The road to Hollywood is not what it used to be: studio managed careers, top five production companies running everything, movie and TV only production. Welcome to the age of social media and web series.
This one-day event was spearheaded by the hard working and multi-talented founder Kiki Melendez, her co-founder Cindy Cowen, and their phenomenal team!
CONGRATULATIONS to the CAST, CREW and entire TEAM XXENOS on winning the OMNI Cultural TV Fest Award!!
And the AWARD for "BEST TV PILOTS DRAMA" goes to........!!
XXENOS!! That's right! You heard correctly! On Wednesday, May 1st, at the nostalgic Egyptian theater in Hollywood, the first OMNI TV Cultural Fest launched its debut, and what an amazing one-day event it was!
Unlike your normal film festivals, this event focused on projects created by filmmakers, and the opportunity for all the selected contents to be screened by the TV industry. This one-day event was spearheaded by the hard working and multi-talented founder Kiki Melendez, her co-founder Cindy Cowan, and their phenomenal team!
Special shout out to their Programmer Raphaello for his outstanding work pulling off this jammed-packed screening content schedule of approximately 70 selected TV pilots as well as sizzle reels in ALL genres. Kiki points out that this festival is "A one of a kind all inclusive visual expo bridging the gap between our creative talent and legitimate buyers of content", and that it truly was!!
Their panels were boastfully standing room only, featuring major networks, streamers and studios. To kick off the evening, a fun-filled red carpet, amazing band (Souleros featuring lead vocalist from Santana ANDY VARGAS & Cuban jazz, Lily La Amazona), award ceremony and good FOOD! And to seal the deal, they presented a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to iconic producer PETER ENGEL. His passion and dedication to the industry and his speech about "fighting for your projects" was truly an inspiration.
I encourage all you filmmakers out there to keep keeping on and to go out there and shoot your project(s). In addition, I recommend that you submit that project to the 2020 OMNI TV Cultural Fest!
OMNI CULTURAL TV FEST Website (click link): Omniculturaltvfest.comSPECIAL THANK YOU - I'd like to also give a special thank you to actor Lyriq Bent(Tyler Perry's ACRIMONY & Spike Lee's new Netflix series SHE'S GOTTA' HAVE IT) for giving us the heads-up on submitting our material to this festival.
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Black Leather Soles
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