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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


New York Entrepreneur Week

New York Entrepreneur Week (NYEW) is the largest entrepreneurial movement throughout New York State. For the first time, thousands of entrepreneurs across New York State will have the opportunity to actively engage the foremost entrepreneurs, investors and dealmakers from NY State and around the world from November 16 through 20, 2009 at Columbia University, among other venues.

You'll be privy to the ideas and insights of 120 speakers from 50 cities and 3 continents as NYEW unites the State's diverse entrepreneurial community. The week is designed to give you an exclusive educational experience- whether you're an enterprising young idea-stage innovator or a $100M revenue generator, each track is specifically formulated to meet your needs.

To take part in the entrepreneurial revolution, join us and attend New York Entrepreneur Week.

Be Part of a Remarkable Movement
Now is the time to stand up and come together as entrepreneurial Founders and CEO's. We are the catalysts for conquering today's economic challenges. We are the leaders that will turn economic adversity into opportunity.

With a mix of inspiring keynote speeches from recognized thought leaders and informative panels delivering best in class thinking and advice, NYEW is for all entrepreneurs - those who consider themselves movement makers, change agents, people helpers or problem solvers.

Unsurpassed Value
By uniting all of New York State's most important entrepreneurial groups, you'll reach and learn from New York's best and brightest entrepreneurs who are relentless, driven and dedicated to changing your business, your economy and your world.

Unlike any other entrepreneurial event, you will experience:
• Pioneering, Innovative and hyper-targeted content Based on Revenue Size
o Start-up & Early-Stage
o $1-$10MM in Revenue
o $10-$25MM in Revenue
o $25MM+ in Revenue
• 120 Speakers from 18 States and 3 Continents
• Intimate networking opportunities on a global scale

Are you...
A Start-up & Idea-Stage Business? Register here
A $1-10MM Revenue Business?, Register here
A $10-25MM Revenue Business? Register here
A $25MM+ Revenue Business? Register here


NYEW focuses on hyper-targeted content by revenue size, but more importantly, on creating a very intimate environment for its attendees. As such, additional tickets will not be released.

Distinguished Speakers Include:

Carlos Fernandez Mazzi
CEO, Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative
William J. Clinton Foundation

Chris McCann
President of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM

Nancy Pedot
Managing Director at Golden Seeds
Former President/CEO of Party City & Gymboree

Shervin Pishevar
Founder of SGN
Named "Bill Gates Worst Nightmare"

Omar Amanat
Entrepreneur in Residence, Wharton Three Exits Totaling $2BN

Steve Mariotti
Founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Robin Kent
Former Chairman & CEO of Universal McCann Worldwide
Managed of $16BN

Marc Cenedella
Founder & CEO of

David S. Rose
Chairman of New York Angels
Named "The Father of Angel Investing in NY"

For further information, visit

Online Video Platform Summit

 In conjunction with Streaming Media West at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, the Online Video Platform Summit, held on November 18-19, 2009, is a new conference from Streaming Media that speaks to a growing audience of content owners who have, or are planning to have, video and are confused by the online video landscape.

The Online Video Platform Summit is designed for video publishers of all types and sizes, whether small businesses looking to publish content for the first time, independent entertainment content creators, large media organizations, or anywhere in between. Video is no longer just for traditional or web content companies. Everyone is using online video. HR professionals, local businesses, libraries, and event organizers all use online video effectively. The Online Video Platform Summit will provide answers to all common online video questions, such as which platform is best for a specific organization, which ad models yield the best returns, and publishing strategies.

Online Video Platform Summit co-chairs Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen and Larry Kless have assembled an all-star speaker lineup for this new event. Every major video platform is also represented in the program; attendees will hear from the following companies and will be able to compare their offerings: Brightcove, DatPresenter, Delve Networks, Kaltura, Kyte, Multicast Media, Ooyala, Sorenson Media, VMix, AdapTV, Adobe, Akamai, Artivision Media, Digitalsmiths, Endavo, KickApps, Livestream, Longtail Video, Origin Digital, RAMP, Reality Digital, Twistage, voped, and YuMe.

"The Online Video Platform Summit will offer a unique opportunity for both media companies and organizations for whom video is not their core business-from publishers to large corporations to small-and medium-sized businesses of all kinds-to learn about how to take advantage of online video platforms in their day-to-day communications efforts," says Schumacher-Rasmussen, who is also the editor of Streaming Media magazine. "With so many online video platforms on the market right now, the Summit is the only event that lets attendees not only see the different offerings in action but also learn about everything from video search engine optimization to video publishing best practices."  

There have never been more people publishing online video, and there have never been more online video platform solutions on the market. But with choices comes confusion, and the new Online Video Platform Summit is a two-day event designed to help organizations of all types, not just those for whom video is their core business.

 Topics covered will include

    * User experience
    * Customization and branding
    * Monetization
    * Advertising platform integration
    * Syndication
    * The needs of B2B vs. B2C customers
    * Integration with set-top boxes and mobile devices
    * Metrics and analysis
    * ROI
    * Live vs. On-Demand

Some of the sessions  are:

Defining Online Video Platforms , moderated by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, Editor,;

Best Practices Round Table: Online Video Publishing Strategies and Tools, moderated by Paul Riismandel, Director of Curriculum Support, School of Communication, Northwestern University

Optimizing Video Search and Discoverability, moderated by Tim Siglin, Chairman, Braintrust Digital

Further informattion can be found at

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