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The Skinny

This week's Skinny includes quite a diverse array of leads. Perhaps you're not a budding novelist or a video artist extraordinaire, but keep checking back here each week for the tips you need to give your career a boost.

Joe Novelist

Book Millionaire, a new reality-TV program featuring authors seeking to publish fiction or nonfiction, announced an open casting call for the show's debut season, airing fall 2005. Eight people who want to become published writers or achieve best-selling celebrity status will meet with the Book Millionaire Publisher Committee in August 2005 to begin filming. In the first season, the candidates will be placed on multiple teams to compete in real-world book-promotion assignments featuring prominent companies and currently published titles. Tests and challenges will reveal the candidates' personalities, marketing skills, creativity, result-producing talents, and team-working abilities. The publisher committee, comprised of publishing- and information-product experts, will measure the success of these tasks. Applications for candidate authors on the Book Millionaire reality-TV show, along with show details and casting call dates, can be found at The application deadline is July 31, 2005.

Organic Marketplace

Seeking financing for your script? Looking for completion funds for your work-in-progress? Scoping out potential production partners? The IFP Market's 27-year model comprises 1,200 targeted pitch- and business meetings, facilitated introductions, dozens of networking events, and hundreds of screenings and seminars, all intended to help put new projects on the radar and introduce them to the industry. IFP Market connects you with the industry reps you need to know to get your work financed, completed, and distributed. Visit for more info. The deadline for submissions is May 16, 2005. This year's event begins Sept. 19 in NYC.

Diversify Your Assets

Diversity Committee meetings held by IFP/LA (soon undergoing a name change to Film Independent/FIND) are open to members and nonmembers. The mission of the committee is to follow through with the organization's mission of increasing diversity in the film industry and within IFP/LA membership. The committee attempts to provide viable resources, create a strong network, and a community that supports filmmakers of all backgrounds. Meetings are the last Tuesday of every month, held in the organization's library, 8750 Wilshire Blvd. The next meeting will be May 31 at 7:30 pm.

Plane of Reality

The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department is seeking to establish a prequalified pool of up to 20 video artists or artist teams to be considered for the upcoming Tom Bradley International Terminal projects at Los Angeles International Airport. It is looking for artists who have experience working with multiple-screen projections and are capable of occupying an entire space on a grand scale. The artists should address the context of the airport and the city of Los Angeles and help create an impressive moving visual-art environment. A selection panel will review submitted materials and select up to 20 video artists to constitute a prequalified artist's pool. All artists in the prequalified pool will be asked to develop a proposal, for a $200 honorarium. The artist for the final project will be selected based on his or her proposals.

Artists with professional experience in video, film, animation, light, and sound design are encouraged to apply. Artists chosen to execute a project must be available for meetings with the design team, project principals, L.A. World Airports reps, city advisory committees, and the public. Project budgets will range from $10,000 to $20,000, to include casting, production, and/or travel costs. Visit for submission info or to download a PDF of the entry form. The deadline is May 23, 2005.

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