The Digital Hollywood Experience

The Digital Hollywood Experience


Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Evening Event - Open to All Attendees

6:15 PM – 8:00 PM, Ahmanson Hall

Co-Sponsored by the TV Academy, Interactive Peer Group

Keynote Event and Evening Host

Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy

A Celebration of the Best in VR/AR - Immersive Experiences of Mind, Time and Space

Eric Darnell, Chief Creative Officer, Baobab Studios

Maureen Fan, Chief Executive Officer, Baobab Studios
Ted Schillowitz, Futurist, 20th Century Fox and Chief Creative Officer Barco Escape

Eric W. Shamlin, Managing Director / Executive Producer, Secret Location

Anthony Batt, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, WEVR

Peter Martin, founder & CEO, V.A.L.I.S Studios


Maureen Fan, Chief Executive Officer, Baobab Studios: Maureen has held leadership roles in film, gaming, and the consumer web.  She was most recently vice president of games at Zynga, where she oversaw three game studios, including the FarmVille sequels, which contributed to 40% of the company's revenues.  Previously, she worked on Pixar's "Toy Story 3" film and at eBay in

product management and UI design.  Her most recent collaboration, "The Dam Keeper," directed by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo, was nominated for the 2015 Oscar Best Animated Short.  She received her undergraduate degree in an interdisciplinary program in computer science, art and psychology from Stanford University graduating Phi Beta Kappa and earned her master's degree in business from Harvard university.


Eric Darnell, Chief Creative Officer, Baobab Studios: Eric's career spans 25 years as a computer animation director, screenwriter, story artist, film director and executive producer.  He was the director and screenwriter on all four films in the "Madagascar" franchise, which together have grossed more than $2.5 billion at the box office.  He was also executive producer on "The Penguins of Madagascar." Previously, Eric directed DreamWorks Animation's very first animated feature film, "Antz", which features the voices of Woody Allen, Gene Hackman, Christopher Walken, and Sharon Stone.  Eric earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in experimental animation from The California Institute of the Arts.


Eric W. Shamlin, Managing Director / Executive Producer, Secret Location: Eric is an Emmy and Cannes Lion award-winning storyteller with 20 years of experience across multiple creative industries; film, television, visual effects, advertising and digital.  Now with an emphasis on virtual reality.  Eric is Vice President, Managing Director and Executive Producer of Secret Location’s US office. Secret Location is a content studio for emerging platforms. They were among the first companies to pioneer storytelling in this new medium and were recently honored with the first ever Emmy given to a VR experience. Secret Location is currently developing a slate of traditional television content, VR games, VR cinematic experiences and several digital platforms. Secret Location has offices in Los Angeles and Toronto. They are represented by UTA and VRSE.


Ted Schillowitz, Futurist, 20th Century Fox and Chief Creative Officer Barco Escape: Ted was founding member, first employee, and integral part of the product development team at RED Digital Cinema, that has made a significant impact on the Motion Picture Industry, with many of the worlds biggest movies now being shot with these ultra high resolution digital movie cameras.  Ted currently spends his time in 2 blended worlds;  a major Hollywood movie studio and a major technology company in the Digital Cinema projection world.  As the Futurist at 20th Century Fox, Ted works directly with senior leadership at the studio on the constantly evolving art and science of advanced motion picture creation.  He advises and creates strategy on future technology and vision of cinema for the next generation of movie entertainment, exploring the emerging entertainment fields of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Immersive Cinema for the movie studio. In his role as Chief Creative officer at Barco Escape, Ted is spearheading a project that is focused on the future of immersive, high intensity cinema experiences.  Initial successes with the Barco Escape Cinema project with some Hollywood tentpole titles in partnerships with 20th Century Fox and Paramount/Bad Robot. An ever expanding footprint of these special Cinemas worldwide are showing that audiences are highly interested in new, modern highly immersive movie going options. Ted is one of the founders and creators of the G-Tech product line of advanced hard drive storage products, that are implemented worldwide for professional Television and Multimedia content creation, and are the most recognized brand in the space, a staple of the cinema, episodic television, sports and news production industries. Before being part of the founding teams at RED Digital Cinema and G-Tech, Ted was on the team that developed and launched the Macintosh products desktop video division of AJA Video Systems, that created the groundbreaking Kona Cards and IO boxes in tandem with Apple.  These products are used on a massive scale worldwide for video production and post production at the highest levels, including some of the worlds biggest movies, TV shows and sporting events. Ted has presented on the future of technology and strategy for the media and entertainment industry in many regions of the USA, Europe, China, India, the Middle East, and the Far East.  He has consulted worldwide on the technical advances of ultra high resolution digital cinematography and future of advanced next gen. visual experiences for the movie, TV, interactive and gaming industries. Schilowitz has been featured in Wired, Variety, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, NBC, Studio Daily, Videography, Film and Video, DV magazine, TV Technology, HD Video Pro Magazine, Digital Television Magazine, Engadget, Gizmodo, Millimeter, American Cinematographer, MacWorld, Post magazine, Popular Science, LA Times and countless other trade publications and mainstream press, discussing technology advancements in his areas of passion and exploration.


Anthony Batt, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, WEVR: With two decades of experience as a digital media executive and entrepreneur, Anthony Batt is co-founder and executive vice president of WEVR, the leading Hollywood virtual reality studio and distributor, where he leads overall business strategy and growth. Anthony is an expert storyteller that understands the foundation of visual and social media and has achieved extensive success building audience driven networks.  From music and interactive stories to short films, WEVR’s content transports viewers into compelling experiences from the comfort of their own home, and is compatible with every VR headset for easy viewing. WEVR works with the brightest creative minds to develop entertaining immersive content. Anthony’s background proves his rare ability to combine media, technology, community and publishing into unique and consumer friendly products. Prior to founding WEVR, Anthony was the president of digital at Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst, an innovative media studio creating programming for television, film, and the social web. Together with Ashton Kutcher, Anthony co-founded Thrash Lab, a media venture with YouTube exploring and defining culture through award winning digital content programming and strategy for brands including GE, Intel, Virgin Mobile, and Nikon. In 2007, as founder and CEO of Buzznet (now SpinMedia), Anthony built the most popular pop culture lifestyle company from the ground up, ultimately reaching more than 180 million unique visitors worldwide. Anthony created and acquired media properties and talent including Just Jared, Egotastic, Celebuzz, Fall Out Boy, and Paramore. Earlier in his career, Anthony was co-founder and chief technology officer of media distribution platform turned big data company, EMC|Greenplum (now Pivotal), where he first met his WEVR co-founders, Neville Spiteri and Scott Yara. Anthony also co-founded Digital Threads, a web-consulting agency with Craig Newmark where they created a small mailing list called He began his career as manager of internet publishing at Time Inc. New Media and iVillage where he directed editorial publishing and consumer facing product design for properties including Time, Fortune, People, Teen People, Entertainment Weekly, and Money. Anthony enjoys working with young entrepreneurs as a mentor for Disney Accelerator and an advisor for Plus Capital and Seed & Spark.


Peter Martin, Head of Studio, V.A.L.I.S.: Peter Martin is an Academy Award nominated Producer. He is a Creative Futurist and a recognized thought leader in next generation entertainment. In 2000 Peter was hired by Lord David Puttnam as the Creative Director of CREATEC, where he pioneered new virtual technologies, making a CGI animated film starring a virtual Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, and a virtual fashion show with Nick Knight, Peter Saville and Alexander McQueen for ShowStudio. Peter became Creative Director at Ealing Film Studios in 2001. He formed the cross-platform content company Zeppotron ("Black Mirror') which was sold to Endemol. Set up the film division of Done & Dusted and Produced the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Co-created and wrote the TV show ‘Phoo Action’ with Jamie Hewlett (‘Tank Girl’, ‘Gorillaz’), for the BBC, winning a BAFTA for best drama in 2009. In 2010 Peter created and Produced 'Waste Land', the feature length documentary which won over 35 Festival awards including Sundance, Berlin, and a nomination for Best Documentary at the 2011 Academy Awards. 2014 he creatively directed the world’s first holographic duet between M.I.A. and Janelle Monae for the launch of the new Audi A3, where both artists simultaneously appeared in New York and Los Angeles in a specially constructed immersive environment.  Peter then joined SFX entertainment as Head of SFX Studios, where he specialized in Virtual, Experiential and Immersive content. Since 2015 Peter has specialized in VR, Directing a number of high-profile projects, including Run the Jewels "Crown" music video with WEVR, released on Transport and NYTVR, Ray Lamontagne's "Hey, No Pressure" for Jaunt VR, and the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue which was released by Time Inc on a bespoke Swim VR app sponsored by Lexus. Most recently Peter created his first room scale VR project virtualizing the museum experience for the Smithsonian, with Intel, Framestore, XRez and 8i.


Seth Shapiro, Governor, Interactive Media, The Television Academy: Two-time Emmy® Award winner Seth Shapiro is a leading advisor in business innovation, media and technology worldwide. He has worked with  clients including The Walt Disney Company, Comcast, DIRECTV, Intel, IPG, NBC, Showtime, RTL, Telstra, Universal, Slamdance Studios, Goldman Sachs, government bodies, NGOs and a wide range of new ventures. Shapiro is an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. He is a Governor of the Television Academy, and sits on its Executive Committee.  Shapiro has served as a frequent Expert Witness, including before the FCC, and has been quoted in publications including The Economist, The New York Times. The LA Times, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, The Associated Press, PBS and The Daily Mail UK. As Head of Production at DIRECTV Advanced Services, he launched over 25 services, including TiVo by DIRECTV, the world’s first major DVR platform. His book “Television: Innovation, Disruption, and the World’s Most Powerful Medium” will be released in June of 2016. Shapiro sits on the Annenberg Research Council and the Producer Guild's New Media Council. He is a Magna cum Laude graduate of New York University and was Adelbert Alumni Scholar at Case Western Reserve University.