I E S – the INDIE ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT is launching August 1 2012 as a new annual music and entertainment conference and festival in Southern California. The 5 day event will focus on cutting edge knowledge, networking & performances in the areas of music, movies/TV, & modeling. Featuring over 80 in depth workshops and seminars led by top industry pros designed to help musical artists, managers, actors, models, DJs, comedians, film makers, & independent labels/entertainment companies progress their business and career opportunities in the worldwide entertainment and media industries. Each evening will spotlight concerts, performances, film premieres & showcases by attending talent and name performers in a variety of top venues from Hollywood to Universal Studios to the booming NoHo arts district in North Hollywood. The final day Sunday August 5 will be an innovative day at a special location, for an event called DEAL LINK, where attendees will have a chance to introduce themselves & meet one-to one with industry decision makers, including investors, A&R execs, CEOs of entertain- ment companies that are normally extremely hard for new talent to reach and that can make a difference in one’s career and opportunities.
The epicenter for the daily events will be in the blossoming NoHo Arts District region of North Hollywood, specifically the FEDERAL (the new KNITTING FACTORY Club), the ARTS INSTITUTE & AMP STUDIO COMPLEX (all on the corners of Lankershim & Weddington Avenues). With additional live venues on UNIVERSAL STUDIOS CITYWALK & HOLLYWOOD-HIGHLAND areas (2 stops on the METRO Subway from NoHo), including the HARD ROCK CAFÉ, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE, INFUSION LOUNGE, FEDERAL, SKINNYS & other prime So CAL venues. Included in the special IES events are the major BEST BAND IN THE LAND national band competition for a $100,000. grand prize package, the DEAL LINK event for attendees to meet 1-on-1 with Investors-A&R-CEOs, the major BEST NEW RAP STAR national competition for a $100,000. grand prize package, the DANCE WORLD SUMMIT competition for solo dancers & crews, the IES FILM FESTIVAL, the HOTTEST NEW COMEDIAN national competition, the IES DJ Challenge, & much more!
IES prides itself in the diversity and strong caliber of the speakers, as well as the high percentage of artists that are able to perform and as the IES tagline proclaims “Show The World What You Got!”. “After speaking at hundreds of major conferences”, states IES Co-Executive Director Jay Warsinske, “ and being involved in over a 1000 events over my 39 years in the business (including GRAMMY events, NEW MUSIC SEMINAR, SXSW, ASCAP EXPO, CMJ & many more), we see what works & what doesn’t & with IES we have assembled ‘The Best of the Best’ and created the best possible conference & festival in the Entertainment Capital of the World!” Warsinske is considered one of the industry’s top entertainment marketing exec and has been a part of launching legends such as U2, Dr. Dre, Metallica, Black Eyed Peas, Guns ‘n Roses, Snop Dogg, Red Hot Chilli Peppers & many more. “So Cal has nothing quite like this”, states IES C0-Executive Director Cameron Penny, “& who doesn’t want to learn cutting edge tips from the absolute best pros in every vital area of the business, & get to perform in front of media & industry in L.A.!” Penny is a veteran Radio & Music industry veteran, Radio personality & Record Label CEO. “We’ve seen many of the top movies, video games & artists in the past year be from independent companies”, says IES Co-Executive Director David Heavener, “& IES puts the spotlights on all the keys areas, music – movies/TV – modeling – DJs – comedians & more that are prime to network together for even more amazing success stories to talk about at next year’s IES, the business is changing at light speed & IES is at the forefront of it!” Heavener is a 30+ Film & Music executive, having produced or directed over 30 major movies, TV series & is considered one of the top experts in the independent movie industry.
Artists have been confirmed from all regions of the U.S. & from over 20 countries around the World that will be performing at IES.