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iHeartRadio Presents Imagine Dragons: Destination Unknown

Imagine Dragons teamed up with Hyundai Tucson in Los Angeles for a very special concert event. Not only did the one-hour show take place at a secret location, but the event was filled with some very lucky (and resourceful) fans, who participated in a sponsored scavenger hunt in collaboration with iHeartRadio’s LA stations Alt 98.7, KIIS FM, and MyFM to find out the venue location.

It was a full out adventure as the fans drove around the city, utilized social media and participated in a ton of challenges to find the letters to spell out the venue name. “This is going to be epic because you have to solve puzzles and riddles and it’s going to be a group of our most hardcore and problem solving fans,” frontman Dan Reynolds said.

For such a high-profile event, Imagine Dragons performed cuts off Smoke + Mirrors (“Shots,” “I Bet My Life” and “Demons”) and also churned out a rendition of the LP’s most recent single, “Roots.”

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The Verge on Endgame

An article on The Verge about Google’s Niantic Labs game for James Frey’s Endgame story world.

My company, No Mimes Media helped bring Ancient Societies to life.  Oh yeah, I also directed and produced all the content.

The original article can be found here.

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Behnam at USC

Thank you to Paula Woodley and the entire class at the USC Annenberg School of Communication for having me guest lecture.  It was fun for me and hopefully inspiring for them.

 

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Behnam at Variety Ent & Tech Summit

Coming up on May 8, I’ll be talking Social and Mobile at the Digital Hollywood Variety Entertainment and Technology Summit.

If you’ll be in or near Marina Del Rey, come on down and check it out!

 

 

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Behnam at Lincoln Center

It was an honor to be included in the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Convergence series panel “The Art of Advertising”.

Ben Roth of MKTG INC., moderated our talk about the intersection of storytelling, branded content and advertising with fellow panelists Jennifer Warren of BrandCinema and Steve Coulson of Campfire.

Special thanks to Matt Bolish and Jen Begeal.

Check out the video below.

 

 

 

 

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Behnam Teaching at Transmedia U

TransmediaLA has launched its first education program.

Transmedia U is a series of workshops, classes and seminars, taught by professionals in the interactive storytelling field.  These classes are open to working professionals who want to broaden their skills and newcomers.

TransmediaU opens this fall with a series of three classes that cover the basics of digital storytelling.  Classes are small, and students work on projects that help them practice the skills of internet storytelling.

ABOUT TRANSMEDIA U:
The first class, Writing for Interactive begins Thursday Sept. 12.

The program will consist of 4, three hour classes, 9/12, 9/19, 9/25, 9/26.

The class is a hands on writing workshop addressing the issues of writing a story in an interactive space; ARG, second screen, or social media.  Attendees can develop original IP or bring a work in progress.

Maureen McHughThe class will be taught by Maureen McHugh.  She teaches a full semester version of this course at USC for the master’s program in Interactive, but you can get this version for a lot less than USC charges for tuition.  She’s a novelist and short story writer and she’s been working in Transmedia since 2003.  She’s was part of the team for the ARGs ilovebees and Year Zero.  At the Emmy Award winning Fourth Wall Studios she worked on groundbreaking second screen projects including Whispers and Redrum Interactive.

She’s won several awards including the Hugo Award and The Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for The Story Prize.  Her latest collection, After the Apocalypse was one of Publishers Weekly’s Ten Best Books of the Year.  You can read one of the stories, The Naturalist, online.)

ADDITIONAL CLASSES:
StevePetersEXPERIENCE DESIGN:In October, Transmedia U continues with Experience Design taught by Steve Peters.  Experience Design is like game design only for multiplatform, interactive work.  The class will discuss the architecture of a multiplatform experience, integration of interactivity, and handling a community.  If there is a core skill in this field that doesn’t exist in any other field, this is it.

In addition to founding No Mimes Media, Steve was VP of Experience Design at Fourth Wall Studios, where he worked on projects like the Emmy Award winning interactive web series Dirty Work and 6 Minutes to Midnight (for the feature film Watchmen). Prior to that, he worked at 42 Entertainment on projects including “Why So Serious?” (for the feature film The Dark Knight) for which he was Experience Designer.

Steve founded the Alternate Reality Gaming Network in 2002, has guest lectured at schools including USC, Georgia Tech and Cal Arts, spoken at media conferences around the world, and projects he’s worked on have won multiple awards including an Emmy®, Cannes Lions Grand Prix Awards, SXSW Web Awards, One Show Entertainment Awards and Webby Awards.

BehnamKarbassiINTERACTIVE PRODUCTION FOR TRANSMEDIA:
Also in October, Producing for Interactive Experiences taught by Behnam Karbassi.  So many of us have the ideas but faced with the logistics of producing our idea we realize we haven’t a clue where to start.  A producer in this field has to be able to switch from video to audio to web design.  What are the special considerations of producing live events?

As Vice President of Production at Emmy®-award winning Fourth Wall Studios, he developed ground-breaking projects on new storytelling platforms, overseeing producers and physical production. There he producedEmmy Award winning original content pieces, mobile apps, websites and digital media.

This led to establishing his firm, No Mimes Media, which quickly became one of the leading transmedia companies in the world.  Behnam has spoken at conferences around the world on producing next generation entertainment. He is also an award-winning director of films, music videos, commercials and transmedia pieces.

HOW TO SIGN UP:
Will be announcing our newest Meetup shortly, it will be focused on Transmedia U, including a FREE workshop offered by Maureen & Steve. This will take place on Monday September 9, 2013 at 7pm at Busby’s East, our usual Meetup venue.

We will also be giving consultations on classes and allowing people to sign up then and there at the event!

The first class will be held at Crash Space in Culver City.  Class space is limited.

The curriculum is $320 for a block of 4 classes
(sign up for two classes and get $50 off tuition. Sign up for all three classes—the fall series—and get $100 off.)

SIGN UP NOW: SPACE IS LIMITED
Sign up is easy!  Go to directly to PayPal and sign up now, using the PayPal account for our classes at TransmediaU@gmail.com

Please submit any questions to TransmediaU@gmail.com

 We are here to EDUCATE, INNOVATE and INCUBATE all kinds of exploratory narratives and multi platform stories.” – Hal Hefner, Managing Director, Transmedia LA –

 

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Behnam at Transvergence Summit

Thanks to Kristin Petrovich, Kate McCallum and the entire TVS crew for having us!  Here’s a couple snippets.

For the full article, go here.

For videos of the talk, click me.

For more on the Summit, click this link.

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Behnam at TV of Tomorrow Show

Thanks to Tracy Swedlow and the entire TVOT crew for having me in San Francisco.  It was a lot of fun and a packed house!

For more on the conference, click here.

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Behnam’s PGA

Officially a member of the Producer’s Guild of America, Transmedia/New Media!

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Behnam’s in the Academy

I’m honored to become part of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, AKA the Emmy people, on the New Media council. Looking forward to working with them and voting!

 

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Behnam Mentors at SXSW

It was an absolute blast to be a mentor at this year’s SXSW Interactive. I hopefully didn’t corrupt the minds of others. Too much.

Special thanks to Hugh and the entire SXSW team. They have their stuff together!

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FWS on Fox

Fox News featured the Rides platform developed by Emmy®-winning Fourth Wall Studios where I was VP of Production.

 

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Wired talks ‘The Ledge’

Here are excerpts from an article in Wired on interactive/virtual stage storytelling featuring The Ledge directed by Oscar-winner Rick Heinrichs which I produced and Cathedral which I directed and produced.

The original article can be found here.

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THR on ‘The Ledge’

Here’s an excerpt from an article in The Hollywood Reporter, directed bu Oscar-winner Rick Heinrichs, produced by your truly.

The video in the article was produced, shot and edited by my BTS company, Cinedashery for Fourth Wall Studios.

The original article can be found here.

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Behnam at OTTCON

I was thrilled to be on a panel with the likes of Fox and Sony Pictures talking about second screen storytelling at this years OTTCON. The “Over-The-Top TV Conference” focuses on new content, tech and people in the the next generation of TV space.

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Transmedia Coalition: Article

No Mimes has been writing for the Transmedia Coalition blog, for one from yours truly, click here.

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Behnam on Boing Boing

An excerpt from an interview on Boing Boing from 2010.  The original article can be found at this link.
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Future of Meetings

Here’s an article talking about how to make meetings more interesting in which I was quoted.  My relationship with Powerpoint is definitely love/hate, I give a solution that we’ve been using for years!

The original can be found here.

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NMM at PTTP UK

Steve Peters and I presented one of our original projects at Power to the Pixel in London at the British Film Institute.  It was one of 7 projects presented that year based on entries from around the world.  The PTTP crew was amazing and so was the event.

See the full presentation here.

 

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FWS at Creatasphere

Appearing with Fourth Wall Studios:

Elan Lee, Sean Stewart, Zach Schiff-Abrams and Steve Peters.

Check out the write-up here.

 

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ARGFest-O-Con via Skype

We played Transmedia Jeopardy and fun was had by all, including my giant head.   Special thanks to Jonathan Waite for making it happen.

 

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Behnam at DigHollywood

From over the years at speaking at Digital Hollywood.

 

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Tubefilter feature

The primary rabbithole to the Webishades! experience and some mighty fine words on our little No Mimes Media.

The original can be found here.

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Behnam on Andisheh TV

Honored to be part of the Persian creator community, appearing on AndishehTV talking about transmedia.  Special thanks to the hosts Farah Asadi and Mehrdad Sarlak, as well as Vida Ghaffari.

Click above to watch the video.

 

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NMM on IMDB

No Mimes Media featured on IMDB.  This article was actually one of the “rabbitholes” to the Webishades! experience.

See the original here.

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Bk Pics

Favorite images from over the years…

 

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