Marvel Studios releases Avengers Endgame

Three MIPWORLD events focused on the moving image will open at Cannes as a comprehensive package over combined dates stretching April 6-11. MIPTV is an international market event that is focused on content development and distribution for drama series (original and scripted formats), kids content (animation and live action), documentaries and formats (scripted and non-scripted). Through its annual presentation of unveiling new content and stories produced anywhere in the globe – both early-stage content as well as complete programming – MIPTV brings together rising producers and talents, commissioners and financiers, into a single space with distributors and buyers searching for finished program acquisitions and presales. Michael Aragon, Senior Vice-President of Content at Twitch, the leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, will keynote at MIPTV on April 10. At MIPTV, he will provide insight on interactive entertainment’s appeal to younger audiences from gaming to non-gaming content, and the power of interactive live viewing formats to maximize audience engagement and create new experiences around both old and new programs.

The MIPTV conference theme this year is “Pushing Boundaries,” which will explore how, in the era of peak TV, powerful stories and unique voices are fuelling global creative ambitions and connecting international audiences with an infinite choice of quality content. The conference program at MIPTV includes a keynote from Ilene Chaiken, the creative force behind the series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Empire” and “The L Word”; Anders Jensen, President and CEO of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group) in conversation with Rola Bauer, Managing Director, StudioCanal TV; a keynote from David Lynn, President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, followed by a conversation with Rebecca Glashow and Shelley Zimmerman, Co-Heads of Awesomeness, and actress Peyton List (“Happy Together”); and a line-up of leading French TV executives due to speak as part of the France Country of Honour showcase.

The MIPFormats segment is an incubator for upcoming entertainment formats. This can be the next wave of non-scripted formats and business solutions. Opening two days before MIPTV, it’s regarded as a gathering of producers, creators, commissioners, buyers and distributors. A third event within the same time frame as MIPFormats, MIPDoc, is a conference and co-production marketplace that hosts international buyers, sellers, producers and commissioners of documentary and factual programs to screen new content and do business. With regard to programming for young children, MIPTV will host the Kids Live Action Pitch presenting five new and original live-action scripted projects from creators and producers from around the world. And there is also the Pre-School Animation Pitch, a new pitching event for animation projects targeting children between three-to-six years old. There are expected to be six new, original animation projects in development looking for creative and financial partners. It is all supported by Hub City of Asian Culture Gwangju.

NAB Show in Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, the annual NAB Show continues its embrace of the new digital ecosystem of media, entertainment, and technology, where society and business have merged to redefine content, workflow and revenue streams. Even as it is wide ranging in breadth, the convention, which this year runs April 6-11 will have focus areas of film, mobile, advertising, gaming, television, radio, live events, sound, social media, VR/AR, video. It has been announced before the start of the convention that ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX Television will once again hold meetings during the 2019 NAB Show. The CW Network will also host meetings with their affiliated television station representatives. This year marks the eleventh year the ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliate boards have met in conjunction with NAB Show. This is the ninth year that The CW affiliates will meet at the event.

The 2019 NAB Show will introduce a new Influencer Series: Sports and Entertainment. Executives from leading sports and entertainment companies will participate in a series of probing discussions on strategies for success in an era of increasing competition. The conference will focus on building and sustaining a franchise; strategies for attracting new viewers; business models powering ticket sales and live events; and updates in content development. In one planned segment, “The Big Games Part II – Byron Allen: Playing to Win in the Digital Revolution,” Entertainment Studios Founder, Chairman and CEO Byron Allen will share how his company facilitates the distribution of content on numerous platforms, including broadcast and cable. He’ll also discuss his latest OTT and mobile platform, LOCAL NOW, which offers hyper-localized news, weather updates and traffic reports. The Influencer Series: Sports and Entertainment runs April 8 – 9. An Innovation Pipeline houses three destinations and a theater showcasing future-focused technologies and solutions from concept to prototype. Destinations in the Innovation Pipeline are equipped to promote each stage of innovation through Futures Park, StartUp Loft and SPROCKIT.

The 2019 NAB Show exhibition area will comprise 1,600+ companies, including 650+ international exhibitors and some of the world’s well known brands, including Blackmagic Design, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Cisco, Panasonic, Google, Facebook, IBM, Grass Valley, Microsoft, Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Vimeo, ATOMOS, Avid, and MediaKind. NAB Show will also feature several new technology-focused areas on the show floor, including the Esports Experience, AI+Cloud Campus, ATSC 3.0 Information Center, Destination 5G and the In-Vehicle Experience. 224 first-time exhibitors will join an assemblage of exhibiting veterans within the designated floor area that make up the NAB Show exhibit floor. Examples of the debuting companies include Red Bee Media, Audi, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Frame.io, StoryMate, Nextologies Limited, The Future Group, Send Bird, Kazuhm, Snappers.tv, and Opus Digitas, Inc., among others.

Coachella art and music festival

Within the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley, in what’s known as the Colorado Desert (about 125 miles east of Los Angeles), Coachella, the anticipated annual music event is held over two consecutive three-day weekends in April (beginning April 12) and features many genres of music including alternative rock, indie, and electronic music, as well as large sculptural art and installations on display. Coachella showcases popular and established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and reunited groups. The main stages are Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, Yuma Stage and the Sahara Tent, each playing live music continuously. YouTube Music plays a role in this year’s Coachella Festival. Anyone can listen to favorite songs and discover new artists from the Coachella 2019 lineup. YouTube Music seeks to enhance the experience at Coachella before, during and after the festival. Listen to playlists, get music on the go and get the official livestream performances for those that can’t make it.

A very partial listing of some of 2019’s expected performers will include: Los Tucanes De Tijuana, Kacey Musgraves, Gorgon City,Christine and the Queens, Idris Elba, Playboi Carti, Social House, Pusha T, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Solange, Adriatique, Calypso Rose, CHVRCHES, Guy Gerber, Jaden Smith, Mansionair, Kacey Musgraves, Tame Impala, Zedd, Janelle Monáe, Gorgon City, DJ Snake, Cola Boyy, Alice Merton, 070 Shake, Javiera Mena, Mac DeMarco, serpentwithfeet, Kid Cudi, SiR, Stephen Bodzin, Ocho Ojos, Ty Segall & White Fence, Yves Tumor, Easy Life, U.S. Girls, Childish Gambino, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Hot Since 82, Kid Cudi, Ocho Ojos, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wiz Khalifa, Sabrina Claudio, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dennis Lloyd, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Khruangbin, Lauren Lane, dvsn, Ariana Grande.

Aside from the renowned music spectacle that it is, Coachella fields plenty to do for its visitors in other areas as well. An Activities Tent in the camping center will have games, giveaways and anything else related to camping fun. Connected Lounge will be a place to bring computers (or those provided), and other mobile devices for free wifi and charging. Coachella Art Studios will offer fledgling artists a chance to express themselves at their craft. The Marriott Bonvoy Lounge will be a members space providing perks and amenities members are accustomed to getting and free wifi. Records & Record Store Day will produce 30,000 pieces of new and vintage vinyl to browse through or select. A Pantene Styling Lounge will be on the grounds to get hair styled with glittery gold accessories (Festival Hair Kits), besides offering free wi-fi, air conditioning, and artsy photo moments. To Die For Clothing will offer “official” design and hand screen printed camping apparel. The Vintage Market will offer a selection of vintage, upcycle/recycled and handmade retro items, handcrafted clothing, jewelry and other goods.

Rio2C in Rio de Janeiro

Every year creators, professionals and large companies of audiovisual, music, and innovation meet in Rio de Janeiro for six days of learning, relationship, business and entertainment, which will open April 23 this year. This is a platform that anticipates trends, the emergence of new systems, and reflects on the dynamics of the market. Rio2C took up from RioContentMarket in 2010, continuing the opportunities presenting by the former platform for offering audiovisual sector debates, trends and business opportunities. Over the past eight years, industry professionals from global communities have participated in the event, including digital media, broadcasting and mobile executives, programmers, advertising executives, distributors, creatives, producers and content buyers. Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, will be the Opening Keynote at Rio2C 2019. Sarandos, who is responsible for the platform’s original productions, will share how the company blazed a new path for how movies and digitally streamed series are viewed.

Rio2C seems to be comprised of three main program segments: a marketplace, conference sessions, and festival program. The Rio2C Market takes place between April 23-26. During four days of the Audiovisual Market, planned one-to-one meetings offer content producers the chance to share projects through a system of scheduled individual meetings, or in pitching sessions for prospects from Brazil and across the world. In the Music Market, artists and bands pre-selected by the Rio2C Curatorship Team to perform live at the Pitching Show before a commission of producers, journalists, radio and TV programmers, as well as an audience of top phonographic market and show business executives. RioContentMarket’s global creative community has now expanded to embrace the Innovation and Music markets, promoting content as the core of the creative industries.

Rio2C’s conference programming will explore esoteric areas dealing with creativity and the inner workings of the human brain. The latest discoveries on mental functions, the creative components of arts, science and technology. Projects about the effect music has on the brain, studies on how the brain structures narrative and investigations into feelings and consciousness in humans and machines – these are just some of the themes explored in the BrainSpace. The relevance of branded content will be a focus within a summit for creative directors, editors, planners, producers, screenwriters, influencers, artists, marketing, media and entertainment executives. The series ‘Black Mirror’ is the theme for Rio2C’s PrimeTime. Peter Friedlander, VP Original Series for Netflix will interview creator Charlie Brooker and producer Annabel Jones in one confirmed keynote talk.

Rio2C Festivalia engages its audience with singers, musicians and bands from different parts of the country, performing in the Electroacoustic Room and on the stage, at Cidade das Artes ground floor. At planned workshops, professionals come from the national and international market, institutions such as IED – Istituto Europeo di Design and Full Sail University (Florida). There are over 20 free workshops in areas covering Collaborative Creative Processes, Creative Design and Management, Creative Direction in the World of Fashion and Entertainment, Makers and Digital Manufacturing, Branding – Brand Management, among others.

HotDocs Conversation with Ai Weiwei and Fen Weng

Hot Docs, the Toronto based documentary festival, conference, and market, opens from April 25 – May 6. Festival-goers can view documentaries from Canada and around the world for presentation to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also offer a program of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary media makers, including the Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker, Distribution Rendezvous, and Happy Hour(s). Opening Night begins with the screening of ‘nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up’ (Tasha Hubbard, Director). Following the screening festivities will continue at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. Light refreshments will be served along with a celebration of documentary storytelling. Other Hot Docs festival highlights on the program to experience will be, Making Believe Shorts Program, DocX At Autodesk, Big Ideas Presented by Scotia Wealth Management, IMAX Screenings at Ontario Place Cinesphere, A Conversation With Ai WeiWei and Fen Weng, Animal Magnetism Shorts Program, Alla Salute, Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (opening night).

A 2019 Food and Film section will pair the evenings screening experience with a dining experience featuring special guests from the films screened. Following the April 27 screening of ‘Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy,’ there will be a four-plate tasting menu at Rosalinda, Toronto’s only Mexican plant-based restaurant. On April 28 Hot Docs will host the return of a past Festival favourite, ‘Kings of Pastry,’ with a conversation about the influence of France in the world of dessert with special guests. On May 5, A Salute to Pizza spotlights Pizzeria Libretto and how they have refined the pizza dish. Following the screening of Alla Salute, take a hands-on pizza-making workshop to explore the origins of Neapolitan pizza. There are also pitch idea and networking sessions. Distribution Rendezvous will offer pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with various distributors for filmmakers with finished and/or rough-cut films.

Hot Docs hosts many different types of sessions that present ideal learning and mentoring opportunities. Conference and talk sessions will present industry visionaries discussing the evolving art and business of the documentary. Planned programs by title include, Distribution Rendezvous, Doc Summit: Dare to be Studio D, Micro-Meeting: TVO, Hot Docs Workshop: 7 Deadly Sins of Self-Distribution, Micro-Meeting: Bell Media, Micro-Meeting: CBC Docs, Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Workshop: How Are We Going to Break Barriers? Sound as Story, Channel Surfing: USA, Artist Talk: Working with Family, Micro-Meeting: Getty Images, Euro-Canadian Co-Producing, Close Up With… Cinereach, Close Up With… Impact Partners, Close Up With… PBS – American Documentary POV, Close Up With… Polish Public Television – TVP, Hot Docs Deal Maker, Close Up With… CBC documentary Channel, Close Up With… RTS – Radio Télévision Suisse, Close Up With… Spiegel TV, Keynote: Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Close Up With… Catapult Film Fund, Close Up With… ZDF – ARTE Germany, Kickstart: My First VR Doc, Hot Docs Workshop: CAVCO Explained, and more topics than are mentioned here.

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), Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures will release Marvel Studios’ production, ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ worldwide, April 24, 2019, and in the United States on April 26, 2019. ‘Endgame,’ one of 2019’s most anticipated releases, is directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, and produced by Kevin Feige. Next, the MIPTV in Cannes, NAB Show in Las Vegas, Coachella music festival in Indio, Rio2C in Rio de Janeiro, HotDocs documentary festival in Toronto. With spring in the air the calendar pace picks up, particularly with more outdoor events and festivals. Coming into May, here are some anticipated industry events to note on the calendar. Video Exchange Asia sets up in Bangkok, NATPE LA Screenings Market for television content opens in Century City, Global Media Forum is in Bonn, Hangout Music Festival is beachside at Gulf Shores, World Content Market is in Moscow, BookExpo 2019 is in New York City, Palm Expo in Mumbai opens at the very end of the month.

NAB 2019, Coachella Music Festival, Rio Creative Conference, _Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, are calendar highlights in April’s media and showbiz industry events

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