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Tuesday, May 3rd

Women in Virtual Reality and Immersive Entertainment: Experiencing New Dimensions and Creative Experience

Nancy Bennett, Chief Content Officer and Head of VR, Two Bit Circus

Ryan Pulliam, CMO, Specular Theory

Jacki Morie, Founder / Chief Scientist, All These Worlds, LLC.

Janet. H. Murray, VR Visionary, Associate Dean and Professor, Georgia Tech

Irad Eyal, President, Better VR

Tanna Frederick, Producer/actor, Defrost (VR Narrative Film)

Louisa Spring, CEO, Spring Alliance, Moderator

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Partnerships in Education - Underwriting the Future: Public/Private Investments in Media, Entertainment and Technology

Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, Office of Special Programs, Community and Collaborative Partnerships, Compton Unified School District

Courtney Appell, ‎Coordinator, WME Foundation

Jon P. Goodman, Phd., Pioneer in Pubic-Private Partnerships in Higher Ed, founder, EC2, USC and Professor

David Hankin, Chief Executive Officer, The Alfred Mann Foundation

Clint Schaff, Professor, Professor, Online Communities/Digital Social Media Program, USC Annenberg, Moderator

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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, Creative Director & VR Content Creator for Digital Domain

Mason Williams, Senior Manager, Mattel Digital Play Production, Mattel, Inc.

Brent Bushnell, co-founder, Two Bit Circus

Caroline Strzalka, EVP, Partnerships, Sandbox & Co, Moderator

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Investing in Diversity: The Social Impact in Higher Education & The Entertainment Industry

Joely Proufit, Director California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center, CSU San Marcos

Henry Puente, Associate Professor, Entertainment Studies, CSU Fullerton

Nate Thomas, Professor, Cinema & TV Arts, CSU Northridge

Darnell Hunt, Director, UCLA Bunche Center for African American Studies

Erika Alexander, Actress, Writer/Producer, Activist

Chris Eyre, Director/Producer

Tim McNeal, VP of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion, Disney/ABC Television Group

Moderator: Norma Provincio Pichardo, Executive Director, TV Academy Foundation

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VR-AR - Financing the Imagination:

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

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Tuesday, May 3rd

Stealth VR through the Application of Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology

Jerri Lynn Hogg, Ph.D., Director of Media Psychology Program, Fielding Graduate University, Moderator

Shane Pase, Ph.D., Director of Technology, Lotte Project

Pamela Rutledge, Ph.D., Director, Media Psychology Research Center

Tunisha Singleton, Brand Psychology and Audience Engagement Certificate Faculty, Fielding Graduate University

Linda Durnell, Managing Partner at Madison Lane Consulting in Silicon Valley

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Valuing and Financing Entertainment Content

Diane McGrath, Managing Director Media and Technology, Streicher, J Streicher Capital

Schuyler M. Moore, Partner, Stroock

Jason Sklar, Managing Director, Shamrock Capital Advisors

Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy

Larry Gerbrandt, Managing Director, Janas Group & principal, Media Valuation Partners, Moderator

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Live Streaming – Social Streaming – The Video Phenomenon of Everything

Andy Swanson, VP of E-Sports and Events, Twitch

Will Keenan, President & Co-Founder of Streamup,

Gregory Strompolos, Director of Business Development, YouNow,

Caroline Lesley, producer, actor, host and entrepreneur, Parachute TV

Nick Crooks, Director, Business Operations, Fullscreen

Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting, Moderator

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Amazon Echo & Alexa – Amazon’s Vision for AI & the Connected Home

Michael Francisco, Alexa Partnerships and Business Development, Amazon

Andrew Howlett, Partner and Chief Digital Officer, Rain

Ethan Grey, Chief Strategy Officer, Slate Studio

Brett Worthington, General Manager for Americas and Vice President of Global Business Development, Samsung SmartThings

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Cable, TV, Film and Broadband - New Content - New Networks - Streams, Platforms, Devices

Scott Brown, SVP Technology & Strategic Relations, Engineering & Technology, The Nielsen Company

Amit Ziv, ‎Vice President, Business Operations, Development, and Strategy, EPIX

Scott Barton, Senior Vice President, Branded Digital Content and Products, Starz

Kurt Smith, General Manager, Media and Entertainment/Digital, Infor

Adam Ware, SVP / Head of Digital Media, Tennis Channel

Joe Friend, Vice President, Ad Technology Systems, Fox Broadcasting Company

David Cutbill, Media & Entertainment Advisory Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Moderator

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The University as Industry Partner: Building Entertainment Programs as a Foundation for California’s Leadership in Innovation

Peter McAllister, Dean, College of Letters & Arts, CSU Los Angeles

Debra Valencia L. Valencia Laver, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Nicole Méndez Dial, University Relations, Dreamworks Animation

Moderator: Dina Ibrahim, Director, CSU Entertainment Industry Initiative

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The Power of YouTube: Unlocking the Power of Programming, Premium Content and Advertising

Rebecca Donohue, Director of Digital Content & Social Media, Vin Di Bona Productions

John Fitzpatrick, Producer & Talent Manager, Studio71, ProSiebenSat.1 Group

James Creech, Co-Founder and CEO, Paladin Software

Alex Lewis, YouTube Personality, “Let’s Just Be Friends”

Michael Gaston, Chief Executive Officer, Cut

Juan Bruce, CEO, Epoxy

Kelli Richards, President & CEO, The All Access Group, LLC, Moderator

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Programming the New ‘OVN’s' (Online Video Networks: the Next Generation of Niche Video Content

Allie Greenwald, West Coast Sales & Brand Partnerships, Fullscreen

Anthony Layser, Head of US Content Development, Dailymotion

Valerie Voci, Chief Marketing Officer, OWNZONES Media Network

Adam Goldstein, VP, Business Development, ZEFR

Larry Laboe, President of Production, SXM

Michael Kernan, Chief Executive Officer, NuMedia Studios & Management

Steve Bradbury, Principal, Vlocity Digital, Moderator

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Artificial Intelligence in SmartPhones - Film - TV - Games:  From Software in Devices to AI in Movies (Ex Machina, Her, AI)

Anjalis Shastri, Senior Director, Design Strategy, Mobile Group, Intel

Eyal Pfeifel, Chief Technology Officer, Imperson

Ari Popper, Founder and CEO, SciFutures

Lori H. Schwartz, Technology Catalyst, Content Strategist and Media Advisor, Moderator

Additional speakers to be announced

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Wednesday, May 4th

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

Steven-Charles Jaffe, COO & Co-Founder, Springbok Entertainment,

Joey Caroni, Director of Digital Media, KCRW, Moderator

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Virtual Reality Transforms Entertainment and Media – TV, Sports & Music

Matt Collado, co-founder and Chief Content Officer, Littlstar (VR for Showtime, Esquire, Discovery)

Marcie Jastrow, Head of Business Development, VR/AR Production Services

SVP Sales, Production Services, Technicolor

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

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TV Academy, Interactive Peer Group, Co-Sponsored

Evening Roundtable and Reception

Visions of Immersion: Virtual Reality as an Expression of the Cinematic & Personal Experience

Chris Edwards, CEO, THE THIRD FLOOR & CPO, VRC: The Virtual Reality Company

Imraan Ismail, Director, and VFX, Hunger Games and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Jacqueline Bošnjak, CEO, Q Department & Mach1™

Ryan Horrigan,  Chief Content Officer, Felix & Paul Studios

Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy, Moderator

Speakers to be announced

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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,

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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

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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, Reputation and Partner Marketing, Intel

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

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Leveraging Content and Celebrity For Cross-Platform Success: Brands and Entertainers Collaborate

Justin Hochberg, CEO, Just Entertainment

Jonathan Lowe, Senior VP of Marketing, AEG Sports

Bill Sanders, Senior Vice President, Athlete & Talent Marketing, Excel Sports Management

Dina Mallin, SVP Talent, United Entertainment Group, a DJE Company

Mark Wolf, Writer, Director, Producer, Change The World Productions

Steven Masur, Senior Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, Moderator

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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

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VR Design with the Mind in Mind: Presence and Reality

Cynthia Lieberman, Media & Marketing Strategist, Lieberman Communications

Barry Sandrew, Founder & President/CEO, Graffiti Video and Founder, Legend3D

Jimmy Giliberti, Director, Americas Business Development, Worldviz

Mathew Price, Global Director Media & Technology, Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience

Garry Hare, PhD, Fielding Graduate University, Moderator

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Video Anytime Anywhere: Video Across Platforms - TV, Internet and Mobile

Jason Henderson, Senior Contracts Manager, DISH Network

Andy Beach, Developer Account Manager, Xbox Live, Microsoft

Tom Burns, CTO, Media & Entertainment, EMC/Isilon

Erick Opeka, EVP/Digital Networks, Cinedigm

Jay Samit, Chief Executive Officer, SeaChange

Frank Sinton, CEO, Beachfront

JD Tengberg, Principal, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP, Moderator

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Pitch, Pass or Play: Interactive Start–Up Showcase Competition

Moderator: Sarah Miller, CEO, Axis PR/Entertainment Founder, Mobile Excellence Awards

Co-Moderator, Allison Dollar, CEO, Founder, Interactive Television Alliance


Amy Reinhard, President, Worldwide TV Licensing and Distribution, Paramount Pictures

Jim Cannella, Senior Director, Marketing Executive Producer, Content, The Recording Academy ( The GRAMMYS)

Jonathan Lowe, Senior VP of Marketing, AEG Sports

Kim Getty, President, Duetsch LA

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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

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Wednesday, May 4th

The VR-AR ThinkTank: Top Executives From Leading Technology and Entertainment Companies Assess the Current Expansion and Likely Evolution of the Industry

Andy Cochrane, ‎‎Interactive and New Media Director, Special Projects Lead, Mirada

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

Mark Turner, VP, Corporate Partnerships & Strategy, Technicolor

Moderator - Robert Nashak, COO, Survios

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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

James Knight, Virtual Production Director, AMD

Joe Chen, Executive Technical Producer,

Steve Schklair, founding principal and CEO, 3ality & 3mersiv

Shelley Midthun, Executive Director, Oregon Story Board

Shawn Gold, Corporate Marketing Officer, JustFab Inc., Moderator

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Working in the Industry: An In-Depth Discussion with Executives and Creatives from TV, Film and Technology

Shannon Flynn, Director, Nickelodeon

Robert Ramirez, Digital Media Producer, Netflix

Jon Reiss, Filmmaker/Author/Digital Strategist

Hank Chilton, Television Writer/Producer, "Ash Vs. Evil Dead" on Starz, "Nip/Tuck", "Covert Affairs," "Ringer"

Kaj Larsen, Producer/Journalist/Correspondent, VICE

Dennis Radeke, Senior Strategic Development Manager, Adobe

JOSHUA LEVINE, Entertainment & Technology Marketing – Writer, Producer & Creative Director

Simone Nelson, Director, Marketing & Public Relations, The California State University Entertainment Industry Initiative, Moderator

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Hollywood as the Entertainment Capital of the World: Executives from Film Studios and Television Discuss the Industry & It's Future

Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, Executive Director, Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, former Ex. Director, AFTRA

Sandy Climan, CEO and Representative Board Director, All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) - Former EVP, Universal Studios & founding head, CAA

Kevin James, Chief Film Laison, City of Los Angeles, Moderator

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The VR-AR-Holography Innovators & Disruptors - Entertainment, Technology & Advertising - A Redefinition of the Industry

Jeff Nicholas, EVP, Strategy, Creative & Growth, and EP & Director, VEHICLEvr

Morris May, founder/CTO, Specular Theory

Alki David, founder, HologramUSA

Tom Wright, founder of Tactic and Managing Director, Ntropic

Andrew Shulkind, Cinematographer and Co-Founder, Headcase

Micah Ainsley Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Filmfundr, Moderator

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Immersive Entertainment in the Out of Home Market, Theme Park - VR-AR, Cinematic, 360 Video and More

Dan Jamele, Vice President/CTO, MediaMation

Sang Cho, Chief Content Officer, CJ 4DPLEX Am

Jim Stewartson, CEO, Awesome Rocketship

Chris Ellis, Executive Director, RGH

Kevin Althans, Commercial/VR Director, Reel FX

Michael Tolkin, Founder and CEO, Ultro Labs

Marty Perlmutter, Early VR/3D Technology Leader, Moderator

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The Internet, OTT, Media and the Hollywood Connection

Evan Greenberg, Manager of Audience Development, TAPP

Will Marks, VP of Business Development, Ovation

Spencer Stephens, Chief Technology Officer, Sony Pictures

Erik Ramberg, Director of Product Management for TV  & Media, Ericsson

Ian Greenblatt, former, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at ARRIS

Steve Wong, Director Telco & Media Sales Americas, Siemens, Moderator

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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

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Hollywood, Internet and Media Challenge: Platforms and Convergence - Ubiquitous Broadband - Ubiquitous Content

Samuel Notowitz, Vice President, Distribution & Content Acquisitions, Feeln - a Hallmark Company

Will Lee, Digital Editorial Director, and

Jake Avnet, Chief Operating Officer, Indigenous Media

David A. Goldsmith, Chief Strategy Officer and Head Corporate Development, FilmOn TV Networks

Lora Y. Chen, CEO, China Media Consulting

Terry S. Bienstock, CEO, Mobilactive Media, LLC., Moderator

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Thursday, May 5th

Hybrid TV - Delivering the Ultimate TV Experience: Broadcast, Cable, Premium & OTT Content

Anupam Gupta, EVP, Cloud & Product Services, Vubiquity

Dr. Kanaan Jemili, Chief Executive Officer, NeuLion

Robin Wilson, VP of Business Development, NAGRA

Mike Earle, CEO, aioTV Inc.

Nash Parker, Director, IoT Ecosystem Development, Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Nokia

Scott Robson, Vice President, Content Operations, Gracenote

David Leibowitz, Managing Partner, CH Potomac, Moderator

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Video Everywhere - Technologies & Platforms - Enabling the Next Generation of Over-the-Top TV

Alex Drosin, President - North America, Massive Interactive

Judy Johnson, Director of UX & Product Innovation, AWE Division, Bottle Rocket

Campbell Foster, Director of Product Marketing, Video Solutions, Adobe

Xavier Kochhar, President and CEO, The Video Genome Project, Structured Data Intelligence (SDI)

Josette Bonte, Chief Strategy Officer, CTM: Institute for Communication Technology Management, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Jonathan Hurd, Director, Altman Vilandrie & Company, Moderator

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Friday, May 6th

The Crowdfunding Update: A Roundtable of Experts

Jennifer Post, Partner, Raines Feldman LLP

Taylor McPartland, Advisor, CrowdfundX

Stephen Dypiangco, Vice President, Ovation Digital Arts

Francesco Ferrazzino, CEO, Proxy42 Inc.

Adam M. Goyer, Managing Partner, The Blak Box Group

Justin Giddings, CEO and founder, The Kickstarter Guy

Ryan Foland, Assistant Director, Blackstone Launchpad, Moderator

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Crowdfunding Breakthrough: Access to Capital Meritocracy through Reg A+ -- How is Raising Money from Consumers, Including Non-Accredited Investors Changing the Funding Marketplace

Gregory Parker, Co-Founder, Indie Crowd Funder, LLC.

Kinsey Cronin, Business Development Director, StartEngine Crowdfunding

Jillian Sidoti Esq. Crowdfunding Lawyers

Melinda Moore, CEO, Moore Media Ventures

Vincent Bradley, CEO, FlashFunders

Geoff Campbell, President, NewsBeat Social,

Mariana Danilovic, Founder and Managing Director, Hollywood Portfolio, Moderator

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Strategies in Start-up Business Development:  Developing Concepts, Lean Start-up Techniques and Positioning Your Company to Succeed!

Brian Mac Mahon, Chief Community Officer, Expert DOJO

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Thursday, May 5th

6:15 PM - 8:30, Open to All Attendees

The Women's DigiFest

An Evening Celebrating Women's Entertainment

Co-Sponsored by WIF Women in Film and Digital Hollywood


Financing the Imagination: Funding and Business Development in AR, VR and Immersion – From VCs to Kickstarter and Corporate Investments

Sunny Dhillon, Principal, Signia Venture Partners

Ethan Gilmore, Founder, VARcrypt

Sun Jen Yung, Managing Director, Headwaters MB

Kelemen Papp, Executive Director, Mooreland Partners

Rob Vickery, co-founder and CEO, Stage Venture Partners

Mariana Danilovic, Founder and Managing Director, Hollywood Portfolio, Moderator

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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

Monika Bielskyte, founder, AFE Medina

Julia Sourikoff, Head of VR, Tools of North America, Moderator

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CG Humans: Integration of the Virtual Character in Film - TV – VR - Games

Brett Leonard, Producer/Director/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, Director of Infamous 2 and technical director the Uncharted game series

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

Woody Schultz, Actor, Producer, Writer and President/Partner of Winning Swimmer Productions

David Traub, Co-Founder, Epiphany Film Fund, Moderator

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Innovating in VR-AR-Immersive Production - The Amazing Journey of Imagination, Gear and Innovation

Dan Ferguson, EVP Digital Interactive, Groove Jones

Sandy Smolan, Film & Television Director

Matt Johnson, EVP of Innovation, Bottle Rocket & GM of Thruster

Alex Barder, Co-Managing Partner, VRWERX

Keram Malicki Sanchez, founder, FIVARS, the Festival of International Virtual and Augmented REALITY Stories (Toronto)

Jacob Carlson, Digital Media Strategist and Consulting Manager, Manatt Digital Media, Moderator

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Visionary Transmedia: VR - Gaming - Sci-Fi - Music Video - Horror - Space – The Multi-Level Experience

Eric W. Shamlin, Managing Director / Executive Producer, Secret Location (The Sleepy Hollow: VR Experience)

Jay Bushman, Emmy winner, Writer of Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Hal Hefner, Creative Strategist, Ridley Scott’s  3AM, “The Martian,” Consultant to Endgame universe

Joe LeFavi, Head of Marketing, Comic-Con HQ

Moderator: Behnam Karbassi, Founder - President - CEO, No Mimes Media

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Virtual and Augmented Reality: A Five Year Projection:  An Investment in Time and Space

Buzz Hays, Owner & Studio Chief, True Image Co.

Ed Lantz, CEO, Vortex Immersive Media

Janie Fitzgerald, founder, Axis Images

Brian Seth Hurst, Chief StoryTeller and Co-Founder StoryTech, Managing Partner, StoryTech™

Matt Liszt, VP of Marketing at MasterImage 3D, Inc., member, Board of Directors, International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society

Amir Rubin, CEO Sixense, Inc

Bruce Greenberg, Founder, iCinema Ventures, Moderator

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Women in Virtual Reality and Immersive Entertainment: Experiencing New Dimensions and Creative Experience

Mary Ermitanio, Consulting Manager, Manatt Digital Media

Christina Heller, CEO & Co-founder, VR Playhouse

Julina Tatlock, CEO & Creative Director, 30 Ninjas

Camille Kanengiser, CoFounder & CCO, Freeform Labs

Jody Belliveau, Director of Product Development, WEVR

Jenn Duong, Director of Virtual Reality, 1215creative

Taryn Southern, Producer, Actor and YouTube Personality, Moderator

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Advertising, Live and Brands in VR-AR-360 Video – from Mobile & Immersive to Experiential

Dustin Callif, Managing Partner, Tool of North America

Pieter Van Leugenhagen, co-founder & Business Strategist, yondr

Mike Abend, Vice President, Thunder Studios

Steve Nix, General Manager of VR, Reel FX

Mike Nichols, VP, Creative Technology, Fuel

Alastair Green, Executive Creative Director, Team One (VR for Lexus)

Cynthia Lieberman, Media & Marketing Strategist, Lieberman Communications, Moderator

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The Total Immersive Entertainment Experience – Theme Parks to Live Theater Environments to Domes

Ed Lantz, MEE, PGA, Founder, Vortex Immersion Media

Markus Beyr, Chief Executive Officer, Attraktion! GmbH

Brent Young, President and Creative Director, Super 78

Kevin Althans, Director for Commercial/VR, Reel FX

Audri Phillips, Immersive Animator/VFX/VR Artist

Kate McCallum, Producer, PGA: Producers Guild of America, National Board Member & New Media Council Delegate, Moderator

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Friday, May 6th

The Future of Entertainment: VR Story Architects and Experience Designers

JT Petty, Writer Director “Gone”

Robyn Tong Gray, Chief Designer, Otherworld Interactive

Jessica Kantor, VR Director

Celine Tricart, founder Lucid Dreams Productions and co-director, "Marriage Equality" VR film for Nokia and 3ality Technica, Moderator

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The Language & Aesthetics of VR:  The Challenge of Creating Movies, Games & Other Experiential Programming

Anna Marie Piersimoni, Instructor, Department of Cinema and Television Arts, California State University, Northridge, Moderator

Jenny Carden (Zenka), Independent Artist and Futurist

Tino Schaedler, founder, Optimist Design, Art Director, "Harry Potter," "V for Vendetta," "Real Steel"

Lauren Fitzsimmons, Production Designer, "Invisible" VR Series

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VR - Making Visions Real - At the Edge of Storytelling - Next Level of Entertainment

Guido Voltolina, Head of Presence Capture, Nokia

Justin Denton, VR Supervisor on' NYT Take Flight, Muse Revolt, and Click Effect"

Christina Heller, CEO & Co-founder, VR Playhouse

Nick Bicanic, founder, RVLVR

Daniel Kenyon, Founder/CEO, Furious M

Anthony Borquez, Founder and CEO, Grab, Moderator

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