American Film Market, VR Days Europe, Electronic Music Conference, AFI FEST, are calendar highlights in November’s media and showbiz industry events

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Asia Gaming Summit in Xinyi District Taipei covers the latest regulatory updates, licensing topics, developments, marketing and diversification trends and innovations in gaming, igaming, online casino, sports betting, esports and lottery in Asia. Asia Gaming Summit Taiwan (AGS) was launched three years ago from an underlying trend that Taiwan was fast becoming a major hub for the Asian gaming industry. Today, Taiwan’s regional role, infrastructure, and human resources are among factors that make it a destination for both regional and global operators, game developers and other service providers. AGS seeks to become a starting point to learn more about the opportunities that Taiwan has to offer and learn about the regional trends presenting opportunities. The Asia Gaming Summit (AGS) will explore the latest regulatory updates, innovation in payment and technology, as well as best practices in setting up operations and office in Taiwan.

Asia Gaming Summit in Taiwan

Running November 5-7, agenda highlights at Asia Gaming Summit include, Future Direction of the Asian Gaming Industry, that will be addressed in sub-sessions, Regulation, Licensing and New Opportunities In The Region, Essentials to Stay Ahead of the Game, In-Depth Industry Round-Tables. Innovation Bootcamp for the Asian Gaming Industry, that will be addressed in sub-sessions, The Beating Heart – Payments and Technology, Go to Market Right and Boost your Revenue, In-Depth Industry Round-Tables. Post-conference Workshops, that will include workshops: The A-Z of setting up operation and office in Taiwan, and The way to a successful customer acquisition and retention strategy through social media.

Speakers will include a mix of Gaming Operators, Influencers, Regulator, Technology and Service Providers. You can expect to hear from Tim Shepherd, Fortuna Worldwide; Terence Ting, Team Flash; Stephen Hanna, ESIC (APAC); Rune Loderup, GoldBlue AB; Robin Le Prevost, LPC Ltd; Raymond Chan, Alphaslot; Ranjana Adhikari, Nishith Desai Associates; Paul Jackson, Kroll; Michael Maerz, Sportradar; Michael Charlton, GVC Group; Martin Williams, GamblingCompliance; Mark Chew, Reddentes Sports; Justin Widjaja, ONIC Esports; Jesper Jensen, iGaming Asia; Jaydeep Chakravartty, Nektan Plc; Jason Fung, Alibaba Sports; Harmen Brenninkmeijer, Dynamic Partners; Hai Ng, ESIC (APAC); George Lin, Lin & Partners; Frank Sliwka, German Esports Association; Erik Hellqvist, Wunderino; Eric Jou, ESL Gaming; Eduard Castell, La Liga; Dov Allin MarketingCrossMedia.Asia; David Lee, Lin & Partners; Curtis Matlock, Sintic; Christina Thakor-Rankin, 1710 Gaming; Calvin Yang, John Law; Calvin Shueh, Skill Gaming; Bryan Wu, Bitwork; Bhavesh Parthi, Asia Oppa Ltd.

AFM @ Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

The anticipated, annual film event that’s not quite festival, not quite conference, but mostly business opportunity — the business of independent motion picture production and distribution — set oceanside against Santa Monica beach. Generally, 8,000 plus industry professionals arrive in Santa Monica for deal-making, screenings, seminars, networking, and parties. Participants come from over 70 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the international press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry. Separate from the conference schedule, the AFM Industry Conversations are interactive and informative discussions led by Hollywood thought leaders, decision-makers, trendsetters and experts, and are free to anyone with an AFM Badge.

AFM has evolved over time from its early years, most notably adding a conference segment to its mainstay film market offering. But in addition to that there have been other innovations to keep pace with the quick movement of film recording and display technology. This year, the conference programming focuses on topics The Future of Film, Pitching Essentials: The 2-Minute Pitch, Producing Studio Films with Independent Budgets, Made-for-TV Movies: Expanding Opportunities for Independent Filmmakers, Working with Sales Agents. A Writers Workshop section has programmed The Art of Cinematic Superstructure: Finding the Essential Turning Points in Your Screenplay and other topics. A recently placed Immersive Summit, this year led by Winston Baker, fields a group addressing, The XR Content Market: Where Do We Go From Here? The Palisades Stage hosts discussions that explore specialized topics and timely issues such as Animals in Film: From Script to Screen, Audiences Want More: Bringing Diverse Projects to the Marketplace. The Venice Stage presents unique opportunities to connect and learn in an intimate setting with topics such as Follow the North Star – A New Alliance for Film and TV Projects, and Creative Inclusion Meets Content Demand: Opportunities for Success in Storyteller Connection.

AFM is produced by the Independent Film and Television Alliance®, the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television industry and the voice and advocate for the Independents worldwide. The American Film Market (AFM) is the market partner of AFI FEST. The association between the two events connects art and commerce (more on AFI in the next story below). AFM badges will allow access to many AFI events, including all public screenings. AFI FEST badges will allow access to the AFM screenings. AFI FEST filmmakers, whose films are part of the festival, will have full access to AFM (and to be able to promote their film to the AFM participant distributors. Shuttle buses will move participants between Santa Monica and Hollywood. AFM hosts four networking receptions at the iconic Merry-Go-Round on the Santa Monica Pier. The AFM’s Carousel Cocktails provides a unique experience as participants connect and relax at the beach.

VR Days Europe

VR Days Europe is a three-day conference and exhibition on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality content, creativity, and innovation set in Amsterdam. The full program that gets underway November 13 offers a range of keynotes, expert sessions, workshops and seminars with more than 140 expert speakers from the worlds of health, tech, business, and the arts. VR Days has a priority to facilitate introductions, partnerships, and collaborations at slated networking events hosted by the Europe Enterprise Network. This year Matchmaking will take place November 14-15 at de Kromhouthal during the three-day event, but attendees will have the opportunity to arrange meetings ahead of time to have access to industry knowledge, key decision-makers and innovators in the XR industry.

In previous years speakers included CEO of High Fidelity Philip Rosedale, Albert ‘Skip’ Rizzo, of USC, Miriam Reiner from the Israeli Institute of Technology Technion, The Guardian’s Francesca Panneta, Samantha Gorman from TenderClaws and others. This year the speakers list will include Mária Rakušanová, HTC VIVE Europe; Charles Nduka, Emteq; Rupert Breheny, Google; Siqi Chen, Sandbox VR; Ruben Feffer, Ultrassom Music Ideas; Brandon Harper, Microsoft; Agnieszka Wlazel, Impact Foundation / University of Leeds, and many others.

Within the 2019 program, VR Days Europe offers substantive segments that attempt to get at the rich promise that VR/AR technology has to provide both presently and into its imminent future. The Church of VR displays work from all around the world, both fiction and non-fiction, interactive and linear, putting on display the new developments in interactive storytelling. The Vision and Impact Conference presents ideas on how to influence the course of the future and create a real-world where everybody benefits from the Virtual Revolution. A Pain and Suffering Reduction Summit assembles scholars and practitioners to explore and chart a path to better understanding and using VR to address the universal challenge of pain and suffering. The Location Based Entertainment Summit (LBVR) as a new storytelling and gaming medium for LBVR (think Pokemon Go), and how LBVR has considerable potential in museums, theme parks, and arcades, and as pop-up style attractions. In How to foster innovation in the European Media and Cultural and Creative Industries? A panel explores how an innovative and successful European media ecosystem through the use of innovative technologies and science.

VR Days Europe fields participation opportunities through Open Calls. The XR Gaming and LBVR Content Market offer a stage to present three-minute pitches followed by one-on-one meetings to find investment, publishing and distribution within the LBVR and XR gaming space. The Halo Awards seek out outstanding and creative VR and AR content for Europe’s leading XR content showcase. A EUVR Meetup Summit, back for its fourth year, draws in XR ecosystem builders and facilitators. A Co-production market for unfinished work – IFFR Pro X VR Days – is run in collaboration with the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Startups can apply to enter the XRBASE startup competition to exhibit at the BASECAMP Startup pavilion providing free exhibition space to 10 selected startups. An XR Base Investor Event will allow eight XR Startups to have three minutes each to pitch their business to world-class VCs, followed by investor meetings and an invite-only dinner. The Revolution Pavilion offers the opportunity to research-based projects and innovative startups to exhibit on the trading floor reflecting project innovation grown through an academic environment showcasing demonstratable R&D that will transform the VR/AR sector.

Electronic Music Conference

EMC is an electronic music industry event serving the Asia Pacific region. There is a conference portion that is held for two days and the festival is held over five days and nights. Held annually in Sydney, beginning this year on November 13, the festival features parties, showcases, pop-ups and film screenings where over 70 artists perform across a variety of parties and venues, covering a range of different electronic music genres. The week-long program covering all facets of electronic music business and culture includes keynotes, In Conversations, workshops, masterclasses, breakout sessions and networking events. Additionally, there are five nights of after-dark parties, club nights, film screenings and pop-ups, showcasing the most notable artists of the year as well as new emerging electronic music artists.

EMC also co-hosts a forum called Global Cities After Dark in conjunction with Electronic Music Conference and VibeLab. Global Cities After Dark is a forum focussed on future nightlife. Global Cities After Dark is a one-day forum spotlighting night time culture from a global perspective. It is curated and presented via the partnership of Mirik Milan, Global Night Mayor Advocate and Co-Founder of VibeLab and Electronic Music Conference. Global Cities After Dark exchanges knowledge between international cities highlights best practices and focuses on future solutions for positive and thriving nightlife globally. Global Cities After Dark is supported by the City of Sydney, NSW Government, and The Ticket Fairy. EMC will be announcing further speakers and the program for 2019.

EMC Live is a segment of the festival that offers the stage to recently minted artists ready to display new sounds in various musical categories like house and techno to futuristic R&B and fruity pop. This year’s selected lineup out of many applicants includes Black Dahlia, Close Counters, CLYPSO, daste, Maina Doe, Planete, TYOOW, upsidedownhead, HI MOTIVE, Honey Point, Kult Kyss, PNK FME, Primary Being, Temgazi, XMPLR. EMC Festival applications to be considered for opportunities in the live performance showcase are always available through the EMC website. Opportunities are open to hosting a Showcase/Party/Club Night/Pop Up as part of the EMC Festival. EMC 2019 is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, NSW Government through Create NSW, City of Sydney, MusicNSW, Muzeek, Roland and TAME. 2019 speakers, program, special events will be continually announced, so sign up HERE for the latest news.

AFI Fest cinema celebration in Hollywood

AFI is an American institution that has chartered itself to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. It preserves the legacy of America’s film heritage for future generations through the AFI Archive, comprised of rare footage from across the history of the moving image and the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, an authoritative record of American films from 1893 to the present. In 2019, AFI will offer Gala presentations of Netflix’s ‘The Two Popes’ and Amazon Studios’ ‘The Aeronauts,’ directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God) and starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. This year’s Tribute honors producer and director Alan J. Pakula, creator of iconic films of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Academy Award®-nominated Pakula will be celebrated with a screening of the new documentary ‘Alan Pakula: Going for the Truth,’ directed by Matthew Miele, along with screenings of three of his classic films, Klute, Sophie’s Choice and The Sterile Cuckoo. Melina Matsoukas’ “Queen & Slim” will open the American Film Institute’s (AFI) AFI Fest.

Other main program areas in which AFI celebrates innovation and evolution in film. In 2019, AFI inaugurates the AFI Summit structured as a six-day forum of intimate conversations and dynamic panel discussions will feature acclaimed and thought-provoking filmmakers, industry leaders and academics. The World Cinema section showcases cinema from the US and around the globe. This year features 16 titles representing 19 countries, as well as five official International Feature Film Oscar® submissions: Sweden’s ‘And Then We Danced’ (Director Levan Akin), Canada’s ‘Antigone’ (Director Sophie Deraspe), Poland’s ‘Corpus Christi’ (Boże Ciało) (Director Jan Komasa), Italy’s ‘The Traitor’ (Director Marco Bellocchio), Romania’s ‘The Whistlers’ (Director Cornlieu Porumboiu), and Germany’s ‘A Hidden Life’ (Director Terrence Malick). Midnight screenings will be programmed with cult and arthouse offerings from international filmmakers. Short films, curated from thousands of entries, will reflect the talents of emerging and established filmmakers from around the world in 40 minutes or less.

Festival-goers will be able to obtain available tickets online at AFI.com/AFIFEST beginning Nov 2 until the last day of the festival. Additional tickets will be available all day, every day through Closing Night online and at the festival’s box office. No pre-assigned time slot needed. Same-day tickets are only available in person at the AFI FEST AT&T Box Office or the Rush Line. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards. AFI offers film enthusiasts a variety of events throughout the year, including this November’s AFI Fest presented along with longstanding partner Audi. AFI FEST holds the FIAPF accreditation (FIAPF.org), assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community. All feature-length films must be Los Angeles premieres. Films are ineligible for consideration if they have screened or are planning to screen in the Greater Los Angeles area prior to AFI FEST. Consideration to be screened in AFI Fest is handled through the website link at https://fest.afi.com/submit-your-film/ typically up to a month before AFI Fest begins.

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), Paramount Pictures Terminator: Dark Fate, Tim Miller, Director, opened the first week of November in North America movie theaters. Next, Asia Gaming Summit in Taipei, AFM Film Market in Santa Monica, VR Days Europe in Amsterdam, Electronic Music Conference in Sydney, AFI Fest in Hollywood. Moving into December brings the speed bump of conference and convention event activity due to the upcoming holidays. Nevertheless, there is a limited offering of global events worthy to mark in the calendar. Dubai International Content Market happens near to Jumeirah Beach, BMI Maui Songwriters Festival, VRX 2019 immersive technology conference and expo happens in San Francisco, Content London Development Market and Conference happen in London, Asia TV Forum & Market comes to Marina Bay Sands, Games Gathering Conference is in Kiev.

IBC 2019, IFP Screen Forward Conference, Kyiv Media Week, Production Music Conference, are calendar highlights in September’s media and showbiz industry events

The Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix

Colab Inc is an education and training operation based out of Boise, Idaho and organized under Community Development Inc., a registered nonprofit. It’s stated goal is to connect young entrepreneurs with industry leaders by fostering relationships through conferences, pitch events (similar to Shark Tank), and one-on-one coaching sessions. The organization is funded by donors who want to help entrepreneurs reach their goals. A planned CoLab Media and Film Conference will last only two days in Redlands opening September 8. The conference sessions will look to impart what investors are looking for and how and the appropriate way to pitch ideas to them. For this conference, CoLab Inc has partnered with Good To Go Media to help content creators develop business plans. Good to Go Media manages to make investments in 8-10 film projects a year.

CoLab conference

Speakers you can expect to hear from at this CoLabs conference include, Louise Levison, a Business Strategies and Financial Consultant, and author of ‘Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents’; John Priddy, Co-founder of Windrider Institute and the Sundance Film Festival collaborator through Windrider Forum; Producer and Production Controller Allen Taylor with film projects that include Venom, Spiderman: Homecoming, Avatar, Pretty Woman and more; Ryan Dixon, Independent Screenwriter and writing/pitching coach, who has written for Disney, Amazon, Universal, WWE Films and more; Chauncey Smith, Executive Producer, Lifestyle Magazine; Geoff Hart, CEO/Producer of Longshot Pictures, and has sold films to Netflix and MGM.

Other future scheduled engagements CoLab will host, all in the 2020 calendar, include Moxie, A two-day event set in Glendale offering multi-industry connection and learning through networking opportunities, speakers and a two-night pitch event where contestants compete for cash prizes. They host a Nonprofit Boot Camp in Anacortes on May 17, that will be a hands-on learning workshop that conveys tools and strategies for health non-profit organizations.

International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) is an annual media, entertainment and technology show taking place in Amsterdam and offering conference tracks, relevant technological debates, and exhibits that are in-tune for this international media event. In 2019, IBC’s conference is themed, “Consumers First: A New Era in Media.” IBC’s Content Steering Group (CSG), a collection of industry experts and thought leaders from diverse industry sectors brought together by IBC, are tasked with setting the program, anticipating the biggest opportunities and challenges faced by the industry. This year’s IBC program highlights include The prestigious IBC Awards ceremony will take place on September 15 – the third day of this five-day convention – to celebrate the industry’s highest achievements while adding two new awards this year – The Young Pioneer Award, and the Social Impact Award. Award-winning news presenter and journalist, Kirsty Wark, will host this year’s invitation-only Leaders’ Forum, which will run alongside the Cyber Security Forum and Telco and Media Innovation Forum.

Selected Keynote speakers examine the current state of the industry and share their visions for the future. They include Cécile Frot-Coutaz, Head of EMEA, YouTube; Arnaud de Puyfontaine, Chairman, Vivendi; and Max Amordeluso, EU Lead Evangelist, Amazon Alexa. This year, the main conference is split into five new tracks, with a different daily focus on each stage of the end-to-end media content chain, reflecting insight and views from the international speakers slated to participate. 1) Creation, focuses on insights into new technologies and concepts including interactivity and 8K production; 2) Automating Media Supply Chains, looks at AI and other new technologies that can create media supply chains; 3) Publish, focusing on business models that are disrupting the industry; 4) Engaging Consumer Experiences, focuses into consumer consumption habits and next-gen fan engagement; 5) Monetization strategies, focusing on brands as broadcasters and new models of advertising. Tech Talks accompany each track, presenting technical papers and deep-dive discussions on the technology enabling the media content chain.

The Global Gamechangers stage returns from the last IBC, bringing innovators and business disruptors from across the media, entertainment and technology spectrum to share successes and stimulate debate. Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association; Jane Turton, CEO, All3Media, and Lisa Opie, Managing Director, UK Production, BBC Studios are among the confirmed speakers who will discuss their opinions and experiences. The IBC Esports Showcase, supported by ESL, Lagardère and EVS, will feature a full esports tournament staged in the auditorium, delivering a true to life fan engagement event generated by Esports while demonstrating the size and scale of a typical event. The showcase also includes a series of esports focused scene-setters, panels, keynotes, and interviews.

Projects crafted for the Big Screen, that utilize the latest cinema projection and sound equipment, are set to offer a program of events and screenings as a conference and exhibition highlight at IBC 2019. A film production crew from BBC Studios Natural History Unit will show footage from recent shows and share insight on the latest technical advances of Attenborough’s next wildlife epic, ‘Planet Innovation,’ from the BBC in the final stages of production. ‘Game of Thrones’ offers a screening of The Long Night the screening – an episode from the final season – together with a panel of creatives from behind the scenes offering insight into the technology and craft used to make this the very compelling fantasy drama it has been. Music editor Andy Patterson will be on stage with Avid’s Matt Feury to present their version of a musical masterclass of Paramount’s 2019 musical feature, ‘Rocketman,’ the story outlining the genius of Elton John’s music portrayed through the acting of Taron Egerton. Additionally, in another segment of the ‘Rocketman’ program, Oscar-winning editor Chris Dickens talks with Avid’s Matt Feury about how he helped create montage and scenes in Dexter Fletcher’s acclaimed biographic musical.

IFP Screen Forward Conference is a featured enclosure within IFP Week, taking place at IFP’s Made in NY Media Center and nearby venues in Brooklyn, IFP Week spans five days with Panels, Meet the Decision Makers, Direct Access, the Rooftop Films Screening Series, and immersive installations. IFP Week, now in its 41st year, is a signature program of the Independent Feature Project (IFP), a multiple-platform, international co-production market for projects. Formerly known as the IFP Market, IFP Week assumes the role of a forum for the discovery of new projects in development from both established filmmakers and new voices on the independent scene. The full week facilitates storyteller/industry meetings, a multi-day conference, film, television and new media screenings, audio listening stations, future-forward panels, and special events. Filmmakers, serial, audio and new media creators, the general public, and related industry representatives attend annually. The week is centered on selected independent content for the big screen, small screen, and beyond. Fledgling media creators can learn more and apply to IFP programs at this link.

During its 40-year history, IFP has supported over 10,000 projects and offered resources to more than 30,000 filmmakers, including Barry Jenkins, Dee Rees, Laura Poitras, Richard Linklater, and Ava Duvernay. IFP offers support to creators in varying stages of their project: funding, development, pre-production, production and distribution. They host narrative and documentary labs, IFP week’s Project Forum conference, as well as fiscal sponsorship initiatives. Year-round public programming also offers creative insight as well as technological and business guidance, which includes Filmmaker Magazine, IFP Week, The Gotham Film Awards, and the Filmmaker Labs. IFP’s latest initiative, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, is an incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where storytellers from multiple disciplines, industries, and platforms can create, collaborate and connect. Combined with the Media Center’s programming – which also includes seminars, conferences, and mentorships – IFP creates inclusive opportunities for new and established voices from a diverse range of racial, ethnic, religious, ideological, and sexual perspectives.

Knock Down the House docu screening at IFP Week

Making up the IFP Week conference are four main program sections that the visiting public would need to be concerned with – Panels, Direct Access, Meet the Decision Makers, Events. From the Events section planned activities you can expect on September 15 is a screening of ‘The Report,’ retelling the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, CIA agents begin using extreme interrogation tactics on those they think were behind it. On September 16 are IFP supported scripts in New Voices! Reading Series Sponsored By Sagindie; a docu-style film screening, ‘Knock Down the House,’ following the path of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin who take on the establishment; a screening, ‘The Eyesliger,’ a secret TV show blending the boldest new American filmmaking into mind-expanding, mixtape-style episodes. On September 17, IFP Labs Showcase is a showcase screening of projects from the IFP Labs. On September 18 are a selection of doc shorts from the Netflix Documentary Shorts Program, including: ‘Ghosts of Sugar Land,’ ‘Fire in Paradise’ and ‘3 Minute Hug.’ On September 19, a screening of ‘American Factory,’ a Netflix Original Documentary, presented by Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media.

Kyiv Media Week combines an international content market and coverage of areas of modern media business: film and TV industry, formats, series and animation, digital technologies, kids content, telecom, legislation, and opportunities within the Ukrainian media industry for professionals and content aspirants of the media industry. The Content Market will be held during the first two days of KMW – on September 16 and 17. KMW Content Market is a total networking platform for buyers and sellers of audiovisual content from more than 25 countries, connecting Ukraine, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe regions with other parts of the world. An additional benefit for the Content Market participants is an opportunity to access a range of conferences and other B2B events within the KMW program that facilitate business and informal networking. Planned keynote presentation, “Globalization of the industry – A Chance for the Local Producers?” by Alexander Rodnyansky will happen during the international media forum at Kyiv Media Week on September 18. Alexander Rodnyansky, film producer, director, and media manager, well regarded in the East European region, has created over 30 television series and 40 feature films to date. He began his career as a documentarian and after several projects transferred his talents to producing.

Other KMW participants typically include representatives of TV channels, media groups, production companies, and creative agencies, as well as independent producers, content creators and commissioners from Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Baltic States, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and other countries of the region. Conference topics that are on the program for presentation include, How brands work with content in Ukraine; Moldova, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan: market insights; Korean Content Showcase; Focus on China. The сhange of Chinese TV Content Through Formats Innovation; Trends, Opportunities and Challenges in the International Content Market; New Horizons of Ukrainian TV Series; Screening of the New and Trendy Shows from Around the World; Is Blockchain Technology a Game Changer; How AI and ML are Changing the Entertainment Industry; ITV and Netflix Crime Drama MARCELLA: from a Blank Page to the Screen. And there will be other topic agendas not mentioned here. Among exhibitors, there are production and distribution companies, content industry powerhouses from all across the globe (UK, France, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, Korea, China, the USA and others).

‘Small World. Big Ideas,’ is the title for the contest organized annually since 2015 by media consulting company Media Resources Management (Ukraine) and backed by international distributor Small World IFT (USA) and the international content market MIPCOM (France). Small World. Big Ideas offers fresh opportunities for the authors of entertainment projects, including independent producers and creators, representatives of big ProdCos (production companies) and TV channels. The contest encourages varying achievement levels to participate in the international contest for the best idea in the genre of a non-scripted entertainment show. The contest is in search for new original non-scripted entertainment formats (game, quiz, dating, travel, survival, reality show, etc.) at any development stage: from early-stage planning that can be shown by an outline, up to programming that has already been broadcast or commissioned. Applications are accepted through the website, although the cycle for this convention date has concluded.

Production Music Association’s Production Music Conference

Organized by the Production Music Association, the PMA’s Production Music Conference is back in Hollywood for the sixth year, September 23 through 26. Industry stalwarts in the production music industry will assemble for panels, conferencing, and networking. Typical candidates for this event would be a production music composer or publisher navigating the hurdles that seek to minimize their music’s worth. The Production Music Association is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization established to promote and protect the rights of production music libraries and production music composers. PMC’s mission is to provide valuable information and share best practices with attendees involved in all aspects of production music, an aspect of music that is so intertwined in many audiovisual productions, from television programs to promotional campaigns to major theatrical releases, and across the gamut of media productions and distribution channels. The Keynote speaker at this year’s conference will be Paul Williams, ASCAP.

Started in 1997, the PMA is involved in everything from performing rights analysis to composer education, from lobbying on digital watermarking and fingerprinting to helping guarantee the value of production music across the ever-expanding universe of media. The only major event set for a shortened opening day, September 23, will be The Library Music Film Screening, presented by Hut29 Films. This is a project in which multi-instrumentalist, Record Producer and Library Music enthusiast Shawn Lee has teamed up with HutTwenty9 Films to produce The Library Music Film. Into the next day, there are several Round Table Sessions scheduled, the Mark Awards dedicated to honoring excellence in the production music community and named in honor of the late Andy Mark, who was a library owner and founding member of the PMA. The PMC Welcome Party is also included in the event.

Beyond the Keynote, other scheduled speakers or moderators that will take part in interviews, panels, and keynotes include Starr Parodi, Alliance for Women Film Composers (AWFC); Andy Mesecher, Music Connection; Sean Mulligan, Entertainment One; Alan Lazar, STX Entertainment/Lalela Music; Richard Friedman, Composer; Ginia Eady-Marshall, Disney Music Publishing; Manoj Gopinath, Music Supervisor; Mirette Seiregm MPATH, LLC; Lyndsie Chlowitz, Walt Disney Studios; Ron Goldberg, Manhattan Production Music; Elisabeth Oei, Sonoton; Abby North, North Music Group, LLC; Daniel Wickenheiser, Amygdala Records; Barbie Quinn, BMI; Cristina Bellido, West One Music Group; Bill Brandt, We3Kings Music, Inc; Christina May, FirstCom; Brad Segal, FineTune Music, LLC; Caroline Heldman, PhD, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Chris B Harris, Composer; Brooke Wentz, The Rights Workshop; and others not mentioned in this space.

Over the final two conference days, closing September 26, other featured events and conference topics the PMA has on its conference agenda include, Cue Sheets: From Production To Payment, Pitching to Catalogs: How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Get that Gig, Producing Trailer Music – Creation To Completion, Independent Music Producers Career and Money Management: Music, Artistry and Money, The Creative Process For The Production Music Composer, The Efficient Composer: “How To Write 30 Cues in 1 Session Without Sounding Samey…,” Understanding Global Licensing in 2019, What’s on TV? The Challenges of Tracking Your Music on Television, Breaking the Sound Barrier – Inclusion in Production Music with a Focus on Women, Production Music in Latin America, “Wheeling and Dealing” – Navigating the Ever-Changing World of Library Composer Deals, Writing Music for Video Games. Over the final two days, a cocktail party closes the night.

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), Warner Bros. ‘Joker,’ starring Joaquin Phoenix and written and directed by Todd Phillips, is having its world premiere at Venice and Toronto film festivals in September and is set for release in early October. Next, CoLab Media and Film Conference, IBC 2019 in Amsterdam, ‘Knock Down the House’ screening at IFP Week, Kyiv Media Week poster, PMA’s Production Music Conference in Hollywood.

Heading into the fall month of October the calendar has fully recovered its pace of event generation. Here’s what’s coming up. The Future of the Industry entertainment summit will be presented in Los Angeles, MIPCOM Entertainment Content Market comes back to Cannes, the Audio Engineering Society opens its New York City convention, Video Echange MENA is in Dubai, CEBIT Australia will meet in the Darling Harbour district of Sydney, NAB Show New York will be in New York City, ShowEast 2019 returns to Miami Beach, the newly started Insomnia Egypt Gaming Festival opens in Cairo with the First Africa Gaming & Digital Applications Conference & Exhibition XRDC immersive ecosystem conference launches in San Francisco as will xRS Week 2019.

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.