The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

6:15 PM – 8:30 PM. Ahmanson Hall, Additional Ticket Required

The Welcome Dinner

Hollywood and Space: Honoring the Greatest in Creativity – The Artists – The Science and the Right Stuff

With JFK’s challenge to the world, the imagination of two of our greatest creative communities responded with unbounded originality. Starting in the 1960s, a space industry was born and an entertainment industry was equally inspired and produced films like 2001, Star Wars and Close Encounters and television like Star Trek. And quickly the entire world was caught up in an explosion of energy and optimism. At this Digital Hollywood we bring together creators from both industries in a continued celebration of what stared sixty years ago. The energy and creativity of both the Space and Entertainment industries continue unabated. The Space industry is taking us to new uncharted territory - to Mars and beyond - and the contributions from the entertainment industry are resulting in some of the greatest movies, TV and immersive experiences ever conceived. We are honored to welcome these creative masters from the Space and Entertainment industries to the Digital Hollywood Welcome Dinner.

Jeffrey Kluger, Editor at Large, Time magazine and, Author, Apollo 13 and Apollo 8

Lynda Obst, Producer, Interstellar, Contact, Sleepless in Seattle, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Partner & Stakeholder, The Rogue Initiative

Brian Muirhead, Project Manager, Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM), NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ian Hunter, Academy Award Winner, Special Effects, “Interstellar”, - Co-Founder / Creative Director, New Deal Studios

Invited - Chris deFaria, CEO, DreamWorks Animation (Executive Producer, Gravity)

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

Introduction by: Marty Perlmutter, Technologist & Social Activist

Jeffrey Kluger is the Editor at Large for Time magazine and, principally covering science and social issues. His most recent nonfiction book is Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon, which will be published in May, 2017. His most recent novel is Freedom Stone, a young-adult tale set on a South Carolina plantation in 1863, published in 2011. He is the author of seven other books, including Apollo 13—coauthored with Jim Lovell—which served as the basis of the 1995 movie. In his time at Time, Kluger has written hundreds of stories, including more than 40 cover stories. He has appeared regularly on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC and others. He has also made guest appearances on The Colbert Report and Late Night With Seth Meyers. Before coming to Time, Kluger worked for Discover magazine, where he was a senior editor and humor columnist. Prior to that, he was health editor at Family Circle magazine and Associate Editor at Science Digest magazine. He is a licensed—though non-practicing—attorney; and is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughters.


Lynda Obst, Producer, Interstellar, Contact, Sleepless in Seattle, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Partner & Stakeholder, The Rogue Initiative: A veteran producer, Lynda Obst has worked at almost every major studio and produced more than 16 films. They include Interstellar, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Contact, Hope Floats, One Fine Day, The Siege, Sleepless in Seattle, The Fisher King, Adventures in Babysitting, and Flashdance, among others. In TV she is EP of Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt, Syfy’s Helix and TVLAND’s Hot In Cleveland. Obst wrote the best-selling book, Hello He Lied: And Other Truths from the Hollywood Trenches, and then released her second book, Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business. She also edited the Rolling Stone History of the 60’s and was as an editor at the New York Times Magazine. Obst is currently producing both film and television projects out of her office at Sony Pictures.


Brian Muirhead, Project Manager, Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM), NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Brian Muirhead has 40 years of hands-on experience in development and leadership of high technology projects including some of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s most challenging missions, including the Galileo mission that explored Jupiter, and the Shuttle Imaging Radar-C that created the highest resolution topographic maps ever created of the Earth.   He was responsible for the design, development, test, and launch of the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft that landed successfully on Mars on July 4, 1997, beginning a new age of Mars exploration.   He was Project Manager of the Deep Impact Project from formulation through design completion in 2002, which successfully impacted comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005.  He was the Chief Engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory until August 2004, during the invention of the “sky crane” used to land the Curiosity rover on Mars in August 2012.   He was named Chief Engineer of JPL in 2004.  In February, 2007 Brian was named the Program Systems Engineer for the Constellation Program, which included responsibility for the architecture for a new human exploration spaceflight system to the Moon and beyond.  He returned to JPL as the Chief Engineer, at the Executive Council level, in December, 2009.  Brian is currently the Project Manager for the Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission (ARRM) whose mission is to rendezvous with a near Earth asteroid, land, extract a 20 tonne boulder, perform a deflection maneuver of the mother asteroid, and return the boulder to lunar orbit for astronauts to explore. He received his MS in Aeronautical Engineering from Caltech in 1982.  He is the recipient of two of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medals for his work on Mars Pathfinder and Constellation.  He was named Engineer of the Year for 1997 by Design News Magazine and awarded the 1997 Laureate for Space by Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine. He is the author of “High Velocity Leadership” (Harper Business, 1999, with Bill Simon), and “Going to Mars” (Simon and Schuster, 2004, with Garfield and Judy Reeves-Stevens).  He speaks to organizations and companies around the world on innovation, leadership and how to “take risk and not fail.”  He lives in La Canada-Flintridge, CA with his wife Nancy.


Ian Hunter, Academy Award Winner, Special Effects, “Interstellar”, - Co-Founder / Creative Director, New Deal Studios: Ian Hunter has established himself as a visionary storyteller in the field of motion picture visual effects and production, winning numerous awards for his work in both features and commercials. Bringing his unique style and creative vision to each of his projects, Hunter has won several VES Awards for his work including sequences in THE DARK KNIGHT and INCEPTION.  He was recently a visual effect supervisor on the film INTERSTELLAR. Hunter’s directorial debut was the award-winning horror short “Allure”, Two national Subway commercials followed. Hunter is also a member of the Visual Effects Society & the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and a Co-Founder of New Deal Studios. Ever the creator, Ian deftly parlays his experience in visual effects and film design into the cutting edge virtual reality world.


Marty Perlmutter, Technologist & Social Activist: Marty Perlmutter is currently working on the campaign to save Africa’s elephants, using social media and Virtual Reality to create programming and consciousness to reduce demand for ivory in China. Marty’s education nonprofit, Multisensory Interactive Learning, is developing mobile math games. The first in the series, “Tangram Jam,” is available for Apple and Android devices. He has worked in interactive media for over four decades. He invented an immersive display helmet in 1970 and later incorporated 3D TV in a series of science museum exhibits. He created interactive products for IBM, AT&T, HP, Pioneer, Mindscape, AOL, Looksmart and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His interactive and education work has won awards in the US, Japan and Europe. Perlmutter built long-lasting interactive exhibits at the Boston Museum of Science, Lawrence Hall of Science and New York Hall of Science. He has consulted to HBO, Sony, Xerox, AT&T, MIT, Harvard, NYU, UC, Ericsson, BT and Mass General Hospital. He has lectured at Harvard and MIT and taught at Tufts, NYU, San Francisco State and Cogswell College. His writings on new media have been widely published.


Steve Schklair is a producer, cinematographer, CEO of 3ality Technica, and founder of 3MERSIV. Recognized as an international 3D expert, Schklair has expanded into virtual reality, dedicated to advancing VR from both a creative and technology perspective through the 2015 launch of 3MERSIV—a company entirely focused on VR production and developing integrated solutions for capturing VR. Utilizing the same vision and technological skill that elevated 3ality to a new standard in native 3D systems and technology for movies including Transformers, X-Men, The Martian, The Hobbit, and television broadcasts for the NFL and BSkyB, Schklair is already making an impact on virtual reality’s potential to capture news, sports, and other programming that could benefit from a 360-degree viewer experience. Diving into the VR world is a natural transition for Schklair where he is noted for contributing to the Nokia-designed OZO launch by directing and producing the “Marriage Equality” test production. He recently served as Executive Producer on the Randal Kleiser directed episodic VR series Defrost.  Schklair served as a Producer and the 3D and Digital Image Producer on the groundbreaking U23D movie released in 2007. He served as Executive Producer on films such as Britney Spears Live, and on live concert films for Kenny Chesney, The Black Eyed Peas, and Katy Perry. He also served as a producer for the Russian epic, Stalingrad, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk. Schklair contributed to Bernard Mendiburu’s 2011 book, ‘3D TV and 3D Cinema’ and has spoken at dozens of conferences including NAB, events for the PGA, and has been a keynote speaker at MIPCOM 2012 in Cannes, 3D Masters in London, Dimension-3 in Paris, and the IBC in Amsterdam. Prior to 3MERSIV, Schklair was a senior executive at Digital Domain during the production of such films as Apollo 13, The Fifth Element, Titanic, and Terminator 2:3D. He was also creative director for R/Greenberg Associates, and Executive Producer of The Columbus Project for computer graphics and interactive media pioneer Robert Abel. In 2014, the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society recognized Schklair and 3ality with the prestigious Century Award, which is presented to those individuals and companies who have indelibly left their mark on 3D’s first century.  Schklair is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), a member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA), and is an award winning member of the VES.