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Variety ShowBiz Expo hits Gotham Sept. 25

NEW YORK — The newly relaunched Variety ShowBiz Expo New York will be held Sept. 25-27 at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

The conference includes 17 seminars and keynote sessions taught by entertainment industry experts. These educational seminars will address a breadth of media including film, broadcasting, theater, commercials, interactive media and digital arenas.

“We are pleased to offer this seminar series led by the industry’s leading instructors, moderators and panelists,” said John Lewinski, vice president of the media and entertainment group at Reed Exhibition Cos., producers and managers of the event. “The new Variety ShowBiz Expo New York conference program is the perfect venue to inform and support the development of the entertainment professional.”

Among the organizations sponsoring the Variety ShowBiz Expo are the American Society of Cinematographers, the Assn. of Film Commissioners Intl., the Assn. of Independent Commercial Producers, the Directors Guild of America, the East Coast Digital Consortium, the Independent Feature Project, the International Photographers Guild, the New York chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting and New York Women in Film and Television.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Robert Greenberg, chairman and CEO of R/GA Digital Studios, a design and entertainment company known for the creative integration of film, video and computer-imaging techniques. Greenberg’s speech, “Creativity Knows No Bounds,” will take place from 1 to 2:20 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.

Highlights of this year’s program include:

“On the Streets of New York,” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25. New York City Film, Theatre & Broadcasting Commissioner Patricia Reed Scott and veteran Directors Guild of America production and location managers discuss the essentials of managing a successful shoot.

“What’s Hot? What’s Not? State of the Art in Digital Effects,” from 10 to 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Sponsored by the East Coast Digital Consortium, this panel will provide an update on the latest hardware and software products and talk about the East Coast companies that are helping to transform the biz.

“Marketing and Distributing Independent Films,” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Michelle Byrd, the executive director of the Independent Feature Project, will moderate a panel that includes execs from Sony Pictures Classics, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Miramax Films, New Line Cinema’s Fine Line Features division and Sony/Loews Theatres.

“The New York Theatrical Landscape,” from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. Chris Boneau, a partner in Boneau/Bryan-Brown, will lead a panel of legit professionals that will explore where new plays are coming from, the economics of producing legit and the redevelopment of Gotham’s theater district.

“Writers Boot Camp: Basic Training,” from 10 to 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 10 to 11:20 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 and from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Instructor Jeffrey Gordon focuses on how to build a screenwriting career, including time-management strategies, brainstorming techniques and the basics of structure, character and scene.

For further information on the Variety ShowBiz Expo New York, call (800) 840-5688 or visit the web site at http://showbiz.reedexpo.com.

Variety and Daily Variety are publications of the Cahners Entertainment Group, which also includes Variety’s On Production, Broadcasting & Cable, Broadcasting & Cable International, Variety/Reuters Entertainment Newswire and London-based Moving Pictures International, Moving Pictures Television and Kemps’ Yearbook.

Upcoming events include ShowBiz Expo Canada on Sept. 5-6 in Toronto and ShowBiz Expo West on June 12-14, 1998 in Los Angeles.

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