A year ago we met at USC Annenberg for the first time, getting to know our new digs and each other seemingly better than we ever had at Cafe Metro. My how we’ve grown, and the town hall this week at our new home– Busby’s East– was full of a cross-section of the community.
Transmedia LA Managing Director Hal Hefner (@halhefner) couldn’t attend due to illness and that left your humble narrator to play MC.
First up, we asked for a show of hands on who wanted a quick intro to “Transmedia 101″. There were a lot more hands raised up than I was expecting, even a few amongst the veteran meetup members. Probably looking to start a definition cage match. Ha! But that was not to be TMLA co-founder and elder statesman Jay Bushman (@jaybushman) gave a solid impromptu talk. Jay didn’t even know he was going to be pressed into service until about ten minutes before the event began. One of the members got the talk on tape and has promised to share once it’s up online.
It all began with:
“When a YouTube channel and a Twitter account love each other very much…”
Jay followed the talk up with a brief Q&A. Judging from the reaction I think we’re going to have him do this again some time. We’ve also got a mind to
From there we introduced the new Transmedia LA leadership team.
Hal Hefner – Managing Director
Noah Nelson – Content Organizer
Kevin K. Shah- Marketing Content Organizer (@kevinkshah)
Angelique Toschi- Social Media Organizer (@Lhriangel)
Sara Thacher- Education Organizer (@thacher)
Emmett Furey- Content Curator (@emmettfurey)
Audra Congress- Marketing Administrator and Social Media Curator (@MsCongress)
Jay Bushman and Michael Annetta (@M_Annetta) remain in the mix.
After that there were a few community announcements.
Angelique announced that WyrdCon is now accepting submissions for content at their interactive entertainment convention this year.
Steve Peters let everyone know that No Mimes Media is back in full swing, and that their website includes a 10 minute mini-ARG.
Nedra Weinreich wanted the community to know about the Transmedia for Good meetup that she’s started.
This segued into an open forum, where those who were looking to network that night were able to put their shingle out. Webseries, e-books, and theatrical productions were all mentioned during the forum. I’m working from memory here, and was running around with the mic, so you’ll forgive me that the few that stuck in my head were that:
Aaron Vanek talked about the educational transmedia projects his company Seekers Unlimited are working on.
And enhanced e-book creator Tim Street (@1timstreet) has a project he’s looking for collaborators on.
After the forum the formal part of the evening was concluded, and the free discussion period began. All that, of course, is off the record, on the QT and very hush-hush.
Noah Nelson (@noahjnelson)