Canadian Music Week, Festival de Cannes, Casual Connect Asia, PALM Expo, highlight a calendar of media industry events in May

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  • Canadian Music Week, Festival de Cannes, Casual Connect Asia, PALM Expo, are highlights in May's Global Media and Entertainment Industry

    InCenturyCity,theMusicBusinessAssociation,formerlyNARM(NationalAssociationofRecordingMerchandisers),opensMusicBiz2014forathreedayrun.Alongwithitshubfordigitalinitiatives,digitalmusic.org,thesummitagendaistoadvanceandpromotemusiccommerce.ThesummitrunsthroughMay8.Asanonprofitmembershiporganizationthatadvancesandpromotesmusiccommerce,particularlythroughtheMusicBusinessAssociationsflagshipannualevent,MusicBiz2014,theMusicBusinessAssociationisacommunitycommittedtothefullspectrumofmonetizationmodelsintheindustry.DayonegetsstartedwiththeMusicBizAcademy,aprogramthattravelsacrossthecountryeducatingmusicstartupsandappdevelopersonhowtogetthroughbarriersofentrytothemusicindustry.AnetworkingbreakfastfollowsthatearlysessionandthentherewillbeaformalwelcomeandintroductionasMusicBizPresidentJamesDoniogivesanindustryoverviewincludingsomeoftheneweststatsonsalesandconsumerbehaviors.ThetalkwillreviewtheresourcestheMusicBusinessAssociationhasavailabletohelpartists,managers,students,andstartupsnavigatethemusicindustry.Upforexplorationisanentirerangeofdeliverymodels:physical,digital,mobile,andotherwise.SomeoftheotherMusicBiztopicsthatwillbereviewedduringthesummit,mostofwhicharehandledin30,45and60minutetimelimits:KeepSocialSexy:UsingYourProfilesToBuildYourBrand,NavigatingTheMusicIndustryOnline,AlternativeRevenueStreams:MakingItInTodaysMusicBiz,TheMusicIndustryInfrastructureOfTheFuture,GrowYourAudienceOnYouTube,MetadataSummit:InformationAndTechnologyInTheMusicBusiness,ManagingTheComplexityOfAnArtistsDigitalExperience,CountryMusicMeetup,LicensingandRoyaltyPaymentsFromAnArtistsPerspective.Thesummitendswithaclosingreception.InToronto,CanadianMusicWeek2014willhavemusicindustrybusiness,learninganddiscoverysessionsblueprintinghowtoguideprojectstothenextlevel.Plannedfilmscreeningsofferamixofmusicorientedfilms,specialscreenings,documentariesandmoviepremieresalongwithspecialappearancesandQ&Aswithsomeofthe

    filmsactingtalent,directorsandcrewinappearances.Addedtotheconvention'sagendasince2012,theCanadianInternationalComedyFestfeaturesstandup,withperformancesfromsomeofCanada'semergingcomedytalentaswellasheadlinetalentfromcomedyvenuesworldwide.Thefestival'sIndieAwardsistheprincipalclosingeventforCanadianMusicWeek.TheCMWSynchSummitissuitedtomusicsupervisorslookingtoplacemusicinupcomingadvertisements,filmsandTVproductionsandgivespresentingsubmittersanopportunitytopitchmusictothemfacetoface.TheInternationalFestivalNetwork,anexclusivenetworkingandmatchmakingsessionforcompaniestomeetwithrepresentativesfromvariousinternationalfestivals,bookingagenciesandpromotersfromaroundtheworldwillbeopen.AninternationalmarketplaceandExportBuyers'ProgramfeaturingaSpotlightonGermanyandaFocusonAustriaandSwitzerlandwithmarketoverviews,presentationsandincomingdelegationsisplanned.TheDigitalMediaSummitatCMWbringstogethermediaandbrandspecialiststhatfocusonthetaskofoutlininganintegratedDigitalMediastrategy.Nowinits17thyear,theNewYorkCityStreamingMediaEasteventisashowcaseforallformsofonlinevideobusinessmodelsandtechnology.Itisfocusedonthe"business"ofstreamingmediaintheMediaandEntertainment,Enterprise,EducationandBroadcastsectors.Conventioneventsfeatureextensivemultidaypanelsessionsproducinganexecutiveforumoncurrenttopicsfromindustrytechnologyleaderstoexecutivesfromcompaniesutilizingstreamingtoday.EssentiallythetwodayconventionrunningtillMay14bringstogetherdigitalmediaexpertsandprofessionalsinordertoexchangeideas,strategiesandsuccessstories.TheStreamingMediaEastExhibitHallwillbetheshowplaceforanyonesellingstreamingproducts,services,orcontentforuseincorporatecommunications,digitalmediaentertainmentandtechnology,marketing,orthestreamingindustryitself.Theshowsprovideaninteractiveexhibitfloorenablingvendorstoexhibittheirproductsandsolutionstobusinessesandorganizationslookingtoincorporatestreamingmediaenterprisesolutionsintotheirinfrastructure.TheKeynoteaddresswillbedeliveredbyMatthewSzatmary,seniorvideoencodingengineeratTwitchwherehedevelopsnextgenerationencodingservicesandplaybacktechnologiestoservelivevideo.Dayoneactivitiesclosewithaneveningreception.PreconferenceseminarswillactuallybeheldbeforeStreamingMedia'sofficialopen,onMay12.Amongthetopics,"SettingupLiveStreamingWorkflowsOnPremisesandInTheCloud,"withChrisKnowlton,VP,ProductManagement,WowzaMediaSystems"ProducingAWebcastFromSoupToNuts:PartOne,"withJanOzer,Principal,DoceoPublishing"BuildingABetterWebVideoPlayer,"withRobertReinhardt,Founder,videoRx(dot)com"ProducingAWebcastFromSoupToNuts:PartTwo,"withJanOzer,Principal,DoceoPublishing.Otherareastobeexploredafterthestartoftheregularconference,include:"OnlineDistributionandMonetizationStrategiesfortheTVIndustry,""TheFutureofDigitalEntertainmentinaMultiscreenWorld,""MakingtheMovetoMultiscreen2.0,""NewOpportunitiesforMonetizingPremiumVideo"amongothertopics.FestivaldeCannes,theanticipatedfilmfestivalstartedin1946andheldinCannes,previewsnewfilmsofallgenres,includingdocumentaries,fromaroundtheworld.Concurrenttothefestival,Francealsohostsitsnationalfilmawards,theCsarAwardsgenerallyconsideredtobetheFrenchequivalentoftheAmericanAcademyAwardsatthesametime.AdmissiontothefestivalwhichstretchesMay1425isbyinviteonly.Festivalorganizershavealreadyannouncedthat"PartyGirl,"fromthetrioofdirectorsMarieAmachoukeli,ClaireBurgerandSamuelTheis,willopenuptheUnCertainRegardsidebar,acategoryoriginallycreatedto

  • showcasethemostexperimental,leftoffieldandsmallerscalefilmsthatdidntmaketheCompetitioncut.FilmdirectorSofiaCoppola,actorsGaelGarciaBernalandWillemDafoewilljoinJaneCampionontheCannesfilmfestivaljuryfor2014.TherewillbeseveralfeaturedeventstopssetupthroughouttheFestivalcomplex.TheDirectors'Fortnight(LaQuinzainedesRalisateurs)isaparallelsectionindependentoftheFestivaldeCannes,organisedbytheFrenchDirectorsSociety(SocitdesRalisateursdeFilms).CriticsWeek,LaSemainedelaCritiqueisaparallelsectionindependentoftheFestivaldeCannes,organisedbytheFrenchFilmCriticsSyndicate(SC).TheACIDProgrammeinCanneswillbeaparallelselectionindependentoftheFestivaldeCannesorganizedbytheAssociationforIndependantCinemaanditsDistribution(ACID).CannesCinphilesisaneventorganisedbyCannesCinmaandtheFestivaldeCannestoprovidepublicscreeningsfromtheOfficialSelection,aswellasfilmsfromtheparallelsections.CannesCinemawillbeaddingtothisprogramwithtwointernationalselections:EcransJuniorsandCinmadesAntipodes.TVFestivaldeCannes,coproducedbyCANAL+,OrangeandtheFestivaldeCannes,willcovertheredcarpet,thepressconferences,thephotocallsandinterviewsforfilmsinCompetition,aswellasanumberofeventhighlights.TVFestivaldeCanneswillbebroadcastinFrenchandEnglishthroughoutthePalaiscomplexandinmosthotelsalongtheCroisette.Itwillalsobeavailableon"WebTV",YouTube(Canal+/English)andDailyMotion(Orange/French).TheOfficialSelectionisrevealedthroughtheawardingofthePalmedOrtothebestfilmentryduringtheClosingCeremony.UnCertainRegardselection,"PartyGirl,"whichdepictsthelifeofa60yearoldnightclubhostesswhostilllovesmenandenjoyspartying,wasshotwiththeleadroleisplayedbythereallifeAnglique.WINSTON|BAKERwillbehostingthe5thAnnualInternationalFilmFinanceForuminassociationwithVarietymagazineinCannesduringthe67thFestivaldeCannes.TheFilmFinanceForumSerieswascreatedbytheWinstonBakerteamtoeducateequityanddebtfinanciersonthelatesttrendsandstrategiesforfilminvestingwhilereducingrisks,provideproducerswitheffectiveapproachestofundraising,anddemonstratingwaystocreategreatcontentandgeneraterevenuethroughvariousdistributionplatforms.Thisparticularforumwillbeahalfdayprogramfocusedoninternationalissuessuchaswhatittakestomakefilmstoday,worldwidesalesanddistributionstrategies,emergingfilmfinanceresources,applyingriskmitigationacrossborders,coproductionopportunitiesandstrategies,subsidiesandincentiveupdates.Therewillbeafeaturedkeynoteontheglobalizationofentertainment.WorldArtsFilmFestivalinJacksonvilleseekstohighlightvoicesofyoungartistsandfilmmakers,givingindividualswithspecialneedssuchasautismandtheirpeerstheopportunitytolearnsidebyside.IndividualsofallagesandabilitieshavebeenencouragedtoparticipateinWorldArtseventsandprogramstogainsuccessinthecreativeindustriesandbeyond.WorldArtsEducation+FilmFestivalisrunbyateamofdedicatedvolunteerswhoserveintheirfreetimetopromoteandsupportqualityfilmprograms.Specialpanelsandpresentationsduringthefestivalwillinclude:aMeettheFilmmakersQ&A,FilmCreativity+Educationpanel,onMay15,theFestival'sstartFarmtoFilmSocialpaneldiscussionandpanel,DreamIt,LearnIt,LiveIt,LoveIt,onMay16GirlDirectors,YoungDirectorsandAnimationStoriesarethefocusforpanelsonMay17,Festivalclosingdate,amongothertopics.ThereisalsotheKaleidoscopeAwardspresentationsinallcategoriesfollowedbyclosingceremonyandstorytellingperformancewithDavidGonzalezonthefinalday.AspartofWAEsglobaleducationaloutreach,thefestivalwillbringdiversegroupsoffilmmakersofallagesandbackgrounds,includingthosewithspecialneeds,tomeetandmentoreachotherandtheiraudiencesthroughthisnewvenue.CreatedbyindividualsinNewYork,LosAngelesandJacksonville,andsupportedbyagrowingnetworkofadvisorsaroundtheworld,theorganizationisdedicatedtoaglobalmessageofinclusionthroughtheartsandeducation.AnImprovActingWorkshopwithGuestArtistsHesterWagnerandSabraShelleywillbeconducted.HesterWagnerofInclusionFilmsandFuturesExploredandcodirectorSabraShelly,whoisaNewYorkbasedactress,Autismspecialistandteachingartist,willleadthethreedayfestivalworkshoponthe5thFloorattheMuseumofContemporaryArtJacksonville.Alldayinteractiveworkshopsforallages,DrawingOnFilm,willbeconductedwithGuestArtistLoisSiegel,instructorofVideoProductionattheUniversityofOttawa,DepartmentofCommunication.Atthe2014SeattleInternationalFilmFestival,theopeningnightgalawillbe,'Jimi:AllIsByMySide'withOutkast'sAndrBenjaminintheleadroleofthisbiopicaboutrocklegendJimiHendrix.'Jimi:AllIsByMySide'looksattheearly,momentousyearsinLondoninthelifeofthelegendaryguitaristafterhisbeginningasanunknownbackupguitaristinNewYork.TheDirector,JohnRidley(AcademyAwardwinningscreenwriterof'12YearsaSlave')isscheduledtoattend.TicketsincludeawalkontheRedCarpet,aprivatereception,reservedseatsforthefilm,anexclusiveafterpartyintheRedCarpetLounge.TheSeattleInternationalFilmFestivalisanAcademyAwardqualifyingfestivalforshortfilms.SIFFpresentstheannualSeattleInternationalFilmFestivalandyearroundprogrammingatourSIFFCinemavenuestheUptown(QueenAnne)andtheSIFFFilmCenter(SeattleCenter).TheClosingNightGalawillhaveonelastnightofminglingwithFestivalguestsandfriendswhileenjoyinglivemusic,food,andcocktails.Globalgamingconvention,CasualConnectistheplacetolearnmoreaboutthevideogameindustry,whichentertains300millionpeopleeachmonth.ThisgamingconventionwhichhasatrailthroughmanyinternationalcitieswillbeheldinSingapore,May2022asCasualConnectAsia2014.Alongwiththeconferencesessions,over80indiedeveloperswillbepresentingtheirgamesattheIndiePrizeShowcase.AlsomakingitsdebutistheInternationalDesign,Entertain,andAmaze(IDEA)Showcase,whereestablisheddevelopersarelookingforinternationalpartnersforpublishing,useracquisition,gameperformancemonitoringandlogisticalsupport,willbepresentingtheirrecentprojects.TheInternationalDesign,EntertainandAmaze(IDEA)Showcase,HostedfourtimesayearinconjunctionwithCasualConnect,actsonbehalfofestablisheddeveloperslookingforinternationalpartnersforpublishing,useraquisition,gameperformancemonitoringandlogisticalsupport.ManylecturesandtalksarescheduledatCasualConnectAsia.OnMay20,RobinSagaciousNG,headofInternationalBusiness,AsiasoftOnlinePteLtd,leadsasessionthatwillprovideanoverviewoftheSouthEastAsiaonlineandmobilegamingmarketsanditsprojectedtrends.LaterthatsamedayStephenLee,headofpublishingat6waves,whereheleadsallbusinessdevelopmentandpublishingrelatedmatters,willshareperspectivefromapublisher'sperspectiveandhighlightkeyissuesdevelopersshouldbemindfulofwhengettingreadytolaunchandgrowtheirgamesglobally.OnMay21,SiShen,acofounderandCEOofPapayaMobile,willdiscussthetrends,obstacles,andstrategiesthatAsiangamedevelopersmustknowin2014forAsiangamestudiostoclimbtothetopofappstorechartsinWesternappmarkets.OnMay22,BobMeese,GlobalHead,GamesBusinessDevelopment,GooglePlay,conductsaworkshopon"GrowingYourBusinesswithGooglePlay."NetworkingandreceptioneventsbeginwiththeBadgePickupandPreFunkPartythedaybeforetheofficialconventionstartonMay19.Onopeningday,therewillbetheOfficialCasualConnectwithservingsofbeer,wineandlightsnacks.ThreereceptionsforMay21willincludeaWomensLunchatnoon,anOfficialCasualConnectPartywithbeer,wineandcocktailsandtheIndiePrizeAwards.ThefinalconventiondayonMay22isasimple"Mingle"withbeerandlightsnacks.TheIndiePrizeShowcaseispartexclusivegamingarcadeandpartscholarshipprogramforupandcomingindiedevelopmentteamswhoshowpromisetobefutureleadersinthegamesindustrybesidesbeingabletodisplaygamestoalotofpublishersandindustrygurus.Foundedin2005,theCasualGamesAssociationisaprofessionalinternationaltradeorganizationprovidingeducationalresourcesandcommunitysupportforthoseinvolvedincreatinggamesforthemassmarketconsumer.Developedforthegeneralpublicandfamilies,casualgamesarevideogamesthatarefunandeasytolearnandplay.Thegamesareplatformagnostic,sotheycanbeplayedviatheInternet,PCandMacintoshcomputers,Facebook,Xbox,PlayStation,iPhone,NintendoDS,Wii,Androidandevenmobilephones.Theyrenonviolent,arcadestylegamesthatinvolvepuzzles,words,boardandcardgames,gameshowandtrivia.PopulargamesareMahjong,Tetris,Solitaire,Bejeweled,MysteryCaseFiles,andFarmville.

  • PALMExpoinMumbaiservestheIndianproaudio,soundandlightingmarketbyshowcasingthewaresofglobalvendors.TheExpodrawsitsbaseofparticipantsfromtheglobalproaudio,livesoundandlighting,musicproductionandsystemintegrationindustries.Thisyear,MusicExpoadedicatedtradeshowfortheMIIndustrywillbecolocatedwithPALMExpo,locatedinHall2oftheBombayExhibitionCenter.MusicExpoisdedicatedtoshowcasingthelatestMIproductsfrommajorbrandsinanindustryexpandingMIconsumptionofwesternmusicalinstrumentstoanexpandingconsumerbaseinthe200millionstrongyouthmarket.The2014PALMExpohasseveralfeatureareastoexploreandtakepartinwhileitisinsession,May2931.TheHARMANPALMLiveArenaisasecludedspaceforstage,sound,lightandmusictocometogether,providesvisitorswithanequippedstagetoidentify,evaluateandanalysehowtoenhanceaudiorequirementsanddeliverthebestsoundquality.Newthisyear,PALMExpointroducesthedemohallfacilityenablingaudiocompaniestodemonstratetheirproductsandlatestfeaturesinaprivatecubestructurethatisspeciallytailoredforthispurpose.InnovatorofIndianSlapBassandBassGuitaristforTheKhayalGrooveband,JayenVarma(www.jayenvarma.net),isappearingatPalmExpo,May3031,doingperformancesforROCKIN'24/7onbehalfofGRUVGEARWraps.HeisknownfordevelopingTablaandMridangamstylefingertechniqueonbassguitartoplayslapbass,astyledevelopedbyhimandtermedIndianslapbass,andin2008and2011respectively,theRegistryofOfficialWorldRecords(RecordHoldersRepublic),USA&UKandTheRecordSetterBookofWorldRecordsUSA,declaredhimtheFastestBassGuitarPlayer.JayenVarmaplayswithhisband,TheKhayalGroovemadeupofAparnaPanshikaronnorthIndianclassicalVocalsandJayenVarmaonBassGuitarincollaborationwiththeFrenchDrummer...

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