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.

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