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Digital Hollywood Conference May 3 – 6, 2016

Sign up to attend the Digital Hollywood Experience Conference on May 3 – 6, 2017 with panels that cover tech, virtual reality and entertainment. The conference will be at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles and if you are not local you can stream it live on Digital Hollywood.
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Agenda Highlights! – Click Here for Complete Agenda 
57th Annual Genii Awards by the Alliance for Women in Media,  Southern California Foundation.
Co-Hosted by Erica Olsen, Emmy Nominated On-Air Host for CBS2/KCAL9 and Matt Iseman, Host of American Ninja Warrior
Presenters Include: Senator Barbara Boxer; Fran Drescher, Actor & Activist; Anne Sweeney, Netflix board member; Josh Welsh, President, Film Independent

Future of Film – Studio & Indie, Global Content Business, The Changing face of the Film Industry 
from Imax and Alternative Content to VR and other Immersive Experiences

Robert J. Lenihan, President, Programming, AMC Entertainment Inc.
Phil Groves, Senior Vice President, IMAX Corp & Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, IMAX Entertainment
Chris Edwards, CEO, THE THIRD FLOOR & CPO, VRC: The Virtual Reality Company
Duncan Stewart, Director of Research, Deloitte Canada
Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema Business Group, Dolby Laboratories
Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Moderator
The Making of a Hollywood VR Narrative Experience
“Defrost” – A Roundtable with the Creators
Randal Kleiser, Director, “Grease,” “Honey I Blew Up the Kid”
Tanna Frederick, Producer/actor
Carl Weathers, Actor
Bruce Davison, Actor
Mario Kenyon, Head of Production, Furious M (VR Services)
Moderator – David Bloom, Digital content production and partnerships,
VR/AR as Change Agent: Social, News, Documentary and Political Media
Molly Swenson, COO, RYOT
Nonny de la Peña, CEO Emblematic Group and Annenberg Fellow, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Lyman Missimer, Strategic Business Development and Partnerships, Education, Google
Phil McNally, Stereoscopic VFX Supervisor, Condition One
Kaj Larsen, Producer/Journalist/Correspondent, VICE
Brandon Zamel, Founder, CEO, Springbok Entertainment, Moderator
CG Humans: Integration of the Virtual Character in Film – TV – VR – Games
Brett Leonard, Producer/Directer/Writer/Futurist. Tough Trick Transmedia
Richard Taylor, Cinematics Director at Electronic Arts on Command & Conquer 3 and Red Alert 3
Sean Stanek, CGI-Motion Capture, LORD OF THE RINGS
Joseph A. Zaki, Founder and CEO VRTUALITY
Marshall Millett, CEO, AeMass (Volumetric Motion/Reality Capture
Gregory Peter Panos, Founder: Persona Foundation, Futurist, VR /AR Pioneer
David Traub, Co-Founder, Epiphany Film Fund, Moderator
The Future of Enhanced Advertising: Addressing Brands, Message, Technology, Media and Entertainment
Carol Chung, SVP, Media Tech, DigitasLBi
Penny Baldwin, Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications, General Manager, Brand and Reputation Marketing, Intel Corporation
Lori Tabb, Marketing Executive, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Jason Jercinovic, President, Havas Worldwide Digital
Liz Wilson, Director of Media and Strategic Partnerships, Under Armour
Steven Haft, SVP Innovation, Time Inc.
Tom Flanagan, Partner, Nut + Bolt, Moderator
Future of TV – Wall St. Analysts Meet Industry Executives 
Stephen Beres, Vice President, Media & Production Operations West Coast, HBO
James Marsh, Senior Vice President & Head of Investor Relations, Lionsgate
Cathy Hetzel, Executive Vice President, Operator Sales & Business Development, comScore
Laura Martin, CFA, Entertainment & Internet Analyst, Needham & Company, LLC
Larry Namer, President/CEO, Metan Global Entertainment Group, Founder E! Entertainment
Marty Shindler, CEO, The Shindler Perspective, Inc., Moderator
Hollywood and the Digital Consumer: How Technology, Content and Services Establish the Next Level of Consumer Entertainment Experience
John Rubey, CEO, Fathom Events
Jonathan Perelman, Department Head of Digital Ventures, ICM Partners
Evan Greene, CMO, The Recording Academy
David Viviano, Chief Economist, SAG-AFTRA
Rona Mercado, Vice President, Client Services, Cashmere Agency
Don Levy, President, Smith Brook Farm, Moderator
Silicon Beach Strategies: Accelerate, Incubate, Crowdfunding, Start-ups & Angels
Rob Freelen, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank, LA
Vincent Bradley, CEO & Co-Founder, FlashFunders
Tolga Onuk, CEO, Thunderbolt Creative Digital Technologies
Andres Diana, Managing Director, SeedInvest Los Angeles
Rick Smith, Co-Founder and Managing Director, CrossCut Ventures
Ash Kumra, Co-Founder, & White House Award Winner
Victoria Silchenko, Ph.D., Chair of Global LAVA, Los Angeles Venture Association, Moderator
The DealMaking Process: From Feature Film, Reality TV & Specials to Web Series and Indie Film Making
Adam Reed, President, Thinkfactory Media
Keith Kjarval, co-founder and producer, Unified Pictures, “Rudderless,” “A Single Shot,” “The Driftless Area,” “VINCENT N ROXXY”
Jane E. Durkee, COO, Tremendous! Entertainment
Sandy Climan, CEO, All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW)
Robert (Leo) Rodgers, MBA, Sr. VP & Label Liaison, Bungalo Records/Universal Music Group
Allison Wallach, President, Jupiter Entertainment
Kevin Iwashina, Founder & CEO, Preferred Content, (Producer, “Frank & Lola,” “Little Birds,” “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” )
Melisse Lewis, Entertainment Attorney, Moderator
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
Mason Williams, Senior Manager, Mattel Digital Play Production, Mattel, Inc.
Brent Bushnell, co-founder, Two Bit Circus
Caroline Strzalka, EVP, Partnerships, Sandbox & Co, Moderator
Virtual and Augmented Reality: The Technology that will Change Everything: Narrative Entertainment, Games, Advertising, TV and Social Media
Dr. David Levitt, co-founder and CEO, Pantomime Corporation
Ted Schilowitz, Futurist and VR explorer at 20th Century FOX
Roy Taylor, Corporate Vice President and Head of Alliances, AMD
David Shing, Digital Prophet, AOL
Steve Schklair, founding principal and CEO, 3ality & 3mersiv
Shawn Gold, Corporate Marketing Officer, JustFab Inc., Moderator
Virtual Reality Transforms Entertainment and Media – TV, Sports & Music
Matt Collado, co-founder and Chief Content Officer, Littlstar (VR for Showtime, Esquire, Discovery)
DJ Roller, co-founder, NextVR
Steven Haft, SVP Innovation, Time Inc.
Chris Thomes, Vice President, Digital Media Studios, Disney/ABC Television Group
Ted Kenney, Director, Field and Technical Operations, Fox Sports
Dr. Sankar Jayaram, President and CEO, VOKE
Kurt Knutsson, CyberGuy, Author, Investor, Broadcaster, Moderator
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
The VR-AR ThinkTank: Top Executives From Leading Technology and Entertainment Companies Access the Current Expansion and Likely Evolution of the Industry
Andy Cochrane, Interactive and New Media Director, Special Projects Lead, Mirada
Jesse Sisgold, Chief Operating Officer, Skydance Media
Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture, Nokia
Joel Susal, Director, VR/AR, Dolby Labs
Joel Breton, Vice President VR Content, HTC Vive – HTC America
Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures
Moderator – Robert Nashak, COO, Survios
Storytelling in Hollywood: Art + Design + Technology = The New Narrative of Film – VR – Games – Experiental Environments
Tim Dillon, Executive Producer- VR, MPC
Jeffrey Daniels, FAIA, principal of Jeffrey Daniels Architects and Program Director, UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design
Spencer Hunt, VP of Games and Interactive Entertainment, Skydance Productions
Andy Goldstein, Executive Producer, Otherworld Interactive
Julia Sourikoff, Head of VR, Tools of North America, Moderator
VR-AR – Financing the Imagination: Funding and Business Development in Immersive Entertainment & Technology – From VCs and Kickstarter to Corporate Investments
Richard Yen, Managing Director, Private Equity, Saban Capital Group
Sivan Iram, General Manager, River Studios
Eunice Shin, Managing Director, Manatt Digital Media. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Fryd Ovcaric, General Manager and Head of Business Devleopment, 8i Studios
Scott Lenet, President, Touchdown Ventures
Jon Goldman, Venture Partner, Greycroft Partners
Joe Michaels, Former Senior Director, Business Development, Microsoft, Moderator
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 Bab, Head of Digital, MarVista
Michelle Van Jura, Founder and Owner, Intersect Communications, Moderator
The VR Narrative: Immersive Theater and Language of VR: Story Architects and Experience Designers
Michael Conelly, founder, Blackthorn Media
Andy Cochrane, Interactive and New Media Director, Special Projects Lead, Mirada
Peter Oberdorfer, President, Tactic
Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer, Canadian Film Centre
Jonathan Pearson, Director, UNIT9
Nick DeMartino, Chair, IDEABOOST Accelerator, Moderator
The Power of VR-AR: A New Language of Artistry – A Unique Moment of Commercial Possibility and Marketplace
Miles Perkins, Vice President, Marketing Communications, JauntVR
Guy Primus, co-founder + CEO, The VR Company
Aruna Inversin, VR Supervisor, Digital Domain
Dario Raciti. Director Zero Code OMD
Sandy Smolan, Film & Television Director
Ryan Pamplin, VP, Partnerships & Sales, Meta
Bruce Greenberg, Founder, iCinema Ventures, Moderator
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Women in Entertainment Workshop series application deadline May 6

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 1.23.29 PM“As women, our leadership roles keep expanding and with them, the challenges we face in the entertainment industry. We want to be sure that we are not only shining a light on the most prevalent issues that women face in the industry, but also providing women with the tools to succeed,” states Gretchen McCourt. “The launch of the workshop series is a developmental opportunity for emerging creative talent to learn from industry leaders in an intimate setting where they can freely ask questions and learn from these role models and their experiences.”

Women in Entertainment Workshop series application deadline May 6

Gretchen McCourt, Executive Vice President of Arclight is hosting the Entertainment Workshop Series. The workshops will feature creative leaders across film and television from May 17 – 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.

The Women in Entertainment Workshop series will focus on three areas of film and television: production, marketing and distribution. Arclight has gathered leaders in entertainment to spark a conversation and the opportunity to hear from first hand from:

Susan Cartsonis (Storefront Pictures), Julie Lynn (Mockingbird Pictures), Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Director, Producer, Writer, Blackfish), Carolyn Harris (Skydance Television), Theresa Won (Myriad Pictures), Jennifer Cochis (Los Angeles Film Festival), Dalia Ganz (Freeform), and Joseph Beyer (Sundance Institute) among others.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016: Production

The production workshop provides a forum for industry professionals, producers, and directors to explore essential roles, tasks and obstacles faced by film and television producers. This workshop will explore the role of the producer; working with writers, production overview and management; budgets; packaging presentations and post production.

SPEAKERS: Susan Cartsonis, Storefront Pictures; Julie Lynn, Mockingbird Pictures; Gabriela Cowperthwaite, ‘Black Fish’


Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Distribution

Advances in technology have completely rewritten the rules for distribution. New avenues for distribution are constantly emerging and this workshop will focus how content creators should navigate the current entertainment landscape – from traditional feature platforms to online film and television markets. Participants will hear from esteemed industry executives and discuss the opportunities, challenges, tactical strategies and financial models associated with connecting storytellers to audiences.

SPEAKERS: Carolyn Harris, Skydance Television; Theresa Won, Myriad Pictures; Jennifer Cochis, Los Angeles Film Festival; Missy Laney, BitTorrent 


Thursday, May 19, 2016: Marketing

This workshop will discuss cutting edge tools and techniques for developing a marketing strategy to generate a market interest for film and television, amongst both industry and mainstream audiences. We will discuss trends from how to develop cutting-edge out of the box creative campaigns, to marketing including paid marketing, direct-to-fan engagement, social media, influencers, events, and festivals, and other digital tools. Topics will include the planning, development, execution, and evaluation of a marketing campaign while revealing the insights and challenges met by industry executives along the way.

SPEAKERS: Dalia Ganz, Freeform, Disney – ABC Television Group; Joseph Beyer, Sundance Institute; Julie Candelaria, Gravitas Ventures; Robin Geisen, Creative Artists Agency

Each workshop will take place between 12:30pm – 2:30pm and a full lunch will be served.



About ArcLight Cinemas

ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, a privately owned, Los Angeles based company with 60 years of theatrical exhibition history throughout California, Hawaii and Washington is a premiere moviegoing experience with an unparalleled commitment to bringing a variety of rich cinematic content to moviegoers in all markets. ArcLight Cinemas operates eight theaters in California including Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, El Segundo, Santa Monica, Culver City and La Jolla, as well as one theater in Bethesda, Md, Chicago and Glenview, Ill, with a new location in Boston for early 2018. ArcLight also owns and operates the historic Cinerama Dome and programs the TCL Chinese Theatre and IMAX in Hollywood. Pacific Theatres currently operates theaters in Los Angeles that include The Grove and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif. Additional information about ArcLight Cinemas is available at  


Attend the Wonder Women Tech 2016

Plan to attend the 2016 Wonder Women Tech in Long Beach.

Wonder Women Tech Wants YOU to be Our Valentine! #WeLovePioneers
BE OUR VALENTINE! The Wonder Women Tech 2016 Early Bird Tickets are LIVE NOW! Because ‪#‎WeLovePioneers‬ we’re offering an extra 10% off FOR ONE DAY ONLY on Valentine’s Day! Be one of the first to get your tickets for the most epic ‪#‎STEAM‬ ‪#‎womenintech‬ ‪#‎diversity‬ ‪#‎inclusion‬ Conference! The magic happens July 15th – 17th, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center. We’ll have three stages with amazing keynotes and speakers, including a pitch stage! Explore several breakouts and workshops, two cabana lounges, a networking lounge, a *FREE career fair and expo and much more! The WWT Team is working hard to create a magical event sure to ‘disrupt the conference model.’ TICKETS ON SALE TODAY! REGISTER NOW!!

A-List Speakers and Pioneers!
Enjoy three stages filled with amazing speakers and influencers from around the world! To date we have over 250 speakers apply to speak at #WWT2016 from over 20 countries! Hear from ‘Oprah’s Fave Guest of All Time,’ President of UN Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and speakers from the top companies in STEAM, including Google, Microsoft, Intel, NASA and many, many more! We’ll also have a pitch stage where companies and individuals can pitch their product and talent!
Interactive Programming!
We’ll have a variety of breakouts and workshops, including WordPress workshops, speaker and sponsor hosted breakouts, DIY/Maker classes, and special sessions for our Seniors and Deaf and Disabled attendees! In an effort to fulfill our mission for Diversity and Inclusion, We’re also providing free STEAM classes for hundreds of underserved adults and children! In between sessions, mix and mingle and enjoy our Networking Lounge or Cabana Lounge under the summer sun!
Career Fair and Expo!
Wonder Women Tech is committed to changing the industry by fixing the broken pipeline to opportunities. We’re offering a FREE Career Fair for diverse candidates to connect with the companies that are looking for exceptional talent! Upload your resume and register to attend the Career Fair and Expo for free! *You must register and upload your resume to attend. Does not include access to the conference, however conference attendees WILL have access to the career fair and expo!
Check Out The Sizzle Highlights From Wonder Women Tech 2015!
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Connect LA is February 17th 2016

CONNECT LA 2016 is February 17th at the London West Hollywood where movers and shakers in the scripted, reality, digital advertising and children’s entertainment will meet for a one day conference. Headliners include top senior staff from Lionsgate, Twitter, Eone, Fullscreen, TBS, Warner Bros. and more.


CONNECT LA 2016 will bring together the industry’s leaders in scripted, reality, digital advertising and children’s entertainment. This year’s sessions will examine topics affecting the entertainment industry climate including: the Monetization Conundrum, addressing viable financing models outside of subscriptions. CONNECT LA 2016 will also highlight New Buyers-State of the Union-examining who are the new digital storytellers that are making compelling content for digital audiences, as well as who are the new digital buyers.



Presented by the Banff World Media Festival, Content Industry CONNECT LA is a playbook for how to build a storytelling business in an ever-changing global landscape and the only gathering in Los Angeles where real deals get done. 

Today, the organizers behind CONNECT LA 2016 are unveiling the featured speakers for this year’s event, the list includes such industry heavy hitters as: Fred Graver, TV, Creative Lead Twitter, Carrie Stein, EVP, Global Productions, Entertainment One (eOne), JC Cangilla, SVP, Business Development, New Form Digital, and Mickey Meyer, co-founder, JASH, Jason Kwong, Head of Content Licensing & Acquisitions, Fullscreen, and Daniel Tibbets, Chief Content Officer, Machinima.  

One of the most popular sessions during the event is CONNECT where attendees have the opportunity to discuss their series and content ideas with the most powerful decision makers in entertainment. Participating companies for this year’s 10 minute face-to-face sessions include: TBS, Warner Bros., E! Entertainment Television, Discovery Communications, Fox Television, Funny Or Die, Kin Community, YouTube, AMC & Sundance TV, and Freemantle.


Commented Robert Montgomery, CEO of organizer Achilles Media, 

“As our industry continues to constantly evolve with new streaming services, platforms and new buyers, great storytelling remains a critical element in the battle for viewership and revenue. We are proud to unite the most important minds of the industry with the 2016 edition of Content Industry CONNECT LA at the London on February 17. This event is also great preview ahead of our annual Banff World Media Festival conference in June. CONNECT LA has grown to become an important staple where the sharpest minds can knowledge share, meet powerful storytellers and make deals that will have real impact for decades to come in this business.” 

CONNECT LA 2016 will sell out. For additional details and tickets, visit 2016 partners include CAA, Lionsgate, Brightcove, and Junkin Media. Production HUB and Women and Film and TV Vancouver are community partners. 

About Content Industry CONNECT LA

Presented annually by the Banff World Media Festival, Content Industry CONNECT LA is an exclusive marketplace established to connect producers, broadcasters, distributors, content creators, and executives across the film, television, advertising, and digital media industries.  The CONNECT LA program will feature visionary keynotes, thought leader discussions, deep dive sessions, curated face-to-face meetings, and top level networking opportunities.


For 36 years the BANFF World Media Festival has brought together the top leaders from the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a totally unique experience. The festival began as an intimate space where unparalleled access and cutting edge insight could combine to forge relationships, launch new business and aid the ambitious members of a dynamic industry in reaching their goals. Now attracting over 150 Development Executives and wide-ranging cross section of TV and digital media pros from around the world, BANFF is the ideal place to make new contacts, find production partners and green-light new projects.

Macbook Pro Fail

Am so frustrated with the Macbook Pro I got at Fry’s back in November 2014 it worked fine the first month I got it but starting in late December it’s been a nightmare. Everthing from files (photos, videos, docs) coming up missing to it just not turning on has plagued me like locusts from the bible! I truly count my blessings that I splurged on the extended warrenty because the customer service has been inept but at least it’s been slightly helpful (with turning it on) but they are just doing the basics.

I have to say that after the fourth time my Macbook Pro wouldn’t turn on and I had to go to the Mac store to send off emails for a project I just lost my temper. After I spoke with a staff member who said they they would not help me transfer files from my computer to my external HD well I called customer service (for the 100th time!) to ask for help.  Speaking to a supervisor was not helpful at all. Blah blah MAC policy, blah blah hardward issue, don’t know for sure, if you don’t download your computer you will lose your content and blah blah we don’t care! 

Am so over Mac and my Macbook the customer service is awful! It’s so frustrating to constantly have a laptop that won’t come on and the other many issues that when I called was told I was doing something wrong or it was no big deal. But I’ve spent hours on the phone with customer service complaining about issues with my computer. I’m trying to look on the bright side since someone finally listened and said it’s a hardware issue (not that I’ll get my 2015 Star Wars Celebration photos/videos) so need to send it to th repair center. Not that it will do any good sense my laptop is a lemon. Am going to call my credit card company to see if they can help. Akk so frustrating that this is happening to me. In my mind you pay $1200 for a laptop it should WORK

Leave a commet below if you have mac issues too.