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Storytelling + Storyselling: In Conversation with Jessica Bendinger

Date/Time: Friday, 18 January 2019, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: St Paul's Creative Centre, Adelaide

Cost: Free

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Join Jessica Bendinger in a candid conversation with Tom Hajdu and Ros Prosser about the state of art and data in Hollywood.

What is happening to stories/storytellers and audiences in a saturated content landscape?

A look at the legacy Media Lapse - Is Hollywood a Data Refugee?

Narrative Exhaustion and consumer attention fatigue; where is this headed? What does the future hold for audiences, storytellers and distributors?

Now that the audience is in control, is there any value left in copyright for film-makers and creators?

Jessica Bendinger's movies have grossed over $500 million worldwide, and have spawned myriad sequels, TV shows and Jeopardy questions. Her directorial debut STICK IT (starring Jeff Bridges) had the highest per screen average its' opening weekend, and was the #1 download on iTunes for 7 straight weeks.

An acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter who launched onto the scene with her original script Bring It On (which debuted at #1 in the box office and remained there for two weeks), Jessica was named by Glamour Magazine as one of Hollywood's Most Powerful Women Under 40. Bendinger was a writer on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Season Four of Sex and the City, credited on the episode entitled, "Time & Punishment"

A former journalist for SPIN Magazine + MTV News, Jessica also directed music videos for artists such as Queen Latifah, Steady B, Coro, Tony Terry, Warrior Soul, Masters of Reality and Loudness. Her Queen Latifah video for FLY GIRL was nominated for two Billboard Awards: Best Rap Video and Best Director/Rap Video.

Jessica's screenwriting credits include: The Truth About Charlie, First Daughter and Aquamarine. Her uncredited work includes: What A Girl Wants, Freaky Friday, Mean Girls, Charlie's Angels 2, Just Like Heaven, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, G-Force and Hitch.

She wrote and directed the teen gymnastics hit Stick It which got a gold medal podium shout-out during the 2008 Olympics broadcast... as US Champion Nastia Liukin won gold in the All-Around Competition.

Simon & Schuster published her debut novel "The Seven Rays" in 2009. Her original television pilots for The 7 RAYS, LADYLIKE and CLOCKED are in development. An avid songwriter, Bendinger co-wrote "Hurts to Think" for Miranda Lambert's last album, FOUR THE RECORD, and has been collaborating on a new stage musical called PSYCHED, a comedic journey through the wonderful world of mental health.

Jessica recently delivered a keynote on Capitol Hill for the IIPA and is producing a long-form podcast for Stitcher Premium which will debut in the summer of 2019.

As part of the Creative Revolutionaries series, this event is brought to you by the Sia Furler Institute at the University of Adelaide, the Don Dunstan Foundation and the Thinkers in Residence Program, and the Music Development Office.

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