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BookCon Launches With The 2014 BookExpo in The Javits Center This Month

For a long time it has been suggested that Reed Exhibitions, producers of the BookExpo America held at the Javits Center from Thursday, May 29 - Saturday, May 31, 2014, drive consumer interest in the publishing industry and book culture. So to transform this trade-only event into a combined consumer/pro experience, Reed -- which also produces New York ComicCon -- has initiated BookCon as part of this year's Expo. 

The company has outlined details about a consumer-focused third day of the trade show, unveiling it as BookCon which is described as a "show within a show."

BookCon is being developed by ReedPop, a division of the company dedicated to pop culture shows including New York ComicCon (which drew 130,000 attendees in 2013). Lance Fensterman, one-time director of BEA who now oversees ReedPop as global senior VP, said his aim is to deliver “a massive audience of people interested in reading content” to publishers.

Fensterman said BookCon will have little resemblance to the “power reader” events that BEA ran on the final day of the trade show for the past two years.

“It will be a whole new ball game,” Fensterman explained, adding that ReedPop will use its experience building events that appeal to a younger, non-trade demographic--specifically those between the ages of 20 and 35--in crafting BookCon.

Amy-PoehlerBookCon takes place on the last day of BEA, May 31. Publishers who take part in BookCon will be assigned to one area of the Javits Center, while exhibitors who want only the trade to have access to their booths will be in another area.

To help draw consumers, BookCon’s headline event features a panel with media stars/comedians Amy Poehler and Martin Short. Best selling author John Grisham and Marvel Comics legendary founder Stan Lee are also scheduled. The full list of  participating authors can be found on the BookExpo website: or more directly

Aside from the new public-oriented events, BookCon will not look any different from the general BEA floor from previous years. This, however, is expected to change in 2015.

Reed hopes to draw 10,000 visitors to BookCon this year, with tickets priced at $30. During BookCon, publishers will be allowed to give away, and sell, titles from their booths, and from the autographing areas. 

May 31, 2014

Javits Center
New York, NY

Internet Week NY 2014 Expands The Brand

Internet Week NY is upon us again this year enticing delegates with a packed week of web-related events to represent the diversity of what is the internet in the city. The now firmly established annual festival/celebration/set of conferences in New York City kicks off May 19th, 2014, and runs until May 25th. With its HQ centered at the Metropolitan Pavilion in midtown Manhattan, the fest also has satellite events at various locations throughout Manhattan.

Perhaps more than any other city in the world can the diversity of the internet in terms of content, culture, commerce, technology, and utility be found offline as well as online.

In recognition of The Big Apple's prominence in digital and web-based businesses, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will outline his administration’s plans to develop NYC’s digital and technology start sector and reassure the sector that there is a positive way forward with opportunities for expansions and growth in New York City.

This is a year that sees the global media industry centered in New York make the transition from traditional media to a diversity of digital formats that are increasingly consuming smaller screens in mobile formats. The first generation of the digital media industry is scrambling to keep up or catch up as the digital media industry swiftly evolves towards new forms and formats.

This series of events continues to be a week-long charting of the development of the internet as it has evolved, building on a set of technologies that now connects almost everyone and, increasingly, everything.

The major themed days of the conference are: 

  • Monday: Media and Entertainment, plus Future of Marketing and Advertising
  • Tuesday: Retail and Commerce, plus Future of Money
  • Wednesday: Style and Design, Food and Tech, plus Transportation
  • Thursday: Social Good and Advocacy, Health and Wellness, plus Data

The four days of Internet Week can be a big commitment for anyone holding down a job, all be it in the Internet Industry, so this year Internet Week organizers have made the conference easier to attend on a selective basis with the availability of one day passes and by theming each day around one or two key themes. That makes it easier for a delegate to choose only one or two days rather than commit to attending all four days.

And if you are new to the technology and business of the Internet there are few such opportunities in the year to learn about it in one week. If you are already part of the industry this is a great chance to obtain a quick update of key areas and developing trends and discussions about new emerging opportunities.  

Among the list of technology  thought leaders and practitioners participating are:

  • Co-founder of hot Brooklyn media business Vice Suroosh Alvi
  • Lerer VenturesEric Hippeau
  • Current head of Americas for Yahoo Ned Brody 
  • Buzzfeed Co-Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti
  • Co-founder of NY 3D printer bureau/consultancy Shapeways Peter Weijmarshausen
  • Co-founder/CEO of crowd-funding site Indiegogo Slava Rubin

There is is greater emphasis on Internet Advertising in the content and also among the sponsors than in previous years demonstrating the still pivotal role and growing importance of Internet Advertising in monetizing the Internet keeping it alive and well and mostly free.

New York is an epicenter of internet advertising innovation and development -- at the intersection of media, advertising, and technology industries. Not surprisingly, this year’s internet celebration also has more to say about the development of the computerized, now called programmatic, execution of digital media buying and selling.

Programmatic advertising combines peer-to-peer online marketplaces connecting buyers and sellers, enabled with high levels of process automation replacing manual and outdated expensive buying and selling processes. However, this also means there has been an erosion of media buying built on relationships and trust that have been replaced by peer-to-peer markets that replace relationships with transactions and trust supplanted by technology.

This has created problems in the market structure and dynamics such as rampant fraud. No doubt it is a topic that will be hotly debated during the week alongside other developments such as mobile and video advertising, and the recent frenzy in buying attribution business.

However, Internet Week is not just about one theme or conference or grouping of events. As a festival of all things web it includes other conferences taking places as part of Internet Week including:

  • the GeoWeb conference
  • a series of OMMA conferences
  • the AdAge Marketing Tech conference

During the week, OMMA will be staging four conferences, one on each day addressing Native Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Mobile Marketing, and Video. An equally impressive roster of speakers, themes, and sessions nicely complements those of Internet Week itself.

More information on the OMMA conferences including prices and registration can be found at

For less than cost of many one day conferences Internet Week offers an impressive world class roster of speakers and events representing among th best value you can find to learn about and celebrate the Internet, and also also acquire valuable practical skills at the many workshops being put on as part of Internet Week.

Day Passes are $150 and all four day HQ passes are $450. Also available are Insider Passes at $695 and the full works VIP/All Access Passes can be had for $1295.

Even the most expensive $1295 All Access Pass is less than the ticket price for many a one-day conference.

More information about Internet Week NY can be found at

Internet Week NY 
May 19th-May 25th, 2014

Internet Week New York Headquarters
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St.
New York City

International Hotel Show 2013 at the Javits Center

Have you ever been stuck on the road, tired and looking for a place to rest your head for the night? Want that one perfect hotel near the press center during a film fest? Or trying to find that special place to stay when you’re half way around the world? Finding that special place to stay when you’re far away can be a tricky proposition.

The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (November 9 – 13, 2013) at the Jacob K. Javits Center (655 W 34th St, New York) offers a look at some of the most stylish hotels with irresistible restaurants.

Find out how hotels are keeping up with the constant change in phone and Bluetooth applications, sample foods from hotels looking to be on the cutting edge of the culinary arts, or how the hotel industry is becoming more eco-friendly and reducing their carbon footprint.

Panel discussions and seminars by experts in the field include how the travel industry can help boost the struggling economy, how food and beverage can retain a hotel’s customers, and hospitality leadership.

The IHMRS will also be holding the 33rd Annual Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design, highlighting innovative design in pursuit of the coveted “So Cool” award. The ceremony will take place at the New York Palace Hotel (455 Madison Ave.) on Sunday, November 10.

So whether you’re interested in quaint boutique hotels, or mammoth sized complexes, the IHMRS will give you a great chance to see what it takes to make a great hotel. At the very least you will get the drop on the next great hotel to stay at before all your friends do.

To learn more, go to

The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show
November 9 – 13, 2013

Jacob K. Javits Center
655 W 34th St
New York, 10001

The New York Palace Hotel
455 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022

Entertainment Technology Expo Teaches TV Tech

When navigating a world where film and media are controlled by new and emerging technologies that are constantly shifting and growing, things can get a little hectic. The Entertainment Technology Expo (November 6 – 7, 2013) at the Burbank Marriott Hotel & Convention Center (2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank CA) is here to help.

Bringing together representatives from companies like Sony, Canon, Microsoft, and Panasonic, the ETE covers everything from the best way to look at production footage on the go, to editing and using cloud space to store data. Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska, The Monuments Men) gives the keynote talk on the art of cinematography. Other speakers include Gale Tattersall (Director of Photography on House), Duck Grossberg (DIT on Life of Pi) and Jon Witmer, Associate Editor of American Cinematographer.
The ETE provides a great way to learn from film and TV’s top professionals, whether you’re a top exec, or an aspiring PA.
To learn more, go to

The Entertainment Technology Expo
November 6 – 7, 2013

The Burbank Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

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