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2010 International CES

Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, The 2010 International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, returns to Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center/Hilton and The Venetian, the largest consumer technology tradeshow's venues.
A record number – more than 330 new companies – will join more than 2,500 exhibitors in unveiling their latest technology innovations and more than 20,000 new products on display.

CE Spotlights throughout the CES show floor will feature key market categories including apps, green technology, gaming, location based services and more. These include:

iLounge Pavilion, featuring all things iPod®, iPhone® and Mac® related;

Living in Digital Times, highlighting technology relevant to all lifestyles;

EHX@CES with custom CE products for home and commercial installation;

Sustainable Planet, featuring the latest green technologies including advances in green building, alternative energy technologies and smart grid technologies;

Gaming Showcase with the latest gaming hardware and software.

The 2010 CES will feature 20 market-specific TechZones highlighting the latest trends and emerging markets. New CES TechZones include the eBooks, Experience 3D, Femto, Lifestyle Gadgets, Mobile DTV, Netbooks and Safe Driver TechZones.

Top executives of the biggest names in technology and business will take the stage at the 2010 International CES with keynote addresses:

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer
Ford’s Alan Mulally
Intel’s Paul Otellini
Qualcomm’s Dr. Paul Jacobs
Nokia’s Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo
Hisense’s Zhou Houjian

Additionally, the 2010 CES will feature more than 250 sessions and 800 expert speakers as part of the CES conference program, which will cover a range of industry topics from social media to safe driving to technology policy. These include:

SuperSessions, among them:

Next Big Thing SuperSession: I Want My IPTV
Whether we’re streaming video to our smart phones or anticipating Net-connected televisions, the promise of an on-demand world is upon us. The model for video delivery is fundamentally changing, driving consumers to want free content any time, to any device. So, what’s the holdup? In this year’s session, CNET will gather industry leaders to find out.

Drivers, Consumer Electronics, and Highway Safety: How Can Technology Help?

Growing public attention is being paid to the relationship between safe driving and in-vehicle electronics. Come hear about innovative companies and technologies that empower drivers to use their in-vehicle electronics in a safe and responsible way. Moderator: Cecilia Kang, Staff Writer, The Washington Post

Last Gadget Standing

A perennial attendee favorite, Last Gadget Standing challenges contenders to give the product demo of their lives. At stake: bragging rights as the product "most likely to change the face of technology." See all the winners strut their stuff in this inventive, fast-paced competition.

Other sessions:

Up Next at CES: Creativity, Content and Cash, focused on addressing the major challenge of how to monetize new media.

Tech Policy Summit, which will discuss critical policy issues including broadband deployment and spectrum allocation.

Bringing the Smart Grid to the Smart Home

One of the Top Trends announced:

2010 CES Marks the Year of the App
According to CEA Research Director and Economist Shawn DuBravac, “Apps came on in a very big way in 2009, but the momentum is just beginning. From Facebook to the iPhone, the app is emerging as a key venue for accessing content in an easy and intuitive way.” 

This is shown with the Mobile Apps Showdown. From the same folks who bring you the Last Gadget Standing, Mobile Apps Showdown will feature the top 10 apps in five categories (Education, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Productivity and IT), chosen by Robin Raskin and the editors and readers of
The top 10 apps will be finalists in a live demo competition in front of a live and online CES audience, and a winner will be declared based on audience applause o-meter and online vote.

Renowned musicians, athletes and familiar faces of the small- and big-screen come together at the International CES to experience, promote and cover the hottest products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry.  Some attendees are:

Lady Gaga
Drew Carey, host of The Price is Right
Illeana Douglas, creator and star of Easy to Assemble
Stan Lee, comic book writer, former president/chairman of Marvel Comics
Tommy Lee, musician
Pauley Perrette, forensic tech wizard “Abby” on TV’s NCIS
NBA legend James Worthy
Jill Zarin, star on The Real Housewives of New York City

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $172 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services.  Find CEA online at

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2010 International CES
Las Vegas Convention Center/Hilton and The Venetian
January 7-10, 2010

Los Angeles Screenwriter's Summit 2010

Together they’ve sold over 2,000,000 books, spoken to over 500,000 people and traveled to more than 40 countries. FameScreenwriter Syd Fieldd screenwriting gurus Syd Field, Linda Seger, Michael Hauge, and John Truby all come together at the Los Angeles Summit, to be held Saturday and Sunday, February 6-7, 2010.

Over two intense days, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm each day, these four masters of the craft will provide an unmatched depth and understanding of screenwriting and story that is ideal for screenwriters, filmmakers, TV writers, producers, directors and creative executives. Field, Seger, Hauge, and Truby each teach half-day classes followed by half-hour Q&A sessions to provide a follow-up for any additional questions. The speakers having taken the time and care to share their outlines with each other to make sure they provide the best, most engaging material possible without overlap.

And, for the first time ever at the Summit, there will be “The Summit Mixer” event on Saturday evening. The MixeScreenwriter Linda Segerr will give attendees the opportunity to relax and socialize with one another over food and drink, plus there will be an additional session and Q&A that evening with a panel of industry professionals who will teach you about the business of television, filmmaking and screenwriting. The Summit Mixer is included with a two-day registration at a fee of $395.

CNN called Field, “The guru of all screenwriters,” while The Hollywood Reporter said he’s “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world.” Oscar-winning director Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon; A Beautiful Mind) said, "I've used  [Linda’s] concepts…on all my films starting with Apollo 13." 

Ralph Winter, acclaimed producer of such films as X-Men I, II and III, Fantastic Four and other blockbusters, claimed,Screenwriter John Truby “John Truby’s course is so good I took it twice.” And billion-dollar box office screenwriter Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2 and 3, Shrek, National Treasure: Book of Treasures), said, "Michael Hauge is the only screenwriting instructor out there who might be truly wasting his time – because he should be writing screenplays instead. Higher praise I cannot give."

The Vancouver Sun called last years Vancouver Summit "a most amazing event" that "drew an incredibly diverse crowd in terms of ages and backgrounds. Great event." With the class size being strictly limited to 150 participants, the Screenwriters' Summit in LA will be a great and unique opportunity to hear some of screenwriting's best and most-respected teachers.

For more information or to register, go to:

The Los Angeles  Screenwriters Summit
February 6-7, 2010

The Westin Hotel (at LAX)
5400 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

The 2009 International Film Festival Summit

As the single largest international organization representing the film-festival industry, The International Film Festival Summit continuously aims to keep industry professionals informed of the latest trends, in order to help to cultivate new ideas for future events.

The 6th Annual IFFS, to be held from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, will have industry leaders discussing current trends in funding and sponsorship, programming, operations and management, publicity and public relations, acquisition and distribution, technology, long-term planning and sustainable growth, and executive management.

The IFFS mission is to provide a platform for the community to explore ways to collaborate and promote the film-festival industry. It is the exclusive large annual gathering for industry professionals, vendors and others to have dialogue with peers, share insights and gain knowledge that will help film festivals grow and thrive.

Two final panels for Dec. 8 will be "Jury and Your Festival: Selection and Working with the Jury to Reflect Your Festival's Mission" and "Year-Round Film Festival Management: Extending Festival Activities and Experience to 365 Days."

The former emphasizes the importance of carefully selecting which individuals become the face of one's festival. The panelists — who include Tiziani Finzi, director of the Miami International Film Festival; Dan Brawley, director of the Cucalorus Film Festival; Marc Lhormer, founder of the Napa Valley Film Festival; and Peter Stein, executive director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festivalwill answer such questions as, "What criteria go into jury selection?" and "How can you make sure your jury's choices reflect the vision of your festival?"

"Year Round Film Festival Management" will explore how festival professionals can engage audiences all year. Catherine Wyler, artistic consultant for the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival, and Natalie McMenemy, managing director for Aspen Film, will discuss what works and doesn't work in increasing value for sponsors and encouraging community support — all while staying on a budget.

For more information, head over to:

The International Film Festival Summit
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2009
3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada

Take a Ride to the L.A. Auto Show

The 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show will be held for the fourth consecutive year from Dec. 4-13, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90015.

The Los Angeles Auto Show has been growing in stature as an international auto show since it changed its dates. This year, the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles (OICA), the world automobile trade association, has officially named the Los Angeles Auto Show as one of its sanctioned international exhibitions.

Frederick (Fritz) Henderson, president and chief executive officer of General Motors, will kick off the LA Auto Show by delivering the Motor Press Guild (MPG) keynote address.

The winner of the 2010 Green Car of the Year® (GCOY) award will be announced Dec. 3, 2009 during the LA Auto Show’s Press Days. Green Car Journal, the leading automotive environmental magazine, initiated this annual award in 2005 and it has continued to grow in significance as consumer demand for more fuel efficient and environmentally positive vehicles has increased exponentially.

Last year, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI clean diesel was named Green Car Journal’s 2009 Green Car of the Year®, with jurors noting that it raised the bar significantly in environmental performance with its EPA estimated 41 mpg highway fuel economy, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and extremely low tailpipe emissions.

Previous years’ winners include the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and the inaugural 2006 Green Car of the Year distinction was awarded to the Mercury Mariner Hybrid.

2010 Cars making their World Debut at the show are:
the Cadillac CTS Coupe; Dodge Viper; Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport; two Porsche Boxster Spyders; Toyota Sienna; and two Volkswagens.

More than 30 international cars are making their North American debut, including:
Audi e-tron Concept, R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI and R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI; BMW ActiveHybrid X6 and 7, Hyundai Tucson; Jaguar’s XJs; KIA Sorento; Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell, E350 Bluetec, S400 Hybrid and SLS AMG; Mitsubishi PX-MiEV; Morgan Aero SuperSports; Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Turbo; Rolls-Royce Ghost; Subaru Hybrid Tourer and Impreza WRX STI Special-Edition; Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids; and Volvo C30 and C70 vehicles.

Futuristic Concept cars include:
the Audi e-tron, BMW Vision EfficientDynamics, Lexus LF-Ch Premium Compact Hybrid and the MINI Coupe and Roadster, as well as some 50 Hybrid and Alternative Fuel vehicles.

Specialty Vehicles
Conversion vans remain popular with families and folks with active lifestyles. Explorer Van Company will display their latest innovations and Dunkel Industries, a designer of a specialized luxury 4x4, will be at the show this year.

Tuners & Performance –
The quest to add performance, comfort or style has even reached dealerships and manufacturers. Galpin Motors is a pioneer in this activity, and has been customizing vehicles for new car buyers since the 1960’s. RTW Motoring will also have a display of customized European cars.

Green Vehicles & Technology
Alternative fuel and green vehicle companies will also be represented this year. Learn all about how you can improve your fuel economy and reduce your carbon footprint. Capstone Turbine, a producer of low-emission microturbine systems and Hydrolectric Power will be on display.

Wheels, Tires & Suspension
One of the first things people notice about any vehicle are the wheels. Stock just won’t cut it anymore, and wheel manufacturers and suppliers like Wheel Warehouse will be on hand to show all the latest styles and sizes for cars, trucks and SUVs. Show sponsor Yokohama Tire will have an assortment of the round and black rubber on display in their West Hall lobby exhibit.

DUB Celebrity Car Showcase

Fans of the celebrity lifestyle will be excited to see the DUB Magazine Celebrity Car Showcase. This amazing exhibit will feature tricked-out vehicles from some of the hottest music and sports celebrities around.

Electronics & Technology
The experts from Al & Ed’s Autosound will be on site with several of their tricked out demo vehicles, featuring the cutting edge in mobile entertainment. In addition, Reus Systems will display their state of the art audio systems.

Performance may be on the minds of some, but its appearance that gets you noticed on the streets. Get the scoop on the latest ways to make your car stand out from the crowd. Smart Madness offers a wide variety of Smart Car parts and accessories. Also visit the Euroeffects exhibit and pick up the latest lighting accessories.

For racing enthusiasts, there is no shortage of exhibitors for the 2009 season. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be on hand with information about upcoming events, and visit the K1 Speed exhibits to learn more about their programs.


2009 Los Angeles Auto Show
Friday, December 4 to Sunday, December 13, 2009

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-1151, ext. 3


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