Getting a grasp on the moving picture industry is tough indeed. We've had contact with some of the manufacturers behind the equipment, but not much from production companies. If you're an imdb Pro user, I believe it's possible to connect with professionals, but if nothing else, imdb.com can help you find who's connected to what project and which projects are in production.
Here's a great few sources of information that focus on some industry topics:
Philip Bloom, http://philipbloom.net/
NAB 2013, http://www.nabshow.com/
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