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The Women's Creativity Festival at Digital Hollywood

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Plus a Special Awards Event:

57 Annual Genii Awards

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May 3-5, 2016
The Skirball Center

 

Digital Hollywood

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WIF Women in Film

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Just Added - Thursday Night, May 5th at Digital Hollywood

The 57th Annual Genii Awards - Alliance for Women in Media,  SoCal

Senator Barbara Boxer, Netflix board member Anne Sweeney and Film Independent President Josh Welsh have been added as presenters for the 57th Annual Genii Awards - The Yearly Awards event by the Alliance for Women in Media,  Southern California Foundation. Host for the evening: Erica Olsen, Emmy®-nominated on-air anchor for CBS2/KCAL9 - Tickets for the Awards

Seminars, Screenings & Festival Celebration

The Days of Amazing Seminars and Workshops Concluding with a Celebration of the Best in Women's Film-TV-Internet-Technology

 

The Strategic Sessions - Let's Get Started!

Tuesday, May 3rd

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Track II: Ahmanson Hall, Live Webcast

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

Brent Bushnell, co-founder, Two Bit Circus

Caroline Strzalka, EVP, Partnerships, Sandbox & Co, 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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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

10:45 AM - Noon

Track III: Haas Conference Center - Room 171

Living the Life: Women Entrepreneurs, Lifestyle Innovators and Disrupters

Susan Brazer, CEO, LionShare Media

Malinda Sanna, founder and CEO, SPARK

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

Cam Kashani, Godmother of Silicon Beach

Karinna Karsten, CEO, Love TV

Lisa Kraynak, Founding partner, Propelle partners, 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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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

Shauna Phelan, Head of Development and Production, AwesomenessTV

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

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3:50 PM - 5:00 PM

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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Thursday, May 5th

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, Creator & Actor, ANOTHER DAY WITH YOU

Bob Clendenin, Actor, Credits Include: "Cougar Town; Quick Draw (Hulu) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2"

Gregory Van Horn, Director, Credits include: "Frost/Nixon; Chicago P.D.; Private Practice Vanilla Sky and Wild Hog"

John Zinman, Director, Credits Include: "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; The Blacklist; The Finder and Friday Night Lights"

Laurie Leitzel, Producer, Another Day With You

Jeanne Taylor, Actress, Credits Include: Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Dane Collier, Editor, Another Day With You

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10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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

Jenn Duong, Director of Virtual Reality, 1215creative

Taryn Southern, Producer, Actor and YouTube Personality, Moderator

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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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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 Creators

Kassi Crews, Producer, Broken Memories

Michael Worth, Director, Broken Memories

Rance Howard, Actor, Credits Include: "Nebraska; How the Grinch Stole Christmas; Frost/Nixon and Angels & Demons"

Kirk Bovill, Actor, Broken Memories

Cerina Vincent, Actress, Credits Include: "Cabin Fever; Not Another Teen Movie and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy"

Che Landon, Actress, Broken Memories

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12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

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 Project Manager, 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 Creators
Amy Hill, Commercial Director, "Use Your And" Credits Include: US Navy; Team USA, Gillette; Siemens; Hersheys; Starbucks and Chase

US Navy; Team USA, Gillette; Siemens; Hersheys; Starbucks and Chase

Anne-Marie MacKay, Chief Creative Officer, Wondros

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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 with Content Creators

Isabelle LaRue, Creator/Host, Engineer Your Space, over 110,000 subscribers and 7.8M views

Beth Le Manach, Creator/Host, Entertaining With Beth, close to 300,000 subscribers

Tara Johnson, Creator/Host, Words, Wine & Women, After Buzz TV and Black Hollywood Live

Jacque Borowski, Host, Words, Wine & Women, After Buzz TV

Dr Shannon Chavez, Host, Words, Wine & Women

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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 Babb, Head of Digital, MarVista

Sarah Penna, Head of AwesomenessTV’s Awestruck Network

Toby Berlin, President, School of Toby, Inc and Consultant to Playstation Vue

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

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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”

Zatella Beatty, Director/producer, Iverson

Cori Jacobs, Composer, Iverson

Mike Marangu, co-producer, Iverson

Steve Perry, producer, Iverson

Jamie Hall, DP, Iverson

Ted Faye, producer, Iverson

Tonia Hawkins. co-producer, Iverson

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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, Pilates Instructor and Creator of The Orchids Plan for Women over 40

Danika Brysha, curve model and founder of clean-eating Paleo meal delivery service Model Meals

Jen E. Smith, Master yoga instructor at Equinox and founder of Retreat Yourself Well

Holly Perkins, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, women’s strength expert, and author of "Lift to Get Lean

Rachel Lee, VP Content Strategy at Beachbody

Valaer Goldsworthy, Managing Editor of LIVESTRONG.COM

Jess Barron, Editor in Chief, Livestrong.com, 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 - PDF-Evening Event

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

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An Evening Celebrating Women's Entertainment

Co-Sponsored by WIF Women in Film and Digital Hollywood

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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

Honorees

Sherry Brennan, SVP, Distribution Strategy & Development, Fox Networks Group for Excellence in Management