Industry Luminaries to Keynote iHollywood Forum's Digital Studio Summit
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.
"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:
Kristen Cox, President & CEO
Colin Ritchie, Founder
Dave Trescot, Director, Dynamic Media Group
Bill Hudson, Senior Strategic Business Development Manager for Professional Applications
David Lipsey, Vice President Media and Entertainment
Stephen Wright, Technical Director
Steve Schklair, Founder and Principal
Ramy Katrib, Founder
Charlie Oppenheimer, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Joe Klingler, Vice President of Software
Mark Drop, Producer, Lloyd in Space (Show in development); Producer, Recess
Alex MacDowell, Production Designer, Minority Report and Cat in the Hat (DreamWorks)
Ron Frankel, Previsualization Supervisor, The Cat in the Hat (DreamWorks); Panic Room (Columbia Pictures)
Mike Archer, Director of Cinema Division
Chuck Comisky, Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor (Producer credits include Terminator 2 3D; Ghosts of the Abyss)
Carl Hixson, Director of Digital Technology
Steve Canepa, Vice President Media and Entertainment
Larry Librach, Assistant Vice President, Business Development - Broadcast and Entertainment
Jon Healey, Technology Reporter
Leon Silverman, Executive Vice President
Chad Knowles, General Manager, Digital Media Group
Randall Dark, President and Co-founder
Chris Marlowe, Technology/New Media Associate Editor
Bruce Markoe, VP Post Production
John Galt, Sr. VP Advanced Digital Imaging
Ray McIntyre, Jr., President and Head of Digital Effects
Tom McDonald, VP Marketing
Barry Snyder, President and CEO
Kevin O'Connell, Supervising Sound Mixer
Richard Andrews, President
Kirk Kessler, Vice President of Digital Media
Volker Engel, CEO and Co-Founder, Academy Award Winner, Visual Effects, Independence Day
William Marks, Director of Business Development
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.