Roger Corman to Deliver Opening Keynote at Global Entertainment and Media Summit in New York City on December 9th

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The music, film, media, new media and multimedia worlds unite at leading event dedicated to transformation and reinvention of the entertainment and media worlds.

The Message is the Message.

PRWEB) November 13, 2006 -- The entertainment and media worlds look very different than they did forty years ago. But what remains constant---in addition to change---is that great talent needs to be empowered by some sort of force to be great----and for over fifty years, filmmaker Roger Corman has inspired and empowered some of the greatest filmmakers to achieve their level of greatness. He's given directors such as Francis Ford Copplla, Peter Bogdanovich and Ron Howard their starts, and offered first acting gigs to the likes of Jack Nicholson and hundreds of others. And GEMS is proud to present Roger Corman as a keynote speaker for GEMS on Saturday, December 9th in New York City.

For the past several years, we've been inspiring and empowering leaders, visionaries and creative talent from the worlds of music, film, media and new media. Now, GEMS is launching its next-generation, cutting-edge entertainment and media conference during the weekend of December 9 and 10 in New York City -the media capital of the world...Capturing the True spirit of Independence.......

During the weekend of December 9th and 10th, visionary filmmakers, media guru's, music industry execs and technology companies are uniting at a very special artists and industry event that you can attend!

It's GEMS: The Global Entertainment and Media Summit---and it's been considered one of the most progressive and forward thinking events dedicated to helping musicians, music industry, filmmakers, actors, and other highly creative people by providing a forum that allows them to discover new and innovative ways to promote, market, distribute and sell their projects in a business that is changing rapidly.


The career of independent filmmaker Roger Corman contradicts F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous statement, "There are no second acts in American lives." Roger Corman's career is a three-act success story.

In the 50's and 60's he blazed a pioneering trail as an independent producer and director, making a phenomenal number of low-budget features in a variety of genres.

His reputation as a trendsetter started with some of the cult classics he made during this period, including THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (featuring the young Jack Nicholson in a must-see role of a masochist at the dentist's), A BUCKET OF BLOOD, THE INTRUDER (the first film to tell the story of the integration of schools in the South), a classic cycle of horror films based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, THE WILD ANGELS (the first "biker" movie, starring Peter Fonda, which opened the Venice Film Festival to great acclaim and became the highest grossing independent film of 1966), and THE TRIP (written by Jack Nicholson and starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper). By the end of the 60's, Corman's provocative films had won him international acclaim. He was the youngest director ever to be honored with retrospectives at the Cinematheque Francaise in Paris, the British Film Institute in London , and the Museum of Modern Art in New York .

The second act of the legendary Corman career started when he founded his own independent production and distribution company, New World Pictures. During the 70's and early 80's, Corman's company became the major independent producer of fast-paced, youth-oriented genre pictures, including such cult classics as DEATH RACE 2000, ROCK'N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, BIG BAD MAMA, PIRANHA and BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS. The huge success of pictures such as these enabled Corman to also release high-quality foreign films, by world-class directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Francois Truffaut, Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa. In a 10- year period, New World won more Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film than all other studios combined.

In 1983 Corman sold New World Pictures, and founded a new independent production and distribution company, Concorde New Horizons, launching the third act of his entrepreneurial career. Concorde produced a "Roger Corman Presents" series of science fiction, horror and fantasy films for Showtime, produced its first TV series, BLACK SCORPION, which premiered on the Sci Fi Channel, and continues the Corman brand of fast-moving, action-based genre movies.

Roger Corman's eye for talent and unique abilities as a mentor, based on his extensive experience as a producer and director, have launched a number of stellar careers.

Graduates of the "Corman film school" include producers Jon Davison and Gale Anne Hurd; writers and writer-directors Robert Towne and John Sayles; actors Sandra Bullock, Charles Bronson, Robert DeNiro, Peter Fonda, Diane Ladd, Jack Nicholson, William Shatner, Talia Shire, Sylvester Stallone, and directors Peter Bogdanovich, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme, Carl Franklin, Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese.

Roger Corman has received an Honorary Doctorate from the American Film Institute, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the American Cinema Editors, The Academy of Science Fiction and Fantasy, and the American Film Marketing Association. In 1998, he won the first Producer's Award ever given by the Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, his film FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER was among the twenty-five movies selected for the National Film Registry, a compilation of significant films being preserved by the

Library of Congress. Also, in 2006, Roger Corman received the David O. Selznick Award from the Producers Guild of America .


You probably already know that new digital technologies have provided more creative control to the creative communities…. But with an overcrowded marketplace, how are you going to stand out from the crowd? With companies such as Google and Youtube merging, and new disruptive technologies emerging constantly, how can you maintain your autonomy and build a sustainable career in a business that's changing?

That's exactly some of the important information you're going to secure at GEMS during the weekend of December 9th and 10th in New York City when leaders and visionaries from the worlds of entertainment and media unite! Special keynote presentations from filmmaker Roger Corman on maintaining independence and turning a profit of your feature film; Les Garland, Co-founder of MTV, Larry Namer, Founder of the E! Channel and Michael Harrison, Publisher and Editor of Talkers Magazine, who will address the importance that "The Message is the Message." Previous keynotes include Danny Goldberg, Ice-T, Chuck D., Robert Fripp, Bob Ezrin, Hal Hartley, Michael Uslan, Danny Schechter and XM Radio's Lee Abrams.

GEMS features two days of special events featuring information and contacts that you can bring with you to grow your career and your life.

Some of the topics and keynotes at GEMS include:

Opening Keynote:Filmmaker Roger Corman

Keynote: Les Garland, The Tube Network, Co-Founder MTV

Keynote: Michael Harrison, Editor and Publisher, Talkers Magazine

Keynote: Larry Namer, Founder of E! Channel and President, YMNTV

If the Dinosaurs Knew the Ice Age Were Coming, What Would They Have

Done?Artist Development in the 21st Century

Taking Matters into your own hands: Create your own media company!

Is Podcasting the new College Radio? How Podcasting can help the entertainment and media worlds

Citizens Journalism: Making Sense of the Noise

Billboard Publicity Wire Panel

Creating and Delivering Transformative Media Experiences

What it Takes to Create a Successful Podcast

What happens when public relations becomes part of the story?

New Opportunities for Exposure and Marketing in a Digital World

Utilizing co-development as a way of creating content.

We all know that the entertainment and media worlds will never be the same. Companies such as Youtube, Napster, and Google have forever transformed the world as we know it.    And as the entertainment and media worlds continue to evolve, we need to understand where it could be going, and how we can maintain autonomy and creative control of our visions.

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GEMS is sponsored by Billboard Publicity Wire, Indie Slate Magazine, The David Lynch Foundation, WACBiz, Harmony Channel, NYC & Company, MediaDupes, LOD America, PodCast 411, The Music Business Registry, and Total Access Live. GEMS is being recorded for Broadcast.


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