The Mandalorian, an upcoming LucasFilm streaming series

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

voice actress Ryoka Yuzuki at AniRevo

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

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

MEME electronic music festival in Manitoba

Western Canada’s Urban Electronic Music Festival presents MEME, a festival that presents cutting edge electronic music performed using the latest in new creative technologies. As it hosts its annual MEME fest from August 15-17, the musical styles audiences can expect to hear include a broad spectrum of house, techno, deep dub, psychedelic, world, nu-jazz, ambient and experimental sounds. MEMETIC is intent upon overseeing the development of digital creativity in sound, music, and audio-visual art. Its mandate is to provide a platform for the most original and forward-thinking electronic artists currently working in their fields while providing an outlet of discovery for its audiences. MEMETIC is made up of a collective of members with backgrounds in electronic music production, audio experimentation, video projection performances, multimedia installations, event organization, artist management, graphic design, photography, special event marketing, web development, and record label management. MEMETIC has a specific focus on Manitoban musicians and artists and also distributes links to international networks promoting electronic music artists of Manitoba and throughout the globe. MEME workshops presented in partnership with Manitoba Music will survey all aspects of electronic music production through presentations, industry panels and hands-on demonstrations from producers who will be performing at the Festival.

Scheduled presenters and performers you can expect to hear from include LVLup, began mixing audio during the late ’90s in the underground electronic music scene, then developed an interest in the visual aspects of the electronic music events and shifted his focus from DJing to VJing; Stacey Pullen is an innovator from the second wave of Detroit techno; Grammy Nominated (2017 Best Remixed Recordings) Canadian born electronic music artist, producer and DJ, James Teej; remix artist and producer from Chicago, Billy Dalessandro, a part-owner of Siteholder Records; producer and DJ Hrdvsion (a.k.a. Nathan Jonson); Canadian techno producer Kloves (a.k.a. Krystle Brieger); DJ Lori J. Ward, who has been a well established presence in North America and London for the past 18 years; Chris Morley AKA PixelPusher, the Director of Visuals Arts for Memetic who uses an array of sound reactive custom shot footage, pop culture references, motion graphics, and custom screens; Jabez Lee, a founding member of Winnipeg VJs draws inspiration from retro 80’s, cyberpunk and glitch wave genres; Toxic Prophecy, a female video artist transforms moving pictures and two-dimensional images into complex digital ecosystems that are heavily influenced by the natural world, technology, and abstract art.

MEMETIC’s workshops and clinics intend to create a sonic space that can support innovation in new electronic music and digital art. There are also free educational workshops through community outreach and providing special guest presenters during the annual MEME festival. MEMETIC works year-round producing smaller events ranging in size from 150 – 500 people. All events feature a combination of local musicians and digital artists with occasional international talent. The shows throughout the year help provide regular venues to showcase cutting-edge performance and to help build a regular scene that is highlighted by the annual MEME festival at Old Market Square. Although MEMETIC was formed in 2009, its key members have been heavily involved in their respective projects for at least a decade each and in some cases over 20 years. MEMETIC is formed from a passionate group who bring a variety of skills that are required to organize world-class electronic music events. In June of 2010 MEMETIC produced Winnipeg’s first-ever free electronic music concert in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District. This initiative stemmed from MEMETIC’s desire to reach vast new audiences and to inaugurate The Cube, a new internationally renowned architectural landmark.

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

The International Forum on ‘Broadcast Infrastructure and Platforms for Converged Media Ecosystem is a two-day forum that opens August 21 in Johannesburg, focused on providing broadcasters, as well as other industry stakeholders, with needed information and knowledge on how to successfully build and manage a viable digital broadcasting infrastructure and platforms. In an age where television broadcasting and media services are close to full digitalization, it has become vital for industry stakeholders to understand how the new digital media infrastructure will work and how it will affect business operations to deploy successful innovative services. With seasoned industry executives on the program, the forum strives to offer its audience a vetted roadmap for the sensible implementation and management of digital television and electronic media services in a converged ecosystem.

Forum topics that will be explored over the two-day program include, Future-proofing broadcast and media infrastructure for the changing needs of African consumers; Delivering digital terrestrial broadcast networks with reliable infrastructure – review of possibilities; Exploring new broadcast media value chain model and how industry players can thrive; Evaluating options (and effectiveness) of delivering broadcast content across converged infrastructure in Africa; Innovative satellite-enabled solutions delivering end-to-end digital broadcasting and media services; Convergence of satellite, fiber and digital terrestrial networks – how do industry players benefit? Exploring the convergence of sound media services on smartphones, smartTV sets and online platforms; Next-generation audio and sound systems for broadcasters in the digital environment; The dynamics of creating content for Radio in a multi-platform ecosystem; Innovations with cloud broadcasting – how to take advantage; Impact of the internet on content provisioning for media services – from automation to artificial intelligence; Broadcast content planning and development for online platforms; Data services and advertising initiatives for a converged, multi-platform environment; Effective media assets management for digital broadcast media – issues, challenges and opportunities.

Parent organizer Broadcast Media Africa, guides and tracks the development of Africa’s Broadcasting and Media services industry. The simple aim is to be a reliable platform for timely information that projects Africa’s broadcast and media industry to the world and shows the world opportunities in the industry. From a range of resources are offered to keep industry stakeholders abreast of opportunities in technology and service innovations that are and will shape Africa’s broadcasting and media industry via quality news, information, intelligence and insight. Industry partner Sentech began as a technical division of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) responsible for signal distribution services of the Corporation. In 1992, the SABC corporatized the division as Sentech, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Corporation. In 1996, the Sentech Act 63 of 1996 was amended, converting Sentech into a separate public company responsible for providing broadcasting signal distribution services as a ‘common carrier’ to licensed television and radio broadcasters.

Jerry Springer at Edinburgh International Television Festival

The Edinburgh International Television Festival, whose organizational group is headquartered in London was established in 1976. The Festival takes place every August offering keynotes, debates and masterclasses, and networking opportunities to the 2000+ television and media professionals from across the globe. The EITF considers itself a charitable organization, primarily from its support and nurturing of the next generation of talent. The Festival runs two talent schemes – “The Network” which gives brand new entrants a vital first step into the TV and digital industries while “Ones to Watch” supports those at the early stages of their career. Both benefit from fully-funded places at the Festival, which include tailored workshops, masterclasses, and networking. Year-round mentoring, training and events are also offered. The Festival’s main keynote address is the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. The lecture features speeches from leading media figures connected with British and international television. At this year’s function, television show personality, Jerry Springer, delivers the Alternative MacTaggart, first giving a short speech then, taking part in a Q&A with Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, Dorothy Byrne, in which he will discuss his long career hosting The Jerry Springer Show which ran from 1991 to 2018.

Beyond the 2019 MacTaggart talk, other speakers taking part in panels and interviews that are set for the program include Hugh Laurie, CBE; Charlotte Moore, BBC; Paul Feig, Writer/Director/Actor; Amelia Dimoldenberg, YouTuber; Anna Drezen, Saturday Night Live; Aparna Purohit, Amazon Prime Video India; Producer/Director Dan Reed, Leaving Neverland, Terror In Mumbai; Danny Gabai, Vice Studios, Vice Media; Producer Esther Springer, BBC Studios; Producer Frith Tiplady, Moonage Pictures; Georgia Brown, Amazon Studios; Jean Dong, Zespa Media; Jeff Wachtel, NBC Universal International Studios; Writer Russel T. Davies, A Very English Scandal, Years & Years, Queer As Folk; Sandra Stern, Lionsgate Television Group. Relevant panels you can expect these speakers to be part of include Equal Writes: How to Get More Women in the Room, State of the TV Nation, The Making of a Mega Doc, Show Me The Money! – The New Cash Comes to Edinburgh, Break-Out Talk – Casting Partners, Not Brands, Content Curating Culture: End Drama in India’s Booming OTT Market, Worldview Address: Paul Feig, and more topics to come. The Edinburgh International Television Festival runs from August 21-23.

Right on the heels of Comic-Con San Diego that just passed this July, only a short distance away the D23 Expo, likely the largest Disney fan event in the world, will be in Anaheim celebrating all the various worlds of The Walt Disney Company in one space, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment, and more. D23 Expo 2019 marks the sixth biennial Expo held in Anaheim. D23 Expo presents three full days of “inside-the-magic” experiences that will include performances and concerts by renowned Disney songwriters, Broadway stage luminaries, voice actors, musicians, sneak peeks at upcoming films from the Walt Disney Studios, celebrity appearances, special presentations given by Disney luminaries, a look at what’s coming from Disney Parks and Resorts and Walt Disney Imagineering, the Disney Legends Ceremony, and the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibition which spotlights crown jewels from Disney’s timeless legacy.

Mickey Mouse Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim

D23 Expo is an opportunity for Disney fans to connect with others who share their passion for all things Disney. And somewhat similar to Comic-Con, there is also a costume contest, but instead referred to as the Mousequerade costume contest, so fans can show their creative and crazy costumes for all to see. Following is an abbreviated listing of featured events that will take place in 2019. From August 23, Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee hosts a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of ballroom dancing with ‘Dancing With The Stars’ show judge Carrie Ann Inaba, Mirrorball champions Rashad Jennings and Jordan Fisher, and Dancing with the Stars executive producer Andrew Llinares. Stars and executive producers from ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. come together to honor the past six seasons of the show while anticipating the conclusion of the series in summer 2020. From August 24, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, and Tika Sumpter, the stars from ABC’s black-ish, Freeform’s grown-ish, and ABC’s newest spinoff mixed-ish come together to highlight the expanding “ish” universe. From August 25, a Disney Parks and Princesses Cosplay Photo Shoot is planned.

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

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