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September 27, 2011 14:46 ET

Unicomm Launches Independent Music & Film Expo™

Organizers of Successful 3D Entertainment Summit® Focus Their Winning Event Formula on Original Content Creation by Independent Music and Film Artists; Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) Signs on as Official Music Sponsor

LOS ANGELES, CA and MILFORD, CT--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2011) - Unicomm, producer of the 3D Entertainment Summit®, 3D Gaming Summit® and LA Mobile Entertainment Summit®, today announced the launch of the Independent Music & Film Expo™ (IMFX). The event is the first experiential and conceptual conference and exposition for artists and industry insiders focused entirely on the creation, production, promotion and distribution of original music and movies. Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), the global leader in rights management, has signed on as the Official Music Sponsor of the expo, scheduled for Friday-Sunday, October 5-7, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

Unique in concept, the IMFX™ exposition offers artists and technicians the opportunity to discover the latest technology and techniques, get hands-on training, gain knowledge and skills from industry leaders, obtain the newest equipment, hear breaking industry news and network with peers and industry leaders all within a dynamic show floor environment. IMFX™ will empower thousands of artists, filmmakers, producers, and prosumers (the creators/producers of digital content) with the opportunity to see, touch, play with and understand the tools and services they need to succeed in a connected digital entertainment world. The organizers expect over 10,000 attendees to engage the over 400 exhibitors on a show floor that exceed three acres of exhibits.

"Nowhere else can this audience find the volume and quality of information available all in one place," stated Unicomm CEO John Golicz. "We are excited to offer these original content creators alternatives to existing revenue streams, distribution vehicles and even cutting edge new content formats."

"Technology has fractured the traditional business model for filmmakers," stated Bob Dowling, the Film Event Chair. "Through hands-on technology workshops, power panel sessions, industry keynotes, and leading exhibitors, our event will explore where original content is now as well as look at the future of a rapidly evolving global entertainment marketplace, speaking directly to the aspiring artist."

"Music is the single most important continuing pulse of the planet. Music and video are everywhere we turn," said Jimmy Maynes, Head of JCM Consulting Group and former VP Creative/A&R for Jive Records, who is announced as IMFX' Music Event Chair. "As technology continues to evolve, content becomes more accessible thus intruding on the very capability to make money from its solicitation. Our attendees will learn that being discovered is the antiquated model for becoming successful. The new winning formula is to be discoverable!"

In announcing BMI's role as Official Music Sponsor, Charlie Feldman, Vice-President of Writer-Publisher Relations, said, "BMI is dedicated to serving our over 475,000 members with advice, insight and knowledge they need to advance their careers. IMFX™ will play a critical role in helping aspiring artists to leverage technology and best practices. We are thrilled to be involved in this groundbreaking event."

The organizers encourage interested stakeholders to visit the event's website at www.imfxpo.com for additional information and to submit speaking applications, at-show live music performances and or at-show movie screenings.

About Unicomm LLC
Unicomm is an independent business-to-business communications company specializing in originating and managing world class trade shows and conferences in underserved and nascent markets. Founded in 1998 in Milford, CT, Unicomm enjoys an impressive track record of dozens of successful show launches and hundreds of event productions. Unicomm's properties include the 3D Entertainment Summit®, the 3D Gaming Summit® and the LA Mobile Entertainment Summit®, all presented in association with Variety; the Travel & Adventure Show in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. Atlanta; the Faith Travel Conference & Exposition™ and Travel & Destination Summit™. For more information: www.unicomm.org.

About The Bob Dowling Group
For 17 years through 2007, Bob Dowling was editor-in-chief and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and president of the VNU Business Media Film and Performing Arts Group. During Dowling's tenure, The Reporter launched numerous new products, including the HollywoodReporter.com Web site, e-mail edition, weekly edition, THR East, Literary Hollywood, Festival de Cannes dailies and the Oscar Screening Guide, as well as many annual events such as the Women in Entertainment Power 100 stand-alone issue and its related breakfast event, the Next Generation ranking of prominent young executives, the Film and TV Music Conference and the reorganized Key Art Awards. Dowling recently started his own information and consulting firm, the Bob Dowling Group, to serve clients looking to navigate the converging worlds of entertainment and technology.

About James (Jimmy) Maynes
Head of JCM Consulting and former VP Creative/A&R for Jive Records, Mr. Maynes is an accomplished music executive with over 15 years of broad-based experience in music strategy, A&R, publishing, performance royalties and marketing execution. He developed and conceptualized all aspects of talent development and management and has executed successful marketing initiatives to leverage label brands and maximize talent and content development throughout his career.

About Broadcast Music Inc.
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI), a global leader in rights management, is an American performing right organization that represents more than 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for 70 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. BMI songwriters and composers were the most celebrated creative voices in awards presentations and on the charts during the past year, accounting for almost two-thirds of the Grammy Awards and dominating other key awards and honors presentations across all genres of music.

Unicomm Entertainment Events:
3D Entertainment Summit®
-- Now in its fourth year, the world's leading business event on "everything 3D" welcomed Oscar-winning director James Cameron among its keynote speakers this year. The show explores the 3D marketplace from all angles. With an expanded international focus and additional programming on broadcast, television and alternate content -- this will be the largest and most expansive event to date. The conference covers the biggest 3D drivers including: Theatrical; Creative; Sports; Games; International, Home Entertainment and Convergence. And for the first time, 3D Entertainment Summit and 3D Gaming Summit will be held in the same week at our new Hollywood location.

LA Mobile Entertainment Summit® -- The 2nd Annual LA Mobile Entertainment Summit® presented by Ortsbo.com will host the brightest minds in mobile technology, interactive media and entertainment to examine how content and rapidly evolving technology is dramatically changing the entertainment marketplace. The event is all about connecting the ecosystem among digital assets, original content and mobile platforms to reach consumers in today's multi-screen environment.

3D Gaming Summit: 3D Gaming and Beyond® -- Now in its 2nd year, the 3D Gaming Summit® in association with Variety will for the first time be held in conjunction with the 3D Entertainment Summit® in Hollywood. The conference will feature a jam-packed, full day of world-class programming, and highlight the latest in Gaming Technology as part of the Entertainment Technology Showcase, an exclusive exhibits/tabletops area within the event venue.

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