Press Release -- iHollywood Forum, Inc.

Industry Luminaries to Keynote iHollywood Forum's Digital Studio Summit

Second Annual Summit to Spotlight Impact of Digital Technology on Film and Television
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LOS ANGELES (Jun. 05, 2003) -- iHollywood Forum, Inc. today announced that Chuck Comisky, Visual Effects Supervisor for James Cameron's Earthship Productions; Steve Wright, Technical Director, Cinesite; and Volker Engel, Oscar award winner for Best Special Effects for Independence Day, will keynote "The Digital Studio," an executive summit and showcase that will focus on how digital technology is transforming Hollywood, film and television.

The two-day summit will take place on June 19-20, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wyndham Belage Hotel in West Hollywood.

Featuring three tracks of panel discussions and presentations, and an exhibitor and demo showcase, the event will bring together a wide range of entertainment industry professionals from studio executives to financial analysts who will hear from the leaders and pioneers in digital technology. Attendees will consider how to best incorporate digital technology into the creative and production process while keeping costs reasonable. Topics to be covered include visual effects; animation, high-definition filmmaking and television, acquisition, digital intermediates and mastering, audio, digital cinema, digital storyboards, production and post-production; DVD home video, HDTV, marketing and distribution.
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"With the release of digital movies such as James Cameron's The Ghosts of the Abyss and The Matrix Reloaded, digital technology has become the hot topic in entertainment," said Michael Stroud, founder of iHollywood Forum, Inc. "As more and more directors and producers incorporate the technology into practice, there is going to be a massive evolution not only in the how movies and television shows are made but also in how they are conceived."

Sponsors and exhibitors include: IBM, JVC Professional, Digital Fountain, Quantel, NXN, Zoran, Total Training. Media and association partners include the Hollywood Reporter, Weber Shandwick Entertainment Marketing, eMedia, Post, Storage and Entertainment, Creative Planet, Business Wire, Producers Guild of America, Screen Digest.

Featured speakers and panelists who are leaders in digital technology include:


  • Volker Engel, Uncharted Territory

  • Steve Wright, Technical Director, Cinesite

  • Chuck Comisky, Earthship Productions, Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer

    Featured Speakers:

  • 16 x 9 Productions
    Kristen Cox, President & CEO

  • Aarmadillo
    Colin Ritchie, Founder

  • Adobe
    Dave Trescot, Director, Dynamic Media Group

  • Apple
    Bill Hudson, Senior Strategic Business Development Manager for Professional Applications

  • Artesia Technologies
    David Lipsey, Vice President Media and Entertainment

  • Bernie Laramie, Television Producer (Credits include CSI, Profiler)

  • Cinesite
    Stephen Wright, Technical Director

  • Cobalt Entertainment
    Steve Schklair, Founder and Principal

  • DigitalFilm Tree
    Ramy Katrib, Founder

  • Digital Fountain
    Charlie Oppenheimer, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

  • Discreet
    Joe Klingler, Vice President of Software

  • Disney Studios
    Mark Drop, Producer, Lloyd in Space (Show in development); Producer, Recess

  • Dreamworks
    Alex MacDowell, Production Designer, Minority Report and Cat in the Hat (DreamWorks)

  • Dreamworks
    Ron Frankel, Previsualization Supervisor, The Cat in the Hat (DreamWorks); Panic Room (Columbia Pictures)

  • DTS
    Mike Archer, Director of Cinema Division

  • Earthship Productions
    Chuck Comisky, Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor (Producer credits include Terminator 2 3D; Ghosts of the Abyss)

  • HBO
    Carl Hixson, Director of Digital Technology

  • IBM
    Steve Canepa, Vice President Media and Entertainment

  • JVC
    Larry Librach, Assistant Vice President, Business Development - Broadcast and Entertainment

  • LA Times
    Jon Healey, Technology Reporter

  • LaserPacific
    Leon Silverman, Executive Vice President

  • FotoKem
    Chad Knowles, General Manager, Digital Media Group

  • HD Vision Studios
    Randall Dark, President and Co-founder

  • Hollywood Reporter
    Chris Marlowe, Technology/New Media Associate Editor

  • MGM Studios
    Bruce Markoe, VP Post Production

  • Panavision
    John Galt, Sr. VP Advanced Digital Imaging

  • Pixel Magic
    Ray McIntyre, Jr., President and Head of Digital Effects

  • Quantel
    Tom McDonald, VP Marketing

  • Post Logic Studios
    Barry Snyder, President and CEO

  • Sony Pictures Studios
    Kevin O'Connell, Supervising Sound Mixer

  • Technicolor Creative Services
    Richard Andrews, President

  • Technicolor
    Kirk Kessler, Vice President of Digital Media

  • Uncharted Territory
    Volker Engel, CEO and Co-Founder, Academy Award Winner, Visual Effects, Independence Day

  • Walt Disney Company
    William Marks, Director of Business Development

  • Zoic Studios
    Emile Edwin Smith, Computer Graphics and Special Effects Supervisor (Projects include: Excelerant, Firefly (Fox TV) Century City, NYPD 2069, Battlestar Gallactica, Buffy Series Finale)

    iHollywood Forum, Inc., based in Los Angeles, produces roundtables and conferences for Hollywood, entrepreneurs and mobile technology professionals. Founded two years ago by business journalist Michael Stroud, the company produces the monthly iHollywood Forum seminars on digital entertainment; MobileTech Forum for mobile professionals in San Diego, Los Angeles and Palo Alto; the iWireless World summit on wireless content and applications; and Digital Media Summit, a conference about digital media delivery and commerce.

    Source: iHollywood Forum, Inc.

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