Los Angeles

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, Deadline.com
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, Youngry.com & 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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Meet me at the 2015 Stan Lee’s Comikaze this fall!

I’m excited to attend the 5th Annual Comikaze Expo Weekend from October 30 to November 1st this fall! This is the little comic con that is fun for casual geeks looking to explore the con lifestyle as well experienced cosplayers who want a casual vibe. I recommend this to everyone who’s a fan of the Father of Comic Book’s Stan Lee! Every year he has a great display of his personal collection of action figures, toys, art and items from his decades working on this art form. Literally Stan was their at the beginning before being a comic geek was cool! Even if you don’t know his name you know his work from Avengers to Hulk to Spiderman to .. well everyone!

If you’ve never attended the Expo now is your chance to pick up a pass for $55 to celebrate five years of our local LA Comic Con. If you want to check out the schedule: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo of L.A.’s ultimate comic and pop culture convention or buy a Three-Day badge a (only available for a limited time) at the June 3 price of $55. Buy your 3-day Pass here I mean how often do you get the chance to see Stan Lee in person????  Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is a meeting place for pop culture, comic book, horror, gaming and sci-fi fans who love to cosplay or check out cosplayers (don’t forget cosplay is NOT consent so please respect everyone).

Since the expo gets more and more poplar every years they are expanding from just the South Hall to accommodate more attendees at the L.A. Convention Center. This expansion makes the 2015 show better than ever with 300,000 square feet of events, games, celebrity appearances, panel discussions, contests and a marketplace with the hottest apparel and accessories.

2015 Highlights:

  • Announced Guests: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is already gearing up to be an amazing show, with the initial announcement of luminaries Stan Lee and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark plus comic artists Mike Mignola(Hellboy), Marc Silvestri (Uncanny X-Men), Rich Buckler (Fantastic Four), Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher) and Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans).
  • Free Autograph Coupons: Get a coupon for a complimentary autograph from participating celebrities on-site at the show with any full price paid adult admission, October 30-November 1, 2015 (quantities are limited).
  • Annual Cosplay Contest: Enter to win $10,000 in prizes during L.A.’s hottest contest.
  • The Ultimate Kids Halloween Trick-or-Treat: On October 31, come to Comikaze Expo for the safest daytime trick-or-treat location in the city – featuring hundreds of candy-giving exhibitors.
  • A Spook-tacular Kid’s Halloween Costume Contest: Back by popular demand, this costume contest is for kids 12 and under with prizes for the best, cutest, and most original costumes.

Additional details for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo including guests and events will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit www.comikazeexpo.comfor more information and to sign up for email updates.

Date(s): Friday, October 30, 1:00 p.m.-7:00p.m.Saturday, October 31, 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.Sunday, November 1, 10:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

Location: L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Ages: All ages welcome, kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: Three-Day show passes $55.00 (limited time offer), kids 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by paid adult admission.

Hot Sauce Wars are heating up

The business of hot sauce is heating up with Tabasco working on a challenge to the world wide king the original Sriracha Sauce created in SoCal.  Sriracha hot sauce made by Huy Fong Foods has about 60 million dollars in sales (estimated) and for that amount of money it’s no surprise that big food business is looking to usurp the king.  The first major player to put their on spin on the hot sauced loved by foodies is the original king of hot Tabasco.  They are currently working on perfecting their recipe to have it join them on the shelves at a store near you in 2015.  Rumor has it they are tinkering with the flavor to stay true to their own vingerary tang but that will harmonize with the Thailand inspired hot sauce style.  It should be difficult to get the recipe to fit with their taste guide but once completed it might spell serious issues for this upstart.  It’s difficult to compete with a company tha
t has the shelf space that Tabasco has not only in the US but worldwide.  Currently the Sriracha hot sauce unique taste has gotten them free advertising with Lay & Kettle (and others) potato chips, go to condiment for restaurants and in various cook book recipes.  Once Tabasco releases their sauce will people reach for a familiar brand or the originator?

I think it’s a matter of taste and some people have never loved vinegar with their hot sauce and others do.  The distinct logo, color, bottle and cost will have me reaching for Sriracha.  What will you reach for in the Thai Hot Sauce Wars?

TABASCO Sriracha SauceTABASCO® Premium Sriracha Sauce is a masterful blend of spicy, sweet and savory flavors, that is authentic to South East Asian cuisine. It is the perfect addition to stir fry, noodles and soups, or to any recipe that calls for the delicious combination of sweet chili and garlic. Gluten, preservative, and fat free, TABASCO® Premium Sriracha Sauce is made of only the highest quality ingredients to create an authentic Thai chili sauce from the Brand who created pepper sauce in 1868. 15 oz. plastic bottle.

Learn the Business of Blogging at Annual Lifestyle Bloggers Conference

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I’m attending the 4th Annual Lifestyle Blogger Conference March 27 – 29th in Los Angeles.  I want my blog to go BIG in 2014 and am looking at the business of blogging with new eyes.  I have the content, the interesting viewpoint and am now focusing generating real income from my lifestyle blog.  HUGE thanks to #LALLBLOG14 and Lizza Monet Morales  aka  xoxolizza @twitter  & xoxolizza @Instagram for their sponsorship of my attendance!!!!!

All of the panels will teach you how to be a better blogging businessperson.  From the legal rights and wrongs, to making sure you stay on the right side of the IRS to being an ethical blogger.  I plan to take copious notes, ask questions and LISTEN.  As a professional in any capacity you can always find something new to learn to make you better at your job.  It’s especially true with blogging since the field is crowded!

I’m especially excited to attend  the panels because of  my plans to increase my Geek Projects.  I need sponsors to make them successful and to be able to fully focus on my two newest ideas to start filming.  I recommend anyone who wants to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge by the great panelists to attend this conference.   See the schedule of the event below and buy tickets at eventbrite.  

It’s 2014 and it’s time to take your blog to the next level!  So Go Big or Go Home .. or better still go to the 4th Annual Lifestyle Blogger Conference!!!

The Fourth Annual National Lifestyle Bloggers Conference  (#LALLBLOG14) is a two-day, one-track conference focused on business development and growth for bloggers that are focused on “Going Big, or Going Home!”

Conference Highlights Include:

  • Invitation to the Opening Night kick-off Reception
  • Three Keynotes
  • Two sponsored lunches
  • Snacks +  Drinks
  • Behind the scenes tour of the LA Mart
  • Blogger Junket (One-on-one blogger meetings with brand reps)
  • SWAG Bag (Valued at $100+)
  • Opportunity to win hourly prizes
  • Seven workshops/panels, including:

* Networking for Bloggers in the Social Media Age (Panel)
Expert speakers will provide you with key tools, tips, and must do’s to help you grow your blogging network and avoid burning your bridges
Speakers include:  @district2ptco  @cassiebetts  @moxxe  @michelleemails @lyssacurran 

* Legal 101 for Bloggers
Rosa Elena Sahugun, one of LA’s leading lawyers, will provide #lallblog14 attendees with do’s and don’t’s in contract law.
She will also discuss libel, slander and defamation and how to keep your blogging business on course.

* How to create a Digital Strategy to Promote and Grow your Blog/Online Business (Panel)
The Digital Strategy panel has the expertise of former FIDM instructor and international marketing professional John Urquiza.
Joining John Urquiza on the Digital Strategy panel will be @mayhemstudios @vickyayala

This #powerhouse panel will make you think outside of your blog and create a Digital Strategy that is well rounded. 

* Not Just a Blogger – Showcasing bloggers that have used their blog as a spring board to further grow their career (panel)
This panel of bloggers made a career outside of their blog, and will share tools and tips for other bloggers to follow in their footsteps.
@MarieDenee (The Curvy Fashionista)  @norah_s  and @marianthefoodie will teach attendees how to utilize their blog for career growth.

* Maximizing SEO for your Blog/Online Business (workshop)
Learn world-class SEO knowledge from recent keynote from Engage Mexico and founder of Target Latino, Claudia Havi Goffan.
Claudia has created a presentation with SEO strategies that are done by leading Fortune 500 brands that bloggers can use to grow their online presence. 

* Tax Do’s and Don’t for Bloggers (workshop)
The Tax For Bloggers workshop to help us all get our blogging business on course.
A leading Los Angeles “Enrolled Agent,” which is NOT the same as a regular tax pro, will help you navigate tax law to help you grow your business

* The Ethics of Blogging (panel)
This is our “signature panel.”
Panelists include @mamavation founder @bookieboo, journalist turned blogger@teresagarza, entertainment and lifestyle PR agency founder and radio personality @VesperPR, and Founder and executive director of @DIYgirls and MIT grad, @LuzRivas.

* and much, much, more!!

BUY TICKETS 

Fourth Annual Lifestyle Bloggers Conference - March 27-29....

Do you think Chipotle when you think LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy Season Opener Tickets

Well the Los Angeles Chipotle marketing team thinks it’s a logical match with the newest local food promotion.  It wasn’t too long ago that they introduced their new fast restaurant concept to LA with their Sriracha day at Shophouse.  It was such a success that they’ve decided to take it to the next level with the number one sport in the world FOOTBALL .. not American Football but what we call soccer.  The world cup is coming up and in Brazil and the US/SoCal are gearing up for soccer madness!

Now I’m not sure if I think of Chipotle and LA Galaxy but it’s a great way to fend off the other fast casual concepts that are encroaching on their state dominance.   Nobody can resist BOGO (Buy One Get One) and to have it on Saturday, March 8th .. well it’s a great deal!  I’m sure they will inundated with regular and casual customers all wearing their LA Galaxy gear celebrating the start of the season.

This makes perfect sense for Major League Soccer to start their encroaching into the popularity of other sports in the US with their bad press and injuries lots of families are looking at new sports for family fun.  Soccer is fitting the bill with more kids signing up than ever.

The real question is who’s the true marketing winner?  LA Galaxy, Major League Soccer (MLS) or Chipotle?