The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

 

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Track I: Ahmanson Hall, Live Webcast

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

Ryan Pullliam, CMO, Speaker and Co-Founder of Specular Theory

Christina Heller, CEO & Co-founder, VR Playhouse

Jenni Ogden, President & Executive Producer, Eye Q Productions, LLC

Evelyne Ouellet, Chief Marketing Consultant, SAFIRA Entertainment Marketing

Rachel Skidmore, ‎Director of Media Development, ‎Skybound Entertainment

Kymber Lim, CCO + Head of Studio, Holor

Louisa Spring, Chief Operating Officer, Prologue Immersive, Moderator

 

Christina Heller is the CEO and Co-Founder of VR Playhouse, a creative studio and full service virtual reality production company.  VRP's interactive 360/CGI narrative, "The Surrogate," was nominated for the Innovation Award at SXSW 2016, and was one of 15 projects produced by the company in 2015. She is on the board of Directors for SH//FT, a VR non-profit devoted to promoting diversity in virtual reality. Christina started at 88.9FM Boston, producing and hosting a weekly politics show which won Associated Press Awards for the two

years under her leadership. She moved to television by producing, shooting, and hosting "My Voice"​, another politics program broadcast into 9 million homes. She covered the 2008 presidential election for both MyTV New England and Al Gore's Current TV, and was featured on Good Morning America as a commentator on the Millennial impact on politics. She directed and produced two feature documentaries, Libertopia and Reversing the Mississippi. Libertopia was featured on FOX Business, Huffington Post, and NHPR. Reversing The Mississippi premiered PBS's "America Reframed" in April 2016. VR Playhouse was founded in July 2014.

 

Evelyne Ouellet, Chief Marketing Consultant, SAFIRA Entertainment Marketing: Evelyne Ouellet is a French Canadian Entertainment Marketing expert based in Los Angeles, California. With the strength of her experience at the front line of high-profile campaigns, she has developed solid expertise in branding and an intimate knowledge of the media arena. She has built an extensive international network and has proven herself as a brilliant strategist and value creator. As Director and Manager of Public Sales for world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, Evelyne worked at a grassroots level in the key hubs of most core U.S. markets. She moved on to become the Head of Marketing for 24 radio stations and launched the Virgin Radio brand in Canada. Then, as Vice President of Marketing at Canadian media company (Astral (Bell Media), she oversaw two music-based TV Networks, MusiquePlus and MusiMax. English-French bilingual, Evelyne has an MBA from HEC (Hautes Études Commerciales) in Montreal. In addition, she studied in Europe - Université Canadienne en France, Nice, and the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Denmark - and completed a Certificate in the Business and Management of Entertainment at UCLA (awarded with distinction). Prior to founding Safira, Evelyne was selected for an assignment with Creative Artists Agency in the Film Marketing department, which she successfully completed. Evelyne's recent clients include Cirque du Soleil, who recently won an Emmy for their VR production of Kurios and Digital Dimension who completed a partnership for a VR project in Brazil. She is currently acting as the Chief Marketing Consultant for Reflector whose CEO is Assassin's Creed's Creative Director, Alexandre Amancio on upcoming gaming and VR IPs. In addition, she has created a group of VR experts designed to identify business opportunities in this dynamic and emerging market.

 

Rachel Skidmore is the Director of Media Development and Production at Skybound Entertainment where she serves as an Executive Producer of high quality web content and other non-traditional/new media projects. At Skybound, Skidmore recently co-developed and Executive produced the most popular series of YouTube Red’s first programming slate, “Scare Pewdiepie,” with Robert Kirkman and David Alpert, starring Felix Kjellberg (aka PewDiePie). Additionally, Skidmore was the Executive Producer on the first-ever scripted virtual reality series for Samsung’s MilkVR platform entitled “Gone.” Her other producing credits at the company include Gary Whitta’s “Nerd Court” and “Superfight,” a web series based on Skybound’s hit party card game of the same name. Prior to serving as the founder of the Media Development and Production Department at Skybound Entertainment, Skidmore was a talent manager and producer at Big Frame where she worked with top YouTube creators and emerging digital talent. Skidmore has worked in various facets of production including commercials, documentary television, music videos and features; specializing in delivery high quality content on a low budget. She holds a B.S. in Electronic Arts from Missouri State University and an M.F.A. in Film and Television Producing from Chapman University.

 

Ryan Pulliam is the co-founder and CMO of Specular Theory, an award-winning immersive media and entertainment company based in Venice Beach, CA that creates premium virtual reality content and experiences using innovative storytelling and proprietary technology. Ryan brings extensive agency and client-side experience in digital marketing and brand strategy. As a next-generation thought leader on digital media strategy and a gatekeeper to large networks in the entertainment, technology and new media sectors, Pulliam is consistently creating opportunities for long-term growth and value from customers, markets and relationships. Pulliam is a published expert in the Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom, which was named Top Business Book in 2012 by The Library Journal. She is a frequent guest speaker on a number of industry panels including Further Future, TEDx, Singularity University and CES. She is also a member of The Women’s CLUB of Silicon Valley, MaiTai Global and Summit Series. Specular Theory has won numerous awards for its virtual reality and 360 work, including the 2016 Streamy Award Winner for Best VR and 360 Experience for MatPat’s Game Lab in 360 series. The studio has also created the most talked about pieces at the 2015 and 2016 Sundance Film Festivals for their “Perspective VR” original series that ignited a global conversation around empathy and using VR for Good.

 

Jenni Ogden, President & Executive Producer - Eye Q Productions, LLC: An award-winning creative producer with over a decade of experience in production, and nearly 20 years in entertainment.  Jenni is a Board Member & Secretary of the Producers Guild of America (PGA) New Media Council, active member Women In Film (WIF) and Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Her recent work includes immersive visual design, animation & projection mapping for live theatre for “Twice Charmed” aboard the Disney Magic, “The Golden Mickey’s” aboard the Disney Wonder, and Disney “Dreams” aboard the Disney Magic and projection design & animation for Disney’s “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” winner of Live Design’s 2013 Excellence award for theater, Universal’s “Uni 360” featuring large scale projection mapping as well as full dome experiences for Constantine at Comicon 2014 and the Battiest Brothers “The Storm” for ‘In The Round’ at Art Basel in Miami. She is currently producing & developing shows for 360 immersive theatre & experiences, an Immersive cinema/live theatre experience, and exploring narrative & cinematic VR.  Jenni’s passion is for producing work that is relevant as well as entertaining; cultural storytelling, diversity, socio-ethical issues, and new & emerging technologies.

 

Kymber Lim, CCO + Head of Studio, Holor: As an award-winning VFX producer and consultant, Kymber Lim has been developing relationships with content creators and brands in entertainment for the past two decades. Along with having run two successful visual effects facilities at Psyop and Digital Domain as an expert in 70mm stereoscopic IMAX 3D, Lim is also an accomplished consultant to the Korean media community and served as lead VFX consultant on renowned director Bong Joon-ho’s The Host. She co-founded Holor (pka Cryworks) in 2015, where she contributes expertise in business development, Hollywood/Asia relations and VR production as CCO and Head of Studio. In addition to creating content for global brands, Holor is helping to shape the way people interact and share 360/VR experiences. Recently, Holor Studios gained unprecedented behind-the-scenes access on the set of Transformers 5 with director Michael Bay to capture world-first VR footage.

 

Louisa Spring, is Chief Operating Officer at Prologue Immersive, the VR sister company to Prologue Films. Founded by Kyle Cooper and Kimberly Cooper, the Prologue Immersive has already secured its place as a world class VR studio. Prior to joining Prologue Immersive she was Interim COO at Innerspace VR, (Firebird: La Peri), and the former CEO of Bipolar ID, (Mini Cooper NYTVR). Ms. Spring has worked as a television producer with Far Moor, (The Fall, Netflix), Barry Films, (Life) and represented the U.K.’s most iconic and beloved actors such as John Rhys-Davies (Lord Of The Rings, Indiana Jones) and Roger Moore (James Bond, The Saint). Speaker at the Women in Film Virtual Reality Panel, Women in VR Digital Hollywood Spring 2016, Judge for the AICP Virtual Reality Awards 2016, speaker on virtual reality and storytelling at the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference 2016 and speaker at AWE 2016. She’s a former member of the board of BAFTA Los Angeles, and practiced law in London for 3 years.