|Third Annual Summit, Co-Located at the American Film Market, Spotlights Impact of Digital Technologies on Film and Television|
iHollywood Forum, Inc. today announced its lineup of entertainment industry legends at "The Digital Studio," a summit and showcase focusing on digital technology and how it is transforming the film and TV industry. The 3rd annual summit takes place as part of the American Film Market, "AFM," on November 2, 2004, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Monica Laemmle Theatre, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, Calif.
Industry headliners include Academy Award(R)-winning visual effects and computer animation visionaries:
-- Tim Sarnoff, Sony Pictures Imageworks, President Tim Sarnoff is responsible for the direction and management of the facility, which includes Oscar nominations for its work on "Spider-Man," "Hollow Man," "Stuart Little" and "Starship Troopers" and was winner of the 2003 Oscar(R) for the CG animated short film "The ChubbChubbs." Other notable credits include "Spider-Man 2," "Big Fish," "Bad Boys II," "Stuart Little 2," "Cast Away" and "Contact". Imageworks is in production on "The Polar Express," starring Tom Hanks and directed by Robert Zemeckis; "Bewitched"; "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Cursed," "The Forgotten" and "The Aviator."
-- Stan Winston, Stan Winston Productions Multiple Academy Award winner Stan Winston is one of Hollywood's foremost creators of creatures, the common denominator linking some of cinema's most innovative and accomplished character designs. Winston has won four Academy Awards and has been nominated for nine. He received Oscar nominations for "Aliens," "Predator", "Edward Scissorhands", "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", "Jurassic Park", "Batman Returns" and "The Lost World." He won for "Aliens," together with a BAFTA Award; two for "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" for Best Make-Up and Best Visual Effects and another BAFTA Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects; and his fourth Oscar for fashioning the live-action dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park."
-- Karen Goulekas, Visual Effects Supervisor Credits: "The Day After Tomorrow," "Spider-Man," "The Fifth Element," "Eight Legged Freaks," "Godzilla," "Titanic," "Apollo 13," "True Lies," "Terminator 2: 3-D" and "Last Action Hero."
-- Bryan Carroll, Associate Producer "Collateral" (2004) -- (associate producer); "Ali" (2001) -- (associate editor); "Titanic" (1997) -- (visual effects editor)
The Digital Studio brings together digital trailblazers with many industry constituents, including: studios, producers, production and post production, animators, analysts, visual effects specialists, DP's, cinematographers, software and technology manufacturers, developers, advertising and marketing professionals, etc. Topics include: visual effects, animation, high-definition filmmaking and television, acquisition, digital intermediates and mastering, audio, digital cinema, production and post-production, DVD home video, HDTV, marketing and distribution.
"We welcome the addition of the Digital Studio Summit to the AFM. The Summit will provide our attendees with a unique opportunity to explore digital technologies and how they are redefining the acquisition, development, production, delivery and distribution of motion pictures and television," said Jonathan Wolf, executive vice president of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (formerly AFMA) and managing director of the American Film Market.
"Digital production has always been hailed as the entertainment technology of the future," said Michael Stroud, Founder of iHollywood Forum. "Now it's here, utilized in the production of films like 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow' and 'Polar Express.' The Digital Studio Summit presents a Hollywood insider's view of the making of these and other digital films, and provides attendees with the knowledge and networking to join the digital revolution."
Sponsors include: IBM and Fotokem, and promotional partners include the Hollywood Reporter, Rogers & Cowan, Animation Magazine, Animation World Network-AWN, VFXWorld, Final Cut Pro Users Group, Hollywood Post Alliance, Producer's Guild of America, Hollywood Creative Directory and Business Wire.
Featured Speakers: AlixPartners, LLC Larry Gerbrandt Senior Associate
Animation Magazine Rita Street Publisher and Editorial Director
Cobalt Entertainment Steve Schklair Chief Executive Officer
Content Reference Forum Albhy Galuten Chairman
Deluxe Steve Bergman Vice President, Digital Cinema
HBO Carl Hixson Director of Digital Technologies
House of Moves Tom Tolls Chief Executive Officer Projects Include "Spider-Man 2," MTV Video Mods
IBM Steve Canepa Vice President, Media and Entertainment Industry
IMAX Corporation Greg Foster President Filmed Entertainment
Intertrust Talal Shamoon Chief Executive Officer
Lions Gate Entertainment Adrian Sexton Vice President, Digital Media
Los Angeles Final Cut Pro Users Group Mike Horton Founder and Head
MGM Studios Laura Tunberg Vice President of Intellectual Property Enforcement
MPAA James Spertus Vice President and Director, United States Anti-Piracy Operations
Post Magazine Dan Restuccio West Coast Editor
Sony Pictures Imageworks Tim Sarnoff President
Sony Pictures Entertainment Mitch Singer Executive Vice President, Digital Policy Group
Stan Winston Productions Stan Winston Credits include: "Aliens," "Predator," "Edward Scissorhands"
Technicolor Creative Services Greg Ciaccio Vice President, Post Production Operations
University of Southern California Charles Swartz Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment Technology Center
Warner Bros. Chris De Feria Credits include: "Harry Potter(s)," "Matrix(s)" and "Batman" (2005)
Ted Bonnitt Director, Producer. Co-writer of "Mau Mau Sex Sex" (2001)
Bryan Carroll Associate Producer, "Collateral" (2004); "Ali" (2001) (associate editor); "Titanic" (1997) (visual effects editor)
Dennis Duckwall Editor, Producer, Director. Credits include: "She Spies," "Scarecrow and Mrs. King"
Peter Fausone Credits include: "Out of These Rooms," "She Spies" and "Lovely & Amazing"
Karen Goulekas Visual Effects Supervisor Credits include: "The Day After Tomorrow," "Spider-Man" and "The Fifth Element"
Rob Legato Animation Supervisor, "Apollo 13," "Titanic," "Armageddon," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "The Aviator."
Kees Van Oostrum "Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior," "Gods and Generals," "Profiler"
Thomas Sigel "Logan 's Run," "Superman Returns," "The Brothers Grimm," "X-Men" and "X-Men 2"
About iHollywood Forum:
iHollywood Forum, Inc.(TM), based in Los Angeles, Calif., produces roundtables and conferences for Hollywood, entrepreneurs and mobile technology professionals. Founded five years ago by business journalist Michael Stroud, the company produces the popular monthly iHollywood Forum seminars on digital entertainment; MobileTech Forum for mobile professionals in San Diego, Los Angeles and Palo Alto; and Mobile Media World (Formerly iWireless World) on wireless content and applications; and Digital Media Summit, a conference about digital media delivery and commerce. More information is available at: http://www.ihollywoodforum.com/
About the American Film Market:
The American Film Market (AFM) is the world's largest motion picture trade event. The AFM is a global marketplace where more than $500 million in motion picture and television production and distribution deals are closed annually. Each year, over 7,000 industry professionals converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal making, screenings, seminars, networking and hospitality. Participants come from more than 70 countries, and include leaders in motion picture and television production and distribution, directors, agents, writers, lawyers, bankers, festival directors, film commissioners and trade groups.
Complimentary admission for qualified editorial media available through pre-registration ONLY. Press will not be admitted at the door without prior written approval. If you enjoy moderating sessions, there are still a few sessions available for journalists or analysts to moderate.
Sponsorship information: Mike Navarre, Director of Sales MikeNavarre@ihollywoodforum.com 310-815-8887
Speaking information: Marseille Burton, Conference Manager MBurton@ihollywoodforum.com 310-815-3839
Press credentials: Damion Martin Rogers & Cowan 310-201-8871 firstname.lastname@example.org