March Media and Showbiz Industry Networking Events

Even if you’re not an A list invitee to the Oscar’s this year you might get closer to the action than you think by attending any one of several Oscar Viewing Parties happening somewhere in your area. The 78th Annual Academy Awards takes place Sunday, March 5, at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. It will be carried live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 pm PST, preceded by a one-hour red carpet arrivals show. And there are options to this show that seemingly attempt to move in synch with the Hollywood affair.

The Norby Walters’ 16th Annual Night of 100 Stars Oscar Gala in Beverly Hills is a formal sit-down dinner viewing party mostly comprised of past Oscar winners and nominees who will pay tribute to their favorite award ceremony. At the Statuesque: Oscar Viewing Party, DIVA Magazine hosts reception and viewing party to benefit The Jeff Griffith Youth Center for LGBT youths. Women in Film present a Palm Springs Academy Awards Night Gala Benefit with a six- course dinner served during the Oscar Awards. An Academy Awards Fundraising Party hosted by JEP Boutique and Frills Boutique to benefit the San Diego Women Film Foundation includes include food from Pick Up Stix and raffle contest prizes. APA Films’s Oscar Party 2006 in Washington, D.C., places an emphasis on Asian Pacific American celebrities in film, and offers a casual environment to meet, mingle, and play Asian Oscar Trivia. Hawaii International Film Festival’s Oscar NightÃ?® America Party in Honolulu, is a combined HIFF fundraiser and official Oscar NightÃ?® America Party, sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Breckenridge Festival of Film Rolls Out the Red Carpet for This Year’s Oscars, happening in Breckenridge, allows attendees to walk a red carpet in their best dress and then watch their favorite stars on several big screen TVs while sampling food and wine of Breckenridge’s finest restaurants. “Creative red-carpet attire suggested, black tie optional” for the 2006 Oscar Night America Event in St. Louis, with sparkling wine, hors d’oeuvres, and official launch of Lester Pope’s book “Lights … Camera … Arch! St. Louis & the Movies”.

Outside of Oscar related events, the Cinequest Film Festival, displaying maverick uses of film and television, continues its run through March 12 in San Jose. For Copyright Awareness Week, presented by the Copyright Society of the USA, and co-sponsored by BMI in New York City, the goal of this national event is to teach students the basic concepts of copyright and to encourage an understanding and respect for the rights of creative people. A “Rock the Quad Showcase” in London on March 8, sponsored by BMI and Gibson, featuring Titan System, Dollface, Hansom Pilot and Lunar Mile, is an ongoing series of musical showcases. A BMI Artist Workshop On Deal Making features panelists in a Q&A session, happening in Nashville, March 9. The International Recording Media Association 36th Annual Recording Media Forum meets March 9-11 in Palm Springs to strategize on how to make rational predictions on product and delivery paths, to build practical business models. NABOB’s 22nd Annual Communication Awards Dinner annually honors prestigious names in entertainment, communications and public service and this year includes a feature performance by Aretha Franklin at a March 10 event in Washington, D.C. SXSW 2006, the regarded film, music and interactive marketing conference and festival, now includes the first annual ScreenBurn Beta Festival enables consumers and game developers to preview the future of this industry, running March 10-19 in Austin.

The 49th Annual New York EmmyÃ?® Awards will be presented at a special black tie gala on March 12 in New York’s Times Square district. Entries must have been produced for and must have had their first broadcast or cablecast within the New York Chapter’s regional boundaries of New York State and Northern New Jersey. The 21st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony inducting Black Sabbath, Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sex Pistols, and others, happens March 13 in New York. ShoWest 2006 is the National Association of Theatre Owners annual international convention for the motion picture industry, and happens this year March 13-16 in Las Vegas. The 4th Annual TV Land Awards features Megan Mullally as host in the annual salute to classic TV stars, shows and crew, March 19 in Santa Monica. For the Country Music Festival, hosted by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, celebrates this indigenous American music with performances by country music artists, March 20 to April 9 in Washington, D.C. Miami Winter Music Conference, regarded as the networking event in the dance music industry, runs March 24-28 in Miami Beach.

The above events are only a sampling of what is listed. Many of the events above have a submission process for indie and/or performing artists to take part in. Complete details are on the “Media, Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry News and Events” page at Experience the newly relaunched message board on The Actor’s Checklist which now permits user profiles and private messaging which you can find at

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