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Situated in Messe Munchen over two days, Internet World Expo is an e-Commerce fair addressing commercial issues in the German-speaking world. Started in 1997 and focused toward issues for online trade, the array of topics has generally covered all e-Commerce relevant areas – Omnichannel, Multichannel, Payment, Marketing, Usability, Logistics, Software, and Social Media. Stemming from the progression of the convergence of online- and retail trade, Internet World Expo can be seen increasingly as an event for media producers and service providers in this now dominant sector for communication and commerce. Alexander Graf, of Spryker Systems and Kassenzone, opens the program with his focus on “Alles Plattform oder was?” Internet World Munich plans an After-show after the close of the first expo day of March 10, with a party and network event over food and drinks that will also celebrate with the top decision-makers of the e-commerce sector.

Internet World Munich

Within the primary programming of Internet World Expo, seminal topics for internet commerce success for the agenda. A Content-Marketing Conference & Exposition (CMCX) is used for focusing on content marketing and setting the trends for the coming years. The FACEBOOK World Conference will gather Facebook and Instagram administrators from agencies and businesses, to divulge comprehensive knowledge of their business methods and to demonstrate how these approaches can be transferred to suit individual needs. Two 360-degree stages set up will field experts from various specialist fields presenting practical know-how and solution strategies. In short talks lasting around 20 minutes, visitors can gather information covering various topics in the areas of E-Commerce & E-Commerce Services, Omnichannel, Online Marketing, as well as Personalization, SEO and SEA, Payment, Logistics & Fulfillment, and questions related to Infrastructure. An AmazonWorld Convention will provide a wealth of information about the Amazon universe mostly through in-depth workshops, The TrendArena will be structured as a freely-accessible speakers’ stage providing insight into the latest trends in the retail sector.

Attending on the 2020 exhibitor list will be the likes of Adobe Systems GmbH, Austrian Post International Deutschland GmbH, Blue Paprica, Content Factory 1 GmbH, CORREOS – SPANISCHE POST, cyberpromote GmbH, ePages GmbH, Future-Shape GmbH, Happy Contests – Online Marketing Toolbox, Intromarkets, LiveChat Service, PayPal, RHIEM Intermedia GmbH, Samsung Electronics, Twist & Schirm Social Media GmbH, and others not named here. Internet World is a brand of the media- and advanced-training company, Neue Mediengesellschaft Ulm mbH, Munich. The company provides its target group of Internet professionals with knowledge from experts, cutting-edge news and important contacts through events such as Internet World Expo and various industry conferences, the Website internetworld.de and the fortnightly trade journal INTERNET WORLD Business.

SXSW in Austin

Based in one of America’s most musically inclined cities, Austin, SXSW is arguably the highest-profile event of the month, comprised of four major activity areas: music, film and interactive tech, conference and keynotes. SXSW Music generally fields more than 2,200 official performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues throughout the Austin city limits. SXSW Film focuses on new directing talent. SXSW Interactive is focused on emerging technology, and the festival includes a trade show, speakers, parties and a startup accelerator. There are also official Welcome Events to get things started at SXSW. Attendees can open their SXSW experience by enjoying food, drink and networking. South by Southwest is run by the company SXSW, Inc. which plans and executes conferences, trade shows, festivals, and other events. SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities.

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals, which runs March 13–22, has slated a well-regarded lineup to their Keynote and Featured Sessions platform for the 2020 event. Keynote speakers (and pairings) already scheduled include Cat Packer in Conversation with Kelly Perez, Gabo Arora, Janelle Monáe, Laurene Powell Jobs, Reggie Fils-Aimé, St. Vincent a/k/a Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein, Anita Hill with Anna Palmer, Beto O’Rourke with Robert Costa, Gretchen Carlson with Samantha Barry, Hillary Rodham Clinton with Joy Reid. And among the planned Featured Sessions on the program, expect to hear, 10 Non-Obvious Megatrends Changing Our Culture, 2020 Hollywood Diversity Report + Latino Film Institute, 30 years of IMDb, with Founder and CEO Col Needham, 5 Ways You’re Killing Your Creative Potential, A New Frontier: Where Fashion and Tech Collide, Are You Ready for the Future of Space Exploration? Artificial Intelligence and Interdependent Music, Bringing Back Artist Development, Bro Culture to We Culture: Evolution at Riot Games, Changing the Immersive Storytelling Wild West, How To Be an Artist; or at Least Live Life More Creatively, and other fascinating subject areas.

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) will run its film festival segment from March 13-21. In the Filmmaker in Focus portion of the series, Grant McCord Talks About His Coming of Age Story Teenage Badass, Noah Hutton Discusses His Sci-Fi Comedy Drama Lapsis, Heather Ross Talks About Her Experimental Documentary For Madmen Only, Here’s Why We Need to Know the Name Yingying Zhang, Alex Thompson Talks About His Dramedy Saint Frances, Explore the Echoes of the Invisible, TT the Artist Discusses Her Love Letter to Baltimore, Ben Pasternak’s Journey to Becoming a Tech Entrepreneur, Annie Silverstein Discusses Her Feature Debut Bull, Kelly Oxford Talks About Her Dramedy Pink Skies Ahead, Katrine Philp Shares Her Documentary On Grief, Nicole Riegel Talks About Her Semi-Autobiographical Drama Holler.

The music festival segment will run from March 16-22. New, developing, and established Showcasing Artists from 60+ countries are represented each year amongst the 2,000 official performers. Fellow musicians and industry professionals and creatives from every field come together to form a variety of musical styles at SXSW. Showcases are curated by SXSW in collaboration with record labels, booking agencies, management and PR firms, export offices, publishers, media outlets, lifestyle brands, festivals, and performances take place in bars, clubs, parks, churches, and hotels around downtown Austin. From March 13-21, 2020, SXSW Comedy features a diverse lineup of rising stars, established greats, and surprise guests. Aside from the artist performances, there is the SXSW Comedy Festival Special Programs. Programming from this segment include An Evening with Todd Glass, ASSSSCAT, The Comedian’s Comedian, The Daily Show News Team Live, Doug Loves Movies, Dynasty Typewriter, improv4humans, The Laugh Button Live!, Loud Village Live, The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle and more.

Game Developers Conference in San Francisco

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) and expo will be in San Francisco for five days beginning March 16, offering attendees who are programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games and immersive experiences, a space to learn and network. GDC attendees can relax, play featured games, and meet new colleagues throughout the week at interactive spaces, themed areas for indie games, retro games, alternative controllers, and other activities. The year 2019 marks the inaugural start of the GDC Film Festival, screening documentary and narrative film works focused on the art and culture of video games. The GDC Conference segment will offer 750 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development and VR/AR topics taught by industry practitioners. Attendees can enhance their level of awareness about tools and middleware, publishing, outsourcing and localization, marketing and PR, legal matters, funding and VCs, gamification, education and training, development tools, monetization.

The GDC Expo showcases the latest game development tools and services from 550 leading technology companies such as Amazon, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Oculus, Sony, and Unreal Engine. Attendees can use GDC Connect business matchmaking (before expo attendance) to set up meetings and explore new partnerships and business opportunities. This year, acknowledged GDC Expo highlights will include, GDC Play, offering games from 100+ emerging and independent developers; VR Play, showing immersive experiences from VR and AR developers; Country Pavilions, countries taking part in a global community of pavilions representing the global game development industry; GDC Connect, forming a designated area to use as the business matchmaking tool to find contacts and pre-arrange meetings; Business Center, available for private meetings and demo technology in an exclusive setting; Career Theater, to meet potential employers and attend career development sessions at; Community Spaces, to play games and meet new gaming colleagues in these designated spaces for the expo’s duration.

A section of GDC,VR Play, will contain immersive experiences from innovative VR and AR developers. This dedicated area in the GDC Expo includes spaces tailored to providing the best VR/AR demo environment possible. Separate from this, the GDC Play area features innovative projects from 100+ emerging and independent developers. Attendees may play the games and meet the people who created them in this interactive showcase during the GDC Expo. Up and coming game developers are encouraged to apply at this link. Eight games from GDC Play will be designated ‘Best in Play’ by a panel of Gamasutra editors.

GDC hosts two award ceremonies recognizing the creativity, artistry and technical sharpness of the exhibiting developers and their games. The Game Developers Choice Awards (on March 20) a well regarded, peer-based video game awards show celebrating the industry’s top games and developers. The Independent Games Festival (on March 20) honors innovative and exemplary projects in indie game development. GDC Expo is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a B2B information services group and a foremost B2B Events organizer spanning the globe.

Connected TV World Summit London

Connected TV World Summit in 2020 in London is set to explore the future value chain scenarios covering the delivery, infrastructure, monetizing subscription and ad-funded TV services, whether they be aggregated, OTT or DTC, over three days of programming from March 17. At the very start before CTVWS gets underway is a supplemental, but separate, invitation-only event, TV Pathfinders, an invitation-only event (March 17) that will be conducted as a private thought-leadership event investigates the business, marketing and technology strategies that will help Pay-TV providers navigate the era of super-disruption and is conducted under the Chatham House Rule to encourage frank discussion. Connected TV World Summit sessions look to open dialogue on what is the new customer experience and if it just embraces the UI or now includes other screens the viewer may also be interacting with, whether that’s gaming, booking a holiday, or watching short video clips on social media. On the first evening of the CTVWS event, and new in 2020, there will be the Videonet Connected TV Awards ceremony and network function at the awards party.

The 2020 summit has several key themes that it is organized around. Finding New Ad-revenue Streams, Content Creativity And Innovation, Personalized Future, The Future Of Ad-supported TV, The Reality Check – Has Content Consumption Changed Sufficiently To Matter? Surviving The Streaming Content Wars, Game-Changing Content Aggregation, Digitalization And The Role Of Technology In The Future Tv Domain, Connected Home And The Evolved Set Top Box, Defining Customer Experience And Is It Reserved For The Set-Top Box And Big Screen Only. Speakers you can expect to hear from and the companies they represent will include, Kajaf Kleen, Nordic Entertainment Group; Dr. Randolph Nikutta, Orbit-Deutsche Telekom; Pat Kiely, Virgin Media Television; Nathalie Lethbridge, Atonic Digital; Stephanie Rockmann, Proximus; Emma Scott, Beano Studios; Roma Kojima, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; Dan Fahy, ViacomCBS; Pedro Bandeira, Deutsche Telekom; Archana Anand, ZEE5 Global; Jo Kinsella, TVSquared; Rebekah Dopp, Google; Judy Parnall, BBC; Elisabetta Carruba, Amazon Prime Video. There will be many others not mentioned here.

To gain a closer session by session view into the conference topics planned for discussion, here’s what there is: Becoming the Primary Content Aggregator and Content Discovery Agent, Non-Broadcaster Streaming and Navigating D2C, The Evolved User Experience and CPE, Extending Broadcaster Digital Reach and Penetration via Broadcast+, Next-Gen Content Security and the Fight Against Piracy and Unwanted Password Sharing, Making Video Service Provision Faster, Better, Cheaper, Bigger, Simpler, Unifying Linear and Digital Advertising, Reimagining TV for the Next Decade, Data-Driven Advertising and its Implementation, Generational Advances in Streaming and What the Post-Broadcast World Could Look Like, Innovative Transformation Strategies for Public Broadcasters.

MIPTV in Cannes

MIPTV (Marché International des Programmes de Télévision) is an event which takes place annually in Cannes and is essentially a content market for co-producing, buying, selling, financing and distributing entertainment content. Three mainstay MIPWORLD segments focused on the moving image will open at Cannes as a comprehensive package over combined dates stretching March 28 – April 2. MIPTV is an international market event that is focused on content development and distribution for drama series, kids content, documentaries and formats. New in 2020, MipTV has broadened its focus beyond buying and selling, seeking to cover development, production, and co-production. There will be a new program for buyers in 2020, as well as a stronger focus on production, and an overall streamlined schedule. Jeremy Darroch and Sky Group are the recipient of its newly created SDG Award which will take place in the form of a Keynote session on March 31. Sky is a leading voice in tackling global issues and setting the highest standards in sustainability and responsibility and has been instrumental in raising awareness and taking action on environmental issues.

In 2020, MIPTV Market convention will offer a conference program in three sections: What’s Next? – Projects in development will be a platform to present and discover new projects in order to establish co-development, co-production, and/or co-financing partnerships; and Programs in production, a heads-up to be the first to discover the hottest upcoming international content with a special focus on programs (drama, factual, formats, kids) seeking completion financing. What’s Trending – Content Trends, are presentations of Dedicated Drama, Factual, Formats and Kids sessions presented by Ampere Analysis, Broadcast Intelligence, Glance, K7 Media and The WIT to stay up to date with content trends and screen fresh content from around the world; and Business Trends, talks and analysis from leading business experts about scheduling and marketing strategies in the streaming / VOD era. (Re)Connect – High-level Peer Networking, a series of pre-organized invitation-only events held throughout MIPTV; and Producers to Watch, where MIPTV puts the spotlights on a series of Producers to watch and their upcoming projects with potential to make it on the global stage.

Also expect a varied events program at MIPTV 2020 that seeks to be a catalyst to create opportunities to meet new potential partners to form partnerships with. The MIPTV Medailles d’Honneur will be awarded to Bibiane Godfroid, CEO, Newen; Jim Packer, President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution, Lionsgate; Anna Winger, Writer, Producer, Showrunner, Studio Airlift. International Emmy Kids Award, presented annually at MIPTV, the 8th International Emmy Kids Awards will recognize children’s programming from around the world during a ceremony gathering of industry executives. Matching Sessions, comprise 20 thematic matching sessions offering opportunities to form vital connections derived from 30 minutes of speed-matchmaking. Country of Honor, this year, has pegged Korea and the effectiveness of the Korean production sector and its advanced broadcasting technology services. CANNESERIES is in partnership for the third year, and MIPTV badge holders will have full access to CANNESERIES, the Cannes International Series Festival, allowing them to screen the official and out-of-competition selections of drama series from a global selection.

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 (March 28-29), 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.

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), Directed by Niki Caro, Disney’s Mulan stars Yifei Liu as Mulan, Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan, and Yoson An as Cheng Honghui, with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor. The film opens March 27 in North America. Next, Internet World Munich, SXSW in Austin, Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Connected TV World Summit London, MIPTV in Cannes.

April has a slightly smaller slate of events perhaps due to the coronavirus outbreak. Nevertheless, here are planned events that will carry forward at least until further notice. ComicCon sibling WonderCon comes back to Anaheim, Coachella Music and Arts Festival returns to the Colorado Desert of Coachella Valley, the fourth ABU Central Asia Media Forum will take place in Tashkent, French Quarter Festival is in The Big Easy aka New Orleans, highly anticipated broadcast convention NAB 2020 returns to Las Vegas, immersive tech event XR Europe returns to London, APEX Content Market opens in Barcelona, Hot Docs Festival opens at the end of the month and into the following month in Toronto.

South by Southwest (SXSW) 2020, Game Developers Conference, Connected TV World Summit, MIPTV Media Market, are calendar highlights in March’s media and showbiz industry events