The NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, the world’s largest electronic media show, conference and expo for film professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all platforms, takes place April 10 – 15, 2010 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 12).
This week it was announced that Stan Lee, the iconic co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men and The Incredible Hulk, will appear at this year’s event.
“A key theme of this year’s NAB Show is transmedia: developing, integrating and monetizing content for multiplatform distribution,” said Chris Brown, executive vice president, conventions & business operations for NAB Show. “Stan Lee has epitomized the concept of transmedia with his amazing creations, which have been turned into smash hit feature films, television series and innovative digital content.”
Stan Lee is the Founder of POW! Entertainment and has served as its Chairman and Chief Creative Officer since inception. But he is best known as the man whose super heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry.
Lee’s co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange. Now the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Media, Lee creates new intellectual property for POW!, which has been in operation since 2001.
The eighth annual Jewish Film Festival starts on January 17 and runs through January 25 at the Adelson School Performing Arts Center, 9700 Hillpointe Road; January 22 and 29 at Cinemark’s Century South Point 16, inside the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South; and Feb 1 at the Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. Complete festival schedule of events: www.desertspce.org/film_festival/index.html, the festival official Web site.
If there ever was a true filmmaking legend, it was Ray Dennis Steckler, a longtime Las Vegan. Steckler, 70, died last Wednesday, January 7, following his courageous 10-year battle with heart disease.
Steckler made movies with virtually no money (to him, $10,000 was a huge budget) and none of the A-list actors- and they became immediate hits. Known for such sought after cult-favorite flicks as “The Thrill Killers,” “Mixed Up Zombies,” and “Rat Pfink a Boo Boo,” Steckler did it all, being a one-man band. He was an actor, freelance cinematographer – catching the film bug as a teen – and, after he moved to Las Vegas in 1970, he even taught filmmaking at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Yet, even has he faced death, Steckler said, “I am the luckiest man in the world,” his wife of 23 years recalls. “I made a living doing something I love.”
If all of us could be so fortunate to have such an epitaph.
Steckler’s funeral is this Sunday, January 11, at 3 p.m. and is open to the public at Palm Mortuary at 7600 S. Eastern Avenue in Las Vegas.