Exciting news: we are expanding our popular Grill conference to The Locations Show, a two-day gathering in downtown Los Angeles in June that serves the global movie and television production industry.
TheGrill@ Locations Show will take place on Friday, June 28, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will feature Wrap journalists interviewing industry leaders and innovators focused on the changing landscape of global production.
We will have a special segment on China and its place as the fastest-growing market for entertainment content of all kinds. TheGrill also will feature the latest technology and innovative products, as well as the most relevant financing incentives for producers, production managers and directors. A full program will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
"The team at TheWrap has a proven track record in attracting influential and innovative leaders in media, entertainment and technology to high level industry events like ours," said Kevin Clark, Executive Director of AFCI. "We couldn’t be more excited to have them join us as a partner this year.”
The Locations Show is a lynchpin event for the production side of Hollywood, organized by the Association of Film Commissioners International, the group representing more than 300 film commissioners from around the world. Their annual event brings together more than 3,000 attendees who learn about the latest in tax incentives and production benefits at different global locations.
We are incredibly excited to expand our Grill brand to another core industry audience at this gathering. This Grill@ Locations Show will focus specifically on the business imperatives of this audience and will be an entirely separate program from our annual Grill in October 2013.
Registration will open by May 1, and interested speakers should contact producer Caroline Schweich, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's the official announcement. Stay tuned for more to come:
Film Commissioners and The Wrap News Join Forces to Present “TheGrill@Locations Show”
Los Angeles, March 25 2013 — The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), the official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television, and video production across the globe, today announced that it will partner with leading entertainment industry publication TheWrap.com to bring its premium conference TheGrill to the 2013 Locations Show.
Taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 28-29, 2013, the AFCI Locations Show brings together hundreds of production industry decision makers from the film, television, and commercial world under one roof to discuss trends in the always competitive world of global film production.
“Partnering with TheWrap for this year’s event will allow us to elevate our conference programming and add significant value to what is already known as the premier event for the global production industry,” said Kevin Clark, Executive Director of AFCI. “Through its conference series TheGrill, the team at TheWrap has a proven track record in attracting influential and innovative leaders in media, entertainment and technology to high level industry events like ours. We couldn’t be more excited to have them join us as a partner this year.”
“We are thrilled to bring TheGrill to the AFCI Locations Show,” said Sharon Waxman, CEO and Founder of The Wrap News, Inc. “The format of deep, one on one conversations with industry leaders and innovators combined with AFCI’s network of film commissions from around the globe will give us a great platform to discuss issues such as global film financing, technology, and other key business challenges in front of a highly engaged audience.”
Speakers at recent Grill conferences include industry leaders like Judd Apatow, Irving Azoff, Seth MacFarlane, and Ted Sarandos. TheGrill@ Locations Show conference series will occur on Friday, June 28th, day one of the Locations Show event. Announcements of this year’s participants will be coming over the next several weeks.
“With this partnership we are certain that TheGrill@Locations Show will become a must-attend event for decision makers from across the entertainment industry,” concluded AFCI’s Clark.
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The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1975 to serve the growing needs of on-location film and television production. The AFCI was initially formed by a small group of film commissioners who wanted to share information and learn from one another's experiences. Since then, the AFCI has expanded into a worldwide network of more than 300 commissions representing six continents. All are devoted to the business of facilitating on-location film and television production activity which generates billions of dollars annually.
TheGrill is a high level forum bringing together the leaders, the deciders and the disrupters in the entertainment industry to debate the transformational forces in our changing industry. TheGrill is a flagship brand of The Wrap News , the leading digital news organization covering the business of entertainment and media.
The Wrap News Inc., founded by award-winning journalist Sharon Waxman in 2009, is the leading digital news organization covering the business of entertainment and media. The Wrap News Inc. is comprised ofTheWrap.com, the award-winning, industry-leading outlet for high-profile newsbreaks, investigative stories and authoritative analysis; ThePowerGrid, an algorithmic, data-driven ranking system for every person, project and company in the film business, and PowerGridPro, the most current, relevant film development database; and TheGrill, an executive leadership conference centered on the convergence of entertainment, media and technology.
TheWrap was named the best online news site in both 2012 and 2009 at the National Entertainment Journalism Awards by the Los Angeles Press Club.