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HRTS Launches New Associate Membership, Digital Series

Hi to all of our HRTS Members and Member Companies!  It's fall and there's so many exciting things happening within our organization.  Read on for the highlights!

Lauren Michal and Meredith Willis

Associate Level Membership

HRTS has officially launched the the new Associate Membership... created to fill the organizational void that exists between our early career JHRTS members and the traditionally senior level executive constituency of HRTS.  Associate membership is designed for industry professionals who have matriculated beyond the assistant/coordinator ranks and recognize that events and activities exclusively targeting the rising executive are key to advancing in our industry.  On Tuesday July 12, over one hundred potential HRTS Associate members gathered for the formal kickoff at Hollywood hotspot The Library Bar at The Redbury.  Future associate members mixed and mingled with the newly seated Associate Board, led by co-presidents Meredith Willis and Lauren Michal for an entertaining and informative evening planting the flag for this 071216_HRTS_079_smg-photographyexciting new HRTS initiative.

Knowledge.  Networking.  Career development.  HRTS Associate Membership provides activities and programs specifically designed to drive your career forward, build the relationships needed as you continue your career ascent and prepare you for the next stage in your media industry career.

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The New HRTS Digital Cocktail Series 

As our industry evolves, success means staying abreast of the latest trends, technologies and opportunities that present themselves. With that in mind HRTS has launched our newest initiative, the HRTS Digital Cocktail Series. Our intent is to present an exploration of the next generation disruptors/replacers; those new players in the entertainment space who are not attempting a different way of delivering 'television', but are rather providing an audience with an alternative way of engaging content. We kicked off the Digital Cocktail Series with an evening reception and panel titled The New Digital Disruptors, featuring top execs from Surreal, Fullscreen, MobLabs and Victorious. Curated and hosted by HRTS Board Members Scott Hervey and Ian Moffitt, this program is part of HRTS’ new Spotlight Series designed to “shine a spotlight” on important segments of the media industry.  Designed informal and collegial, these events are intended to allow our audience to deep dive into subjects and topics that deserve a more detailed examination and discussion. The Spotlight Series has already presented panels on International Scripted Formats, Children’s and Family TV,  Ratings and Measurement and even an up-close conversation with Showtime’s The Circus on this year’s crazy political landscape.  Whether breakfast or evening, these events provide a casual networking environment followed by an in-depth panel discussion on the topic of the day.  Closing the panel is an audience Q&A segment to really drill down on the day’s topic. The HRTS Digital Cocktail Series...and The Spotlight Breakfast Series..Just our latest initiatives fulfilling HRTS’ commitment to Networking, Knowledge and Career Development.

Save The Date:  HRTS Spotlight Breakfast: Piracy-Nov 17        Click here to order tickets

HRTS Invades New York

HRTS and NYTVF.  As many of you know, next week kicks off the annual New York Television Festival. ( It runs October 24-29 in New York City and HRTS is please to be a returning supporter of this great event highlighting the best in independent television production. Many of our members and member companies are involved in the annual fest and we'll be there to support them! On Wednesday, October 26th the NYTVF Next Generation Committee and JHRTS NY will be hosting a networking event bringing together the emerging artists in the festival with the rising stars from the Executive ranks of HRTS! Open exclusively to NYTVF Artists, Pass Holders and HRTS and JHRTS members, it will be held at the Helen Mills Event Space from 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm. Wrap up your festival day...enjoy a drink, meet the artists and connect with your fellow HRTS and JHRTS members in town for the week!  RSVP to:  RSVP@NYTVF.COM

HRTS/JHRTS NY Mentorship Program Kickoff!  And lastly...HRTS and JHRTS NY are pleased to kick off the 2016-2017 edition of our New York mentorship program with a reception at Rare Rooftop for all mentors and mentees participating in this year's program. With the crazy growth of the NY mentor program this year, we look forward to a great evening of connecting and getting to know one another in a relaxed and collegial environment (with an amazing view, I might add!)  I hope to see you there! If you haven't already done so, please RSVP asap to RSVP Mentor Program

So...All in all a busy start to fall and a great beginning to the organization's evolution to our "new look!"  And of course, stay tuned for announcements on even more upcoming events including Newsmaker Luncheons, Spotlight Breakfasts, Holiday Parties and more. And all in service to our commitment to Networking, Knowledge, and Career Development. As one of my board members recently pointed out, The new HRTS-It's not just about lunch anymore!

Thank you for being a member...and I look forward to seeing you at the next event!

Dave Ferrara
HRTS Executive Director

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