The Vision:

The Vision: The University Project at Digital Hollywood represents an ongoing commitment to supporting the research, development and investment in technology and entertainment and it’s intersection with Universities nationwide.  Colleges and Universities represent the foundation, the starting line in the nation’s investment in technology and advancement in education.  And through year-round programs at Digital Hollywood, we will bring the greatest and most creative minds from technology, entertainment and educational institutions together – both online and face-to-face at our conferences.

The Goal: Digital Hollywood Fall will Celebrate the best in Entertainment & Technology innovation through AR-VR-AI-Apps, Entertainment Production and other Specialities.

Sponsor: The California State University Entertainment Industry Initiative (CSU EII) works with industry leaders to extend the learning experience beyond the classroom to prepare students for successful careers.  The CSU EII offers access to additional professional experiences and resources through internship, fellowship and production technology acquisition programs, an advisory council comprised of diverse industry executives and an extensive alumni network that includes award winning artists and Hollywood luminaries.

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Los Angeles, California

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The Organizing Committee

Garrett S. Hart, Chair & Professor, Department of Cinema & Television Arts, California State University, Fullerton

Dr. David Kahn, Professor & Chair, Television, Radio, Film & Theatre, San Jose State University

Dr. Dina Ibrahim, Director, The California State University Entertainment Industry Initiative & Associate Professor, Broadcast & Electronic Media Arts, San Francisco State University

Theresa Mendoza, Senior Advisor, Campus Advancement, The California State University Chancellor’s Office

Dr. Jerry Mosher, Professor & Chair, Department of Film & Electronic Arts, California State University, Long Beach

Bridget Murnane, Associate Professor, Department of TV, Film and Media Studies, California State University, Los Angeles

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

Jon Stahl, Professor & Chair, Department of Cinema & Television Arts Chair, California State University, Northridge

Victor Harwood, founder, President and Director, Digital Hollywood

 

Oct 10-12, 2017

Special Event at Digital Hollywood

The Organizing Committee

Garrett S. Hart, Chair & Professor, Department of Cinema & Television Arts, California State University, Fullerton

Garrett Hart is a highly accomplished Television Executive with over 25 years of success in Hollywood.  As President of Paramount Network Television for eleven years Hart led a team responsible for the production of 117 pilots, 65 of which went to series, yielding a phenomenal success rate of 55%.  He managed over two billion dollars ($2B USD) in annual production activities and successfully managed such hits as Frasier, NCIS, JAG, Star Trek: Enterprise, Seven Days, Becker, Clueless, Girlfriends, Sentinel, Star Trek: Voyager and Wings.  He also oversaw the production of 71 movies for television. Prior to Paramount, Hart was head of Current Programming at Universal Television and supervised, among others, Miami Vice, Law & Order, Murder She Wrote, Northern Exposure, Coach and Major Dad. He began his career in market research, and was responsible for all television and motion picture research, first for Paramount Pictures Corporation and then for Lorimar.  Hart holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He and his wife, who is an executive at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, live in Pacific Palisades, California.

 

Dr. David Kahn, Professor & Chair, Television, Radio, Film & Theatre, San Jose State University

David Kahn received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and taught there and at University of the Pacific before joining the SJSU Theatre Arts faculty in 1985. As a theatre professional he was founding Artistic Director of Sierra Repertory Theatre, Production Manager of the Eureka Theatre Co., Managing Director of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Literary Manager of San Jose Rep, consulting director for City Lights Theatre Company of San Jose, and a guest artist with CSU SummerArts, Southern Rep of New Orleans in addition to numerous jobs as a freelance director and dramaturg. He teaches scriptwriting, dramatic literature and theatre history, directing, and graduate seminars at SJSU in addition to his university production work as a director, writer and producer. Kahn has participated in panels and workshops with Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival, Association of Theatres in Higher Education, and California Educational Theatre Association. For many years he served a professional theatres site visitor for the California Arts Council. He is author of Bibliography of Multicultural Theatre Resources (CETA, 1993), numerous articles on new play development, dramaturgy, and computer-based theatre resources, and ScriptWork: A Director's Approach to New Play Development (SIU Press, 1995). At SJSU, Dr. Kahn has directed many world-premiere productions, including his own adaptation War of the Worlds v. 2.0. In 2001, Kahn received the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival "Excellence in Education" Award. In 2003 he was named as one of seven SJSU Teacher-Scholars. He currently serves as a city-appointed commissioner for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY). For the past ten years he's served as coordinator of the TRFT Graduate program. His students have won recent national awards in screenwriting and playwriting, have received prestigious graduate school admissions, publication of research, developed important teaching careers, assumed artistic leadership and other notable accomplishments.

 

Dr. Dina Ibrahim, Director, The California State University Entertainment Industry Initiative & Associate Professor, Broadcast & Electronic Media Arts, San Francisco State University

Dina Ibrahim is an Associate Professor of Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, where she teaches radio and television news production and media performance. She has reported and produced for the BBC World Service Radio in London, United Press International in Cairo, CNN in Atlanta, NPR in Austin, KPOO 89.5 FM in San Francisco and CreaTV in San Jose. Her research interests include the psychological impact of television news on both Muslim and Jewish audiences, the role of journalists in the post-revolutionary transition to democracy in Egypt, and analyzing American television representations of the Mideast. She is the co-author of “Television and Radio Announcing (New York: Pearson, 2013) and an associate producer of the upcoming documentary Hope & Fear: Egypt on the Tipping Point. She received her BA & MA from the American University in Cairo and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

Theresa Mendoza, Senior Advisor, Campus Advancement, The California State University

As Senior Advisor, Theresa (Tere) Mendoza provides strategic counsel to the presidents and executive leadership of the 23 campuses as they build successful advancement programs that enhance the California State University’s prestige, build alumni loyalty and procure philanthropic resources. Services provided include campaign planning and management, major gift fundraising strategies, academic community involvement, volunteer structures and management, leadership coaching, staff mentoring and in-residence assignments. She is also responsible for managing the chancellor’s statewide industry advisory councils in the areas of agriculture, entertainment and hospitality. Previous to her current role with the Division of University Relations and Advancement at the CSU Chancellor’s Office, Mendoza served as vice president at San Diego State and interim vice president at CSU Fullerton–two of the system’s largest campuses. Prior to joining the CSU, Mendoza served as executive vice president of the Arizona State University Foundation and campaign director of ASU's Campaign for Leadership and as special advisor to the president at the University of New Mexico. In the non-profit and government sectors, Mendoza served as the Washington Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and worked on the staffs of three members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. She earned a bachelor’s in international affairs and economics from George Washington University, a master’s in organizational communication from Arizona State University and a certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University.

 

Dr. Jerry Mosher, Professor & Chair, Department of Film & Electronic Arts, California State University, Long Beach

Jerry Mosher's research focuses on American cinema and its representations of the body. His essays on media and culture have appeared in numerous anthologies. He is currently completing a book manuscript titled Bigger Than Life: Fat Actors and Figurations in Classical Hollywood Cinema. Prof. Mosher has served as FEA Department Chair since 2012. He teaches courses in film history, classical and contemporary film theory, documentary film, and European cinema. He earned a Ph.D. in Film and Television at UCLA.

 

Bridget Murnane, Associate Professor, Department of TV, Film and Media Studies, California State University, Los Angeles

Bridge Murnane is known for her creative treatments of dance film and video. Her work has screened in over sixty international festivals and received numerous awards including two CINE Eagles. Her first feature film, Odile and Yvette at the Edge of The World, premiered at the prestigious Edinburgh Film Festival and received special recognition from the Film Advisory Board and Brussels Diamond Film Festival. The PBS series, New Television and The Territory, have presented her work, as well as the cable channel, Classic Arts Showcase. Ms. Murnane’s latest endeavor is her podcast, Dance Vids, the first dance for the camera show on iTunes.

 

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

Simone Nelson has developed and produced films, theater productions, festivals, and digital media entertainment start-ups for more than 20 years. She’s worked with, among others, the former head of Disney Studios & Theatricals Peter Schneider; filmmaker/writer Rebecca Miller and actor Daniel Day Lewis; Forensic Films; Film Arts Foundation; the Mill Valley Film Festival/California Film Institute; the Global Film Initiative; San Francisco Opera; The International Festival of Arts & Ideas and London’s famed Royal Court Theatre & Shakespeare’s Globe. More recently she produced the Berlin Film Festival award-winning documentary City of Borders; was a two-term President of Bay Area Women in Film & Media; served as head of distribution & partnerships for Webby Awards founder/filmmaker Tiffany Shlain’s Moxie Institute Film Studio; and as managing director of the inaugural Social Change Film Festival in Bali, Indonesia. Besides her work for CSU, Simone is a producer for Richard Branson’s Virgin Disruptors and a new narrative feature film, The Last Black Man in San Francisco. Simone is also a strategic communications & creative development consultant working at the cross section of entertainment and technology. She is skilled at crafting innovative, engaging & high impact new & traditional media funding, marketing, publicity, & distribution strategies across multiple platforms & channels generating increased presence, audience share & revenue. Simone trained as an actor and has performed in venues all over the U.S. and abroad in musicals, plays and as the lead singer of several bands.  She’s taught producing, acting and directing at The Art Institute of CA–San Francisco sand has trained at New York’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the British American Drama Academy in London, England.  She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Theater and has an MFA from Yale University’s Graduate School of Drama.

 

Jon Stahl, Professor & Chair, Department of Cinema & Television Arts Chair, California State University, Northridge

Jon Stahl is a professional screenwriter and has worked in a variety of capacities in film and television production. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton and his M.F.A. in Film and Television from UCLA. Professor Stahl was a director for several years at WBNG-TV, a CBS affiliate in New York State. One of the programs that he wrote, directed and co-produced, an hour-long special about baseball, won awards from the National Association of Broadcasters and the New York State Broadcasters' Association. Jon left WBNG to freelance in film production in NYC, the land of his birth. He worked in several aspects of production, on commercials, feature films and TV shows such as Saturday Night Live. In time, he was employed with growing regularity as a prop man, despite his profusion of thumbs. Finally realizing that this flaw would impede a sustained career in the property arts, he turned to screenwriting. To support his writing habit, Professor Stahl taught television production at Brooklyn College and at SUNY F.I.T. During this time, he also wrote and directed a short film on a budget of 12-and-a-half cents. Shortly thereafter, he made the requisite trek to L.A. He soon affiliated himself with UCLA Extension, where he taught film production for several years. After receiving his M.F.A., Jon's screenwriting career began to blossom. Several of his feature-length scripts have been optioned by producers such as David Foster (THE RIVER WILD, McCABE AND MRS. MILLER), Cari-Esta Albert (THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS), and Meg Ryan's Prufrock Pictures.  Ternion Pictures (EXTRACT, THE GOODE FAMILY) has optioned a half-hour comedy series that Jon created, and his award-winning web series, LIVE THE DREAM, is in development with DFM Media.  A recent feature-length project, PARK AVENUE BASEBALL, placed first in the Broadcast Education Association’s juried faculty scriptwriting competition and was named “Best of Fest” in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts. Professor Stahl joined the CSUN faculty in 1998. He became head of the CTVA Screenwriting Option in 2005, and has been Chair of the Department of Cinema and Television Arts since January 2011. He has been honored by the CSUN Blue Key Honor Society with their Distinguished Faculty Award, the CSUN Ambassadors with their Polished Apple Award, and has been listed in several editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Jon has served as moderator and panelist on several conference panels and has had articles published in the JOURNAL OF FILM AND VIDEO and FEEDBACK. He is a member of the Broadcast Education Association, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the University Film and Video Association, and is the president of the local chapter of the Alvy Singer Appreciation Society.

 

Victor Harwood, founder, President and Director, Digital Hollywood

During the past two decades Victor Harwood has developed and produced over two hundred leading conferences and events for artists, professionals and top executives. Mr. Harwood is considered a leading authority on the convergence of the entertainment and technology industries, founding and organizing such conferences as Digital Hollywood, Politics 2008: The Media Conference on the Election of the President, Media Summit New York, Building Blocks, Advertising 2.0, Digital Hollywood Europe in London, the Entertainment Globalization Initiative, Multimedia Expo, Production East at Lincoln Center, the International Business in Space Conference and the New York Writers Conference. He coined the now ubiquitous expression "The Digital Revolution." Digital Hollywood debuted in 1994 and has from its start been among the leading trade conferences in its field with over 15,000 top executives in the film, television, music, home video, cable, telecommunications and computer industries attending the various events each year. Keynote speakers at various Digital Hollywood events have included: Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, News Corporation; Steven A. Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation; Jeff Zucker, President and Chief Executive, NBC Universal; Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Viacom Inc.; Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company; Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation; Barry Diller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IAC/InterActiveCorp; Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Communications; Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation; Bob Wright, Vice Chairman & Executive Officer, General Electric Company; Sean "Puffy" Combs, Courtney Love, Chris Blackwell, Chairman of Sputnik7 and founder of Island Records. In the long history of Digital Hollywood, additional Keynote Speakers have included: Josh Sapan, CEO, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC; Rob Glaser, Chairman & CEO, RealNetworks; Sam Donaldson, Co-Anchor, "This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts; Christie Hefner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. and Chairman, Playboy.com; Kevin Wendle, CEO/Co-Founder, IFILM & founder of CNET; Mads Lillilund, Vice President, New Media, Lucent Technologie; Dick Wolf, Emmy Award Winning Producer, Law & Order; John Sculley, Chairman, Sculley Brothers, Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist & Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, Voter.com; Mika Salmi, founder & CEO, Atom Films; Avram Miller, Vice President, Intel Corp.; Chris Kitze, CEO, Xoom.com; Michael Ramsay, President, Silicon Graphics; John C. Colligan, President & CEO, Macromedia; Scott C. Marden, President & CEO, Philips Media; Danny Goldberg, President & CEO, Warner Bros. Music Group; Charlton Heston, Actor; Michael Fitzpatrick, President & CEO, Pacific Telesis Enterprises; Bernard J. Luskin, President Jones Digital Century; Trip Hawkins, President & CEO, 3DO Corp.; Satjiv S. Chahil, Vice President & General Manager, Apple Computer; Stuart C. Johnson, Group President, Bell Atlantic; Kay Koplovitz, President & CEO, USA Networks and Gregory Hughes, President, AT&T Network Systems.

 

 

 

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