Most Innovative Costume, Motion Picture Costumers Union, Local 705, Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800, Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

Keeping abreast with the evolving mediums of augmented, virtual, and mixed reality, the 2019 SIGGRAPH Los Angeles convention will highlight an Immersive Pavilion and VR Theater that are planned to go along with a large array of immersive programming, including world-premiere experiences. Both spaces offer daily first-come, first-served content in addition to timed VR Theater screenings that are by ticket only. World-premiere experiences set to make their debut during the conference include: “Undersea” from Magic Leap (Immersive Pavilion), “a kite’s tale” from Walt Disney Animation Studios (VR Theater), “Mary and the Monster: Chapter One” from Parallux and New York University’s Future Reality Lab (Immersive Pavilion), and “Il Divino: Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling in VR” from Epic Games. Immersive content at SIGGRAPH 2019 is available in five separate showcase spaces across two programs. In the Immersive Pavilion, work can be experienced across three physical spaces – the Arcade, Museum, or Village – while the VR Theater offers both five-film, one-hour screenings daily and individual viewing kiosks.

Victoria Alonso-at ACM

The SIGGRAPH 2019 Production Sessions offers behind-the-scenes reveals in the “making of” some of the year’s notable productions in film, streaming, cable, games, and VR. So for example, The Making of Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will have SIGGRAPH 2019 Keynote Speaker Victoria Alonso (pictured), take the stage with production professionals from Marvel Studios, Digital Domain, ILM, and Weta Digital to discuss how the epic culmination of 22 interconnected films and diverse collection of superheroes of different environments were sewn into the climactic final chapter that is “Avengers Endgame.” BioWare’s technical artists and rendering engineers reveal the production challenges of its ‘Anthem’ interactive content and integrating the unpredictable array of volatile sequences into the storyline. The program will also offer the Production Gallery daily during the conference week. A museum-style showcase, the Gallery features costumes, artwork, props, and more, allowing participants the chance to see the work of industry artists and craftspeople up close.

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), is an educational and scientific computing society, of educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue on the field’s challenges. ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group where researchers, artists, and technologists meet to review progress applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The SIGGRAPH conference is the annual educational experience for inspiring transformative advancements across the disciplines of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. In this month’s photo placement (starting at the very top), After 10 days of release, “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has registered just shy of $600 million from the international box office. Next, Amal Clooney, and other speakers at Global Conference for Media Freedom, XR:WA Immersive in Perth, Comic-Con 50th Anniversary in Anaheim, Victoria Alonso-at ACM. Next month is August, well into the summer vacation period so calendar dates are still at a low level. But the following event dates are certainly worthy of attention. Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival will be held in that city, Lollapalooza 2019 opens in Chicago early in the month, Broadcast Worldwide 2019 (BCWW) will be held in Seoul, International Forum on Digital Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Broadcast Media will be in Johannesburg, Anime Revolution is in Vancouver, Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) is in Winnipeg this year, Anime Fest takes place in Dallas, D23 Expo trade exhibition for Disney lovers is in Anaheim

73rd Tony Awards, BANFF World Media Festival, New Europe Market, Dubrovnik, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2019, are calendar highlights in June’s media and showbiz industry events

X Men Dark Phoenix opens first week in June 2019

Operating annually from the seaside resort of Cannes, MIDEM is an annual music market, workshop and conference that is dedicated to discover rising musical talents, while also helping the music industry and its partners develop business and creativity by looking to connect key players of the music ecosystem. Every year MIDEM generates fresh perspectives through event highlights that help it stay on the leading edge as a music industry resource. This year, Spotlight keynotes at 2019 MIDEM will be delivered by Rebeca León, CEO and Co-Founder, Lionfish Entertainment and Manager of Latin superstars J Balvin, Juanes and upcoming Latin music performer Rosalía. Also slated to speak, Marsha Vlasic, President, Artist Group International, who has represented artists such as Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Moby, Band of Horses, Iggy Pop, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, and others.

This year MIDEM will host the Jamaican artists’ collective, Inna de Yard, celebrating the work of reggae legends Ken Boothe, Cedric Myton, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I, and to host the premiere of music documentary, Inna de Yard, attended by the film’s stars. The documentary was made following the success of the artists’ 2017 release, The Soul of Jamaica, when the musicians decided to record another album, a compilation of their most iconic tracks. Other highlights for MIDEM in 2019 are interesting as well. The MIDEM 2019 Artist Ambassador and Afrobeat musician, Femi Kuti, will share his vision on empowering the new generation of Nigerian artists and music executives, in a scheduled session on June 4. MIDEM and Esports BAR are collaborating to offer a program focused on the growing business opportunities in Esports and music. MidemLab, in its 12 edition, will showcase the most promising international music tech startups that offer innovative solutions that can guide the music industry to develop new consumer experiences.

Despite visitors having a multitude of activities to attend, MIDEM does have several individual activity areas that form the core of its offerings and can help organize a visit and aid decisions on what to focus on. MIDEM Keynotes, is a chance to hear from international music industry players and their ideas on where the music business is heading. MIDEM Summits, has its own focus on Streaming, Legal (in association with IAEL), Live (in association with Pollstar) and Copyright Summits structured to form the basis of a briefing on key industry topics. Music Lab, is a platform on which Midemlab Start-Up Competition finalists and selected innovative companies showcase solutions to take a business venture forward. Worldwide Village, are sessions on how to develop a business internationally by finding the opportunities in music markets.

As part of MIDEM’s focus on the essential relationship between music and screen, the Inna De Yard premiere will complement the Film/TV Music conference track within the programme. Mainstay event MIDEM at Night, will be back presenting acts like MIDEM Artist Accelerator, Taiwan Beats, British Music Night, Sacem African Night, performing at the new MIDEM Beach. MIDEM will close on June 7.

Stephanie J. Block at Tony Awards

For one night, June 9, the annual Tony Awards celebrating achievement on the Broadway stage and the world of theater, will feature some of the most recognizable names in theatre, film, TV, and music coming out for an evening of tributes and performances dedicated to the Broadway stage. It will broadcast live from the Radio City Music Hall in New York City at 20:00 ET/delayed PT, airing on CBS Television Network. Appearances and presentations will be made by Sara Bareilles, Laura Benanti, Abigail Breslin, Kristin Chenoweth, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Groban, Danai Gurira, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, Shirley Jones, Jane Krakowski, Lucy Liu, and others. The 2019 Tony Awards® ceremony will be broadcast to theatre fans across the globe. In United Kingdom on BBC Radio 2, in Japan on WOWOW, in Canada on Bell’s CTV, in Latin America, Central and South America on Pramer’s Film and Arts (AMC), in Australia on Foxtel’s Arts Channel, in New Zealand on Sky Network Arts Channel, in China on BestTV and Tencent Video, on Armed Forces Network Television.

Unless otherwise noted, the broadcasts will occur either live or within a week of the June 9 U.S. broadcast on CBS. If a country or region is not listed, viewing fans may watch live coverage of Tony Awards events at TonyAwards.com. Red Carpet coverage begins at 17:30 ET. Watch “NY1 On Stage’s Live Red Carpet to the Tonys,” live at TonyAwards.com (17:30-19:30 UTC -4). The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. James Corden returns (last hosted in 2016) to host the 2019 Tony Awards. Broadway fans will be able to go backstage at the Tony Awards with BroadwayHD’s Behind the Scenes Livestream during the CBS telecast.

Events preceding Tony Awards Night, are related to the spirit and purpose of the awards ceremony and anticipation building toward it, The Drama Desk Awards on June 2 and hosted in New York City, are awards that are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theater, without any connection to the results, and that honor productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, presenting a comprehensive platform for theatrical achievement. Then there is the Tony Honors Reception held on June 3, that celebrated the 2019 recipients of Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre. The evening will also toast the 2019 Creative Arts Nominees and Special Award recipients.

Tony Nominees in the category of Best Play include, ‘Choir Boy’ (author: Tarell Alvin McCraney); ‘The Ferryman’ (author: Jez Butterworth); ‘Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’ (author: Taylor Mac); ‘Ink’ (author: James Graham); ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ (author: Heidi Schreck). Nominees in the category of Best Musical include, ‘Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations,’ ‘Beetlejuice,’ ‘Hadestown,’ ‘The Prom,’ ‘Tootsie.’ Nominees in the category of Best Revival of a Play include Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons,’ ‘Mart Crowley’s ‘The Boys in the Band,’ Burn This,’ Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song,’ Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘The Waverly Gallery.’ Nominees in the category of Best Revival of a Musical include, ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Oklahoma!’ Nominees in the category for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play include Paddy Considine for ‘The Ferryman,’ Bryan Cranston for ‘Network,’ Jeff Daniels for ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Adam Driver for ‘Burn This;’ Jeremy Pope for ‘Choir Boy.’ Nominees in the category of Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play include, Annette Bening for Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons,’ Laura Donnelly for ‘The Ferryman,’ Elaine May for ‘The Waverly Gallery,’ Janet McTeer for ‘Bernhardt Hamlet,’ Laurie Metcalf for ‘Hillary and Clinton,’ Heidi Schreck for ‘What the Constitution Means to Me.’

Banff World Media Festival

BANFF’s program and agenda is structured to educate and support pro-active networking to make contacts, find production partners and green-light new projects. Featuring in-depth spotlights on key international territories, pre-booked Face-to Face Meetings with industry decision makers, and networking soirees with potential partners from across the globe, the BANFF Marketplace is designed to help its attendees create new development and production opportunities. BANFF delivers a comprehensive breakdown of the critical issues facing the television and digital media industries through keynotes from industry leaders, contentious panel discussions, expert forecasts, celebrity Master Classes, critical case studies, key strategy sessions and more. In the first major address of the conference sessions, June 7, Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman, Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission will speak about where the CRTC is heading next. CBC Radio Canada will host the first major opening reception over hors d’oeuvres, hand-selected wines and locally-brewed beers at the annual Festival June 7 kick-off.

After the June 9 festival opening session of this four day event, BANFF presents key session, “The BANFF Debate: Media, Creativity and Technology: Thriving Ecosystem or Future Monoculture?” an exploration of whether the intersection of media, creativity and technology create opportunity and facility to reach new audiences, or will the future hold a TV monoculture in which only a few companies dominate the global market? The session will be paneled by Richard Kanee, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Laura Martin, Needham & Company, LLC; Rishad Tobaccowala, Publicis Groupe; Joana Vicente, TIFF; and moderated by Jesse Wente, Indigenous Screen Office.. This will be followed immediately by the Summit Series, featuring Jeffrey Katzenberg, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Quibi, discussing the future of entertainment and how Quibi and its parent company, WndrCo have formed a major entertainment platform purpose-built for high-quality mobile programming. The session will be moderated by Randy Lennox of Bell Media.

On June 11, Produced by BBC Studios world-renowned Natural History Unit, One Planet, Seven Worlds (w/t) is a brand new, ambitious landmark series for BBC One, presented by Sir David Attenborough. Each one-hour episode will transport viewers to a single continent and tell the story of its spectacular wildlife and iconic landscapes. BANFF is proud to present a North American first-look of One Planet, Seven Worlds. Join BBC Studios, BBC America and BANFF for a Master Class in bringing this epic series to life, in which we’ll get an in-depth look at how the BBC and its partners transport viewers around the world in seven spectacular episodes.

BANFF’s Face-to-Face Meetings Program is an opportunity for content producers to gain access and meet one-on-one with leading development executives. Through the Face-to-Face Meetings Program, producers and content creators gain access to buyers and decision makers, create co-production opportunities, can sell ideas, scripts and finished content as well as sign with an agent. Buyers, Distributors and Agents get introductions to established and new, emerging talent and content creators, content marketplace, curated meetings that maximize efficiency.

Overall, to get an understanding of what areas the conference and daily agenda will cover, the following is a smattering of agenda topics that are slated for discussion and/or debates by panels. Deliver the Optimal Pitch, 30 Minutes With… Netflix, Navigating the Content Business: Future Forecast, SUMMIT SERIES: Paula Kerger, PBS, Navigating the Content Business: Future Forecast, 30 Minutes With… Ben Noot, National Geographic, SUMMIT SERIES: Sarah Barnett, AMC Entertainment Networks, Lunch and Learn: Hidden revenue sources through music, Public Broadcasting: The Promise, The Peril, 30 Minutes With…, Distributors and Commissioning: The New Greenlight, Partner Presentation: Doing Business With Canada: Co-Pro 101, Rockie Awards International Program Competition Ceremony (Van Horne Ballroom), BANFF 40th Anniversary BBQ Party, Partner Presentation: CMF Key Trends Report, The New Must-Have TV: Kids Live Action, Making or Breaking the Modern Coproduction, Rockie Awards Gala Cocktail Reception and Ceremony, BANFF Diversity of Voices Program.

panels at New Europe Market (NEM)

New Europe Market (NEM) is an annual TV industry conference, market and screenings event held in Dubrovnik, run by the Croatian company Mediavision Ltd. The focal idea behind the event is the creation of a platform where media, telecommunications, and marketing professionals can share their knowledge and experience during the conference and networking events. Running June 10-13, the conference is aimed toward FTAs, Pay-TV channels, cable operators, satellite operators, IPTV, production, distribution and technology companies, media and marketing agencies and other specialists connected with the TV industry. NEM focuses on the CEE region, but the event’s attendees come from all over the world. NEM 2019 has aggregated into its agenda stalwarts from the TV industry to be included in its presentations, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Eutelsat, JW Player, Viacom International Media Networks, AMC Networks International, Global Agency, Bitmovin, NBC Universal, Viasat World, all3media international, Warner Bros. and many others. Additionally, attendees can expect to hear insights from notable media personalities regarding the latest show releases or projects of endeavor taking place across the global industry.

In 2019 NEM presents eight relevant panel discussions, with influencers of the TV industry taking part. In one instance, the panel “Time to Think Locally and Act Globally,” specifically seeking to ask the question if the region should join forces in order to be competitive through co-production and higher budgets. Recognizable and talented performers will be on hand to discuss their latest forays into TV’s new media landscape. You can expect to hear from Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba showcasing their new series, Jerry Bruckheimer’s ‘L.A.’s Finest.’ Sony Pictures Television is propping the show and selected NEM to unveil the show at a upscale screening event. Alan Cumming, the star of the series ‘Instinct,’ will be another special guest that visitors will have the chance to hear from in the panel room. ‘Instinct’ is distributed internationally by CBS Studios International.

Program areas include, Fulfil your Viewer’s Raised Quality Expectations with Innovative Content Preparation Technologies by Bitmovin, ITV Studios Global Entertainment Exclusive: An Advance Look at Three of the Distributor’s Most Hotly Anticipated Late Summer/Early Autumn Launches, On Demand Platforms and TV Channels, Case Study by all3media international, Scripted Formats – Make the Story Your Own, Did the Soap Opera Bubble Burst Or Is it Still Expanding? Navigating the Digital Transformation in Partnership with Distributors, Yes, the Future of TV is Digital! Presentation by JoomBoos. These topic areas will be delivered by industry executives, Victor Blundell, IMG Media; Steve Matthews, HBO Europe; Salim Mukaddam, BBC Studios; Petra Novakova, Aspera – IBM; Katharina Behrends, NBCUniversal International Networks; John Rossiter, Sony Pictures Television Networks; Ivana Mikovic, Firefly Productions; Irena Battelino, Telekom Slovenia; Emma Jones, Viasat World; Drazen Mavric, Nova TV; Daniel Reszka, Viacom International Media Networks; Christian Brent, FOX Networks Group; Anette Schaefer, Deutsche Telekom AG, and others.

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

The annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival staged on roughly 700 acres of farm in Manchester, had its origins in 2002 with a focus on jam bands and folk rock. In the years since, the four-day music and art festival, which typically starts on the second Thursday in June, now programs a diverse array of musical styles including indie rock, classic rock, world music, hip hop, jazz, and more. Musical acts are known to play from around noon until 15:00 or even later. Unlike Coachella that happens earlier in the spring, Bonnaroo seems to place more emphasis on the (fine) art and environmentalism aspect of its festival with more and diverse engagement for its visitors to take part in. Within all the activity tents that make up the festival, The Silent Disco tent could be the most endearing. In the Silent Disco, each person entering is given a set of headphones that sync with the DJ and the music. Everyone is listening to the same song through the headphones (and dancing or grooving) while appearing from the outside to be dancing to no music at all. The exact opening date of this year’s Bonnaroo Festival is June 13.

Expect to hear from the likes of musicians that include: Airpark, AJR, Amo Amo, Balkan Bump, Bar Tropical and Deep House, Brandi Carlile, Brockhampton, Cardi B, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Cherry Glazerr, Childish Gambino, CID, Cordovas, DeafHeaven, Deva Mahal, Disco House, Dombresky, Donna Missal, Dorfex Bos, Drax Project, E-V, Friday Pilots Club, Full Service Party, Gojira, Grammatik, Grand Ole Opry, G.O.A.T. Superjam With Griz, Gucci Mane, Hippo Campus, Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers, Hozier, Ibeyi, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, IglooGhost, Jack Harlow, Jared and The Mill, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Juice Wirld, K-Flay, Kacey Musgraves, Kalu and the Electric Joint, Katie Schecter – Lighting 100 615 Tailgate, Kikagaku Moyo, Lighting 100 and T.O.N.S. Guitar Pool, Lil Dicky, Liquid Stranger, Los Colognes, Lucas Tavares’ Airbrasil, Mac Demarco, Maren Morris, Mhadi G, Monsieur Perine, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Neno Calvin, Odesza, Parquet Courts, Peach Pit, Post Malone, Republican Hair, RL Grime, Saba, Shovels & Rope, Solange, Soul Brass Band, The Lemon Twigs, The Lumineers, The Record Company, The Soul Rebels, Tokimonsta, Trampled By Turtles, Unknown Mortal Orchestra Ximena Sarinana, Zhu, provide a sampling of performers.

Activity areas on the Bonnaroo campgrounds — aka “Tent City — add variety and eclectic participatory events to the music festival experience, and this year it seems the Bonnaroo festival program has added to the offerings. 4Ocean: Good Is The New Cool; America Mediates: A Movement for Social Change; Art To Action! A Climate Studio Workshop; Bees and Beekeeping w/ Garden Team; Blast Off Dance Party; Body Positive Yoga; Bonnardo 101 w/ Garden Team; Bonnaroots Dinner With Music From Keats; Bonnaroots Dinner With Music From Wailing Loons; Bougie Roo Beauty Station; Bound Together: Crafting, Creativity, and Community; Build It With Habitat For Humanity; Ceramics Workshop; Cinema Club; Clean Camping w/ Garden Team; Climate Changed. Let’s Do Something About It, With NRDC and Rock The Earth; Composting And Soil Health w/ Garden Team; Yoga Flow With Erin Bailey; Cornhole Can Save The World! A Tournament With NRDC and Oxfam; Backyard Olympics; Campground Parade to Open Centeroo (New Breed Brass Band); Day Lounge: Games and Surprise Programming; Dirty Circus; Drawing and Coloring Mandalas for Insight and Self Expression Arts Inside; Ennegram Panel Reiki Sessions With Ramona Reid of Holistic Revolution; Guerrilla Gardening w/ Garden Team; Herbal Real Talk with TinctureLord Emily Roehl; Interactive Community Art Wall with GAIA Sisterhood. Check the website for more events and fuller details.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. In this month’s photo placement (starting at the very top), X-Men: Dark Phoenix, written and directed by Simon Kinberg, opens in North American movie theaters the first week of June. Next, MIDEM Music market in Cannes, Beachside at MIDEM, Stephanie J. Block nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at 2019 Tonys, Banff World Media Festival, panels at New Europe Market (NEM), Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Next month is July and the start of the vacation period so expect the calendar to drop off somewhat. Nevertheless, here are dates to know about that are good to know about. Discop content marketplace serving Africa and the Middle East will open, first time ever Global Conference for Media Freedom arrives in London, Latin Alternative Music Conference returns to New York City, Comic-Con International opens again in San Diego, FutureTechLive (VR Con) will also be at Comic-Con International, the XR:WA “ideas market” for screen-based and immersive industries opens in Perth, the New York Television Festival will be in Manhattan, SIGGRAPH 2019 will be in Los Angeles.

Digital Radio Week and World Radio Day, BRIT Awards, 91st Academy Awards, Mobile World Congress, are calendar highlights in February’s media and showbiz industry events

Alita Battle Angel

In Riyadh, the Saudi International Media and Broadcast Expo opens for three days on on February 9, and will present a range of additional new features, technology demonstrations, knowledge exchange platforms and themed exhibiting zones such as the Content Delivery Hub, a sector focused on Over The Top (OTT) technologies delivering instant and on-demand digital and video content. Reportedly, Saudi Arabia’s Media industry is is in a growth phase, with the government offering initiatives to jumpstart growth in the country’s television and media sector. Offering a hint at the participatory profile, more than 200 exhibitors from 22 countries have already committed to participation, coming from industry sectors including social media and networking, operating equipment and supplies, technology, camera and photography, and news media. It also provides an interdisciplinary forum for radio and TV channels owners, management teams to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field of media and networking.

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; The Digital Content Revolution: A World of Opportunity; TV S.M.A.R.T. — Anytime, Anywhere — The Evolution Continues; The Impact of Multiplatform Content Delivery in Live Sports Production.

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. The Saudi International Media and Broadcast Expo aims to bring together leading media & networks, channels and TV and Radio equipment suppliers to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Media and Network Technology.

World Radio Day 2019 organized through UNESCO

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.” On January 14, 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution adopted during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming February 13, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, as World Radio Day.

World Radio Day was proposed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The objectives of the Day will be to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters. There is a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.

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. This includes broadcasters, device manufacturers or just those with a passion for radio and technology. For two days, hackers are invited to work on new ideas and technologies or explore how existing ones can be linked together to create something of use to broadcasters and content makers. And Digital Radio Summit will examine topics for the future of Radio, as well as showcasing a range of projects. Sessions will cover insights from outside of Europe, including Australia and the US, as well as a discussion on Radio in 5G alongside broadcast. Other invitation-only events take place during this week, including the EBU Strategic Program for Radio meeting, and the WorldDAB Technical Committee.

Istanbul International Film-TV Forum & Exhibition (IFTV)

The Istanbul International Film-TV Forum & Exhibition (IFTV) provides the regional broadcasting industry with insights into the Turkish Media Market, and foresight to uncover new opportunities in the EMEA region while building global partnerships. IFTV brings professionals of broadcasting and content industries together under four main events: Forum, Film TV Market, Exhibition. Organised by CEO Event and supported by RATEM, and Professional Union of Broadcasting Organisations, the Istanbul located event stretches from February 14-16. 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.

Reportedly, the Turkish media industry has caught up with the pace of global progress that have realized transformations brought about by technological advancements. Turkey exports TV series, shows and original formats to approximately 140 countries and yields an annual revenue of 250 million dollars. With more than 600 TV and 1000 radio channels, Turkey has proven its unusually large and rich broadcasting capacity. As a result of such developments, RATEM (the Association of Radio and TV Broadcasters), the largest non-governmental organization in the Turkish media industry, organizes the international IFTV with the help of Turkey’s leading events organization company, CEO Event. 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.

In Turkey, there are 178 television companies, including 16 national, 10 regional and 152 local companies, as well as 902 radio companies, including 30 national, 79 regional and 793 local companies, which have applied to the Radio and Television High Council to obtain a license for terrestrial broadcasting.Currently, 798 of these radio and television companies are members of RATEM. RATEM (Professional Union of Broadcasters), was established in 2001 to produce permanent solutions for Radio and Television Broadcasting, and to follow and protect rights based on the 5846 Numbered Law of Intellectual Property Rights. 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. Embracing the full broadcasting ecosystem, iTVF will continue its mission to gather all professionals, companies and institutions which serve the entertainment and media industry. In other areas of development and enrichment, iTVF supported its comprehensive forum program and broadcasting technology fair, ensuring its participants a unique event in 2014 with the ‘100th Year of Turkish Cinema Awards’, ‘The BAK Short Film Awards’ (Documentary-Animation-Fiction) and an enthralling bosphorus tour.

Honoring artistic achievement, UK to USA – Grammy

Grammy statuette

In February there are highly anticipated film and music award ceremonies honoring great film and music talent in the USA and UK. Set for February 10, the Grammys, administered by The Recording Academy’s voting membership, 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). Nominees for the category of Song of the Year include: All The Stars, Boo’d Up, God’s Plan, In My Blood, The Joke, The Middle, Shallow, This Is America. Nominees for the category of Best New Artist include: Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, H.E.R., Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, Jorja Smith.

Honoring artistic achievement, UK to USA – BAFTA

BAFTA trophy

BAFTA is an independent charity with a mission to “support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.” Situated in Kensington, it is a membership organisation comprising approximately 7,500 individuals worldwide who are creatives and professionals working in and making a contribution to the film, television and games industries in the UK. In addition to its annual awards ceremonies, BAFTA has an international program of learning events and initiatives offering access to talent through workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the United Kingdom and the United States. BAFTA’s annual film awards ceremony on February 10 is known as the British Academy Film Awards, or “the BAFTAs”, and reward the best work of any nationality seen on British cinema screens during the preceding year.

Nominees for Best Film category include: BLACKkKLANSMAN, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born. Nominees for Outstanding British Film category include: Beast, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, McQueen, Stan & Ollie, You Were Never Really Here. Nominees for Leading Actress category include: Glen Close for The Wife, Lady GaGa for A Star Is Born, Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Viola Davis for Widows. Nominees for Leading Actor category include: Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Christian Bale for Vice, Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, Steve Coogan for Stan & Ollie, Viggo Mortensen for Green Book. The public will be able to watch the BAFTA red carpet live on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Broadcast stations such as ManoTV, BBC Worldwide, Hollywood Suite, Canal Plus, MNET and others will carry the ceremony worldwide. Joanna Lumley will return to host will host the 72nd British Academy Film Awards in 2019.

Honoring artistic achievement, UK to USA – Brits

George Ezra slated for the 2019 BRIT Awards

The Brit Awards are the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards. Founded in 1973, BPI is the representative trade organisation of the UK recorded music industry, which include the UK’s four major record labels and hundreds of independent music companies. BPI also organizes the annual BRIT Awards show as well as the Classical BRIT Awards show. Featured artists in this year’s February 22 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 honoured 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.

At the 2019 BRIT Awards, nominees in the category of British Female Solo Artist include: Anne-Marie Florence + The Machine, Jess Glynne, Jorja Smith, Lily Allen. Nominees in the category of British Male Solo Artist include: Aphex Twin, Craig David, George Ezra, Giggs, Sam Smith. Nominees in the category of British Group include: The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Little Mix, Years & Years. Nominees in the category of International Group include: Brockhampton, The Carters, First Aid Kit, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Twenty One Pilots. Nominees in the category of British Single include: Anne-Marie – ‘2002,’ Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – ‘One Kiss,’ Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato – ‘Solo,’ Dua Lipa – ‘IDGAF,’ George Ezra – ‘Shotgun,’ Jess Glynne – ‘I’ll Be There,’ Ramz – ‘Barking,’ Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore, Dan Caplen – ‘These Days,’ Sigala and Paloma Faith – ‘Lullaby,’ Tom Walker – ‘Leave A Light On.’

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.

Honoring artistic achievement, UK to USA – Oscars

OSCAR statuette

The Oscars acknowledges the past year’s greatest cinema achievements as determined by a body of voting motion picture enthusiasts. The Academy’s roughly 6,000 members vote for the Oscars using secret ballots, which are tabulated by the international auditing firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The 91st Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in the Hollywood and Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network (20:00 ET/17:00 PT). Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss are producers for this years show. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. The show is presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry. AMPAS was originally conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer as a professional honorary organization to help improve the film industry’s image and help mediate labor disputes. This 91st Academy Awards will be the first ceremony without a designated host since the 61st Academy Awards in 1989.

In 2019, nominees in the category for actor in a leading role are: Christian Bale in Vice, Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born, Willem Dafoe in At Eternity’s Gate, Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody, Viggo Mortensen in Green Book. Nominees in the category for actress in a leading role are: Yalitza Aparicio in Roma, Glenn Close in The Wife, Olivia Coleman in The Favourite, Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nominees in the category of best animated feature film of the year are: Incredibles 2, Isle Of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Nominees in the category of Directing are: Spike Lee for BlackkKlansman, Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War, Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite, Alfonso Cuarón for Roma, Adam McKay for Vice. Nominees in the category of best foreign language film are: Capernaum (Lebanon) Nadine Labaki, Cold War (Poland) Pawel Pawlikowski, Never Look Away (Germany) Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Roma (Mexico) Alfonso Cuarón, Shoplifters (Japan) Hirokazu Kore-eda.

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 in Barcelona 2019

Mobile World Congress organized and operated by the GSMA is set to get underway in Barcelona for a four-day run toward the end of the month, displaying the latest in mobile tech. CNN International joins Mobile World Live as a Global Media Partner for MWC19 Barcelona. Newly confirmed Official Media Partners include CBS Interactive, CNBC, Euronews, Tencent News, The Wall Street Journal, TIME and Fortune, and Ziff Davis. MWC Barcelona will again offer attendees focused Topic Tours. Led by industry experts, the 2019 Topic Tours programme includes: 5G & NFV; Cybersecurity; Internet of Things; Mobile Advertising & Apps; Retail & 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. The convention’s opening February 25 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.”

In 2019, several new exhibitors for MWC Barcelona, include CloudMinds, EY, Ford, Kazakhtelecom, Rakuten, Remade, Royole, Volkswagen and Wings Mobile. These companies will be among the more than 2,400 organisations participating at MWC19, including previously announced brands such as Accenture, Alibaba Cloud, ARM, AT&T, BMW, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, Google, HTC, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, Lenovo, LG, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Nokia Solutions and Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Ooredoo, Oracle, Orange, Qualcomm Incorporated, SAP, SEAT, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Verizon, Vodafone, Xiaomi and ZTE. 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.

Other 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. Confirmed Partner Programs include; China Unicom, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Huawei, Schools, Mobile World Scholar Challenge, Samsung, Tappy Technologies, Tanla, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and Vertiv. While Dow Silicones, KLIX Media, NetNumber, Netsia, Tealium and Xilinx will host Power Hour Sessions. In addition, Salesforce will hold sessions in their Networking Garden. More information on these programs, and to indicate your interest in attending, is found at this weblink.

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. The GSMA advocates on behalf of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in peripheral industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. In this month’s photo placement (starting at the very top), ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ a 2019 cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga series ‘Gunnm,’ opens in North American movie theaters mid-February. It is directed by Robert Rodriguez, written by James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis, and stars Rosa Salazar. Next, World Radio Day 2019 organized through UNESCO, Istanbul International Film-TV Forum, Grammy statuette, BAFTA awards, George Ezra at London’s Brit awards, Oscar statuette, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Moving forward, the calendar pace picks up. Now as we enter March here are some anticipated industry events to note on the calendar. The anticipated SXSW Convention returns to Austin, comic convention WonderCon will be back at Anaheim, Digital Media Strategies 2019 opens in London, the Eighth Annual Winter Film Awards International Film Festival will be in New York City, Cartoomics Movies Comics Games will be in Rho, Mobile Beat Las Vegas is in Las Vegas, CABSAT broadcast and content event returns to Dubai.

Cos Mo Cosplay Modena, NATPE 2019 Miami, Sundance Film Festival, 25th Slamdance Film Festival, are calendar highlights in January’s media and showbiz industry events

Las Vegas based CES is the annual trade show for consumer technology and among industry observers is considered America’s largest annual tradeshow of any kind. CES is produced by the Consumer Technology Association, the trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry. The Consumer Electronics Show is not open to the general public. Attending means being affiliated professionally with the consumer technology industry. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy. Covering practically every aspect of the consumer technology industry, over 2,500 exhibitors descend on Las Vegas to showcase the latest innovations in 15 product categories. John Donovan, AT&T Communications, delivers the 2019 Keynote Talk at CES. CES Unveiled Las Vegas is the official January 6 media event of CES 2019, welcoming press and industry analysts from the international community before the start of CES.

AR and VR advances at CES 2019
Woman enjoying a VR simulator

Typically CES shows are segmented along product groupings. CES represents all facets of the consumer technology industry, from baby tech to sports tech, and from home entertainment to smart cities. This year’s show will be no different featuring longstanding and emerging consumer technology niches. Startups, and the impact of Eureka Park that provides startups with the opportunity to showcase their ingenuity. Another featured event in this sector will be the “Ignite the Night CES Pitch Competition, presented by NASA iTech.” The CES Sports Zone will encompass sports technology advancements, from smart products that enhance athletic performance to state-of-the-art venues and next-gen sponsorships. The Esports area will showcase live esports tournaments, with technology driving these experiences, and revelations on how esports is evolving and engaging fans. With over 380 million fans worldwide, Esports has emerged, and sessions will unveil forces driving growth, content that is appealing and how the industry is leveraging technology. The CES program sector of Immersive Entertainment will primarily explore innovations and advances from Augmented and Virtual Reality and Gaming, moreover, how brand marketers, content producers, sports technologists and health care professionals are using AR/VR to create immersive experiences, and VR/AR/MR Everywhere: Hospitality, Arcades and Theme Parks.

As Robotics and Artificial Intelligence continue to have a growing impact on industries, workplace and entertainment, CES programming in this sector will highlight the latest developments in artificial intelligence and the next generation of intelligent, autonomous machines. Particular topics that will dovetail with the emerging landscape include, Robots in Aisle 5, Creating Tomorrow’s Robotic Caregivers, R2-D2 or C-3PO? Should General-Purpose Robots Be Humanoid? Other program sectors on the CES agenda will be, Product Design and Manufacturing, Health and Wellness, Blockchain, Automotive, Advertising, Entertainment and Content; 5G and Internet of Things (IoT), Home and Family. Top industry leaders and visionaries will be brought in to share their insights on the array of topics. CES attendees can expect to hear from, Linda Yaccarino, NBCUniversal; Carl Vause, Soft Robotics; Michele Turner, Google Smart Home Ecosystem; Geoff Schiller, POPSUGAR; Alexandria Sage, Reuters; Elena Richards, PwC; Ginni Rometty, IBM; Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor of Baltimore; Dr. L.P. Park, LG Electronics; Rachel Nichols, ESPN; Amy McDonough, Fitbit Health Solutions; Kay Madati, Twitter Content Partnerships; Dhani Jones, RockVentures; Lauren Jarvis, Spotify Content Partnerships; Jill Cress, National Geographic Partners; Muriel Bowser, Washington DC Mayor; CES will host a Shark Tank Open Call on the final convention day.

In the city of Modena, Cos Mo Cosplay Modena is an exhibition and market in Modena dedicated to the world of manga, anime, models, action figures, comics, TV series, video games, board games, free games, role-playing games, authors and YouTubers. Activity dates run from January 12-13. Exhibitors will showcase products and services like comics, manga, CD and DVDs used and collectible vintage, collectibles, costumes and accessories for cosplay associated with the field. Cos Mo Cosplay offering will be presented as thematic areas. Making their way through the selection, visitors should expect to encounter, KST – KPop Show Time, Video Games tournaments area, Dragon Ball Super and Force of Will, Vintage Games Party, Free professional photo sets, Synergy Song, Self area Productions, table games with Cosplayou, Just Dance 2019, Lightsaber Combat, board games, Gunplatori Anonymous (fashion) modeling workshop. Cos Mo Cosplay ​​also offers a giant 360 degree animation screen on stage, photo stands for cosplayers, video game tournaments, collectible card tournaments, unique guests and exhibitions.

Cos Mo Cosplay (aka CosmoComix) is ​​the multimedia version of the traditional comic fair and an opportunity to witness new card games like Dragon Ball Super and Force of Will, entire areas dedicated to the retrogames, equipped with maxi and mini cabinets to play timeless classics – from Pac-Man to Super Mario. For those who want to reenact what it’s like being Jedi for a day, demonstrations of “lightsaber combat” are available for instruction on how to duel with a laser swords. Contest events await visitors, starting with the first edition of Synergy Song, to experience the thrill of having all the sonic power of a real stage for concerts, a giant screen, light games and smoke machine in the array. Cosplayers can compete in the Cosplay Synergy , an eight-stage race that rewards the most successful characters with a trip to London to attend the London ComicCon
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There is expected to be a full section dedicated to comics, reflecting a range of tastes, from “antiques” right up to the latest trends in publishing. There are many stalls dedicated to the serial comic strip, or those dedicated to the characters who have now become real cult icons, from Martin Mystere to the superheroes of the Horn, from Mickey Mouse to Alan Ford, from Tex to Lupo Alberto. An invited special guest of CosmoComics is Enzo Facciolo, a cartoonist who at the beginning of the ’60s gave Diabolik the face that everyone knows. The designer is available to the public to autograph the comics, tell his extraordinary artistic career and illustrate the technical and theoretical bases of his creations. Another past trend, now once again relevant is LEGO. At CosmoComix there is an entire area dedicated to the exhibition of the famous bricks, with the possibility of free play and purchase.

Matteo Leonetti is expected at CosmoComix to present a new mega concert, along with Disharmonica as special international guest of the cosplayer world. Zerio performs with his live K-POP band. CosmoComix also includes the Discoveries Market, CD and DVD used and collectibles. In the age of digital and disc-less music, discs and CDs have become collector’s items through which to relive cult moments in the history of music. Fiere del Fumetto, that administers Cos Mo Cosplay Modena, is a project by Blu Nautilus Srl, that is focused toward the creation of fairs and events that meet the expectations of customers. The group operates from the city of Rimini, in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy.

The National Association of Television Programming Executives (#natpe) is the premier global business forum for content buyers, producers, and distributors across all platforms. Annually, NATPE hosts its marketplace and conference events in Miami Beach and Budapest that draw content buyers and sellers from around the globe to make deals and share in the international conversation. The upcoming Miami convention kicks off with a Welcome Party that opens the four-day NATPE 2019 on the evening of January 21, at Eden Roc Poolside, Miami Beach. Then, there will be an Opening Night Party the very next night at Fontainebleau Poolside, also Miami Beach. Actor/Director/Producer Tyler Perry is set to be one of the first keynote speakers at a daylong career event aimed at students and young adults, presented by NATPE, the NAACP and National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The “Living the Dream: A Career in Content” event will be held January 21 (one day before the official start of NATPE), and the focus will be on education and networking opportunities for young adults interested in careers in entertainment. Of special note, a reception and ceremony will be conducted for the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards, the evening of January 23.

Beyond welcome and opening night parties, and special award receptions, all of which are always anticipated, the 2019 NATPE convention agenda and program reflects strongly on the continuing evolution of the global television and affiliated digital content industries. These areas will be in the planned conference program segments that form panels, workshops and speakers presentations. Agenda topics include, How Wall Street Watches TV, Worldwide Co-Production: The New Business Standard, Producing Content Worth Paying For, A Marketplace Transformed: New Buyers for Unscripted Content, Diverse Creators & Global Platforms with Facebook’s Emerging Video Producers, International TV Has Grown Up: A Conversation with Mark Kaner and Gerhard Zeiler, What the World is Buying, In Conversation with NBC Entertainment Chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, All the World’s A Stream, Connected TV: What Does it Mean For The Future of TV Content? Over the Top and Over the Air: Monetization and Redefining the Media Landscape, More Choice in a Next-Gen TV World, Tuning In To Social Video: How Entertainment Brands Are Engaging Viewers.

At the 2019 Sundance, films will come in the categories U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, Premieres, Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, NEXT, Midnight, Indie Episodic, Shorts, Special Events, From the Collection, and Kids. There will be the New Frontier section that will contain Films and Performances – a selection of cinematic visions by revolutionary artists, Exhibitions – stories derived through a amalgam of film, art and digital technology that offer up the next vista of storytelling. And in the Offscreen section, panels with a variety of guests and topics that invite audiences into the discussion on storytelling will be offered, and a music program of live performances taking place throughout the festival.

Entering its 34th year, Sundance Festival, based in Park City and administered by the Sundance Institute, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Originally founded by renowned film actor Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work through the annual festival and other programs it runs. In addition to discovering new filmmaking talent through the Festival’s program of documentary, dramatic, and short films, festival goers experience live music performances, panel discussions with leading filmmakers and industry figures, cutting-edge media installations including VR/AR, parties celebrating the Festival community, and more. The opening premiere for the 11-day festival is writer/director Bart Freundlich’s ‘After The Wedding’ (Cornerstone Films), on January 24.

Beyond the film festival, Sundance supports the independent film community, and associated artists, through various initiatives, providing opportunities to introduce their work to new audiences. Through a Creative Distribution Initiative, online resources, live workshops, and a network of allied organizations, the program provides support and insights on creative funding, marketing, and distribution. With a Diversity Initiative that has founding support from Time Warner Foundation, programs of programs of the organization endeavor to reach into new communities of storytellers and audiences across regions, genres, ethnicities, gender and orientation.

Atmosphere outside the Ace Hotel as a crowd gathers for Sundance Institute at Sundown.

A Sundance Native Program supports indigenous filmmakers by bringing them through the mechanisms of support at Sundance Institute to get their work made and shown, then bringing the filmmakers and their work back to native lands. The Sundance Film Music Program raises the profile of music in film through a series of concerts, events and panels. Led by Peter Golub, it connects composers and directors, giving them first-hand experience of the collaborative process. In addition to the Festival, Sundance Institute hosts many public programs in the US and around the world to connect artists with audiences to present original voices, inspire new ideas, and create community around independent storytelling.

Traditionally happening in the same town (Park City), and with slightly overlapping dates as the Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival opens a day after Sundance (January 25) but closes at the month’s end rather than crawl into February as Sundance does. For it’s 2019 festival, Slamdance has in place the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs, as well as a lineup for the new Breakouts section. The 2019 festival will see the return of the Russo Fellowship — a $25,000 prize launched in 2018 by celebrated festival alumni Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Infinity War) enabling a deserving filmmaker the opportunity to continue their journey with support from the filmmaking duo. The Directors Guild of America and Blackmagic Design are Presenting Sponsors of this year’s festival. The festival opening night Breakout Feature screening, ‘Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story,’ directed by Patrick Creadon, chronicles the life and times of the filmmaker who, through his annual ski films was a strong advocate for the ski industry in America and throughout the world.

The feature competition lineup boasts 18 premieres, including 10 World, four North American, and four U.S. debuts. In addition to the United States, films come to Slamdance from countries around the globe, including Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Poland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. All competition films are feature length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million USD, and without US distribution. Featured films were selected by a team of Slamdance alumni using a blind submission process and are programmed democratically. Films in both categories are also eligible for the Audience Award and Spirit of Slamdance Award, the latter of which is voted upon by filmmakers at the festival.

The lineup for the festival’s new Breakouts section are films by non-first-time-feature directors who demonstrate a determined vision of filmmaking that is instinctively becoming their own. These artists are regarded for their propensity to push boundaries in genre and form. Slamdance’s goal is to help such daring filmmakers connect with bigger audiences and navigate onto the world cinema stage. The 2019 Breakouts feature the work of several Slamdance alumni, including Steven Soderbergh, who executive produced Beats, and Canadian filmmaker Alexandre Franchi who received the Audience Award for best Narrative Feature at the 2010 festival for The Wild Hunt.

Established in 1995, Slamdance had a role in fostering recognizable talent in independent filmmaking. In addition to the Russo Brothers, notable Slamdance alumni include (in part): Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity), Bong Joon Ho (Okja), Lena Dunham (Girls), Ari Aster (Hereditary), Gina Prince-Blythewood (Shots Fired), and Sean Baker (The Florida Project). In addition to the Festival, Slamdance serves emerging artists and a growing community with several year-round initiatives. These include the Slamdance Screenplay Competition, its educational program Slamdance Polytechnic, DIG showcase of Digital Interactive and Gaming art, distribution efforts through Slamdance Presents, worldwide screening series Slamdance on the Road, and LA screening series Slamdance Cinema Club. Box Office Mojo reports alumni who first showed their work at Slamdance have earned over $17 billion at the Box Office to date.Submissions to the 2020 Slamdance Festival will be considered beginning in June 2019.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. In this month’s photo placement (starting at the very top), Replicas, starring Keeanu Reeves, opens mid-January in North America. Next, the CES in Las Vegas, NATPE 2019 in Miami, Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Slamdance Film Festival in Park City. We are in a new year and the calendar pace picks up. Now as we enter February here are some anticipated industry events to note on the calendar. Digital Radio Week will be conducted from Geneva and the interrelated World Radio Day administered by UNESCO goes online, the Hollywood Professional Association Tech Retreat will be conducted from Palm Desert the Saudi International Media & Broadcast Expo opens in Riyadh, the International Istanbul Film TV Forum & Exhibition is in Istanbul, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards returns to the Staples Center in Los Angeles and airs live on CBS TV, Mobile World Congress 2019 returns to Barcelona, the 91st Academy Awards is once again in Los Angeles.

VRX 2018 San Francisco, XLIVE Conference and Expo, Unreal Garden and LMNL Year-end Event, Mumbai Comic Con, are calendar highlights in December’s media and showbiz industry events

The works of immersive artists (from left to right) John Park, Gabriel Pulecio, Noah McGinley, Android Jones, are featured at OneDome's unveiling of The Unreal Garden in the Civic Center district of San Francisco.

Set in Liège, Stereopsia is an international event that started in 2009. It encompasses all aspects of immersive technologies: 3D cinema and sound, virtual or mixed reality (XR). It is the meeting and networking place of the community of international professionals of the immersive technologies and all their applications and content. Stereopsia gives the floor to the world’s leading experts in a series of Thematic Conferences to better understand the issues, the technologies and therefore the new opportunities. Also, Stereopsia has strong connections with Hollywood. For the past seven years, Stereopsia has teamed up with the Advanced Imaging Society, which entrusted the event’s organizers to present the Lumiere Awards. Furthermore, this year, Stereopsia will launch the XR Tech Venture Forum, which will connect companies with investors (VCs & large companies) who can finance their innovation projects. 

The Lumiere statuette awarded at Stereopsia.

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 & 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).

In brief, the program topics will include: Lumiere Awards, International Conference on 3D Immersion (IC3D), Awards Dinner, XR for Health and Wellness, AR for AEC and Industry 4.0, Location-Based XR, Spatial 3D Sound, XR and Artificial Intelligence, Networking Reception, Content Screenings, XR Tech Venture Forum, Business Dating, exhibitions, Emerging XR Tech and Apps, Trends in Stereo 3D, Eye Tracking and Analysis for XR, Cinematic VR and Video Games, OpenXR Standard By Nvidia, Directing In VR By Randal Kleiser, XR Meetup.

Set within the Union Square district of San Francisco for two days through December 7, VRX 2018 is the global summit that has been planned to address an increasingly advancing and crowded marketplace in immersive tech. VRX’s purpose is to cut through the noise and provide a reality check on the current state of VR and AR market development. Here business leaders are shown the resources to track the real market opportunities and impacts of virtual and augmented reality. With visionaries from across the globe speaking, and case studies from those succeeding on the front line, attendees will hear about the latest advances and innovations in immersive tech along with insight on real-world opportunities that are arising as the markets mature. With leanings toward practicality and application, VRX 2018 summit will throw its focus on where are the biggest opportunities for XR in business, where VR/AR technologies and content are having the greatest impact and delivering the most benefit, how to assess if VR/AR is a good fit to the problem at hand, and exploration into how immersive tech is providing real-world cost savings and increased productivity across industry verticals.

VR and immersive tech are creating an entirely new medium for storytelling and new immersive tech developments are changing the game for interactive storytelling. Visitors looking to learn more can assess the variety of narrative possibilities in VR and how to approach this from a creative standpoint while considering what needs to change from traditional linear storytelling. Discover how the tech can be both a help and a hindrance in storytelling, and how creatives and tech companies are both adjusting to the new medium to develop the best possible experiences. Also, how does the rise of AR / MR play into this? What challenges and opportunities do these new platforms provide for creatives in telling meaningful and engaging stories? Visiting scholars and industry representatives participating in talks you can expect to hear from include, Steven Kan, Google; Amy Allison, Skydance Interactive; Pearly Chen, HTC; Prince Gupta, Qualcomm; Ted Schilowitz, Paramount; Kelly Kandle, MediaMonks; Timoni West, Unity Labs; Jennifer Magee-Cook, Dreamscape Immersive; Andy Mathis, Occulus; Ricardo Rodríguez, BASF; Vinay Narayan, HTC Vive; Mike Pell, Microsoft Garage, and many others not listed here.

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.

XLIVE (#XLIVE2018) is an annual conference for music festival industry professionals to discover and discuss trends and issues surrounding the industry. It will be conducted in Las Vegas, December 9-12, a city known for its history of staging and showcasing sensational live musical acts. 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. This tech-savvy, adult playground features a variety of pay-to-play games in a social atmosphere. Designed to attract the next generation of players and existing players alike, this new ‘place to play’ concept features an extensive selection of traditional games with an interactive twist. From pool tables to multiplayer PacMan and skill-based slot machines, there should be something for everyone. In addition to next level entertainment, the 12,000-square-foot venue also features the “Live Lucky Bar” offering guests a variety of craft beers and specialty cocktails, a live DJ and endless entertainment and sports games across the multiple screens on display.

The live entertainment industry represents a dynamic and influential community valued over $100 billion. XLIVE seeks to be a player in the way live events share expertise, learn and revolutionize experience. XLIVE convenes industry leaders at the intersection of music, sports, film, culinary, beverage, cannabis culture, eSports, technology, brands and the experiences that are part of festivals and live events. XLIVE will bring in a legion of speakers from various industries to share their insights with attendees through panels, workshops and labs. Topic areas on the set agenda include, Understanding Cannabis Within the Live Entertainment Marketplace, Rethinking Strategic Partnerships With Your Live Event, What Technologies Your Attendees want at Your Event, The State of Live, The Big Picture: Festival Cancellations and What It Means for the Industry, Experiential Media: A Deep Dive into the Rise of Experiential Activations of Media Properties, It’s Time: Women As Leading Influencers in Live Events, International Expansion: Taking Your Event Into All Regions of the World, Fail-Proof Ways to Market Your Events – Beyond the Basics. Augmented Reality and Other Technologies and How It’s Affecting the Live Event Space. The XLIVE Closing Party will be held at the Skyfall Lounge.

Onedome presents The Unreal Garden

Celebrate the emergence of the Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality sector in the Bay Area when VRARA Association will be welcoming members of the VRARA Association as well as anyone interested in networking with the local AR and VR community of the Bay Area. Take part in a night, on December 18, at the Unreal Garden, an immersive mixed reality experience where virtual artwork comes to life all around visitors using the HoloLens headset. Event host, 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 is free for VRARA members, but interested parties still should apply for membership at this link. Members are permitted to bring an additional guest for free. 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.

The corporate entity, Onedome, is an immersive media company and artist platform fostering a synergy from creativity, collaboration, connection and community. 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. At Onedome, visitors take part in experiences that merge art, story and technology. Onedome San Francisco, is a community space where all are invited and welcome. Normally, no ticket is required to come in (except for this event) and enjoy the space or sit in the cafe lounge while experiencing the 20,000 square feet of immersive activity. While at the lounge, create virtual artwork, and take part in many other activities that invite connection and collaboration with other participating guests. Augmented reality, projection mapping, soundscapes, food and drink, and even the physical space itself all work together to immerse the visitor in an otherworld known as The Unreal Garden.

Later in the month (December 20 to be precise), 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. Contributing artists or artist groups involved in the LMNL exhibition include, Vincent Houze, Storylab Interactive, Leans, Gabriel Pulecio, B-Reel, Dave & Gabe, Lynchini, Hybycozo, Design I/O, and Matt Elson.

Mumbai Comic-Con in Goregaon East

The district of Goregaon East in Mumbai will host its own Comic-Con that closely resembles the better known Comic-Con in San Diego. In fact, the producers of the recently inaugurated New York Comic Con are directly responsible for the initiation of this event as well. In general, the Comic-Con concept features the best of comics, graphic novels, movies, television, gaming and cosplay. So Comic-Con in any region of the globe is a place for getting close to as well as interacting with pop-culture and its heroes. And the Mumbai Comic Con will be no different in what it has to offer during its two-day run beginning December 22. Special guest appearances from within India as well as the international community will include, Sana Takeda, Yaya Han, Vivek Goel, Sumit Kumar, Shamik Dasgupta, Saumin Patel, Rajiv Tamhankar, Rahil Mohsin, Gaurav Basu, Alicia Souza, Abhijeet Kini, Sahil Shah. And at most any comic and movie convention, adoring fans are always eager to learn about viewing and/or participating in Cosplay, that for the Mumbai Comic Con, will represent five categories: Comic Books/ Graphic Novels, Icons of Movies/Television/Animated, Gaming, Anime/Manga, Sci-Fi/Fantasy.

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. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed as pre-selected music will play throughout the event. Contestants will submit a costume description for the attendant emcee to read as they get their time on the stage and exhibit two to three poses before exiting. There is a time limit for each participant on stage which is approximately 30 seconds. 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.

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 favourite 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 favourite 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.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. In this month’s photo placement (starting at the very top), the works of immersive artists (from left to right) John Park, Gabriel Pulecio, Noah McGinley, Android Jones, are featured at OneDome’s unveiling of The Unreal Garden in the Civic Center district of San Francisco. Next, the Lumiere statuette awarded at Stereopsia, VRX 2018 in San Francisco, XLIVE music conference in Las Vegas, The Unreal Garden, Mumbai Comic-Con in Goregaon East. Welcome to January 2019! At this point coming from out of the Christmas and New Years holiday period, expect the calendar to be a bit slow. Nevertheless, here are some worthwhile events to know about. The Golden Globe Awards are set for early January in Los Angeles, The Sundance Film Festival happens again in Park City, Variety will stage its B2B Entertainment Summit at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) convention that happens in Las Vegas, NATPE Miami 2019 will be in Miami Beach, Anime Los Angeles happens in the city of Ontario, Cos Mo Cosplay Modena happens in the city of Modena, Palm Springs International Film Festival placing an emphasis on productions from Internet and Startups comes to Palm Springs.

MEMETIC MEME Festival, Platforms For Converged Media Ecosystem, Edinburgh Television Festival, Disney Lovers D23 Expo, are calendar highlights in August’s media and showbiz industry events

The Mandalorian, an upcoming LucasFilm streaming series

Anime Revolution commonly referred to as AniRevo, is a three-day convention in Vancouver, fielding a wide range of activities, exhibits, panels, and performances related to anime. These include art, animation, comics, costuming, cultural displays, dance, gaming, musical performances, and other aspects of Japanese culture. With advance registration, staged events allow visitors to partake in cultural exchange through events where participants can share their passion for art, anime, manga, cosplay, dance, games and music through contests, exhibits, panels, and performances. AniRevo holds multiple events throughout the year in the Vancouver area, the largest being the summer event, held annually at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. 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. Anirevo hosts a variety of programs that encourage and motivate the community to participate in cultural exchange. AniRevo opens for full activity August 9 but there is a ticket pick-up the evening before for limited hours.

voice actress Ryoka Yuzuki at AniRevo

AniRevo is very interactive for its attendees, and there will be several events that they can take part in. AniRevo 2019 will conduct attendee-organized photoshoots. Submissions (before August 8) must include time and location and/or Facebook event link. Other participatory events may be too late to apply to at the time this is published, but it could be fun anyway to take in the event and watch amateur artists offer their heart-felt best efforts. The Cosplay Contest and Skits before spectators and judges is the biggest event. AniRevo’s Got Talent is meant to be a fun talent show for both attendees to show off the talents of singers, dancers, magicians, and musicians, etc. The Idol Group Showcase will offer dance cover groups from Love Live! and AKB48 covers to UtaPri teams, offering the chance for Idol groups to perform on Anirevo’s stage. The AMV contest will showcase creativity and skills with video editing programs to search for the best anime music video winner. The Idol competition gathers hopeful singers on stage before the audience and judges who will be giving back “American Idol” style feedback within a one-round event framework. And 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 (https://summer.animerevolution.ca/programming/)

AniRevo offers quite a bit in terms of programmed events to view or attend. Following is a very abbreviated summary of what you can expect to be offered at the three-day event. IDOLS 101: History of Japanese Idol Culture, Sewing Basics and Understanding A Machine, TOKU 101: Heroes, Giant Robots, and Monsters, Gunpla Building 101: Workshop, David Vincent: Learn The Business of Voice Acting, Intro to MikuMiku Dance with Digitrevx, So, You Want To Be An (Anime) Content Creator? Ryoka Yuzuki Q&A, VAN48: Sakura no Hanabiratachi Live, FanMix 2019, The Fictionals: Boom! Pow! The Manga & Anime Comedy Show! The History of Mecha Anime, Bon Appetit! Natsu Summer BBQ Party ft. Puchi Nova, David Vincent Autograph, Who’s That Pokémon!? Rating Anime Wives with ProZD, Japanese For Beginners, The Spirit Realm Ball, Bara Vs. Yaoi, Anime’s Inside Jokes and Cultural References Explained, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Arrow of the Orion Movie Screening, Akiba Night Rave, Anime Abominations – PSX Edition, Jiggle, Bounce, Thrust with Hentai Cupcake, Ami Koshimizu Q&A, No Wota? No Idol?: Wotagei, “Chikagei” and Anikura (Anisong Club) Events, Nobuyuki Hiyama Autograph, An Otaku’s Guide to Travelling in Japan, Create Your Own Pokémon Challenge! J-pop and K-pop Dance Workshop, Detailing Gunpla with Gundam Markers: Workshop, Itadaki Music Performance, Representation Matters: Diversity in the Cosplay Community, Anime and Hip Hop 101, Anime Grindhouse.

MEME electronic music festival in Manitoba

Western Canada’s Urban Electronic Music Festival presents MEME, a festival that presents cutting edge electronic music performed using the latest in new creative technologies. As it hosts its annual MEME fest from August 15-17, the musical styles audiences can expect to hear include a broad spectrum of house, techno, deep dub, psychedelic, world, nu-jazz, ambient and experimental sounds. MEMETIC is intent upon overseeing the development of digital creativity in sound, music, and audio-visual art. Its mandate is to provide a platform for the most original and forward-thinking electronic artists currently working in their fields while providing an outlet of discovery for its audiences. MEMETIC is made up of a collective of members with backgrounds in electronic music production, audio experimentation, video projection performances, multimedia installations, event organization, artist management, graphic design, photography, special event marketing, web development, and record label management. 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 ’90s 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); Canadian techno producer Kloves (a.k.a. Krystle Brieger); DJ Lori J. Ward, who has been a well established presence in North America and London for the past 18 years; Chris Morley AKA PixelPusher, the Director of Visuals Arts for Memetic who uses an array of sound reactive custom shot footage, pop culture references, motion graphics, and custom screens; Jabez Lee, a founding member of Winnipeg VJs draws inspiration from retro 80’s, cyberpunk and glitch wave genres; Toxic Prophecy, a female video artist transforms moving pictures and two-dimensional images into complex digital ecosystems that are heavily influenced by the natural world, technology, and abstract art.

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. The shows throughout the year help provide regular venues to showcase cutting-edge performance and to help build a regular scene that is highlighted by the annual MEME festival at Old Market Square. Although MEMETIC was formed in 2009, its key members have been heavily involved in their respective projects for at least a decade each and in some cases over 20 years. MEMETIC is formed from a passionate group who bring a variety of skills that are required to organize world-class electronic music events. In June of 2010 MEMETIC produced Winnipeg’s first-ever free electronic music concert in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District. This initiative stemmed from MEMETIC’s desire to reach vast new audiences and to inaugurate The Cube, a new internationally renowned architectural landmark.

International Forum on ‘Broadcast Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Media Ecosystem in Johannesburg

The International Forum on ‘Broadcast Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Media Ecosystem is a two-day forum that opens August 21 in Johannesburg, 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. In an age where television broadcasting and media services are close to full digitalization, it has become vital for industry stakeholders to understand how the new digital media infrastructure will work and how it will affect business operations to deploy successful innovative services. 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 over the two-day program include, Future-proofing broadcast and media infrastructure for the changing needs of African consumers; Delivering digital terrestrial broadcast networks with reliable infrastructure – review of possibilities; Exploring new broadcast media value chain model and how industry players can thrive; Evaluating options (and effectiveness) of delivering broadcast content across converged infrastructure in Africa; Innovative satellite-enabled solutions delivering end-to-end digital broadcasting and media services; Convergence of satellite, fiber and digital terrestrial networks – how do industry players benefit? Exploring the convergence of sound media services on smartphones, smartTV sets and online platforms; 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. The simple aim is to be a reliable platform for timely information that projects Africa’s broadcast and media industry to the world and shows the world opportunities in the industry. From a range of resources are offered to keep industry stakeholders abreast of opportunities in technology and service innovations that are and will shape Africa’s broadcasting and media industry via quality news, information, intelligence and insight. Industry partner Sentech began as a technical division of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) responsible for signal distribution services of the Corporation. In 1992, the SABC corporatized the division as Sentech, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Corporation. In 1996, the Sentech Act 63 of 1996 was amended, converting Sentech into a separate public company responsible for providing broadcasting signal distribution services as a ‘common carrier’ to licensed television and radio broadcasters.

Jerry Springer at Edinburgh International Television Festival

The Edinburgh International Television Festival, whose organizational group is headquartered in London was established in 1976. 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 organization, primarily from its support and nurturing of the next generation of talent. The Festival runs two talent schemes – “The Network” which gives brand new entrants a vital first step into the TV and digital industries while “Ones to Watch” supports those at the early stages of their career. Both benefit from fully-funded places at the Festival, which include tailored workshops, masterclasses, and networking. Year-round mentoring, training and events are also offered. 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; Producer Frith Tiplady, Moonage Pictures; Georgia Brown, Amazon Studios; Jean Dong, Zespa Media; Jeff Wachtel, NBC Universal International Studios; Writer Russel T. Davies, A Very English Scandal, Years & Years, Queer As Folk; Sandra Stern, Lionsgate Television Group. Relevant panels you can expect these speakers to be part of include Equal Writes: How to Get More Women in the Room, State of the TV Nation, The Making of a Mega Doc, Show Me The Money! – The New Cash Comes to Edinburgh, Break-Out Talk – Casting Partners, Not Brands, Content Curating Culture: End Drama in India’s Booming OTT Market, Worldview Address: Paul Feig, and more topics to come. The Edinburgh International Television Festival runs from August 21-23.

Right on the heels of Comic-Con San Diego that just passed this July, only a short distance away the D23 Expo, likely the largest Disney fan event in the world, will be in Anaheim celebrating all the various worlds of The Walt Disney Company in one space, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment, and more. D23 Expo 2019 marks the sixth biennial Expo held in Anaheim. 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.

Mickey Mouse Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim

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. Following is an abbreviated listing of featured events that will take place in 2019. From August 23, Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee hosts a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of ballroom dancing with ‘Dancing With The Stars’ show judge Carrie Ann Inaba, Mirrorball champions Rashad Jennings and Jordan Fisher, and Dancing with the Stars executive producer Andrew Llinares. 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. From August 24, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, and Tika Sumpter, the stars from ABC’s black-ish, Freeform’s grown-ish, and ABC’s newest spinoff mixed-ish come together to highlight the expanding “ish” universe. From August 25, a Disney Parks and Princesses Cosplay Photo Shoot is planned.

The above events are only a sample of what is fully listed. Complete details are on the “Calendar of Global Media and Showbiz Industry Social Networking Events” page. If you like this report and other content found on The Actor’s Checklist, like the Facebook page at this link. In this month’s photo placement (starting at the very top), LucasFilm at D23 Expo The Mandalorian, an upcoming LucasFilm streaming series is slated to debut at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim. Next, voice actress Ryoka Yuzuki at AniRevo, MEME electronic sound, art, and music festival in Manitoba, Converged Media Ecosystem conference in Johannesburg, Jerry Springer at Edinburgh International Television Festival, D23 Expo in Anaheim. As we get past August it’s back to school and the end of the summer vacation period. The global event calendar slowly begins to turn around and the following event dates are a beginning of that momentum. CoLab Film and Media Conference will be held in Redlands, entertainment and technology show IBC 2019 comes back to Amsterdam, Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards celebrates the 10th anniversary in Cannes, Kiev Media Week is in Kiev, Cartoon Connection Canada is in Québec, the 2019 Production Music Conference returns to Hollywood.