The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience

 

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – The VR - AR - Immersive Track

Session II: Guerin A, in Herscher Hall, Live Webcast

Virtual and Augmented Reality: The Technology that will Change Everything: Cinematic, Games, Advertising, TV and Social Media

Jeb Terry, VP, Partner and Program Development, FOX Sports

Owen Hurley, VP, Creative, Animation and Games Group, Technicolor

Dylan Flinn, Agent, Virtual Reality and Business Development, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Jason Fiber, Head of Business Products THX Ltd.

Dane Smith, Head of Business Development, The Third Floor

Joerg Bachmaier, SVP, Content Strategy and Co-Productions, Machinima

Shawn Gold, Corporate Marketing Officer, TechStyle Fashion Group, Moderator

 

Dylan Flinn is a Business Development Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  Flinn works in the Los Angeles office where he focuses on the agency’s virtual reality and augmented reality efforts. Flinn began his career at Electronic Arts, later serving as Director of

Investments at Rothenberg Ventures, sourcing and leading more than 50 early-stage investments. While at Rothenberg Ventures, he launched the world’s first virtual reality accelerator. He joined CAA in 2016. Flinn graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business Administration.

 

Owen Hurley is VP, Creative, for Technicolor’s Animation and Games group.: With extensive directing experience across film, games and television animation, Owen is charged with driving the artistic and creative expertise of the Company and executing on its clients’ visions. He will also support the group’s original content development business. Reporting to Robert Winthrop, Owen will have oversight of the creative workflow among the various departments and the implementation of innovative solutions for the studio’s productions. Prior to working with Technicolor, Owen served as Director of Animation and Cinematics with Vancouver-based Relic Entertainment from 2005 through 2010.  In this position, he collaborated with some of the world’s best game developers, bringing projects such as Company of Heroes and the Dawn of War series to fruition. Previous production experience includes eight years with Mainframe Entertainment, where he directed episodes of CGI animated series like Beast Wars, ReBoot, War Planets and Weird-Ohs as well as the world’s first computer animated direct-to-DVD movie, Casper’s Haunted Christmas.  Owen directed the video debut of Barbie in 2001 with the Barbie in The Nutcracker direct-to-video animated film for Mattel Entertainment and went on to direct two subsequent Barbie films -- Barbie as Rapunzel and Barbie of Swan Lake -- before changing his focus to video games with his move to Relic Entertainment.

 

Jeb Terry, VP, Partner and Program Development, FOX Sports; Jeb is a sports executive with experience across the entire industry as a professional athlete, tech entrepreneur, and digital media executive.  He joined FOX Sports via the acquisition of StraightCast Media, an athlete centric mobile video platform he co-founded with Ryan Nece in 2010. There, he worked with many of the world’s largest Sports Properties such as FOX Sports, NFL Network, ESPN, and more.  At FOX, Jeb has continued to build on StraightCast Media’s success, rebranding the platform as FOX Sports PROcast, and expanding his roster of partners from the NFL to all sports. Prior to starting StraightCast, Jeb spent 5 years in the NFL playing offensive line for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers. At FOX Sports, he works with league partners on multi screen and digital activations, runs the FOX Sports PROcast team, and also works with FOX Sports Lab exploring new technologies and their use across every screen: TV, Digital, and Social, with a focus on VR and 360 video. Jeb is originally from Texas, but now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.  He is a rabid UNC Tarheels fan, earning both is BSBA and MBA from UNC’s Kenan Flagler business school; and is always looking for new opportunities to bridge the gap between the sports, tech, and media worlds.

 

Jason Fiber, Head of Business Products, THX Ltd.: As the Head of Business Products, Jason Fiber oversees the global deployment of business-to-business software with a focus on improving audio and video experiences across media consumption markets. Previously, Jason was the President and Founder of Audio Rover, LLC, a multi-faceted digital media entertainment company and the parent company to independent record label Superfecta Recordings and online retailer The Ideal Copy. Audio Rover offers consulting services to businesses working to establish a footprint in the ever-evolving music landscape and guidance to musicians seeking direction in the entertainment industry. Jason was also President of Cordless Recordings, Warner Music Group’s ‘eLabel’ – the first such initiative of its kind among the major record labels – leveraging online and mobile communications technologies to support musicians of every genre and career stage. Earlier in his career, he worked as the Vice President of Internet Services at Wherehouse Music, a leader in entertainment retailing, where he created and expanded the company’s online retail business and oversaw the development of in-store, digital music sampling stations. Jason also created and produced an Internet-based, weekly music talk show, “The Wherehouse Lounge.”  Before joining Wherehouse, Jason was a producer and project manager for the entertainment group at the web development agency BoxTop Interactive/iXL, producing websites for recording artists Rage Against the Machine and Alanis Morissette and brands such as Guess Clothing and UPN. From 1993-1996, he held the lead management role at World Domination Recordings, an independent label subsidiary of Capitol Records, and he began his career in the A&R department at Epic Records. Jason is a founding member of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers’ (NARM) Online Retailing Committee. A frequent speaker at leading music industry events, he has also been a spokesperson for the music industry in USA Today, Fast Company, Financial Times, The Los Angeles Times and Billboard. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

 

Dane Smith, Head of Business Development, The Third Floor: Dane has managed the delivery of over 100 film, television and emerging media projects and maintains working relationships with an international network of producers, artists and technicians. Dane has taken on the role as Visual Effects Producer on numerous digital effects-driven features, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Looper and the stop-motion animated feature Anomalisa, which was nominated for an Oscar under the category for Animated Feature Film. His work in stereoscopic production includes being a stereo producer on director James Cameron's Oeepsea Challenge. In addition, Dane helped design the proprietary pipeline deployed to convert the award-winning animated feature Battle For Terra to stereoscopic 30 and produced the stereo conversion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 + 2. In 2010, he joined the Gnomon School of Visual Effects as a faculty member, where he educates and is inspired by the next generation of digital artists. He designed courses and seminars that include: Virtual Reality Production, The History of Visual Effects and the Business of Visual Effects Production.

 

Joerg Bachmaier, SVP, Content Strategy and Co-Productions, Machinima: Joerg Bachmaier is an International Television and Digital Media Executive with an extensive track record in financing, producing and distributing TV Shows, Digital Video and other entertainment content across multiple platforms around the world. This includes 360° franchise development, Gamification, immersive Storytelling, VR/ AR experiences and Social Media. As SVP, CONTENT STRATEGY AND CO-PRODUCTIONS he currently leads and directs the programming and content strategies for Machinima's multi-platform programming services. He is driving acquisitions, co-productions and IP rights deals (e.g. “Transformers”, “Street Fighter” or “Knight Rider”), including closing strategic partnerships with studios, producers, game publishers and other major media companies  that enhance Machinima’s original content development and distribution initiatives. Previously, as EVP International Production he oversaw BBC Worldwide's global production network, formats business, original development and content acquisitions across all platforms (TV and Digital) including: “Dancing with the Stars”, “Bake Off“, "BBC Earth", "The Office” and “Top Gear”. Before joining the BBC in London, Joerg worked for companies such as Endemol USA in Los Angeles or CNN International/TBS and ZDF in Germany.

 

Shawn Gold, Corporate Marketing Officer, JustFab Inc; Shawn Gold has over 20 years of experience in branding, communications planning, digital marketing and content strategy. He currently advises Wattpad.com, a social storytelling platform and one of the fastest growing mobile content sites in the world. Previously he oversaw sales, marketing and content development as CMO of Inside Studios, a video and mobile app company creating shows with over 1 billion views on YouTube and MSN. Until 2007, he was CMO, head of marketing & content for MySpace. At MySpace Gold spearheaded the development and implementation of marketing initiatives and campaigns for MySpace during its growth from 25 to 110 million users worldwide. Prior to MySpace he was a partner and the founding publisher of Weblogs, Inc., a network of popular blogs that included Engadget, Joystiq and Autoblog, now part of AOL. As head of communications planning for Rare Medium, Shawn helped launch digital communications strategies for brands at P&G, General Mills, Nestle, Mattel and other international brand marketing companies.