Jeff Macpherson and Lala FastwaterUm. Wow. That was one hell of a way to wrap up the Meetup—with 300 teenagers rushing the stage as “I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T” by Webbie featuring Lil’ Boosie and Lil’ Phatblasted the space. As Sean Percival of LA-based tech gossip rag lalawag put it, what resulted was “an interesting mashup of Twittering geeks moshing with LA hip-hop-artti.” But perhaps we’d better start from the beginning. With an RSVP-list topping out at over 600, Cinespace was bursting at the seams with another massive turnout for the Hollywood Web Television Meetup.

This month featured seasoned podcasters Tosca Musk and Jeff MacPherson of veteran series Tiki Bar TV who talked about distribution, merchandising, having fun, and receiving alarming phone calls from Steve Job’s office. There was plenty of mingling (and for some too much mingling—at times a bit hard to hear).

Taryn O'Neill and Tosca MuskEric MacIver presented about the Red One Camera packages available from Indie Rentals, the folks from KoldCastTV were doing roving interviews, and media maven Shira Lazar chatted up her involvement as the only LA representative for 24 Hours At Sundance, the new series by Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Rose (she caught it on Qik).

We announced the Tubefilter Spotlight, a special advertising section for web television shows with only four spots per month, teased out a little bit about the top-secret Tubefilter Screening Room (inquire here), and of course The Streamy Awards, whose nomination period ends just before midnight January 23.

Make sure to check the January Meetup Eventbrite page to see who made it out and stay posted for news on the next meetup which is just around the corner on February 4, 2009 at ManiaTV Studios. RSVP right now to get your free early-bird ticket while they still last. And submit your web show to be screened at the Meetup!

Shira Lazar and Tim StreetFor those of you with flickr accounts, please tag your photos from the January Meetup with this machine tag: upcoming:event=1443828 and they will all be collected on the January Hollywood Web Television Meetup page on Upcoming and on the flickr slideshow below.

We need your feedback on the Meetup. Email us at and please give us your feedback or sound off in the comments below. We’ve heard requests for more—and less—time to network, presentations from creators, and presentations from technical and equipment reps.

And while you are at it, here is some more homework for you:

1. Follow @tubefilter on Twitter
2. Join the Hollywood Web Television Meetup group on Facebook
3. Subscribe to the Tubefilter News RSS
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If you were there, sound off below with links!

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