Dragon Con Media Relations

August, 30 – September, 3 Atlanta, GA
DCMR Podcast 3 2019: Dragon Con Media Relations Policies/YA Lit and Kids Tracks
Jul• 04•19

Welcome to this our 3rd Dragon Con Media Relations Podcast for 2019. This edition we cover two topics, one serious and one a whole lot of fun. The first portion of the podcast will cover those policies at Dragon Con that prohibit some activities for the greater good of the convention. The second portion of the podcast covers what is cool for kids to enjoy at Dragon Con.

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With the number of reporters that cover dragon con and the growth of the convention, we sit down each year and ask ourselves what is appropriate and what inappropriate behavior for media covering Dragon Con. We need to set standards to protect the convention goers, and we need to share those standards so that reporters know what is allowed and not allowed. Today we are running down the primary activities that could violate Dragon Con policies and which would most likely result in your badge being pulled.

Next we will be sharing with you all an interview we recently conducted with Dragon Con Kids Track Director Jill Madox and dragon Con young adult literature  track director Melissa Pichetto.  These tracks provide informative and entertaining panels, events, dances, and workshops for younger Dragon Con attendees.

Click through for links referenced in the show.

Registration and Interview Links

Dragon Con Policies

Dragon Con Young Adult Literature

Dragon Con Kids Track

https://www.facebook.com/groups/DragonConKidsTrack/


DMCR Prohibited Activities
Jul• 04•19

The Official Agreements for 2018, may have changed in specifics for  2019

To receive your badge for media access for 2019, you will need to agree that you understand and comply with the following requirements:

  • By agreement with agents, guest interviews are by invitation only and are scheduled prior to Dragon Con 2019. Do not solicit interviews with guests.
  • Reporting or photography must not create unsafe conditions or impede traffic flow, especially in the connecting tunnels between hotels or other hallways
  • Photography and video recording are not allowed in the Walk of Fame, Dealer’s Room, the Artist Alley, or the Comic and Pop Art Alley.
  • Reporters agree to receive emails for one year concerning Dragon Con
  • Reporters must respect the fans, guests and the Dragon Con volunteers.
  • Reporters agree to follow the instructions of Dragon Con volunteers and Dragon Con Security.
  • Reporters agree to provide copies of your reporting
  • All Dragon Con attendees, including reporters, must wear their badges at all time.
  • A press badge does not automatically give special privileges, front of the line privileges or allow special access to the guests.
  • Dragon Con harassment policies apply to all attendees including reporters. All persons reporting harassment will have the opportunity to discuss the matter with the APD.

Principles to be respected

  • Our guests come to Dragon Con to see fans.
  • Dragon Con is a Fan convention and not a media convention. We welcome and support Media Representatives, but our focus is the fans.
  • There is no mean or insulting comedy allowed by authorized reporters. This includes trolling to later mock Dragon Con Members.
  • There is to be no charging for photo shoots anywhere at Dragon Con. This is one of official Dragon Con policies that every badge holder must comply, and it is stringently enforced for reporters.
  • Review the Dragon Con policies located on the Dragon Con Website.
  • That list of agreements you sign for? You are responsible for following them. Moreover, each dragon con volunteer giving out badges know that they will be in hot water if they fail to read them out and discuss any issues you have. If you have issues, please have them before you initial.

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Dragon Con Announces Top Guests
Jul• 03•19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:

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Dan Carroll, Director, Media Engagement

404 692 1958

dancarroll@dragoncon.org

www.dragoncon.org

GEORGE TAKEI, DAVID TENNANT, AND ONCE UPON A TIME’S LANA PARRILLA LEAD ALL-STAR LIST OF CAPED CRUSADERS, SPACE EXPLORERS, AND DENIZENS OF THE SUPERNATURAL

Dragon Con 2019 Top Guests (PDF Version)

Guests from Star Trek, Star Wars, Gotham, Shazam!, The Orville, Doctor Who, and other top television shows and movies will meet their fans at Dragon Con.

ATLANTA – July 02, 2019 – George Takei, Lana Parrilla, and David Tennant lead a long list of celebrity guests headed to Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, science fiction, and gaming convention, for Labor Day weekend.

Scottish actor David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor of Doctor Who fame, makes a career of bringing fans’ favorite characters to life. Other noted roles of his include Jessica Jones’s Kilgrave, the voice of DuckTales’ Scrooge McDuck, and most recently the demonically charming Crowley of Good Omens

Known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series and its first six feature films, George Takei has had a varied career as an actor, writer, and community activist. Fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time will recognize Lana Parrilla for her award-winning role as the Evil Queen and Mayor of Storybrooke from the show’s nine-year run.  (more…)


Featured Track: Robotics & Maker 2019
Jul• 03•19

The Robotics and Maker Track is dedicated to exploring all aspects of the Robotics and Maker Movements. They hold informative panels, demonstrations, and competitions designed to feed fans’ interest and increase knowledge on the practice and application of invention and engineering.

The track focuses on technology and engineering based creative pursuits, ranging from 3D printing to machining, to fabric circuits, with a goal of building interest in skills and creativity to be used in bringing new ideas to the public.

From special effects to space rovers, The Robotics and Maker Track is fans’ stop for all things created when tech meets imagination.

Director: Valerie Macht

Connect with the Robotics & Maker Track:

Website


Featured Tracks: Science, Skeptic, & Space 2019
Jul• 01•19

Dragon Con’s Science, Skeptic, and Space Tracks invite fans to discuss and discover the known, the unknown, and what’s possible within the natural world and beyond.

Click below to learn more about the Science, Skeptic, and Space Tracks.

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DCMR New Reporters Tour 2019
Jun• 29•19

Join the new reporters tour for Dragon Con 2019! We will walk through Dragon Con for 90 minutes, discussing opportunities for reporting, showing behind the scenes activities, and answering your questions This tour is provided to new Dragon Con reporters who are covering Dragon Con for your first or second time. We also open this to returning reporters who have not covered Dragon Con in several years.

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1) We will provide you the location to start the tour before August 27th. Please pay attention to your emails.
2) The tour will cover 2-3 host hotels and will involve walking. Please let us know if you have mobility issues. We will work with you on providing alternate considerations.
3) The tour begins at 2:00 PM, though it is possible that circumstances could delay it until 2:30 PM

Sign up using this form

Please remember you must sign up to be invited to this Walking Tour.


DCMR Pub Crawl 2019 Announced!
Jun• 29•19

Each year Dragon Con Media Relations welcomes reporters for a behind the scene tour and pub crawl starting at Twenty-Two Stories in the Hyatt Regency. This year the pub crawl is scheduled for  August 30 at 7:00 PM.

Sign up for the Pub Crawl Here!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2826001307416036/

After enjoying a time of camaraderie with fellow journalists and the DCMR team at 22 Stories, we walk down to the Greenbriar Room for some updates on Dragon Con 2019 and to answer any questions reporters have. Next we head to another of the hotel bars, while discussing the joy of Dragon Con and getting a behind the scenes peaks at Dragon Con being set up.  Often we run into Dragon Con directors and volunteers who have a unique perspective on the event. Sometimes we even run into a guest or two.  Our course is free and open so that we can explore new and interesting aspects of Dragon Con as they present itself.  The tour itself lasts until roughly 10 PM, but reporters are free to continue to mingle all night.


Featured Track: Military SciFi Media 2019
Jun• 21•19

The Military SciFi Media (MSFM) Track at Dragon Con focuses on discussions of episodes, characters, costumes, and social issues encompassed by SF television shows/movies that feature a military element or setting, generally in space.

The Military SciFi Media Track (MSFM) is ready to do battle once again, featuring the best character, costuming, storyline, and social issue discussions from Andromeda, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (new and classic), Buck Rogers, Farscape, Firefly, Space: Above and Beyond, The Orville, Stargate, and Starship Troopers.

For fans, it is time to suit up and roll out their thoughts on diplomacy, peacekeeping, rules of engagement, and full-scale combat.

Director: James Henson

Connect with the Military Scifi Media track:

Website


AMA NAMED 2019 OFFICIAL CHARITY
Jun• 19•19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:

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Dan Carroll, Director, Media Engagement

404 692 1958

dancarroll@dragoncon.org

www.dragoncon.org

DRAGON CON MAKES AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ITS 2019 OFFICIAL CHARITY

2019 Official Charity (PDF Version)

The Convention Continues the Dollar-for-Dollar Match of $100,000, and Challenges Fans to Support the Official Charity and to Get Involved with the Superheroes Service Team.

ATLANTA – June 19, 2019 – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, sci fi, fantasy, and gaming convention, has selected the Atlanta Affiliate of the American Heart Association as its official charity for 2019.

And the Dragon Con Superheroes will soon wrap up their slate of 2019 community service projects.  This program, now in its sixth year, has contributed more than 3,500 hours in community service to Atlanta-based non-profits.

Since 2013, the convention has consistently raised more than $100,000 for each of its annual official charities, including a dollar-for-dollar match up to $100,000 from the convention.  Funds are raised through convention-based auctions, special merchandise sales, special events, and the dollar-for-dollar match.

The selection of the American Heart Association is in honor of the late Thom Trainor, the long-serving director of the Dragon Con’s Comics and Pop Art division who died from a heart attack in July 2018, just a few weeks prior to the convention.

“Thom was more than a friend to the convention. His love of comics and art helped shape our comics and pop art programming into the widely anticipated experience it is today,” said convention co-chair Rachel Reeves.  “This year’s selection is a very personal one.”

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Featured Track: Independent Film Festival 2019
Jun• 19•19

The Dragon Con Independent Film Festival is a four-day event of film screenings and panels, with directors, producers, writers, actors, SFX, and makeup artists all sharing their expertise.

The festival focuses each year on showcasing the finest independent films of the fantastic. They welcome not only Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror films, but any film of the imagination that steps out of the slice-of-life category, including short animated films of all types. The competition is primarily for short films (under 60 minutes), but they also do take a few independent features.

There will be plenty to do for anyone who enjoys film. For filmmakers, this is a chance to show their films, meet others in the field, discuss the trials and tribulations of making a film, get some tips, and make some connections. Film lovers can hear some of the masters discuss their projects, watch the films entered in the Film Festival, and then drop by a panel and hear the winning directors/producers talk about their films.

Track Director: Matthew Foster

Connect with the Dragon Con Independent Film Festival:

Official Website