Connect LA is February 17th 2016

CONNECT LA 2016 is February 17th at the London West Hollywood where movers and shakers in the scripted, reality, digital advertising and children’s entertainment will meet for a one day conference. Headliners include top senior staff from Lionsgate, Twitter, Eone, Fullscreen, TBS, Warner Bros. and more.


CONNECT LA 2016 will bring together the industry’s leaders in scripted, reality, digital advertising and children’s entertainment. This year’s sessions will examine topics affecting the entertainment industry climate including: the Monetization Conundrum, addressing viable financing models outside of subscriptions. CONNECT LA 2016 will also highlight New Buyers-State of the Union-examining who are the new digital storytellers that are making compelling content for digital audiences, as well as who are the new digital buyers.



Presented by the Banff World Media Festival, Content Industry CONNECT LA is a playbook for how to build a storytelling business in an ever-changing global landscape and the only gathering in Los Angeles where real deals get done. 

Today, the organizers behind CONNECT LA 2016 are unveiling the featured speakers for this year’s event, the list includes such industry heavy hitters as: Fred Graver, TV, Creative Lead Twitter, Carrie Stein, EVP, Global Productions, Entertainment One (eOne), JC Cangilla, SVP, Business Development, New Form Digital, and Mickey Meyer, co-founder, JASH, Jason Kwong, Head of Content Licensing & Acquisitions, Fullscreen, and Daniel Tibbets, Chief Content Officer, Machinima.  

One of the most popular sessions during the event is CONNECT where attendees have the opportunity to discuss their series and content ideas with the most powerful decision makers in entertainment. Participating companies for this year’s 10 minute face-to-face sessions include: TBS, Warner Bros., E! Entertainment Television, Discovery Communications, Fox Television, Funny Or Die, Kin Community, YouTube, AMC & Sundance TV, and Freemantle.


Commented Robert Montgomery, CEO of organizer Achilles Media, 

“As our industry continues to constantly evolve with new streaming services, platforms and new buyers, great storytelling remains a critical element in the battle for viewership and revenue. We are proud to unite the most important minds of the industry with the 2016 edition of Content Industry CONNECT LA at the London on February 17. This event is also great preview ahead of our annual Banff World Media Festival conference in June. CONNECT LA has grown to become an important staple where the sharpest minds can knowledge share, meet powerful storytellers and make deals that will have real impact for decades to come in this business.” 

CONNECT LA 2016 will sell out. For additional details and tickets, visit 2016 partners include CAA, Lionsgate, Brightcove, and Junkin Media. Production HUB and Women and Film and TV Vancouver are community partners. 

About Content Industry CONNECT LA

Presented annually by the Banff World Media Festival, Content Industry CONNECT LA is an exclusive marketplace established to connect producers, broadcasters, distributors, content creators, and executives across the film, television, advertising, and digital media industries.  The CONNECT LA program will feature visionary keynotes, thought leader discussions, deep dive sessions, curated face-to-face meetings, and top level networking opportunities.


For 36 years the BANFF World Media Festival has brought together the top leaders from the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a totally unique experience. The festival began as an intimate space where unparalleled access and cutting edge insight could combine to forge relationships, launch new business and aid the ambitious members of a dynamic industry in reaching their goals. Now attracting over 150 Development Executives and wide-ranging cross section of TV and digital media pros from around the world, BANFF is the ideal place to make new contacts, find production partners and green-light new projects.

Transitioning to mac for 2015

I’ve been a PC person all my life. I mean I like the way Macs looked but they were always crazy expensive so kept with my computer peeps. I slowly moved over to the macside when I had to switch from my beloved #blackberry when I worked at CSMC. My office paid for my cell phone but I had to switch to ATT and was offered the choice of two phones. One was a Blackberry (I’d heard had major issues) or the iPhone 4 so switched to the iPhone. Now I never loved the 4 as much as my BB phone but I got to liking all of the apps so was OK. Than a few years later I won a iPad 2 at the LA Auto Show from a tire company (sweet). That’s when I thought maybe I should switch over completely but the price point was just too high as well as my Lenovo was still going strong. But the past two years my computer was beginning to die after over five years of great service. Well nothing last forever but I had to try to resuscitate my Lenovo. So the first time it died I took it to a computer repair shop in West Hollywood that managed to get it working again but he told me it wasn’t worth the money to get it repaired a second time. Instead he recommended I just buy a new laptop. I didn’t since I didn’t want to spend the money so instead I got a Seagate external HD to save everything in case it died again and also so that it wouldn’t need to do too much. So it kept trudging along like a trooper till the last six months. I had to keep it plugged up all the time since the battery won’t hold a charge. I finally accepted it was time .. to upgrade my laptop.

Being a major frugal person I of course wanted to wait till black Friday and had planned to get a new Lenovo again (total work horses). But over the past couple of years my social media geekness has really grown with my getting some good interviews at cons. So it hit me that I really need to upgrade my game from a new cell phone to laptop and everything in between!

Looking at all of the equipment that needed to be upgraded I of course flipped out a bit.  A new TV (my old 10 year RCA was kaput), laptop, cell phone, replace my camera (8 years old but still a trooper just didn’t have enough juice), consider getting a camcorder and microphone with a stand since I’m a one woman show. I estimated that it would be about $2,500 which is a LOT of money to shell out at one time!

But luck was on my side since it looks like fate decided to toss me some tech joy. I won a new laptop mini at a tech event AND a iPhone 6 <scream> from Citibank. So that meant I got to save some money <kaching> and will be able to sell two items.

First thing that I had to do was replace my tv. It had been warning me for a while that it wasn’t going to be around much longer so after praying to the tv gods to wait till Black Friday to die I headed out to Fry’s Electronics in Burbank for an upgrade (feeling very Beyonce). I had researched prices for a flat screen and they had the best deals in town AND online. I got the entire package from the LG 47 SmartTV (mounting, wire/surge protector/cleaner box, LG flat plate speaker, home installation) for about $700 after Thanksgiving sales. I wanted to check out Sammy’s Camera to update my camera to a camcorder. They had a great deal with select brands having no sales tax PLUS additional discounts. So I bought the entry level Canon camcorder with extra battery, SD card, Sony Microphone and Slik Tripod that I’ll use on my interviews. I went back and bought a Red Canon Camera that’s super light and wifi enabled. Kind of regret that I didn’t buy the camcorder with WiFi since I didn’t realize that Canon has an app that can turn it off/on/zoom. Ah well in a few years when I’m truly big time!

I spent so much money that I decided to not replace my laptop but then it reminded me that it’s given me warning with it just turning off for no reason and the plug not working so it wouldn’t charge unless I moved it around. Than my new iPad won’t sync with it (very odd since my cell phone is fine) and when I saw all the great laptop deals Fry’s had well no harm in looking. I first purchased a Lenovo but they recommended another series that cost almost as much as a Mac. I decided then to just move over all the way but had to find one I could afford. Sadly I kept missing all the Mac deals (plus mac doesn’t really go on sale in my opinion) that were in my price range. But after tweeting that I’d given up on Fry’s after some computer department issues (wrong info on sale so missed out) the social media person reached out to me to ask what was wrong. They were able to assist with my getting a floor model (new to me) that was a little out of my price range but it’s an almost new Macbook Pro Retina 15.4 for a better deal than I’d found on the Mac Site.

I’m feeling quite exuberant with my upgrading my tech to this century and feel as if good news is heading my way!

Make sure you check out my youtube channel for some of my fun interviews and keep up with all my geekiness!