The inaugural 3D Entertainment Summit wrapped up Wednesday, concluding two days of industry expert commentary, panel discussions defining business models and creative technique, 3D presentations of trailers, videogames and never-before-seen sneak previews of test footage and technology demonstrations.
More than 400 members of the 3-D industry ecosystem and press from U.S., Canada, France, the United Kingdom and Japan met at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Attendees who will shape the future of 3-D included a "who's who" list of studio executives, corporate CEOs, financial executives, agents, major directors and producers and actors discussing the opportunities and challenges of expanding the 3-D industry across multiple areas including theatrical exhibition, broadcast television and home entertainment.
"After two intense days of discussion and debate, it is absolutely clear that 3D entertainment is enjoying a strong growth curve with 15 percent of total box office revenues expected to come from 3-D movie releases in 2009," said Robert Dowling, co-producer, 3D Entertainment Summit. "With Wall Street analysts actively covering 3-D, major sporting events being displayed live in 3-D, leading directors signing on for event film releases in 2009 and 2010, videogame companies announcing 3-D console titles, the immersive world of 3-D entertainment is clearly the road to the future of entertainment."
Key 3D Entertainment Summit Highlights included:
-- Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation keynote presentation on the future of 3D-- JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH Director Eric Brevig and Producer Charlotte Huggins discussing how the creative use of 3D enhances storytelling-- Mark Zoradi, President of Disney Studios Motion Picture Group, wowing attendees with sneak previews of its 17 digital 3-D releases-- David Hill, Chairman and CEO, Fox Television Sports Group, announcing Fox's 3D Broadcast of the College Football BCS game and noting his interest in the creative challenges of getting 3D TV sports to be successful.-- Director James Cameron and 3-D cinematography pioneer Vince Pace together challenging the creative community to get their hands on stereoscopic camera gear and learn how to tell stories in new ways-- Blitz Games announcing new technology allowing PS3 and XBOX 360 to provide stereoscopic 3-D gaming immediately-- Panasonic demonstrating a prototype of a 103" stereoscopic 3-D plasma TV to prepare for wider availability of 3-D home entertainment
For more information about future 3D Entertainment Summit events in 2009, visit www.3d-summit.com or call 203-878-2577 x106.