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Networking Event Introduces Local Talent to National Producers

Ryan Juntti
Updated: June 19, 2019 10:39 PM

Top TV executives were in the Northland on Wednesday night as part of a national event that is planned for our region in the fall.

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The Catalyst Content Festival that will be held in Duluth will bring independent creators together with entertainment industry executives, agents, and producers.

A networking event was held on Wednesday night to introduce some of the festival's executive producers who are from Los Angeles, to local producers, actors, and actresses.

They all gathered at a private Duluth home where they enjoyed food catered by OMC Smokehouse, and beer from Bent Paddle Brewing Company.

Nathan Lipinski is the CEO for local software development company MC-Cubed, but is also a producer for a local talent group. Lipinski says Wednesday's event helps get the word out about the festival, and shows the executive producers all Duluth has to offer.

"I think it's a really important asset because we're showing that we are capable of hosting arts here in addition to supporting that kind of community," said Lipinkski. "I think as more people find out how great Duluth is, and move up from the Twin Cities, that community will keep growing and growing," he said.

The NorShor Theatre, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, Fitgers, GreySolon, and Duluth Depot will host events for the Catalyst Content Festival, according to the festival's website.

Officials say the festival will add to the creative arts scene that already brings in about $40 million annually to Duluth. It's estimated this will bring in about $1.5 million in new revenue.

The festival is expected to bring in about 1500 people, and will be held October 9-13.

The website shows tickets are available now. They can be found here.

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