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Tuesday, May 26

Dinner with EU Amb on Greece, Britain and the Future of the EU

Intercontinental Century City

2151 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, 90067

7:30pm to 9:30pm

EU Ambassador on Greece, Britain and the Future of the EU

The new Ambassador of the European Union to the United States, David O’Sullivan, will talk to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council over dinner on May 26th about the serious challenges facing the EU, including the potential of Greece abandoning the euro and the UK separately leaving the EU - Grexit followed by Brexit. He will also talk about the crisis of the huge immigration wave from North Africa to Europe and the ongoing tension with Russia.

Even as top EU officials work to get financial aid for Greece, doubts are increasing that the new left-leaning government in Athens will make the reforms necessary to stay in the euro zone. The talk now is of a Plan B that would help to mitigate the economic and political fallout should Greece abandon the euro. Meanwhile there are longer term uncertainties over Britain’s position in the EU - the reelection of British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron last week brings with it his promise to hold a referendum by 2017 on continued British membership of the European body. As if that were not enough to worry about, Europe faces an escalating crisis over the reported 1 million migrants who are amassing on the southern shores of the Mediterranean in an attempt to reach European soil: hundreds have already died as their crowded boats have floundered in the sea.

Prior to his appointment in Washington, Ambassador O’Sullivan served from 2011 to 2014 as the Chief Operating Officer of the EU’s diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service: essentially the Foreign Ministry for the EU. Before that he was Director General for Trade from 2005 to 2010 and Secretary General of the European Commission from 2000 to 2005. He started his career in the Irish Foreign Service, and spent four years in the EU Commission’s Delegation in Tokyo in the 1980s. O’Sullivan has a degree in economics and sociology from Trinity College Dublin, and did postgraduate studies at the European College in Bruges.

**Cancellations must be made 2 business days before the start of a program in order to receive a refund**

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Wednesday, May 27

DIGIMARCON WEST 2015 - Digital Marketing Conference

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

1700 Ocean Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

9:00am to 8:00pm

If you want to be successful in digital marketing, you can’t miss DIGIMARCON WEST 2015!

DIGIMARCON WEST 2015 Digital Marketing Conference will be held from May 27th to 28th, 2015 at the luxurious Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Los Angeles, CA. DIGIMARCON WEST 2015 Conference showcases the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry, providing attendees with emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, best practices, and insights from successful digital marketing campaigns. Whether it’s building customer loyalty, increasing sales, improving lead generation, or driving greater consumer engagement, the DIGIMARCON WEST 2015 program has been specifically designed to help attendees develop their audience. Attendees will learn how to build traffic, create brand awareness, improve customer service and develop better use of digital tools internally to drive more productive business outcomes. Immerse yourself in topics such as Content Strategy, Web Experience Management, Usability/Design, Mobile Marketing, Customer Engagement, Social Media, Targeting & Optimization, Branded Search, Marketing Automation, Analytics & Data and much, much more!

DIGIMARCON WEST 2015 offers all of the elements you need to achieve digital marketing success! Awesome keynotes, expert panels, plus solutions providers and their tools for digital marketing – all in a dynamic, community-based setting. Conventional thought will be challenged, new ways of thinking will emerge, and you will leave with your head and notebook full of action items and ideas to lead your agency / team / account to even greater success. With plenty of networking opportunities, it is the perfect place to build a professional network, find business partners, generate new ideas, and learn.

Come to DIGIMARCON WEST 2015 and discover how to thrive as a marketer in a world where everything is digital. Take advantage of our super saver registration rates and secure your seat early.

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Doc U: 2 for 2 - Stories from 'The Wrecking Crew' & 'Tig'

Landmark Theater

10850 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, 90046


Join us for 2 for 2, the riveting new Doc U series, in which we go behind the scenes to explore the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of two documentary filmmakers who have managed to overcome the odds and ultimately prevail with their films. In our premiere event, moderated by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), we turn the spotlight on Denny Tedesco, producer/director of The Wrecking Crew and Ashley York, producer/director (along with Kristina Goolsby) of Tig.
Though The Wrecking Crew saw success with its festival run in 2008, the astronomical cost of licensing the music kept the film from receiving any kind of distribution deal. Seven years and a $300,000 Kickstarter campaign later, find out how director/producer Denny Tedesco, producer Suzie Greene Tedesco, and producer/editor Claire Scanlon were able to play by the rules and pay off the rights enabling the film to receive a successful distribution run.
As an independent documentary filmmaker, you are present, camera in hand, for many of your film subject's most private moments. But, how do you best negotiate those moments so that you can do service both to the film you are making and to the person whose life is unfolding onscreen? And, to further complicate things, what if your film subject is a rising celebrity, overnight media sensation, and longtime friend of your co-director? Filmmaker Ashley York, who co-directed Tig with Kristina Goolsby, writer Jennifer Arnold, and producer Michael Clark talk about the unique challenges of collaborating with an up-and-coming star, while making a film that is truthful, honest, fair... and funny.
2 for 2 presents two moderated 45-minute case studies back-to-back focused on two new documentaries through interviews with the filmmaker and key crew, clips, and time for audience Q&A.
Afterward, share your own success stories at our wine and beer reception at the Landmark’s Wine Bar.

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Thursday, May 28