New Tracks and Themes in Development

I. Virtual and Augmented Reality - From Sense of Presence to Full Embodiment

II. Internet TV: The Disruption - OTT - Phones - Tablets - PC - TV

III. The California Education Summit: Public Private Partnerships & Student Creativity Summit

IV. The Artistic Creators - Directors – Technologists – Actors – Producers – Performers - Writers

V. Finance Hollywood - Investment - Funding - Packaging

VI. The Women's Summit & Festival - Content - Discussion - Recognition

VII. Hollywood Advertising - Brands - Agencies - Networks - Platforms

VIII. Social TV - Smart Mobile: Hollywood = Tablets - Phones - TV - PCs

IX. The High School Music Company Project

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Digital Hollywood Spring

May 3-6, 2016, New Larger Location

Skirball Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90049

The Strategic Sessions - Let's Get Started!

Tuesday, May 3rd

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Track I: Haas Conference Center, Room 172 & 173: Live Webcast

Stealth VR through the Application of Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology

Jerri Lynn Hogg, Ph.D., Director of Media Psychology Program, Fielding Graduate University, Moderator

Shane Pase, Ph.D., Director of Technology, Lotte Project

Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D., Director, Media Psychology Research Center

Tunisha Singleton, Brand Psychology and Audience Engagement Certificate Faculty, Fielding Graduate University

Linda Durnell, Managing Partner at Madison Lane Consulting in Silicon Valley

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Track II: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304: Live Webcast

Artificial Intelligence in SmartPhones - Film - TV - Games:  From Software in Devices to AI in Movies (Ex Machina, Her, AI)

Anjalis Shastri, Senior Director, Design Strategy, Mobile Group, Intel

Eyal Pfeifel, Chief Technology Officer, Imperson

Ari Popper, Founder and CEO, SciFutures

Lori H. Schwartz, Technology Catalyst, Content Strategist and Media Advisor, Moderator

Additional speakers to be announced

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Artists in Hollywood - Actors - Writers - Performers - Directors – Producers

12 Noon – 1:00 PM Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

The DealMaking Process: From Feature Film, Reality TV & Specials to Web Series and Indie Film Making

Adam Reed, President, Thinkfactory Media

Keith Kjarval, co-founder and producer, Unified Pictures, “Rudderless,” “A Single Shot,” “The Driftless Area,” “VINCENT N ROXXY”

Jane E. Durkee, COO, Tremendous! Entertainment

Robert (Leo) Rodgers, MBA, Sr. VP & Label Liaison, Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group

Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO, Preferred Content, (Producer, "Frank & Lola,” “Little Birds,” “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” )

Ilyssa Goodman, Producer/Director, Director, Distribution RGH Entertainment

Melisse Lewis, Entertainment Attorney, Moderator

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1:00 PM - 2:15 P

Track II: Live Webcast, Ahmanson Hall

Unlocking Intelligence: Education within Technology and Virtual Worlds - VR-AR-Immersive

Shauna Heller, founder, Clay Park VR

Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D., Director, Medical Virtual Reality - Institute for Creative Technologies, USC

Julian Sarmiento, founder, Peekaboo VR

Mason Williams, Senior Manager, Mattel Digital Play Production, Mattel, Inc.

Brent Bushnell, co-founder, Two Bit Circus

Caroline Strzalka, EVP, Partnerships, Sandbox & Co, Moderator

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Track III: Haas Conference Center, Room 172-173

Live Streaming – Social Streaming – The Video Phenomenon of Everything

Andy Swanson, VP of E-Sports and Events, Twitch

Will Keenan, President & Co-Founder of Streamup,

Gregory Strompolos, Director of Business Development, YouNow,

Caroline Lesley, producer, actor, host and entrepreneur, Parachute TV

Nick Crooks, Director, Business Operations, Fullscreen

Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting, Moderator

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Artists in Hollywood - Actors - Writers - Performers - Directors – Producers

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

The Hollywood Masterclass: TV, Film and Video - Packaging - Producing - Bundling - Distributing in a Cross-Platform World

Bill Taub, WGA Award for 101 Best Written TV Series including Barney Millerand Hill Street Blues

Marilyn Anderson, Writer-Producer, "How to Beat a Bully," TV Writer, "FAME," "Friday the 13th - the Series," "Sherman Oaks," "Murphy Brown"

Darrell Miller, Partner/Chair, Entertainment Department, Fox Rothschild LLP

Brian Herskowitz, CCO, Horror Equity Fund (HEF)

Catherine Clinch, TV Writer, TV veteran, Hunter, Jake & The Fat Man, Knight Rider, Love Boat, Hart to Hart, Moderator

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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Track I: Ahmanson Hall, Live Webcast

Women in Virtual Reality and Immersive Entertainment: Experiencing New Dimensions and Creative Experience

Nancy Bennett, Chief Content Officer and Head of VR, Two Bit Circus

Ryan Pulliam, CMO, Specular Theory

Jacki Morie, Founder / Chief Scientist, All These Worlds, LLC.

Janet. H. Murray, VR Visionary, Associate Dean and Professor, Georgia Tech

Irad Eyal, President, Better VR

Tanna Frederick, Producer/actor, Defrost (VR Narrative Film)

Louisa Spring, CEO, Spring Alliance, Moderator

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Track II: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304

Programming the New ‘OVN’s' (Online Video Networks: the Next Generation of Niche Video Content

JC Cangilla, SVP, Business Development, New Form Digital

Anthony Layser, Head of US Content Development, Dailymotion

Valerie Voci, Chief Marketing Officer, OWNZONES Media Network

Adam Goldstein, VP, Business Development, ZEFR

Larry Laboe, President of Production, SXM

Michael Kernan, Chief Executive Officer, NuMedia Studios & Management

Steve Bradbury, Principal, Vlocity Digital, Moderator

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Artists in Hollywood - Actors - Writers - Performers - Directors - Producers

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

CrowdFunding Update:  Exploring Innovation in the Crowdfunding Film-TV-Start-up Process

Stephen Y. Ma, Partner, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP

Bryan M. Sullivan, Partner, Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP

Samuel S. Guzik, Founder, GUZIK & ASSOCIATES

Marlon Schulman, Founder and CEO, Horror Equity Fund LLC

Josh Amster, Business Development Director, StartEngine Crowdfunding

Ash Kumra, Ash Kumra, Co-Founder, Youngry.com & White House Award Winner Moderator

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3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Track III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304

VR-AR - Financing the Imagination: Funding and Business Development in Immersive Entertainment & Technology – From VCs and Kickstarter to Corporate Investments

Richard Yen, Managing Director, Private Equity, Saban Capital Group

Sivan Iram, General Manager, River Studios

Eunice Shin, Managing Director, Manatt Digital Media. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Fryd Ovcaric, General Manager and Head of Business Devleopment, 8i Studios

Scott Lenet, President, Touchdown Ventures

Jon Goldman, Venture Partner, Greycroft Partners

Joe Michaels, Former Senior Director, Business Development, Microsoft, Moderator

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Artists in Hollywood - Actors - Writers - Performers - Directors – Producers

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

The TV/Film/Video - Developing Strategies and Partnerships - Developing Hollywood Content as Brand and Franchise

Scott Weintrob, Director, Top Gear (TV Series), Commercials for Audi, Ford

Brandon Schultz, President, Street Legends Ink

Basil Shadid, Executive Producer of Video, Rational Interaction

John Reding, VP of Business Development, Vin Di Bona Productions

Saul Goldberg, Vice President, Head of Unscripted Television, Covert Media

Keith Rivers, Founder, Workhouse Creative, Directing commercials for Microsoft, Intel, and McDonalds

Kimberly King-Burns, Partner, convergenz/solutions, Moderator

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5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Open to all attendees

End-of-Day Reception – Taper Courtyard

Outdoor Area In Front of Haas Conference Center

 

Wednesday, May 4th

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM, Breakfast Session

Track I: Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173, Live Webcast

Future of TV - Wall St. Analysts Meet Industry Executives - It's All About innovation and Disruption - Chasing the New Normal in the Entertainment & Technology Industries

Stephen Beres, Vice President, Media & Production Operations West Coast, HBO

James Marsh, Senior Vice President & Head of Investor Relations, Lionsgate

Cathy Hetzel, Executive Vice President, Operator Sales & Business Development, comScore

Laura Martin, CFA, Entertainment & Internet Analyst, Needham & Company, LLC

Larry Namer, President/CEO, Metan Global Entertainment Group, Founder E! Entertainment

Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Moderator

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9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Track II: Herscher Hall, Room 202

Silicon Beach Strategies: Accelerate, Incubate, Crowdfunding, Start-ups & Angels

Rob Freelen, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank, LA

Vincent Bradley, CEO & Co-Founder, FlashFunders

Tolga Onuk, CEO, Thunderbolt Creative Digital Technologies

Andres Diana, Managing Director, SeedInvest Los Angeles

Rick Smith, Co-Founder and Managing Director, CrossCut Ventures

Ash Kumra, Co-Founder, Youngry.com & White House Award Winner

Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D., Chair of Global LAVA, Los Angeles Venture Association, Moderator

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9:45 AM – 11:00 AM – The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session II: Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

VR Design with the Mind in Mind: Presence and Reality

Cynthia Lieberman, Media & Marketing Strategist, Lieberman Communications

Barry Sandrew, Founder & President/CEO, Graffiti Video and Founder, Legend3D

Jimmy Giliberti, Director, Americas Business Development, Worldviz

Mathew Price, Global Director Media & Technology, Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience

Garry Hare, PhD, Fielding Graduate University, Moderator

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Artists in Hollywood - Actors - Writers - Performers - Directors - Producers

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM, Ahmanson Tent

Investment & Funding of Film, Indie Film and TV: from Theatrical Features to Cable Networks, Netflix and Amazon

Fernando Szew, CEO, MarVista

Clark Peterson, Producer, "Monster," "The Prophet"

Todd Steiner, VP Entertainment Group, Comerica

Karen Tenkoff, Producer, The Motorcycle Diaries, Exec. at Wildwood (Spy Game, An Unfinished Life) Studio Exec., Frozen

René Bourdages, CEO, Elevado Media, Inc. Moderator

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10:45 AM - Noon

Track II: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304

Future of Film - Studio & Indie, Global Content Business, The Changing face of the Film Industry from Imax and Alternative Content to VR and other Immersive Experiences

Robert J. Lenihan, President, Programming, AMC Entertainment Inc.

Phil Groves, Senior Vice President, IMAX Corp & Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, IMAX Entertainment

Chris Edwards, CEO, THE THIRD FLOOR & CPO, VRC: The Virtual Reality Company

Duncan Stewart, Director of Research, Deloitte Canada

Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories

Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Moderator

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Track III: Haas Conference Center - Room 171

Living the Life: Women Entrepreneurs, Lifestyle Innovators and Disrupters

Elizabeth Kiehner, Global Design Services Director/Chief of Staff, IBMiX

Malinda Sanna, founder and CEO, SPARK

Valerie Alexander, author, How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having "Female Brains")

Tania Yuki, CEO, Shareablee

Karinna Karsten, CEO, Love TV

Lisa Kraynak, Founding partner, Propelle partners, Moderator

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The Day Long Festival + Evening Celebration

Sponsored by Women in Film and Digital Hollywood

10:30 AM, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of BROKEN MEMORIES,

Q&A with Kassi Crews (Producer) and Michael Worth (Director)

 “Independent Production – What does it really mean?”

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11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session I: Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

VR/AR as Change Agent: Social, News, Documentary and Political Media

Molly Swenson, COO, RYOT

Nonny de la Peña, CEO Emblematic Group and Annenberg Fellow, USC School of Cinematic Arts

Lyman Missimer, Strategic Business Development and Partnerships, Education, Google

Phil McNally, Stereoscopic VFX Supervisor, Condition One

Kaj Larsen, Producer/Journalist/Correspondent, VICE

Joey Caroni, Director of Digital Media, KCRW, Moderator

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12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Track III: Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

Women & Original Content: From Internet Video and Advertising to TV and Film

Kylie Sparks, actor/producer, "Squaresville"

Anna Prosser Robinson, Programming Manager, Twitch

Chris Murphy, SVP, Creative Lab, Studio71, Los Angeles

Maia McCann, Editor-in-Chief, LittleThings

Caryn Ward Ross, Actress (BET's The Game and He's Mine Not Yours)

Nika Offenbac, Executive Producer, META

Cupid Hayes, V.P. Business Development, MCMG | Communications, Distribution

Perrin Kaplan, Principal, Zebra Partners, Moderator

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12:30, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of USE YOUR AND, an empowering campaign developed for Gillette Venus® developed by Riess l Hill

Q&A with content creator Amy Hill “What is Branded Content”

• The difference between branded content and commercials

• How to exploit branded content

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1:15 PM, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of three digital channels: ENGINEERING YOUR SPACE, created by Isabelle LaRue ENTERTAINING WITH BETH, created by Beth Le Manach and WORDS, WINE & WOMEN, created by Tara Johnson.

Q&A Beth Le Manach; Isabelle LaRue; Tara Johnson; Jacque Borowski; Dr. Shannon Chavez “Building a Successful Digital Network/Channel”

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  – The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session I: Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

Virtual Reality Transforms Entertainment and Media – TV, Sports & Music

Tony Mugavero, CEO, Littlstar (VR for Showtime, Esquire, Discovery)

DJ Roller, co-founder, NextVR

Steven Haft, SVP Innovation, Time Inc.

Chris Thomes, Vice President, Digital Media Studios, Disney/ABC Television Group

Ted Kenney, Director, Field and Technical Operations, Fox Sports

Dr. Sankar Jayaram, President and CEO, VOKE

Kurt Knutsson, CyberGuy, Author, Investor, Broadcaster, Moderator

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Session II: Ahmanson Hall, Live Webcast from this Room

The Making of a Hollywood VR Narrative Experience

"Defrost" - A Roundtable with the Creators

Randal Kleiser, Director, "Grease," "Honey I Blew Up the Kid"

Tanna Frederick, Producer/actor

Carl Weathers, Actor

Bruce Davison, Actor

Mario Kenyon, Head of Production, Furious M (VR Services)

Moderator - David Bloom, Digital content production and partnerships, Deadline.com

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1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Session I: The Plenary - Live Webcast, The Guerin A, in Herscher Hall

Working in the Industry: An In-Depth Discussion with Executives and Creatives from TV, Film and Technology

Shannon Flynn, Director, Nickelodeon

Robert Ramirez, Digital Media Producer, Netflix

Jon Reiss, Filmmaker/Author/Digital Strategist

Hank Chilton, Television Writer/Producer, "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" on Starz, "Nip/Tuck", "Covert Affairs," "Ringer"

Kaj Larsen, Producer/Journalist/Correspondent, VICE

Dennis Radeke, Senior Strategic Development Manager, Adobe

JOSHUA LEVINE, Entertainment & Technology Marketing – Writer, Producer & Creative Director

Simone Nelson, Director, Marketing & Public Relations, The California State University Entertainment Industry Initiative, Moderator

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2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Track IV: Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

Women in Television and Film: From OTT and OVNs to Cable, Broadcast, Advertising and Film

Cristina Malavenda, Head of Production at Feeln, Hallmark Channel

Joanne Rubino, Senior Vice President of Production, Thinkfactory Media

Naseem Sayani, Group Vice President, Strategy, Huge

Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President of Cinema Programming, Pacific Theatres Entertainment Corporation

Kim Getty, President, Deutsch LA

Sarah Miller, CEO, Axis PR & Entertainment, Inc. Moderator

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Session II: Haas Conference Center - Room 171

VR & The Future of the Web - UIX, Content & Advertising Experience

Dekker Dryer, Chief Creative Officer, CleverFox

Ceci Mourkogiannis, Co-Founder, Metta VR

Tony Parisi, Virtual Reality pioneer and co-creator of Virtual Reality Modeling Language, Moderator

Speakers to be announced

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2:30 PM – 3:30 PM - The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session I: The Guerin C, in Herscher Hall

The Language & Aesthetics of VR:  The Challenge of Creating TV-Movies, Advertising & Other Experiential Programming

David Rosenbaum, Director, Humble

Brad Herman, ‎Head of DreamLab, DreamWorks Animation

Lex Halaby, Director, Funny Or Die VR, Music Videos & Commericals

Tino Schaedler, founder, Optimist Design, Art Director, "Harry Potter," "V for Vendetta," "Real Steel"

Moderator - Anna Marie Piersimoni, Instructor, Department of Cinema and Television Arts, California State University, Northridge

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3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Track I: Ahmanson Hall, Live Webcast from this Room

Leveraging Content and Celebrity For Cross-Platform Success: Brands and Entertainers Collaborate

Justin Hochberg, CEO, Just Entertainment

Jonathan Lowe, Executive Vice President, AEG Worldwide

Bill Sanders, Senior Vice President, Athlete & Talent Marketing, Excel Sports Management

Dina Mallin, SVP Talent, United Entertainment Group, a DJE Company

Steven Masur, Senior Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, Moderator

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Track II: Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

Original Internet TV - The Cross Platform Explosion

Evan Bregman, Head of Original Content, Portal A

Scott Ehrlich, Chief Executive Officer, QYOUTV

Rafi Mamalian, Chief Revenue Officer, theAmplify

Jody Simon, Partner, Fox/Rothchild

Brad Gelfond, Principal, Strike up the Brand

David Tochterman, Co-Founder, Canvas Media Studios, Moderator

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Track III: Haas Conference Center, Room 172-173

The Women's Summit - By Women - For Women - About Women

Women in the Industry: Developing Film, Television & OTT About Women - A Golden Age in Hollywood and Indie Production

Mimi Steinbauer, President and CEO, Radiant Films International

Kara Holden, Actress and Screenwriter

Shannon Keenan Demers, SVP of Production and Creative, Tremendous! Entertainment

Marlene Sharp, Producer, TV Series, Sonic, Sega of America

Marsha Oglesby, Producer, Indigenous Media, TV Producer, “Blue,” “Paloma,” “Kendra,” “Susanna”

Melissa Schneider, SVP Development and Production, New Form Digital

Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director, Headwaters MB, Moderator

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4:00 PM – 5:00 PM - The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session I: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 303-304

Immersive Entertainment in the Out of Home Market, Theme Park - VR-AR, Cinematic, 360 Video and More

Dan Jamele, Vice President/CTO, MediaMation

Sang Cho, Chief Content Officer, CJ 4DPLEX Am

Jim Stewartson, CEO, Awesome Rocketship

Chris Ellis, Executive Director, RGH

Kevin Althans, Commercial/VR Director, Reel FX

Jim McArthur, Chief Client Officer, Folklore, Moderator

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Session II: The Guerin C, in Herscher Hall

The Power of VR-AR: A New Language of Artistry - A Unique Moment of Commercial Possibility and Marketplace

Miles Perkins, Vice President, Marketing Communications, JauntVR

Guy Primus, co-founder + CEO, The VR Company

Aruna Inversin, VR Supervisor, Digital Domain

Dario Raciti. Director Zero Code OMD

Sandy Smolan, Film & Television Director

Ryan Pamplin, VP, Partnerships & Sales, Meta

Bruce Greenberg, Founder, iCinema Ventures, Moderator

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Session III: Haas Conference Center, Room 171

The Human Brain Controller: Storytelling in the Sensory Entertainment Experience

Brian Selzer, Vice President, Business and Product, Development, DAQRI, Moderator

Speaker to be announced

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session I: Webcast, Guerin A, in Herscher Hall

Hollywood as the Entertainment Capital of the World: Executives from Film Studios and Television Discuss the Industry & It's Future

Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, Administrator, Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, former Ex. Director, AFTRA

Kevin James, Chief Film Laison, City of Los Angeles

Additional speakers to be announced

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5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Open to all attendees

End-of-Day Reception – Taper Courtyard

Outdoor Area In Front of Haas Conference Center

 

Sponsored by: Mobile Excellence Awards and the Interactive Television Alliance

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Haas Center, Room 172-173

Pitch, Pass or Play: Interactive Start–Up Showcase Competition

Moderator: Sarah Miller, CEO, Axis PR/Entertainment Founder, Mobile Excellence Awards

Co-Moderator, Allison Dollar, CEO, Founder, Interactive Television Alliance

Speakers:

Jim Cannella, Senior Director, Marketing Executive Producer, Content, The Recording Academy ( The GRAMMYS)

Jonathan Lowe, Senior VP of Marketing, AEG Sports

Anjalis Shastri, Senior Director, Design Strategy, Mobile Group at Intel

Kim Getty, President, Duetsch LA

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Evening Event - Open to All Attendees

6:15 PM – 8:00 PM, Ahmanson Hall

Co-Sponsored by the TV Academy, Interactive Peer Group

Keynote Roundtable and Reception

Visions of Immersion: Virtual Reality as an Expression of the Cinematic & Personal Experience

Chris Edwards, CEO, THE THIRD FLOOR & CPO, VRC: The Virtual Reality Company

Imraan Ismail, Director, Vrse.works and VFX, Hunger Games and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Jacqueline Bošnjak, CEO, Q Department & Mach1™

Ryan Horrigan,  Chief Content Officer, Felix & Paul Studios

Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy, Moderator

Speakers to be announced

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Thursday, May 5th

The Immersive Breakfast Roundtable

Immersion – AR – VR – Holography – Taking it to the Next Level

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Haas Conf. Ctr. - Rm. 172 & 173, Live Webcast

The VR Narrative: Immersive Theater and Language of VR: Story Architects and Experience Designers

Michael Conelly, founder, Blackthorn Media

Andy Cochrane, ‎‎Interactive and New Media Director, Special Projects Lead, Mirada

Peter Oberdorfer, ‎President, Tactic

Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre

Jonathan Pearson, Director, UNIT9

Nick DeMartino, Chair, IDEABOOST Accelerator, Moderator

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The Day Long Festival + Evening Celebration

Sponsored by Women in Film and Digital Hollywood

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, 303-304

The Women's Digifest

First Presentation:

Special screening of ANOTHER DAY WITH YOU

Q&A with content creators

Amy Goddard; Bob Clendenin; Gregory Van Horn

John Zinman; Laurie Leitzel; Jeanne Taylor and Dane Collier

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10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Immersion – AR – VR – Holography – Taking it to the Next Level

Session I: The Guerin A

Financing the Imagination: Funding and Business Development in AR, VR and Immersion – From VCs to Kickstarter and Corporate Investments

Sunny Dhillon, Principal, Signia Venture Partners

Ankur Prakash, Vice President, Liberty Global Ventures

Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director, Headwaters MB

Kelemen Papp, Executive Director, Mooreland Partners

Rob Vickery, co-founder and CEO, Stage Venture Partners

Mariana Danilovic, Founder and Managing Director, Hollywood Portfolio, Moderator

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Session II: Ahmanson Hall

Women in Virtual Reality and Immersive Entertainment: Experiencing New Dimensions and Creative Experience

Mary Ermitanio, Consulting Manager, Manatt Digital Media

Christina Heller, CEO & Co-founder, VR Playhouse

Julina Tatlock, CEO & Creative Director, 30 Ninjas

Camille Kanengiser, CoFounder & CCO, Freeform Labs

Jody Belliveau, Director of Product Development, WEVR

Taryn Southern, Producer, Actor and YouTube Personality, Moderator

Speaker Bios and Session Information - Click Here

 

The Day Long Festival + Evening Celebration

Sponsored by Women in Film and Digital Hollywood

10:30 AM, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of BROKEN MEMORIES,

Q&A with Kassi Crews (Producer) and Michael Worth (Director)

 “Independent Production – What does it really mean?”

Speaker Bios and Session Information - Click Here

 

10:45 AM - Noon

Track II: Haas Conference Center - Room 171

Women Entrepreneurs: Sharing Experience - Real Life Stories - Building the Brand, the Personal and the Company Identity

Michelle Robson, Founder, HER Inc and EmpowHER

Clara Berta, Founder, BertaArt Studio

Tish Ciravolo, President and Founder, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars

Erin Kapczynski, Vice President, Marketing, Purch

Debra Fine, CEO, "I Have a Dream" Foundation - Los Angeles

Andra Leimandt, founder and drummer, The Mrs

Linda Sherman, Co-Founder, The Courage Group, Moderator

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11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

ThinkTank I: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Hollywood and Cybercrimes: from Privacy to Piracy, Theft and the Dark Net

Frank Nein, President, 9Sight2020.com, Moderator

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11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Session II: Guerin A

Storytelling in Hollywood: Art + Design + Technology = The New Narrative of Film - VR - Games - Experiental Environments

Tim Dillon, Executive Producer- VR, MPC

Jeffrey Daniels, FAIA, principal of Jeffrey Daniels Architects and Program Director, UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design

Spencer Hunt, VP of Games and Interactive Entertainment, Skydance Productions

Andy Goldstein, Executive Producer, Otherworld Interactive

Monika Bielskyte, founder, AFE Medina

Julia Sourikoff, Head of VR, Tools of North America, Moderator

Speaker Bios and Session Information - Click Here

 

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Track II: Guerin C

Digital Deals - Networks, Studios and Producers - Monetizing Content Across Platforms

Karen M. Robson, Partner, Pryor Cashman

Russell Schwartz, Senior Vice President and Head, Original Programming Business & Legal Affairs, Starz

Roman Silberfeld, partner, Robins Kaplan LLP

Simon N. Pulman, Associate, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

Robyn R. Polashuk, Managing Partner, Los Angeles Office, Covington & Burling LLP

Michael Sid, CEO, Mediamorph, Moderator

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Track III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Funding Women's Projects: Film/TV Packaging to Tech Start-ups - VC - Private Equity and Crowdfunding

Joanna Cronin, Director of Product, StartEngine Crowdfunding

Paige Morrow Kimball, founder, Makazan Films

Renata RA Akhunova, Partner, Formula VC, Venture Fund, Moderator

Additional speakers to be announced

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12:30, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of USE YOUR AND, an empowering campaign developed for Gillette Venus® developed by Riess l Hill

Q&A with content creator Amy Hill “What is Branded Content”

• The difference between branded content and commercials

• How to exploit branded content

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Session I: Ahmanson Hall

Visionary Transmedia: VR - Gaming - Sci-Fi - Music Video - Horror - Space – The Multi-Level Experience

Eric W. Shamlin, Managing Director / Executive Producer, Secret Location (The Sleepy Hollow: VR Experience)

Jay Bushman, Emmy winner, Writer of Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Hal Hefner, Creative Strategist, Ridley Scott’s  3AM, “The Martian,” Consultant to Endgame universe

Jennifer Palais, Director of Digital & Social Media Production, GreenLight Media and Marketing

Joe LeFavi, Head of Marketing, Comic-Con HQ

Moderator: Behnam Karbassi, Founder - President - CEO, No Mimes Media

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1:15 PM, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of three digital channels: ENGINEERING YOUR SPACE, created by Isabelle LaRue ENTERTAINING WITH BETH, created by Beth Le Manach and WORDS, WINE & WOMEN, created by Tara Johnson.

Q&A Beth Le Manach; Isabelle LaRue; Tara Johnson; Jacque Borowski; Dr. Shannon Chavez “Building a Successful Digital Network/Channel”

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2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Track II: Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

Live Stream of Music Festivals and Concerts: Brands, Bands and New Technologies

Mark Demarest, CEO, Spinnable

Allen Sanford, CEO and Co-Founder, LiveList

Kat Chung, Client Director, Strategy at Initiative (IPG)

Raymond Roker, HEAD OF CONTENT STRATEGY/EP/DIR, Goldenvoice

Hank Neuberger, President, Springboard Productions

Terry Koosed, founder and CEO, Bel Air Internet

John J. Petrocelli, CEO, Bulldog Digital Media, Moderator

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Track III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 305

Entertainment and Technology: Investment, Financing & Packaging Projects: Unique Content - Unique Technology

Monica Dodi, Managing Director, Women's Venture Capital Fund

Diane McGrath, Managing Director Media and Technology, Streicher, J Streicher Capital

Steven Masur, Senior Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP

Juston Brommel, Founder, Advisor, CMTO, CSO, Free(dom) Agent

Leif Reinstein, Film and TV Finance Partner, Reed Smith, Moderator

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Sponsored by: Alliance for Women in Media, SoCal

2:15 PM - 3:30 PM - Haas Conference Center - Room 171

Women Leading the Digital Charge from Content Creation to Distribution

Kristin Cruz, iHeart Radio Personality, Media Host and Producer

Laura Nickerson, Media Host/Producer and On-Camera Consultant,   MomAngeles Media LLC & The Randy Lane Co.

Cupid Hayes, Vice President of Business Development for MCMG (Missing Channel Media Group)

Sienna Bab, Head of Digital, MarVista

Sarah Penna, Head of AwesomenessTV’s Awestruck Network

Michelle Van Jura, Founder and Owner, ‎Intersect Communications, Moderator

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2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Session II: Guerin A

CG Humans: Integration of the Virtual Character in Film - TV – VR - Games

Brett Leonard, Producer/Director/Writer/Futurist, Tough Trick Transmedia

Richard Taylor, Cinematics Director at Electronic Arts on Command & Conquer 3 and Red Alert 3

Sean Stanek, CGI-Motion Capture, Director of Infamous 2 and technical director the Uncharted game series

Joseph A. Zaki, Founder and CEO VRTUALITY

Marshall Millett, CEO, AeMass (Volumetric Motion/Reality Capture

Gregory Peter Panos, Founder: Persona Foundation, Futurist, VR /AR Pioneer

David Traub, Co-Founder, Epiphany Film Fund, Moderator

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Session III: Herscher Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 302

VR Game Creation – The Deep Dive – Immersing in a Virtual Experience – Thinking and Breathing in a Cyber Universe

James Iliff, CCO & Co-Founder, Survios

Russell Naftal, Co-Managing Partner, VRWERX

Anthony Borquez, Founder and CEO, Grab, Moderator

Speakers to be announced

 

The Day Long Festival + Evening Celebration

Sponsored by Women in Film and Digital Hollywood

2:45 PM, Haas Conference Center - Room 172 & 173

The Women's Digifest

Special screening of IVERSON, the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty to become one of the world’s most iconic and controversial sports figure; created, directed and produced by Zatella Beatty.

Q&A with Zatella Beatty “Breaking Barriers”

• How a first time director obtained the trust of and right to tell a sport legend’s story and turned such story in one of the most successful sport documentary of all time.

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3:50 PM - 5:00 PM, Guerin B, in Herscher Hall

Track IV: The Women's Creativity Workshops

Women, Wellness and Fitness Media - Nutrition, Workouts and the Healthy Lifestyle

Lisa Jey Davis, Award Winning Author and Fitness Professional, Moderator

Speakers to be announced

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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Session I: Ahmanson Hall

Innovating in VR-AR-Immersive Production - The Amazing Journey of Imagination, Gear and Innovation

Dan Ferguson, EVP Digital Interactive, Groove Jones

Sandy Smolan, Film & Television Director

Matt Johnson, EVP of Innovation, Bottle Rocket & GM of Thruster

Alex Barder, Co-Managing Partner, VRWERX

Keram Malicki-Sanchez, founder and director, Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Stories (Toronto)

Jacob Carlson, Digital Media Strategist and Consulting Manager, Manatt Digital Media, Moderator

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Session II: Guerin A

Transhumanism: Science Fiction or Reality

Dr. Natasha Vita-More, Chairman of Humanity+, and Faculty at University of Advancing Technology

Zoltan Istvan, 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidate, Transhumanist Party

David Kelley, CTO Zensa, Microsoft MVP, and TNC Chairman

Lincoln Cannon, CEO of Discerner, and President of Mormon Transhumanist Association

Newton Lee, U.S. Presidential Campaign Advisor for the Transhumanist Party, Moderator

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5:00 PM - 6:15 PM Open to all attendees

End-of-Day Reception – Taper Courtyard

Outdoor Area In Front of Haas Conference Center

 

Two Great Evening Events! (You can Attend Both!)

Thursday, May 5th, Ahmanson Hall

6:15 PM - 8:30, Open to All Attendees

The Women's DigiFest

An Evening Celebrating Women's Entertainment

Co-Sponsored by WIF Women in Film and Digital Hollywood

and

Thursday, May 5th

The 57th Annual Genii Awards, Additional Ticket Required

Honoring Achievement of Excellence by Women in Media and Entertainment

Hosted by: Alliance for Women in Media, SoCal

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM, Cocktail Reception, Red Carpet and Silent Auction

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - The Awards Ceremony

 

Friday, May 6th

Special Workshop

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Ahmanson Hall

Strategies in Start-up Business Development:  Developing Concepts, Lean Start-up Techniques and Positioning Your Company to Succeed!

Brian Mac Mahon, Chief Community Officer, Expert DOJO

Mike Weeks, International Performance Coach and Reality TV Personality
Ryan Foland, Tedx Speaker and Communications Coach
Dustin Dye, Business Coach

Jason Fishman, Digital Marketing Specialist

Dana Weiss, Expert on Turning Clients into Loyal Fans

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9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

ThinkTank II: Haas Conference Center - Room 172

Social Engagement - Tracking The Real-Time Social Graph - Content, Communication, Advertising

Mark Carlson, CEO, SimpleFeed, Inc.

Ori Nakar, Chief Product Officer, Telescope

Chuck Fishman, Director, Media, Entertainment and Publishing, Acquia

Nguyen Duong, Director of Digital Strategy, INNOCEAN USA

Nancy King, Consultant, NewView Marketing, Moderator

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10:15 AM - 11:30 AM, Haas Conf Center, Room 173

Virtual Reality Keynote,

VR - Making Visions Real - At the Edge of Storytelling - Next Level of Entertainment

Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture, Nokia

Christina Heller, CEO & Co-founder, VR Playhouse

Nick Bicanic, founder, RVLVR:

Justin Denton, VR Supervisor on Vrse.works' NYT Take Flight, Muse Revolt, and Click Effect"

Anthony Borquez, Founder and CEO, Grab, Moderator

 

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM, Haas Conf. Center, Rom 173

The Future of Entertainment: VR Story Architects and Experience

Celine Tricart, founder Lucid Dreams Productions and co-director, "Marriage Equality" VR film for Nokia and 3ality Technica, Moderator

Speakers to be announced

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Special Crowdfunding - Full Day of Sessions

Noon - 1:00 PM, Ahmanson Hall

The Crowdfunding Update: A Roundtable of Experts

Jennifer Post, Partner, Raines Feldman LLP

Taylor McPartland, Advisor, CrowdfundX

Stephen Dypiangco, Vice President, Ovation Digital Arts

Francesco Ferrazzino, CEO, Proxy42 Inc.

Adam M. Goyer, Managing Partner, The Blak Box Group

Ryan Foland, Assistant Director, Blackstone Launchpad, Moderator

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1:15 PM - 2:45 PM, Ahmanson Hall

Crowdfunding Breakthrough: Access to Capital Meritocracy through Reg A+ -- How is Raising Money from Consumers, Including Non-Accredited Investors Changing the Funding Marketplace

Gregory Parker, Co-Founder, Indie Crowd Funder, LLC.

Kinsey Cronin, Business Development Director, StartEngine Crowdfunding

Jillian Sidoti Esq. Crowdfunding Lawyers

Melinda Moore, CEO, Moore Media Ventures

Mariana Danilovic, Founder and Managing Director, Hollywood Portfolio, Moderator

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ThinkTank I: Haas Conference Center - Room 171

Twitter, Facebook & Social Media - Transforming Marketing, Transforming the World

Brian Popowitz, VP, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Black Box

Javon Frazier, EVP, Strategy & Business Development, Collective Digital Studio

Johnny Miller, Founder, Manumatix

Christopher Puga, Head of Sales, West, Adaptly

Jessica Hasson, founder, PulpPR

John Bohan, CEO + Founder, Socialtyze

Dr. Natalie Petouhoff, Instructor, Social Media And Digital Marketing Business for Executives, UCLA, Moderator

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM , Haas Conf. Center, Room 173

Special Workshop, Immersion – AR – VR –  To the Next Level

The Language & Aesthetics of VR:  The Challenge of Creating Movies, Games & Other Experiential Programming

Anna Marie Piersimoni, Instructor, Department of Cinema and Television Arts, California State University, Northridge, Moderator

Jenny Carden (Zenka), Independent Artist and Futurist

Tino Schaedler, founder, Optimist Design, Art Director, "Harry Potter," "V for Vendetta," "Real Steel"

Speakers to be announced

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