Will Smith stars in SkyDance Media's Gemini Man, directed by Ang Lee
MIPCOM Diversify TV Awards

MIPCOM in Cannes, is a global entertainment content market focused primarily on television (small screen content) production. MIPCOM brings together the international TV and digital content executives for five days of meetings, screenings and conferences that begin October 14 (a short prelim day with screenings on October 13). Visitors are enabled to discover and screen the latest breakout programming and find new partners at this global market for entertainment content across all platforms. In 2019 MIPCOM’s conference theme is “The Streaming Offensive.” Country focuses are on Argentina, Russia, Japan and China. Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer, is MIPCOM 2019 Personality of the Year and will be honored at a gala dinner for leading international television executives as well as take part in a keynote interview. Georgia Brown, Director of European Originals, and James Farrell, Head of International Originals, Amazon Studios, combine to deliver the first Media Mastermind Keynotes in the series. At MIPCOM 2019, France has been designated as the year’s MIPCOM Country of Honor.

MIPCOM 2019 will bring in fresh programming from around the world:
World premiere programming you can expect to see screened and their production companies will include, Back to Nature, Escapade Media; Cold Call, Kew Media Distribution; Women Make Film, Dogwoof; Very Scary People Rive Gauche Television; Shadow Lines, About Premium Content; Room To Improve, RTE; How I Created A Cult, TCB Media Rights; The Station, ADD Content; Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Avalon Distribution; Wild Australians, ABC Commercial; Suburbia – Women On The Edge, ORF-Enterprise; Titanic – Stories From The Deep, MarbleMedia. MIPCOM World Premiere TV Screenings will include Agent Hamilton, Beta Film; Devils, Sky Studios; The Return, Samurai Drama Channel; The Wall – Cover Your Tracks, Beta Films; The Warrant, Imagicomm Entertainment; Morte, Incredible Film; Mister Mayfair, SPI International; The Plague, Season 2; MOVISTAR; On Death Row, StudioCanal; Aruanas, GLOBO; Our Century, TVP Polish Public Television; The Accident aka The Light, all3media international; Blackout, Lagardiere Studios Distribution; Melodrama, Comedy Series; Heartbeat, TVP Polish Public Television; Dry Water, Portocabo; Internyet, Current Time TV and Digital Network; An Artist of the Floating World (8K), NHK/NEP; Ultra HD TV NOW, Sony 4K/8K Theater; Fresh TV – Formats, Virginia Mouseler – The Wit; Fresh TV – Fiction, Virginia Mouseler – The Wit.

Two (separate) immersive conventions set in San Francisco seeks to take the leading edge of the immersive discussion from what we already know when they run consecutive sessions from October 14-18. They are both non-overlapping events and come at a time known in the Bay Area as xRS Week. Operating from venues located just two miles away from each other, XRDC happens October 14-15 in the Marina District, and xRS 2019 happens October 16-18 in Cathedral Hill area. XRDC is a multi-faceted convention/conference for augmented, virtual, and mixed reality innovators, focusing on the use cases for immersive experiences across industries including games, entertainment, healthcare, education, training, industrial design, brand experience, and more. Produced by virtual and augmented reality market intelligence outfit, Greenlight Insights, xRS will gather industry executives and thought-leaders to hear from and mingle with business leaders, strategists and technologists that will address particular platform strategies and business opportunities.

xRS Week in the Bay Area

XRDC will feature two days of expert-led conference sessions and a Partners Lounge showcasing the latest technologies, tools, and services.
XRDC game and entertainment track highlight sessions include, Bringing VR Experience to Life with the Magic of Music, Designing Compelling AI Character Interactions in VR Using Body Language, Voice Changes Everything: Bringing the Natural Language Processing Revolution to VR, ‘Blood & Truth’: Lessons Learned Making a VR Action Movie, Using AI to Create Interactive Digital Actors, ‘War Remains’: Using LBE to Transport Audiences to WWI, The Future of Location-Based VR has to Include Everyone, Case Study: Ubisoft’s Escape Rooms. Speakers at these sessions you can expect to hear from include Cyril Voiron, Ubisoft Blue Byte; Mac Smith, Skywalker Sound; Todd Seath, IO Industries; Kevin He, DeepMotion; Melissa Swanepoel, FarBridge, Inc.; Jakub Kucera, DIVR; Dave Ranyard, Dream Reality Interactive.

Focus areas at xRS 2019 include Technology and Strategy, The Experiential Enterprise, Immersive Healthcare, Media and Entertainment, Disruptive Innovation. Conference sessions visitors to xRS can expect to partake in include How Entertainment Companies are Rethinking Immersion, Preparing for the Next Reality in Social: AR Will Change How We Communicate, Dissecting the Real Opportunities for AR in the Entertainment Industry, Interactive, Personalized and Immersive: A Fork in the Road for Entertainment Companies, How to Access the Full Market Potential of VR, The Disruption of Virtual Production and VR in VFX, Ask the Operators: Critical Factors for xR in Location-Based Entertainment, Introducing Alien Concepts to Storytelling: How Dreamscape is Expanding its Immersive Worlds, xR 2024: Building Your Five-Year Media and Entertainment Strategy. Keynote speakers and panel participants you can expect to hear at the conference include, but are not limited to, Shawn Frayne, Looking Glass Factory; Kevin Vitale, VRStudios; Bruce Vaughn, Dreamscape; Siqi Chen, Sandbox VR; Chuck Taylor, Caesars Entertainment; Kimberlee Archer, Facebook AR/VR; Janko Roettgers, Variety.


After existing solely on the west coast in the Las Vegas Convention Center since 1991, the New York City version of the annual National Association of Broadcasters Show enters its fourth year since the NAB organization rebranded (renamed) its Content & Communications World (CCW) event featuring SATCON into the “NAB Show New York.” Before 1991 (NAB Show was inaugurated in 1923) the show had moved around to a number of cities. The NAB show is considered the largest show for media, entertainment and technology (at least in North America), and covers: broadcast TV, radio, production, post-production, newsgathering, streaming, cable TV, satellite TV, film restoration, data storage, data management, weather forecasting, industrial TV, FX, CGI, connected media, cybersecurity and more. ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Gordon Smith will headline the opening keynote session. In 2019, NAB Show is introducing CineEmerge, a new interactive and community-building experience where creative professionals can explore emerging trends in cinematic artistry and motion picture production.

Expect NAB to spotlight and survey the growing trends and technologies in broadcasting. NAB Show is introducing CineEmerge, a new interactive and community-building experience where creative professionals can explore emerging trends in cinematic artistry and motion picture production. CineEmerge is designed as a companion event to NAB Show, the world’s largest convention covering the intersection of media, entertainment and technology. The event will feature expert-led discussions on topics such as the impact of consumer HDR adoption and the value of camera lens metadata as a tool to categorize content and expedite post-production, including the creation of complex visual effects. NAB Show New York will uncover the meticulous and innovative work of Foley artists in bringing to life everyday soundscapes for a distinctive on-screen effect. The team behind FX’s “Fosse/Verdon,” will participate in a discussion on October 16. The show’s Foley team, responsible for mimicking the patter of footsteps, the swish of costumes and the creak of floors, will offer insight on their craft in the session, “All About Fosse” moderated by Post Magazine Editor in Chief Linda Romanello.

More than 50 first-time exhibitors will join a number of returning companies on the NAB Show New York show floor. New companies you can expect to find include Assabet Technology, AWARN Alliance, BeTerrific Corp, Communication Crafts, Crew Me Up, iconik, MagStor Inc, NTP Technology, Palo Alto Networks, Podbean, Streann Media, Synamedia, Vision, Wasabi, among others. Also new to the 2019 show floor is a Pop-up Marketplace and Theater. This new feature offers an opportunity to meet first-time exhibitors and attend sessions on topics such as financing new entertainment ventures, esports and Next Gen TV. The October 16 pop-up will center on startups, while the October 17 event will feature technology and content significant within the podcasting industry. The Streaming Summit, an event focusing on the business and technology of OTT video, returns to the NAB Show New York conference featuring OTT platform experts, broadcasters, publishers, advertisers and developers speaking about the challenges and opportunities in packaging, monetizing and distributing online video. Attendees will learn how about the capabilities of direct-to-consumer (DTC) offerings and hear how global operations are monetizing their video library and building a brand relationship with their customers. Technical discussions will focus on how to deliver the best viewing experiences across packaging content, transcoding, media management, playback, and analytics.

AES Conventions are held annually in both the United States and Europe and are usually a primary meeting place of audio professionals in the world. Beginning October 16 the Audio Engineering Society opens in New York City for four days of activity. Audio Engineering Society convention offerings lean mostly toward studio recording, home recording, music production, Electronic Dance Music, DJ, live sound, theater sound, broadcast and streaming, networked audio, audio for virtual and augmented reality, game audio, sound for picture or product development. There will be workshops, tutorials, technical papers and the trade show floor to provide attendees with a wealth of learning, networking and business opportunities. The Keynote Speaker for the 147th Convention is one of Hip Hop’s original innovators, Grandmaster Flash, who perfected beat looping and discovered many of the most iconic beats still in use. AES New York 2019 will be co-located within the NAB Show New York. In an adjacent exhibition hall, NAB Show New York exhibitors will be on hand with the latest video and distribution hardware and related sessions. An Exhibits-Plus or All Access AES New York registration includes access to both exhibition halls.

Audio Engineering Society convention

The Audio Builders Workshop Track at the 147th AES International Professional Audio Convention, October 16-19, is set to offer attendees an expanded array of opportunities to learn about hardware construction and modification, and even to try their hand at DIY projects likely to lead them to their next build. Session topics will include reviving esoteric gear, powering up custom builds, scaling DIY ideas into a business and teaching DIY skills in the classroom. Additional hands-on demonstrations with kit makers and expert builders will take place all day during the Convention’s exhibition (October 16-18). DIY activities will conclude with a hands-on build clinic on October 19, open to all registered attendees.

Technical Program sessions, open to those with All Access registration, span all four days of the convention, beginning with “Classroom DIY Projects” and “Custom Consoles / Power and Grounding” on Wednesday. The presentations “Project to Product” and “Reviving Classic and Esoteric Tech” will follow on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Saturday will bring together attendees together for the “DIY Build Clinic: Starting Your Next Build Today with Audio Builders Workshop,” a three-hour session open to attendees of all experience levels, from which participants will leave with a working audio tool. AES papers presented at conventions – a selection of which are subsequently published in the AES Journal – are available for free to e-Library subscribers and at nominal cost to others. Papers from the year 1953 onwards are available.

Topics that will be covered in special tracks and sessions at AES 2019 are Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Sessions, Archiving and Restoration, Audio Builders Workshop, Audio for Cinema, Broadcast and Online Delivery, Electronic Dance Music, Electronic Instrument Design and Applications, Game Audio and XR, Hip-Hop and R&B, Historical Achievements and Innovative Ideas, Immersive and Spatial Audio, Networked Audio, Product Development, Recording, Production and Mastering, Sound Reinforcement, Student and Career Development Fair. A partial list of other special events scheduled to take place is the AES Special Awards ceremony, Mixing and Mastering for Immersive Audio, The Making of Sheryl Crow’s “Threads,” the Diversity and Inclusion Cocktail Party, Chopped and Looped – Inside the Art of Sampling for Hip-Hop, Show Me the Money: Funding Your Audio Dream, Triple Threat: The Art, Production and Technology of Making Music, DTVAG Forum: Audio for a New Television Landscape, The Richard C. Heyser lecture delivered by Louis D. Fielder, How We Make Music – Crossing the Decades from Analog to Digital, The Past Present, and Future of the Legendary Quad Building.

Video Exchange MENA in Dubai

Emerging from 12 years of first being TV Connect, Video Exchange MENA (Middle East-North Africa) in Dubai looks at the evolution of traditional business models in an age of transforming consumer behavior, bringing together the most longstanding media institutions from across the broadcasting, OTT and telco industries. Given the broadcasting industry’s digital transformation and innovation with OTT and telcos, the convention analyzes the role of the broadcaster, telco, and OTT with regard to investment and experimentation. From October 22-23 it will bring up key issues that will move the M&E industry forward in the region. Osman Sultan, CEO of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, du, delivers the conference keynote address on the topic, “The Transforming Nature of Telcos.” Informa Telecoms and Media Limited that produces Video Exchange MENA and other events is a company registered in England and Wales but operating in more than 20+ markets to help form the future by educating and informing the technology community to design, build and run a better digital world by presenting various theme conventions and conferences.

Here are key agenda topics for 2019: Women in Media Breakfast brought to you by CNN, How are broadcasters adapting to the digital age? How will partnerships continue to reshape MENA’s video landscape? Delivering a Digital Entertainment Proposition for Modern Arabs, Harnessing the power and insight of consumer data for a better TV experience, Youth-centric adoption strategies for a mobile-first generation, Creating an appealing content proposition for MENA’s younger generations, Sports in the Spotlight: Understanding the sporting opportunity in MENA, The role of social media platforms for traditional broadcasters, Thriving in the Attention Economy: navigating interactivity and multiscreen delivery in the bid for audience engagement, Beyond traditional partnerships: reaching the next frontier of audience acquisition, Local Content Production: Creating localized content that serves local and global markets, How are OTT platforms disrupting the traditional production landscape? Thriving in the age of new expect, Stations and new consumer habits, and many other topics not mentioned here.

The invited speaker list for the 2019 MENA includes Maaz Sheikh, StarzPlay Arabia; Osman Sultan, du; Ghassan Saad, du; Tony Saab, Intigral; Kinda Ibrahim, Twitter, Rami Saad, Snap; Noaf Ereiqat, Netflix; Karma Khayat, Al Jadeed TV; Klime Mickovski, Sky News Arabia; Wesam Kattan, Vuclip Inc.; Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, IHS Markit; Maria Rua Aguete, IHS Markit; Danny Bates, Starz Play Arabia; Sami Matri, Orange; Laura Chaibi, Independant; Hamad Malik, Starz Play Arabia; Rachelle Peterson, CNNI, WarnerMedia; Gareth Capon, Grabyo; Matthew Reed, Ovum; Geet Lula, Gracenote; Tareq Abu-Lughod, Istikana; Luis Duran, MBC Digital (Shahid); Richard Fitzgerald, SMASHI TV; Baris Zavaroglu, Turkcell; Caroline Faraj, CNN; Zahra Zayhat, Yupp TV; Carlos Tibi, Icflix. And notable exhibitors that will have a presence include Bitmovin, CenturyLink, CNN, Gracenote, Nice People At Work, UATV, with others that will be announced closer to convention time.

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), Skydance Media presents Gemini Man starring Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong. Directed by Ang Lee and released through Paramount Pictures, the opening is set for October 11 in North America. Next, program activities at MIPCOM, xRS Week in the Bay Area, NAB Show in NYC, Audio Engineering Society convention in NYC, Video Exchange MENA in Dubai. Now past October, the global events calendar holds steady with plenty of meaningful activity. Here is a sampling of what’s to come for the following month, some of which we will follow up on. Video Exchange Africa happens in Cape Town, Video Exchange Streaming comes to London, The Videonomics Summit will be in Goleta, Asia Gaming Summit is in Taipei, Music Expo San Francisco will actually be in Oakland, Pacific Media Expo 2019 will be in Glendale, Nigerian (Nollywood) International Film Summit will actually happen in Los Angeles, American Film Market and Conference returns to Santa Monica, Gamerome makes a return to Rome to offer what it promises will be a stress free setting for developers, annual Electronic Music Conference comes back to Sydney, VR Days Europe sets up in Amsterdam, AFI Fest is in Hollywood with its usual AFM collaboration.

xRS Week 2019, NAB 2019 NY, Audio Engineering Society, Video Exchange MENA, are calendar highlights in October’s media and showbiz industry events
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