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2019 Annual Summary

2019 Catalyst Local Economic Impact: $1.7million+

Launches Year-Round Educational and Jobs Institute.

Attracts Potential TV Productions to Area for 2020.

(Duluth, Minnesota) – Catalyst’s 2019 included many successes such as:

· Over $1.7million+ of direct economic impact (see details)

· Local artists signed by Abrams Artists Agency

· Educational seminar for St Scholastica students with the producers of major TV shows Stranger Things & Busy Tonight

· Production workshops at WDSE with Sundance Co-Founder, Cirina Catania

· The creation of a professional production guide handed to over 300+ industry producers

· Creators from Catalyst scouting the area for potential new TV shows to shoot in 2020

This included participation from thousands of artists, producers, and creators from over 20 countries who submitted over 800 projects.

Industry partners included: Abrams Artists Agency, the Television Academy, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, HBO, Sag-Aftra, and hundreds of TV industry executives from networks and production companies working with CBS, Comedy Central, Netflix and others.

Among our many Minnesota partners were MN Film TV, WDSE-WRPT, SAG-AFTRA, City of Duluth, St Louis County, IRRRB, MN Power, Monaco Air, Visit Duluth, Lake County, Cook County, the College of St Scholastica, Blackwoods & Greysolon, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, Advantge Emblem, Greater Downtown Council, the RathSkeller, Pinnacle Point Studios, FilmNorth, and more local businesses and organizations.

Heading into 2020, Catalyst is launching its year-round “Storieroad” educational and professional development institute that gives content creators of all ages and experience levels a pathway to further their career in the TV industry. Registration is open to everyone until January 15th. Courses will be held in Minnesota, Los Angeles, and New York starting in April leading up to the 15th Annual Catalyst Content Festival Sept 30-Oct 4 in Duluth.


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