8:30 – 9:45 AM
Production Track: Narrator Speed Dating
Pitch yourself directly to casting directors and producers in one on one short conversations. Open to pre-registered narrators only. To be considered please review the full criteria by clicking here, or by reviewing the yellow information block at the end of this webpage and then select this session when you complete your APAC registration.
Keynote Address: Charles Duhigg
Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit
spent over 168 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. His latest bestselling book, Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business (2016) is a fascinating exploration of the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think — rather than what you think — can transform your life. Duhigg's journalistic accomplishments have made him an in-demand speaker for organizations from the UCLA School of Management to Fortune 500 companies and The Johnson Foundation to the National Association of Science Teachers. His presentations are both descriptive and prescriptive, and speak to a wide range of groups from the fields of business, science, medicine, and education. He is a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter , and writes for The New York Times Magazine and other publications.
Production Track: Contractors and Corporations
With the 2018 Tax changes it’s time to hear from a lawyer and an accountant about what the options and implications of incorporating are so that you can make a decision to best fit your goals.
Speakers: Hal Peterson and Robert Sciglimpaglia
11:15 AM -- 12:15 PM
Business Track: Building New Audiences
In marketing, you go back out – with publicity or advertising – to try to re-engage the same people with each new product. With audience development, you try to grow the pool of customers you have an ongoing relationship with so that you can speak to them about each new product. In this guided conversation we will hear ideas for how audio publishers can approach expanding their audience beyond those who read books.
Production Track:Building Blocks for Developing Narrators
Identify needed skill sets and business strategies for developing narrators. What you need to know to make your mark.
Moderator: Johnny Heller
Panelists: Sean Allen Pratt
Production Track: Shifting Blocks for Veteran Narrators
Are you an audiobook veteran? This session will provide re-branding and crossover strategies to help you keep growing your talent and building your client and fan base. Moderator: Jane Love, SAG-AFTRA
Panelists: Andi Arndt, Amy Rubinate, Tavia Gilbert, Arthur Morey
12:15 -- 1:15 PM
1:15 -- 2:15 PM
Production Track: Ask A Casting Director
Talk directly to the people who cast audiobook! Producers and publishers will answer your questions and share what they look for when seeking the right narrator for a title. Moderator: Pam Almand
Panelists: Amy Rubinate, Tanya Eby, and others
Production Track: Director Diagnostics
One-on-one consultation between narrators and directors. Open to pre-registered narrators only. To be considered please review the full criteria by clicking here, or by reviewing the yellow information block at the end of this webpage and then select this session when you complete your APAC registration. Session availability is first come first serve. Director Diagnostics sessions will take place on the afternoon of APAC or via Skype at a date and time agreed upon by narrator and director.
Business Track: Building the Children’s Market
How do we build the Children’s Audio Market? With so many educational and entertainment options today cutting through the noise to reach young listeners is a challenge. Learn how companies are getting children’s audio heard.
Moderator: Amy Metsch, Penguin Random House
Panelists: Lauren Cannavino, OverDrive; Director of Children’s Programming, Panoply and more
2:45 -- 3:45 PM
Production Track: Characters and Dialogue
Approach dialogue essentials - including voices, accents, pacing and attitudes in a workshop setting.
Moderator: Gabrielle De Cuir
Panelists: Coming soon
Production Track:Software vs Workflow
Audiobook narrators often ask which software should I use? This session will allow you to participate in demonstrations and Q&A with industry professionals about Pro Tools, Reaper and Ocean Audio.
Presenters: Jorge Reyes, Steven Jay Cohen and others
Business Track: Back by popular demand, Tom Webster, Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Edison Research, will share the latest data on spoken-audio trends.
3:45 – 4:30 PM
Production Track: Listener’s Lounge
Celebrate our diverse audiobook community with live performances from selected narrators.
Hosted by: Tanya Eby, Eric Martin, Megan Tusing, Elizabeth Wiley
Performers: Coming soon
Production Track: (Self) Directing Audiobooks
Whether you’re a self-directing narrator, an engineer, a producer or director, the directorial function is essential to a successful audiobook. Understand how to be the best you can be in the directing arena.
Moderator: Janina Edwards
Panelists: Simon Vance, David Rapkin and others
Beer, Wine and Networking