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New York is getting its own online video convention.
The Jacob K. Javits Center will play host to Stream Con NYC for three days this fall beginning on Oct. 30. The event will combine elements of an industry conference, creator workshop and fan convention beginning with the Stream Con Industry Summit, which will bring together members of the advertising, licensing, brand and publishing industries.
Created by event production firm LeftField Media and Streamy Awards creator Tubefilter, Stream Con will provide three full days of programming, including fan events such as meet-and-greets with YouTube stars, photo opportunities and a Saturday evening event called the Masquerade Ball.
“This is an incredibly fast-growing sector,” says LeftField Media president Greg Topalian, who previously founded New York Comic Con. “There’s a passionate fan base in the community. When we initially looked into it, we were surprised that New York does not have an annual major event like this. That’s where it started.”
Live events with YouTube stars have become popular with young audiences, as they often provide opportunities for in-person meetings and live performances. VidCon, an annual event for YouTube stars, executives and fans, began in 2010 and grew to 18,000 attendees in Anaheim, Calif., in 2014. Orlando, Fla., meanwhile, played host to YouTube fan event PlayList Live, which has run since 2011. New York has also hosted live performances from YouTube stars during DigiFest, an all-day festival held in June and featuring music, comedy and other acts.
Topalian says Stream Con was intentionally set for fall so as not to conflict with the other established events. He adds that he sees the event filling a gap for New York-based executives and fans who are looking to connect with the YouTube community.
“Being in New York does allow us to have this fan and industry combination that is really hard to produce in other places,” he says. “It’s hard to compare to some of the industries that call New York home.”
Stream Con has already confirmed participation from a number of companies in the online video space, Topalian says, and will announce more details around programming ahead of October.
Tickets, which range in price from $65 for a one-day fan pass to $395 for an all-access industry pass, go on sale in April.
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