Friday, January 29, 2010

The Valley Business Expo ‘10 explodes with business opportunities and powerful business networking

Hundreds of Business Owners and Government Representatives Packed into The Valley Busines Expo’10 at the Pickwick Gardens Conference Center

Michael Weyant, owner, WEYANT ENTERTPRISES,
professional IT services since 1996 was one of
dozens of exhibitors at the Valley Business Expo '10
Jan. 28, 2010 in Burbank, CA.

Valley Business Expo attracts large crowd in Burbank.
Photos by George S. Mc Quade III, MAYO Comunications.

A business to business expos put on by The Valley Economic Alliance attracted huge crowd this week in Burbank. There were a half dozen business workshops sessions, one every hour from mid morning until 5 p.m to help small and large business owners get the edge in this down economy.

“This is an incredible business expo and it is the best thing for any business owner,” said M C Townsend, Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, San Fernando Valley.  ”We service more than 35 cities and we have our business member taking turns working our display table. Access and visabililty are key. Networking is ultimate resource for businesses and the chamber is trying to provide that.” 

Mc townsend  - 
Regional Black Chamber
of Commerce San Fernando Valley

Some of the exhibitors included: Office Depot, Lowes, Ultra Glass, VICA, LAEDC, Metropolitan Water of Southern California, The Gas Company, The Governor’s General Services Dept., The Valley Economic Alliance, Weyant Enterprises, City of /Burbank, Pierce College, SOI, Pickwick Gardens (events planner), Santa Clarita Valley Economic Alliance and the Port of Los Angeles.

It was everything you wanted to know about doing business in the San Fernando Valley.
The next big Economic event comes Feb. 17, 2010 at the Los Angeles Marriott in downtown Los Angeles, put on by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

“The World We Want” – a powerful, inspiring documentary of teen activists hope, joy and dreams come true - a warm film premiere reception at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles tonight

“The World We Want”premiered at  AFI Festival, where it shared    theAudience Award for best  documentary feature
by George S. Mc Quade III
Los Angeles – A small crowd of mostly film producers, directors and Hollywood’s industry executives packed into the Skirball Cultural Center tonight ( Monday, Jan. 25, 2010) for the reception and screen of The World We Want. The event was put on by the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles with international filmmakers form 17 different countries, who are taking part in the U.S. State Department Program appropriately called “Project Citizen.”
“The World We Want” - documents inspiring stories of teenager throughout the world engaged and determined in changing their communities and nations for the better. The Director and Producer Patrick Davison said it was privately funded and filmed on locations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Russia, Senegal and the United States.

The music throughout the well-edited, fast-moving film captures the young citizens’ remarkable struggles in their own words and through their captivating personal experiences. Davidson said not narrative was needed, because the students spoke from their heart. Now, there’s talk of starting a foundation based on the film.

Project Citizen is a curriculum for middle, high and post-secondary school students and youth groups that promotes participating in local, state and federal government. It is designed to help students learn how to monitor and influence public policy. This would be one of the most interesting government class films ever shown in America. Many of us only read about old history in high school, tonight everyone got to travel and experience world history in this film.
Film Director/Producer Patrick Davidson said his audience was mainly teenagers all around the world.
Tonight’s event brought film producers and directors from all over the world (17 countries).  Producer Nayla Al Khaj, D- S E V E N Motion Pictures said, “it’s critical for students worldwide to learn the different cultures and diversity.”

The World We Want follows students tackling critical issues around the world including banning teenage gambling in Russia, fighting taxation of silversmiths in Indonesia, creating a community constitution in Colombia, securing clean drinking water in Senegal and more. The film documents the young citizens’ struggle to convince local and national leaders to enact vital legislation, and takes viewers into the homes, schools and neighborhoods of the young people to interact with their friends and family members.
Director of the Center for Civic Education’s Civitas International Programs, Richard A. Nuccio joined Davidson on stage for a Q&A session after the screening.
After reviewing hundreds of programs throughout the world, the film producers selected eight finalist countries to feature in The“World We Want.”
Film Locations:
- Brcko, Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Alejandría, Colombia
- Delhi, India
- Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Al Karak, Jordan
- Samara, Russia
- Ross Bethio, Senegal
- Vancouver, Washington, USA
The students are the stars of the  film. These captivating young  people, ages 11 – 16, tell their  stories with captivating  enthusiasm and passion allowing  audiences to share their struggles  and dreams for the future. In  sharing these inspiring stories The  World We Want shows that in many ways, young people are the same all over the world: enthusiastic, passionate, articulate, engaging, and determined to create a better world.
The centerpiece of the film is the first Project Citizen International Showcase, held in Washington DC where delegations of students from more than 30 countries gathered to compete for the coveted prize The Program of the Year.
We The People: Project Citizen
The inspiration for the film is We  The People: Project Citizen – an  international civics program  created and administered by the  Center for Civic Education  ( and funded by  the U.S. Department of Education,  by act of Congress since 1995.
The Center’s Project Citizen civic education program is implemented throughout the U.S. and in more than sixty-five other countries, reaching more than 1.5 million students each year. This event is sponsored by the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA) and the Skirball Cultural Center.

More than 10 million young people have participated in Project Citizen worldwide. The Project Citizen program is currently in operation throughout the United States and in more than 65 foreign countries throughout the world. I agree with Hollywood Reporter which said, the film is “ideal for fests and school audiences.” Amen to that.
I am buying the DVD when it comes out to share with my two teenage boys. This is a must see movie for the family, too. “The World We Want” is probably the most positive film we’ll see this year!
Out of more than 100 that turned up at the film festivals this is the diamond in the ruff. It could pave the way movie making will be done in the digital high definition (HD) future in editing, special effects and pure drama, the stuff Hollywood is made of.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

LAEDC’s Entertainment Report Sees Modest Increase in Industry Employment, Another Strong Year at Box Office

Despite a boost from California’s film incentive
program, runaway TV/film production remains a significant threat

LAEDC study finds runaway TV/film production threatens Hollywood industry

Los Angeles, CA  A new study released today by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) Kyser Center for Economic Research predicts a modest increase in industry employment in 2010.   The report also forecasts another strong year at the box office, no foreseeable labor issues, and a boost in production from California’s film incentive program. 
Other pluses include NBC’s programming of scripted series in the 10:00 p.m. primetime spot being vacated by Jay Leno and the ongoing investment in the entertainment industry’s infrastructure such as NBC Universal’s Evolution Project and the Disney/ABC Studios at the Ranch. However, key issues include changes in the business model, with an intense focus on costs.  Run-away production remains a significant threat and changing technology, distribution, exhibition and marketing models are noted.
The media industry will continue to struggle, reflecting a slow rebound in advertising and changes in the way consumers access information. 

Jack Kyser,
LAEDC study author

The LAEDC study recommends a renewed focus on entertainment as a serious business because it is a high-wage, high-multiplier activity.  The study cited efforts by the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Clarita to become more “film-friendly.”  It also recommends watching the state’s film incentive plan that has helped boost employment in this sector. 
“The coming changes in how the industry operates also need to be monitored,” said LAEDC
Founding Economist Jack Kyser.  “At the end of the day, content is still king and leaders need to be alertso that much of it is still produced in the County.”

For the full study and highlights of the report visit: