Mixknowledgy hosted a red carpet soiree last Friday to celebrate a few things—most notably the launch of it’s sister company, The Film Empire. The formal evening, held at DTLA’s chicly intimate underground venue The Reserve, consisted of back-to-back Hollywood Panels featuring top industry professionals and a party designed for networking among entertainment’s elite.
Highlighted by instructive panels, and bookended by opportunities to step away and socialize (read: trade business cards,) it was a shot to both learn and get-to-know in one night. Panels included Rising Stars; Screenwriters and Literary Representation; Casting; Finance, Production, and Marketing; and my personal favorite, Women Directors, (the impressive lineup included Julie Anne Robinson of Orange is The New Black, The Catch, and Grey’s Anatomy; Stacy Title of Bye Bye Man; and Deborah Chow of Fear the Walking Dead and Reign)
Although there were actors in the opening “Talent” panel—rapturous 8-year-old Aniela Gumb of Grey’s Anatomy highlighted the future of this often brash and frothy world—this night was not about the outfacing side of what makes Los Angeles such a powerhouse. There is the super-glitz of Hollywood, and then there is the true grit—the nuts and bolts in the background. The people who do the actual pencil-and-paper-pushing of the entertainment industry. Friday night’s foray into speed-networking, though it was punctuated by plenty of laughter and sported it’s fair share of glamour, was what the hard work of this business is all about. This is the part one puts their wine glass away for and takes seriously.
The Film Empire sponsors ongoing screenwriting competitions in an effort to find and promote promising new filmmakers. Grand prize winner Daniel Mentz attended and met with panel members and VIP guests. Producer and co-founder of MixKnowledgy & The Film Empire Brandon Waites sponsored the event alongside partner Erman Baradi, who was named a “top networker in Hollywood” by the Huffington Post.
Written by Audrey Rock