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Location, location, location! (And Google.)
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150 Twitter users were selected, from over 2,500 entries, to attend NASA's STS-133 Discovery shuttle launch, with special access at the press site, and two days of programmed events -- meeting crew, talking to astronauts, exploring NASA -- and to top it all off, to view the launch from the countdown clock. We formed an instant community (within hours of being selected) via Twitter, created a Google group, FB group, email lists, and 15 of us who had never met before rented a house, and started sharing space knowledge, social media knowledge, etc. 4 other shared houses came together. Our house, the Big House, was the hub of all activities. Never having met meant nothing to us. Our first night there we gathered (over 70 of the 150) and formed our space tweeps family. Astronomers, scientists, NASA workers, digital storytellers, educators (k-12 and higher ed), videographers, all passionate about space. The shuttle never launched. The communities which were formed out of this experience are still going strong. The entire week was broadcast on JustinTV by one of our colleagues -- sharing the entire NASA learning experience with thousands of folks. We're invited back to watch the launch when she's scheduled to go in February. This was an amazing use of Social Media, and a perfect example of the power of these tools, and how they can be used to market, share, teach, grow, explore, inspire.
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For more than 50 years the mad scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—aka DARPA, the outrageous research arm of the Pentagon—have been launching the most disruptive technologies on earth, living up to their mantra of "high risk—high payoff." We have DARPA to thank for the personal computer, the Internet, the Berkeley Unix system, most of NASA, and countless crazy military innovations. Their mission is to think beyond the possible and forever be three decades ahead. In this talk we will dig into, and present the relevant parts of, DARPA's $3 billion-dollar budget, pulling out the most amazing and most-likely-to-reach-fruition projects. Think electromagnetic bazookas, telepathic soldiers, ape-inspired robots, memory chips in brains, shapeshifting planes and boats. It might sound like sci-fi, but given its inspired history it seems that analyzing DARPA's current projects will give us one of the clearest views into our future reality. Fasten your seat belts.
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In the US, social media innovators are changing the way people work and play. In Iceland, these innovators may offer the best hope of rescuing an entire nation. Iceland emerged in the 1990s as a financial powerhouse after a thousand years on the sidelines of global history. Icelanders became one of the world's wealthiest and happiest nations. In 2008, three of its banks collapsed, sending the national economy into a tailspin and shattering the people's trust in government and industry. The government was quickly replaced by one promising transparency and reforms, while a protest party headed by a comedian took control of the Reykjavik city council. This new cast of politicians is not alone in their efforts to move Iceland out from under the economic cloud. Members of the country's tech and entrepreneurial sector, which saw explosive growth in the lead-up to the collapse, have emerged as leaders in grassroots efforts to set Iceland on a sustainable path. In 2009, a loosely-organized group calling themselves the Anthill convened a "National Assembly" of 1,500 citizens. The day-long event, based on Agile methods and crowdsourcing theory, resulted in a coherent set of values, vision and ideas. A second National Assembly was held in 2010 as a preparatory step in the development of a new national constiution. Inspired by open-source processes and leaning heavily on social media technologies, these citizens are rapidly prototyping new forms of democracy utilizing the web and open innovation.
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Are there lessons we can learn from the growth the Internet and the transformation of telecom over the past 30 years that we can apply to energy? If so, what role can the digital creative class play in transforming our society's relationship to energy? In this discussion with the inventor of Ethernet, founder of 3Com, and for whom Metcalfe's Law was named, we'll have a conversation about how energy innovators can compete against the status quo. We'll pop the myths of how change happens in an industry (or not) and we'll discuss analogies from the Internet that may be applicable to energy. We'll discuss the forces working for and against new energy futures. We'll define the criteria needed to create an energy future that solves many of the problems associated with our current creation and use of energy. We'll discuss potential strategies to reach those solutions. We'll touch on the energy technologies that look promising; what we need to do to foster the research that brings about new technologies; and we'll discuss how energy entrepreneurs can facilitate adoption of their technologies to bring about change. The future doesn't necessarily have to look like the present. Learn why from someone who has already transformed networking and is looking to do so in energy. Gain a better understanding of how you can participate in a new energy future in your personal, professional, or political life.
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As the film industry digs deep into the world of comics and graphic novels for source material, how do writers, directors and producers assess the best way to get it to the screen to entice fanpeople and newbies alike? For some of the indie, more idiosyncratic books, how do you retain that uniqueness while broadening access to it? Director/writer/producer Robert Rodriguez ("Frank Miller's Sin City") and comics creator/writer Greg Rucka ("Whiteout") will discuss the challenges and pleasures in going from panel to screen.
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The StarWarsUncut.com team will talk about how the project rose to success and what the future holds for interactive media. Recreating an entire classic film in just nine months, they will share their inspiration, technology, crowdsourcing techniques and cultural impact of the first site for a broadband-only production to win an Emmy.
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This interactive session is based on a key theme in the book, The Networked Nonprofit (http://www.bethkanter.org/the-networked-nonprofit/), co-authored by Beth Kanter. We will explore how nonprofits can unleash the power of social good by transitioning from stand-alone institutions to networks energized by abundant resources in their ecosystem. In order to do this, they need to work with free agents, hyper-connected individuals who are passionate about social change, but don't work within institutional walls. Free agents use social-media channels like Facebook and Twitter and can create social movements in the palms of their hands. They organize supporters, raise attention to important social and political issues, seek donations, and organize supporters to walk, run, shout, protest, and vote, things that were once done mostly by nonprofit organizations. The free agents do it when and how they please, making them distinct from and more powerful than traditional volunteers. But free agents are smashing headfirst into nonprofit fortresses—organizations with high walls and wide moats that work very hard to keep insiders in and outsiders out. Our session will explore how and why this needs to change. Kanter will bring together a group of highly visible free agents working on important social change causes, including those in Middle East, and representatives from different nonprofits for a lively discussion with the audience.
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Over the last four years, TED has evolved from a 1,000-person conference to something much larger ... TED Talks have been viewed more than 400 million times worldwide, and are available in 80 languages, thanks to volunteer translators. And over the last two years, more than 1000 independently organized "TEDx" events have been held worldwide, in 100 countries and 50 languages. What's enabled this growth? The cross-cultural, cross-generational appeal of TED's mission ("Ideas worth spreading") and also the philosophy of "radical openness" that's underscores all of TED's initiatives. From the conference to the code, TED has been opening itself up for participation, and this has had a profoundly positive effect on its mission, its scale, and its bottom line. In this presentation, we'll share the details of how TED has opened up, and what this has meant from both a business perspective, a content perspective and a technology perspective. We'll also take a look ahead, with some you-heard-it-first-at-SXSW news.
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Paul Reubens is best known for his character, Pee-wee Herman, which he created while a member of the famed Los Angeles improv group, The Groundlings. From its premiere in 1981, the stage production of The Pee-wee Herman Show quickly gained a national audience when it was broadcast by HBO. In 1985, Reubens co-wrote the hit film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. He went on to create, co-write and co-direct Pee-wee's Playhouse on CBS. The series earned 22 Emmy Awards over its five seasons. Recently, The Pee-wee Herman Show completed an acclaimed run on Broadway and was filmed, once again, for HBO. Join us as Paul discusses his remarkable body of work and the upcoming HBO special broadcast of 'The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway'. We can't wait, and hope you can't either
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Explore innovation in music discovery. What is groundbreaking in the field today? Many new A&R efforts are finding success outside of major label roles. Gain insight on what artists and managers need to know about getting deals done in the music industry today, with concrete examples. This discussion will be a no-holds-barred look at the state of A&R.
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Some of the most accomplished songwriters including Jewel and Evan Bogart (credits include Beyoncé, Britney Spears and Rihanna) will share their experience and expertise on how to become the next big hitmaker alongside Keith Naftaly, SVP of A&R for RCA/Jive Label Group at Sony Music Entertainment. Get a sneak peek at Bravo's new music competition series "Platinum Hit," which will premiere this summer.
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"Artist development" has long been one of the most popular catch phrases of the music business. Beyond guiding the growth of a new artist, what does this actually mean in a nuts-and-bolts sense?
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Hear how music fits in the sports world -- from the arena to events to the players -- and what can the music industry learn from the sports industry on branding and vice versa. How do you get on the Super Bowl? All Star Game? Olympics? How are partnerships built in this area? These questions will be answered so that musicians can work in the sports world and get paid.
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Join visionary director Duncan Jones and the cast of the SXSW opening night film as they navigate parallel universes, alternate realities and mind-bending explosions. Jones will be joined by cast members Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan as they answer all of your questions about the making of Source Code his highly anticipated follow up to Moon.
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Nardwuar the Human Serviette speaks with Macklemore at the Mohawk during SXSW 2011.
Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore, is a hip hop artist based in Seattle, Washington. Macklemore works with Ryan Lewis (Producer) Andrew Joslyn (Violin), Owour Arunga (Trumpet) and Zach Fleury (Drums, Guitar, Bass).
Nardwuar the Human Serviette is a Canadian celebrity interviewer and musician from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is the lead singer and keyboardist for The Evaporators and plays in Thee Goblins.
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Peter Rosenberg of New York's HOT 97 at The Agency Group/XXL showcase at the Mohawk for SXSW 2011.
Peter Rosenberg is new to New York City, but not to hip hop or radio. Rosenberg spent the last decade djing in clubs and doing radio shows all over the DC area and nationally on XM Satellite Radio.
Most recently he developed a national following for his talk show, The Peter Rosenberg Show and hit video parodies. Rosenberg's videos, "Throw Some Cheese On It" and "This is Why Duke Sucks", have generated millions of views and landed him all over the web and in the pages of hip hop magazines like "XXL" and "Scratch".
His Hot 97 show, "Real Late with Peter Rosenberg", has created a major stir in the streets of New York. His mix of "real talk" and underground taste has endeared him to a hip hop community hungry for something both authentic and provocative. His video interviews with celebrities ranging from 50 Cent to Rob Zombie have made him constant fodder for bloggers worldwide and have earned him status as a rare interviewing talent.
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Based on lessons learned during research for the #1 New York Times bestseller, The 4-Hour Body, this session will look at how to systematically hack the human body. From losing 100 pounds to running 100 miles, lifting 500 pounds or holding your breath for 5 minutes -- what are the limits? From screw-ups (emergency surgery, anyone?) to importing stem-cell growth factor from Israel for black market injections, Tim will discuss the promises, pitfalls, and methods of cutting-edge self-experimentation.
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At the end of last year Bob Geldof was described as "one of Ireland's greatest lyricists ever". In a lifetime spent using rock music to change things Geldof now comes to SXSW with his band to play music from his new album How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell, and from his long multi-award winning musical life.
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More that ever, the design of things is driving change into markets, and defining the idea of what a company means to its constitueants. Today, you can't just create something, make and deliver it, and then expect it do well. Products must be more than just a "thing". They need to built off relevant ideas, and the story needs to be driven throughout the entire proposition in an authentic way.
Though observations and work examples, designer Robert Brunner will talk about why the notion of "ideas, not objects" is so important now, and how he and his company have created products that embody this principle. Highlighted will be his work for Barnes and Noble, Polaroid, Fuego, and Beats by Dr. Dre.
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The Thank You Economy tackles the ROI of social media and the humanization of business as I see it. I'll be doing an ENORMOUS amount of Q&A. I'm looking to bring it to the masses and allow the engagement of a Q&A session while talking at the top level about the pulse of social and web community as we see it today.
New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk is the star of WineLibraryTV.com, a video blog launched from his platform as Director of Operations of national industry retail giant Wine Library. Considered the rock star of wine, Gary's informed yet informal approach to wine appreciation has revolutionized the industry by demystifying wine for a new generation and empowering wine drinkers to trust their own palates. Gary leveraged social media tools to build the brand, and Wine Library TV attracted over 90,000 viewers daily, becoming the most downloaded podcast on iTunes in the Food category. Gary has appeared on numerous national television programs as a wine and marketing expert, including Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Today Show, The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Dr. Oz Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN's Your $$$$, and CNBC's Power Lunch. In 2009, Gary was recognized as Innovator of the Year by Wine Enthusiast and featured in Decanter magazine's "Power List" of the 50 most influential people in wine. Additionally, AskMen.com listed Gary among the 49 Most Influential Men of 2009.
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Over the span of three decades, the band has written countless era-defining songs and sold more than 80 million records worldwide. Their 13th full length studio album All You Need Is Now hit the #1 spot on the iTunes Album Chart in 15 countries around the world when it was released digitally last year. An extended, full length version will be released in various formats in the U.S. and Canada on the band's new label S-Curve Records on March 22. Expect great stories from true rock legends.
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Meet the women behind the mixing boards on some of today's biggest hits! Grammy winners and music industry veterans will talk about their experiences in the studio, dispense valuable advice about working with engineers and producers, and share tips for making it as a successful recording artist.
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Director Todd Phillips has forever left his mark on comedy entertainment with his own brand of films exploring, in often outrageous ways, the nature of male relationships. With films like Old School, Starsky & Hutch, School For Scoundrels, Due Date and The Hangover, the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time, he has worked with some of today's most innovative and acclaimed comic actors. He is currently in post-production on The Hangover Part II, which moves the action to Thailand. Phillips began his career as a documentary filmmaker, inspired by humor taken from everyday reality and the belief that the truth is often stranger than fiction. Join what promises to be a fascinating discussion with Phillips as he discusses his work, his career and what makes life so funny, with Elvis Mitchell.
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Reaching communities usually doesn't include building an app or a Web site but creating a more tangible experience—And, inspiring those who are long lost to apathy to even consider taking part in this experience is the first and most difficult step. Designers often end up using stereotypical and common forms of serious, logical argument in communicating pertinent issues. But many designers have failed to acknowledge a common tool as one of the most powerful rhetorical strategies for use in their work: humor. Neglecting humor's potential eliminates the chance of mastering a method of communication that has an unlimited usage scope because of its cultural role and human value. There exists a need for humor to become better understood in user-centered design, both in use and in evaluation. This panel will explore ways of communicating complex issues in a non-intimidating fashion. Discussions would provide advocacy organizations or individuals with new and more effective methods for deeper poignant messaging. The hope in furthering awareness of humor research in design is to significantly add to the area of design for social change using strong emotional approaches. As Mark Twain said, "The secret source of humor is not joy but sorrow."
Adam Frucci, Baratunde Thurston, Chelsey Delaney, Lisa Cohen
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He brought us The Web Standards Project, A List Apart, Designing With Web Standards, A Book Apart, and so much more. Now legendary blogger, designer, and creative gadfly Jeffrey Zeldman brings us a SXSW panel. There will be discussion. There will be special guests. Quotable insights will fly faster than your fingers can peck them into Twitterific. Combustible wit will fill the room. And in the end, we'll all be a little wiser than we were.
Jeffrey Zeldman Founder, Exec Creative Dir Happy Cog
Mandy Brown Community Mgr Typekit
Roger Black Roger Black Studio Inc
Dan Mall Sr Designer Big Spaceship
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This panel will answer everything you want to know about disk cutting. Vinyl albums have experienced a big resurgence in the past few years. From a low point of less than 1 million units sold in 2006, to over 3 million last year. Every major project we master has vinyl cut for it. This panel will answer all your questions about mastering for vinyl, how it can be different from CD mastering and how to prep your masters. I will also present a historical over-view of disk cutting featuring photos and movies of my dual lathe mastering studio in the mid-80's.
MODERATOR Bob Ludwig Pres Gateway Mastering Studios Inc
BOB LUDWIG, Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer, owns Gateway Mastering in Portland, ME. He has mastered countless Gold & Platinum records by artists including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, Coldplay, Radiohead, Beck, and the Fray. Bob is a thirteen TEC award winner and has also won the Les Paul Award. He is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and a former co-chair of the P&E Wing, NARAS.
Michael Fremer Owner/Editor musicangle.com
MICHAEL FREMER is a senior contributing editor at Stereophile magazine and editor/owner of the online vinyl-oriented music review website www.musicangle.com. He's produced and hosted two cult fave vinyl related DVDs: "21st Century Vinyl: Michael Fremer's Practical Guide to Turntable Set-up," and "It's a Vinyl World, After All."
Doug Sax Owner/Founder The Mastering Lab
As founder of The Mastering Lab, DOUG SAX has cut thousands of LP masters with his custom designed cutting system. As co-founder of Sheffield Lab, Sax also became the father of modern direct-to-disc recording. He has a Lifetime Honorary Membership in the AES (Audio Engineering Society) and a Technical Achievement Grammy.
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Jane McGonigal's 'Reality is Broken' explains the science behind why games are good for us--why they make us happier, more creative, more resilient, and better able to lead others in world-changing efforts.
But some games are better for us than others, and there is too much of a good thing.
Here are a few secrets that aren't in the book to help you (or the gamer in your life) get the most positive impact from playing games.
This practical advice--5 key quidelines, plus 2 quick rules--is scientifically backed, and it can be summed up in a single sentence:
Play games you enjoy no more than 21 hours a week; face-to-face with friends and family as often as you can; and in co-operative or creator modes whenever possible
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Reid Hoffman is a Partner at Greylock, and Co-Founder andExecutive Chairman at LinkedIn. Reid joined Greylock Partners in 2009. His areas of focus include consumer Internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. Reid likes to work with products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses that have network effects. An accomplished entrepreneur, executive and angel investor, Hoffman has played an integral part in building many of today's leading consumer technology businesses, including LinkedIn and PayPal. He possesses a unique understanding of consumer behavior and the dynamics of viral businesses as well as deep experience in driving companies from the earliest stages through periods of explosive growth. Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world's largest professional networking service, in 2003. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 63 million members in 200 countries around the world and a diversified revenue model that includes subscriptions, advertising and software licensing. Hoffman led LinkedIn through its first four years and to profitability as Chief Executive Officer, Prior to LinkedIn Hoffman served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member. At PayPal he was responsible for all external relationships, including payments infrastructure, business development, international, government and legal. Reid was instrumental to PayPal's acquisition by Ebay and responsible for partnerships with Intuit, Visa, MasterCard and Wells Fargo. Reid is a board observer at Airbnb, Gowalla, and Swipely and is a director at Zynga, Mozilla Corp., Six Apart, Shopkick, and Kiva.org. He is an angel investor in numerous influential Internet companies, including Digg, Facebook, Flickr, Last.fm, Ning, Six Apart and Zynga. Hoffman earned a Master's degree in Philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a Bachelor's degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated with distinction. In 2010 Reid was the recipient of an SD Forum Visionary Award and named a Henry Crown Fellow by The Aspen Institute.
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21st Century Nashville would be almost unrecognizable to the folks who founded fledgling music businesses there in the early 1900's. Alongside current country chart toppers like Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift, new "royalty" from beyond the expected genre boundaries - artists such as Jack White, Ben Folds, Kings of Leon, Ke$ha, Paramore and, recent transplants, the Black Keys - have all emerged to take their rightful seats in the city's court in 2011. That growing diversity is also reflected in the city's evolving music businesses, from international artist management and booking to App developers and new model innovators. Yet there are sill obstacles and perception problems for the brand of "Music City" to overcome.
MODERATOR Jason Moon Wilkins CEO Next Big Nashville
Jason Moon Wilkins is currently the CEO of Next BIG Nashville, the co-founder of synch license consultancy Full Service Music, and manages Nashville artist PUJOL. Wilkins is also a Member of the inaugural Nashville Mayor's Music Council (where he is the Co-Chair of the Branding Committee), is a Leadership Music Alumi, has served on the Board of The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter and was recently nominated for a Nashville Emerging Leader Award by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. His music career, begun at the age of 18, includes time logged as a music journalist (The Tennessean, the Nashville Scene, American Songwriter, NME and others), a Music Director & DJ, touring/recording bass player for Josh Rouse, Garrison Starr and Neilson Hubbard among others, as an artist with his bands toybean and Blue Eyed Blacks and later as a manager for artists such as Venus Hum.
Mark Montgomery Entrepreneur In Residence Claritas Capital
Mark Montgomery is a pioneer in the e-commerce and business to consumer marketing space. Over the past 15 years, he has worked with hundreds of entertainment and corporate clients, including names like Sony, Kanye West, Keith Urban, RIM/Blackberry, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Best Buy, Gnarls Barkley, Rascal Flatts, and General Motors to name a few. Mark has been working in the web space since the early 90's, launching his first B2C ecommerce play in early 1996. In 1999, he co-founded echo, a company focused on building communities around entertainment brands. He was the co-creator of the patented platform echotools™, a direct to consumer delivery and data management system which ultimately grew to serve millions of users and distribute hundreds of millions of pages, data feeds, and e-commerce transitions. The company was sold in 2007 to IAC/Ticketmaster for eight figures, returning nearly a ten multiple to echo's investors. A winner of multiple "Best in Business" awards, as well as "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2007, Mark is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist in the US and Europe for corporate functions as well as conferences on a variety of topics. He is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence for Claritas Capital, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. Along with his EIR role, he holds several board seats in the profit and not for profit companies. In addition, he maintains a small list of consulting clients focused on overall strategy, business development, branding, and technology initiatives.
Lee Parsons CEO Ditto Music
Ditto Music is a digital music distribution service responsible for 11 UK top 40 singles , all with unsigned artists. As CEO of Ditto Music, LEE PARSONS overseas distribution and marketing campaigns for over 20,000 worldwide artists including Suzi Quatro, Finch and Lil Wayne.
Jonas Stein Turbo Fruits
Mike Grimes Co Owner Nashville Scene
Ben Swank Third Man Records
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Here we examine some of the links between comedy and music: the use of humor in song writing and especially in live performances, the development of web-based musical comedy, the continuing role of the artist as "Court Jester," and the blending of comedy and music to raise awareness and/or funds for not-so-funny causes. For many years, the term "musical comedy" evoked 50s-era showtunes; now Green Day's "American Idiot" is a big hit on Broadway, and the song "D*ck In a Box" won an Emmy. We'll look at how the worlds of music and comedy work together in the digital age, and we'll consider what lies ahead. We'll be here all week; try the veal.
-Judy Tint Judy Tint Counselor at Law
JUDY TINT is a New York-based entertainment attorney/consultant with twenty-five years of experience, and a wide range of clients, from newcomers to legends. She is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of The Rhythm & Blues Foundation, teaches in the NYU Music Business Program, and serves on the Board of WHY Hunger. A graduate of Columbia Law School, Judy is also a musician and songwriter, and performs regularly as the percussionist for her clients, The Four Tops.
-Joseph DeRosa Comic/Musician/Director Apostle
Joe DeRosa performs constantly, making appearances of all kinds. Recently he had guest roles on HBO's Bored To Death and IFC's Z-Rock and became a regular on The Opie and Anthony radio show and Fox New's Redeye. Joe also taped a half-hour Comedy Central Presents special which aired in the winter of 2009 and his first-ever stand-up album "The Depression Auction" was released on Comedy Central Records in June of 2010. This year, he made his directorial debut with the film Shooting Angles, which starred himself, Bill Burr, Robert Kelly, and Colin Quinn. Joe is currently writing, directing and producing a series of web shorts for Atom.com, co-hosting the podcast "Uninformed" with comedian and friend Bill Burr, and touring clubs around the country.
-J.P. Buck Segment Producer Conan
J.P. Buck is a segment producer for the TBS late night program, Conan. His previous credits include Executive Producer of Team Coco Presents: The Conan Writers Live, Talent Executive for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Supervising Producer of Ellen's Even Bigger Really Big Show, Director of Talent & Development for the HBO Comedy Festivals, Coordinating Producer for Fox's 30 Seconds to Fame, and Talent Producer for CBS's Star Search.
Tig Notaro Comedian Integral Entertainment
- Dan Bern DBHQ
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Explosive Internet cancer Groupon, the fastest-growing website ever, intentionally wastes endless amounts of staff time and marketing-budget dollars on baffling initiatives. From the bizarre write-ups of its daily deals to uncomfortable social experiments such as awarding $100,000 scholarship funds to babies whose parents met on a Groupon date, Groupon can't resist executing its silliest, darkest, dumbest, and most pointless impulses on a grand scale. By launching one incredibly expensive joke after another with no clear tie to revenue, Groupon may very well be blowing its own death horn. Why?
Aaron With Editor in Chief Groupon Inc
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Let the purveyors of the new scary engage you with their fresh, exciting takes on the ever-evolving horror genre.
MODERATOR Scott Weinberg Managing Editor Cinematical / Aol Moviefone
Jason Eisener Director - Hobo With a Shotgun
James Wan - Insidious
Emily Hagins Director - My Sucky Teen Romance
18-year-old Emily Hagins has directed three feature films as well as several short films and music videos. She was the first teenage girl in the United States to make a feature film with PATHOGEN. She was also the subject of the documentary ZOMBIE GIRL: THE MOVIE.
Nicolas Goldbart - Phase 7 Director, writer and editor.
Simon Rumley Director - Little Deaths
Ben Wheatley Director - KILL LIST
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The lifestyle of the musician can be grueling, especially in times like these. With so much competition for the consumers attention, you must work harder than ever, which means touring, touring and more touring. Poor eating, excessive consumption of alcohol, lack of sleep and exercise is a combination that is not sustainable for long. How can you incorporate healthy habits: meal plans that are realistic, exercises you can manage, and modification of the bad habits that become all too common for people who spend a lot of time in bars. Natural remedies are easily available that can help you stay healthy on tour.
ANNA BOND, label manager for FatCat Records USA, has been in the music industry for over eight years, with history in artist and tour management. A 2009 graduate of NYC's Natural Gourmet Institute, Anna also sidelines as a personal chef, consultant, and food blogger for Readymade.com.
BRETT ANDERSON is the lead singer of the all-female rock band The Donnas. Brett has written, recorded, and performed internationally with the band. Having toured the world extensively for over fifteen years, they have had the opportunity to play in Europe, South America, Japan and Australia, as well as most of the United Stated, including Alaska. Their songs have appeared in movies such as Dodgeball and The Hangover, as well as video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero. After releasing two albums with Atlantic Records, the band now releases on their own successful indie label Purple Feather Records.
FONLIN NYUE is a yoga teacher and musician. She has ten years of touring experience throughout Europe and the US. She is passionate about bringing yoga to her fellow musicians. FonLin plays bass in the band Dragons of Zynth, is a member of Chica Vas, an all-women percussion ensemble, and is the Yoga Manager at Greenhouse Holistic.
MOLLY NEUMAN began her career in music first as a founding member of feminist punk band Bratmobile and continued on into nearly every job imaginable from there -- from label owner, to artist manager to label relations executive for digital retailer... she's done it all! Now she's added natural foods chef and nutritional consultant to her resume and hopes to connect all these dots into a scalable health and wellness program for young women and artists.
TED LEO is often described as the hardest working bloke in punk, TED LEO has been writing, recording and touring consistently for nearly 20 years. A vegan for nearly the same amount of time, Ted has incredible insight into the challenges of trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle on the road, without letting it take over.
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Funny Or Die Twitter Live Feed Show featuring hosts Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. Funny or Die and Twitter team-up to bring you the future of funny on the web... 140 characters at a time. Welcome to the ridiculously lucrative world of internet comedy with a panel featuring Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, music, and seating. Invite Only/RSVP Required. Participate in the panel by tweeting in to #FunnyOrDieSXSW ! www.funnyordie.com
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Rapid growth is a survival challenge that's killed off many seemingly successful companies (Pointcast? Kozmo?) How can u ride the rocket without falling off? This panel will bring together people who have lived through the ups and super ups and survied to tell you how to build a company that will thrive through the challenges of rapid growth.
Alexis Ohanian - Prod Mgr of Awesome reddit.com
Ben Huh - CEO/Founder Cheezburger Network
Hugh Forrest - Event Dir SXSW STAFF
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August 2010 marked the fifth anniversary of Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans, the city that birthed American music. Almost immediately after the storm, musicians were some of the first to respond: they traveled to New Orleans to aid in rescue work and produced benefits that raised significant funds and awareness for the relief effort. Five years later, musicians continue to demonstrate their commitment to this city by working to ensure that local musicians, many of whom are the tradition bearers of this vital culture, are able to remain and thrive in New Orleans. This panel will give an overview of the state of the music community pre-Katrina, how Katrina, the floods and the response impacted musicians and their way of life directly after the storm, how community organizations and advocates have focused efforts to serve the music community, how musicians from all over the country have worked to support and promote these efforts, and what more can be done to ensure this important city, her people and culture can thrive. Wayne Kramer said after participating in a series of artist-activism retreats in New Orleans (produced by ATC), "Go to New Orleans and meet the folks down there. Talk with them, eat with them, work alongside them and then play music with them and for them... Anyone that calls themselves a musician owes a debt to New Orleans..."
DEYDEN TETHONG understands the power of music: As a young Tibetan, she saw millions learn about her country while working on the Tibetan Freedom Concerts with the Beastie Boys. Today she connects musicians to social change through Air Traffic Control, a nonprofit providing activist and philanthropic support to musicians. Her work includes producing retreats in New Orleans, bringing national musicians together to learn from the city and each other how to be more effective activists.
JORDAN HIRSCH is a native of New Orleans and an advocate for its cultural tradition bearers. He was the founding Executive Director of Sweet Home New Orleans, a non-profit organization serving the city's music community. Currently, he is consulting on the HBO series "Treme."
The Get Down Stay Down
THAO NGUYEN is a musician and songwriter and the frontwoman of the indie folk band Thao with the Get Down Stay Down. She lives in San Francisco and tours the country playing music and looking for fresh produce. In 2010, Thao travelled to New Orleans with ATC and Future of Music Coalition to participate in their artist-activism retreat. In addition to discussing a range of efforts around activism, advocacy and music, Thao, along with musicians from across the country, spent time with local musicians and community organizers exploring how the city and communities of New Orleans have been affected by the floods, how they are rebuilding and what still needs to happen.
Mekons & Waco Brothers
JON LANGFORD is a founding member of legendary British rock band the Mekons. A native of South Wales, Langford now lives in Chicago. He continues to play with the Mekons, as well as Chicago band the Waco Brothers. In addition to his music, Langford is an accomplished artist and writer. Langford has spent time in New Orleans pre and post Katrina and is an alumni of the New Orleans Artist Activist Retreats.
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What separates a good design from a bad design are the decisions that the designer made. Jared will explore the five styles of design decisions, showing you when gut instinct produces the right results and when designers need to look to more user-focused research. You'll see how informed decisions play out against rule-based techniques, such as guidelines and templates. And Jared will show you the latest research showing how to hire great decision makers and find opportunities that match your style. Of course, Jared will use his unforgettable presentation style to deliver an extremely entertaining and informative presentation.
Jared Spool Founding Principal User Interface Engineering
If you've ever seen Jared speak about usability, you know that he's probably the most effective, knowledgeable communicator on the subject today. What you probably don't know is that he has guided the research agenda and built User Interface Engineering into the largest research organization of its kind in the world. He's been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term "usability" was ever associated with computers. Jared spends his time working with the research teams at the company, helps clients understand how to solve their design problems, explains to reporters and industry analysts what the current state of design is all about, and is a top-rated speaker at more than 20 conferences every year. He is also the conference chair and keynote speaker at the annual User Interface Conference, is on the faculty of the Tufts University Gordon Institute, and manages to squeeze in a fair amount of writing time.
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In an ever changing music business, how does an artist get their 'big break' ? Do the major labels still have a place or even a future in the world of DIY/online driven careers? Join us as we sort out the truths, myths and urban legends of becoming a star.
MODERATOR Dez Dickerson Pres/CEO Pavilion Entertainment
Michael Goldstone Mom+Pop Music
Kami Knake Owner Bands Under the Radar (BUTR)
Ted Cohen Managing Partner Tag Strategic
Evan Lowenstein CEO StageIt
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Making The Magic Happen: The Art Of Producing
Far more than the traditional money person, the modern producer is at the beating heart of every film, helping it grow from idea to realization, and into the world. This panel aims to pick apart the nuts and bolts of the producer's art.
MODERATOR Christy Lemire Film Critic Associated Press
Monnie Wills Producer The Jacobson Company
After Executive Producing a micro budget film that premiered at SxSW in 2009 and a studio film that required spending 6 months in Moscow, he still isn't sure which he prefers.
Christine Vachon Exec Producer Killer Films
Barry Mendel Barry Mendel Productions
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For independent filmmaking, casting is an essential part. The casting director's role can encompass pre-production, dealing with un-financed material, and helping first time directors gain knowledge about actors, acting, and the business in general.
MODERATOR Suzanne Weinert Pres Flatiron Pictures
Suzanne Weinert in an independent writer/producer who began her career as the VP of Shoelace Productions, participating in the development and production of more than 25 projects including Erin Brockovich, Step and the award winning wildlife documentaries Nature Series: Wild Horses of Mongolia and Orangutans of Borneo as well as the award winning short film The Call Back starring Sam Rockwell. Her recent screenplays include rewriting Shrinking Violet for Revolution Studios; Road Stories, directed by Steven Seebring and released February 2004; Good to the Last Drop, a finalist for Best Comedy at the Austin Film Festival; and ExTerminators, a dark comedy about a group of women (Heather Graham, Jennifer Coolidge, Amber Heard) who form a successful business exterminating ex-husbands and ex-boyfriends. Suzanne is currently in post-production on the western The Legends of Hell's Gate, starring Eric Balfour, Henry Thomas, Jenna Dewan, Summer Glau, Robert Buckley and Lou Taylor Pucci and is set to begin production in Sring 2011 on a race car movie, One In a Million Hero. Suzanne holds an M.F.A. from the School of the Arts, Columbia University; a Graduate Certificate from The Writing Program, Columbia University and a B.A. in Writing from Columbia University. She is a Professor of Advanced Screenwriting at both the School of Visual Arts, NYC and Fordham University, NYC.
Cindy Tolan Casting Dir N/A
CINDY TOLAN -- CASTING DIRECTOR Film credits include, BLUE VALENTINE, IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, LETTERS TO JULIET, SUGAR, THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE, THE DARJEELING LIMITED, THE NAMESAKE, SHERRYBABY, KINSEY, STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE, PERSONAL VELOCITY, LOGGERHEADS, CASA DE LOS BABYS, ANGELA. Upcoming: THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST, MAY IN THE SUMMER, ANOTHER HAPPY DAY, HENRY'S CRIME. Broadway credits include, THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, ALL MY SONS (also Associate Producer), XANADU, AVENUE Q, MEDEA, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. Television credits, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, FRINGE, THE RETURN OF JEZEBEL JAMES.
Beth Sepko Casting Dir Beth Sepko Casting
Alexa Fogel Beech Hill Films
Alexa L. Fogel is currently casting the second season of HBO's series TREME, by THE WIRE and GENERATION KILL creator David Simon, and Warren Leight's new FX series LIGHTS OUT. Alexa L. Fogel recently completed casting THE SITTER for director David Gordon Greene for 20th Century Fox; TOO BIG TO FAIL for director Curtis Hanson for HBO Films -- based on Andrew Ross Sorkin's book; and RED TAILS for LucasFilm, a drama about the Tuskegee Airmen during WWII. Previously, Ms. Fogel cast five seasons of HBO's award winning series THE WIRE. As producer, Ms. Fogel's most recent film HELENA FROM THE WEDDING premiered at SXSW '10, and was released last fall.
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The recent violence and unrest in Mexico has greatly affected the number of artists that once scheduled tour stops there. Is Mexico still a viable market for bands? Hear first hand stories how venues, promoters and artists are working together to ensure successful gigs.
Camilo Lara GM EMI Music/Mexican Institute of Sound
Carlos Verastegui Partner ACHE Producciones
CARLOS VERASTEGUI is a partner of ACHE one of the most important independent promoters in Mexico, which has succeeded in bringing talent to an audience hungry for new options. Bands that have visited Mexico for the first time with ACHE are: UNKLE, BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, BLONDE REDHEAD, THE VASELINES, CYPRESS HILL, OF MONTREAL, YANN TIERSEN, COCOROSIE, ARCTIC MONKEYS, BEIRUT, CHEMICAL BROTHERS, IGGY & THE STOOGES, among others. ACHE has earned the recognition of specialized media and the industry that have placed them concerts in the top list of the past decade and being nominated for the Lunas del Auditorio Nacional awards. ACHE also conceived the first music marketing platforms in Mexico with success stories like the first festival mixing international and national bands CORONA MUSIC FEST for Corona beer and CUERVO AND ROLL the most important battle of the bands by the hand of Jose Cuervo Tequila, also transcendent platforms like NOKIA TRENDS and INDIE BUD TOUR. Carlos also works in the media as member of the editorial board of El Fanzine newspaper and Marvin Magazine.
Diego Jimenez Labora CEO TAPE/8106.tv
Francisco "Pako" Zepeda Soundguich
Hector Toledo Teja Dir ACHE Producciones
Julio Pineda Dir General/Photographer El Fanzine
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The United States consumes more energy than it produces and is the second biggest emitter of CO2 in the world (behind China). If the United States truly chooses to become a greener country, then major improvements in our infrastructure (buildings and transportation) will have to be made. The green movement in the United States has yet to reach a tipping point. Companies either do not know how to lower their energy consumption and carbon footprint, or they are not implementing the projects fast enough. Fortunately, there are signs that we are now more green than ever. This panel will highlight three companies that you probably haven't heard of that are implementing green strategies. You don't want to miss learning about how these innovative companies got started and what they're doing to make our country a greener place to live.
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We live in an era when online critics are often swayed in their opinions by swag, trips, and favors from studio representatives. Yet the goal of a true critic is to honestly examine a film, not attempt to curry favor with a corporation. This panel will examine what it takes to stay honest in a digital world, from disclosure of sponsorships to a constant effort to remain separate from studios.
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Musicians are connected more deeply to their audience and network than ever before. Modern social networking makes reaching out simple and virtually free, while the costs of creative production and distribution have decreased. A new revolution is emerging on this grassroots level of creativity: crowdfunding. By leveraging one's network and audience for funds, this manifesto combines the emotional power of traditional patronage with the massive reach of digital communication.
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Civilians haven't experienced what is like for our service members abroad, and fictional accounts of the war haven't been effective in changing the perceptions of the American public. With Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's 'Restrepo', they have created a film that answers the question of "What was it like over there?" in a way that no other film has been able to do. 'Restrepo' chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The documentary focuses on a remote 15-man outpost called Restrepo. Filmmakers Hetherington and Junger dug in with the men of Second Platoon, making a total of ten trips to the Korengal between June 2007 and July 2008. Together with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, National Geographic is using 'Restrepo' to encourage the dialogue that this film fosters between veterans who have experienced combat and the general public. In this panel, we'll explore the ways in which a film can change the lives of the troops featured, the service members that go see the film, and the civilians that are exposed for the first time to real combat in Afghanistan. We'll discuss the ways in which 'Restrepo' is connecting veterans within their communities, and already helping to ease the transition home for many. IAVA will also discuss what Hetherington and Junger did right in 'Restrepo' and what so many other filmmakers have gotten wrong in their depictions of our current conflicts.