JM Northern Media LLC


Past festival participants talk about their experience.
JM Northern Media LLC is a limited liability company that is based in Los Angeles. Our businesses include conference and festival production; content-driven web sites; art, retouching and design services; and marketing, publicity and promotion activities.

Founded in 1999, JM Northern Media grew from its original web site, devoted to news and analysis of independent media and home to the OTC Press, publishers of �Beyond the Charts: MP3 and the Digital Music Revolution,� the first book about the music industry�s digital future. The company began hosting live events in 2001 with the advent of the DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books, an independent media conference that is now in its 12th year.

That event has been keynoted by such notables as Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens, Frank Black of the Pixies, Wayne Kramer of the MC5, songwriter Jonatha Brooke, Les Claypool of Primus, songwriter John Waite, filmmaker Henry Jaglom, CDBaby founder Derek Sivers and many other big names from the world of film, music and books. JM Northern Media�s past event partners include the CMJ Convention, Young Professionals in Energy, Harvard Law School and many more.

The JM Northern Media event hosts annual festivals for independent artists in film, music and books at such venues as the Roosevelt Hotel, the Egyptian Theatre, the American Film Institute, the W Hotel and other top-line venues. To date, the DIY Convention has been held in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Boston, Portland and San Francisco.

Following the success of the DIY Convention, the company branched out and began expanding its output to a series of smaller DIY seminars and festivals. Our entrants have gone on to success with a variety of larger production companies, publishers and music outlets, using their initial DIY success as a springboard to national and international attention and recognition.

JM Northern Media�s book festival schedule was expanded in 2006 with the advent of the Hollywood Book Festival, devoted to works that deserve greater attention from the film, television, multimedia and Internet communities. As seen in the most recent Oscars, books are the creative lifeblood of the film and television community, and each year the Hollywood Book Festival honors a fresh crop of talent with a major ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California, the home of the first Academy Awards ceremony.

JM Northern Media expanded its work from there, initiating the New York Book Festival, which has held major book and music events in Central Park; the San Francisco Book Festival, which attracts major works from around the globe; and the New England Book Festival, which annually brings together the top works of the winter for a Boston celebration.

JM Northern Media also produces book publishing events in London, Paris, New Orleans, Chicago and other locations around the world and is rapidly expanding its selection to other points on the globe. We also produce events that celebrate various genres, including green books, beach books, animals books and Halloween books.

Our marketing and book publishing informational sites are visited by millions of viewers each year, serving the worldwide publishing community by providing information and access to a vast audience of possible customers and attendees.

Those sites include, the worldwide hub for live book, poetry and writing events; the Table of Honor, a site where competition winners can reach our vast audience; Modern Media Publicity, the promotions and marketing arm geared toward leveraging our vast audience; and Drinks with the Authors, which brings together an audience eager to network with the creators of the content they love.

JM Northern Media also has produced the Young Professionals in Energy International Summit, which brings together the 20,000 members of the YPE organization; the Inventors & Innovations seminars, which are geared to novice inventors; the Aliens to Zombies Convention, which includes a film festival that honors the top independent horror and science fiction works of the year; and the Afterlife Convention, which brings together top experts to discuss near-death experiences and past lives.

If you would like to reach a worldwide audience of creative people, consider advertising or sponsoring JM Northern Media events. We stand ready to bring your concepts to our worldwide and targeted audience and offer full creative services.