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NY International Gift Fair

The New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) is running from January 30 through February 4, 2010, at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94 in New York City. This semi-annual event is the premier gift and decorative accessories market in the United States.

The 45,000 national and international attendees are drawn from major retail outlets, specialty retailers, distributors, catalog companies and others. There are more than 2,800 firms exhibiting in eleven major merchandise sections of the Fair, including international sponsored groups representing Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Peru and the United Kingdom.

The Gift Fair will feature the latest trends, with a focus on the newest items in the gift, home and lifestyle categories, including a bamboo booster seat, an evening bag knitted from neoprene yarn, a portable USB hub that looks like an '80s cassette tape, and organic dog biscuits, with proceeds benefitting therapy-dog programs.

NYIGF's international exhibitors will showcase globally inspired items, such as cotton kimono robes, stainless-steel babushka-doll necklaces and ceramic yerba maté vessels.

Also to be featured are classic concepts with a contemporary twist, such as hand-crocheted pearl solitaire rings, children's block sets made from sustainable solid maple and vibrantly colored bone china teacup sets. And with the growing worldwide demand for green products, NYIGF again will feature the most current eco-driven products, including paper made at biofuel-powered mills and stylish rugs composed of recycled plastics.

The exhibitors are showcased in eight divisions:

Accent on Design® featuring A+: The Young Designers’ Platform
At Home featuring Home Textiles
General Gift, featuring Floral & Garden Accessories, Just Kidstuff® and The Museum Source®
Handmade® featuring Handmade in the USA®
Personal Accessories featuring Details®
Tabletop & Housewares featuring Accent on Tabletop

The SustainAbility: design for a better world® display is a curated exhibit of global gift and home industry suppliers whose products or production processes are eco-friendly, or companies whose business practices are socially responsible, philanthropic or fair-trade oriented.  Participation is free to all NYIGF exhibitors, but companies must apply and be accepted.  Ilene Shaw of Shaw of Shaw + Co! Productions curates the exhibit for NYIGF, considering newness and inventiveness, as well as adherence to the following criteria:

    *  “Green” Products: products that are manufactured or constructed with only recycled, recyclable and/or sustainable materials.
    *  Environmentally-friendly Production Processes: manufacturers who are using renewable or alternative sources of energy in production, including wind, sun, and alternative fuels.
    *  Socially-responsible business practices:  products produced by indigenous peoples, creating viable, sustainable trades and markets in poverty-stricken and needy communities worldwide; and manufacturers who donate percentages of their sales to not-for-profit organizations.
    *  Beginning in 2010, NYIGF introduced a “Zero Tolerance” for products with: VOC; Lead (for baby, children and food-related products); PVC, without recommendation for use and disposal, and unless repurposed; and Aniline dyes, formaldehyde, chlorine (for textiles)

In addition to the exhibits, gift fair participants can enjoy several industry functions, including:

the Gift for Life Kings & Queens Casino Night, a fund-raiser that benefits DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS

A Night on Broadway
, featuring the musical Hair

the 2010 Housewares Design Awards Gala & Ceremony

All badge-holders can gain free admission to the New Museum of Contemporary Art, compliments of NYIGF and its market partners, during the exhibition.

Additionally, attendees will have access to an extensive educational seminar program addressing color and design trends, social media, sustainability and retail strategies.

There also will be exhibitor-focused sessions regarding post-show follow-up, global sourcing and licensing.

For more information, go to  

New York International Gift Fair
January 30-February 4, 2010

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W.34th Street, New York City

Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94
55th Street and 12th Avenue
New York City

NATPE 2010 Market & Conference

The National Association of Television Program Executives' NATPE Market & Conference is being held January 25 to 27, 2010 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas.

NATPE is the premiere B2B show for multi-platform video content – drawing a diverse crowd from around the world, plotting the possibilities of a new age of content, from Internet networks to mobile video.

In addition to over 300 exhibitors holding rights to the latest content, service and technology offerings, NATPE is packing the program with key attractions, topical discussions, nuts and bolts workshops, keynote addresses, special displays, events and awards programs – all focused on the content lifecycle.

7th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award

Named in honor of one of the medium's greatest programmers whose imprint on the television industry will be viewed forever, the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards recognize a select group of television professionals who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming.

This year’s Award Recipients are:  

Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment  
Irwin Gotlieb, Global CEO, GroupM
David E. Kelley, CEO, David E. Kelley Productions  
Judge Judith Sheindlin, Presiding Judge, Judge Judy

Among the many speakers are:

Alex Albrecht, Content Creator, Team Awesome/Revision3
Illeana Douglas, Creator and Writer, Easy to Assemble
Nancy Dubuc, President & General Manager, AETN/History
Lisa Hsia, SVP, Digital Media, Bravo
Katie Jacobs, Executive Producer, House
Jim Louderback, CEO, Revision3
Curt Marvis, President, Digital Media, Lionsgate
Ken Mok, President, Founder,10x10 Entertainment
Shelly Palmer, Managing Director, Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC, Host, MediaBytes and Digital Life with Shelly Palmer
Gary Schwartz, CEO, Impact Mobile Inc.

Keynote speakers:

Michael Eisner,  CEO, The Tornante Company   

Elisabeth Murdoch, Chairman & CEO, Shine Group   

David Zaslav
, President and CEO, Discovery Communications

Also included is a special Coffee with Hugh Laurie, actor, David Shore, Creator/Executive Producer, and Katie Jacobs, Executive Producer, House

Some of this Conference panels are:

It’s Not Too Late: Grow Your Audience With Live Streaming Video

Real-Time TV: Twitter Talks about New Ways of Creating Content & Engaging Viewers

Storytelling: The Power of Narrative
, a Master Class with Bill Lawrence

High-Speed Budgeting & Scheduling for Nonfiction Projects

The New Frontier: When a TV Show Becomes a Branded Business Proposition

All You Need to Know About Creation & Distribution

Lights, Camera, Lawsuit! Season 8

Not Your Mother’s Advertising: One on One With Alex Bogusky

Of the Web, By the Web, For the Web

The Art & Science of Great 3D: How to Be Prepared for 2010's Media Revolution

Some of the sessions in Presentation Theater are:

It’s Not a Digital Dilemma, It’s a Revenue Resource

Branded Content: This Time It’s for Real
Private Equity and Hollywood: After Years of Flirting, Are They Finally Ready to Get Serious?

All-Access Mentor Round Robins

Launched to phenomenal success at LATV Fest 2009, this year’s advanced professional Round Robins are six separate sessions covering the range of entertainment project possibilities. Eight attendees join at a table for the rare opportunity to interface with and ask questions of industry power players. Every session has numerous tables with mentors representing all area of the video content industry and entertainment. And every session ends with an unparalleled opportunity - each of the experts will select one attendee for an additional fifteen minute follow-up meeting.

This year’s sessions are:

Unscripted Programming
Broadcast & Cable,
Digital Media
Scripted Content
Talk to the Brands
Show Me the $

This year NATPE is celebrating Reality Food T.V. featuring top celebrity chefs in segments such as Top Chef - Quickfire Challenge and Iron Chef, where industry executives are paired with celebrity chefs in each competition. We will also be showcasing top Las Vegas chefs, some of whom are:

Paul Bartolotta, the two-time James Beard Award-winning chef at the helm of Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas,

Richard Blais, recipient of Gayot Guide’s Top Five Rising Chefs of 2005, appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef Masters and on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Food Detectives. Owner of Blais and Flip.

Anthony Caporale, producer and host of Art of the Drink TV and its companion feature-length DVD, Art of the Drink: Bar Essentials, Volume 1.

Brian Malarkey, award winning executive chef, appeared on Bravo's Top Chef, and host of The Remix on

Kerry Simon, winner of Iron Chef America, partner in multiple successful restaurant ventures in Los Angeles and Las Vegas including Simon LA and Cathouse at the Luxor.

Alex Stratta, an Award-winning Chef , showcases his talents at Wynn Las Vegas as executive chef of both his namesake Restaurants—Alex, featuring French cuisine of the Rivera, and Stratta, which highlights rustic Italian-American fare.

Eli Sussman and Max Sussman, authors of Freshman in the Kitchen: from Clueless Cook to Creative Chef, the essential cookbook for high school and college students.

Jet Tila is the rising star and expert in Asian cuisine at the helm of Wazuzu at Encore, the new signature resort in the Wynn collection. Tila was cited in the Guinness Book of World Records for preparing the world's largest stir-fry.

Happy Hour Cocktail Competitions and Blind Wine Tastings will be part of the Meet and Greet at the Celebrity Chef Kitchen.

Anyone who cannot attend can purchase access to NATPE Live Streaming sessions.

For further information, visit

NATPE 2010 Market & Conference
January 25-27, 2010

Mandalay Bay Resort,
Las Vegas, Nevada

Dallas Comic Con 2010

Dallas Comic Con is being held January 30-31, 2010 at the Richardson Civic Center, Dallas, TX.  The Dallas ComiCon is fast becoming a true destination for fans of comics, movies, media and more.

Media guests include:

  • Twilight New Moon’s Daniel Cudmore
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel’s Charisma Carpenter

as well as:

  • Adam West (Batman (TOS))
  • Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca, Star Wars)
  • Anne Lockhart (Sheba) and Herb Jefferson Jr. (Boomer) (Battlestar Galactica (TOS))
  • Cliff Allison (Return of the Jedi)

Among the guest artists is artist/creator Michael Golden, returning to his home state for his first appearance there in over 20 years. His recent works include Spiderman, Hulk, and new pieces coming for Planet of the Apes, Mouse Templar, and others. 

"I am also very happy to be returning to my home state and bringing Michael with me," says Renee Witterstaetter of Eva Ink Publishing. "We're looking forward to showing some new items at the event and meeting some new fans and friends. I should even have a preview copy of Michael's new sketchbook, MORE Heroes and Villains."

Other artists include:

Tim Sale, Adam Hughes, Mark Brooks, Todd Nauck, Pat Broderick, Terry Moore, Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Tom Feister, Matt Sturges, Brian Denham, John Lucas, Bill Williams, Jaime Mendoza, Tone Rodriquez, Josh Howard, James O'Barr, Cat Staggs, Kerry Gammill, Kez Wilson, Joe Eisma, Brent Peeples, Renee Witterstaetter, Brad W. Foster, Allison Sohn, Dirk Strangely, Harold Ledoux, Andrew Mangam, Brock Rizy and Richard Dominguez.

Also making an appearance will be Katrina, G4's official Woman of the Web, a.k.a. Action Flick Chick  The cast of the hit web series The Variants.

Some of the events:

The Year In Geek: Devin Pike of joins Katrina Hill (, Mark Walters (, and others (including a few surprise guests) for a special presentation about the films geeks will love in 2010, with clips of upcoming films, trailers, and more. 

Dallas Comic Con Art Auction: art auction items will be on display throughout Saturday, up to the auction at 3pm.

For more information, go to
Dallas Comic Con
January 30-31, 2010

Richardson Civic Center
411 W. Arapaho Road
Richardson, Texas

One Young World Inaugural Summit

One Young World is the first youth leadership summit to bring together leaders age 25 and under from the world’s 192 countries. It was initially launched in Davos, Switzerland, at the 2009 World Economic Forum. The summit in London, England, will be the organization’s inaugural event.Muhammad Yunus

Also known as "Young Davos," One Young World will happen from February 8 – 10, 2010, and will include several hundred delegates under the age of 25 from around the planet through a selection process. The event will be open to the public on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.

After an official welcome by London Mayor Boris Johnson on Feb. 8th, at the Opening Ceremony, One Young World delegates will kick off the summit with a session called “The Environment and Its Protection,” guided by One Young World counselors Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus will speak on social enterprise, followed by an address by HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway on global dignity.

Each of six sessions will feature addresses from six delegates, a vote by attending delegates on its particular draft resolution, then an announcement of the voting results.

Subsequent sessions include: “Interfaith Dialogue,” led by CEO of the British Council Martin Davidson; “The Role of Global Business,” led by One Young World Counselors Harald Ludwig, co-chairman of Lionsgate Entertainment and global CEO of EMI Music Elio Leoni-Sceti. President and CEO of Burt’s Bees John Replogle and founder of the social media–based activist movement One Million Voices Against FARC Oscar Morales, are among the global leaders who will address the summit on topics of international importance.

For more information go to

One Young World Summit

February 8 – 10, 2010

London, England

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