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If you ever wanted to get crazy anecdotes from the industry, Digital Hollywood is the place to be. One would rarely find celebrities at this sort of trade show; it’s mostly executives and ones who make things happen.  If you are a person looking to get into the industry or even been around for a while and looking to move into something else in the same field this is the place for you to go!

This year’s Digital Hollywood run by Victor Harwood, had a focus on an emerging platform in the industry; Augmented and Virtual Reality. Watching people on a flat screen isn’t the latest craze anymore and with the ever growing popularity of the immersive storytelling experience of video games, the movie industry has finally taken notice. From applying practical knowledge to adapting stories into specific genres, the movie and television industry represented itself in full force seeking ideas and exchanging the needs of what the production houses and distributors were craving.

For those looking to start out on the perilous journey of becoming a content creator, panels such as the Hollywood Masterclass, were available for content creators to learn the process from screenwriter to studio or independent production. I found this specific class to be particularly informative as most moderators concentrate on the creative and leave out the important legal and business aspects that usually plague first time content creators.  Catherine Clinch from Clinch Digital Media was particularly attentive to the pitfalls of being a writer and what people should look out for in specific deals.

For those of you who are interested in financing, there is a specific financing track that one can follow to learn about everything from proper startup procedures to crowdfunding. These classes weren’t your usual internet pitch for use my service but great platforms where creators can voice specific questions like “what do you need to get investor, angel investor, or grant money for your project?”

Most of the folks who were giving the panels were not “experts” but industry executives and current ones from major companies like Paramount, STARZ, and NBC.  We were even given a chance to speak to one of the executive producers of Designated Survivor, Jeff Melvoin. If you were prepared, there were a host of people who could make things happen at that moment. One could network their way to heads of development if they played their cards right.

It wasn’t all deal making during the conference though. There were definitely times for a few laughs. David Zucker, who brought you such classics as The Naked Gun and Airplane hosted a Comedy Festival with some of the latest in comedy from Maddox (I’m better than your kids), to popular comedy troops like the Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City Improv. Even Comedy has a place in Virtual Reality where even the audience can become the butt of the joke!

It wasn’t a fortune to get into this particular trade show either. There is a price for everyone from established companies to the freelancer looking to start new business.

For more information check out the site that has some live replays of the great panels available to attendees:

http://www.digitalhollywood.com/

 

 

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Apple TV+ announces season two for delightful kids and family series “Camp Snoopy

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Today, Apple TV+ announced a season two for acclaimed kids and family series “Camp Snoopy,” based on the classic Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and directed by Rob Boutilier (“The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space”). The complete  first season of “Camp Snoopy” is now streaming globally on Apple TV+.

After discovering their troop is in danger of disbanding, Snoopy and the Beagle Scouts set off to immerse themselves in nature and the Great Outdoors, with the Beagle Scout Manual as their guide. Meanwhile, Charlie Brown and friends enjoy their summer at Camp Spring Lake, crossing paths with Snoopy as they experience hiking, swimming, sitting around campfires and everything summer camp and the outdoors have to offer. 

Produced for Apple TV+ by Peanuts and WildBrain, “Camp Snoopy” is based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and is directed by Rob Boutilier (“The Snoopy Show,” “Snoopy in Space”). Executive producers are Craig Schulz, Paige Braddock, Boutilier, Josh Scherba, Stephanie Betts and Logan McPherson.

“Camp Snoopy” joined an exciting slate of new offerings for kids and families on Apple TV+ this summer featuring the second season of beloved animated series “Frog and Toad,” based on the Caldecott and Newbery Honor-winning books; animated adventure trilogy “WondLa,” based on the New York Times bestselling book series “The Search for WondLa” by Tony DiTerlizzi; highly anticipated kids and family series “Yo Gabba GabbaLand!,” inspired by the hit, Emmy Award-nominated cultural phenomenon “Yo Gabba Gabba!”; “Me,” an elevated cinematic coming-of-age story from Barry L. Levy; and, the first-ever television adaptation of the cult classic film, “Time Bandits,” starring Lisa Kudrow.

Award-winning all-age offerings now streaming globally on Apple TV+ include celebrated live action animated hybrid special, “The Velveteen Rabbit”; the Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning animated short film “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”; Oscar-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning animated film “Wolfwalkers”; the BAFTA Award and Humanitas Prize-winning “El Deafo,” BAFTA Award-winning “Lovely Little Farm,” “Duck & Goose,” “Get Rolling With Otis,” Spin Master Entertainment’s “Sago Mini Friends,” GLAAD Media Award-nominated “Pinecone & Pony,” “Frog and Toad,” The Jim Henson Company’s Emmy Award-winning “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” “Harriet the Spy” and “Slumberkins,” Sesame Workshop’s “Helpsters,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HITRECORD and Bento Box Entertainment’s “Wolfboy and the Everything Factory,” Jack McBrayer and Angela C. Santomero’s Emmy Award-nominated “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show,” Peanuts and WildBrain’s Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” “The Snoopy Show,” Scholastic’s “Eva the Owlet” and Peabody and Emmy Award-winning series “Stillwater.” Live-action offerings include Bonnie Hunt’s DGA and WGA Award-nominated “Amber Brown,” DGA Award-winning “Best Foot Forward,” “Surfside Girls,” WGA Award-winning “Life By Ella,” Sesame Workshop and Sinking Ship’s Emmy Award-winning “Ghostwriter,” Emmy Award and Environmental Media Association Award winning “Jane,” and Scholastic’s “Puppy Place.”

Also included are “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth,” the Emmy Award-winning television event based on the New York Times bestselling book and TIME Best Book of the Year by Oliver Jeffers, and specials from Peanuts and WildBrain including Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown,” “Snoopy Presents: Lucy’s School,” Humanitas and Emmy Award-nominated “Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love,” “Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie,” “Snoopy Presents: Welcome Home, Franklin,” Emmy Award-winning “Snoopy Presents: Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” and “Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne.”

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all of a user’s favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have earned 499 wins and 2,262 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and historic Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

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