Las Vegas, Nevada – NAB Show, the world's largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, today featured sessions with Criss Angel, Tom Green and Norm MacDonald; Bas Larsdorp of the MarsOne project, and the creators of the film-for-digital sensation "Camp Takota."
In "NewTek Presents: Broadcast Minds," comedian Tom Green of "Tom Green Live" moderated a panel that featured: magician, illusionist and director Criss Angel of A&E's "Mindfreak;"actor, writer and producer Norm MacDonald; and Cali Lewis of "GeekBeat TV" discussing their unique approaches to both building, maintaining, and monetizing their fan bases in ways that increase loyalty and break new entertainment ground.
Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and CEO of Mars One, spoke at the NAB Show Technology Luncheon, discussing the history, current status and future plans of the revolutionary project that aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars, which already has over 200,000 applicants. Lansdorp explained how he realized the feasibility of the Mars One project after hearing about the huge amount of broadcast revenue and global interest in the Olympic Games. The luncheon also honored Jeff Littlejohn of Clear Channel Media and Robert Seidel of CBS Television, who were presented with NAB Engineering Achievement Awards for their significant contributions to the advancement of broadcast engineering.
The "Camp Takota: Feature Filmmaking in the Age of YouTube" Super Session featured "RightThisMinute" host Beth Troutman speaking with producer Michael Goldfine and YouTube sensations Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart of "Camp Takota." The trio gave the behind-the-scenes scoop on how they created, marketed and distributed their made-for-digital comedy that skyrocketed to third place on the iTunes Independent Movie Chart, just behind this year's Best Picture Oscar Winner "12 Years a Slave" and Best Picture Oscar nominee "Dallas Buyers Club."
NAB Show, held April 5-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 98,000 attendees from 159 countries and 1,700+ exhibiting companies, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.
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