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April 27, 2016: How the Tribeca Film Festival Benefits Women, New York Reaches Settlement in Online Ticket Scalping Investigation, Buenos Aires Bans Dance Music Festivals and Targets Promoters

1. WHY THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL BENEFITS WOMEN: While the film industry continues to be male-dominated, the Tribeca Film Festival is an example of an event that continues to give female writers and directors opportunities. One-third of the films screened at the 15th edition of the festival were directed by women, and Tribeca Talks hosted a summit with celebrities tackling topics including feminist comedy and diversity and stereotypes in Hollywood. Genna Terranova, the festival's programming director, talked more about how the festival benefits women. Marie Claire: "Some initiatives aren't female-focused but benefit women nonetheless, like Tribeca Film Institute's TFI Network, a day of meetings for underrepresented filmmakers to pitch their projects to industry professionals. Terranova is quick to emphasize that women's submissions aren't graded on a curve. 'When we're watching movies we're looking for quality,'she says. 'Women need to be held to the same standard as other filmmakers, or men, so that's the standard we go by. We can certainly give women the platform, but women have to do the work and it has to be better than good work for us to change the numbers.' And it looks like both tactics are working out. When press members pick up their credentials, among other festival materials are handouts listing the films that are directed by women and that are female centric. Something that often goes overlooked is the fact that the Tribeca Film Festival is led by women—in addition to Terranova, co-founder Jane Rosenthal is executive chair, and Paula Weinstein serves as executive vice president—which shows the advances that can happen when women are in charge."

Correction: This item has been updated to reflect the correct name for TFI Network.

2. NEW YORK REACHES SETTLEMENT IN ONLINE TICKET SCALPING INVESTIGATION: New York’s office of the attorney general has settled with six ticket brokers in an ongoing investigation of the online ticket scalping market. The investigation was first announced in January with a report about the ways ticket brokers prevent people from buying tickets to Broadway shows, concerts, and sporting events online—many times by using automated software—so they can resell them at higher prices. The New York Times: “‘New Yorkers deserve a fairer ticket marketplace,’ the attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, said in a statement. ‘Our office will continue to enforce New York’s ticket laws by investigating ticket brokers who are breaking our laws, and making them pay for their illegal acts.’ Six ticket brokers in five states were found to be selling tickets in New York since 2011 without a proper license, as required by state law: of New Jersey; Flying Falco Entertainment of California, which operates under the name Avery Tickets; Charm City Entertainment of Florida; All Events Utah; and Just in Time Tickets and A2Z Tix, both of New York. The attorney general found that all of those companies except Charm City Entertainment also used bots to buy tickets, which is prohibited by New York State law.”

3. BUENOS AIRES BANS DANCE MUSIC FESTIVALS AND TARGETS PROMOTERS: The government of the capital of Argentina has stopped issuing electronic dance music festival permits after five people died from drug overdoses and four were taken to the hospital during Time Warp on April 15. According to Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, the ban will remain in effect until legislature preventing drug abuse at festivals is approved. Argentinian federal judge Sebastian Casanello is also pursuing the promotion company behind the event, Dell Producciones. Billboard: “Some 30 people implicated in the lawsuit must testify before Casanello, who is directing the investigation. Among those detained are DP attorney Maximilliano Avila and Carlos Maria Garat, who was in charge of the site’s evacuation plan … Adrian Conci, head of the event production firm, has reportedly been on the run since Casanello ordered his detention. Several members of the municipal government and an outsourced security firm are among those who must testify before Casanello, writes the Latin American Herald Tribune. Time Warp began in Germany in 1994 and was being held in Buenos Aires for the third year.”


INDUSTRY NEWS:  B2B events organizer UBM Plc has has acquired Business Journals Inc, a producer of fashion trade shows in New York and Las Vegas.

BOSTON:  The Party in the Park Luncheon, commonly referred to as the “hat luncheon," will be held on May 11 at Pinebank Promontory. The event benefits local parks.

CHICAGO:  Beacon Tavern will open in May. The Michigan Avenue restaurant will serve American-tavern-style fare, including roast chicken, steak, and the “Beacon Burger.” The venue will be available for buyouts.

LAS VEGAS:  Rehab Beach Club at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas kicked off its 2016 pool season with performances by resident DJs Knife Party on April 23 and R3hab on April 24.

LOS ANGELES:  The Next Gen Rebels After-Party fund-raiser will take place immediately after the Rebels With A Cause gala on May 11 at the Barker Hangar. The event will be hosted by The Late Late Show's James Cordon.

L.A. Pride Music Festival & Parade, scheduled for June 10-12 in West Hollywood, has announced its music lineup. What is now a three-day ticketed music festival will feature performances by Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, Krewella, and 50 other artists.

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  The L.P.G.A.’s Legends Tour will return to Delray Beach for the third annual Walgreens Charity Championship at the Seagate Country Club October 27-30. The final day of the golf tournament will feature a performance by Australian rock band Little River Band.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa has appointed Maria Hirt as director of sales and marketing.

NEW YORK:  The 14th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will take place June 11-12 at Madison Square Park. The event will have live music and food from 13 barbecue restaurants from across the country.

The James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards took place Tuesday at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. 

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ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Effective immediately, the Orlando Citrus Bowl will be known as Camping World Stadium in recognition of its new title sponsor.

An indoor skydiving attraction is in the works for I-Drive 360. Orlando Business Journal:

PHILADELPHIA:  The sixth annual Philly Tech Week will take place April 29-May 7, with more than 150 events at various venues.

SAN FRANCISCO:  Mac Daddy will open in Potero Hill on May 2. The restaurant will offer 12 variations of macaroni and cheese, including “The Gouda” and “The Caprese.”

TORONTO:  Element Toronto Airport, an eight-story hotel, will open in 2018. The hotel will have 144 rooms with modular furniture, fully equipped kitchens, and spa-inspired bathrooms.

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  The Creative Coalition's Arts Day will take place on Friday at Capitol Hill and the White House. Event delegates include Gabrielle Union, Rosario Dawson, Tim Daly, and Nina Dobrev.

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