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The Film Empire Hollywood Panel and Mixer 

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

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J.J. Abrams & Lawrence Kasdan Announced As Star Wars: Episode VII Screenwriters

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As “Episode VII” continues pre-production, Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for the film. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, is a veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions, writing the screenplay for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and serving as co-screenwriter for “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” Acclaimed director and screenwriter Abrams’ credits include “Super 8,” “Mission: Impossible III,” “Fringe,” and “Lost.”

“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script,” states Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a “Star Wars” story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific jobbringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”

Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are already underway on “Episode VII.” A team of gifted artists are working to bring the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga, including director of photography Dan Mindel (“Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek”), production designers Rick Carter (“Lincoln,” “Avatar”) and Darren Gilford (“Oblivion,” “TRON: Legacy”), costume designer Michael Kaplan (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”), special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (“Skyfall,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), sound designer Ben Burtt (“Lincoln,” “Star Wars: Episodes I-VI”), re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom (“Jurassic Park,” “Saving Private Ryan”), supervising sound editor Matthew Wood (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “The Master”) of Skywalker Sound, and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”) of Industrial Light & Magic. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) and Jason McGatlin (“Tintin,” “War of the Worlds”) serving as executive producers.

John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios for an expected 2015 release.

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