"The University Project" - The Global Meeting of University & College Professionals in Entertainment & Media Production and Studies
Digital Hollywood, September 19-21, 2005 - Loews Hotel, Santa Monica, California
Co- Sponsored by UCLA Extension's Department of Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts, Digital Hollywood &
ACM Computers in Entertainment

University Project - Board of Advisors
Kenn Heller,
Associate Director of UCLA's Center for Student Programming
Jane Kagon, Director of UCLA Extension's Department of Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts
Newton Lee, Senior Producer, Disney Online, and Editor-in-Chief, ACM Computers in Entertainment
Dr. Bernard J. Luskin, Director, Media Studies, Executive Vice President, Fielding Graduate University
Anna Marie Piersimoni, Director, Internet Communications, Director, Media & Technology, American Film Institute
Dana Plautz, Chair Art and Entertainment Research Council Committee, Intel Research
Todd Richmond, Managing Director, Annenberg Center for Communication, USC
Kevin Roebuck, Manager, Libraries and e-Learning, Global Education and Research, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Teri Schwartz, Dean of Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television
Kathy Smith, Chair of Animation/Digital Arts, USC
Tim Langdell, Information Technology Program, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Nancy Uscher, Provost, CalArts
Martin Perlmutter, Executive Producer, META-4
David Traub, VP Business Development, Screen Media Technology
Georgia Bergman, former Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Music

Registration: (1) To register, please click through to the Digital Hollywood registration form. Please note the Academic Rate for full time faculty and administration, Click Here You will be emailed a confirmation with further details.

The Goal: To create a yearly gathering place for an international community of faculty and administrators in entertainment, media studies, production and technology to explore, to share and to help integrate the process of global media and entertainment education with the professional digital media experience. By being held in conjunction with Digital Hollywood, "The University Project" will immediately expose and introduce its participants to the three days of sessions and the thousands of professionals in the entertainment and technology industries already in attendance at this traditional gathering place in Los Angeles.

University Project Program at Digital Hollywood Fall
(Open to all Digital Hollywood Conference Registrants)
Monday, September 19th
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Workshop - The University Project
"Envisioning the Future of Digital Entertainment – As a Student Curriculum, as a Cultural Prototype and as a Digital Lifestyle"
Chamath Palihapitiya, VP/General Manager, AIM and ICQ, America Online
John Tarnoff,
Senior Executive, DreamWorks Animation
Brett Goldberg,
President, Cdigix
Kevin Roebuck,
Manager , Libraries and e-Learning, Sun Microsystems
Bobby Beck,
President/CEO, AnimationMentor.com
Teri Schwartz, Dean of Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television
Tom Lesser, Director of Integrated Media, CalArts
Todd Richmond, Managing Director, Annenberg Center for Communication, Moderator
For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Track IV: The University Project - Plenary Session - Open to All Attendees
"Digital Filmmaking - Future of the Creative Process - Film, Games & Video - Students Question the Professionals"
The Dreamworks Team

Rick Rekedal, DreamWorks Animation Consumer Products - Moderator
Denis Couchon, Supervising Animator, MADAGASCAR
Tom McGrath, Director , MADAGASCAR ( Subject to availability)
Paul Reiche, founder/CEO, Toys For Bob (MADAGASCAR video game developer)
Laird Malamed, VP Studios, Activision
Peter Sauers, VP Product Development, The bEQUAL Company (MADAGASCAR DVD game developer/publisher)
Mark Rowen, Producer, MADAGASCAR DVD
University Project
Moderator: Kathy Smith, Chair of Animation/Digital Arts, USC
Student Questioners:
Adam Fanton, UCLA
Hao Gu, USC
Marianna Hayden, CalArts
Pablo Calvillo, CalArts
Terilyn Lawson, USC
For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

7:00 PM – University Project Dinner - Open to all Attendees
Dinner Hosted by:


Tuesday, September 20th
10:30 - Noon
Workshop - The University Project
"Global Media Strategies - Developing the Next Generation of Entertainment, Media & Technology Thinkers and Visionaries – Art vs. Commerce vs. Theory"
Bill Murray, former, Executive Vice President & co-COO, Motion Picture Association of America, Inc
Martin Perlmutter, Executive Producer, META-4
Anne Balsamo,
Director Institute of Multimedia Literacy, USC Annenberg
David Traub,
VP Business Development, Screen Media Technology
Anna Marie Piersimoni, Associate Director - New Media Ventures, AFI American Film Institute
David Roemer, co-founder, Campus MovieFest
Dr. Bernard J. Luskin, Director, Media Studies, Executive Vice President, Fielding Graduate University, Moderator
For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Workshop - The University Project
"Research, Development and Investment in Entertainment Technologies and Media Studies Innovation: From the University to Industry Application"
Dana Plautz, Chair Art and Entertainment Research Council Committee, Intel Research
Kenn Heller, Associate Director of UCLA's Center for Student Programming
Janet Pearce Stenzel, Director, Mobile Media Institute, USC

Charles Swartz, CEO, USC Entertainment Technology Center
Scott LeGrand, NVidia
Newton Lee, Senior Producer, Disney Online, and Editor-in-Chief, ACM Computers in Entertainment, Moderator
For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

The "University Project" is a work-in-progress. As such, the Department of Entertainment Studies is interested in taking suggestions from attendees on how continue to develop new professional/educational connections and affiliations (and supplement existing ones) beyond the Digital Hollywood’s conferences.

Corporate Involvement - The University Project will look for creative ideas in corporate development, looking toward the future of entertainment and technology organizations and exploring their relationships with University and College programs, from scholarship to co-development concepts. "The University Project" will also be seeking Corporate Sponsorships for this and future events. Please call Victor Harwood - 212-352-9720.

Jane Kagon is the Director of UCLA Extension's Department of Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts, the largest and most highly acclaimed professional continuing education and training program for all sectors of the international entertainment industry. Considered to be the platinum standard for the certification of entertainment based training programs, the Department of Entertainment Studies serves as a central hub in a synergistic world-wide network of entertainment/education institutions. In her capacity as Director of the Department, Ms. Kagon is responsible for coordinating B-to-B custom programs on site and around the globe, as well as overseeing the implementation of over 500 courses a year in Los Angeles for approximately 10,000 enrollees. Prior to coming to UCLA, Jane was a long term production and development executive in Hollywood, working as Vice President of Production for Michael Douglas among other major producers, as well as being an independent film producer herself and a writer for interactive media, game projects and television animation series. Ms. Kagon began her career as an entertainment attorney, representing screenwriters, producers, film composers and actors.

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